What’s next for the big winners on last night’s UFC 139 fight card? We take a look at the options below.
Henderson’s huge win over ‘Shogun’ puts him in an awkward position as he’s now put himself directly into the title picture at both 185lbs and 205lbs, but he’s still behind the current No.1 contenders in those weight classes, Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans.
I believe the simplest solution is too simply wait around for those fights to play out, or be used as a backup in case of injury. Hendo will need time off to heal from the war he’s just been in anyway, and aside from 2011 he’s generally only fought twice a year since 2007.
Dana White stated after the event that he believes Hendo will jump on whichever title shot opens up for him first, though the fighter himself has indicated he’d prefer to fight for the 205lb title.
As a back-up plan I certainly wouldn’t complain if they wanted to do Hendo Vs Shogun 2.
Silva is still a big presence in the UFC, but after being rocked again last night and Dana White continuing to field talk of his retirement it’s questionable how long he has left fighting in the Octagon.
Until then he’s going to keep getting pitched in entertaining fights in the division though and I think Alan Belcher would fit that bill nicely.
No thought required for this one – Dana White confirmed after the show that Faber will now fight current bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz for a third time in 2012.
It’s also worth noting that it appears that the idea of Faber and Cruz starring as the coaches when The Ultimate Fighter Live launches on FX next year is under serious consideration.
Kampmann’s wrestling in particular impressed last night and a win over a respected fighter like Rick Story certainly boosts him back up the welterweight rankings.
Next up I’d like to see him face off with Thiago Alves who also got back to winning ways recently and should provide an exciting stand-up battle for the Dane.
A solid display of his ground skills allowed Bonnar to pick up his third win in a row last night, and that should earn him the chance to fight a bigger name opponent next time out.
Bonnar himself has mentioned ‘Rampage’ Jackson which actually isn’t too bad of a shout if ‘Shogun’ Rua isn’t fit to fight Rampage in Japan in February as had previously been rumored.
A simpler solution may just be to put Bonnar up against Ryan Bader who was also victorious at UFC 139.