The UFC has finally given fans a championship fight on their subscription based platform, UFC Fight Pass. While the overall card was still on the same general level as past Fight Pass events, the title bout elevated it to what may have been there best show to date on the e-network.

The big story coming out of Berlin is Joanna Jedrzejczyk. In her prior outing she provided the now former champion, Carla Esparza, with a one sided beat down that was shocking, and even difficult to watch at times. She looked unstoppable, but as they say, you aren’t a true champion until your first defense. On Saturday, she was faced with a big name in Jessica Penne, and she once again put on a striking clinic for the ages. Penne was not only defeated by the end of the fight, but worse, she looked broken. Physically she was bloodied and cut, but emotionally she looked even worse.

After two back to back victories in such short time, predictions have been whirling through media, forums and social media that Jedrzejczyk will be a long standing champion at strawweight. There is one fighter that raises some questions for Jedrzejczyk though. This week we will talk about who she should defend her title against next, and also discuss a couple other fighters that made waves on Saturday night in Germany.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha/Jessica Aguilar 

The fight that put Jedrzejczyk in a position to challenge for the title in the first place was her bout with Claudia Gadelha. That fight was closely contested, and Jedrzejczyk left that night with a split decision victory. It’s far from uncommon to hear fans and media members voice their opinion that she lost to Gadelha, which makes Jedrzejczyk’s next fight an easy match to make. Unfortunately, Gadelha has a fight booked against Jessica Aguilar who is no doubt one of the very best in the strawweight division. This will be Aguilar’s UFC debut, and if she can get by Gadelha, she could easily be the number one contender. The division is still young and lacking depth, so either way it’s likely both of these contenders will fight for the title in no time.

Makwan Amirkhani vs Diego Brandao

Makwan Amrikhani has exploded onto the scene. He seems poised for greatness due to his abilities on the mic and in the cage, but then reality sets in and you realize he only has two fights in the UFC. The UFC needs international stars, and they can put him in against another guy with little to no name value and do the slow build, but he has been so dominant that it may be time to give him a step up in competition. Diego Brandao is coming off of a win against Jimmy Hettes, but was close to getting his walking papers right before hand. A fight against Amirkhani would provide him the opportunity to prove that he is a legitimate threat in the featherweight division and that he belongs in the UFC. For both fighters this match up makes perfect sense for where they are in their careers.

Nick Hein vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier

Nick Hein picked up his second win in the UFC over a relatively unknown in Lukasz Sajewski. While the name value won’t elevate him, his placement on the card as well as his performance have worked to elevate his own stock. He shut down Sajewski and showed some good fight IQ along the way. He was able to set up Sajewski and stay a step ahead for the majority of the fight. Aubin-Mercier is in a similar position right now. He has one more fight in the UFC than Hein, but their records are very similar. Both men have a one loss in the UFC, but also have a heavy home-nation based support behind them, which is good for the UFC. If they end up fighting each other, it would best serve the UFC on a European or Canadian card.

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Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.