What’s Next: UFC Vegas 90 Losers

Chris Curtis, UFC Vegas 90
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 06: (R-L) Chris Curtis punches Brendan Allen in a middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 06, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

A five-fight UFC Vegas 90 main card on Saturday night was action packed, to say the least. The main card was headlined by a pair of high-level middleweights in a rematch from December of 2021.

Chris Curtis would compete in his second split decision fight of 2024, but this time, he was on the losing end of said decision. Eight decisions on a 12-fight card with three of the five-fight main card bouts ending in split decisions.

Chris Curtis

Curtis lost a very close fight to Brendan Allen on Saturday night, falling to 5-3, 1 NC in the UFC. Chris also tweaked his hamstring in the second round before severely injuring it just moments before the end of the bout.

Chris Curtis could very well be out of action for an extended period of time due to the hamstring injury. Chris will likely be out for the better part of a year depending on the severity his injury. With that in mind, there are a couple of fighters that could potentially make for good fights when Curtis returns to the octagon (the loser of Anthony Hernandez vs Roman Dolidze, in June, would be ideal but Curtis will still be recovering). The front runner for Curtis would have to be a fighter like Roman Kopylov. Roman is 4-3 in the UFC but has won foue of his last five fights all by stoppage. And Kopylov is still early-ish in his pro fight career with 15 fights. It’d be a great striking battle and a good welcome back for Chris.

Curtis’ next fight: Roman Kopylov

Alexander Hernandez

Alexander Hernandez had himself a rough night at UFC Vegas 90. Hernandez missed weight on the scale in third fight at 145lbs, ahead of losing a split decision on Saturday night.

Hernandez now has a 6-7 record in the UFC and is winless at 0-3 in the featherweight division. If Hernadez insists on staying at 145lbs, then a good matchup for him would be Morgan Charriere. Morgan fought just prior to Hernadez and though he only has just two fights with the promotion, he has 30 professional MMA fights. Hernandez does not have much leverage at featherweight.

If Hernandez chooses to move back to lightweight where he is 6-4 in the UFC, he should fight, the winner of the Terrance McKinney vs Esteban Ribovics fight. That fight is about a month away and would throw Hernandez right back into the mix at 155lbs. A couple of finishes or impressive wins and he’d be knocking on the door of being ranked.

Hernandez’s next fight at featherweight: Morgan Charriere

Hernandez’s next fight at lightweight: Terrance McKinney vs Esteban Ribovics winner

Morgan Charriere

Morgan was on the wrong side of a split decision in a hard-fought bout against Chepe Mariscal. The bout won fight of the night honors and raised Morgan’s stock, as it was just his second bout in the UFC.

A solid name, as previously mentioned, would be Alexander Hernandez. Alexander has won only one fight of his last five and is 0-3 as a featherweight. Hernandez has 13 fights in the UFC and is has made a considerable name for himself, which could be a great opportunity for a fighter like Charriere. Not to mention, the timing would work as the two shared a card and both fought to split decisions in three round bouts.

If Hernandez is not available, Charriere could fight Seung Woo Choi, his original matchup. “Sting” pulled out of the bout with Morgan and has a 4-5 record with the UFC, 11-6 in pro MMA. The two matchups very well and either way exciting things on the horizon for Morgan Charriere.

Charriere’s next fight: Alexander Hernandez or Seung Woo Choi 

Christos Giagos

Christos Giagos is now 6-8 after two stints with the UFC having shared the octagon with the likes of Charles Oliveria, Drakkar Klose, Arman Tsarukyan, Thiago Moises and Daniel Zellhuber. An undefeated Gilbert Burns was Giagos welcome to the UFC back in 2014.

Giagos has fought some monsters over the course of his career and still has a pretty solid record. Christos is obviously a fighter that is used to measure just how skilled up and coming hype trains are within the UFC, as is evident thru his last couple of fights.

Give Giagos the winner of the Chase Hooper vs. Viacheslav Borshchev. Both fighters have under 10 fights in the UFC and have shown promise with the promotion. Both fighters are also earlier on in their careers.

Jordan Leavitt would also be another good matchup, as he is coming off of a loss in November of last year to Chase Hooper. Leavitt would be available since he does not have a fight booked.

Giagos’ next fight: Winner of Chase Hooper vs. Viacheslav Borshchev or Jordan Leavitt

Trevor Peek

Peek lost a gruelingly paced fight at UFC Vegas 90 where he hung in there but ultimately just gave up too much control on the ground to get the win.

Trevor Peek is a Contender Series product that just has a knack for unadulterated violence. Violence and cardio, as well as being very unorthodox. After winning his Contender Series fight in 2022, Peek has now gone 2-2 while with the UFC. Peek has never been finished in his career and has just one finish while in the UFC.

While Peek is always in fun fights, in some respects he is still developing. Trevor only has 11 pro fights so a fight against 7-2, Alex Munoz would make sense. Munoz is also a Contender Series vet and has been out of action since July of 2023 when he beat Carl Deaton III. Munoz is 1-2 in the UFC losing to Nasrat Haqparast and Luis Pena.

Peek’s next fight: Alex Munoz