What’s Next For UFC 131’s Main Card Winners?

Junior Dos Santos:

No surprises here. Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is next for the Brazilian fighter, and the two met in the Octagon following Dos Santos win to make it official in front of the cameras.

Dos Santos was in fact originally supposed to have fought Velasquez instead of Carwin, but an injury forced the champ out of the fight, so it’s only fitting that this cracking title tilt will now take place.

The only question is when. Velasquez’ recovery from shoulder injury is taking longer than anticipated leaving Dana White unable to confirm an exact date, saying only that it would be “sometime in the next five months.”

Kenny Florian:

It’s not yet official, but White says it’s “more than likely” that Ken-Flo will face Jose Aldo for the featherweight title later in the year.

This was a fight that the UFC have tried to make before, albeit at 155lbs when Aldo was still the WEC’s featherweight champion. On that occasion the Brazilian opted not to take the fight, but it seems it’ll now happen at his preferred weight class.

The potential spanner in the works here is the 10-0 Chad Mendes who was originally lined up to fight Aldo before injury nixed the match-up. He’s now been placed in a fight with Roni Yaya in August though, so it seems Florian has jumped ahead of him in the queue.


Mark Munoz:

Big win for ‘The Philippino Wrecking Machine’ over Demain Maia and with three wins under his belt he’s surely earned himself another notable opponent next time out.

Brian Stann is also on a three fight winning streak at 185lbs, and that’s a fight I’d like to see.

Dave Herman:

After an entertaining UFC debut, ‘PeeWee’ Herman has nestled himself in nicely into the middle region of the heavyweight division where there’s a number of potential opponents for him.

Joey Beltran also put on an enjoyable, gusty showing in the prelims at UFC and a fight with Herman has all the makings of a fun heavyweight scrap.

Donald Cerrone:

Cerrone was never really tested last night as he cruised to victory over late replacement Vagner Rocha, and hopefully he’s going to get a step up in competition now.

Backstage Cerrone revealed he would like to fight Sam Stout, who enjoyed a spectacular KO win earlier in the evening, and that’s a potential ‘Fight Of The Night’ candidate if ever I saw one.

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