The TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada played host to an exceptional Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event last night (June 18, 2016), as UFC Fight Night 89: "MacDonald vs. Thompson" gave fight fans a night to remember.
In the main event, Stephen Thompson shut down former No. 1 contender Rory MacDonald, earning his seventh straight victory in the process.
In the co-main event, Donald Cerrone proved to be a legit threat in the Welterweight division, as he dominated and finished Patrick Cote in the third round of their battle (highlights here).
With that quick recap of last night's marquee bouts, it's now time to play matchmaker with our "Next Matches To Make."
Winner: Stephen Thompson
Who Should He Fight Next: Robbie Lawler or Tyron Woodley
Unless you're named Max Holloway, a seven fight winning streak in the UFC all but assures you a shot at UFC gold, and Stephen Thompson has undoubtedly earned it.
"Wonderboy" has continually stepped up to the ever increasing challenges UFC matchmakers have put in front of him, and he has now defeated two of the best Welterweights in the world in successive fights.
Finishing Johny Hendricks and dominating Rory MacDonald is nothing to scoff at.
"Wonderboy" wants Lawler to defeat Tyron Woodley at UFC 201, so that way he can be the man to take the belt from the champ in Madison Square Garden later this year.
Winner: Donald Cerrone
Who Should He Fight Next: Matt Brown or Carlos Condit
Following his performance at UFC Fight Night 89, Donald Cerrone is now a proven contender in both the Lightweight and Welterweight divisions, and the potential matchups are dizzying.
"Cowboy" earned his 17th career UFC victory last night -- just two shy from tying Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre for most wins all time -- and did it in style by becoming the first man to finish Patrick Cote via strikes in his 32-fight career.
Cerrone requested to be put on UFC 200 on short notice, but then noted post-fight he must mean "shit to the UFC" based on his current pay.
Once the fan-favorite figures out his financials with UFC brass, you can expect him to be back in the Octagon relatively soon.
I'd personally love to see a fight against Matt Brown or Carlos Condit next, but Thiago Alves, Neil Magny, or Gunnar Nelson will do just as fine.
Winner: Steve Bosse
Who Should He Fight Next: Nikita Krylov
Steve Bosse and Sean O'Connell put on an absolute show in Ottawa last night to rightfully earn an extra $50,000 for the "Fight of the Night" bonus.
Ultimately Bosse came out the victor, but the fight could have rightfully been a draw.
I for one don't want to see a rematch, as it would be quite difficult to top the first rodeo.
With that being said, I'd like to see Bosse step up into the top 15, and fight a contender like Nikita Krylov next.
Winner: Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Who Should He Fight Next: Joe Duffy, Gilbert Burns, or Kevin Lee
Olivier Aubin-Mercier needed a bounce back victory following a difficult decision loss to Carlos Ferreira his last time out, and he did just that with his third round submission victory over Thibault Gouti.
The "Quebec Kid" clearly has a ton of talent, but he isn't yet ready for the wolves in the Lightweight rankings at this point.
Mercier is still young at 27-years old, and I'd personally like to see him fight one more prospect or gatekeeper before taking on a top 15 opponent.
I think Joe Duffy, Gilbert Burns, or Kevin Lee fit the bill nicely.
Winner: Joanne Calderwood
Who Should She Fight Next: Paige VanZant
Joanne Calderwood looked exceptional in the Flyweight division last night, battering former 115 pound title challenger Valerie Letourneau en route to a third round stoppage victory.
Unfortunately for "JoJo" UFC brass have made no guarantees they will keep the division around, so she may be forced to move back down to the Strawweight division for her next fight.
Regardless, whether Calderwood fights at 115 or 125 next, UFC matchmakers should rebook her fight against Paige VanZant.
That bout has fireworks written all over it.
For complete UFC Fight Night 89 "MacDonald vs. Thompson" results, including play-by-play updates, click here.