Callout Collection: Who UFC on ESPN+ 9 winners want next – and how likely they'll get them
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+ 9 event in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 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.
Wants to fight: Andrei Arlovski
The callout: “There is a ‘Pitbull’ out there who I’d love to neuter by the name of Andrei Arlovski. I want to get my hands on him. I heard the UFC is coming to Vancouver. I’ll sell that stadium out.”
The reality: Arjan Bhullar (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) relied on his wrestling to outpoint a massive Juan Adams despite being outstruck on the feet over the course of 15 minutes. Bhullar was able to avoid taking any serious damage from the shots he did absorb, and he proved very difficult to remove once his took the fight to the floor and established top position.
With the UFC expected to return to Bhullar’s home province of British Columbia in late July for UFC 240, angling for an appearance on the card makes all the sense in the world. Fighting Arlovski (27-19 MMA, 17-13 UFC) would be a huge step up in terms of experience, but the UFC has proven they’re not adverse to putting Arlovski against the sport’s newer names in recent bookings with guys like Augusto Sakai, Tai Tuivasa and Junior Albini, for instance.
Arlovski is mired in a three-fight skid right now and in need of a win. Perhaps the idea of facing an opponent who will likely be looking to wrestle rather than throw concussive blows will appeal to the former UFC heavyweight champion, making what seemed like an out-of-the-blue callout instead a rather wise choice.
Next up, let’s check out the main card.
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