What’s Next: UFC Vegas 60 Losers

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Song Yadong, UFC Vegas 60
Song Yadong, UFC Vegas 60 weigh-in Credit: Getty/UFC

The main event of UFC Vegas 60 lived up to every fan’s expectations this past weekend. Cory Sandhagen was able to cut Yadong up and finish him via doctor stoppage in the fourth. In the co-main event, Gregory Rodrigues mounted a huge comeback win over Chidi Njokuani. Today we will be looking at what is next for the losers of UFC Vegas 60.

Song Yadong

Yadong is now 8-2-1 in the UFC. He should be ranked outside the top ten when the rankings are updated and should be looking to fight someone ranked close by in his next fight. Umar Nurmagomedov is currently ranked 14th in the UFC’s bantamweight division. He is predominantly a grappler and he has a great gas tank. This matches up perfectly with the cardio striking of Yadong. Song Yadong has proved he is a tough guy who can strike with the best. Now he should try to prove that he can stop the takedown against one of the division’s best grapplers.

Yadong’s next fight: Umar Nurmagomedov 

Chidi Njokuani

Chidi Njokuani looked terrific in the first round of his fight with Gregory Rodrigues this past weekend. Although in the second round, he got tired and ultimately was finished via strikes later in the competition. This loss makes Njokuani 2-1 in the UFC with all three of his UFC fights ending in TKO or knockout. In his next fight, he should be looking to fight another up-and-coming middleweight.

Bruno Silva is a world-class kickboxer with 19 of his 22 wins being by knockout. His fighting style would be the perfect matchup for Njokuani in his next fight. Silva is 3-2 in the UFC losing his last two fights against Alex Pereira and Gerald Meerschaert. The fight makes sense for both men who will be looking to get back into the win column.

Njokuani’s next fight: Bruno Silva 

Bill Algeo

Bill Algeo lost a bloody decision to Andre Fili in Vegas this past weekend. After three gruesome rounds, Algeo dropped a split decision to Fili marking his third UFC loss out of six total fights. Algeo has had some impressive wins in the UFC but desperately needs a win in his next fight after racking up a 3-3 record in the promotion.

In his next fight, he should fight another featherweight prospect that fought on the card with Algeo this past weekend. Pat Sabatini got knocked out by Damon Jackson at UFC Vegas 60. Sabatini is now 4-1 in the UFC with wins over Tristan Connelly, Jamall Emmers, Tucker Lutz, and TJ Laramie. Both Algeo and Sabatini have the makings to be the next big thing in the featherweight division and we should find out who it is going to be in their next fight.

Algeo’s next fight: Pat Sabatini 

Alen Amedovski

Alen Amedovski got knocked out on Saturday night by fan-favorite Joe Pyfer. This makes Amedovski 0-4 in his four UFC fights which likely means he won’t be getting another contract. Amedovski has proved he is a great fighter but he has had to go up against some tough opponents in his four UFC appearances. The standard for UFC newcomers is to sign a four-fight deal. If that is the case for Amedovski, he will likely be fighting for Bellator or the PFL in his next fight.

Tanner Boser

Heavyweight Tanner Boser puts on fun fights, but continues to struggle with the judges. Saturday marked his second split decision loss in three fights, with the third bout a KO win over Ovince Saint Preux.

Boser will most likely be back, even at 1-3 in his last four fights. He’ll need to consider the size factor, as he appeared to struggle with an opponent 30+ pounds heavier in Rodrigo Nascimento. Still, that’s something that has to be dealt with in a weight class that spans such a wide range.

Parker Porter recently had a fight fall through at UFC 280, and is coming off a loss to Jailton Almeida. Prior to that, Porter had won three straight. He comes in right around 265, so it’ll be another size discrepancy, but let’s see how Boser fares.

Boser’s next fight: Parker Porter

Marc-Andre Barriault

The “Power Bar” struggled against Alexander “Fluffy” Hernandez at UFC Vegas 60, and as the UFC’s broadcast team pointed out, Hernandez looked anything but fluffy. He had the cardio edge and lit up a tiring Barriault, choking him out in the third.

Barriault may need some time off to heal up a rib injury. Cody Brundange fights Rodolfo Vieira in November, and the Canadian could fight the loser sometime in 2023.

Barriault’s next fight: Brundage-Vieira loser

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