What comes next for the big winners on last night’s UFC 143 event? We make our predictions below.
The indications post-fight were that Dana White was interested in the idea of Condit fighting again while waiting for the champion to heal.
However, despite his camp having indicated pre-fight that ‘The Natural Born Killer’ would be willing to do that, in the aftermath of his victory Condit indicated that he’d more than likely wait until he gets the chance to fight for the title against Georges St.Pierre which could put him out of action until the end of the year.
A strong performance in his return to the UFC’s Octagon puts Werdum in a good position in the upper level of the heavyweight division.
A fight that would make a lot of sense here is against Frank Mir who also has excellent BJJ and would give him a real test of his improved striking abilities too.
Koscheck admitted he struggled to get motivated for his fight with Mike Pierce so he’ll be hoping for a bigger name opponent next time out.
If Dana White gets his way he’ll get his wish as he wants to match him up with Nick Diaz if he can talk him out of retirement, and that certainly would be a good fight between two of the sport’s ‘bad boys’.
Another very good performance against a tough opponent that showed he has excellent takedown defense to go with his strong stand-up and BJJ skills leaves Barao in a very good position in the UFC’s bantamweight division.
Personally I think he’s shown enough now to indicate that he’s ready for a title shot and so I’d like to see him face the winner of the rematch between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber.
After a rough first round Herman rallied and produced a submission win that leaves him three fights unbeaten at 185lbs.
I’d put him up against another fighter starting to make his mark in the division Tim Boetsch next time out.