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What’s Next: UFC 283 Losers

The first Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view card for 2023 is already on the books, and UFC 283 has left us with some very interesting scenarios across several weight classes.

Both title fights topped the weekend’s return to Brazil promotions and both saw the undisputed champion change hands (and in one case become unified). In the main event, Jamahal Hill retired Glover Teixeira, while in the combined event, Brandon Moreno opened the night with an interim gold medal, unifying the title and now the undisputed UFC lightweight champion, as he won the fourth The match defeated Deiveson Figueiredo in their series fight.

Also, although not mentioned in this article, the legendary Shogun Rua retired. Do yourself a favor: Go back and watch the 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix. The Shogun is a legend and a future Hall of Famer.

Now, on to what’s (probably) going to happen next for the losing side of the UFC 283 main card.

Glover Teixeira

The Shogun wasn’t the only Brazilian legend to retire on Saturday night. After losing in the main event, Glover Teixeira is looking to take back the light heavyweight gold and call it a career.

It’s weird to talk about Teixeira in those terms, since he never really exited the title picture. Even at 43, Glover was still in the mix until the end. He suffered a sizable loss against Jamahal Hill but refused to leave — that’s an apt description of Teixeira’s career, really. After losing to Jon Jones in 2014, he refused to be denied and captured the UFC light heavyweight title at age 42.

Teixeira’s next step will be to coach UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira and others. Now calling Connecticut home, you can expect to see more talent coming out of Teixeira’s gym. He’s one of the good guys in the sport and another fighter who deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame when all is said and done.

Davidson Figueiredo

Here’s where things got really interesting: After losing to Brandon Moreno at UFC 283, Davidson Figueiredo signaled a move to bantamweight.

Figueiredo is now 1-2-1 against Moreno, and although their fourth match ended early with promotion, the “God of War” lost after three rounds. What happens in the last ten minutes? We’ll never know. That’s almost enough to make one want to see a fifth fight, but it’s unlikely the UFC will.

So see Figgy the 135-year-old wizard who helped attract new fans to the 125-pound weight class, which he has held for a few years now. 135 Who Should He Draw? As a former champion, it is estimated that he is a high-profile opponent. Cody Garbrandt will be fun and fight Julio Arce in March. Cory Sandhagen and Raphael Assuncao are also scheduled to matchup in March. With Figueiredo likely to need some time to heal before being able to train at full capacity, the winner of either of those two contests would be appropriate. Sandhagen vs. Assuncao feels more likely, so we’ll take that.

Next Match in Figueiredo: Sandhagen vs. Assuncao Winner

neil magney

It was a tough night for UFC 283 welterweight title leader Neil Magney. Magny told us he wanted a bout with Burns to test his grappling ability, but he struggled in that area and caved in.

Magny had always been a man who liked to be busy, a man who was always tough, and this was one of his more defining losses. Next he will likely keep his opponents down the totem pole, which is fine. Playing alongside Magny was Wally Alves, who was also unavailable. He is the Ultimate Fighter Champion of Brazil and another mainstay in the division. They never fought and the timing was perfect.

Magny’s next game: Warlley Alves

Lauren Murphy

The immediate answer to what’s next for “Lucky” Lauren Murphy is “vacation.” Frankly, Murphy wasn’t as lucky at UFC 283, going from a one-sided victory over Jessica Andrade to an ugly end. No doubt about her toughness, she later thanked her corner for not throwing in the towel, but it was clear they should. The fight dragging to the final bell didn’t do anyone any favors, least of all Murphy, who clearly couldn’t handle Andrade’s strength.

The importance of brain health in combat sports cannot be underestimated. But that’s an argument for another day. When it comes to who Murphy’s next opponent is, Jennifer Maya’s underdog to Casey O’Neill could come into play. The fight won’t come until March, giving Murphy some extra time to recover.

Murphy’s next fight: Maya vs. O’Neal loser

Paul Craig

Scotland’s Paul Craig paid the price for his inability to defeat Johnny Walker in their UFC 283 PPV opener on Saturday.

Craig has now lost two in a row, although Walker and Volkan Ozdemir are very competitive. He’s not exactly in trouble, but avoiding a 0-3 slump is key. Dominique Reyes also needs a win and is in a tough spot. Reyes has lost four straight, dating back to his title fight against Jon Jones. Both fighters remain in the rankings but risk losing the numbers next to their names.

Booking that makes a lot of sense and helps get a boxer back into the ring.

Craig’s next fight: Dominique Reyes

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