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What’s Next For UFC 118’s Winners And Losers?

Frankie Edgar:

A rematch with Gray Maynard, the only man to beat him in his fourteen fight career, now looms for the lightweight champion. It’s a risky fight for him with Maynard’s stifling wrestling game potentially being the antidote to Edgar’s fast and furious style.

BJ Penn:

Penn said he’d take time out before making a decision on his future. I believe a move up to welterweight would be ill-advised at this time. Sticking around for a potential rematch with the likes of Takanori Gomi and Kenny Florian, or up and comers like Evan Dunham and George Sotiropoulos seems to be the sensible solution for the time being.

If Maynard defeats Edgar then a title shot could come around again before long.

Randy Couture:

Post-fight Dana White confirmed Couture will move back down to 205lbs and will be in the mix with the other top contenders. I believe Rich Franklin could be next up, though other likes Forrest Griffin and Jon ‘Bones’ Jones are amongst a number of tough opponents at light-heavyweight.

James Toney:

Despite stating that he wished to continue fighting in the UFC, Dana has confirmed that Toney is one and done in the UFC.

Gray Maynard:

After eight victories in a row in the UFC Maynard finally gets the chance to fight for the title, and he’ll go in confident knowing that he already holds a win over the champion Frankie Edgar.

Kenny Florian:

Losing out on a third chance to fight of the lightweight title is undoubtedly a tough blow for Florian. He remains one of the divisions best though, and if Edgar beats Maynard then he’ll be one of the first people the UFC will turn to as they look for more respectable challenges.

If he really wants a fresh start then I wouldn’t be completely adverse to seeing him move up to 170lbs, but like Penn, there’s still fights at 155lbs for him against emerging talents like Evan Dunham and George Sotirpolous, etc.

Demain Maia:

Returning to his BJJ roots was a sensible choice by Maia and keeps him in the 185lb mix though he’s unlikely to get near a title shot while Anderson Silva remains champion though.

It’s not immediately obvious who he should face next, but, depending on how his fight with Nate Marquardt goes, I would be interested to see him up against Rousimer Palhares. Otherwise Mark Munoz would be a solid alternative.

Mario Miranda:

This wasn’t a great fight for Miranda to showcase his skills, and he may have to step back down to the prelims before making his way back to main card status.

Nate Diaz:

Diaz seems keen to return to 155lbs, but I’d like to see him continue at welterweight. After the fight he called for a top three contender in either division, but I’m not sure about that. Personally, I’d like to see him face another ‘Fight Of The Night’ specialist – Chris Lytle.

Marcus Davis:

At 37 years of age Davis looks to be on the slippery slope down the UFC ladder with just one win in his last four fights. He may be afforded one last opportunity to get back to winning ways, but it’s likely to be in the prelims against lesser name opposition.

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