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UFC 225 Biggest Winners and Losers

Biggest Winners: 

 

Curtis Blaydes: 

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“Razor” solidified himself as the top contender in the heavyweight division and a deserving shot at the winner of Miocic vs Cormier. Blaydes’ last loss came against Francis Ngannou in 2016. If a title shot is not next for the heavyweight the only other viable option would be a rematch Vs. Ngannou (if Ngannou defeats Derrick Lewis at UFC 226) which would be set up as a #1 contender fight.

 

Holly Holm: 

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Holm defeated rising star Megan Anderson via unanimous decision at UFC 225. This was the first ever Women’s 145 pound non title fight, and Holm yet again set herself up for another possible title fight of her choosing. Amanda Nunes took to Twitter to ignite a challenge in  Holm for her 135 pound strap. This got the attention of Cyborg, who defeated Holm at UFC219, She tweeted out that she would fight the winner of Holm vs. Nunes for a super fight title defense. Holly Holm is clearly one of only a few legitimate contenders for the 135, 145 titles but there is no questioning she continues to take advantage of the opportunities handed her way.

 

Tai Tuivasa: 

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Is there anything better than a post-win shoey? Joe Rogan didn’t want to find out. Tuivasa is quickly becoming one of the most entertaining fighters inside and outside of the octagon. “Bam Bam” was coming off of two 1st round KO wins and this time we saw him outpoint the UFC veteran Andrei Arlovski. Tuivasa should enter the top 7 of the heavyweight division and it will be interesting who his next opponent will be. Till the next SHOEY!

 

Colby Covington:

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The new Interim Welterweight Champion of the world is “The Choas.” Covington and RDA went all 5 rounds to determine who would get the next shot at champion Tyron Woodley. Covington has been a force inside and outside of the octagon, his trash talk and personality have many hating the man, yet he wears gold around his waist. Covington will be bringing his belt to President Trump’s desk according to him, and Covington didn’t take long to call out “scared” Tyron Woodley. Covington also got into a heated exchange with former champ Michael Bisping in an interview after the event, look for Covington to stay in the MMA news leading up to his title fight with Woodley.

 

BOTH Whittaker and Romero:

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The fight should be up for FOTY and without a doubt, Round 3 should be up for ROTY. What a fight these two put on, further proving they are the two best middleweights in the world. Yoel Romero came into this fight missing a second straight championship weight cut, yet after this fight, no one is talking about that. Whittaker dominated the fight early and then weathered the storm of “The Soldier of God”, only to stay standing through it all doing enough to gain victory. Romero was fighting with only one eye for most of the fight, Whittaker broke his hand early in the fight, and both showed what true toughness is about. Whittaker will most likely defend his belt against the very deserving Kelvin Gastelum next. Romero should move up in weight to the light heavyweight division and should be a top 10 fighter upon entry. Respect to both these fighters on an amazing performance.

 

Biggest Losers: 

 

CM PUNK and Mike Jackson: 

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While a top contender fight in the heavyweight division took place on the prelims we were forced to watch two 0-1 fighters begin the main card of UFC225. CM Punk showed heart and toughness in this bout but he stood no chance. Jackson, on the other hand, showed dominance over punk but possibly is an even bigger loser in all of this than CM PUNK. “What a complete idiot” is what Dana White described Jackson as post-fight. White told Jackson to return to whatever job he was doing before this because he is done in the UFC. Jackson dominated the fight but for some odd reason did not even attempt to finish CM Punk, throwing lackadaisical punches to the body while staring into the crowd. Dana White also said he thinks CM Punk should retire from MMA. Both of these fighters leave UFC 225 possibly done in the UFC.

 

Alistair Overeem:

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“The Reem” not only was not on the main card but lost a big chance to move him back into title contention. Alistair Overeem has now lost two straight fights via KO. The 38 year old fighter needs a win in his next fight or he could drop dramatically in the rankings. With heavyweight contenders such as Derrick Lewis, Curtis Blaydes, and Francis Ngannou in line for possible title fights, Overeem could be facing an end to his chances at Stipe Miocic.

 

Rashad Evans:

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Rashad Evans has now lost 5 straight fights in the UFC. The former Light Heavyweight champion was KO’d inside Rd 1 of his fight at UFC225. Evan’s last win came against Chael Sonnen at UFC 167. The legend of the sport has defeated opponents such as Tito Ortiz, Michael Bisping, Chuck Liddell and others. It may be time for “Suga” to leave the gloves in the octagon according to Dana White, but Evan’s is unsure if he is ready for that. It will be interesting to see what is next for the former champ, after 5 losses in a row it looks as it may be retirement.

 

Rafael Dos Anjos:

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Dos Anjos not only could be an interim champion right now but also could be worshipped as a God in Brazil. The 33-year-old looked good in the octagon but Covington controlled most of the fight. Covington is the type of fighter that is constantly in your face, doesn’t allow you a chance to catch your breath. RDA is only in this category due to the magnitude of the loss. The belt on the line, a chance at Tyron Woodley staring him in the face and above all a chance to knock Colby Covington out, all of that was missed by RDA. I expect the Brazilian to be back and look for him to possibly fight Stephen Thompson next, both top contenders coming off of losses.

 

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