As the dust settles on tonight’s UFC 138 event in the UK we take a look at what’s likely to come next for the card’s big winners.
Munoz one again showed deadly ground and pound this evening as he stopped Chris Leben in 10 minutes to extend his winning streak at 185lbs to four fights, 7-2 for his UFC career overall.
Afterwards Munoz said he wanted a shot at Anderson Silva’s title despite the fact the two are training partners. The smart money is still on Chael Sonnen getting the next shot at the below however, so the winner of December’s Michael Bisping Vs Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller is more likely to be coming up next.
Barao looked the real deal tonight against a legit opponent in Brad Pickett, showing both dynamic striking and slick ground work.
After compiling a remarkable 27 fight winning streak (albeit mainly in his native Brazil) he’s en-route to a title shot, but probably not before the winner of Urijah Faber Vs Brian Bowles which takes place later this month. With that in mind I’d give him Scott Jorgensen next who’s in the upper reaches of the division and picked up a win just last weekend.
There was always a feeling that Alves was going to win tonight, but Papy Abedi was no choice. Nonetheless he still got the job done in less than a round, and in doing so made a statement that he belongs back in the upper half of the welterweight division.
There’s plenty of fights still left for Alves at 170lbs, one of which would be against Paulo Thiago who also has just got back to winning ways after a recent slump in form.
Against the odds 39 year-old Anthony Perosh has now gone 2-0 in the UFC since moving down to light-heavyweight earlier in the year. Despite that I don’t expect him to be making any kind of sustained assault on the 205lb ranks.
Next up I can see him being offered up to Brandon Vera who doesn’t look like he’s ready to head back to top-flight competition just yet.
An impressive performance from Etim this evening puts him right back into the thick of the 155lb division.
According to Dana White they already know who Etim’s next opponent will be, but won’t reveal it yet. It’s hard to pinpoint who it’ll be as truth be told there’s a ton of potential match-ups for him. Personally I think a fight with Joe Lauzon would be a well-matched encounter.