For the first time in over 20 years, the UFC made their return to Buffalo for UFC 210 Saturday night. It was a rollercoaster of fights, specifically on the main card in front of over 17,000 people at the KeyBank Center. Now it was time to play matchmaker and determine who was next for the main card winners.
In the main event of the evening, Daniel Cormier successfully defended his UFC light heavyweight title, submitting the now retired Anthony Johnson with a rear naked choke again. With Jon Jones and Jimi Manuwa in attendance, who would challenge “DC” next for the gold?
As for the co-main event, it did not end without controversy as Gegard Mousasi picked up the TKO over Chris Weidman after the referee deemed a couple of illegal knees legal. Will Weidman get a rematch or will Mousasi move on?
Also on the main card, Cynthia Calvillo continued to impress, rudely welcoming Pearl Gonzalez into the UFC with a submission. Thiago Alves returned to welterweight and picked apart Patrick Cote, who also retired, for the victory. Lastly, Charles Oliveira made quick work of Will Brooks in his return to lightweight via submission. Who would be next for these three winners?
All of these questions will be answered on this UFC 210 edition of Post-Fight Matchmaking.
Charles Oliveira vs. Rick Glenn
In his lightweight return, Charles Oliveira (22-7, 1 NC) submitted Will Brooks via first-round rear naked choke to kick off the pay-per-view.
“do Bronx” snapped a two-fight losing skid and earned his ninth submission inside the Octagon. The 27-year-old Brazilian veteran also earned a Performance of the Night bonus; his tenth post-fight bonus of his career.
Following the fight, Oliveira was asking to move back down to featherweight. However, due to his history of missing weight, it will be difficult for the UFC to give him that chance.
Instead, Oliveira should go from fighting a former Bellator champion to a fighting a former WSOF champion next in Rick Glenn (19-4-1).
Glenn, 27, edged Philippe Nover via split decision in his last fight at UFC 208 in Brooklyn back in January. As a result, “The Gladiator” from Iowa earned his first UFC win and won four of his last five fights.
Thiago Alves vs. Jake Ellenberger/Mike Perry
Thiago Alves (22-11) swept the scorecards for the unanimous decision over the now-retired Patrick Cote in his welterweight return.
“Pitbull” stopped the losing streak at two and has won three of his last five since returning from the two-year layoff in 2014. The 33-year-old ATT fighter is 14-8 since joining the UFC in 2005.
More from Matches to Make
In two weeks, Jake Ellenberger (31-12) and Mike Perry (9-1) will kick off the UFC Fight Night: Nashville main card. The winner should face Alves next.
Ellenberger suffered a controversial first-round TKO to Jorge Masvidal in his last fight back in December at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale. “The Juggernaut”, 33, has lost six of his last eight fights.
Perry, 25, lost for the very first time in his last fight, losing a unanimous decision to Alan Jouban in December at UFC on FOX 22 in Sacramento. “Platinum” was 2-0 in the UFC and had won all of his fights by (T)KO before the loss.
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Tatiana Suarez
In her second fight in 35 days, Cynthia Calvillo (5-0) submits Pearl Gonzalez via third-round rear naked choke. The 29-year-old Team Alpha Male prospect remains undefeated and is now 2-0 in the UFC. Both fights were on the pay-per-view main cards and ended with the same submission.
Before she gets on the rankings, Calvillo should fight another undefeated prospect in Tatiana Suarez (4-0).
Suarez, 26, has not fought since July when she became The Ultimate Fighter 23 strawweight winner. Like Calvillo, the Milennia MMA product submitted Amanda Cooper in her UFC debut via first-round, but with a d’Arce Choke.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Luke Rockhold
In his 50th fight, Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) picked up the odd second-round TKO over Chris Weidman after legal knees that were deemed illegal. Controversial or not, the 31-year-old Dutch-Armenian is now on a five-fight winning streak and has won eight of his last ten fights.
Immediately after the fight, Mousasi offered Weidman the rematch. However, with Mousasi’s contract being up, he will probably ask for a higher ranked opponent in his negotiations. If Mousasi remains with the UFC, the next best fighter he deserves to fight is Luke Rockhold (15-3).
Rockhold, 32, last fought in June, when he lost his UFC middleweight championship in a massive upset to Michael Bisping at UFC 199 in Inglewood. The AKA fighter is 5-2 in the UFC with four post-fight bonuses.
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2
Once again, Daniel Cormier (19-1) submits Anthony Johnson with a rear naked choke in the rematch, this time in the second round to remain the UFC light heavyweight champion. “DC” is on a four-fight winning streak with now two successful title defences. The 38-year-old world-class wrestler is 6-1 since moving down to 205 lbs.
After UFC 210, there is only one fight to make for Cormier, and that is the rematch with Jon Jones (22-1).
Jones last fought in April of last year at UFC 196, earning the unanimous decision over Ovince Saint Preux.
“Bones” became the interim UFC light heavyweight champion. Unfortunately, he would be stripped of the title following a potential anti-doping policy violation from an out of competition drug test. The 29-year-old former UFC light heavyweight titleholder is on a 13-fight winning streak with seven post-fight bonuses.