As the dust settles on this past weekend’s UFC 160 event we take a look at what may come next for the show’s main card winners.
Cain Velasquez Vs Junior Dos Santos:
We can sort out what’s next for the card’s main and co-main event fights right off the bat – Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos are now definitely locked in to complete their trilogy after Dana White described it as “a no-brainer” following each’s impressive victories on Saturday night.
It’s the right thing to do – these two are clearly the best heavyweights around by some distance, but the fact that they’re now going to have fought three times in two years shows how badly the UFC could use another major star to break through in the division.
I was surprised leading into his latest fight that some people were saying that they weren’t that impressed with Teixeira yet. Personally I think he’s been a breath of fresh air in the light-heavyweight division and Saturday night’s win only further convinced me that he’s a legitimate title contender.
He still has to wait in line though with Alexander Gustafsson certainly ahead of him in the pecking order. He himself suggested a fight against the winner of Dan Henderson Vs Rashad Evans which takes place next month and that certainly sounds like a plan.
While I did suggest an upset win for Grant was a real possibility in my pre-fight predictions (I ended up picking Maynard), never did it enter my head that he’d stop him so convincingly that early in the fight. Impressive stuff.
That leaves no doubt in my mind that he’s the rightful No.1 contender and a fight with current lightweight champion Ben Henderson is now in the works, and is one of four fights on the shortlist to headline August’s UFC On FOX Sports 1 event.
Cerrone got back to winning ways in the 155lb weight class in fairly convincing fashion against Noons and with an overall 7-2 record in the UFC he’s still a significant player in the division and certainly one of the most entertaining.
There’s now talk brewing of a potential fight with former Strikeforce fighter Josh Thomson who upset Nate Diaz last time out and that sounds like a great match-up.