A number of impressive displays on the main card were amongst the highlights of tonight’s UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 event in Texas.
So, bearing in mind factors such as other fights that have already lined up by the UFC in the near future, what’s likely to be next for this evening’s major winners?
‘The Young Assassin’ took a major step up the lightweight ladder tonight after an impressive striking display against a quality opponent in Evan Dunham that leaves him four fights undefeated. Despite that I feel the likes of Georges Sotiropoulos and Jim Miller remain above him in terms of a title shot, while Anthony Pettis is also in the mix, so he’s going to have to wait his turn.
If the UFC really want to push him for a title shot then a veteran like Kenny Florian or Sean Sherk would appear to be the next logical step. If they just want to keep him active while the top of the division settles down then I think a bout with another winner tonight, Matt Wiman, would produce fireworks.
I think Mitrione Vs Pat Barry would make for an enjoyable stand-up battle, but the two are friends so it’s highly unlikely they would agree to it. Despite winning four in a row Mitrione’s still on a learning curve so I wouldn’t throw him in with the lions just yet. The winner of John Madsen Vs Mike Russow in March seems appropriate.
We already know Hominick’s fate after his win tonight – he will now fight Jose Aldo for the featherweight title at UFC 129 in Ontario, Canada on April 30th.
Assuming a fight with Matt Mitrione is out of the question due to their friendship then I’d like to see Barry testing his skills against another renowned kickboxer, Cheick Kongo.
I’d enjoy seeing Wiman take on another fun, scrappy fighter in Jeremy Stephens next, but as mentioned above, with a three fight winning streak under his belt it’s not out of the question that he could also be considered for Melvin Guillard.