The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to last weekend's business (Saturday, November 24, 2018) for UFC Fight Night 141, which was held at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China. In the main event of the night, Francis Ngannou threw himself through Curtis Blaydes in 44 seconds to score his second victory over "Razor" in a devastating way (see her again here). In the co-main event of the evening, Alistair Overeem did a quick job of Octagon's newcomer, Sergey Pavlovich, taking him out in the first round through the vicious land and pound (full summary here).
Now is the time to see who you can (or should) face all the winners of the main card after their respective victories.
Winner: Francis Ngannou
Who should I fight next with: Junior two saints vs Tai Tuivasa winner
As impressive as the 44-second knockout victory of "The Predator" over Blaydes was, back to face Derrick Lewis or Stipe Miocic, who are ranked above Ngannou, it does not make sense at this time, nor does it do a do-over against Alistair Overeem. Junior Dos Santos and Tai Tuivasa are scheduled to connect them to UFC Fight Night 142 this Saturday (December 1, 2018) in Adelaide, Australia. The winner of that fight will face a higher ranked opponent with a victory, and since Ngannou is currently at number 4, either of them would be good for "The Predator".
Winner: Alistair Overeem
Who should you face now ?: Derrick Lewis
This fight would do it for the fact that "Black Beast" is one of the few big men that "Reem" has not yet faced inside the Octagon. Sure, Lewis is coming off a submission defeat to Daniel Cormier, but it was in a world title fight and that might be enough to tempt Overeem to take the fight. The two men like to hit, so Lewis does not have to worry about being dragged to the canvas, while Overeem can get consecutive victories for the first time since 2017 with a well-known name.
Winner: Song of Yadong
Who should be confronted next: Frankie saenz
Song has been perfect so far in his career at Octagon, winning all three of his fights, bringing his consecutive total of victories to six that go back to 2016. The challenges will only be difficult for the Chinese prospect after he overtakes Vince Morales, so who will face long-term veteran Frankie Sáenz, who was supposed to face in China anyway before being sent off for an injury, seems to be the logical showdown.
Winner: Li Jingliang
Who should be confronted next: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
"The Leech" scored his second consecutive victory for the eighth consecutive final with a spectacular final over the newcomer to UFC David Zawada, who gave him consecutive victories for the first time since 2017. He was ready to face Elizeu in Beijing with a small tear on his knee. If your recovery time is aligned with Li's desired return date, re-booking this fight makes a lot of sense. If not, then maybe a fight against Curtis Millender, who has won both fights in the Octagon, would be a good match.
To see the full results and coverage of UFC Beijing, click on here.