UFC 146 delivered a gigantic fight card full of Heavyweight bouts that will surely have an impact on the mixed martial arts (MMA) world for months to come. In particular, the headline bout between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos and Frank Mir, should cause some ripples for the rest of the 265-pounders, worldwide.
The main and co-main event, which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., May 26, 2012, looked to have shored up one future match, with near certainty. "JDS'" win over Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez's victory opposite Antonio Silva would appear to signal a rematch for the two in the near future.
But those weren't the only two big winners from the weekend who will need dance partners for an upcoming appearance in the Octagon.
Namely, Roy Nelson, Stipe Miocic and Stefan Struve will all need suitable opponents, moving forward. Ultimately, those decisions will be up to Joe Silva and the bigwigs at Zuffa. With that said, it doesn't hurt to speculate.
After the jump, we'll take a look at the matches to made for the winners from the main card of UFC 146.
Roy Nelson is a labyrinth. He's almost impossible to understand sometimes. One night, he acts as punching bag and looks like something out of a horror movie by the time its all said and done.
Then you have nights like the one he experienced at UFC 146, where he was able to plant a huge haymaker of an overhand right on the temple of Dave Herman and plant him on his butt for a quick finish.
No one is doubting he has the skill set, but his conditioning and inconsistency have always been big question marks.
For me, I think his next opponent is a bit of a no-brainer. He was supposed to fight Gabriel Gonzaga, before "Napão" was forced off the card with an injury. It was a fight that made sense before. It's a fight that still makes sense.
Hook it up.
Stipe Miocic is still somewhat of an unknown commodity. Even though he's 9-0 as a professional mixed martial artist, only three of those wins were in the UFC against top competition.
It's still unclear where his ceiling is. Some fans are going to be in a hurry to throw him in the cage with top tier opponents, but it's probably too soon.
Earlier in the month, Shane Carwin announced that he is confident he'll be able to return to the cage, likely by the end of the year.
If we'd had this conversation a year or two ago, introducing Carwin's name here would be a step too bold. However, with all of Carwin's injury problems and time spent out of the cage, he's going to have to work his way back to the top.
Miocic seems like a logical opponent. They both need a test and could provide that for the other. Get it done.
Lastly, there's Stefan Struve. I hate to be lazy, but just like Roy Nelson, Struve had a very suitable opponent, heading into UFC 146, before injury caused a bit of a shake-up.
Mark Hunt made sense before, he makes sense now. After his destruction of Lavar Johnson, Struve showed that he has what it takes to overcome a superior striker. So why not have him step his game up and face an even better striker in the "Super Samoan?"
Hopefully, Hunt will be able to make a speedy recover and will be able to get back to action soon enough to take on Struve, like he was supposed to in the first place.
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