UFC 170: "Rousey vs. McMann" is in the books, and despite the lack of interest from the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) leading up to the "Sin City" pay-per-view (PPV) event, it wasn't the worst night of fights.
Ronda Rousey scored the first technical knockout victory of her MMA career, retaining the women's bantamweight title by stopping Sara McMann in the first round via knee to the liver (watch the highlights here).
The challenger wasn't quick enough to recover from the crushing blow, and Herb Dean decided that McMann had endured enough, snapping her undefeated streak in the process.
Prior to their bantamweight battle, Daniel Cormier made quick work of Patrick Cummins, knocking him out in the first round and "DC" was presumably on his way to Popeyes before calling it a night.
As expected, "Durkin" had no business sharing the same cage as the former Strikeforce grand prix champion in the UFC 170 co-main event, losing in just over a minute (highlights here).
Indeed, after every event, fight fans are already thinking about what the future holds for the stars of the show. With another night of action-packed fights, let us peer into our crystal ball and predict possible matchmaking scenarios.
Here are our next matches to make:
Winner: Stephen Thompson
Who He Should Fight Next: Hyun Gyu Lim
Why They Should Fight: Yes, we know Lim is coming off a loss to Tarec Saffiedine, but let's keep things exciting.
Lim had a solid fifth round against Saffiedine and showed that he could never be counted out. His striking is good, so why not match him up against another striker so we could be treated to a fun fight that could be wildly entertaining?
Maybe some feel that Thompson should face the winner of John Hathaway vs. Dong Hyun Kim next week at the TUF: "China" Finale, but why pit an entertaining striker such as Thompson with dudes that will probably look to take him down and win there?
Let's get some action with this one.
Winner: Mike Pyle
Who He Should Fight Next: Jason High
Why They Should Fight: Courtesy of Herb Dean, Pyle took more time than needed to put away TJ Waldburger, but he still dominated him over the course of three rounds.
There's no need to rush Pyle back into a fight with a contender just yet, aside from his past as a champion in WEC.
Jason High is still recovering from medical issues, but have a look at what he said on Twitter moments after Pyle's win:
"@KCBanditMMA: Mike Pyle is always lookin extra average but still winning fights, knocking people out & shit. That's a special talent."
Well, Mr. High ... you've done your job to convince us that this would be a solid meeting between you both.
Winner: Rory MacDonald
Who He Should Fight Next: Winner of Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields at UFC 171
Why They Should Fight: We'd love to see MacDonald against Carlos Condit (again) as much as the next guy, but something tells us Condit is title bound if he wins against Tyron Woodley on the very same card.
If MacDonald wants to continue his ascension to the welterweight title, a fight against either Shields or Lombard would be just what the doctor ordered.
Shields got the better of Maia when they grappled, and maybe the former Strikeforce champion would be enticed to get revenge against the last guy to throw his homie Nate Diaz around like a feather.
MacDonald against Lombard would be a scintillating fight, and the thought of those two slugging it out on the feet would be amazing.
Plus, all three fighters are good grapplers, and whoever "Ares" faces between those two would be good enough for us.
Winner: Daniel Cormier
Who He Should Fight Next: Winner of Phil Davis vs. Anthony Johnson at UFC 172
Why They Should Fight: This may be an unfavorable opinion, but clearly, this makes the most sense for the division. Keep in mind, Cormier gains nothing with his win against Cummins, and it was his first fight at light heavyweight.
With Rashad Evans out for a long time, we have to nix that idea. Feeding Cormier the loser of Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 wouldn't help him climb the ranks. Even though a scrap against Jones would sell, a contender should fight another contender when both are gunning for the same title.
That leaves us with the winner of Phil Davis against Anthony Johnson, who will duke it out in the co-main event at UFC 172. It seemed like forever since the last time we heard of Davis, because most matches at light heavyweight didn't make sense after his "huge win" over Lyoto Machida, and Johnson re-enters the fold after nearly killing a couple of dudes over at World Series of Fighting (WSOF).
With Alexander Gustafsson all but set to fight Jon Jones if he gets past Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night 37 in London, England, this is the best viable option.
Cormier against Davis would be a good scrap between two wrestlers (and the promotion will shove that down your throat in the Primetime/Countdown promos), and if Johnson gets past Davis, he earns the big fight.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Who She Should Fight Next: Cristiane Justino
Why They Should Fight: Why waste your time? This is what you want to hear, right?
Before some genius goes into the comments section and tells us that "Cyborg" isn't even signed to a UFC contract, let's cut to the chase and explain why this is the only fight that matters for "Rowdy."
With the terrible occurrences that happened to Cat Zingano, including a major knee surgery that forced her off The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18 coaching gig -- as well as a fight against Rousey -- she shouldn't be in the conversation after what went down in her personal life.
Who knows when she's willing to come back, and if fighting in the cage is a part of her immediate plans?
The only contender left in the women's bantamweight division is Alexis Davis, and besides the fact that she's looked good, amassing a three-fight winning streak, her chances against Rousey would be slim.
Quite honestly, who would be excited for that fight?
That leaves us with "Cyborg," who ironically, announced her drop to 135-pounds one evening before the big event on Saturday night.
We said this colossal match up would never take place; however, we didn't know Justino would be willing to drop down in weight, and like a true businesswoman, she threw the ball in UFC's court.
It's up to Dana White if he wants to take back what he said about Justino being clean, and try to set up the biggest fight in women's MMA history between two competitors who literally hate each other. He wants to see if Justino makes 135-pounds elsewhere, but is that truly necessary?
We'll be sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for the announcement, and if White or Rousey come up with a lame excuse as to why this fight can't happen, that's one up for "Cyborg."
That's it for our potential match ups.
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