According to a June 1 report from MMA Fighting, the UFC's first try at holding two cards in a single day went off without a hitch. With one card airing live on UFC Fight Pass and another live on FOX Sports 1, it was quite a busy day for the UFC and fight fans across the globe.
The day included 22 fights in total, including 10 bouts at O2 World in Berlin, Germany. Fast-rising 28-year-old Gegard Mousasi needed to turn in a slick performance against Mark Munoz, to get back in the UFC's good graces following his recent loss to Lyoto Machida. Luckily for Mousasi, he made it look easy against Munoz.
Mousasi dominated Munoz in the opening frame, stuffing takedowns and throwing strikes to set up a fight-finishing rear-naked choke. The official stoppage came at the 3:57-mark of the the first round, as Mousasi earned his second UFC victory. Mousasi, who jumped into the top 10 in the world at middleweight, said after the fight that he thinks he'll probably end up fighting the winner of Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Kennedy next.
Later in the night and halfway across the world, Stipe Miocic capped off the UFC's first doubleheader with a slick finish of Fabio Maldonado. Miocic didn't have much to gain by taking the fight, as Maldonado stepped in on short notice against a heavier man who has one-punch knockout power. Miocic and Maldonado don't even fight in the same weight class.
The fight went as many expected it to go, with Miocic dropping bombs until Maldonado went down. The ref in charge called a stop to the bout just 35 seconds into the first frame. With the win, Miocic is nicely set up for a clash against former UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos. Miocic hasn't officially accepted that fight, but it seems like the likely next step for him.
All in all, the UFC's first attempt at two events in the same day was a major success. Will the UFC try to do three events in a single day sometime in the near future? At this point, fight fans can't rule it out. The UFC's worldwide expansion is moving along nicely, so its certainly a possibility.
For Mousasi, he hopes to fight Kennedy or Rockhold in Japan. “I’m not interested in them at all, but I think (because) I get a win, I’m going to get a winner (as my next opponent). Kennedy or Rockhold, anyone who is coming off of a win who is maybe a contender,” Mousasi said after his fight. “So that is why I think I will get one of those guys, but I don’t know. I’m not challenging anyone.”
As for Miocic, time will tell who is next for him. He emerged from the Maldonado fight without any serious injuries, so he should be good to go before long. UFC President Dana White will likely take a look at setting Miocic up for a fight against Dos Santos.