Rematch, heavyweights or new rival? Bets for Alex Poatan's future in the UFC

Looking to increase his legacy, the Brazilian has four possible scenarios for his next fight in the organization

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Alex Poatán He is the current UFC light heavyweight champion. (Photo: Reproduction/Instagram)

Alex Poatán He has established himself as one of the biggest names in the UFC today. With a brutal knockout over Jiri Prochazka last Saturday (29), the Brazilian masterfully defended the light heavyweight belt (up to 93kg) and now finds himself at a crossroads: what will be his next challenge?

Four options present themselves for the future of Poatan, each with its own challenges and attractions. Therefore, the SUPER FIGHTS brought together all the possibilities for the Brazilian in the organization.

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Magomed Ankalayev

The most likely of these is a confrontation with Magomed Ankalayev. The Russian, who is coming off an impressive victory over Johnny Walker, stands as the main challenger for the title and has already declared that he has the perfect style to neutralize the Brazilian's striking game.

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Alex Poatan is UFC champion. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

The fight, if the ranking is taken into consideration, is the one that makes the most sense now. Ankalaev is second, behind only Jiri Prochazka – who just got the chance. Behind him, Jamahal hill e Jan Blachowicz have already been victims of the Brazilian.

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Tom Aspinall or Curtis Blaydes

Another intriguing possibility is the move up to heavyweight. Poatan has already flirted with the idea of ​​moving up a division and would become the first fighter to become champion in three different UFC divisions, an epic feat that would place him among the greatest in the history of the sport.

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To do this, he can wait for the outcome of the fight between Tom aspinall e Curtis blaydes, which takes place at UFC 304 on July 27, and face the winner for the vacant belt in the 120,2kg category.

T. Aspinall watching A. Poatan prepare for fight. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @tomaspinallofficial

T. Aspinall watching A. Poatan prepare for fight. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @tomaspinallofficial

Jon Jones vs Alex Poatan?

A more unlikely path, but one that still hangs in the air, is a confrontation with Jon Jones. Despite having already opened the door to a fight with Poatan in the past, 'Bones' seems to be closer to retirement and should have Stipe Miocic as your next opponent.

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UFC president Dana White also doesn't show much interest in this clash, making it a challenging scenario, but one that would undoubtedly be one of the best in MMA history.

Jon Jones opened the door for a fight with Alex Poatan. Photo: SUPER FIGHTS montage

Jon Jones opened the doors to struggle with Alex Poatán. Photo: SUPER FIGHTS montage

Jan Blachowicz

Lastly, Jan Blachowicz emerges as a name that could be an interesting dark horse. The Pole, former champion of the category, has faced Poatan in the past and lost by split decision in a close duel.

He was present at the T-Mobile Arena and witnessed the Brazilian's rematch against Prochazka up close, which could reignite the rivalry between the two.

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