After a week off, the UFC resumed their run at the UFC APEX, and they brought a monster 14-fight card with them. A few fighters saved their jobs, while some might have fought their last fight in the UFC. Anthony Smith came up with another win in his eighth main event, extending his current win streak, and Arman Tsarukyan made a statement. However, what about the losers of UFC Vegas 37? Keep on reading while we play matchmaker.
In his first UFC main event, Ryan Spann came up short as he was submitted in the first round. After starting his UFC career on a four-fight win streak, he has now lost two of his last three, and was stopped in both losses. There is no doubt that the ceiling is still high for “Superman,” but he might need to fight someone outside the rankings in his next outing.
Dustin Jacoby is who Spann should fight next. Since returning to the UFC, Jacoby has been on fire and deserves a shot at a top 15 fighter. For Spann, it would also give him a chance to get some revenge on Factory X, which is Anthony Smith’s camp.
Spann’s next fight: Dustin Jacoby
It was a rough night for “Brown Bear.” Not only did he get pretty much dominated for the entire 15 rounds, but he also got his lower teeth knocked in. However, Devin Clark showed his toughness throughout the fight, which made him stand out to many fans. The loss to Ion Cutelaba is his second loss in row, which is the first losing streak of his career. Clark might also be fighting for his job in his next outing as well. Ed Herman, the longest-tenured fighter on the UFC roster, would be a good fight for Clark next. Herman is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Alonzo Menifield. It might have to come a little further down the line as Clark heals up.
Clark’s next fight: Ed Herman
Mandy Bohm’s UFC debut was spoiled by Ariane Lipski, with the German losing a unanimous decision. The newcomer suffered her first professional loss and while there were glimpses of Bohm’s game; she was mostly shut down by Lipski, who knew her job was on the line. In her next fight, Bohm should fight another Brazilian fighting for her job, Poliana Botelho.
Bohm’s next fight: Poliana Botelho
Christos Giagos had a huge opportunity on Saturday to get into the lightweight top 15 rankings and be the second person to defeat Arman Tsarukyan in the UFC. Unfortunately, he didn’t really even get the chance to get started as the Armenian finished him in a little over two minutes. The loss snapped Giagos’ two-fight winning streak. For his next fight, “The Spartan” should fight Matt Frevola, who also lost to Tsarukyan earlier this year.
Giagos’ next fight: Matt Frevola
Gravely was a few seconds away from a first-round TKO win; however, the bell saved Nate Maness. Maness regrouped and ended up finishing Gravely via TKO. What a sport we all love. There was a reason the UFC matchmakers kept this fight together because it really was an awesome fight. The loss snapped Gravely’s two fight-win streak and is his third loss in the promotion. Mana Martinez would provide another entertaining match-up for Gravely in his next fight. Martinez is coming off his first UFC win and is a Dana White’s Contender Series alumni like Gravely.
Gravely’s next fight: Mana Martinez
Arroyo was on his way to a unanimous decision win before he was caught by Joaquin Buckley and knocked out. It has been a tough stretch for the Brazilian, who is on a three-fight losing streak. While I do think there might be a small chance the UFC brass gives him another chance, I believe Arroyo needs to go back to the regional scene or another big promotion.
Arroyo’s next fight: Outside of the UFC