Fights to make after UFC Fight Night 30
GMS looks at some possible fights after Saturday's card in Manchester
Lyoto Machida vs Vitor Belfort
Whether Belfort beats Dan Henderson or not, a fight at 185 lbs makes for absolute fireworks.
Belfort seems to be fighting Henderson on November 9th to avenge his 2006 loss. However, he knows his home is in the middleweight division.
Belfort is 4-1 at 185 lbs, with his only loss coming to Anderson Silva at UFC 126 for the title.
Silva losing the title has really opened up the division for the pair.
Machida is a training partner of Anderson Silva and has stated in the past that although his natural weight is middleweight, he would not want to meet his friend in the octagon.
Belfort in his title match with Silva was the victim of one of the most famous and brutal KO's in UFC history as 'The Spider' hit Belfort with the first ever KO front kick.
Both Machida and Belfort hold the blueprint to each others Achilles heel.
What Machida has always struggled with is opponents who are right in his face - as displayed in his loses to Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson and Jon Jones.
Belfort with his quick hands and crisp boxing loves to do this opponent, as he constantly throws strikes - putting pressure on and backing up his opponent
What 'The Phenom's' downfall is, is unorthadox striking. 'The Dragon' has this exactly with his karate background, and the angles he throws at make it hard for his opponent to land.
If Anderson Silva recaptures the Middleweight title at the end of the year, this fight could very well take place at 205 lbs.
Either weight, it makes for a stunner.
Mark Munoz vs Luke Rockhold
The two victim's of the two above's last opponents.
Both Munoz and Rockhold have hit serious setbacks in their careers. Both where violently KO'd and desperately need a win to show they are a contender within the division.
Rockhold came over to the UFC as Strikeforce MW Champion looking unstoppable.
However, his loss to Vitor Belfort showed that he was not quite as good as people thought.
To make things worse, Ronaldo Souza who he captured the title from in Strikeforce has tore through the division in the UFC.
Munoz really knows now he won't be getting a shot at the UFC Middleweight title.
Yet, he has bundles of talent and can really test the contenders in the 185 lbs division.
Ross Pearson vs Melvin Guillard
Their fight on the card lasted just 117 seconds due to an illegal knee on Pearson.
It is unfortunate but these things happen. It only makes sense to re-book the fight and it will likely take place on the UFC card in March 2014, in London.
Jimi Manuwa vs Thiago Silva
Can you imagine how good this fight could be?
This is a pair who know nothing else but to stand and bang.
Manuwa got the job done against Jimmo in a grinding victory. It tested his scrambling and clinch game, along with his patience. He came out on top yet again.
Silva didn't look too good in his last victory against Matt Hammill.
However, it was still the old Silva we know and love, throwing bombs and looking for the finish throughout.
Manuwa could be a very good prospect in the light heavyweight division.
He's 3-0 in the UFC and now needs the next calibre of opponent.
Silva really is at this level. He is very good, but unfortunately has been beaten by the cream of the crop at 205 lbs in Alexander Gustafson, Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida.
A win over Silva for 'Poster Boy' is a real good stepping stone to a top ten opponent and the fight could very well take place on the London card in March.
Norman Parke vs Al Iquinta
Lets see what these two lightweights can do.
Both dominated their opponents on Saturday night and it only makes sense if the pair meet.
Parke and Iquinta are both very well rounded and could make for an interesting match up.
John Lineker vs Brad Pickett
Lineker looked ever impressive again on Saturday. He blew opponent Phil Harris apart, moving to 4-1 in the UFC at just 23 years old.
British veteran Brad Pickett seems keen on a move down to 125 lbs.
He is a top ten bantamweight and holds a win over flyweight champion Demitrious Johnson.
A win for either really does put them into title contention.
Both come to fight and love to stand and trade.
This fight could very well end up as Co-main event on the London card.
Luke Barnatt vs Brad Scott
Barnatt and Scott faced and beat well established UFC veterans in their wins over Andrew Craig and Michael Kuiper.
They both looked very comfortable in the octagon.
Barnatt, after a disappointing campaign on TUF: 17, has looked awesome since leaving the house.
He's now 7-0 in MMA, and has Chael Sonnen to mentor him.
Sonnen, who usually has a TV role to fill when not fighting, turned down the opportunity this weekend to corner Barnatt.
Lets let these two get another win before them fighting on a numbered card in the US.
Let them meet in London next year, let the winner gain a fan base and give them an opponent and a fight across the pond.
Jimy Hettes vs Cole Miller
This fight only makes sense.
Two of the the best grapplers at featherweight that could make for an entertaining fifteen minutes on the mat.
Hettes' positioning on the ground was again so impressive on Saturday.
However, he is yet to meet a real good grappler yet. Miller meets this credential. Could Hettes do what he done to Robert Whiteford and control a veteran like Miller?
To this, Hettes' striking did not look impressive at all in his fight against Whiteford. Miller could very much test this.
Jessica Andrade vs Jessica Eye
The battle of the Jessica's.
Andrade showed a lot of improvement since her loss to Liz Carmouche.
Her constant pressure on veteran Rosie Sexton was reminiscent to Wanderlei Silva, with her wild punches and aggressive style.
Eye's UFC debut was fantastic too, as she beat former women's title contender (when in Strikeforce) Sarah Kaufman.
Andrade definitely has the power advantage, however, Eye has the speed. I would love to see this on the main card somewhere next year.
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