Earning wins in the UFC is certainly no easy task, but what comes next is often even more important: the post-fight callout.
So after Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 13 event in Sacramento, Calif., who took advantage of their time on the mic? See below for this week’s Callout Collection – and just how realistic each one is.
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First up, let’s take a look at the night’s prelim winners.
Brianna Van Buren
Wants to fight: Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard
The callout: “Well, Sean Shelby, Mick Maynard, Dana White, a little birdie told me you guys are coming to San Francisco in October. That’s literally an hour-and-a-half away from my hometown. It would be stupid if you didn’t get me on that card. I want a top-10 (opponent). I know I’m asking for too much, so if you can give me whoever is willing to step up and fight me, let’s get the ball rolling.”
The reality: Brianna Van Buren (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was making her UFC debut on Saturday night, but her performance was incredible, dominating a durable Livinha Souza en route to a clearcut decision win. Her time on the mic was just as impressive, as well, not backing down from telling UFC brass exactly what she wants – a spot on October’s UFC on ESPN+ 19 card, which is rumored to take place at San Francisco’s Chase Center, a brand new arena slated to open later this year.
Van Buren’s request for a top-10 opponent may fall on deaf ears – after all, the strawweight division has a long list of talented fighters – but her request to fight near her hometown should not. This is a no-brainer for the UFC matchmakers, and I doubt either of them wants to be on the bad side of this 5-foot-tall firecracker. So if they want to avoid a fight with “The Bull,” they should put someone else in the way.
Wants to fight: Rani Yahya
The callout: “I want Rani Yahya next. That’d be a good fight for me. He’s ranked up there and a real known guy. I think it would be fun.”
The reality: Look, the truth is Jonathan Martinez (11-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) doesn’t even really like talking to anyone at all, so the fact that he called anyone out should be enough reason for the UFC to book it. There’s no telling if it will ever happen again.
But honestly, the fight makes some sense. With his “Performance of the Night” finish of Liu Pingyuan, Martinez was one of the brightest highlights of the night’s preliminary card, and the 34-year-old Yahya (26-10 MMA, 11-4 UFC) has never been afraid to back down from a challenge, even if it’s from a fighter relatively new to the organization. With the Brazilian submission ace coming off a February loss to Ricky Simon, he’s not really in a position to call the shots, so why not answer the one fired his way?
Wants to fight: ‘Someone in the top-10’
The callout: “There’s a card in D.C. at the end of the year that’s about five minutes away from my house. I’d be excited to be on that, and I’d love to fight someone in the top-10.”
The reality: The UFC is expected to visit Washington D.C. in December for UFC on ESPN 7, and Ryan Hall (8-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) would be a natural fit. That gives the grappling ace six months before he needs to step back into the cage, which seems about right for a fighter who wants to fight more frequently than he has been, but not at a “Cowboy” Cerrone pace.
Hall is a unique figure in MMA, His game of wild, spinning kicks and constant Imanari rolls make him a true one-of-a-kind opponent. At its best, as it was over the first two rounds of his decision win over Darren Elkins, it can be incredibly fun to watch. At its worst, which it started to lean toward in the third, when the crowd started to get really tired of him turning his back to scamper away and reset, it can be a little less visually appealing.
Elkins entered the contest at No. 13 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie MMA featherweight rankings, so Hall looking a little higher up the list doesn’t seem too far-fetched. Perhaps a matchup with Renato Moicano, who currently sits at No. 10, would prove an interesting matchup.
Next up, let’s check out the main card.
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