Markes should have no problem bouncing back from his TKO loss to Romero. The bout was closely contested for the most part and Romero looked to be in the best shape of his MMA career. Plus, the 25-year old Markes had won seven in a row prior to the stumble. Tim Boetsch could come into play if the UFC still has faith in Markes’ abilities, though a slightly less-established foe like C.B. Dollaway or Chris Camozzi seems more likely.
With no Draws on display, UFC Fight Night 31 produced two clearly defined groups of fighters based on success in the Octagon or lack thereof. The show featured eight finishes including five of the first-frame variety in addition to some well-scored decisions. While the event wasn’t necessarily the end of the road for every individual who came up short, few jobs are guaranteed when it comes to defeat on the sport’s biggest stage. Here’s a look at what might be next for some of the card’s less-fortunate folks… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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