UFC 172 results recap: Next matches to make for main card winners in Baltimore

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

What could be next for Jon Jones, Anthony Johnson, Luke Rockhold, Jim Miller and Max Holloway after their main card victories last Sat. night (April 26, 2014) at UFC 172: "Jones vs. Teixeira" at Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland? We muster up the fantasy match ups below, trying to figure out which opponent suits each victor best.

UFC 172: "Jones vs. Teixeira" is in the books and observers were treated to classy performances, one-sided spankings and slick submission victories, just to name a few.

In the main event, the enigmatic Jon Jones defeated Glover Teixeira to retain his light heavyweight championship, successfully defending the 205-pound strap for a seventh consecutive time.

"Bones" tore apart the Brazilian in arguably his most impressive victory to date (highlights here).

Apparently, channeling one of Baltimore's finest athletes and coming out to a 50 Cent/Nelly mash-up is the best way to get suited for a five-round war.

In the co-main event, Anthony Johnson proved his wins in World Series of Fighting (WSOF) were no fluke by besting Phil Davis for a unanimous decision victory. "Rumble" completely shrugged off Davis' takedown attempts and threw with bad intentions every time "Mr. Wonderful" tried to get on the inside (highlights here).

Luke Rockhold made a case to be considered as a top middleweight in the division after dismantling Tim Boetsch by submission in the first round. The former Strikeforce 185-pound champion tied up "The Barbarian" like a knot before securing the finish by way of kimura (highlights here).

Other main card winners include the tenacious Jim Miller and featherweight stud Max Holloway.

It's time to match them up, and without further ado, here we go:

Winner: Max Holloway
Who He Should Fight Next: Winner of Manny Gamburyan vs. Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 40
Why They Should Fight: Holloway is coming into his own as of late and at 22 years old, he's already faced some of the stiffest competition the featherweight division has to offer against guys like Dustin Poirier, Dennis Bermudez and Conor McGregor.

He's shown that he's ready for a battle no matter where the fight goes and the winner of Gamburyan vs. Lentz would be a solid offering for "Blessed," since he shouldn't be given an opponent ranked outside of the top 15, considering he's still on the rise.

Winner: Jim Miller
Who He Should Fight Next: T.J. Grant
Why They Should Fight: The New Jersey native is a gritty submission machine and he's incredibly underrated when it comes to assessing his record -- he's only lost to former champions and former title contenders.

Grant is still recovering from injury, but if health permits, this would be a perfect co-main event clash for the upcoming Nova Scotia card, when the promotion stops by the Canadian province in October.

It would be a little bizarre to award Grant a lightweight title shot after so much time away, even though he was guaranteed one, but he can pick up where he left off by fighting in his homeland against one of the most skilled 155-pounders on the entire roster.

Winner: Luke Rockhold
Who He Should Fight Next: Michael Bisping
Why They Should Fight: It's true that Michael Bisping is coming off a loss to Tim Kennedy and maybe Rockhold should be pitted against another competitor in a title eliminator bout, since he's only lost twice in his career.

There's a story to be told here, however, and it helps avoid an immediate rematch with Vitor Belfort (because it just happened a year ago). Outside of those two, the choices are few and far between, as the former Strikeforce middleweight champion already holds victories over Tim Kennedy and Ronaldo Souza.

It's a classic grudge match between two guys who aren't going to rub elbows at the bar any time soon and if the Californian can get past Bisping, he can have his Belfort rematch. Or better yet, just give him a title shot.

Winner: Anthony Johnson
Who He Should Fight Next: Winner of Ryan Bader vs. Rafael Cavalcante at UFC 174
Why They Should Fight: So, let me explain this one.

Johnson could face the winner of Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson, who compete at UFC 173, but this light heavyweight title picture seems to be a bit convoluted after last night. The co-main event fight was a chance for Phil Davis to possibly face the winner of Jones vs. Gustafsson at a later date.

Then he got smoked by "Rumble."

Plus, what happens if "DC" mauls "Hendo?" Wouldn't the promotion be willing to give Cormier a title shot?

"Darth" hasn't been able to find consistency in his UFC career, while "Feijao" was a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion who is trying to find similar glory inside the Octagon. Both competitors would prove to be a stiff test for the rising "Rumble."

Winner: Jon Jones
Who He Should Fight Next: Alexander Gustafsson
Why They Should Fight: It's already set and it should be glorious.

UFC 165's light heavyweight championship main event was an absolute classic and chances are we're going to see something similar when Jones takes on Gustafsson the second time around.

The trash talk between both parties hasn't stopped and considering "The Mauler" was able to have his way against "Bones" for portions of their fight, the build-up for their second clash is going to be fascinating and really, this violent contest can't come any sooner.

Let us know when to start winding down the clocks, UFC brass.

That's a wrap, folks.

For complete UFC 172: "Jones vs. Teixeira" coverage, including video highlights, results, recaps, and more, click here.

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