Who is next for the winners and losers from Saturday night? Just 1 fan's perspective.
Phil Davis: I've seen two fighters named as possible opponents for Mr. Wonderful. Ryan Bader, should he lose to Rampage at UFC 144, and Lyoto Machida, who is just now regaining consciousness following a standing guillotine from Jones. I like the Bader idea and I hate the Machida idea. Rashad just showed that Davis isn't ready for the elite of the division, so Machida is out. Another possible opponent is Stephan Bonnar.
Chael Sonnen: Sonnen, that magnificent bastard, will make his way to Brazil to "defend his championship" against Anderson Silva, who will be doing his damnedest to kick Chael's face off. The entire country of Brazil is counting down the time until the biggest "good vs. evil" showdown in recent memory goes down.
Michael Bisping: I'll admit it. Bisping looked much better than I expected. I would be interested in seeing Sonnen/Bisping 2 (not immediately) if both men get full camps to prepare for each other. But for now, there are several opponents I like for Bisping. Mark Munoz dropped out of his fight against Sonnen on Saturday, and a win for either guy keeps him right in the thick of the title hunt. A dark horse candidate for Bisping is Alan Belcher. Belcher is extremely well rounded and has a knack for finishing opponents. Bisping's boxing/wrestling attack vs. Belcher's Muay Thai/BJJ style would be great to watch.
Chris Weidman: Huge props to Weidman for beating a top 10 opponent in Demian Maia on very short notice. Most of Weidman's shortened camp was spent cutting weight rather than preparing for the extremely dangerous skill set of Maia. The winner of the Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch fight would make sense for Chris, as would Mark Munoz.
Demian Maia: I have no interest in watching Demian Maia pretend he is a kickboxer. He
is used to be fun as hell to watch, snatching limbs and necks like it was going out of style. Well, turns out Demian thinks BJJ IS out of style. I still want to see Rousimar Palhares vs Maia. However, my interest in this fight has plummeted. I find it hard to believe that this one would be the rousing grappling affair that many would expect, and not 2 BJJ specialists thinking they're in K-1.
Evan Dunham: There are so many fun fights for Dunham. Fights with Donald Cerrone, Gleison Tibau, and Thiago Tavares would all be fun scraps. He has said that he would like the winner of Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller, but I think that might be moving too quickly. Both those men are near the top of the heap at 155, something that Dunham should work up to.
Nik Lentz: The Carny needs to figure out what kind of a fighter he wants to be. He can either use his great wrestling and top control to grind out decision after decision, or go for a stand and bang approach. Lately, Lentz has been going for style over substance, abandoning the cautious wrestling style that helped him to a 5-0-1 record to begin his UFC career. Give this man a UFC newcomer.
Mike Russow: Name this heavyweight: 15-1 (1) record, 11 stoppages, hasn't lost since PRIDE(!), and is riding an 11 fight winning streak. Yep, Russow. Please give this man a step up in competition. The winners of the Struve vs. Herman and Kongo vs. Hunt fights would all make for good next fights for the full time Chicago cop. I'm not sure how he does it, but Russow is always the one with his hand raised when it matters.
John-Olav Einemo: I hate to say it, but I don't think Einemo is UFC material. His slobberknocker with Pee Wee Herman was fun as hell, but BJJ is really his strong point. In his fight with Russow, Einemo was never close to a submission in a fight that was contested in large part on the ground. I could see him getting 1 more fight in the UFC, but that one is a must win. Also, I dare you to watch one of his interviews and not want to hang out with the guy.
Cub Swanson: The only thing Swanson could've done better in his fight with George Roop is to catch the mouthpiece that he blasted out of Roop's face, and use it to beat Roop into a TKO win. Cub looked better than I've seen him. Especially since I know him more for being on the receiving end of a double flying knee from one Jose Aldo than anything else. I could see Cub being Ross Pearson's next opponent.
George Roop: Roop needs to learn to keep his chin down. First against Mark Hominick, and again versus Cub Swanson, Roop tends to leave his chin exposed in exchanges, and opponents capitalize. If Michihiro Omigawa is going to be kept around, let him and Roop fight to stay in the UFC.
Charles Oliveira: This just in: Charles Oliveira is still awesome. In his first fight at featherweight, "do Bronx" showed the submission savvy that made him a fighter to watch prior to a 2 fight skid. Pulling off the first calf slicer submission in UFC history is pretty damn cool. At only 22 years old, the UFC needs to be careful how they handle Oliveira. Don't push him up the ladder too quickly
Eric Wisely: UFC newcomer. Being on the wrong end of a highlight reel submission doesn't do wonders for your career. He should probably try to avoid that in the future.
Michael Johnson: His fight against Shane Roller is the best I have ever seen Michael Johnson. Johnson was able to stuff takedowns from a more credentialed wrestler and land effective stand up. While this is an encouraging sign for the Menace, he still has a LONG way to go. I'm not convinced his submission defense is up to snuff, and he has made some mental errors that concern me. I like Terry Etim or Ramsey Nijem for Johnson next.
Shane Roller: 3 straight losses in the UFC's most competitive division? Goodbye, Shane.
Lavar Johnson: He is a large man who can punch really hard. Put him up against someone similar and watch the big men throw down. Let's face it, Lavar isn't going to earn his place in the UFC with his technical kickboxing or slick BJJ. He's going to be swinging for the fences every time out. What about Johnson versus Pat Barry? Or perhaps the winner of Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo would be a fun fight.
Joey Beltran: After dropping 25 lbs of body fat between fights, Joey weighed in at just under 230 lbs as a heavyweight. The Mexicutioner's best course of action would be to continue to lose the weight and then drop to 205. He is too small to contend with the power punchers at heavyweight. He'll never contend for anything, other than a Fight of the Night award. I like the sound of Beltran versus Kyle Kingsbury at 205.
Let me know why I'm wrong and you're right in the comments. Cheers!