What’s Next: UFC Vegas 30 Winners

UFC 256 Ciryl Gane
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 12: (R-L) Ciryl Gane of France punches Junior Dos Santos of Brazil in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Ciryl Gane won a unanimous decision over Alexander Volkov at UFC Vegas 30. Tanner Boser landed a knockout over Ovince Saint Preux in the co-main event. Andre Fili’s fight with Daniel Pineda ended prematurely when the doctor stopped the fight after an eye poke by Fili. Today we will be looking at what is next for the winners of UFC Vegas 30 (which excluses Fili vs. Pineda in this instance).

Ciryl Gane

Gane is in a weird position as he is currently ranked number three in the division only behind Stipe Miocic and the champion, Francis Ngannou. Dana White has said that Derrick Lewis will be getting the next shot at the title. Jon Jones has said that he needs more time before making his UFC debut. Does Gane wait for Jones to be ready and fight him for a number one contender spot? He also has the option to fight Stipe Miocic which also gives Miocic another shot to challenge the belt in the near future. It would be my guess that Jones takes close to another year off and Gane fights Miocic in the meantime.

Gane’s next fight: Stipe Miocic (though it appears an interim title fight between Gane and Lewis is in the works)

Tanner Boser

After knocking out OSP, Boser should be looking to fight someone inside the top 15. Serghei Spivak would be a perfect next opponent for Boser. Spivak is coming off a win just two weeks ago. A win that put him at the number 14 spot in the heavyweight division. Both men have knockout power and like to keep their fights standing.

Boser’s next fight: Serghei Spivak 

Timur Valiev

After Timur Valiev beat Raoni Barcelos this past weekend, he called out Sean O’Malley for his next fight. Sean O’Malley is currently booked to fight Louis Smolka on July 10th. Both O’Malley and Smolka are great stylistic match-ups for Valiev and the timing would work perfectly for Valiev to fight the winner.

Valiev’s next fight: Winner of O’Malley-Smolka 

Tim Means

At UFC Vegas 30, Tim Means won a decision over Nicolas Dalby. This win puts Means on a three-fight winning streak. Every fight Tim Means is in is a banger, so from the UFC’s standpoint, they should be looking to find Means an exciting dance partner. That fighter could be Muslim Salikhov. Salikhov just won a decision over Francisco Trinaldo on June 5th. Means is tough as nails and Salikhov has a very unique striking style. This match-up would be a fan favorite for whatever card it landed on.

Means’ next fight: Muslim Salikhov 

Renato Moicano

Renato Moicano submitted his opponent, Jai Herbert, in the second round of their bout at UFC Vegas 30. This makes Moicano 2-1 since making the move to lightweight. Moicano was once a top-ranked featherweight so I’m sure he would like to see a number next to his name soon. The best fight for him would be against Drew Dober. Dober was ranked at lightweight until he lost his last fight against Brad Riddell. A win over someone who just fell out of the top 15 would be the next best thing after someone already in the top 15. Plus, it would be good to see how Moicano does against a powerful striker at 155 like Dober.

Moicano’s next fight: Drew Dober