UFC 160 was a successful event. From surprising upsets to heavyweights taking the stage and throwing down an instant classic in the co-main event. What’s next for these great athletes? Let’s help out Joe Silva and give our take on what matches make the most sense.
Cerrone looked back to his old, dismantling KJ noons for three full rounds and earning the lopsided unanimous decision. His problem has always been once he works his way to contention, he has a problem staying there. He recently stated that he has a sports psychologist to help him get to the top. A fight with recent UFC on Fox 7 winner Josh Thomson has all the potential to be a “fight of the year” candidate. Bring it on.
Grant looked phenomenal in his upset of two time lightweight contender Gray Maynard. It’s already been announced that he’s getting the next shot at Benson Henderson’s lightweight title shot. This fight might not be the most appealing fight because of Grant’s lack of mainstream appeal but this fight should be a barnburner. This fight will end up being on a Fox card or the inaugural UFC on Fox Sports 2 card in Boston.
Teixeira has been unstoppable thus far in his current UFC run. He won his 19 straight fight and is working his way up to title contention. Beating James Te Huna with relative ease, defeating him via guillotine choke in the first round. A bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua or a bout with Ryan Bader makes the most sense for his career.
Junior dos Santos/Cain Velasquez:
Both of these fighters made empathic statements this weekend. They are the two best heavyweights in the world and it looks like later this year we will be seeing the rubber match between these two. Junior dos Santos won the first bout by TKO at UFC on Fox 1 in 64 seconds and Cain earned his revenge by thoroughly dismantling Santos in their rematch at UFC 155. Who is truly the best heavyweight in the world? We will be finding out soon enough.