UFC Fight Night 43 & 44 results recap: Next matches to make for main card winners in Auckland & San Antonio

Jason Oxenham

What could possibly be next for UFC Fight Night 43 & 44 winners Cub Swanson, Kelvin Gastelum, Ricardo Lamas, Nate Marquardt, Jared Rosholt and Charles Oliveira after their main card victories this past weekend (Sat., June 28, 2014) in Auckland and San Antonio? We mix and match them up accordingly below.

It's time to play matchmaker.

Since Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) put on two events in two different continents on the same day (Sat., June 28, 2014), we're combining them for this week's edition of "Next Matches To Make."

UFC Fight Night 43: "Marquardt vs. Te Huna" took place from inside Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, and in the main event, Nate Marquardt tapped James Te Huna via armbar in the first round (highlights here).

Also victorious on that card was Jared Rosholt, who defeated Soa Palelei, and Charles Oliveira, who submit Hatsu Hioki in amazing fashion.

Fast forward to UFC Fight Night 44: "Swanson vs. Stephens," which saw Cub Swanson defeat Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision in an action-packed bout (highlights here).

Other main card winners include Kelvin Gastelum, who toppled Nicholas Musoke, and Ricardo Lamas, who edged Hacran Dias.

Without further ado, here are our "Next Matches To Make:"

Winner: Charles Oliveira
Who He Should Fight Next: Max Holloway
Why They Should Fight: The Brazilian has been heavily overmatched by some of the most revered strikers in both the lightweight and featherweight divisions, so it's best to give him someone who isn't exactly known for knockout power, but more so his well-roundedness.

Holloway is a gifted 22-year-old talent who's already fought some stiff competition in Dustin Poirier, Dennis Bermudez and Conor McGregor to name a few, and after his beautiful submission win over Andre Fili at UFC 172, imagining a fight between him against "do Bronx" is somewhat stimulating.

Winner: Jared Rosholt
Who He Should Fight Next: Winner of Derrick Lewis vs. Guto Inocente at TUF 19 Finale
Why They Should Fight: Rosholt gets the job done, but he really isn't all that exciting to watch. It's no skin off his back, yet it's tough to give him someone of quality because he hasn't really dazzled inside the Octagon, despite being dominant in his fights.

It's not too early for a potential rematch, though, and Rosholt could anticipate either Derrick Lewis (who he suffered his only loss to) or Inocente, who fight this upcoming weekend at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 Finale.

"The Black Beast" knocked out Rosholt two years ago in Legacy FC to win the organization's heavyweight title.

Winner: Nate Marquardt
Who He Should Fight Next: Winner of Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares at UFC Fight Night 47
Why They Should Fight: There's no reason to match "The Great" against one of the murderers in the middleweight division right now, even if he scored a slick submission win this past weekend.

Plus, God wouldn't want that.

You can sort of pit the American against anyone for that matter, and since he snapped a losing streak, it wouldn't be bad for him to face the winner of a fight between two dudes who need to get it together, too.

Tim Boetsch will be facing Brad Tavares in Maine on August 16, and we could see Marquardt's next opponent emerge out of this contest. New Zealand's main event winner did well, but let's not give him the 185-pound cream of the crop, yet.

Winner: Ricardo Lamas
Who He Should Fight Next: Winner of Clay Guida vs. Dennis Bermudez at UFC on 12
Why They Should Fight: Lamas didn't look spectacular last night, and those scorecards weren't exactly the most accurate, either.

Still, he earned the much needed win in order to get his career rolling again after coming up short against Jose Aldo at UFC 169, and he can anticipate a tough fight in his next outing to pick up from where he left off.

Either Guida or Bermudez could be a good match up -- and a highly entertaining one -- for "The Bully," since both men love to move forward and trade in the center.

Winner: Kelvin Gastelum
Who He Should Fight Next: Demian Maia
Why They Should Fight: Gastelum deserves the step up in competition, and Maia is the perfect competitor to see if TUF 17's winner can hack it against top 10 opponents.

After witnessing Nicholas Musoke's success against Gastelum on the ground in the first round, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu phenom could be a tough match for the 9-0 youngster to handle, but his striking could do some serious damage if things stay on the feet.

It also depends on if Gastelum will hire Mike Dolce in order to successfully make weight at 170 pounds.

Winner: Cub Swanson
Who He Should Fight Next: Winner of Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes at UFC 176
Why They Should Fight: He deserves it, plain and simple.

But it's not like shelving "Cub" and making him face someone like Chan Sung Jung or Frankie Edgar (if he wins against BJ Penn) would surprise anyone. He's on one hell of a roll as of late, but since the promotion has stayed tight lipped about his title shot, he's not exactly guaranteed the bout against Aldo or Mendes.

Having said that, the winner of six straight fights deserves it, and facing Aldo for a second time could be more enticing for him, since he'll want to get revenge for the seven-second knockout loss he suffered back in 2009. A bout against Mendes would be equally as fun, since the striking battles could be pretty intriguing in their potential rematch from WEC 50.

Let's just see how it all unfolds without having to beg for it.

For extensive coverage of both UFC Fight Night 43 & 44, click here and here.

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