After a decent night of fights many questions will need to be answered.
Anderson Silva has a small list of guys who are on a winning streak in the division worth fighting. Bisping thinks he deserves a shot, but he lost his last fight. Lombard has a fight coming up and if he can win that I’m sure the rumors will start. Brian Stann won his last fight and has only lost to Chael Sonnen since moving to Middleweight, but hasn’t beaten anyone to really show he deserves a shot. Mark Munoz has a fight Wednesday night and if convincing he could be next in line. But if not Munoz, who could possibly be next?
Everyone wants Silva to move up to Light Heavyweight and face Jon Jones, I would like to see a top Light Heavyweight contender move down and challenge Anderson for the Middleweight title though. Dan Henderson has a fight with Jon Jones, but has always said he’ll go back to Middleweight for Anderson Silva, which would be an interesting match-up, perhaps the final in both of their careers. Rashad Evans would also be a good match-up if he could cut the weight. It’s no secret that Rashad wants UFC gold again but it could be awhile before he is given another shot at the Light Heavyweight title even if Jon Jones loses the belt.
Chael Sonnen lost for the second time to Anderson which means as long as he is the champ, Chael won’t get another shot… unless everyone else fails. Chael’s best chance at tasting UFC gold is to move up to Light Heavyweight. He’s way too big to move down to Welterweight, but he already falls nicely into the Light Heavyweight spectrum. If this is the route he goes I’d like to see him fight Lil Nog or Alexander Gustaffson.
Forrest Griffin’s next fight will without a doubt be another money fight. I don’t think he’s too interested in winning the title before he retires and after storming out of the cage like he did Dana might make him wait a while before his next fight.
Cung Le is expected to fight in China after Dana White made the comment about it at the Post Conference. No idea who his opponent could be at this point.
Patrick Cote might be seen on the prelims if he gets to stay in the UFC after his return fight was less than pleasing.
Demian Maia’s next opponent has to be someone like Josh Koscheck or Jake Ellenberger, his freak TKO of Dong Hyun Kim will have Kim out for a while but really didn’t prove much for Maia.
Chad Mendes took care of business early as he should have. If Aldo’s injury takes a while to heal I’d like to see Mendes fight Koch for an interim belt. If Koch won’t agree to the fight because he’s waiting for Aldo then I’d settle for Dennis Siver.
Cody McKenzie should be placed on the prelims again if he doesn’t get cut. He’s 2-5 in the UFC and really didn’t merit a shot against the consensus No.1 contender.
Mike Easton hasn’t lost a fight since 2007. Yeah he took 2 years off. But still 8-0 since his only loss in MMA. The guy is good. He wasn’t overly impressive against Ivan Menjivar. Easton should get a fight with Eddie Wineland or Brian Bowles, it would be a step up in competition and would undoubtedly test the rising star. Menjivar however should fight Scott Jorgensen one will rise in the rankings, while the other will probably be cut from the UFC.
Lastly, I’d really like to see Melvin Guillard fight Donald Cerrone. Both guys are entertaining strikers and would most than likely steal the show from the headliners.