What’s next for Li Jingliang after his big knockout at UFC Fight Island 7?

This past weekend at UFC Fight Island 7, the MMA world was excited for the return of Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-4). Ponzinibbio was one of the top welterweight prospects in the promotion when the calendar closed in 2018.

However, injuries have kept Ponzinibbio out of the UFC since then. The promotion put him on this card and gave him Li Jingliang (18-6) in his return. The last we saw of Ponzinibbio, he was incredibly sharp and did well with counterstriking.

Li is the type of opponent who is going to be in your face from the moment the fight starts. With the styles of the two, I figured it was a great matchup for Ponzinibbio to return to and I expected him to pickup the win.

However, I was dead wrong. From the opening bell, Ponzinibbio was incredibly tentative. Li on the other hand was fighting as he normally does. Aggressively moving forward and looking for hooks to start his combinations or counter Ponzinibbio.

During one of the exchanges, Ponzinibbio overextended and Li put his lights out with a flush left hook. The UFC crowd was stunned and Li pulled off a massive win for him. Tough night for the returning Ponzinibbio but a sensational night for The Leech.

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 7?

Normally after a UFC event, you look at the winners and there are a number of options for their next fight. However, this is not the case with Li. To me, there is one clear option that I think the promotion should go with.

I think the next fight for Li Jingliang should be a matchup with Geoff Neal (13-3). Neal just suffered his first loss inside the octagon, but he’s still ranked inside the top 15 at welterweight. He’s currently ranked 11th in the division.

The new UFC rankings just came out and Li is currently ranked 12th. Given their styles and their positions within the division, it makes all the sense in the world to book these guys against each other. Not too mention it would be an insanely fun matchup for the fans.

What’s next for Matt Brown after UFC Fight Island 7?

This past weekend at UFC Fight Island 7, we finally got to see a fight we’ve waited years for. Fight fans finally got to watch Matt Brown (22-18) and Carlos Condit (32-13) go to war after years of the fight always falling through.

The fight went a little differently than I thought it would. Matt Brown went with a wrestling-heavy attack after some of the early exchanges. He had success in the first round with being able to get Condit down and holding him there was his control.

The second round was virtually all Condit, however, the third round saw Brown have some additional success. In my opinion, the fight was decently close, but it was clear that Carlos Condit won at UFC Fight Island 7.

However, the scores didn’t reflect a close fight. All three judges gave every round to Condit which I don’t agree with. The fight was much closer than those numbers would suggest and Matt Brown was not happy about it.

However, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether the scoring was right or not. The right guy won the fight on Saturday. That said, what’s next for Matt Brown after taking the loss at UFC Fight Island 7?

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 7?

Matt Brown is a veteran of the game and he just turned 40. He’s now lost two fights in a row, but I don’t believe the UFC veteran is ready to hang up the gloves just yet. I also don’t believe that the promotion will force him out the door.

That said, what is next? I think the promotion has a few options. One guy the UFC could pair with Matt Brown is Mickey Gall (6-3). Gall has spent virtually his entire professional career with the promotion, however, he’s never really made that jump to the next level.

He’s a good fighter, but the progression to great just hasn’t come. Gall is a winnable fight for Brown, but it could also be entertaining for fans and a good fight for Gall. Another option is the loser of the Alex Oliveira (22-9-1, 1 NC) and Randy Brown (12-4) fight.

Whoever loses that fight will be in a very similar position as Matt Brown. They would have lost their last two fights inside the octagon. The UFC has a couple of options and I’m curious to see what they do with Brown moving forward.

After knockout loss at UFC Fight Island 7, where does Joaquin Buckley go from here?

Joaquin Buckley

One of the UFC‘s most hyped prospects entering 2021 was Joaquin Buckley (12-4). Buckley had perhaps the viral knockout of the decade back in 2020 and he followed that up with another brutal knockout win back at UFC 255.

Dana White has said in multiple interviews that he was one of the fighters to watch in 2021. The promotion decided to throw Buckley on the main card for their debut on ABC. They gave Buckley, Alessio Di Chirico (13-5), as an opponent at UFC Fight Island 7.

Di Chirico is a tough fighter, however, he had lost three straight entering Saturday. To me, this had a UFC showcase fight written all over it. In the past, Di Chirico had struggled against powerful punchers who pushed the pace.

Well, that’s exactly who Joaquin Buckley is. That said, I figured Buckley would storm through Di Chirico on Saturday as did most of the MMA community. Boy, was everyone wrong about that one.

Di Chirico looked incredibly sharp striking from the outside. Buckley looked frustrated and he wasn’t able to get in on Di Chirico during the exchanges. Di Chirico was sharp and was throwing shots down the middle that continuously popped Buckley.

Then out of no where, Di Chirico landed a beautiful headkick that sent Buckley crashing down. A few follow up shots later the referee called a stop to the fight and Alessio Di Chirico stopped the UFC hype train of Joaquin Buckley.

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 7?

Joaquin Buckley is still a very exciting prospect for the UFC, but let’s be honest, this was a big setback. He was given this opportunity against a guy who had lost three straight fights. Buckley was supposed to deliver and further push his stock.

However, the exact opposite happen. He lost in devastating fashion when he was a big favorite. Now, the UFC is going to have to figure out a good opponent to assist Buckley in regaining some of the steam that he had.

I thought for sure that the next fight would come against James Krause (28-8). Those two are from the same area in the US and they have major beef. However, with this loss, I’m not sure that Krause will be as interested as he was before.

The UFC needs to look for an opponent that will stand in trade with Buckley for his next fight. Win or lose, the fight will need to be entertaining. I like Jamie Pickett (11-5) as a potential option for Buckley’s next matchup.

After winning at UFC Fight Island 7, what’s next for Carlos Condit?

Carlos Condit

At UFC Fight Island 7, fight fans finally got to see a welterweight showdown that we’ve waited years for. The Natural Born Killer, Carlos Condit (32-13), took on Matt “The Immortal” Brown (22-18) in the co-main event of the evening.

The fight went a little differently than I thought it would, however, it was still very entertaining. Both men battled for fifteen minutes and in the end, the judges gave the decision to the former interim UFC champion, Carlos Condit.

Condit definitely won the fight, although, I was a little surprised by the scores. All three judges gave Condit every round. I personally thought Matt Brown should have won the first round with his top control, but it was close.

I was surprised that not one judge gave it to him. Nevertheless, Condit walked away with his second straight UFC victory. After Condit had lost five in a row, he’s bounced back for two wins over the last few months.

This was a very important fight for Condit. Not only was he looking to win his second straight, but the fight was the final one on his UFC contract. There were a lot of question marks about what would be next if he lost.

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 7?

Dana White said in the post-fight press conference that he loves Carlos Condit. Factoring in the UFC‘s relationship with Condit and the fact that he’s on a winning streak and I don’t believe he’s going to be going anywhere.

I fully expect the promotion to resign Condit and I don’t think Condit wants to go anywhere. Counting his WEC days, Condit has fought under Zuffa since 2007 and he didn’t sound like a fighter who was interested in testing the waters.

Having won two in a row, I’m curious to see what the UFC does with Condit next. I don’t think he will get a ranked opponent in his next fight, but someone on the broadcast did have a really good suggestion.

Someone mentioned James Krause (28-8) as a possibility and I love that fight. It would be an entertaining scrap between the two and Krause is 7-1 since 2015. If Condit could pickup another win over someone like Krause, then you could start to talk about a ranked opponent.

After a disappointing return at UFC Fight Island 7, what’s next for Santiago Ponzinibbio?

One of the fighters that I was the most excited about seeing at UFC Fight Island 7 was Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-4). Ponzinibbio had been out since November of 2018 with injuries, but he looked like a destroyer before those injuries.

He had won seven straight fights inside the octagon and looked like a guy who could become UFC welterweight champion. The promotion decided to give him Li Jingliang (18-6) in his return fight.

There are some fighters who can come back from long layoffs and not skip a beat. Then there are fighters who return to the UFC with serious ring rust. I was very curious to see where Ponzinibbio would fall on that scale.

One thing I knew is that he was facing an opponent who wasn’t going to let him get comfortable. Li is constantly throwing and constantly pushing forward which would throw Ponzinibbio right back into the fire after a couple of years off.

I figured Ponzinibbio would be able to land a big counter and win by knockout. Well, the exact opposite happened at UFC Fight Island 7. Ponzinibbio was extremely gun shy and he overextended on a right hand and got caught with a flush left hook that put him out.

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 7?

It is extremely clear that Ponzinibbio was just not comfortable in his UFC return. He didn’t look confident and he looked extremely hesitant. He looked like a fighter who had been off for a couple of years.

To beat a guy like Li, he needed to be on his game and sharp. He wasn’t and he was knocked out as a result. So what does the UFC do with Ponzinibbio after this loss? Well, in reality they need to get him back in there as soon as possible.

Normally fighters want to take some time off after a knockout loss, but Ponzinibbio has been off enough. The best thing for him is to try and get right back in there so he can get going again. The guy has so much ability and talent to just waste on the sidelines.

The UFC could go a couple of different ways with Ponzinibbio. On one hand, they could give him someone like Robbie Lawler (28-15, 1 NC). Sure, Lawler isn’t the same guy he used to be. However, he’s still got a big name with the fans.

If you want to reestablish Ponzinibbio, give him someone like Lawler who he can beat and restore his name. Or, they could give him someone like Alex Morono (18-7, 1 NC) who just lost to Anthony Pettis.

Sure, it’s not the sexiest fight in the world. However, it’s a fight that Ponzinibbio should be able to win. The UFC has options, but they need to give him a favorable matchup in his next fight.

After his dominant win at UFC Fight Island 7, what’s next for Max Holloway?

Heading into UFC Fight Island 7, I thought that Max Holloway (22-6) was going to need to be on his game to defeat Calvin Kattar (22-5). Kattar looked to be a dangerous contender and he was riding a ton of momentum.

Holloway on the other hand was just 1-3 in his last four fights. While you could make the argument that he defeated Alexander Volkanovski (22-1) at UFC 251, two of the scorecards said he lost which is what matters.

I wanted to see how Holloway would do in his first non-title fight since 2016. Would we get the Max Holloway who tore through the division on his way to capturing gold? Or would we get the more flat Max Holloway that lost to Volkanovski in December of 2019?

Well, at UFC Fight Island 7, we saw the best version of Max Holloway. Holloway put on the greatest performance I’ve ever seen him have. Of course he’s had other great ones, but there was just something about this performance that stood out.

He set virtually every striking record on Saturday. He landed over 400 significant strikes and one of the scorecards even read 50-42 which is unheard of. This was a one-sided beating and Max Holloway made a statement on Saturday.

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 7?

I’ve said for the last couple of months that the Brian Ortega (15-1, 1 NC) that we saw fight Chan Sung Jung was the best featherweight on the roster. Just the way he looked, I was blown away. However, Saturday changed that for me.

The Max Holloway that we saw at UFC Fight Island 7 is the best in the world. If that Holloway shows up to fight, not only do I think he defeats everyone at 145, but I think nobody even comes close to beating him. He’s that good when he’s on.

However, we haven’t really seen that dominant Max Holloway in a couple of years. The last time we saw that Holloway was against Brian Ortega. If this Max Holloway sticks around, he’s going to be the UFC featherweight champion again.

In March, Ortega will challenge Volkanovski for the featherweight title. No matter what the result, there is no doubting that Max Holloway is getting the next shot. He’s the clear number one contender and even a couple of days removed, I’m still blown away by his performance on Saturday.

After getting battered at UFC Fight Island 7, what’s next for Calvin Kattar?

UFC

UFC Fight Island 7 was an opportunity for Calvin Kattar (22-5) to have a big coming out party on the biggest of stages. The promotion was making their debut on ABC and Kattar was in the main event against former featherweight champion, Max Holloway (22-6).

Kattar is known for his incredibly crisp boxing and he talked a lot about it during the leadup. Hell, even I said in my preview of UFC Fight Island 7 that Max Holloway would need to mix it up a lot in order to win. I wasn’t sure how he would do in pure boxing with Kattar.

Well, there’s not an aspect of striking where Max Holloway didn’t dominate at UFC Fight Island 7. This fight was supposed to be very close on paper, however, Max Holloway simply showed the world that there are levels to this.

Calvin Kattar was completely dismantled over five rounds by the former champion. Kattar landed some good shots here and there, but at the end of the day, this was an extremely one-sided beating by Max Holloway.

To give you an idea of how lopsided it was, think about this. Holloway landed a UFC record 445 significant strikes. Calvin Kattar only landed 133. Holloway landed 312 more significant strikes and the scorecards read 50-43, 50-43, 50-42.

What’s next after UFC Fight Island 7

Let me just say this, Calvin Kattar is still one of the better featherweights in the UFC. You can’t just have the 2020 that he had without being near the top of the division. However, Max Holloway showed us that Kattar has a long ways to go.

I think it’s going to take some time before we see Kattar again in the UFC. With the beating he took, he’s going to need some time to recover and regroup. Considering his place in the division and who he’s already faced, I think there are a couple of options for his return.

One of the options I really like is a fight between him and Josh Emmett (16-2). Emmett is one of the most powerful strikers in the UFC’s featherweight division. He’s also riding a three-fight winning streak. However, he’s recovering from knee surgery.

As of now, there’s no real timeline for his return, but I think him and Kattar would match up well. Another option would be Sodiq Yusuff (11-1) who’s currently ranked tenth in the featherweight division.

Yusuff is unbeaten in the UFC and that would be another fun matchup for Kattar upon his return. Calvin Kattar is still going to be a factor at 145, but yesterday was a harsh dose of reality in that he’s not quite ready for the very best.

Max Holloway hands Calvin Kattar a five-round beatdown at UFC Fight Island 7

In the main event of UFC Fight Island 7, we had a massive featherweight contest between Max Holloway (21-6) and Calvin Kattar (22-4). Holloway was fighting in his first non-title fight since 2016 in the main event.

The former UFC featherweight champion was looking to get back on track having lost two in a row. Granted both of those losses came against the current champion, Alexander Volkanovski (22-4).

While the majority believed Holloway deserved an immediate rematch after their second fight, the UFC decided to have both guys move on for now. So Holloway decided to take this matchup against The Boston Finisher.

Calvin Kattar had a sensational 2020. He scored a huge knockout over Jeremy Stephens then he won the second headliner on Fight Island against Dan Ige. If Kattar was to pickup a win over Holloway, he believed it would earn him a title shot. 

UFC Fight Island 7 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Fight Island 7 main event got underway with a couple of quick hooks from Holloway. Kattar got his striking started with a low calf kick on the former champion. Kattar landed a stiff jab and followed it with another low kick.

Holloway then pushed forward and landed a clean combination of his own. Both men exchanged leg kicks, but Holloway was being much more active with his hands. Kattar landed another solid jab, but Holloway came in and landed another crisp combination after.

Halfway through the round and the former UFC champion was really putting the pressure on Kattar. Holloway was mixing it up extremely well going low and high. Kattar landed a couple of clean right hands over the top on Holloway with 90 seconds left in the round.

Holloway responded by throwing another good combination. Kattar was doing a good job of landing low kicks, but Holloway was really lighting him up with combinations in the first. Holloway looked much quicker in the first round.

Holloway then landed a flush spinning back kick to the body and followed it with his hands. Kattar landed some good shots, but the first round was all Holloway.

Round 2

The second round started and Kattar immediately was looking more aggressive. However, Holloway was countering well then went right back on the attack. Holloway was starting to have some fun in the second round.

Kattar was waiting too much and he was taking a lot of shots from Holloway as a result. Holloway was throwing everything from kicks to knees to hands in the second. However, a clean right hand from Kattar staggered Holloway momentarily.

Holloway seemed to recover well and went right back on the attack. Halfway through the round and the former UFC champion continued landing clean combinations. However, Kattar was landing more as the round went on.

Two minutes left in the round and Holloway unloads a big combination. Kattar took it well, but he was looking overwhelmed by the former UFC champion. Kattar just had no room to breathe in this one.

Holloway stepped in and wobbled Kattar with a massive elbow. Holloway then followed up with a vicious combination, but Kattar wouldn’t go away. Kattar was busted wide open and he tried to clinch with Holloway. Another massive elbow for the former UFC champ. Dominant round two for Holloway.

Round 3

Kattar looked really busted up as the third round started, but he was game. Holloway went right back to work with combinations as the round started. The former UFC champion was completely lighting Calvin Kattar up in the third round.

Kattar clinched with Holloway trying to slow down the onslaught in the third. Holloway separated and started landing again. However, Kattar landed a massive uppercut that stopped Holloway in his tracks. Both men then exchanged massive power shots.

Two minutes into the round and the former UFC champion landed a solid one-two down the middle. Holloway then landed a big body kick and a huge uppercut behind it. Kattar was game though but he was busted up bad.

Kattar then landed a massive overhand right on Holloway. However, Holloway continued to walk him down. Holloway ripped to the body with 90 seconds left in the round. Kattar tried to time Holloway for a big shot, but he whiffed and ate a combination for his troubles.

Holloway’s pressure was relentless and with under a minute left he ripped another massive combination. Kattar was getting no room to breathe and continued to eat big shots from the former UFC champion. Three dominant rounds in the books for Max Holloway.

Round 4

The fourth round started and again, the former UFC champion went right back to work. Kattar missed on a right hand and ate four shots after he missed. Holloway really was working the body early in the fourth round.

Kattar was whipping hooks, but Holloway’s head movement looked incredible. Holloway pressed forward and landed another big combination 90 seconds into the round. Kattar did land a really good left hook on Holloway, but the former UFC champ seemed unphased.

Three minutes left in the round and Holloway had Kattar pressed against the fence. Holloway started unleashing massive shots and Kattar was in deep trouble. Kattar was whipping shots trying to fight back, but he was getting beat down.

Two minutes left in the round and Holloway looked moments away from a finish. The body shots were doing so much damage to Kattar. However, Kattar wasn’t backing up and he was still fighting.

Holloway was actually looking a little tired and Kattar landed a big overhand right that backed up the former UFC champion. Kattar missed on a combination and Holloway landed with a clean headkick to close the round. Four to nothing in dominant fashion for Max Holloway.

Round 5

Entering the final round and Kattar was needing a miracle at UFC Fight Island 7. The two men touched gloves to start things in the fifth round. Holloway went right back to work with his combinations and ripped another shot to the body.

Kattar was still throwing heat, however, he wasn’t landing. A minute into the round and Holloway started working his jab. Holloway landed a clean right that wobbled the legs of Calvin Kattar.

The former UFC champion broke the nose of Kattar with another clean combination. Max Holloway was putting on a clinic in this one. Kattar threw back a couple of shots and did land and Holloway smiled.

Two minutes left and Holloway continued to press forward throwing shots. Holloway then lands a no look right hand and yells at Kattar that he’s the best boxer in the UFC. Kattar did land a shot, but then ate several clean shots from Holloway.

Holloway was talking mad trash in the final minute and was beating down Calvin Kattar. Thirty seconds left and Kattar threw some big shots but nothing was home. The final bell sounds and this one sided beating is over. Y’all must’ve forgot about Max Holloway!

Max Holloway def. Calvin Kattar by Unanimous Decision (50-43, 50-43, 50-42)

Carlos Condit beats Matt Brown by decision at UFC Fight Island 7

Carlos Condit

In the co-main event of UFC Fight Island 7, we had a matchup that fans have been waiting years for. Veteran welterweights Carlos Condit (31-13) and Matt Brown (22-17) finally met inside the octagon.

Carlos Condit was able to snap a five-fight losing streak during the UFC‘s last trip to Fight Island. He was looking to pickup his second consecutive win today. This would be the first winning streak for Condit since 2012 if he was to win.

There was also a lot riding on this fight given Condit’s contract situation. Condit announced this week that UFC Fight Island 7 was the final fight on his current deal with the promotion. He needed a win to ride high into negotiations.

On the other side of the octagon you had Matt Brown. The gritty veteran saw his two-fight win streak snapped last May when he was knocked out by Miguel Baeza. The 40 year old welterweight was aiming to prove that he can still put on a show.

UFC Fight Island 7 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Fight Island 7 co-main event of the evening started and both men immediately started training. Brown was looking to pressure Condit early while Condit was looking to work his low kicks.

Condit was working his kicks on all three levels in the first minute of the fight. Brown was able to catch Condit on an entry and he landed a takedown. Matt Brown wasn’t throwing much on the ground instead just using it for control.

Condit was able to work back to the guard, but Brown was able to push him against the fence. After a minute on top, Brown started throwing some shots. With two minutes left in the round Condit started trying to work his way up, but Brown was holding control well.

With a minute left in the round, Condit started working for submissions off his back. Condit worked his way up to his feet and hit a switch to end up on top of Matt Brown before the round ended. Very tough round to score considering Brown didn’t do much on top, but I’ll still give him the round.

Round 2

The second round of the UFC Fight Island 7 co-main event started with Condit pushing forward. Condit was throwing kicks and combinations, however, Matt Brown caught Condit flush with a big elbow that buckled Condit’s legs.

Matt Brown wasn’t able to capitalize on a hurt Condit. Condit recovered well and went back to working his combinations. Brown tried to land a couple of takedowns, but Condit was doing a good job of defending in the second round.

Halfway through the round and Condit really started opening up. Then out of no where, Condit landed a spectacular takedown of his own. Once on top, Condit started working his elbows looking to hurt Matt Brown.

Matt Brown was really starting to look tired on the bottom. Condit was doing a good job of constantly touching Matt Brown and holding him down in the second round. The second round comes to a close and it was a dominant round overall for Condit.

Round 3

The former interim UFC welterweight champion looked like he had all the momentum entering the final round. Both men touched gloves to get things underway but the action immediately paused with an accidental low kick from Condit.

When the action resumed, Condit went right back to attacking with his kicks. Thirty seconds into the round and Brown shot for a takedown, but Condit defended well. Matt Brown was able to push Condit against the fence and land a solid right hand.

He chained that into a takedown attempt, but Condit was able to reverse and get the back of Matt Brown. Brown was able to work his way back up, but then Condit took him right back down and landed in side control.

Matt Brown was looking exhausted in the final round. Condit was able to get the back once again, but he slipped and Brown used that to get back to his feet. Condit slipped and Brown ended up on top with 90 seconds left in the round.

Brown was on top, but he wasn’t doing much with it. Condit was attacking submissions off his back and throwing shots. With 50 seconds left, Condit got back to his feet. Once there, Condit went for a takedown, but Brown reversed and got his own takedown.

The fight comes to a close and it was razor close. Given the activity, I give the third round and the fight to Carlos Condit 29-28.

Carlos Condit def. Matt Brown by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jingliang Li knocks out Ponzinibbio in the first at UFC Fight Island 7

One of the more intriguing matchups at UFC Fight Island 7 was the welterweight contest between Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3) and Jingliang Li (17-6). For Ponzinibbio, this was his first fight back in the UFC in over two years.

A couple of years ago, Ponzinibbio looked like he was on his way to being a force in the division. To close out 2018, he starched Neil Magny and looked like he was going to become a title contender.

However, multiple injuries have kept Ponzinibbio on the shelf for the last couple of years. I was very intrigued to see how he would look in this matchup especially given the style of opponent that the UFC gave him.

Jingliang Li is not the type of opponent you get when you want to ease into your return. Li is a guy who loves to come forward non-stop and throw everything at you. Whether it’s hooks, kicks, or takedown attempts, Li will try it. This fight was promised to deliver on the action.

UFC Fight Island 7 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Fight Island 7 welterweight contest got underway with a touch of the gloves. Ponzinibbio opened up with a little pressure on Li looking for low kicks. Li was throwing a lot of feints trying to gauge Ponzinibbio.

The first clean shot lands a minute in and it was a left hook from Li. Ponzinibbio took it well, but he was looking slightly tentative. Li started to go to work with throwing hooks and mixing in some low kicks.

Ponzinibbio tried to work his way inside behind his jab, however, he wasn’t throwing much. Ponzinibbio’s UFC layoff looks like it was impacting him early. Two minutes left in the round and Li lands a solid straight right hand on Ponzinibbio.

Ponzinibbio kept with the pressure and was beginning to open up a little more with his leg kicks. However, Li was doing a good job of responding. Li was throwing and landing a lot more than Ponzinibbio in the first round. Out of no where, Li lands a massive left hook and puts Ponzinibbio to sleep! Wow!

Jingliang Li def. Santiago Ponzinibbio by KO – Round 1