Considering the belt just changed hands, I thought it would be a good time to enter my first fanpost over a topic we all wish we were in charge of....fight match making. Some of these fights are based on results I am anticipating/hoping for, others could be made immediately. They are in no particular order.
1. Anthony Pettis v Frankie Edgar: Many are clamoring for Pettis to fight Bendo, but I am not sold just yet. He has two straight wins, and the last against Lauzon was quite impressive. But the first was a very close decision to Stephens. For me, one more big win is necessary for a title shot. For Edgar, I am tired of rematches. No immediate title shot please, that could lead directly into another LW belt trilogy, meaning only three fighters have fought in 6 straight LW championship fights. This one would be fun, and elimate one of the contenders to rematch Bendo.
2. Edson Barboza v Donald Cerrone: Edson is fighting Dunham next, and I think it is a bit of a toss up. I also am not sure if Cerrone has a fight lined up yet, so this one is for later in the year. My thinking is that it would simply be incredibly entertaining. And it would be a good step for a very promising Barboza.
3. Jim Miller v Gray Maynard: I think Miller v Diaz winner gets the next title shot. Miller has been knocking on the door for a while, and Diaz is on a very impressive run. I am hoping Diaz will win simply because I want to see Bendo defend his title against someone he has not fought before. Maynard has to fight someone, and he has already defeated Miller. This is the toughest of the 5 to settle on, and the one I could most easily take off the list.
4. Clay Guida v Sean Sherk: Sherk has been saying he wants to come back this year and fight again after nearly two years off with injuries. He does not need to be fighting a top contender, but needs an established name not an up and comer. Guida is the perfect fit. He is constantly just outside the top contender zone, but the fans love him. Both have (atleast we think Sherk still does) full gas tanks. This is the perfect fight for Sherk to come back into the UFC with.
5. Nate Diaz v Ben Henderson: What can I say, I love watching the Diaz' brothers in big fights. It is marketable, both fighters are exciting to watch, and it is a fight we have not seen yet. If Diaz can get past Miller that makes 3 very impressive wins in a row at 155, providing a slightly better case than Pettis. I know his overall record is not that great, but only Pettis, Edgar and the winner of Miller/Diaz have legitimate claims to be the next challenger. This is how I hope it lands simply for the entertainment value.