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UFC on FUEL TV 5 is in the books and ancient history. Let's take a look at some possible next match ups for the Nottingham, England event's main card winners.
Miocic, the relatively new Octagon resident, did his best to push the pace and get in his opponent's face, hoping that he would wilt under the pressure (as some predicted he would). Unfortunately for Miocic and all of "The Skyscraper's" haters, Struve was simply too well-rounded and precise with his ever-evolving striking.
With his round two TKO victory, Struve will now move on to face an upper echelon opponent. However, whether or not he can be called a "top five heavyweight" is still up for grabs.
It may not have been the fight we anticipated, but "The Outlaw" did what he had to do to take care of business and keep himself gainfully employed. Whether you liked his strategy or not, Hardy's victory is unlikely to be diminished and shows that he certainly is not the one-dimensional fighter that he used to be.
So who should he fight next?
Though his win is a step in the right direction, it doesn't mean we need to get carried away. He's still far from the title picture, and he needs to prove that he can keep this positive momentum rolling.
Personally, I'd love to see him take on Seth Baczynski. Since his return to the UFC, "The Polish Pistola" has won four fights in a row. Overall, he's won his last six consecutive fights.
I think it shapes up to be a great test for both fighters, who are each coming off big wins.
Get it done.
In his three UFC fights, Pickett has only lost to Renan Barao, which is a fate sure to befall many more unfortunate souls who would dare to step into the cage with "Pegado."
I'd like to see Joe Silva set up a bout between Pickett and Urijah Faber. I know what you're gonna say. Faber is coming off a loss. Why should he get to fight someone who just won?
Point taken, but the fact remains: He's still Urijah Faber, and he's still a big draw.
Faber also serves as a step up in competition for Pickett. I see it as a very marketable fight and an exciting stylistic match up.
Matt Wiman vs. Paul Sass was another main card pairing that featured an English fighter, looking to do well in front of his compatriots and family members.
Unfortunately, "Sassangle" didn't have the same luck as that of his fellow aforementioned countrymen, and it was, ironically, his ground game that was his undoing.
"Handsome Matt" continued to impress by notching his fifth career submission victory, and he did so against an opponent who has a very solid reputation on the canvas.
Evan Dunham makes for an interesting opponent, in my opinion. Even though he lost his last fight to T.J. Grant at UFC 152, it was a super close fight that could have gone either way. They're both guys who seem to be right on the cusp of making some major noise in the division.
It's a potential "Fight of the Night," as far as I'm concerned.
John Hathaway vs. John Maguire was a fight that drew the ire of some of the Nottingham fans in attendance. It also brought boos from UFC President Dana White, who stated in the post-fight press conference that he thought the fight was "horrible."
Be that as it may, Hathaway beat the man who they placed in his path, and is now 17-1 as a professional fighter.
A "beautiful" next match to make for Hathaway would be against fellow Englishman and UFC on FUEL TV 5 winner, Che Mills, who won a stoppage victory when Duane Ludwig was unable to continue, due to a knee injury in their fight.
Hathaway vs. Mills has potential to be a hell of a fight. I don't see any way that one goes three rounds.
Anyway, those are my best guesses and predictions. It's your turn. In the comment section below, let us know who you'd like to see as future opponents for the main card winners at UFC on FUEL TV 5.