UFC 171 is in the books and it was one of the best MMA cards of the year. Outside of one stinker fight, UFC 171 delivered on every note possible. If you wanted suspense, you had it. If you wanted brutal finishes, they were here. If you wanted a great technical battle, you found it at UFC 171. With the night in the books and a new welterweight champion crowned, what should be next for the night’s competitors? Take a look below to see our official matches to make after UFC 171.
Johny Hendricks finally did it. After coming oh so close to winning the UFC Welterweight Title this past November, Hendricks put on the performance of a life time against Robbie Lawler to win the vacant title. While Hendricks’ performance did have some flaws, his heart to come out and win the fifth round made it one of his most impressive fights yet. Hendricks probably wants to take some time off after the five round war, but should be ready to fight by August. There’s a slew of potential challengers for Hendricks, but Tyron Woodley makes the most sense.
See above. While many will say Woodley’s win was a fluke due to Condit’s injury, the fact of the matter was that Woodley was taking it to Condit before an offensive action of his own caused an injury to Condit. Woodley beat the number two ranked welterweight in the world and should be treated as such. Give him the title shot.
Myles Jury opened up a lot of eyes in his three round beating of Diego Sanchez. What makes Jury so dangerous is his competence in every aspect of MMA. Regardless of where the fight ends up, Jury will always be a threat. An unblemished professional record and wins over Diego Sanchez and Michael Johnson should get you a top quality name in your next bout. How about the winner of April’s Donald Cerrone vs. Edson Barboza match-up?
Hector Lombard looked like a world beater in the first round versus Jake Shields, but ended up coasting through the last two rounds en-route to a unanimous decision win. Lombard has a solid case for a title shot with a win over Shields but his performance left more to be desired. Maybe a match-up with Rory MacDonald can get Lombard to a coveted title shot?
Ovince St. Preux
Ovince St. Preux put on the best performance of his career, choking out Nikita Krylov inside of the first round. While St. Preux is still a few fights away from a title shot, performances like the one on Saturday night will go a long way towards making his case for contendership. A bout with Jimi Manuwa makes sense for the StrikeForce veteran.
Rest of the Card
Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields
Diego Sanchez vs. John Makdessi
Nikita Krylov vs. loser of Fabio Maldonaldo/Gian Villante
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Mike Pyle
Rick Story vs. Josh Koscheck
Jessica Andrade vs. Amanda Nunes
Raquel Pennington vs. UFC Newcomer
Dennis Bermudez vs. Hatsu Hioki
Jimy Hettes vs. Ivan Menjivar
Alex Garcia vs. winner of Thiago Alves/Seth Baczynski
Sean Spencer vs. Danny Mitchell
Frank Trevino vs. Ernest Chavez
Sean Strickland vs. Antonio Braga Neto
Robert Whiteford vs. Marcus Brimage