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What’s next for the biggest UFC winners of the past week?



werdumvictoryThe two men with the most interesting jobs in sports, Joe Silva and Sean Shelby, have their work cut out for them following the vents that took place over the past week in Quebec and Orlando. So before we turn our full attention to UFC 172 in B-More, we’re here to offer them a completely uninvited helping hand. Let’s start with the big winners from the more recent of the two cards.

Fabricio Werdum: This one is already written in stone. Werdum will head down to enemy territory to take on Cain Velasquez in the world-famous Octagon’s first ever visit to Mexico. Werdum has gone 7-1 since being bounced by Dos Santos back at UFC 90. Over that period he holds wins over Fedor, Bigfoot, Nelson, Big Nog, and now he can add Travis Browne to that list. No one deserves Cain in Mexico right now more than Werdum. 

Miesha Tate: Gina Carano. Carano getting an immediate title shot against Ronda would be very anti-climatic. If she gets a FOX headliner against Tate first, whether she wins or not, the sport and your network TV deal both win big. You can always still give her that title shot afterwards regardless, after all – you’re the UFC. Tate, Sonnen, Diaz and Edgar have all got title shots last year after losses. It’d be nothing new.

Tate wants this fight, the fans want this fight and I highly doubt that FOX would have an issue with this fight. Now it’s just up to Dana and Gina to make it happen. Put Ronda on commentary with Joe and Mike during the five round headliner and you have a special moment. This is just too good to pass up.

Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011Donald Cerrone: There’s a guy who was supposed to fight Jim Miller this weekend in Baltimore in what would’ve been his UFC PPV debut. His name is ‘King’ Bobby Green. And he’s an absolute bad ass. Look up ‘must see fight’ in the dictionary and you’d find Donald Cerrone and Bobby Green mean mugging each other and smiling with Dana White wearing a shit eating grin in between them.

Yoel Romero: Romero is flying up the middleweight ranks and saying he’s looking great doing it would be a rude understatement. Rogan actually mentioned his name in the same sentence as Chris Weidman during his fight with Brad Tavares, and while it may have sounded a little silly, it actually gave most of us a fight fan semi – admit it. For the near future, I’d love to see Romero get Luke Rockhold. That’s if the former Strikeforce champ can get past Tim Boestch this weekend at UFC 172. Rockhold was called out by Bisping recently but that’s actually a step back for Luke now. ‘The Count’ is out of the title picture for good at middleweight. Romero and Rockhold are on the rise and a win for one of them over the other puts them right there. If Boetsch beats Rockhold, well, he’d be a great match up for Romero too. You could guarantee that someone would be getting tossed on their head in that one.

Khabib Nurmagomedov: Guys will continue to duck Nurmagomedov. He brings a relentless pace into the cage that just cannot be matched. Well, maybe it could be by one guy. I know he’s currently competing at 145, but I’d love to see Clay Guida move back up to fight Nurmagomedov. Go ahead and schedule this one for 10 rounds.

Thiago Alves: You couldn’t have scripted a better return for ‘Pitbull’. He got the win and although he didn’t get the finish he did share fight of the night honors with Seth Baczynski. He looked absolutely fantastic from start to finish and it’d be in his best interest to get right back in there. As much as I’d hate this because I really don’t want to see either guy lose right now – Thiago Alves versus Mike Pyle would be a sick fight.

Now let’s take a quick look at the big winners from last Wednesday’s TUF Nations Finale in beautiful Montreal.

kennedyclassicTim Kennedy: Kennedy is 3-0 in his UFC career now after his dominant victory over Bisping. People may have whined about it because it didn’t excite them but lets face it – Bisping is a tough as nails opponent and Kennedy beat him with a perfectly executed gameplan. Maybe I’m in the minority here but I actually found it to be a fairly entertaining fight. Anytime you put two world-class guys like these two inside of a cage together with this much on the line and they continue to work from bell to bell there really isn’t a whole lot to complain about. It wasn’t the flashy victory that’ll get Kennedy a title shot right away but it definitely puts him on the right track. He’s now seventh in the highly official hov-mma updated middleweight rankings and right under him are two guys in Gegard Mousasi and Mark Munoz who will be mixing it up in about a month and some change in Berlin, Germany. I’d love to see Kennedy get the winner of that fight to headline another Fight Night card.

Patrick Cote: What a coaching job by Cote on this past season of TUF Nations. All four of his guys fought in the finals which of course meant both of his guys left the finale as champions. He also won the coaches fight over Kyle Noke to pretty much cement himself as what the kids would call a ‘Boss’ here in the states. If Jason High decides to stay at welterweight, Noke would be a great test for him, and vice versa. I know the K.C. Bandit has expressed interest in moving down in weight so this may not be an option. Still, it’s a great fight for two guys on a nice little win streak looking to get back into the rankings. If not, I know Koscheck is on a three-fight losing streak and Cote is on a three-fight win streak but I feel like that’d be a great match up for both men as well. After all, Canadian fans just love them some Kos.

Elias Theodorou: Whether you love him or hate him, you want to see Theodorou fight. He’s the guy you’re going to remember most from this past season of TUF Nations and he looked fantastic during his near perfect performance against Sheldon Westcott at the Finale in Montreal. There’s a ‘Filthy’ man out there named Tom Lawlor who if on schedule should be returning from knee surgery sometime soon. Him and Theodorou are basically polar opposites outside of the cage and would make for a very interesting match up inside of it. The lead up would be a blast as well.

Chad Laprise: Congratulations Chad Laprise. Welcome to the shark tank that is the UFC welterweight division. It’s not exactly a shark tank from top to bottom but it sure is overcrowded with a ton of guys on the verge of being cut. One of the guys who saved his job earlier this year but remains on a short leash is TUF alum Neil Magny. It may not be a fight that jumps of the paper at you, but it’d certainly be a great litmus test for Laprise.

UFC 125 Weigh InDustin Poirier: How does this guy already have 10 UFC fights under his belt? The featherweight division didn’t even become a part of the promotion until late 2010. Poirier has stayed busy and he’s gone 8-2 during that period suffering loses to Cub Swanson and The Korean Zombie, the latter being a fight that would earn Fight of the Year honors. He still lacks that big name win though on his resume and now that he’s put together a nice little win streak following that crushing loss to Swanson it’s time to get him back in there against a top guy. That guys name is Ricardo Lamas. Chi-towns Lamas is looking to bounce back after dropping a unanimous decision loss in his title fight against Jose Aldo. Poirier’s is on his own personal mission to get a shot at Aldo and a win over Lamas may be the one step he needs to take to get there.

KJ Noons: We still don’t know if Noons will be competing at 170 or 155 next. What we do know is that his KO victory over Sam Stout was the type of victory that will be played over, and over, and over again. It was just as big of a win for Noons’ career as it was embarrassing for Stout’s. So what’s next for the pro boxer who knocked ‘Hands of Stone’ silly?

Sarah Kaufman: Our mutual friend The Fight Wolff wants to see Kaufman vs. Tate II. That makes sense. While I really have been pushing the Tate vs. Carano idea, and will continue to until my hopes and dreams are crushed, this is the more likely scenario. And again, it makes sense. Kaufman beat Tate at a Strikeforce Challengers show and she looked in title form against Leslie Smith last Wednesday night on FOX Sports 1. It’s a rematch that has to happen eventually, and if the UFC doesn’t decide to go the Carano route with Tate, this summer would be a great time for Kaufman-Tate II. Let’s say they do decide to make Tate-Carano though. If that’s the case, Kaufman versus Sara McMann would make for a great FS1 five round main event.

Ryan Jimmo: We just want to see Ryan Jimmo stand and bang and do the robot. Let’s get him in there against Ilir Latifi.

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