Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Daniel Cormier and UFC 241's other losing fighters?

(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC 241’s winning fighters?)

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next.

With another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 241’s most notable fighters.

Those fighters include Daniel Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC), who lost the heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) by fourth-round knockout in the main event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., as well as former champ Anthony Pettis (22-9 MMA, 9-8 UFC) and former title challenger Yoel Romero (13-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC)

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Yoel Romero

Should fight: Kelvin Gastelum

Why they should fight: Although the fight was extremely close and the decision was somewhat debatable, the reality is Romero now finds himself on a two-fight losing skid for the first time after coming out on the wrong end of the scorecards to Paulo Costa.

At 42, Romero still looked very good and very dangerous against an undefeated rising star like Costa. He just simply couldn’t put the Brazilian down with shots that have and would devastate other middleweights, and now he’s in a bit of a weird spot.

It doesn’t seem like Romero is keen to go anywhere, but his road back to fighting for a UFC title just got a little bit tougher. The best-case scenario for him would be for Israel Adesanya to take over as 185-pound champion, considering his two losses to Robert Whittaker, but it’s possible Costa gets his hands on that belt sooner than later, too.

The best way for Romero to get back to where he wants to be is to go after the highest ranked available contender. Right now that’s Gastelum (15-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), who lost to Adesanya in an interim title bout earlier this year. Gastelum wants to get back to fighting for belts, as well, and beating Romero is the most efficient way to do that.

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