Six women, three fights, all were action packed from the opening bell. UFC Philadelphia was a fun card from the start. As usual the woman fighting held their own and showed why they’re so entertaining. Although there weren’t any finishes, all three were action packed. Three of the women walked out of Philadelphia winners – what’s next for them? Keep reading for the answers!
All of the hype coming into her fight against the higher ranked Karolina Kowalkiewicz wasn’t just hype. Michelle Waterson is now on a three fight win streak in the UFC’s Strawweight division. Her opponent, Kowalkiewicz, was by far the toughest on paper going in. But Waterson made this her fight showing that she is a legit contender in the division. After the win in her post-fight interview, Waterson said she wanted to go to Rio de Janeiro in May at UFC 237 where division champion Rose Namajunas will defend her title against Jessica Andrade. That callout means one thing, Waterson thinks the win over Kowalkiewicz did enough to get her a shot at the title.
Not so fast. There’s a fight at UFC 238 between Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff that should be for the next title shot against the winer of Namajunas and Andrade. So that leaves Waterson needing a fight. Former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk needs a fight and she is still close to the top of the rankings. Although it wouldn’t be an easy fight for Waterson, a win would definitely get her in contention for a title shot. And that’s what she wants – so the UFC should give her one of the best before fighting the best.
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Although she didn’t finish her opponent, Marina Rodriguez looked stellar in the entire fight. Jessica Aguilar came in on only ten days notice but held her own against an incredibly tough Rodriguez. It was the striking of Marina Rodriguez that won her the fight. She used her length to keep Aguilar from coming in while using her kicks as fabulous offense. The time is now for the 31 year old from Brazil to take fights that will help her climb into and up the rankings. But who does she fight?
There is only one name that should be said when matching Marina Rodriguez with an opponent. Alexa Grasso. Already this year Rodriguez and Grasso were matched up to fight, not once but twice. In fact, Jessica Aguilar stepped in for Grasso in the fight at UFC Philadelphia. Alexa Grasso is ranked 15’th in the official UFC rankings – this is a perfect opportunity for Rodriguez to step up in competition and show what she is really about. Plus it seems the UFC, Rodriguez and Grasso want this fight to happen.
— UFC (@ufc) March 30, 2019
It’s possible the win against an incredibly tough but green opponent in Sabina Mazo saved Maryna Moroz from being cut. It would have been her third loss in a row in the UFC. But Moroz pulled off the best fight of her career thus far. “Iron Lady” showed exactly why that is her nickname – she took hits but kept on going, making herself look like she’s made of iron. Moroz was in control for most of the fight while she kept the lengthy Mazo off her game for most of the fight. If this is the new Maryna Moroz the rest of the Flyweight division should watch out.
They were matched up to fight at the Argentina Fight Night in November but it was cancelled. Now it makes sense for the UFC to make this fight again, Maryna Moroz versus Ariane Lipski. Moroz is coming off of a win against a high profile prospect while Lipski is coming off of a loss in her UFC debut. This would be an interesting fight that would most likely stay standing. While Lipski is new to the UFC, she isn’t new to MMA, and she is definitely game for a fight. Moroz is the same. Marina Moroz versus Ariane Lipski is a matchup that would bring violence while matching up two fighters that really need wins for different reasons.