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UFC Fight Night 58 results recap: Next matches to make for 'Machida vs Dollaway' main card winners in Brazil

After a riveting end to 2014 with the UFC Fight Night 58: "Machida vs Dollaway" event, ponders what is next for the main card winners who picked up victories last Saturday (Dec. 20, 2014) on FOX Sports 1 inside Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil.

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In the closing act for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2014, fight fans were treated to an outstanding event in Brazil, as UFC Fight Night 58: "Machida vs Dollaway" delivered exciting action, and highlight-reel finishes throughout the 12-fight card.

In the main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida added CB Dollaway to his highlight reel, finishing off "The Doberman" with a savage body kick that crumbled the former Arizona State wrestler just 62 seconds into the fight.

Check out the highlights here.

In the co-main event, former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao closed out a rough year with a desperately needed finish over Mitch Gagnon (highlights here). Although Barao did not steamroll through Gagnon, nor look like the champion he once was, the victory was huge for his psyche and standing in the division.

With that quick recap of the night's marquee bouts, it is now time to play matchmaker with our "Next Matches To Make."

Winner: Daniel Sarafian

Who Should He Fight Next: Dan Miller

Although Daniel Sarafian was awarded the (technical) knockout victory after his friend Antonio Dos Santos injured his finger early on in the second, the Brazilian did not look all that good in the first round.

If Sarafian went on to lose last night's fight against Dos Santos, it would have been his third in a row, likely meaning the end of his UFC run. Luckily for Sarafian, the mixed martial arts (MMA) gods saw to it that his UFC career would not end in Barueri one way or another.

With that being said, I don't see any reason why UFC would not match Sarafian up with his originally scheduled opponent, Dan Miller. Unless Miller was severely injured while training for Sarafian, I don't see UFC going another route.

Winner: Erick Silva

Who Should He Fight Next: Ryan LaFlare

Is Erick Silva a gatekeeper? Probably, but who cares?

Silva continues to put on captivating performances, whether he is winning or not, so matching him up with anyone near the top 15 is a great booking in my opinion.

In his nine-fight UFC career, Silva has exchanged wins and losses, failing to ever put together either a winning or losing streak. His wins have come over mediocre competition in Luis Ramos, Charlie Brenneman, Jason High, Takenori Sato, and Mike Rhodes. His losses have come against high-ranked fighters in Matt Brown, Jon Fitch, and Dong Hyun Kim. Silva has also lost to Carlo Prater via disqualification, but was well on his way to winning that fight before the DQ.

It appears that Silva can not hang with the elite of the elite, and that truly may be the case, but his performances thus far have earned him the opportunity to prove he can be consistent in the future. A match up against undefeated No. 15 ranked Ryan LaFlare sounds like the perfect fight to me.

Winner: Rashid Magomedov

Who Should He Fight Next: Michael Johnson

Rashid Magomedov is obviously an exceptional fighter.

After earning his third straight UFC victory, and first UFC stoppage, over the previously undefeated Brazilian Elias Silverio, there is no doubt in my mind that Magomedov will be fighting someone in the top 15 next.

Although it would be a huge step up in competition, I believe a fight with Michael Johnson has fireworks written all over it. Magomedov showed off his precision counter-striking last evening over Silverio, but will he be able to overcome Johnson's footwork and tenacity?

That lightweight fight would not only be a great test for both men, but it could also unveil a new challenger in the stacked lightweight division in 2015.

Winner: Patrick Cummins

Who Should He Fight Next: Ovince St. Preux

It is time for Patrick Cummins to hit the UFC rankings.

UFC's light heavyweight division is one of the thinnest and top heavy divisions in the organization today, and that is painfully evident when you realize Vitor Belfort, Shogun Rua, and Rafael Cavalcante are all ranked.

Cummins has won three straight since his destruction at the hands of Daniel Cormier, and the former Penn State wrestler has earned a shot at a top 15 contender once again. Considering most fighters in the latter half of the division are coming off a loss, the best option for Cummins right now is No. 8 ranked Ovince St. Preux.

St. Preux is coming off his shocking knockout over Shogun Rua this past November, but before "OSP" can be considered a legitimate contender, he must prove that he can beat a wrestler. Cummins obviously excels in the wrestling department, so a fight between the two men could earn the 205-pound division a fresh contender.

Winner: Renan Barao

Who Should He Fight Next: Raphael Assuncao

Renan Barao got a much needed victory in Barueri last evening, but to be frank, the former champion did not look all that great against a very game Mitch Gagnon.

Whether it was Gagnon proving to be a much stiffer test than many expected, or whether TJ Dillashaw is still haunting Barao's nightmares, the former champion was nowhere near championship level last evening.

Barao was tagged repeatedly by Gagnon throughout the fight, and was timid early on before opening up in the later rounds. Even in his best exchanges of the fight, Barao never had the awe-inspiring moments we became accustomed to during his title run.

In the end, Barao's victory is what will be remembered, but there is no question Gagnon essentially gave up the finishing arm-triangle choke in the third round due to sheer exhaustion.

With that being said, Barao will need to fight once more before taking on either TJ Dillashaw or Dominick Cruz once those two settle the score in 2015, and the best option at this point is the streaking Raphael Assuncao.

Winner: Lyoto Machida

Who Should He Fight Next: Luke Rockhold

Lyoto Machida is a God among men, ladies and gentleman.

"The Dragon" added yet another impeccable highlight-reel performance to his already sensational MMA career last evening by taking out CB Dollaway.

In his 11-year MMA career, including seven years in UFC, Machida has one of the most impressive lists of victories in the history of the sport. The former light heavyweight champion has defeated Stephan Bonnar, Rich Franklin, BJ Penn, Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Shogun Rua, Randy Couture, Ryan Bader, Dan Henderson, Mark Munoz, and Gegard Mousasi, in that order.

At 36 years old, Machida looks as good as ever, and there is no indication whatsoever that "The Dragon" will be hanging up his gloves anytime soon. Prior to getting another crack at Chris Weidman, however, Machida will need one more marquee victory against the former Strikeforce champion, Luke Rockhold.

Will Machida add Rockhold to his list of victims and earn a title shot in 2015? I for one, cannot wait to find out.

For complete UFC Fight Night 58 results and coverage of all the night's action click here.

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