With UFC 159 in the books, what is next for the winners? There are plenty of exciting match ups in the future for these fighters. Let’s take a look.
He is one mad dude. Making the most of the opportunity that was presented to him. Defeating Jim Miller is an impressive feat in itself, but being able to get the submission in hostile territory? Good for you Pat Healy. Good for you. Healy was supposed to fight against Gilbert Melendez in Strikeforce but it never happened. With both fighters profiles on an all time high, now is the time to make the fight.
Davis was able to completely dominate Vinny Magalhaes. Vinny had no answers for Davis’ wrestling defense and his well-developed striking. Now is the time for him to move back into competing against top ten opposition. A fight with Ryan Bader would be a good fight to see who’s truly the elite mixed martial artist at 205 pounds.
“Big Country” continues to impress in the heavyweight division. Knocking out Cheick Kongo in emphatic fashion. What’s next for Nelson is the opportunity to take off the label of gatekeeper, and a chance to become a true contender. A fight with Daniel Cormier or Mark Hunt would be phenomenal. Make it happen Dana!
The Count’s cardio was the biggest factor in this fight. He was able to out-pace Alan Belcher throughout the duration of the fifteen minute bout. A fight with Yushin Okami makes the most sense. Bisping has competed against most of the contenders at middleweight and Okami isn’t currently booked. This would be a potentially solid co-main event or UFC on Fuel main event.
The biggest doubt surrounding his bout with Chael Sonnen was whether he’d be able to compete with Sonnen’s wrestling. But it looks like we were questioning the wrong fighter. Chael had no answers for Jones’ wrestling and didn’t stand a chance in this fight. Lyoto Machida has already been declared the number one contender. Been there, done that. If the UFC opts against it, maybe Gustaffson is available.