Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Anthony Pettis and UFC on ESPN+ 6's other key winners?
After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next.
And 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 on ESPN+ 6’s most noteworthy winning fighters.
Those winners include Anthony Pettis (22-8 MMA, 9-7 UFC), who pulled off a stunning knockout of Stephen Thompson (14-4-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) in Saturday’s headliner at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., as well as Curtis Blaydes (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), Jussier Formiga (23-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC), Maycee Barber (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Randa Markos (9-6-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC).
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Should fight: Tecia Torres
Why they should fight: The results from Markos have been inconsistent, at best, in recent years, but she may very well have turned a corner with her first-round submission of Angela Hill, which marked her first stoppage win inside the octagon.
Over the past year, Markos has teamed up with a sports phycologist and added new dynamics to her training to help her meet her potential. She came out on fire against Hill, finishing the strawweight fight with an armbar in the opening frame to secure a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.
Markos said post-fight that she would love a quick turnaround and fight on the UFC’s card in her native Canada on May 4, and if the promotion can find a willing dance partner, there’s no reason why not. Markos has already fought many of the notable names at 115 pounds, but she has yet to encounter Torres (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) in an official UFC setting. Markos did beat “The Tiny Tornado” in an exhibition contest on Season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but that was a lifetime ago at this point.
Torres is currently sitting on three consecutive losses after dropping a decision to Weili Zhang at UFC 235 earlier this month, and taking a step down the rankings against Markos could give her a chance to right the ship. And for Markos, it could elevate her status.1 2 3 4 …5
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