As the dust settles on last night’s UFC 137 event we take a look at the most likely match-ups for the big winners on the card.
It’s now been established that Diaz will leapfrog Carlos Condit to become Georges St.Pierre’s next title contender.
After Diaz blasting past BJ Penn last night and St.Pierre now believed to be angered by Diaz post-fight comments aimed at him this is now a fight that’s set to deliver box office gold for the UFC on Superbowl weekend next year.
A lackluster display from both fighters in the co-main event means that Kongo doesn’t take much of a step up the ladder despite his win.
He does have a 3-0-1 record recently though so he is due another solid opponent and I think a fight with another TUF 10 star Brendan Schaub should come next.
Nelson looked much better last night physically and got a good win under his belt, but calling out the winner of Velasquez Vs JDS afterwards was setting his sights unrealistically high.
Instead I’d put him up against Travis Browne who’s now 3-0-1 since joining the UFC and needs a bigger name opponent to prove whether he’s ready to hang with the best in the division yet or not.
Hioki managed to scrape together a win in his UFC debut, but it certainly wasn’t the kind of performance that’s going to get him fast-tracked to a title shot at 145lbs.
A well rounded fighter with a good ground game like Diego Nunes would be a good choice to further test Hioki’s abilities next.
Jorgensen is in a somewhat akward position given that he’s unlikely to get another title shot soon after being comfortably beaten by Dominick Cruz, while he’s already fought a number of the other top fighters at 135lbs and is team-mates with several others.
One fighter he hasn’t faced yet though is recent title challenger Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson and that seems like it would be an entertaining scrap.
While not on the main card Cerrone definitely deserves a mention after another dominant performance that leaves him 4-0 in the UFC in the space since joining in January, and on a six fight winning streak overall.
That’s the kind of form that brings him into title contention, but with Ben Henderson Vs Clay Guida taking place next month and the expected arrival of Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez early next year he may have to wait in line, and for now he appears happy to do so.
The great thing about Cerrone is that you can pick a lightweight top contender at random and you’ll be virtually guaranteed a good fight, but a match-up that really stands out to me would be with Nate Diaz.