The fight card for UFC 303 was continually shuffling until the last minute, yet the UFC still managed to produce an exciting pay-per-view event. Featuring star power and rising talent, UFC 303 delivered memorable fights and set the stage for intriguing future matchups. With so much turnover from this weekend’s event, let’s take a look at what should be next for the big names of UFC 303 — even those who didn’t make the final fight card. Keep an eye on the latest UFC オッズ as these fighters continue their journeys in the octagon.

Alex Pereira, Light Heavyweight Champion

Who Should Be Next: Magomed Ankalaev

Alex Pereira’s dominance in the light heavyweight division continued as he secured another second-round knockout over former champion Jiří Procházka to retain his title. Having already beaten three of the top four ranked contenders in the division, Pereira’s next logical opponent is Magomed Ankalaev. Although Ankalaev has not fought since January and has only fought twice in the past two years, he remains a top contender. This matchup would provide a significant challenge for Pereira and an opportunity to showcase his improved grappling skills.

Diego Lopes, Featherweight

Who Should Be Next: Alexander Volkanovski

Diego Lopes stepped in at the last minute to replace Brian Ortega and secured a decision victory over Dan Ige. With his rising stock, Lopes could face featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski next. Volkanovski, who desires to fight as often as possible, might appreciate the challenge while waiting for his title shot against either Ilia Topuria or Max Holloway. This would be a massive leap for Lopes, but his current momentum makes this an intriguing possibility.

Ian Machado Garry, Welterweight

Who Should Be Next: Colby Covington

Ian Machado Garry’s undefeated streak and his rise through the welterweight ranks make him a prime candidate to face Colby Covington. Covington, despite his reluctance, may find it hard to turn down a fight against Garry, who has now won eight consecutive UFC fights. A matchup between Garry and Covington would likely be contentious, but it could elevate Garry’s status and provide Covington with a significant challenge after his recent loss to Leon Edwards.

Michael Chandler, Lightweight

Who Should Be Next: Justin Gaethje

Michael Chandler has been waiting for a fight with Conor McGregor, but with McGregor’s future uncertain, Chandler should consider a bout with Justin Gaethje. Gaethje’s willingness to risk his No. 1 contender spot at UFC 300 deserves recognition, and a fight against Chandler could be positioned as a No. 1 contender matchup. This would reward Gaethje’s risk and provide Chandler with a high-stakes fight.

Conor McGregor, Welterweight

Who Should Be Next: Michael Chandler

If McGregor fights again, it should be against Michael Chandler. This matchup has been the focal point of the UFC’s promotional efforts and would satisfy fans’ expectations. Chandler has been patiently waiting for this fight, and it’s the most logical next step for both fighters.


UFC 303 delivered a mix of star power and emerging talent, setting the stage for exciting future matchups. As we look ahead, the potential bouts for Alex Pereira, Diego Lopes, Ian Machado Garry, Michael Chandler, and Conor McGregor promise to keep fans on the edge of their seats.