UFC Fight Night 36 was a mostly forgettable event but did write another chapter in the UFC history books as it tied the record for most decisions on a card with ten. What matches should be next for the fighters from this past Saturday night? Take a look below to find out.
Machida put on one of the most masterful performances of his career in his win over Gegard Mousasi. While Machida’s offense was decent, his ability to keep Mousasi from mounting any significant offense was key. Machida’s next bout needs to be either a number one contender’s bout or championship fight. I’d put Machida on the shelf for a few months and match him up with the winner of Chris Weidman versus Vitor Belfort for the Middleweight Title in late 2014.
Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza
If it wasn’t for that pesky Lyoto Machida pulling off an impressive win in the night’s headliner, we may very well have been talking about Jacare as the number one contender for the UFC Middleweight Title after his convincing win over Francis Carmont. While Jacare was unable to pull off a vicious finish like his first two UFC wins, he was able to show that he has the ability to go a full three rounds and pull out a victory after losing a round. Most of the top contenders in the Middleweight division are already tied up with a fight so Jacare may have to wait a few months for his next assignment. If Luke Rockhold gets past Tim Boetsch at UFC 172, he would be a perfect fit for Jacare’s next opponent. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see that rematch?
Silva absolutely demolished an overmatched Takanori Sato just fifty two seconds into their bout on Saturday night. The quick finish coupled with the fact that Silva took no damage in the bout means that Silva should have a quick turnaround. A bout between Silva and the winner of this Saturday’s Rory MacDonald versus Demian Maia fight would be ideal.
After weathering a tough first round against Viscardi Andrade, Nico Musoke was able to rally in the second and third rounds to prove why he is one of the welterweight division’s rising stars. Musoke has a well rounded skill set and that would be a handful for anyone in the welterweight division. While Musoke has been impressive in his first two Octagon appearances, he shouldn’t be thrown to the wolves just yet. A bout between Musoke and TUF Brazil finalist Sergio Moraes is a logical next step for each man.
Oliveira’s once promising career took a turn for the better this past Saturday night as the Brazilian submitted Andy Ogle in the third round of their bout. Do Bronx’s career has been all over the place. He burst on the scene in 2010 with back to back submission wins over Darren Elkins and Efrain Escudero before being submitted by Jim Miller. Since then, Oliveria has been inconsistent to say the least. Olveira’s win over Ogle could be a sign of good things to come for the twenty-four year old. A match-up with undercard winner Felipe Arantes should be next for ‘Do Bronx.’
The Rest of the Card
Gegard Mousasi vs. Francis Carmont
Viscardi Andrade vs. Albert Tumenov
Takanori Sato vs. Gasan Umalatov
Andy Ogle vs. Maximo Blanco
Joe Proctor vs. Rodrigo Damm
Iuri Alcantara vs. TJ Dillashaw
Wilson Reis vs. Mike Easton
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Claude Patrick
Zubaira Tukhugov vs. Tom Niinikmaki
Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Jon Delos Reyes