By Benjamin Bieker
Glover Teixeira vs. Light-Heavyweight Champion
Glover Teixeira did not have the easiest time facing Ryan Bader, but he showed the heart of a fighter by coming back from the brink of defeat to earn the knockout. That is the heart of the champion, and who else could fight from the light-heavyweight division? In the top five, Gustafsson is already fighting for the belt, Teixeira is already at number two, Machida is dropping to middleweight, Davis’ win over machida is tarnished, and Evans is only 1-2 in his last three fights. That leaves Teixeira who has proven he is a threat to anyone.
Ryan Bader vs. Mauricio Rua
While Bader lost, he did a lot better than anyone thought he would. While the UFC wanted to put together a fight between Lil Nog and Shogun that fight does not make sense due to Shogun’s recent loss. Let Bader fight someone on his level, but someone who will give him a lot of credit in the division with a win.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi
Souza is sitting pretty after that knockout of Yushin Okami, but the division is stuck in park until Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman have that rematch. Plus, Belfort technically sits in front of him with his two knockout wins. Mousasi has stated his attentions to move back down to the middleweight division, and a rematch with Souza would be an intriguing one upon his return.
Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch/Luke Rockhold Winner
Okami is still a top middleweight, but at 3-3 in his last six fights with all his losses coming by knockout people are going to start questioning his chin. He will now sit at gatekeeper unless he can string together a lot of wins. While he will be coming off a loss, he will be a good challenge for the winner to see if they are top five middleweight material.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson
Benavidez deserves a rematch with Johnson regardless if he will ask for it or not. In the top five of flyweight, Dodson has a loss to Johnson and has not picked up a win, McCall has a loss to Johnson and only one recent win. Moraga just lost to Johnson, and Formiga is only 1-2 in the UFC. The UFC on FOX 9 card needs a main event, and the card takes place in Sacramento. With Benavidez training up North, and Johnson training out of Washington it seems like the perfect spot for a rematch.
Jussier Formiga vs. Louis Gaudinot
Both Formiga and Gaudinot were thought to be the top up and coming fighters in the flyweight division, but recent losses have set back those aspiration. So, it might be time to have these two face off to see who stays in the top ten of the flyweight division.
Piotr Hallmann vs. James Krause
Both of these fighters had impressive debuts in the UFC with Hallmann submitting a Brazilian in Brazil, and having Krause beat veteran lightweight Sam Stout. With there explosive and exciting styles it will be a good way to determine who is the best unknown in the UFC’s lightweight division
Rafael Natal vs. CB Dollaway
Natal was finally abel to pick up three straight wins in the UFC’s middleweight division, and now it is time to face a name fighter who actually has some experience in the Octagon. Not much has been heard of from Dollaway after he was injured, but Natal will have a chance to redeem Brazilians after Dollaway beat one in his last fight.
Ali Bagautinov vs. Chico Camus
Camus just won last weekend, but he stated his claims to move down to the flyweight division. Bagautinov showed the same gritty stye to pull out a win that Camus did in his last fight. It would be a nice fight for the fans to see these two fan friendly styles face off in the cage.
What are your thoughts?