In the months leading up to UFC on Fox 4, the event didn't receive a lot of hype or attention. The card wasn't particularly star-studded, and many mixed martial arts (MMA) fans were already looking past it to UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado on Aug. 11, 2012.
All that changed when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White announced that the winners of Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera and Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader would have a chance to earn a title shot, should they be able to earn an impressive win.
"The Dragon's" future is set, but what about the rest of the main card winners from UFC on FOX 4 (which took place in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 4, 2011)?
Join me after the jump where we'll address those potential match ups:
Let's be honest, a win for either of these guys wasn't going to put them in title contention, no matter how impressive the victory.
I see Matt Brown being a suitable next opponent, as he's another guy coming off a win, who also isn't in title contention, but he always brings his "A-game" and makes a war out of his fights.
When I was looking through possible challengers for Swick and I stumbled upon "The Immortal," I almost passed him over because I had this feeling that Swick and Brown had already fought. They haven't, but the fact that I felt that way is a sign. Either that, or I'm getting old and have a terrible memory.
That can't be it.
It's a sign.
In a match up between two lightweights who badly wanted to win and cement their status in the division, Joe Lauzon was able to get his way, drag the action to the mat and submit Jamie Varner with a very nice triangle choke in the third round.
Credit to Varner, who fought like his career depended on it. Hopefully, it didn't, because "C4" has really looked good in the two fights that he's been back in the UFC.
Dunham vs. Lauzon would be a fun match up. I like it. I'm sticking with it.
"Shogun" was hoping for a title shot and a chance at redemption in a rematch versus either Jones or Henderson, later this year.
Unfortunately, he came in second to Machida in that respective race, but it shouldn't take the shine off what was a very nice feather in the cap of his career.
I'm not gonna waste any time here. I want to see "Shogun" take on Alexander Gustafsson. Admit it, you do too.
It's time to stop babying the kid and see what "The Mauler" is made of. If Gustafsson can take down Rua, he will prove, once and for all, that he's ready for the title shot his fans have been crying for.
Should he fall short, it hardly would be the end of the line for the 25-year old Swede who has set the cage on fire during his somewhat short career, this far.
You'd pay to see it. I would too. Get it done.
Those are my genius match ups. If you can do better, I'd like to see it. In the comment section below, bless us with your wisdom nuggets and savvy matchmaking abilities.