On the topic of who could be matched up next....
AJ needs to fight higher ranked opponents at this opponent. There are only 2 fights that make sense with a 3rd option more of a showcase than anything.
Rashad is expected back in the Fall at some point. That fight could headline a Fight Night and could be for the #1 contenders spot.
Glover doesn't have a fight booked that I'm aware of and that fight could be a solid co main event.
The 3rd option would be more so to pad AJs highlight reel in my opinion and that would be a fight with Shogun. It would be an opportunity for AJ to beat a legend and a top 10 guy.
And thinking about it, an off the wall 4th option would be a fight with Goose when he returns.
Robbie is next in line for a WW title shot and that fight should be an epic rematch. But I will say I think Robbie fought down to the level of competition and didn't look great and hopefully he does better against Bigg Rigg.
Matt Brown is a fucking warrior. I would pay to watch him fight a tree at this point. With Nick Diaz coming back, that would be fire works and an excellent main event for a fight night. But I'm not sure how quick of a turn around Brown would need for that fight with Diaz ready to fight.
The original Condit fight would be great but I'm not sure on Condits timetable for a return. But I have a feeling that Brown is gonna be out a bit so trying to pair him up with anyone right now wouldn't work out.
Bermudez looked great against Clay although I don't consider Clay a top 10 fighter. I saw some holes in Dennis game that could be exploited. He seemed much bigger than Clay too which helped in the grappling in the second round. There are plenty of fight for Dennis at this point though within the division. But let's not fast track the kid here at this point. A fight with a returning Dennis Siver, a fight with Jeremy Stephens or the highest I would go is a fight with Ricardo Lamas.
And give Bobby Green and Jorge Masivdal a fight.
Who should fight who according to someone at mmajunkie:
Green vs Henderson/dos Anjos winner
Bermudez vs Lamas
Johnson vs Bader/OSP winner
Lawler vs Hendricks
That's according to:
UFC on FOX 12 was dubbed the “biggest UFC fight card in network television history,” and while that may be debatable, Saturday’s show at San Jose’s SAP Center certainly delivered.
Robbie Lawler (24-10 MMA, 9-4 UFC) earned a welterweight title shot with a spectacular main event performance against the previously surging Matt Brown (19-12 MMA, 12-7 UFC) and now has the opportunity to dethrone divisional kingpin Johny Hendricks once he recovers from a bicep injury.
The rest of the main card was a mixed bag of results as Anthony Johnson (18-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC), Dennis Bermudez (14-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Bobby Green (23-5 MMA, 4-0 UFC) had standout performances.
After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Joe Silva and Sean Shelby’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker.
Bobby Green:Should fight: Winner of Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 49
Why they should fight: Controversial decision or not, Green proved his worth by defeating Josh Thomson and is now a contender in the loaded UFC lightweight division.
Matchmaking options for “King” are plentiful, but the 27-year-old made a legitimate point post-fight in saying there’s only one way to go after beating someone of Thomson’s caliber, and that’s up.
There’s not much room between “The Punk” and the very top of the weight class. If Green wants to continue his surge in the UFC, facing the winner of Henderson (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and dos Anjos (21-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC), who meet in UFC Fight Night 49’s headliner on Aug. 23, would be a tremendous opportunity to become an instant title-ready challenger.
Even though Green (currently) sits below both men in the rankings, Henderson and dos Anjos are not the type of fighters to pick and choose fights, so it wouldn’t be difficult to convince the winner to sign for the matchup.
Green’s accomplishments inside the octagon thus far can’t be denied, and with a 4-0 record in the promotion to his name, it’s time to see if the American has hit his ceiling or if his unforeseen run will roll on.
Dennis Bermudez:Should fight: Ricardo Lamas
Why they should fight: Much like the Green situation above, Bermudez kind of came out of nowhere to become relevant in his respective weight class. And after taking out Clay Guida with a second-round submission, here he is, on the cusp of a title shot at 145 pounds.
Bermudez showed potential as the tournament runner-up on “The Ultimate Fighter 14,” but his failure to win the show led many to underestimate what he could do moving forward. He’s already surpassed most expectations, winning seven consecutive fights with the Guida win being the marquee victory during his run.
Aa seven-fight UFC winning streak normally would be more than enough to earn a title shot, but with featherweight champion Jose Aldo scheduled to fight Chad Mendes in October, and with contenders such as Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar waiting in the wings, the 27-year-old is going to need at least one more win.
Most of the top talent at 145 pounds is either tied up with other fights or injured, meaning there aren’t a ton of logical matchmaking options for “The Menace.”
One name that stands out, though, is Lamas (14-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC), who earned a gritty win over Hacran Dias in June to rebound from his failed title bid earlier this year. While the UFC typically tries to avoid matching a rising contender against someone who recently challenged for the belt, this is one of the rare instances in which that situation makes perfect sense.
Anthony Johnson:Should fight: Winner of Ryan Bader vs. Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Fight Night 47
Why they should fight: In case you missed it, Johnson showed why he should strike fear into the heart of every UFC light heavyweight with a 44-second thrashing of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
One could argue Nogueira is well past his prime and is not the best litmus test to determine Johnson’s potential as a title contender, but regardless, no one else has managed to stop the Brazilian legend the way “Rumble” did, and that’s impressive.
UFC President Dana White said he would like to see Johnson get one more victory before announcing him as a legitimate threat to the belt. That’s fair considering the Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier-Alexander Gustafsson triangle is likely to occupy the 205-pound title picture until at least mid-2015.
The best way for Johnson to further prove his worth would be to meet the winner of next month’s UFC Fight Night 47 headliner between Bader (17-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Saint Preux (16-5 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
Bader and Saint Preux have recently performed very well, and either fighter would provide a stern test for Johnson. Unlike Nogueira, both men are at the peak of their fighting career and will have the drive to halt the Johnson hype-train in its tracks.
Robbie Lawler:Should fight: Johny Hendricks
Why they should fight: A short time ago, the idea of Lawler challenging for UFC gold not once, but twice, in a calendar year would have been laughable to much of the MMA community.
However, as Lawler continues one of the greatest career resurgences in MMA history, it seems far less ridiculous. In fact, it’s more inspirational than anything.
“Ruthless” has put together all the pieces since making his return to the UFC in 2013. While he came up short by the narrowest of margins in his first showdown with Hendricks (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) at UFC 171 in March, he’ll have the opportunity to right that wrong when he meets “Bigg Rigg” in a rematch later this year or in early 2015.
Even though he lost the first fight, the momentum is arguably on Lawler’s side going into the rematch. He has earned two spectacular victories since losing to Hendricks and is gaining confidence with each bout. The champion, on the other hand, has been forced to sit on the sidelines and recover from bicep surgery.
It’s rare to see a contender earn two championship fights in such a small timeframe, but no one other than Hendricks has been able to stop the freight train that is Lawler in the UFC. Moreover, the first fight still stands as the “Fight of the Year” in the eyes of many, and it’s hard to see how a second contest would disappoint.
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