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Matches to Make After UFC Fight Night 52

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UFC Fight Night 52 came and went during the wee hours of the American morning. The card included devastating knockouts, back and forth slug fests, and two potential title challengers cementing their status atop their divisions. What matches are next for the competitors of UFC Fight Night 52? Take a look below to find out.

Mark Hunt

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Mark Hunt’s career resurgence continued Saturday morning with a resounding second round knockout of iron chinned Roy Nelson. The sky is the limit for the 40 year old Kiwi who seems to defy age with every Octagon appearance. While Hunt is far from the best fighter in the division, he’s an exciting name that could challenge for the title in his next bout. While the thought of that may make many fight fans drool, I believe he’ll get one more fight before then and it will be against “The Pitbull” Andrei Arlovski.

Myles Jury

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Photo via UFC.com

Myles Jury wasted no time in defeating Japanese MMA legend Takanori Gomi this past Saturday, knocking out the former PRIDE fighter in under two minutes. It was one of Jury’s most impressive performances to date, but it was nothing new for fans who have been following the San Diego based fighter. Jury’s next fight needs to be a big step-up as he’s shown that he is too good for the mid-tier fighters of the division. Let’s see how he does against Raphael Dos Anjos in his next outing.

Miesha Tate

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Miesha Tate picked up her second UFC win in a somewhat lackluster performance against UFC debutante Rin Nakai. Tate was clearly the better fighter of the two, but seemed to be a bit trigger shy after the first round. Tate’s performance could be attributed to jet lag, but nonetheless, she needs to perform better to remain fresh in fight fans’ minds. The next bout for Tate needs to be a challenging one which is why she should face former title challenger and Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann next.

Yoshihiro Akiyama

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Photo Courtesy of UFC.com

Yoshihiro Akiyama re-entered the winner’s circle for the first time in five years on Saturday morning, defeating Ultimate Fighter winner Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision. Akiyama looked solid in all three rounds of the bout, but has yet to shore up many of the holes in his game. The next bout for Akiyama needs to be against a slightly more improved opponent, but someone who isn’t quite well rounded. Fellow UFC Fight Night 52 winner Kiichi Kunimoto would be a great opponent for Akiyama’s next bout.

Rest of the Card

Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva
Takanori Gomi vs. Piotr Hallmann
Amir Sadollah vs. Daniel Sarafian
Rin Nakai vs. Jessica Rakoczy
Richard Walsh vs. Yan Cabral
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. John Moraga
Jon Delos Reyes vs. Darrell Montague
Masanori Kanehara vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Alex Caceres vs. Michinori Tanaka
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Rony Jason
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. KJ Noons
Johnny Case vs. Chris Wade
Maximo Blanco vs. Godfredo Pepey
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Daniel Reveles
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Daniel Reveles' interest in Mixed Martial Arts began at the age of fourteen while attending a Fantasy Football draft at a Friend's house. That day Daniel's buddies ordered UFC 88 on Pay-Per-View featuring lauded striker and hometown hero Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squaring off with Division One Wrestler “Suga” Rashad Evans. After seeing “the wrestler” Rashad Evans put the Ice Man out cold with an overhand right, Daniel became instantly hooked by the unpredictability of the sport. Since that moment Daniel has become well versed in Mixed Martial Arts History and has yet to miss an event. Daniel is currently studying at the University of California Santa Barbara to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Communications with hopes of becoming the next big media mogul. When he is not watching MMA or studying you can find Daniel hanging out with his family and friends or taking in a game at the lovely Dodger Stadium.