The FOX card that was plagued with injuries, from headliner Tony Ferguson pulling out, to former champion Lyoto Machida getting popped for steroids a week before fight night causing Dan Henderson to drop off the card, to Islam Makhachev fight being called off against Drew Dober at the weigh-ins due to a failed drug test; the card still succeeded in entertaining fights and with only 11 fights, it sure delivered. Let’s take a look at the winners of Saturday’s event and possible next opponents for them.

Glover Teixeira

The biggest winner of the night had to be Teixeira, with his first round knockout win over one of the biggest names in the sport. Teixeira has put his name, once again, at the top of the division. He is now riding a three-fight win streak and called out of the division’s scariest man in Johnson. With a win over Rumble, he would more then likely get another shot at the champion.

Rose Namajunas

Namajunas is one of the biggest stars in this new strawweight division and has now not only piled on a very impressive three-fight win streak, but was able to avenge one of her losses in a very tough back-and-forth battle against Tecia Torres. My personal opinion is that she is the clear #1 contender to fight the winner of Joanna Jedrzejczk vs Claudia Gadelha, but she is still very young and has time to develop more if she pleases with maybe one more fight before a big title shot. If her next bout isn’t for the title, I think a perfect matchup would be to avenge her only other loss against Carla Esparza. Namajunas has not only all the tools to be a champion, but become the next new star under the promotion.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

The Russian, after a 2 year layoff, looked like he didn’t skip a beat, putting on a dominating performance against the short notice newcomer in Daniel Horcher. He showed all of the aspects of his game that have created the big hype around him, as well as getting the finish in the second round. He made it clear that his sights are set next on the title and I do agree that if Rafael dos Anjos successfully defends his belt against Eddie Alvarez, that it only makes sense that Khabib would get the next shot, especially since dos Anjos hasn’t lost a fight since he last fought Nurmagomedov.

Cub Swanson

Swanson’s lengthy time off since being on a two-fight losing skid definitely paid off, as he looked incredible against a very tough fighter in Hacran Dias. Swanson had his opponent hurt on multiple occasions in the fight and really was looking like the old Swanson. A next bout for him that I would like to see is against Chad Mendes, who is coming off a three-fight losing streak, but is without a doubt one of the best fighters in the division. If he can get a win over Mendes, Swanson’s name will be back at the top of the division.

About The Author

Jake Schneider
Staff Writer

Jake Schneider is a student at the University of Rhode Island who is currently looking to pursue a double major in Communications and Journalism. He is an MMA fanatic who has been following the sport for years. He began to share his wealth of knowledge and opinions on the sport to many of his family members and friends as well as various MMA forums online. His love and passion for the sport has been able to make many people that are a part of his life fans of mixed martial arts as well. His insight of the sport both inside and outside of the cage is what makes his analysis on fights and individual fighters so well informed.