I think the winner of Okami/Jacare would make one helluva argument for being a great challenger. Bisping/Weidman would be money in the bank for what is now, a burgeoning, novice main event PPV draw in Weidman.
Munoz isn't in title contention, Belfort is closest.
Bisping is not a title contendor. Not now. Not ever.
Loved Gabriel Gonzaga and Edson Barboza's finishes, especially Gonzaga's. I just hope this doesn't lead to him head hunting in his next several fights again.
Chris Leben should not say how he's new and improved anymore. Take all the footage of his last few losses, tighten those weaknesses and use the tools to force his next fight to his strengths. Don't say anything, just work on it.
I have enjoyed watching Cub Swanson bounce back from his disappointing fights against Lamas and Mendes. Either one of those fights would be great rematches to see who the next number one contender would be. Either way, I don't think Cub would suffer the same fate against either opponent.
Mark Munoz looked fantastic, even if he was surprised with a takedown by Boetsch. Donkey Kong punches, mixing up his targeted areas and great top control for another win. I want him against Bisping to see how both would fare in an interesting styles clash.
Roger Gracie...goddamnit. Tim Kennedy didn't win the first round. I don't care what the judges say. Maybe Boetsch could give Tim a good fight.
Frankie Edgar seems to be stuck in purgatory. He does not need to be in any title fights anytime soon, but maybe he's two wins away (or one impressive win at least). Maybe Nik Lentz, Clay Guida (if he beats Mendes) or Chad Mendes(if he loses to Guida) would be good fights to move him up the rankings. I'm not a good matchmaker.
Chris Fucking Weidman. Wow. He should definitely enjoy this next week or so. I don't think he can top this win anytime soon. Maybe he faces Belfort if Anderson genuinely doesn't want a rematch. Otherwise, I'd love to see how their second fight would go.
Okami would be strong in the clinch and his training with Sonnen and Lindland seems to be paying dividends as shown in the Lombard fight, with the wrestling takedowns that he's learned. He's got a great stiff jab, good movement, leg kicks which can keep Weidman guessing. Okami's biggest weakness is pressure fighters, so as long as he can keep Weidman from pressuring him, the fight would be interesting.
I can see a reason for Vitor getting the shot, but does anyone think he will accept a fight outside of Brazil at this point?
Okami is coming off wins over Belcher and Lombard. Not saying they were the elite of the MW (however, they were in the 9-12 range), but a win over Jacare does make his case better.
Jacare is nowhere close, as his current winning streak is over guys who are ranked outside of the top 20. A win over Okami does move up a lot closer though. I would say both guys should fight Vitor for #1 contender.
Munoz needs a few more solid wins to be in title talks. He doesnt really have many quality wins at MW outside of Maia and now Boetch.
However, with a win over Jacare(I have it even as of now), Okami will have amassed consecutive wins over Belcher, Lombard and Jacare, which IMO is a better argument than anybody but Vitor