Belal Muhammad kept his win streak intact with a decision victory over Vicente Luque this past weekend at UFC Vegas 51. Not a whole lot of big names on the card outside of the main event, but still plenty of fighters to play matchmaker for. Today we will be looking into what is next for the losers of UFC Vegas 51.
Luque is now 4-1 in the last two years with his only loss coming to Muhammad this past weekend. He has a very exciting fighting style with great elbows in the clinch and a great chin. In his next fight, he should be fighting someone who will help him put on a show for the audience. Geoff Neal is currently ranked number 12 in the division and has power in his hands. This would be a perfect match-up for Luque who is good on the ground but likes to keep it standing for the most part.
Luque’s next fight: Geoff Neal
Gadzhi Omargadzhiev lost a technical decision to Caio Borralho in the co-main event this past weekend. Borralho hit Omargadzhiev with a knee that seemed illegal but was deemed accidental after the replay. Since it was in the third round and Omargadzhiev could not continue the fight went to the judges. For his next fight, Omargadzhiev should fight fellow UFC rookie, Denis Tiuliulin. Tiuliulin was submitted in his UFC debut back in March by Aliaskhab Khizriev. Denis Tiuliulin has eight wins by KO and should be able to challenge Omargadzhiev’s grappling skills.
Omargadzhiev’s next fight: Denis Tiuliulin
Miguel Baeza was knocked out in the first round by Andre Fialho at UFC Vegas 51. This puts Baeza on a three-fight losing streak and makes him 3-3 in the UFC. Jason Witt is another welterweight who has had some up and downs since joining the UFC. Witt is 2-3 in the UFC and is coming off a TKO loss to Phillip Rowe. Both of these welterweights need a win in their next fight to keep their UFC careers alive. Pairing them up makes perfect sense.
Baeza’s next fight: Jason Witt
Three straight losses is not a good look for Wu Yanan, but the fight did earn the Fight of the Night bonus at UFC Vegas 51. So if the promotion keeps her around after her loss to Mayra Bueno Silva, it’s must-win territory. Julija Stoliarenko is 0-3 in the UFC, the stakes are obvious, book it.
Yanan’s next fight: Julija Stoliarenko
Tj Laramie lost a decision this past weekend to Pat Sabatini. This loss makes Laramie 0-2 in the UFC and leaves him in a similar position as Baeza and Witt. Meaning he will need to get a win in his next fight to save his spot on the UFC roster. Mike Grundy is currently 1-3 in the UFC and he is riding a three-fight losing streak. Grundy’s grappling would be a great test for Laramie and a win for either man would keep them in the UFC at least for another fight.
Laramie’s next fight: Mike Grundy
Ange Loosa made his debut on short notice at UFC Vegas 51, falling to Mounir Lazzez via decision. The Contender Series veteran will of course get another look, after saving the fight, and this time he’ll get a full camp.
Later this month, Yohan Lainesse will be making his promotional debut against Gabe Green. Give Loosa the loser of that.
Loosa’s next fight: Lainesse vs. Green loser.