As the dust begins to settle on last night’s UFC On Versus 3 event it’s time to start looking at what comes next for the main card winners.
Sanchez put on a memorable performance last night, making up for a deficiency in striking technique with sheer heart and determination against Kampmann. That shouldn’t disguise the fact that he looked a little soft around the mid-section though, and is having to dig incredibly deep to scrape together victories at 170lbs.
Personally I’d really like to see him going back down to 155lbs and making another run for the title, but that’s perhaps unlikely at this stage.
Therefore another exciting match-up at welterweight is in order. Sanchez Vs Carlos Condit would be a terrific fight between two guys who fight at break-neck speed and don’t give an inch.
For sheer entertainment value alone I’d also be more than happy to see him take on Nate Diaz who is another die-hard competitor, (assuming he can get past Rory MacDonald in April.)
Munoz is starting to show signs of becoming more confident in his striking, and with his natural power that’s a very good sign indeed and compliments his wrestling abilities well.
With two wins in a row under his belt, 5-2 in his UFC career overall he’s currently hovering on the outskirts of the top contenders at 185lbs.
Next up a fight with Demian Maia who’s in a similar position after two recent wins makes sense.
The middleweight division now has a new contender after an impressive debut from Weidman, a fight he took on only two and a half weeks notice.
With only five fights to his name I don’t think the UFC should be pushing him straight into the big-name fights just yet, and should instead give him a little breathing room to continue his development.
I like the sound of a match-up with a winner on last weekend’s UFC 127 card, Kyle Noke as his next challenge.
Out for a year injured, former bantamweight champion Bowles looked back to his old self against Damacio Page, and that means he’s right back into the title mix at 135lbs.
My initial thought was perhaps Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson, but he’s already assigned to a fight in June, as are a few other possible options. Given the quick nature of his fight last night I don’t think they’ll want to keep him back that long.
Therefore if Joseph Benavidez gets past Ian Loveland in a couple of weeks time, he’d be my pick for Bowles.