What do you do with the main card fighters who win? UFC Matchmaker Joe Silva has to ask that question after every event, and while it sounds like the best job in the world, I am willing to bet Silva could name a few better ones.
Read below to get this humble writer’s take on what I think should be done with the winners from Saturday night’s FOX card (and feel free to make your own suggestions in the Comments section below)…
This is the easiest one to pick after the card since the division is still so small. Johnson is coming off of a big five-round fight, and now all he needs to do is wait until next weekend. At UFC 156, 125-pound stand-outs Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall will fight, and although he has faced both of them before, putting a rematch together with the victor is the logical step for the defending champion. When the division starts to grow more, fans will be sure to see less rematches, but for now we could be seeing a third Johnson/McCall fight or another scrap with Benavidez.
Teixiera did what many thought he would do on Saturday, taking care of business by roughing Quinton Jackson for three straight rounds. How do you solve a problem like Glover? Normally Teixiera would be on tap for a title-shot since he made Jackson look silly and is on a nice winning streak, but don’t expect the Brazilian to ride the bench until June to fight again. With Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira fighting next week, a logical foe for Teixiera’s next tussle is the winner of that light heavyweight scrap.
UFC President Dana White said he wants Pettis to have a title-shot, but after such a long layoff will Pettis elect to ride the pine until Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez fight in late April? Right now Pettis is saying yes, but don’t expect to see him waiting if the Henderson-Melendez match is somehow delayed. Too much inactivity isn’t good for him, and since Jim Miller just picked up a big win over Joe Lauzon, a bout between him and Pettis could be a barn burner.
Lamas was losing his fight with Erik Koch in the early stages but he was able to turn the tables and secure the second round TKO win. Lamas knows exactly what he wants, and in fact he has said he is getting on a plane and will be in Las Vegas for next weekend’s superfight between current champion Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar to watch the action unfold. If the winner of that scrap stays healthy, you can expect Lamas to get his wish and receive the opportunity he rightfully deserves. If that match doesn’t materialize, Chad Mendes has finished his last two fights in the first round and his last loss was by way of the champ, so a showdown with “Money” could be a possibility for Lamas.