The smoke from UFC Fight Night 93 is beginning to clear, with Josh Barnett, Alexander Gustaffson and Ryan Bader emerging as the biggest victors in their respective matches. But what’s next for these UFC fighters?
Josh Barnett, who won via third-round submission, was able to prove that his ground game was far superior that his opponent, Andrei Arlovski. With the win, a shot to reclaim UFC heavyweight belt may be in the near future for the fighter.
Barnett seems to think so.
“I think of just being able to perform at my best at any given moment, completely living in that immediate now,” said the fighter during the post-fight conference for UFC Fight Night.
“The biggest thing that we can control is going out there and our performances that lie in front of us. It’s one at a time, and I’m sure a heavyweight championship fight could be in the future.”
Though some analysts doubt that the former UFC heavyweight champion is presently a “threat to the heavyweight title,” with the fighter ranking eight in a highly talented heavyweight roster.
Possible options for Barnett in the future may also include the winner of the Werdum-Browne rematch at UFC 203.
Light heavyweight fighter, Alexander Gustaffson saw his career reach a high point when he almost won against former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 165. Two losses and a win later, Gustaffson, who ranks number two in the light heavyweight rankings, should have a shot at the title again.
But before a rematch with current champ Daniel Cormier, some are suggesting that a reunion with Jones (who is rumored to be returning earlier than expected) in the Octagon would be the perfect test, for both fighters.
The win (which can be seen below) could place him closer to a shot at the title, but analysts are saying that he may have to go through surging Nikita Krylov (who has won five straight) first, before a title match.
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UFC Fight Night 93 is finally done, but the road to the belt and championship may only be beginning (again) for Josh Barnett, Alexander Gustaffson and Ryan Bader.
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