As the dust begins to settle on last night’s UFC 140 event we take a look at what’s next for the evening’s big winners.
Don’t expect to see Jone back in the Octagon quickly – he want’s to take 4-5 months off after a busy year and Dana appears to be ok with that.
Rashad Evans is guaranteed the next title shot if he can get past Phil Davis at UFC On FOX 2 in January. If Davis happens to win though my money would be on Dan Henderson being drafted in as Jones next opponent.
There’s been rumors swirling around post-event that Alistair Overeem may be out of his UFC 141 fight with Brock Lesnar and Mir stated last night that if it’s true he would step in on three weeks notice to fight him (incidentally Dana White is so far denying there’s an issue with Overeem).
The other most likely opponent for Mir is Cain Velasquez, though Dana stated last night that the former champion is continuing to have knee problems so it’s not clear when he’ll be back in action.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira:
This was a good win for Lil Nog and shows he’s still got plenty to offer at 205lbs.
I’d pit him against Forrest Griffin next who’s currently without an opponent and was originally scheduled to face Lil Nog back in the summer of 2010. Stephen Bonnar would also make for a good fight.
Ebersole has found a knack for winning in the UFC, now 3-0, though a number of observers believed he was lucky to earn a split decision victory last night.
He’s fought three veterans in the Octagon so far. Let’s see how he fairs against a young and up and comer like John Hathaway next.
The Korean Zombie:
After he spent just seven seconds TKO’ing Mark Hominick last night Dana White vowed to put The Korean Zombie back into action ASAP last night.
I’d like to see him in the Octagon with Nam Phan next for what should be a fun stand-up battle, though this could only happen if Phan gets past Jim Hettes later this month at UFC 141.