What’s Next: UFC Vegas 29 Losers

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Aleksei Oleinik Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Chan Sung Jung made himself a number one contender at UFC Vegas 29 – defeating Dan Ige via unanimous decision in the main event. In the co-main event, Sergey Spivak defeated Aleksei Oleinik by a decision as well. Today we will be looking into what is next for the losers of UFC Vegas 29.

Dan Ige

His loss this past weekend was only Ige’s third UFC loss. Unfortunately, it is his second loss in his last three fights. This loss will likely bounce him outside the top ten when the rankings are updated, and Ige will desperately need a win in his next fight to stay relevant. The perfect opponent for him out be Shane Burgos. Burgos is mainly a striker and will not try to grapple with Ige as the Korean Zombie did. Burgos is coming off a loss to Edson Barboza and will likely be ranked within a few sports of Ige.

Dan Ige’s next fight: Shane Burgos 

Aleksei Oleinik & Wellington Turman

Aleksei Oleinik is almost 44 years old and is riding a three-fight losing streak. In fact, he has only won two of his last seven fights and was knocked out in four of those five losses. It might be time for Oleinik to think about retiring from the sport of MMA.

Wellington Turman lost via TKO this past weekend to Bruno Silva. That loss makes Turman 1-3 in the UFC. Turman was knocked out in his last two losses and his only UFC win was over Markus Perez in 2019. Although Turman is young and has plenty of time to grow, his rocky start with the UFC may force Dana White to let him go grow with another promotion.

Davey Grant

Davey Grant lost a decision to Marlon Vera at UFC Vegas 29, evening up the series at a fight a piece. This fight was an absolute banger and got rewarded fight of the night. Why wouldn’t Dana White book an immediate trilogy fight? Yes, trilogy fights mean more when they are for titles but it might be better to strike while the iron is hot. This fight is still fresh in everyone’s minds and could potentially co-main event a fight night card in the near future.

Davey Grant’s next fight: Trilogy fight with Vera 

Julian Erosa

Julian Erosa got knocked out by Seung Woo Choi in the first round of their bout at UFC Vegas 29. This makes Erosa’s first loss since returning to the UFC in 2020. He is 2-1 since returning after going 0-3 in his first run with the UFC. This loss shouldn’t be enough to cut him, but Erosa needs to be careful with his next fight with this being his second chance. Michael Trizano would be a perfect test for Erosa. Since winning the ultimate fighter in 2018, Trizano is 2-1 in the UFC. His only loss being a submission loss to Grant Dawson. Trizano is a young and hungry featherweight that is looking to climb the ranks. A win over Trizano could prove that Erosa is taking this second chance very seriously.

Julian Erosa’s next fight: Michael Trizano 

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