The Forum in Inglewood, California played host to a legendary Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view (PPV) event last night (June 4, 2016), as UFC 199: "Rockhold vs. Bisping 2" delivered in every way imaginable.
In the main event, Michael Bisping pulled off one of the greatest upsets in UFC history, violently knocking out Luke Rockhold in the first round to become the undisputed UFC Middleweight Champion (highlights here).
In the co-main event, Dominick Cruz absolutely outclassed his arch rival Urijah Faber in a masterful and clinical performance to defend his UFC Bantamweight title, and once and for all end his historic rivalry with "The California Kid" as the victor.
With that quick recap of last night's marquee bouts, it's now time to play matchmaker with our "Next Matches To Make."
Winner: Michael Bisping
Who Should He Fight Next: Luke Rockhold
While many fight fans hoped longtime UFC veteran Michael Bisping could some how pull off a victory over the dangerous champ Luke Rockhold at UFC 199, nobody in their right minds truly believed "The Count" was capable of the upset.
After a violent and shocking first round knockout, Bisping is the new UFC Middleweight champion, nearly 10 years to the day of his UFC debut.
The win was the culmination of Bisping's life work. The fight was his first title shot in 26 UFC fights, and was his 19th victory with the promotion, tying him for first all-time with Georges St-Pierre.
Regardless of where the brash Englishman goes from here, he will be a UFC Champion and Hall of Famer.
With that being said, Bisping will eventually have to defend his title, and if Rockhold isn't too damaged following his loss at 199, I'd suspect UFC brass would run it right back.
There are alternatives of course with Bisping potentially fighting Chris Weidman or Jacare Souza, with Rockhold potentially rematching Vitor Belfort, but after the two rivals had to be separated following a verbal altercation at the post fight press conference, it's clear the trilogy fight is where the money is.
Winner: Dominick Cruz
Who Should He Fight Next: TJ Dillashaw or Raphael Assuncao
Before delving into what's next for UFC Bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, just take a moment to enjoy the fact "The Dominator" is not only fighting again, but has actually become a better fighter following several brutal knee injuries and nearly four years on the sidelines.
It's truly awe-inspiring.
Cruz's display against Urijah Faber in California last night proved once again that his style is an intriguing and difficult puzzle for his opponents to solve.
Once Cruz gets into his groove, he can push a ridiculous pace, and avoid getting hit better than probably any fighter on UFC's roster.
The victory was essentially a shut-out for Cruz, and he seemed healthy enough afterwards to be able to get in the cage at least once more prior to the conclusion of 2016.
The only man that seemingly has any chance to solve Cruz's footwork puzzle is former champ TJ Dillashaw, who you know is just itching to regain his title and rematch "The Dominator."
First things first, Dillashaw needs to get through Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200.
Winner: Max Holloway
Who Should He Fight Next: Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar
Max Holloway has won nine straight fights, and yet he may not be any closer to a UFC title shot in the log jammed Featherweight division.
The Hawaiian obviously could not be more deserving of a title shot following yet another impeccable and electrifying performance against Ricardo Lamas, but with 145-pound champ Conor McGregor officially returning to Welterweight to rematch Nate Diaz at UFC 202, and the interim belt on the line at UFC 200, where does Holloway fit in?
It seems McGregor will return to Featherweight to defend his title following his second fight with Diaz, but there is potential of a trilogy fight if "The Notorious" can pull off the victory.
With that being said, Holloway will likely wait to see what is available to him, and could find himself fighting the interim champ, whether that be Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar, next.
If the timing works out, Holloway could also fill in as a late injury replacement if necessary.
Winner: Dan Henderson
Who Should He Fight Next: Nobody
UFC 199 is a perfect event for Dan Henderson to ride off into the sunset with.
The 45-year old MMA legend pulled off a colossal upset in a thrilling fight against Hector Lombard last night, brutally knocking out the former Bellator champ in the second round.
The finish was as surreal and violent as it gets in this sport, and will undoubtedly earn Knockout of the Year nods by year's end.
After struggling the last few years with his chin, and yet continuing to fight elite competition nearly half his age, "Hendo" was able to pull off one more historic moment in his already Hall of Fame caliber career.
He has flirted with retirement before, and now is his chance to go out on top.
Winner: Dustin Poirier
Who Should He Fight Next: Edson Barboza or Gilbert Melendez
Dustin Poirier may be the hottest Lightweight on UFC's roster right now with four straight victories, including three brutal knockouts.
"The Diamond" has quickly ascended the rankings since moving up from the Featherweight division, and the easier to cut to 155 is making Poirier a much more dangerous fighter inside the cage.
Poirier was adamant post fight that he will settle for no less than a top 10 opponent next, and he'd prefer to fight a top five guy if possible.
The one circumstance is Poirier's wife is three months out from giving birth to their first child, so he wants to sit on the sidelines at least until that point.
The timeline matches perfectly with a massive contender fight on July 23rd at UFC on FOX 20 between Edson Barboza and Gilbert Melendez.
Either one of those men would be a great opponent for Poirier, but I'd personally love to see "The Diamond" and Barboza go to war inside the Octagon.
For complete results from UFC 199 "Rockhold vs. Bisping 2" including play-by-play updates, click here.