It’s time to take a look back at this past weekend’s ‘UFC On Fuel TV 9’ and see who might come next for the night’s big winners.
In an ideal world Mousasi would now go on to fight Alexander Gustafsson as was originally planned on Saturday night.
However, Mousasi fought with an injured knee and revealed post-fight that he’s going to need surgery on it so he could be out for quite some time and the 205lb landscape may have shifted significantly by the time he returns to action.
Pearson doesn’t have Mousasi’s injury woes – despite fearing that he’d broken his foot during his warm-up on Saturday night he’s now found out that it’s just badly swollen.
With two significant wins under his belt since returning to the lightweight fold Pearson is in a good position right now and I’d put him in with the winner of Evan Dunham Vs Rafael Dos Anjos which takes place at ‘UFC On FX 8’ next month.
Thanks to a somewhat freakish win in which his opponent managed to daze himself by barreling head first into him, Mitrione breaks a two-fight losing and should be back in the Octagon fairly soon given that be barely broke sweat here.
Todd Duffee is coming off a win in his UFC return and seems like an interesting next opponent for the former TUF fighter.
A win on Saturday night takes Pickett to 3-2 inside the Octagon – not exactly title-run form, but the fact he’s always exciting to watch, is well rounded and has Dana White as a cheerleader means he’s always ‘in the mix’ at 135lbs.
Pickett’s now calling for a fight with former No.1 contender Michael McDonald, and that might just be too fun of a match-up to resist for the UFC.
Former TUF: Brazil winner Brandao looks like a real prospect in the featherweight division and hopefully it won’t be too long before he’s back in action again.
I’d put him in with the winner of Dennis Bermudez Vs Max Holloway next which is expected to take place at UFC 160 in May.
Corrasani has two wins under his belt now, but hasn’t been overly impressive so far.
Let’s see how he does against Conor McGregor next who won in devastating fashion on Saturday night in his debut and could be a future star of the division.