UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night 26 on Fox’s new TV channel FS1 seems to have gone better than anybody expected. The viewership numbers for the event were through the roof, and almost every fighter who won did so in extremely impressive fashion. So where does this leave them? Well here is our take on matches to make following this event.
Steven Siler: After a very impressive knockout of one time top five featherweight Mike Thomas Brown in the first minute, the sky is the limit for Siler. He is on the way to the title, and a match with Max Holloway should enlighten us to how good his striking really is.
Conor McGregor: One of the most hyped fighters in the history of the sport, Conor McGregor looked great on the feet and on the mat with Holloway. The UFC is going to want to groom him, and a match with Diego Brandao should bring him closer to a contender fight.
Michael McDonald: McDonald was very calm Saturday night, as he choked Brad Pickett with a triangle choke. He just lost his bout with Renan Barao, but a contender match seems logical for him at this point. I say match him with Urijah Faber.
Michael Johnson: Defeating Joe Lauzon is no easy task. Defeating him and making it look easy is even harder. His ground game seems to need work based on his recent fights, and it would do the UFC well to pair him with any striker at 155. My pick is Isaac Vallie-Flagg, a tough-nosed Strikeforce import.
John Howard: Finding his way back home to the UFC after a brief layoff, Howard was very impressive against Uriah Hall. There is no reason to build him, as he had his shot before. I believe a fight with Tim Boetsch would show us where he really belongs at middleweight.
Matt Brown: On a six fight winning streak, and knocking out Mike Pyle in 29 seconds, a match with Carlos Condit or Jake Ellenberger would not only be an exciting match, but with a win Brown would be making a case for a title shot.
Travis Browne: A couple years ago, knocking out Allistair Overeem with a snap kick would earn you a title shot. Now it simply reinforces Travis’s claim to being one of the greatest heavyweights in the division. I believe one more fight should secure him a title shot, and this fight should be against none other than the Frank Mir-Josh Barnett winner.
Chael Sonnen: Not just a talker, Chael proved his mettle once again against Shogun Rua, submitting him in the first round. Chael is said to be dropping back to middleweight and taking a fight with Wanderlei Silva. Bring it on.