Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What's Next For The Winners of UFC 108?

UFC 108 was deemed successful by the UFC and MMA fans as the show had a lot of exciting submissions as well as knockouts.

Rashad Evans was able to defeat Thiago Silva in the main event by unanimous decision, and he will most likely face Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in a few months. If Evans is able to defeat Jackson, he might get another shot at the UFC light heavyweight title currently held by Lyoto Machida.

Paul Daley made quick work of Dustin Hazelett last Saturday night and he will be facing stiffer competition in his next fight. Josh Koscheck would be a very intriguing match-up. It would be a classic match-up of striker vs. grappler. Can Daley keep the fight standing against a standout wrestler like Koscheck?

Other interesting match-ups for Daley would be Anthony "Rumble" Johnson or Ben Saunders. Daley is only 5'9 but he did not have any problems against the taller Hazelett. It would be interesting to see if he would have problems with the length of Johnson and Saunders. Johnson is 6'2 and Saunders is 6'3.

Sam Stout was very impressive in his win against Joe Lauzon. His stand-up looked very crisp, and his takedown defense was very good.

The UFC should have Stout fight Phillipe Novar. These two were scheduled to fight last year but Novar suffered a seizure before their fight and the fight had to be cancelled.

A fight against Sean Sherk would be interesting as well. Would Stout be able to stuff Sherk's takedowns?

Another winner at UFC 108 was Jim Miller. Miller was scheduled to face Sherk but Sherk had to pull out due to an injury. The UFC could have Sherk and Miller fight again or give Miler another opponent such as Clay Guida.

Heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos won by TKO over Gilbert Yvel, and he is on track to fight for the heavyweight title if he can defeat another top heavyweight fighter. A fight between Cain Velasquez and Dos Santos would be ideal.

Velasquez is also a top contender in the heavyweight division, and this fight would eliminate one fighter from title contention.

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