What’s next for the main card winners and losers of last night’s UFC 117 event? Below we highlight some of the most likely match-ups that await them next.
It doesn’t look as if Silva will be moving from the 185lb division anytime soon, with either an immediate rematch with Chael Sonnen or a showdown with Vitor Belfort the two options currently being mulled over by the UFC.
There’s no doubt that an immediate rematch with Anderson Silva will be Sonnen’s No.1 priority. Assuming Belfort get’s that fight instead though then he may need to face another top contender first. Considering he’s already beaten the likes of Okami and Marquardt recently then perhaps Alan Belcher would be a suitable opponent for him.
As a side note Michael Bisping is apparently keen to take on Sonnen, and if he gets past Akiyama at UFC 120 then that could be a possibility and a fight that would surely have some entertaining pre-fight antics.
A few days ago it looked certain that Fitch would take on the winner of GSP Vs Josh Koscheck but Dana White has backtracked over the weekend and the No.1 contender spot hangs in the balance. Ideally I’d actually like to see Fitch take on the winner of Jake Shields Vs Martin Kampmann, but if timing prevents that then the loser of either GSP Vs Koscheck or Shields Vs Kampmann would suffice.
Given Dana White’s post-fight comments it seems that Alves may be set to make a move up to 185lbs. It’s tricky to say exactly where the UFC would place him in that division, but I think in the middle ranks to find his feet alongside a solid stand-up fighter like Jorge Rivera, Chris Leben or the loser of Michael Bisping Vs Yoshihiro Akiyama could be a fun first fight for him.
The fight I’d really like to see Guida in right now is against Takanori Gomi. Timing wise it fits perfectly since they both have just competed within a week of each other and it should be an entertaining scrap.
Rafael Dos Anjos:
I’d like to see Dos Anjos mixing it up with another BJJ specialist who’s winning streak also recently came to an end – Kurt Pellegrino.
It’ll be interesting to see what the UFC does with Hughes next. If they don’t want to push him too hard then how about a rematch with Dennis Hallman who also won last night and holds two wins over Hughes from back in the day, which would add plenty of spice to the fight.
Apparently Hughes is going to take the rest of the year off, and depending on how things shake out while he’s away a fight with an up and coming prospect like John Hathway could also be interesting.
There’s plenty of options for Almeida in the center of the 170lb division with John Howard and Ben Saunders who have also lost in the past week being worth considering.
Junior Dos Santos:
After six consecutive wins Dos Santos has finally secured a title shot against the winner of Brock Lesnar Vs Cain Velasquez.
It’s been hinted at by UFC officials recently that Shane Carwin could well be lying in wait for the loser of last night’s Nelson Vs Dos Santos.