This is going to be big and long. Sorry I’m packing 5 events into one article but I have been having some personal things going on. Here we are though and here I go writing this. One note I wrote Ferguson vs RDA before 205 that’s why it says waiting on 205. Just to clear that up. Also I am only going to do one loser per event just to keep it a little bit shorter.
Fight Night Ferguson vs RDA
Tony Ferguson: Depends on 205
Tony is a bit more of a complicated one because at the moment there are two clear contenders Khabib and now Tony. While Khabib has an impressive 23-0 record I think If Eddie Alvarez loses at 205 the fight to make is Tony vs Khabib and if Eddie wins it should be him vs Tony for the title.
Diego Sanchez: Evan Dunham
The master of the Yes chant Diego proved that he can’t die when he beat Marcin Held. On a personal note when he got out of the Guillotine choke by running up the cage was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. But the question where does the TUF 1 winner go from here? He proves he can still fight after 10 years and can still keep them fights interesting. A fight with Evan can say whether or not he can make one last shot at the title or if it is time for the last member of that magnificent TUF 1 cast to finally take his place in the HOF where he so richly belongs.
Ricardo Lamas: Cub Swanson/DooHoo Choi winner
Ricardo has been screwed out a big fight this year when BJ Penn pulled out of his scheduled main event in Manilla. So when he fought a 9 pounds overweight Charles Oliveira I hope he won and got a well-deserved payday and he did. Now the next fight for him should be something that will improve his “stock” and I think a fight between either DooHoo or Cub is exactly that. DooHoo is the baby faced killer that is currently on a tear through the featherweight division and Cub Swanson is the veteran with a renewed sense of being and fighting ability (and sweet beard). A fight between either of these two men is exactly what Ricardo deserves.
Matin Bravo: Artem Lobov
Don’t kill me. It makes sense. Let me explain. Artem is a name in the UFC while that name is purely just by association with Conor it’s a name and he is currently coming off a win. If Martin could get past Artem then it would show that he does have the skills and that he could be something in the UFC something that no other TUF latin America winner has been so far.
Beniel Dariush: Gilbert Melendez
Beniel Dariush has great performances and bad ones. A fight against Gilbert can show that he does have the skills to be in the top 10 lightweights in the world. Gilbert has been on a slight downslide recently he’s list his last two fights but a fight with Beniel would either pick him up or show him that there needs to be some changes in his fight camp.
Alexa Grasso: Joanne Calderwood.
Alexa Grasso is a great prospect for the UFC she’s pretty, she’s technically sound, and she’s young. The UFC needs to slow burn her and the perfect first test for her would be Joanne Calderwood. It is both a step up in competition but not so big as to throw her straight against Joanna. This fight would be a striker delight and a lot of fun to watch.
Joe Soto: Eddie Wineland
Joe Soto the former Bellator champ has finally shown why he was such a prospect when he finally got his first win. Now with his second win he should get some higher competition and that person is Eddie Wineland. This fight would be fun to watch and a great way to get Joe into the top 15.
Sam Alvey: Rafael Natal
Rafael Natal would be a fight that shows how two strikers can go in the cage and how they would be able to prove that they are deserving to be in the top 15 of the middleweight division.
RDA: Edson Barboza
The former lightweight champion has fallen victim to 2 straight losses. The first against Eddie Alvarez and the second to Tony. So where does the former champ go from here. My opinion Edson Barboza is the best possible fight for both these men. RDA needs to establish dominance again and Edson needs to put a big name on his resume to go back to being a contender.
Conor McGregor: Mystery
If you had asked me one week ago I would’ve said through gritted teeth that Conor needs to defend his Featherweight title against Jose Aldo. Now he has been stripped of the featherweight title and it has suddenly become muddier. With Conor being stripped that means there’s no clear contender because there’s 2. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. With Conor taking off till May due to the fact of the birth of his first child there needs to be a fight that happens that I will write about in just two seconds. SUSPENSE.
Tyron Woodley-Stephen Thompson (Draw)
This one is fairly simple after a brilliant fight that ended in a draw there needs to be a rematch between these two to make sure that there is a clear defined winner.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Jessica Andrade
The strawweight division is slightly shallow at the moment but there a lot of emerging contenders. The one that is the closest is Jessica Andrade and as such she is the most clear she has never fought Joanna before and she has the power and the speed to maybe be the one to upset Joanna Violence.
Yoel Romero: Michael Bisping
With this win over Weidman, Yoel is the clear #1 contender. At the same time there is a tournament that is brewing at the top of the Middleweight division that has it being one of the most talked about divisions in the UFC.
Raquel Pennington: Valentina Shevchenko
With Raquel’s stock higher than ever with her biggest win over Miesha Tate she has broken into the top 5 in the rankings. So while she is here she needs to makes sure that she continues to climb towards a title shot and she can do this by fighting the lady that beat Holly Holm in Valentina. Raquel vs Valentina should be a great showing from both ladies.
Frankie Edgar: Ricardo Lamas
Frankie Edgar is currently in a state of stasis he has been perpetually at number 2 in the featherweight rankings for a very long time. While Max and Pettis and Aldo are the guys going for the title Frankie needs to remind people why he is as good as he is so he should fight someone that is also highly skilled. In comes Ricardo a man on the hunt for the title who has had a huge fight in BJ Penn that was cancelled. Frankie vs Edgar would gladly main event a fight night
Khabib Nurmagomedov: Tony Ferguson (interim title belt)
Tony Ferguson vs Khabib is a fight that should’ve already happened a few times over already and now with Conor out until May these two should fight. With Khabib saying he won’t fight unless it’s for a title give him a compromise of an interim title. Plus with Tony having the huge win over RDA and Khabib with his 24-0 record and a win over RDA these two are the clear top contenders and this means that we can get a true #1 contender.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz: Claudia Gadelha
KK vs Claudia should be the co-main on a Poland card with JJ being the main event. The whole fight would be a showcase of two of the best in the women’s strawweight division. It would be a great showcase in KK’s homeland.
UFC Mousasi vs Hall 2
Gegard Mousasi: Jacare Souza
Gegard vs Jacare 3 is a perfect way to end the trilogy and to show that Gegard and Jacare can be the top 5 of middleweight. Gegard can also ride this hype train that he is currently on and he can show that he would get the winner of Bisping v Yoel. Also Gegard is so keen for a fight he’s willing to pretty much fight anyone at any time and I am sure that he wants to get his loss over Jacare back.
Stevie Ray: Franciso Trinaldo
Alexander Volkov: Travis Browne
Travis Browne has gone from a legit contender to a heavyweight with par boxing skills and the worst coach in MMA. So a good win and a test for Alexander is Travis while at one stage Travis was #3 in the world Alex can use this win to leapfrog him closer to the title.
Artem Lobov: Martin Bravo
The points that I made when I wrote up about Martin Bravo still applies to this fight.
Uriah Hall: Vitor Belfort
Vitor has the striking and the range to make a fight with Uriah very interesting but at the same time Uriah is on a three fight skid and needs a fight that he can win and that is against Vitor.
UFC Bader vs Nogueira
Ryan Bader: Glover
A rematch with Glover is the best option for Ryan Bader because he can regain the loss from him and maybe get the title shot that he deserved when DC first won the belt.
Thomas Almeida: Raphael Assuncao
Thomas Almeida is one of the best prospects in the bantamweight division. A fight against a top 5 contender can show that he is a legit contender and could even fight someone like TJ.
Claudia Gadelha: Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Claudia vs KK can show just how good the women’s Strawweight division is and if it was on a co-main on a Poland card the win could then call out JJ and be a big draw in the division.
Little Nog: Post fight life
I am not one to tell people when they should retire. In this case though I think it’s time. He has been fighting for such a long time and nothing to prove anymore so maybe he should follow his brother and go into the UFC office. Which would be a good way to make sure that the young Brazilian talent can be properly nurtured.
Now I will admit I’m an Aussie so I’ll be writing more with this one and mainly focusing on the Australians. So sit back and enjoy.
UFC Whittaker vs Brunson
Robert Whittaker: Chris Weidman
Robert is the greatest fighter to come out of Australia since Mark Hunt. Yes he’s a Kiwi but like Pharlap, Pavlova, and Russel Crowe we stole him and now he’s ours. So the Aussie vs the former champion in maybe Brooklyn would be a brilliant fight it would test Rob’s takedown defence and also show that he’s great and Chris can show why at one stage he was the best fighter in the UFC.
Andrew Holbrook: Drew Dober
The upset of the night Andrew Holbrook beat Jake Matthews and he should ride this wave by fighting someone when he can truly show off his skills and so I give Drew Dober as his next opponent.
Omari Akhmedov: Zak Cummings
Alexander Volkanovski: Jason Knight
With both these men winning at UFC Melbourne this means that this would be a great fight with Alex dropping down to featherweight (His normal division) this would be a great way to showcase his skills.
Tyson Pedro: Ed Herman
Tyson Pedro is one of the coolest Aussies I mean just listen to the song he walked out to. He walked out to a song called sexual. In the fight he got knocked down heard then he quickly got up and got a takedown and then got the submission win. Tyson vs Ed would a fun fight to watch and hopefully it’ll showcase more how great Tyson is
Dan Kelly: Tim Boetsch
The battle of the dad bods. Dan Kelly is the ultimate underdog every fight he goes into he is thought that he will lose and yet he comes out with the win. He was actually outclassing Chris Camozzi on the feet with his striking which is incredible for a 4 time Olympian in Judo. With this win he has asked for a top 15 opponent which Tim is. This would be an excellent fight.
Damien Brown: Nick Hein
Damien Brown the former soldier and current Prison guard has now won 2 fights. After his first fight in the UFC where he had to cut 29 pounds in a week to fight. At UFC 201 he won via a knockout in the first round. With his latest win in Melbourne he deserves a fight with someone in the top 15 so I say he should fight Nick Hein. Nick Hein is coming off a win and is always right on the cusp of the rankings in the lightweight division and as such if Damien won he could then call out someone who is ranked.
Ben Nguyen: Sergio Pettis
Ben has been brilliant since his debut in the UFC and despite a loss to Louis Smolka he has been unstoppable and with an absolute clinic that he put on at Melbourne he should fight a name in the Flyweight division. Sergio Pettis while still fairly new to the Flyweight division carries a name and would be a brilliant striker’s delight of a fight.
Jake Matthews: Sage Northcutt/Mickey Gall winner
It just came out that Jake wants to move up to welterweight which will be a great addition to the division and could be what the young Aussie needs to get out of this funk that he has been in and The winner of Sage/Mickey could be the perfect fight to bring him into the Welterweight division.
If you made it this far thank you so much for reading. If you have any comments on the fights that I wrote send me a tweet @Phoenalix on Twitter.