What’s Next: UFC Vegas 69 Losers

Jessica Andrade, UFC Vegas 69
Jessica Andrade, UFC Vegas 69 weigh-in Credit: Eddie Law/Cageside Press

On the lead up to UFC Vegas 69, the main talking point was how the card was extremely lacklustre. Something that played into this narrative was that it was once again held at the UFC Apex, the third card so far this year to take place in the Las Vegas venue.

Despite the preconceptions, the card played out to be quite an exciting one, with several first round finishes and some closely contested match-ups throughout. Let’s take a look at what could be next for the losers on the night.

Jessica Andrade

Andrade stepped into this fight with soaring contender Erin Blanchfield on just over a week’s notice. Although it was late notice for the Brazilian, her last fight came at the end of January so it is likely she was still in good fight shape. Not only that, but Blanchfield also had to prepare for the puzzle of Andrade on short notice too.

Andrade began the fight the far more active of the two and was having success punching in volume, as she always does.

Unfortunately for the 31-year-old though, we all found out just how good the 23-year-old Blanchfield is already, and she answered a lot of questions that people had about her coming into this fight.

Andrade’s stock doesn’t drop though. She will have gained even more respect than she already had by taking the short notice five round fight, and losing to Blanchfield is something a lot of contenders will have to start coming to terms with.

Moving forward though, expect to see Andrade take a layoff due to fighting twice in two months. The fight that may make the most sense for her on her return is the winner of Viviane Araujo vs. Amanda Ribas.

Andrade’s Next Fight: Viviane Araujo vs. Amanda Ribas Winner

Jordan Wright

Unfortunately for Jordan Wright, he was unable to snap a three fight losing skid now finding himself without a win in four fights. Since his emergence in the promotion in 2020, he has only managed to pick up two victories in seven fights, leaving a lot to be desired.

The fact that this was the co-main event of the evening speaks volumes as to the complaints the majority of fans have made. “The Beverley Hills Ninja” may find himself back fighting on the regional scene for his next fight.

Having said that, Wright is always involved in entertaining fights which may help his case. If he sticks around for one more shot, someone like William Knight or Aleksa Camur could work.

Wright’s Next Fight: William Knight or Aleksa Camur 

Josh Parisian

Parisian found himself on the wrong side of a decision loss to Contender Series alum Jamal Pogues, who made his promotional debut at UFC Vegas 69.

With that, and the fact that the fighters near his skillset are all booked, how about a date with Mohammed Usman?

The Ultimate Fighter 30 winner is yet to fight under the promotional banner since being crowned victorious on TUF 30, so Josh Parisian can welcome him to the most threadbare male division in the UFC.

Parisian’s Next Fight: Mohammed Usman 

William Knight

Performances don’t get much more passive than William Knight’s against Marcin Prachnio this past weekend.

Prachnio kicked at the base of Knight, now allowing him to load up any of his shots. But he didn’t throw anything anyway, never mind anything of the powerful variety. Throughout 15 minutes, “The Knightmare” Knight threw just eight punches, total.

With that now being three losses in a row, and due to the nature of this one, don’t be surprised to see the 34-year-old cut from the promotion.

Due to his performance being so lacklustre and the criticism he’s faced, matchmaking for the hard hitter becomes very difficult if he stays. Aside from Jordan Wright, as suggested above, the only thing that would make sense is the winner of Ed Herman vs. Zak Cummings.

Knight’s Next Fight: Winner of Ed Herman vs. Zak Cummings or Jordan Wright

Jim Miller

Still going strong is the 39-year-old lightweight Jim Miller. Not only that but he also put on an extremely competitive fight against the hungry Alexander Hernandez at UFC Vegas 69.

Coming up just short halts his three fight win streak; a fourth straight win would’ve been the first time he’d been able to hit that mark since 2010.

With Miller having being round since 2008, finding someone he hasn’t already fought becomes difficult. Chris Gruetzemacher could be the type of name that makes the most sense for Miller in his next outing. Outside of putting Miller in there with a young hungry opponent, there aren’t many options.

Miller’s Next Fight: Chris Gruetzemacher