Another Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event is in the books, as UFC on FX 5 swarmed the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn., on Oct. 5, 2012, delivering a night of mixed martial arts (MMA) goodness to the thousands in attendance.
Though it did come in the shadow of misfortune, "Bigfoot" still had to execute and vanquish his wounded prey, which is exactly what he did.
After sensing blood in the water, Silva went in for the kill, and he finished "Hapa" with a gigantic right hand that led to the end of an early night for the Hawaiian bred top prospect.
We've already speculated on who "Bigoot" may see as his next opponent in the Octagon. We also know that there's no prognosticating to be done in regard to who will be next for John Dodson, who earned a title shot versus UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, when he knocked out UFC newcomer Jussier da Silva in the second round, after a fairly stagnant fight to that point.
But what about the other UFC on FX 5 main card winners?
It wasn't a barnburner, and you won't see it on any "greatest fights" compilation DVDs, but "The Juggernaut" got the job done and earned the decision win.
Picking his next opponent isn't easy, because when you look at the list of UFC Welterweights, most of the top guys are fighters Ellenberger has already fought.
I say, keep it simple. Ellenberger was originally supposed to fight Josh Koscheck. I don't see that fight making any less sense today than it did when it was initially signed.
If "Kos" is able to get healthy within the next couple of months, it's a bout that could certainly come together in early 2013.
Another 170-pounder who emerged victorious from the UFC on FX 5 card was The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) alum, Justin Edwards, who notched a super impressive submission win over Josh Neer in the first round of their match up.
I think a fun fight would be Edwards versus Gunnar Nelson. It probably won't happen, but seriously, why not? They're both exciting welterweights coming off big victories.
I don't see Edwards being a dramatic step up in competition for Nelson, either, so it also allows the UFC to take their time developing him as a new talent.
Makes sense to me.
How about you? If you were UFC matchmaker Joe Silva, who would you choose as upcoming opponents for the UFC on FX 5 winners?