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What’s Next: UFC San Diego Winners

Marlon Villa, UFC San Diego ceremony weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Last weekend, the UFC returned to San Diego for the first time in seven years, with the veteran guard taking on the rookie in the night’s featured Main Event.

In addition to the main event, the UFC San Diego Co-Main Event offers everything you could hope for as a fighting fan, leading to an all-out war. With that said, let’s see what happens next to the winner of the night.

Maron Villa

“Chito” Vera once again came up with the nickname “Legendary Killer”. His bout between the two top lightweights at UFC San Diego was high stakes, and with the rest of the division tied together, it gave one of them a chance to stand on his own.

Dominick Cruz got off to a great start, implementing his extremely unique footwork and movement from the first bell. All three judges gave Cruz the first two rounds, though they were all eliminated. The striking volume in “The Dominator” became a staple of the fight. In the third round, “Chito” woke up and Cruz fell asleep. A perfect left-footed high kick put Cruz’s lights out and sent Villa into superstardom.

With four impressive victories in their last four games, Villa are now knocking on the door for the title. The question now is whether Villa will wait and see how the title race between Sterling and Dillashaw unfolds. The other option is to fight the winner of Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley, and the possibility of a rematch with O’Malley is something many fans would like to see.

Marlon Vera’s next fight: Yan vs O’Malley winner

Nate Landwell

Wow. Nate “The Train” put on a show that won hundreds of thousands of fans. Landwell takes on a hungry young lion in David Onama, a fighter with powerful knockdown abilities. Going into the race, I believed that if Onama didn’t finish early then Landwehr would take over. This is exactly what happened. Onama was linked early with a huge shot that dropped Landwehr, but his follow-up shot seemed to wake up the Clarksville native.

The three-round matchup between the two was absolutely relentless, and Landwell made the most of his mic time by showing off his hilarious personality. Fighting five fights in his UFC career, Landwell finally maximized his potential and showed what a formidable fighter he is.

One person he previously planned to fight was Leroy Murphy, a fight that still makes sense.

Nate Landwehr’s Next Fight: Lerone Murphy

Yazmin Hauregui

With the two women so young, the J(I)asmins fight was the most watched fight of the weekend. Combined, at just 43 years old, there’s a reason both of these women were so tall in their debuts.

Lucindo played her 18th professional game at the age of 20. Jauregui, on the other hand, made her UFC debut after conquering the Combate Global Strawweight division and was only 23 years old herself. The two put on an absolute show, it’s a fight and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the UFC gold medal five years later.

Since she’s a promotional rookie, she still needs a few fights under the UFC lights to become a household name. The next fight, pit her against Spider-Man.

Yazmin Jauregui’s next fight: Maria Oliveira

Azamat Murzakanov

The Russian continued his flawless run of 12-0 with another impressive victory, this time against Devin Clark. The Contenders Series alum completed his first two UFC fights in the final round, showing that his skill and strength have continued.

“The Pro” has lived up to his moniker, and he may have secured a higher-ranked opponent for his next fight. The man who beat Sam Alvey was Michal Oleksiejczuk. While Alvi, which beat the slump, won’t boost the stock too much, it’s still a solid performance. The matchup between Murzakanov and Oleksiejczuk could make sense next.

Azamat Murzakanov’s next fight: Michal Oleksiejczuk

Priscilla Cachoella

Although the bout had to wait an extra week, Priscilla Cachoela didn’t want to wait too long and dispatched Ariana Lipsky in the first round of UFC San Diego. After being involved in a slug, Lipsky fell to the ground when she couldn’t bear the barrage of punches coming from her.

Cachoeira, who has won two in a row, is now hoping for three in her next fight, something she hasn’t done since 2017. Another woman with an impressive recent win is Joselyne Edwards. Here’s what we’re likely to see next.

Priscilla Cachoella’s next fight: Jocelyn Edwards

Gerald Mershat

“GM3” had an impressive victory in his 50th professional fight and 17th UFC fight. Meerschaert’s last seven victories have come by submission, which makes him very dangerous. He rocked Silva on a nice left straight, then synced with Silva’s neck for him to tap.

Despite the loss to Barkley, a match against Albert Durayev could be Gerald Mershart’s next game.

Gerald Meerschaert’s next fight: Albert Duraev

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