UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson II delivered all the goods an MMA fan could ask for. Whether it was a brutal knockout or slick submission, this event had it. There were multiple fighters who put themselves on the path toward a title shot and others who fell down the ranks violently. Take a look below to see what matches should come next for the competitors from UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson II.
Do you remember when fans would call Dan Henderson, “Decision Dan.” That seems like so long ago huh? Henderson did it again this past Sunday night, knocking out Shogun Rua in the third round (or eight round, if you want to get technical) of their battle. While Henderson did get the knockout, he looked slower than usual, which is something we’ve seen in his past performances. Even though Henderson didn’t look great, it’s hard to put him against anyone but top contenders. With that being said, I want to see Henderson take on Daniel Cormier next.
Maurico ‘Shogun’ Rua
For two rounds it looked like Shogun was going to be victorious against Henderson, but a well timed H-bomb ended all of those hopes. Shogun is 1-3 in his last four fights, but his losses have come at the hands of Henderson, Chael Sonnen, and Alexander Gustaffsson, which is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s also encouraging to see that Rua has performed relatively well in his last two outings. I’d like to see Rua drop to middleweight, but let’s be honest, that’s not going to happen. A perfect fight for Rua would be with Jimi Manuwa.
I tried to stave off admitting that C.B. Dollaway was a contender for as long as I could, but I simply can’t anymore. Dollaway made Cezar Mutante look like an amateur fighter on Sunday night, Knocking out the Ultimate Fighter Brazil winner in just 39 seconds. Dollaway was robbed by the judges in his last fight against Tim Boetsch, so I consider him to be on a four fight winning streak which includes a win over Mayhem Miller. Dollaway probably needs one more win over a mid-level contender before he can face the truly elite fighters which leads me to believe that a fight between him and the winner of April’s Yoel Romero/Brad Tavares bout would be perfect.
Fabio Maldonaldo is probably the most entertaining fighter in the UFC at this point in time. Is he the most skilled? Not even close, but it’s a guaranteed fun fight every time he competes. After losing the first round to Gian Villante on Sunday, Maldonaldo returned in rounds two and three with a vengeance and absolutely teed off on Villante with his precision boxing. Maldonaldo shouldn’t be looked at as a serious contender and just be put in bouts that will be appealing to watch. The logical next step for Maldonaldo would be about with James Te Huna.
Rest of the Card
Cezar Mutante vs. Andy Enz
Leo Santos vs. Adriano Martins
Norman Parke vs. Rashid Magomedov
Gian Villante vs. Nikita Krylov
Michel Prazeres vs. Joe Proctor
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Roger Bowling
Rony Jason vs. Diego Brandao
Steven Siler vs. Maximo Blanco
Thiago Santos vs. Uriah Hall
Jussier Formiga vs. John Moraga
Kenny Robertson vs. Alex Garcia
Hans Stringer vs. Robert Drysdale
Godofredo Pepe vs. UFC newcomer
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