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UFC St. Louis | The Crystal Ball: what now for winners Lewis, Buckley & Ulberg

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Derrick Lewis

Derrick Lewis knocked out Rodrigo Nascimento in the third round and set his record for most all-time knockout wins in the UFC. The American now has fifteen to his name. Lewis was not happy with the main event beforehand because he would prefer to be scheduled for a three-round fight. However, with the win over Nascimento, it looks like Lewis will once again be used as the main fight in the future.

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UFC St. Louis | Lewis knocked out Nascimento and turned St.Louis upside down

There are several options possible for Lewis, but there is actually only one option that has already been presented to the UFC several times by the fans. Jairzinho Rozenstruik, just like Lewis, won his most recent match. Just like Lewis, the Surinamese is someone the fans will root for because he can force a knockout at any time during the match. This makes it only logical that the UFC will schedule this fight as a main event later this year. Rozenstruik also sat on the sidelines as a spectator in St. Louis. It really is a match that the fans want to see.

Joaquin Buckley

He took his third win in a row at welterweight and did this in front of his own audience. Joaquin Buckley fought a strong match against Nursulton Ruziboev and took an obvious victory via unanimous decision. The American thus managed to retain his place in the rankings. Buckley challenged Conor McGregor afterwards and Dana White immediately referred this to the realm of fairy tales. Buckley would then ask for a match with Gilbert Burns during the press conference.

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UFC St. Louis | Buckley beats Ruziboev in front of his own audience

Burns seems like a good option for the American. The Brazilian lost his most recent match against Jack Della Maddalena and will have to face someone lower in the rankings. As previously mentioned, Buckley has won his last three bouts at welterweight and continues to climb the division. An interesting detail is that Buckley finished Vicente Luque in April, who happens to be Burns’ best friend and training partner.

Carlos Ulberg

Carlos Ulberg enters the light-heavyweight rankings this week with his sixth win in a row. The New Zealander needed just twelve seconds to stop the wildly incoming Alonzo Menifield via knockout. With that win, a fight against someone in the top 10 appears to be on the cards for ‘Black Jag’. Ulberg has not fought anyone in the top 15 except for Menifield so he has plenty of choices.

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UFC St. Louis | Ulberg punishes wild Menifield within twelve seconds

The UFC could match the New Zealander against Serbian Aleksandar Rakic. Rakic ​​recently lost to Jiri Prochazka and will not come close to a contender fight for a while, let alone a title fight. For Rakic, Ulberg is a good indicator to see where he stands in the division. This also applies to Ulberg to see if his ceiling is even higher at this point.

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