What’s Next: UFC Vegas 62 Losers

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 19: Viviane Araujo of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 19, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Alexa Grasso silenced the critics at UFC Vegas 62 with her unanimous decision win over Viviane Araujo in the main event. In the co-main event, Jonathan Martinez finished Cub Swanson with leg kicks. Today we will be looking into what is next for the losers of UFC Vegas 62.

Viviane Araujo

Her loss this past weekend makes Araujo 5-3 in the UFC with UFC wins over Andrea Lee, Roxanne Modafferi, and Montana De La Rosa. Prior to her fight this past weekend, Araujo was ranked 6th in the UFC’s women’s flyweight division. After the rankings are updated she will likely be ranked seventh or eighth.

Casey O’Neill is currently ranked tenth in the division and is 4-0 in the UFC. Three of O’Neill’s four UFC wins are finishes beating Shana Dobson, Lara Fritzen, and Antonia Shevchenko. O’Neill was supposed to fight Jessica Eye earlier this year so she will likely be looking for her next opponent soon. Araujo didn’t take a ton of damage in her fight with Grasso so she should be ready to go within the next few months.

Araujo’s next fight: Casey O’Neill 

Cub Swanson

Cub Swanson is now 3-6 since losing to Brian Ortega in 2017. His three wins in that five year time span were against Kron Gracie, Daniel Pineda, and Darren Elkins. Although he has had some trouble in the past, Swanson is 3-2 in his last five fights and seems to be taking on a second wind later in his career. In his next fight, Swanson should be fighting another veteran that is not afraid to stand and bang with him.

Raphael Assuncao got a decision win over Victor Henry at UFC Vegas 62. Assuncao is 1-4 in his last five fights with his only win in that time frame being against Henry this past Saturday night. He is 40 years old and has been with the UFC for the past ten years.

Swanson’s next fight: Raphael Assuncao

Jordan Wright and Misha Cirkunov

Both Jordan Wright and Misha Cirkunov were finished before the final bell this past weekend. Wright was finished in the second round by Dusko Todorovic who mounted a great comeback against a weathered Wright. While Cirknnov was knocked out by the crazy power of Alonzo Menifield.

Wright is now 2-4 in the UFC. Putting him in a weird posistion where he might be set to hit free agency after this loss. Looking at his UFC record it would also seem like the UFC would not look to bring him back unless it was for a bargain deal.

Cirkunov is a little different but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he too was set to hit free agency. He is 6-7 in the UFC and is currently riding a four-fight losing streak. If history repeats itself it would appear Cirkunov will be fighting outside the UFC in his next bout.

Wright and Cirkunov’s next fight: Outside the UFC