By Benjamin Bieker
Anthony Pettis vs. TJ Grant
Anthony Pettis knows better than anyone what it is like to lose a title shot for one reason or another, and that is why he should let Grant get his title shot. While he is not as flashy as Pettis, Grant has knocked out his last two opponents in impressive fashion which includes Gray Maynard. Both have injuries that need to heal which could line up the fight for early next year.
Benson Henderson vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Henderson just has to go get some wins, it is as simple as that. Anjos picked up a huge win over Cerrone, and now he should be in line for a big fight. Henderson makes the perfect opponent to test his skills against the best in the world, and is a good fight for Henderson to get his footing back.
Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne
This fight should happen to eliminate some of the contenders from the division. Fabricio Werdum is the next title contender, but the UFC needs a second in line in case Werdum is injured. Both fighters have recent losses, but both have picked up two wins with finishes in a row. Barnett should not be slow played toward the title considering he is heading toward the wrong end of his 30’s.
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Silva
Mir could have taken a punch or two more, but he was clearly hurt and being handled. It is unknown what mir has left to prove in this sport, or who he should face next. silva is an interesting fight based off their styles, but doesn’t another loss here just tarnish his career further? if he does not hang them up might as well face off with a former title challenger.
Chad Mendes vs. Cub Swanson
While Mendes and Swanson both make good cases for another shot at Jose Aldo, at the end of the day they both have losses to the reigning champion. Well, if they really want to get a second shot at Aldo they might as well fight each other. whoever wins this fight proves themselves worthy for a second shot at the Brazilian while Ricardo Lamas finally gets his shot.
Clay Guida vs. Dennis Siver
Both are former lightweights, both have recent losses, and both are getting near the end of their careers as top ten fighters. It is as simple as that, so make this fight for Guida and Siver.
Ben Rothwell vs. Roy Nelson
Regardless of win or loss against Daniel Cormier, Rothwell and Nelson needs to happen, because who does not want to see two hillbillies face off in the cage? Both having knockout power doesn’t hurt their chances for a bonus either.
Dustin Poirier vs. Darren Elkins
Poirier and Elkins are both top ten fighters that have suffered losses to the top five of the division, but they want to fight their way back to the top. Elkins picked up a big win over Hatsu Hioki and Poirier surprised everyone by beating Erik Koch. This fight just makes sense.
Gleison Tibau vs. Gray Maynard
Tibau has been around the block, but always seems to fall due to cardio or to top fighters. Maynard may be coming off a loss, but eh would be a nice fight for one of the UFC’s biggest veterans of the Octagon. Plus, he may not be able to control an opponent like Maynard with his wrestling.
Tim Elliot vs. Ian McCall
McCall was calling for a fight with Louis Gaudinot, but it is doubtful he would want to fight his after his loss. McCall and Elliot have awkward and unique styles which would make for an interesting fight as they both get wacky in the cage.
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Brandon Thatch
Thatch has huge knockout power and so does Lim. A lot of people do not like matching up to prospects right off the bat, but with how quick this fight could be over it is more interesting to see it happen now before either of them lose.
Jaime Varner vs. Donald Cerrone
Both are coming off losses in fights they could have won if they showed a sense of urgency. There is no better way to a fire under a fighter than by having them face off with their rival. Cerrone and Varner have unfinished business from the WEC days, and is a fight that could easily co-headline a FS1 card even though both are coming off losses.
What are your thoughts?