After falling short at UFC Vegas 50, what’s next for Terrance McKinney?

Terrance McKinney

This past weekend on the main card of UFC Vegas 50, we saw a tremendous lightweight battle. Surging top young contender Terrance McKinney (12-4) was looking for his biggest win to date when he took on Drew Dober (24-11).

Now, McKinney had just picked up his second win in the UFC a few weeks ago. When Dober’s original opponent for last Saturday fell out, McKinney jumped at the opportunity to take the fight on short-notice.

It was a very low-risk and high-reward fight for McKinney. If he lost, he can fall back on the fact that he took the fight on short-notice. However, a win would vault him up the ladder it the lightweight division.

When the fight started at UFC Vegas 50, it sure looked like the gamble would pay off. McKinney hurt and dropped Dober twice in the opening minute. He was going all out trying to finish Dober, but he was a little inefficient and reckless.

Ultimately, Dober survived and McKinney was horribly gassed. Dober was able to land a big shot late in the round and he was able to score the TKO win. It was a wild but fun one at UFC Vegas 50.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 50?

As mentioned, it was a very low-risk fight for Terrance McKinney at UFC Vegas 50. In reality, he wouldn’t have fought someone like a Drew Dober had he just taken the next fight that was offered to him.

However, he wanted to cut the line and took the short-notice opportunity. His gamble almost paid off and he showed the UFC just how exciting he is as a fighter. I just think he needs to clean a few things up and he can be lethal.

McKinney has to learn how to manage his energy better. Lightweight is filled with killers who can take big shots from big punchers. McKinney is not going to get everyone out of there with his first attack. He might hurt contenders, but if he can’t finish them, he has to have the gas to dig down deep.

He didn’t have that at UFC Vegas 50 and it cost him. Now, in terms of next steps, I think he’s good to resume his normal progression. I think a guy like Joe Selecki would be a good next opponent for McKinney. Both are at about the same spot and it would make for a tremendous fight.

After successful return at UFC Vegas 50, what’s next for Sodiq Yusuff?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC Vegas 50, we saw a fun showdown in the featherweight division. Top prospect Sodiq Yusuff (12-2) was making his return against veteran featherweight Alex Caceres (19-13, 1 NC).

Caceres was entering the fight on a five-fight winning streak meanwhile Yusuff was coming off of his first loss in the UFC. The fight was incredibly important to both men for very different reasons.

For Yusuff, he needed to get back on track while Caceres was trying to prove that he was worth a ranking. I figured the fight would be fairly competitive and it was, but one fighter was much sharper throughout the night.

That fighter was Sodiq Yusuff. I was impressed with is ability to mix things up at UFC Vegas 50. He did a really good job of mixing in kicks and mixing in some grappling to keep Caceres guessing throughout the night.

Now, Caceres did have moments and he landed some good shots on Yusuff. However, Yusuff was just a step ahead all night and he walked out of UFC Vegas 50 with a unanimous decision victory.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 50?

As mentioned above, this was a huge win for Yusuff to get back on track after he suffered his first UFC loss last year. Now, he can try to build a winning streak and I only see ranked opponents in his future.

In terms of the featherweight division, who should the UFC pair him with next? One fighter I would look out for is Giga Chikadze. Chikadze is coming off his first loss in the UFC and he’s ranked right just a couple of spots ahead of Yusuff.

This would be a tremendously entertaining fight and an important one for the division. However, I’m not sure the UFC would give Yusuff that fight. Perhaps someone lower in the rankings like a Shane Burgos could be next.

I think they need to pair him with someone that will challenge him and someone who can bring an exciting fight. Both featherweights mentioned would do just that. I’ll be

After disappointing performance at UFC Vegas 50, what’s next for Thiago Santos?

This past weekend in the main event of UFC Vegas 50 we saw a battle between two top light heavyweight contenders. Former title challenger Thiago Santos (22-10) was looking to derail the surging Magomed Ankalaev (17-1).

Entering UFC Vegas 50, I thought the fight could go one of two ways. In the first scenario, I saw both men being very technical and a little gun-shy which would lead to a relatively boring fight ending in a decision.

In the second scenario, someone would get clipped and we’d see a TKO finish. Well, we almost got the second one at the hands of Thiago Santos. In the second round, Santos was able to drop and hurt Ankalaev.

However, that was really the only time he had some serious momentum at UFC Vegas 50. For the most part, we saw a technical battle with Magomed Ankalaev getting the better of the striking from the outside. In the end, Ankalaev got the decision win in a rather underwhelming fight.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 50?

For Thiago Santos, this was just another disappointing performance. When Santos first made the jump up to light heavyweight from middleweight, he looked like a destroyer. He even scored a TKO win over Jan Blachowicz.

That led him to a title shot with Jon Jones. However, Santos would completely tear his knee apart in that fight. We haven’t seen the same Thiago Santos in the UFC since the knee injury.

Upon returning from that injury, Santos is now just 1-3 with the lone win coming in another underwhelming fight against Johnny Walker. So, after this latest loss, what is next for the former title challenger.

Honestly, it’s really hard to say what should be next. Perhaps a fight with fellow title challenger Dominick Reyes is in order whenever Reyes returns. That could be something that the UFC looks into with the winner getting back on track while the loser would have to take a long look at their career.

Time will tell, but time is not on Santos’ side. If he wants to make another run towards the UFC title, he needs to turn things around and do it quickly.

After huge knockout at UFC Vegas 50, who is next for Song Yadong?

Song Yadong

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 50, Song Yadong (19-6-1) had his biggest test to date. He was taking on former world title challenger “Magic” Marlon Moraes (23-10-1). Moraes was coming into the fight desperate for a win which made him even more dangerous.

It’s crazy to think that UFC Vegas 50 was already Yadong’s tenth fight with the promotion. What’s even crazier is the fact that he’s already at 26 professional fights including 10 in the UFC all before he has turned 25-years-old.

The young contender was ready to show the world that he can beat some of the best. As mentioned, Marlon Moraes entered the contest on a three-fight losing streak and desperately needed a win. However, Yadong was ready to meet Moraes head on.

From the opening bell, Yadong moved forward and he was throwing serious heat. He never gave Moraes a chance to get comfortable at UFC Vegas 50 and then just over two minutes in, he ended the fight. With a beautiful combination that featured a devastating uppercut, Yadong cemented himself as a top contender.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 50?

When the fight ended, Yadong actually had one specific name in mind for his next fight. It’s a man that he says he respects tremendously and it’s a man that has a ton of history with Yadong’s camp, Team Alpha Male.

That man is former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. Cruz is currently ranked seventh in the bantamweight division just a couple of spots ahead of Yadong. He’s also on a two-fight winning streak.

Given the name recognition and the position in the division, it’s a perfect callout for Yadong. However, I don’t think that’s in the cards for the UFC. My gut says that Dominick Cruz is going to be fighting Jose Aldo next.

Another good potential opponent would be Sean O’Malley in a battle of the top young prospects. However, I think O’Malley is likely to fight Adrian Yanez next which would make him unavailable.

I think the logical next opponent for the UFC to book Yadong against is Merab Dvalishvili (14-4). Merab is on a five-fight winning streak and he’s also coming off of a win against Marlon Moraes.

However, Yadong looked even more impressive than Merab did in his win. I think the UFC should pair these two up with the winner being guaranteed a top five guy next. It’s time to see who is ready to take that next step towards title contention at 135 pounds.

After UFC Vegas 50, is it over for Marlon Moraes?

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 50, we saw a matchup in the bantamweight division. Former title challenger Marlon Moraes (23-10-1) was looking to right the ship as he took on surging young contender Song Yadong (19-6-1).

Entering UFC Vegas 50, Marlon Moraes had lost three fights in a row and four out of five. In all four of those losses, Moraes had been stopped by TKO. Many, including myself, also thought he lost the fight to Jose Aldo at UFC 245.

However, two of the judges gave the fight to Moraes. Had one judge voted another way, he would’ve entered UFC Vegas 50 on a five-fight losing streak. A steep fall from grace for a guy who was once considered arguably the best bantamweight in the world.

This fight against Song Yadong was an opportunity to reset against a younger contender. However, Yadong didn’t give him any chance to reset. From the opening bell, Yadong was all over Moraes and he was throwing heat.

Moraes landing some good shots here and there, but Yadong was just walking him down. Just two minutes into the first round, Yadong landed a brutal uppercut and combination that put Moraes out cold. UFC Vegas 50 marked the fourth straight TKO loss for Moraes.

Is his UFC run over?

After the fight was over, Mores was viewed taking his gloves off inside the octagon. He didn’t lay them down in the center which is the mark of someone walking away, but he sadly looked down as he held his UFC gloves in his hands.

As mentioned, Moraes was once considered the most dangerous bantamweight on the roster. After losing his UFC debut by split decision, Moraes went on an incredible four-fight winning streak which included a knockout win over current champion Aljamain Sterling.

In an 18-fight stretch between various promotions and the UFC, Moraes went 17-1. He looked like a destroyer who was bound to become the UFC’s bantamweight champion. He had that shot against Henry Cejudo and through one round he dominated.

However, when Cejudo started to fight back, Moraes started to break. Cejudo would go on to finish Moraes and really “Magic” Marlon hasn’t been the same since. So now, he’s 1-5 in his last six and he’s been finished five times. Is the 33-year-old’s UFC run over?

I tend to lean towards yes, but there is one more fight that could be made. That could be a fight with former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt (12-5). Like Moraes, Garbrandt was once considered one of the best in the world. He actually won UFC gold.

However, he’s also just 1-5 in his last six fights. It’s weird how similar their paths look. Garbrandt dropped to 125 pounds and was knocked out in his flyweight debut. The future is cloudy for him just like it is for Moraes. Perhaps the UFC pairs them together and the winner stays while the loser is let go.

What’s next for Magomed Ankalaev after win at UFC Vegas 50?

This past weekend in the main event of UFC Vegas 50, we saw a pivotal matchup in the light heavyweight division. Top light heavyweights Magomed Ankalaev (17-1) and Thiago Santos (22-10) battled it out to try and take a step closer to the title.

Now, heading into UFC Vegas 50, I thought this fight had a potential to be slow. Yes, both men have tremendous striking and power, but both men are also very calculated. When neither is very risky, you risk having a fight that can lean on the boring side.

Unfortunately for UFC fans that’s what happened. Now, we did see some excitement in the middle rounds when Santos dropped Ankalaev. I was really curious to see how Ankalaev would respond.

The next round, Ankalaev became slightly more aggressive and kept Santos at range. Overall, there really weren’t a ton of big moments outside of that at UFC Vegas 50. We mostly saw Ankalaev get the better of exchanges that were few and far between which earned him the unanimous decision win.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 50?

Let’s be honest, the win at UFC Vegas 50 doesn’t do a great deal for Ankalaev. Sure, it’s another really solid win that solidifies him in the top half of the UFC’s light heavyweight division, but nobody is demanding he fights for the title next.

He really leaves this past weekend in about the same spot that he was in. So, what does the UFC do with him next? To me, there’s a rather obvious choice in terms of next opponents and that’s another former title challenger.

The UFC should absolutely book Anklaev with Anthony “Lionheart” Smith (36-16). Smith has looked sensational in his last three fights and none of them have gone into the second round. He’s made a massive statement showing he’s still at the top of the division.

Lionheart would really give Ankalaev the true test I think he needs. Thiago Santos of a few years ago could’ve done that, but it’s clear he’s not the same guy he used to be. Book Ankalaev and Lionheart and the winner should be looking good for a title shot.

Song Yadong knocks Marlon Moraes out in the first at UFC Vegas 50

Song Yadong

In the co-main event of UFC Vegas 50, we saw a banger in the bantamweight division. Former title challenger “Magic” Marlon Moraes (23-9-1) returned as he took on the surging young contender in Song Yadong (18-6-1).

Entering UFC Vegas 50, Moraes is 1-4 in his last five fights including a three-fight losing streak. The last time we saw him was against Merab Dvialishvili at UFC 266. After a hot start, Moraes really gassed out and Merab ended up scoring the TKO win. In this current stretch, Moraes has been finished in all three fights.

While he’s not taking on the elite of the division, he’s taking on perhaps the future of the division. It’s crazy that Song Yadong will be fighting his tenth UFC fight and he doesn’t even turn 25 until December. Yadong entered the octagon tonight with a record of 7-1-1 the UFC.

UFC Vegas 50 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 50 bantamweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Yadong immediately comes forward and the two exchange combinations inside. Pressure from Yadong and Moraes looks to land his jab. Moraes light on his feet and then he almost gets sat down by a big right hand.

Big combination from Yadong who is very heavy on the pressure here. Huge uppercut from Yadong, but Moraes backs him up with a very stiff jab. Combination to the body lands for Yadong. Uppercut and straight right lands for Moraes.

Another nice right hand lands for Marlon Moraes. Jab lands for Moraes and then a massive combination lands for Yadong. Moraes is out and this one is over. Huge performance from Song Yadong at UFC Vegas 50.

Song Yadong def. Marlon Moraes by KO – Round 1

Drew Dober survives and stops Terrance McKinney at UFC Vegas 50

Tonight on the main card of UFC Vegas 50, we saw a fun matchup in the lightweight division. Lightweight veteran Drew Dober (23-11) was back in the octagon as he was taking on the surging top young contender Terrance McKinney (12-3).

McKinney was making a very quick turnaround after he just fought at UFC Vegas 49 two weeks ago. That night, McKinney picked up his second straight first round finish since joining the UFC.

There are many people high on McKinney and it’s easy to see why. He’s wanting to jump right towards the top of the lightweight division and taking on Drew Dober on short-notice was a good way to do that.

Dober came into tonight on a two-fight losing streak. However, the losses came against Islam Makhachev and Brad Riddell. Prior to that, he had won three straight including wins over Alexander Hernandez and Nasrat Haqparast.

UFC Vegas 50 was an opportunity for him to show he’s still a top contender at 155 pounds.

UFC Vegas 50 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 50 lightweight contest kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Big flying knee from McKinney and a big combination lands and down goes Dober. McKinney is all over Dober here and Dober is hurt badly.

Dober gets back to his feet but he’s grounded by another flying knee. McKinney going all out for a finish here. However, Dober is really hanging in there and once again gets back to his feet. McKinney circles and he gets clipped by Dober.

Furious pace here in the opening round. Takedown from McKinney just after he lands a spinning back fist. McKinney settles into the guard of Dober and he starts working the ground and pound. Big shots from the top and Dober is trying to control his posture.

Dober explodes and gets back to his feet. McKinney is starting to look tired here as he’s emptied the gas tank going for that finish. Big knee from Dober and down goes McKinney. Dober following up with big shots and it’s over. Huge comeback from Dober at UFC Vegas 50.

Drew Dober def. Terrance McKinney by TKO – Round 1

UFC Vegas 50 Preview: Sodiq Yusuff – Alex Caceres

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC Vegas 50, we are going to see a big time showdown in the featherweight division. Top rising prospect “Super” Sodiq Yusuff (11-2) returns as he takes on the veteran “Bruce Leeroy” Alex Caceres (19-12, 1 NC).

Yusuff will be looking to bounce back after he suffered his first loss in the UFC. Last year, Yusuff went head-to-head with Arnold Allen in a battle of top prospects. While Yusuff fell short in that one, there’s still plenty to be excited about.

After earning a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series, Yusuff has been very impressive. Overall, he’s 4-1 inside the octagon. He will be looking for his fifth win when he takes on the veteran Caceres.

Alex Caceres has been around the UFC for a long time. For years, he was a decent fighter, but he never could string together a long winning streak. Well, that all changed at the end of 2019.

Over the last couple of years, Caceres has won five fights in a row. He’s looking for his sixth in a row tomorrow against Yusuff which would put him in the UFC’s top fifteen at 145 pounds.

UFC Vegas 50 Prediction

Fighting Alex Caceres has become very tricky and Yusuff definitely has a challenge on his hands at UFC Vegas 50. Caceres is going to throw a lot of volume tomorrow night and he’s really good at fighting off his back foot.

That plays well against Yusuff who is normally very aggressive. Caceres also has very good submissions so if the fight touches the ground, Yusuff has plenty to worry about especially with chokes.

All that being said, I really like Sodiq Yusuff at UFC Vegas 50. I think he’s going to fight with purpose and he needs a win to re-establish the credibility of him as a threat in the UFC’s featherweight division.

I’m not expecting it to be easy, and I expect Caceres to have moments. However, I like Yusuff’s ability to land the more impactful shots and I think that will sway the judges in the end.

Prediction: Sodiq Yusuff by Decision

UFC Vegas 50 Preview: Marlon Moraes – Song Yadong

Tomorrow night in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 50, we will see a banger in the bantamweight division. Former title challenger “Magic” Marlon Moraes (23-9-1) returns as he takes on a surging young contender in Song Yadong (18-6-1).

If there’s anyone on the card tomorrow night that needs a win more than anyone it’s Marlon Moraes. Entering UFC Vegas 50, Moraes is 1-4 in his last five fights including a three-fight losing streak.

The last time we saw him was against Merab Dvialishvili at UFC 266. After a hot start, Moraes really gassed out and Merab ended up scoring the TKO win. In this current stretch, Moraes has been finished in all three fights.

While he’s not taking on the elite of the division, he’s taking on perhaps the future of the division. It’s crazy that Song Yadong will be fighting his tenth UFC fight and he doesn’t even turn 25 until December.

So far, Yadong is 7-1-1 inside the octagon. Tomorrow night is his biggest test yet and if he can defeat Marlon Moraes, it will be time to start focusing on Yadong against some of the elites of the UFC’s bantamweight division.

UFC Vegas 50 Prediction

Three years ago, I would’ve picked Marlon Moraes in this spot without thinking much about it. Honestly, Moraes looked like the best bantamweight in the UFC and if you made that argument, you made it on firm ground.

However, we are long removed from that narrative. Moraes is now looked at as a guy who sprints out of the gate and then breaks if he can’t finish you in the first round. I think we are probably going to see him try to break that narrative at UFC Vegas 50.

Expect a more measured pace from Moraes tomorrow night because he knows he needs to win. He knows he needs to be calculated and measured if he wants to defeat Song Yadong. He can’t rush things because I don’t see him putting away Yadong easily.

We are in for a very technical but fun fight tomorrow night. I think Moraes will see the most success early, but I think Yadong comes on strong starting in the second round. Wouldn’t be shocked by a Yadong finish, but I think it goes the distance and he picks up the biggest win of his UFC career.

Prediction: Song Yadong by Decision