With this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 25 event now disappearing in the rear-view mirror, what comes next for the big winners on the card? We play matchmaker below.
After his biggest win to date against Jake Shields Ellenberger is now on a fight-fight winning streak in the UFC and is beginning to build the kind of momentum that puts him on the fringes of title contention at 170lbs.
I don’t see Ellenberger getting the next title shot though, that is most likely reserved for the winner of BJ Penn Vs Nick Diaz in October. However, since the UFC are reluctant to give Jon Fitch another shot at the title then I could see him being his next opponent (providing Fitch gets past Johny Hendricks in December).
Despite being a recent TUF winner I don’t see McGee being someone that’s going to be fast-tracked up the 185lb rankings. While he now has a couple of wins under his belt I see him being a middle-of-the-pack kind of a fighter at best and so I don’t see him being lined-up with a big name opponent yet.
I’d put him in with another former TUF star Ed Herman who’s also currently on a two-fight winning streak and should make for a more entertaining bout than McGee’s last one which didn’t come to life until the third round.
Koch is a very talented featherweight, and while Brookins made sure to limit his chances to showcase his stand-up skills I was still impressed with his takedown defence and composure.
I do believe he can be a featherweight title contender one day, especially given how young he still is, but it’s not his time just yet. I’d put him up against Diego Nunes who narrowly missed out on a title shot recently after losing be decision to Kenny Florian.
After a long layoff Belcher did well to pick up where he left up in the middleweight division, extending his unbeaten run to three fights. As such he places himself firmly back in the upper half of the division.
Of the fighters who are currently without a fight both Demian Maia and Rousimar Palhares stand out as solid opponents for his next fight. Given that Maia showed development in his stand-up last time out despite eventually losing, I’d lean towards him being the better pick of the two.