Post UFC 234 Matchmaking by Myles Hutton

Picture by Esther Lin.

A crazy turn of events hours before the card was due to start, saw reigning middleweight king Robert Whittaker require emergency surgery, leading to his fight with contender Kelvin Gastelum being removed from the card; which saw original co-main event “The Last Stylebender” Israel Adesanya face the former middleweight champ and one of the greatest fighters of all time, Anderson Silva, take the main event slot, with ‘Groovy’ Lando Vannata facing debutant Marcos Mariano in the new co main event.

We saw a bunch of finishes and a plethora of great performances at UFC 234; in this article I will take UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby’s job and choose which fights I believe will make sense in the future for both the winners and the losers.

Main Card:

Israel Adesanya def. Anderson Silva via Unanimous Decision-

Israel Adesanya vs Jacare Souza

Anderson Silva vs Nick Diaz (if he returns)

Lando Vannata def. Marcos Mariano via Submission (Kimura)-

Lando Vannata vs Jim Miller

Marcos Mariano vs John Gunther

Ricky Simon def. Rani Yahya via Unanimous Decision-

Ricky Simon vs Cody Stamann

Rani Yahya vs Louis Smolka

Montana De La Rosa def. Nadia Kassem via Submission (Armbar)

Montana De La Rosa vs Mara Romero Borella

Nadia Kassem vs Rachael Ostovich

Jimmy Crute def. Sam Alvey via TKO

Jimmy Crute vs Nikita Krylov

Sam Alvey vs Adam Milstead

Prelims:

Devonte Smith def. Dong Hyun Ma via TKO

Devonte Smith vs Vinc Pichel

Dong Hyun Ma vs Nick Hein

Shane Young def. Austin Arnett via Unanimous Decision

Shane Young vs Geraldo de Freitas

Austin Arnett vs Tyler Diamond

Kai Kara-France def Raulian Paiva via Unanimous Decision

Kai Kara-France vs Rogério Bontorin

Raulian Paiva vs Ashkan Mokhtarian

Kyung Ho Kang def. Teruto Ishihara via Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

Kyung Ho Kang vs Brad Katona

Teruto Ishihara vs Davey Grant

Fight Pass Prelims:

Jalin Turner def. Callan Potter via KO

Jalin Turner vs Matt Frevola

Callan Potter vs Devin Powell

Jonathan Martinez def. Wuliji Buren via Unanimous Decision

Jonathan Martinez vs Andre Soukhamthath

Wuliji Buren vs Augusto Mendes

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@MylesHutton15

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