Featherweight Fancy

With the ridiculous mutterings of a rematch between Diaz and McGregor plus the long overdue addition of Barao to the featherweight roster The Spit Bucket plays match maker and outlines the path to glory for the UFC brass.

 

MENDES vs BARAO:

Why it should happen –

Mendes has repetitively shown that he cannot mix it with the true elite of the division. He is stuck in real limbo as he is better than the chasing pack by far but lacks that edge to push for the gold. Here he is being used as a gatekeeper to judge the impact Barao could have on the division. The only other possible match up for either would be against Holloway.

 

HOLLOWAY vs ALDO: (#1 contender fight)

Why it should happen –

Holloway’s eight fight win streak will not have gone unnoticed. He has flown under the radar due to the chaos strewn by McGregor but has really matured in recent outings showing his craft and intelligence to eek out decisions. He deserves the chance to face off against the top level of the division. The stumbling block is Aldo. He would probably only be interested in either Edgar or McGregor but a sparkling victory would cement him right at the front of the queue. Sadly, it is likely he will stay true to form and choose to stay inactive in his quest to regain the crown.

 

EDGAR vs McGREGOR:

This just makes sense. The only man left in the top five to fell in order for McGregor to truly be hailed as the undisputed champion is Edgar. Edgar too knows this and has been pushing hard to land the fight. Stylistically it works as Edgar has the chin, footwork and hustle to worry McGregor but lacks in the ground game to potentially finish off proceedings. This bout all rests on whether McGregor cedes his long-term lightweight plan to rekindle the hype train.

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