UFC: Fights the fans want following UFC 166
Who will challenge Cain Velasquez next for the heavyweight title?
Cain Velasquez vs Fabricio Werdum
Velasquez has fought the same two guys in his last five fights. It's now time for him to face a new challenger with a different arsenal.
Fabricio Werdum can offer what the current Heavyweight Champion has not yet faced.
He's looked excellent since leaving the UFC, submitting the all-time great Fedor Emielenko in what could be the biggest MMA upset of all time.
Since returning to the UFC, Werdum holds a perfect 3-0 record and has looked excellent.
In his first stint, The Brazilian was one dimensional, however, since training at Kings MMA his striking has come on leaps and bounds as he is mentored under Chute Boxe legend Rafael Cordiero.
He showed his improvements against Roy Nelson and Mike Russow, then in his next fight against fellow Brazilian 'Big Nog', he proved he had the best Jiu-Jitsu in the heavyweight division.
Valasquez himself holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, however, he is not on the same caliber as Brazilian.
The champion certainly has the advantage in the the wrestling department but with Werdum's world class BJJ department, will he want to use it?
Dana White has already said that Werdum is next in line for a title shot.
Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafson
The former Olympian fighting at 225lbs against Roy Nelson highlighted that he is looking to move down to light heavyweight.
He looked spectacular once again, going 13-0 in his MMA career and is yet to be challenged.
The way he controlled Roy Nelson was a vintage performance for DC.
He is relatively a small heavyweight, standing at just 5'11" and since his training partner and friend Cain Velasquez is heavyweight champion, Cormier feels the move to 205 lbs is right.
Gustafson put in a valiant effort in his title shot against Jon Jones.
There were cries for an immediate re-match, however, Brazilian Glover Texiera has been given the nod.
Gustafson cannot get a title shot off a loss to the champion.
He needs to keep himself in shape and not develop ring rust. More importantly he needs to keep developing his skills as Jon Jones does.
It could prove a very interesting clash. Cormier is regarded very highly in Dana White's books.
However, will he make the weight cut is the first question. How will he cope with the height and length of Gustafson?
As for the Swede, who is very similar to Jon Jones, how will he manage DC's wrestling and ability to control his opponent?
Junior Dos Santos vs loser of Josh Barnett vs Travis Browne
JDS badly needs to get himself back in the title mix. Two obvious losses to champion Cain Velasquez has really put him in a bad position within the heavyweight division.
Where can Dos Santos go from here is the question. It's not even like he can drop to 205 lbs (unless he doesn't eat for a year.) The only thing he can do is improve, dramatically.
That'll come by from the loser of Josh Barnett vs Travis Browne.
This could very well be a number one contender's shoot out. It takes place on December 28th, to give JDS plenty of time to recover.
Both men have shown they are great mixed martial artists. The veteran Barnett looked unstoppable before losing to Daniel Cormier.
Travis Browne, too, is very much the dark horse of the division and put himself right in the match with his KO win over Alistair Overeem.
Whichever men JDS ends up meeting, a win over either puts him on the right track to another possible shot at the gold.
Gilbert Meledez vs TJ Grant
You could argue that Melendez deserves another title shot from his thriller against Diego Sanchez.
He looked fantastic again, proving he is a top class lightweight and answered many of his critics when he was fighting outside the UFC.
TJ Grant was once in line for a shot at then champion Benson Henderson's UFC 155 lbs title before having to pull out oft the fight due to injury.
It seems unfair to take that away from him, however, Meldenez's performance was that good it puts the UFC in a difficult position.
Dana White has come out and said Melendez's victory is 'a huge step back for TJ Grant.' Therefore, let the pair scrap it out in the octagon and face the winner of the Anthony Pettis vs Josh Thompson title fight.
Diego Sanchez vs winner of Ross Pearson vs Melvin Guilard
Whether you're a fan or not, Diego Sanchez just loves to scrap.
He earned his sixth Fight of the Night bonus in his loss against Gilbert Melendez, however, the performance and heart he showed highlighted it was almost another win.
Since Sanchez doesn't look like he'll ever earn another title shot at lightweight or welterweight, why not keep giving him exciting fights.
Melvin Guilard and Ross Pearson both love to fight and are known for the stand up.
Diego's forward style could be intriguing against the technical Thai of Pearson.
As for if Melvin wins, he too is very much similar to Sanchez and loves to go toe to toe. Either fight could mean fireworks.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs Stipe Miocic
It was yet another impressive performance from Gonzaga who moves to an impressive 4-1 since his UFC return.
He looks a different fighter - much calmer on the feet and ready to use his world class BJJ on any opponent.
His KO victory over Shawn Jordan at UFC 166 really conveyed his true potential.
Miocic is also 4-1 in the UFC and looked equally impressive.
He is a NCAA Division One wrestler and a golden gloves boxer.
He completely walked through veteran Roy Nelson last time out.
Both fighters are looking to put a firm foothold in the UFC top ten and a win for either would do so.
John Dodson vs winner of Demitrious Johnson vs Joseph Benavidez
Dodson holds by far the most power in his hands in the division.
His KO victory on Saturday against Darrell Montague - regarded as the best flyweight outside the UFC - proved this.
He put in a gutsy performance when he met 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson in his title fight, dropping him twice in the second round but failing to get the nod.
His win against Montague still has him at the top of the 125 lbs division and deserves another shot at the gold.
Tim Boetsch vs winner of Tim Kennedy vs Rafael Natal
Boetsch got back to winning ways with his victory over CB Dolloway at UFC 166. His performance, however, was lacklustre and didn't deserve to get the W.
The obvious fight would be Michael Bisping, but nobody knows how long it will take the Brit to recover from his eye injury.
The former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold is seemingly booked in for a fight against Francis Carmont.
The top ten MW Boetsch's best fight is seemingly against the winner of Tim Kennedy and Rafael Natal, who headline the UFC Fight for the Troops 3 card.
Hector Lombard vs Adlan Amagov
Successful weight cut and a successful vintage KO for Hector Lombard.
He could really fulfil his potential at 170 lbs after being unlucky at middleweight.
His performance over veteran Nate Marquart highlighted how good and dangerous Lombard is.
It is his desire to fight on the UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia card in just over eight weeks. He needs an opponent who is fresh and won virtually easily in their last fight.
Amagov's KO victory over TJ Waldberger at UFC 166 ticks all the boxes for a fight in December.
There has been hype around the Russian before his debut and good reason why.
This fight could mean fireworks and two quick victories for either at welterweight pushes them for a top ten opponent next time out.
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