What’s Next: UFC Vegas 57 Losers

Arman Tsarukyan, UFC Vegas 57
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 25: (L-R) Arman Tsarukyan of Georgia kicks Mateusz Gamrot of Poland in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 25, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

In the main event of UFC Vegas 57, Mateusz Gamrot improved his win streak to four with a decision victory over Arman Tsarukyan. Shavkat Rakhmonov kept his undefeated record intact in the co-main event, care of a guillotine choke submission win over Neil Magny. Today we will be looking into what is next for the losers of UFC Vegas 57.

Arman Tsarukyan

Tsarukyan is now 5-2 in the UFC with his only losses being against Gamrot and Islam Makhachev. This loss should knock him back a few spots in the rankings and he should be looking to fight someone on the backside of the top 15 in his next fight.

Diego Ferreira will be fighting Drakkar Klose on July 30th. Klose is right on the outside of the top 15 and Ferreira is currently ranked number 15 in the lightweight division. Fighting the winner of that fight will help Tsarukyan keep his name in the mix as an up-and-coming lightweight.

Tsarukyan’s next fight: Winner of Ferreira versus Klose 

Neil Magny

Before his loss this past weekend, Magny was ranked number ten in the welterweight division. His loss to Rakhmonov should push him back a little but Magny is still 5-2 in the past two years and has looked exceptional in his last few fights. One of those two losses was a decision loss to Michael Chiesa in 2021.

Magny has always been known as a good grappler but seems to be getting out grappled by high-level grapplers like Chiesa and Rakhmonov. Fighting Chiesa again and actually being able to hang with him on the mat would help Magny stay relevant in the stacked welterweight division.

Magny’s next fight: Rematch Michael Chiesa 

Alan Baudot

It’s not looking good for French heavyweight Alan Baudot, who lost his third fight in the UFC on Saturday, this time against Josh Parisian. 0-3 is bad, what’s worse is that Baudot would be 0-4 were it not for Rodrigo Nascimento failing a drug test.

That’s not to say Baudot is a bad fighter, but it’s a bad spot to be in. It’s likely that’s the end of his UFC deal, and the only reason he’d be kept around at this point is to have another French fighter available for UFC Paris in September.

If that’s the case, give him a newcomer.

Baudot’s next fight: outside the UFC, or a promotional newcomer.

Christos Giagos

Christos Giagos was submitted by Thiago Moises in the first round of his lightweight bout at UFC Vegas 57. This loss puts him at 4-4 in the UFC and he is also on a two-fight losing streak. He is in a dire need of a win and should be looking to fight an up-and-coming guy in his next bout.

Terrance McKinney lost his last fight but before that was 2-0 in the UFC with two finishes. McKinney has a 100% finish rate and is one of the most exciting up-and-coming lightweights in the UFC today. A win over McKinney would be big for his career and would definitely save his spot in the UFC. McKinney faces Erick Gonzalez next, so the loser of that fight (or just McKinney even off a win).

Giagos’ next fight: Terrance McKinney 

Nate Maness

Nate Maness was not the first to lose to Umar Nurmagomedov, and he won’t be the last. The loss marks his first setback in the UFC, and snapped a four-fight win streak. Bantamweight is hot these days, and Maness can get right back in the thick of things.

Mongolia’s Danaa Batgerel just lost to Kyung Ho Kang earlier this month, and is 3-3 in the promotion. Let’s see how Maness weathers that “Storm.”

Maness’ next fight: Danaa Batgerel

Rodolfo Vieira

Rodolfo Vieira is another fighter in a tough spot following UFC Vegas 57. Chris Curtis won a decision over Vieira this past weekend and this makes Vieira 3-2 in the UFC. Vieira has incredible grappling credentials and went 7-0 early in his MMA career before losing two of his last three fights. In his next fight, he needs to make a statement if he wants to remain in the UFC.

With that being said, Jacob Malkoun would be an exciting fight for Vieira. They both have similar professional records but Vieira is definitely the better grappler. Malkoun is tough as nails and has knockout power in his hands. A win over Malkoun would help Vieira solidify himself as more than just a grappler in the UFC.

Vieira’s next fight: Jacob Malkoun