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UFC Rankings and upcoming matches

Here are my UFC rankings along with the upcoming matches they have planned.  I put these charts together to help me see what realistic fights are out there and make sense, and who is currently booked.  I rank guys based off results and my opinion of who's the best.  The next guy getting the next title isn't always ranked number 2, when guys are inactive for a long period of time (usually around a year) I start dropping them down the rankings a little at time.  Most of the time new fighters to UFC are going to start at the bottom of the rankings unless I've seen enough of their body of work to rank them a little higher.  Let me know what you think, but if you tell me I have someone ranked too high, let me know where you think they should be ranked.  It is easy to say someone isn't top 10, until you look at all the other guy out there.     

LW:  Is there any other division to start with right now.  It's times like these that I would pay to have Joe Silva's job.  With the recent run of LWs in waiting for a title shot, I fully expect the Bendo/Guida fight to end in either a draw, No Contest, or Double KO.  Pettis, Miller, and Guillard have all now fallen 1 fight short of a title shot.  I honestly think Gilbert Melendez was the biggest winner coming out of UFC 136, with Guillard out of the title picture, his chances of getting the next title shot have greatly improved.  If Melendez did come over, I would insert him at number 2 in the rankings.  Here are the fights I'd make in this division right now

Maynard v Sherk - Sherk is dropping in the rankings due to inactivity, but he is still a solid name, and recent articles suggested he was looking for a fight.  Maynard fits the bill for this sometime early next year.  Neither guy is getting a title shot with a win, or eliminated from contention with a loss, so it makes sense. 

Pettis v Diaz - This fight would have some very technical striking, and put one of these young guys right in the mix, potentially 1 or 2 fights away from a title shot.

Lauzon v Wiman - TUF 5 cast mates, with a lot of UFC experience, I'm surprised their paths have not crossed before.  It would be a great fight, and the timing will never be better. 

Dunham v Volkmann - Volkmann is undefeated at LW, and needs to start getting fights to find out if he is for real, or just a guy who will be a mid level gatekeeper the lower end of the spectrum. 

Jim Miller v Stephens - Both guys coming off of a loss, with a lot to prove.  A great test to see how Miller rebounds from his first loss in a long time.  

Guillard v Sotiropolus - One of these guys needs to rebound, and stay relevant.

TJ Grant v Thiago Tavares - Both these guys had their best UFC fight their last time out, IMO, why not see who is ready to jump into the top 20. 

Stout v Cole Miller - Stout is on a good run winning 4 of 5, but one more against Cole Miller would help set up fights against the top of the division. 

On a side note, despite the loss by Maynard, how good was TUF 5 for the UFC.  Maynard, Diaz, Lauzon, Wiman, and Cole Miller all remain relevant and competitive at LW, and Manny Gambuyran is a top 10 guy at FW.  That kind of talent should be the goal for every season. 

Anyone know if Cody McKenzie, Rafaello Oliveira, Kamal Shalorus or Kyle Watson have been cut?  These are just 4 names that stood out to me as I was looking over the list, and I want to keep it accurate

Name

 

Next fight

Last fight

1

Frankie Edgar

TBD

w/ Gray Maynard, 8 Oct

2

Gray Maynard

TBD

l/ Frankie Edgar, 8 Oct

3

Clay Guida

4

Ben Henderson, 12 Nov

w/ Anthony Pettis, 4 Jun

4

Ben Henderson

3

Clay Guida, 12 Nov

w/ Jim Miller, 14 Aug

5

Denis Siver

8

Donald Cerrone, 29 Oct

w/ Matt Wiman, 2 Jul

6

Jim Miller

TBD

l/ Ben Henderson, 14 Aug

7

Anthony Pettis

TBD

w/ Jeremy Stephens, 8 Oct

8

Donald Cerrone

5

Denis Siver, 29 Oct

w/ Charles Oliveira, 14 Aug

9

Nate Diaz

TBD

w/ Takanori Gomi, 24 Sep

10

Joe Lauzon

TBD

w/ Melvin Guillard, 8 Oct

11

Melvin Guillard

TBD

l/ Joe Lauzon, 8 Oct

12

Evan Dunham

TBD

w/ Shamar Bailey, 17 Sep

13

Matt Wiman

TBD

w/ Mac Danzig, 1 Oct

14

Gleison Tibau

16

Rafael Dos Anjos, 19 Nov

w/ Rafaello Oliveira, 28 May

15

Sean Sherk

TBD

w/ Evan Dunham, 25 Sep

16

Rafael Dos Anjos

14

Gleison Tibau, 19 Nov

w/ George Sotiropoulos, 2 Jul

17

Jeremy Stephens

TBD

l/ Anthony Pettis, 8 Oct

18

Sam Stout

TBD

w/ Yves Edwards, 11 Jul

19

Jacob Volkmann

TBD

w/ Danny Castillo, 14 Aug

20

Mark Bocek

24

Nik Lentz, 10 Dec

l/ Ben Henderson, 30 Apr

21

TJ Grant

TBD

w/ Shane Roller, 1 Oct

22

Charles Oliveira

TBD

l/ Donald Cerrone, 14 Aug

23

George Sotiropoulos

TBD

l/ Rafael Dos Anjos, 2 Jul

24

Nik Lentz

20

Mark Bocek, 10 Dec

nc/ Charles Oliveira, 26 Jun

25

Thiago Tavares

TBD

w/ Spencer Fisher, 27 Aug

26

Dennis Hallman

37

John Makdessi, 10 Dec

l/ Brian Ebersole, 6 Aug

27

Danny Castillo

TBD

l/ Jacob Volkmann, 14 Aug

28

Mac Danzig

TBD

l/ Matt Wiman, 1 Oct

29

Cole Miller

TBD

w/ TJ O'Brien, 14 Aug

30

Edson Barboza

TBD

w/ Ross Pearson, 27 Aug

31

Takanori Gomi

TBD

l/ Nate Diaz, 24 Sep

32

Ross Pearson

TBD

l/ Edson Barboza, 27 Aug

33

Tony Ferguson

TBD

w/ Aaron Riley, 24 Sep

34

Paul Sass

TBD

w/ Michael Johnson, 1 Oct

35

Shane Roller

TBD

l/ TJ Grant, 1 Oct

36

Kamal Shalorus

TBD

l/ Jim Miller, 19 Mar

37

John Makdessi

26

Dennis Hallman, 10 Dec

w/ Kyle Watson, 30 Apr

38

Yves Edwards

TBD

w/ Rafaello Oliveira, 1 Oct

39

Spencer Fisher

TBD

l/ Thiago Tavares, 27 Aug

40

Paul Taylor

42

Anthony Njokuani, 5 Nov

w/ Gabe Ruediger, 5 Feb

41

Waylon Lowe

TBD

l/ Nik Lentz, 26 Mar

42

Anthony Njokuani

40

Paul Taylor, 5 Nov

w/ Andre Winner, 2 Jul

43

Vagner Rocha

TBD

w/ Cody McKenzie, 17 Sep

44

Terry Etim

54

Edward Faaloloto, 5 Nov

l/ Rafeal Dos Anjos

45

Michael Johnson

TBD

l/ Paul Sass, 1 Oct

46

Aaron Riley

TBD

l/ Tony Ferguson, 24 Sep

47

Maciej Jewtuszko

TBD

l/ Curt Warburton, 27 Feb

48

Ramsey Nijem

51

Danny Downes, 29 Oct

l/ Tony Ferfuson, 4 Jun

49

Shamar Bailey

TBD

l/ Evan Dunham, 17 Sep

50

Kyle Watson

TBD

l/ John Makdessi, 30 Apr

51

Danny Downes

48

Ramsey Nijem, 29 Oct

l/ Jeremy Stephens, 4 Jun

52

Cody McKenzie

TBD

l/ Vagner Rocha, 17 Sep

53

Rafaello Oliveira

TBD

l/ Yves Edwards, 1 Oct

54

Edward Faaloloto

44

Terry Etim, 5 Nov

l/ Michael Johnson, 26 Jun

55

John Cholish

56

Mitch Clarke, 10 Dec

w/ Jameel Massouh

56

Mitch Clarke

55

John Cholish, 10 Dec

w/ Eddie Rincon

 

 

Heavyweight: UFC should be pretty conservative with Stipe Miocic, he has potential, but still needs to put a lot of things together.  Hopefully his fight with Joey Beltran will show him some areas where he can improve.  I'd match him with Rob Broughton next, and hopefully we will see some improvement

The top of this division is set for awhile, but I do see a round of loser leaves town fights down towards the bottom of the division.  Here are the fights I'd make

Carwin v Werdum - Rumor is Werdum is coming over, and he would be a perfect fight for Carwin.  Hopefully they slide it into the 30 Dec card. 

Schaub v Struve - Which prospect re-establishes himself as a legit threat to be a star

Browne v Russow - Which one of these guys is going to be taken seriously?  Browne needs to work on his cardio, and Russow just needs keep winning..

Barry v Hunt - Why the hell not... but could you imagine Mark Hunt on a 3 fight winning streak?

Beltran v Rothwell, and Morecraft v Einemo 

Name

 

Next fight

Last fight

1

Cain Velasquez

2

Junior Dos Santos, 12 Nov

w/ Brock Lesnar, 23 Oct

2

Junior Dos Santos

1

Cain Velasquez, 12 Nov

w/ Shane Carwin, 11 Jun

3

Alistair Overeem

6

Brock Lesnar, 30 Dec

w/ Fabricio Werdum, 18 Jun

4

Frank Mir

7

Antonio Nogueira, 10 Dec

w/ Roy Nelson, 28 May

5

Shane Carwin

TBD

l/ Junior Dos Santos, 11 Jun

6

Brock Lesnar

3

Alistair Overeem, 30 Dec

l/ Cain Velasquez, 23 Oct

7

Antonio Nogueira

4

Frank Mir, 10 Dec

w/ Brendan Schaub, 27 Aug

8

Roy Nelson

18

Cro Cop, 29 Oct

l/ Frank Mir, 28 May

9

Brendan Schaub

TBD

l/ Antonio Nogueira, 27 Aug

10

Travis Browne

TBD

w/ Rob Broughton, 24 Sep

11

Mike Russow

TBD

w/ Jon Madsen, 26 Mar

12

Matt Mitrione

13

Cheick Kongo, 29 Oct

w/ Christian Morecraft, 26 Jun

13

Cheick Kongo

12

Matt Mitrione, 29 Oct

w/ Pat Barry, 26 Jun

14

Stefan Struve

TBD

w/ Pat Barry, 1 Oct

15

Dave Herman

TBD

w/ Jon Olav Einemo, 11 Jun

16

Mark Hunt

TBD

w/ Ben Rothwell, 24 Sep

17

Stipe Miocic

TBD

w/ Joey Beltran, 8 Oct

18

Cro Cop

8

Roy Nelson, 29 Oct

l/ Brendan Schaub, 19 Mar

19

Pat Barry

TBD

l/ Stefan Struve, 1 Oct

20

Joey Beltran

TBD

l/ Stipe Miocic, 8 Oct

21

Ben Rothwell

TBD

l/ Mark Hunt, 24 Sep

22

Rob Broughton

TBD

l/ Travis Browne, 24 Sep

23

Christian Morecraft

TBD

l/ Matt Mitrione, 26 Jun

24

Jon Olav Einemo

TBD

l/ Dave Herman, 11 Jun

25

Philip De Fries

26

Oli Thompson, 5 Nov

w/ Stav Economou

26

Oli Thompson

25

Philip De Fries, 5 Nov

w/ Mark Potter

LHW:  I don't have a problem with Jones v Machida.  I just hope that they make Evans v Davis also.  Would Rashad take the fight?  He has said that he isn't going to wait like he did last time again, so why not. 

The rest of the division is either Booked, injured, or suspended (Thiago Silva).   The only fight of note I'd make at this time is Te Huna v Nedkov.  2 powerful prospects, in what would be a fun fight.

Name

 

Next fight

Last fight

1

Jon Jones

5

Lyoto Machida, 10 Dec

w/ Rampage Jackson, 24 Sep

2

Rashad Evans

TBD

w/ Tito Ortiz, 6 Aug

3

Shogun Rua

6

Dan Henderson, 19 Nov

w/ Forrest Griffin, 27 Aug

4

Rampage Jackson

TBD

l/ Jon Jones, 24 Sep

5

Lyoto Machida

1

Jon Jones, 10 Dec

w/ Randy Couture, 30 Apr

6

Dan Henderson

3

Shogun Rua, 19 Nov

w/ Fedor Emelianenko

7

Phil Davis

TBD

w/ Antonio Nogueria, 26 Mar

8

Forrest Griffin

TBD

l/ Shogun Rua, 27 Aug

9

Rich Franklin

TBD

l/ Forrest Griffin, 5 Feb

10

Antonio Nogueria

12

Tito Ortiz, 10 Dec

l/ Phil Davis, 26 Mar

11

Alexander Gustafsson

14

Vladimir, Matyushenko, 30 Dec

w/ Matt Hamill, 6 Aug

12

Tito Ortiz

10

Antonio Nogueria, 10 Dec

l/ Rashad Evans, 6 Aug

13

Thiago Silva

TBD

NC/ Brandon Vera, 1 Jan

14

Vladimir Matyushenko

11

Alexander Gustafsson, 30 Dec

w/ Jason Brilz, 30 Apr

15

Ryan Bader

18

Jason Brilz, 19 Nov

l/ Tito Ortiz, 2 Jul

16

Kyle Kingsbury

17

Stephan Bonnar, 19 Nov

w/ Fabio Maldonado, 4 Jun

17

Stephan Bonnar

16

Kyle Kingsbury, 19 Nov

w/ Igor Pokrajak, 4 Dec

18

Jason Brilz

15

Ryan Bader, 19 Nov

l/ Vladimir Matyushenko, 30 Apr

19

Krzysztof Soszynski

27

Igor Pokrajac, 10 Dec

w/ Mike Massenzio, 11 Jun

20

Stanislav Nedkov

TBD

w/ Luis Cane, 27 Aug

21

Brandon Vera

29

Eliot Marshall, 29 Oct

NC/ Thiago Silva, 1 Jan

22

Cyrille Diabate

30

Anthony Perosh, 5 Nov

w/ Steve Cantwell, 3 Mar

23

James Te Huna

TBD

w/ Ricardo Romero, 24 Sep

24

Ronny Markes

TBD

w/ Karlos Vemola, 14 Aug

25

Luis Cane

TBD

l/ Stanislav Nedkov, 27 Aug

26

Fabio Maldonado

TBD

l/ Kyle Kingsbury, 4 Jun

27

Igor Pokrajac

19

Krzysztof Soszynski, 10 Dec

w/ Todd Brown, 3 Mar

28

Karlos Vemola

TBD

l/ Ronny Markes, 14 Aug

29

Eliot Marshall

21

Brandon Vera, 29 Oct

l/ Luis Cane, 19 Mar

30

Anthony Perosh

22

Cyrille Diabate, 5 Nov

w/ Tom Blackledge, 27 Feb

31

Aaron Rosa

32

Matt Lucas, 12 Nov

l/ Joey Beltran, 11 Jun

32

Matt Lucas

31

Aaron Rosa, 12 Nov

w/ Shawn Frye

MW:  I doubted if Chael Sonnen would come back impressively after a year off...  I guess I was wrong on that one.  I can't wait for his rematch with Anderson Silva, if you need the WWE BS to get excited about this fight then you suck.   This fight also gives time for the next contender to make a move into contention.  Is it going to be Bisping, Munoz, Palhares, or Belcher... we'll see.  Fights I'd make.

Okami v Maia - Two tough grapplers, who came up way short in their title shots.  I'd love to see this fight between two top 10 guys. 

Palhares - Belcher - The winner of this fight could be 1 more fight away from a title shot 

Belfort - Munoz/Leben winner - I just think this would be a fun fight, and the timeline should make sense as Belfort recovers from an injury

Boetsch - Simpson - Is one of these guys ready to step up and be in the mix to fight top 10 guys?  Let's find out.

Herman - McGee - See comments from previous proposed match. 

Cantwell will probably be cut, and I wouldn't be surprised if Schafer goes too.  Usually a guy gets another shot, but this isn't Schafer's first UFC go around and he got blown out. 

Name

 

Next fight

Last fight

1

Anderson Silva

TBD

w/ Yushin Okami, 27 Aug

2

Chael Sonnen

TBD

w/ Brian Stann, 8 Oct

3

Yushin Okami

TBD

l/ Anderson Silva, 27 Aug

4

Vitor Belfort

TBD

w/ Yoshihiro Akiyama, 6 Aug

5

Michael Bisping

13

Jason Miller, 3 Dec

w/ Jorge Rivera, 27 Feb

6

Mark Munoz

10

Chris Leben, 5 Nov

w/ Demian Maia, 11 Jun

7

Demian Maia

TBD

w/ Jorge Santiago, 8 Oct

8

Rousimar Palhares

TBD

w/ Dan Miller, 27 Aug

9

Brian Stann

TBD

l/ Chael Sonnen, 8 Oct

10

Chris Leben

6

Mark Munoz, 5 Nov

w/ Wanderlei Silva, 2 Jul

11

Alan Belcher

TBD

w/ Jason MacDonald, 17 Sep

12

Tim Boetsch

TBD

w/ Nick Ring, 24 Sep

13

Jason Miller

5

Michael Bisping, 3 Dec

w/ Kazushi Sakuraba, 16 Sep

14

Wanderlei Silva

24

Cung Le, 19 Nov

l/ Chris Leben, 2 Jul

15

Aaron Simpson

TBD

w/ Eric Schafer, 8 Oct

16

Ed Herman

TBD

w/ Kyle Noke, 14 Aug

17

Chris Weidman

28

Tom Lawlor, 19 Nov

w/ Jesse Bongfeldt, 11 Jun

18

Court McGee

TBD

w/ Dongi Yang, 17 Sep

19

Nick Catone

TBD

w/ Costantinos Phillippou, 19 Mar

20

Jorge Santiago

TBD

l/ Demian Maia, 8 Oct

21

Nick Ring

TBD

l/ Tim Boetsch, 24 Sep

22

Dan Miller

TBD

l/ Rousimar Palhares, 27 Aug

23

Jared Hamman

TBD

w/ CB Dollaway, 14 Aug

24

Cung Le

14

Wanderlei Silva, 19 Nov

w/ Scott Smith

25

Kyle Noke

TBD

l/ Ed Herman, 14 Aug

26

CB Dollaway

TBD

l/ Jared Hamman, 14 Aug

27

Yoshihiro Akiyama

TBD

l/ Vitor Belfort, 6 Aug

28

Tom Lawlor

17

Chris Weidman, 19 Nov

w/ Patrick Cote, 23 Oct

29

Eric Schafer

TBD

l/ Aaron Simpson, 8 Oct

30

Mike Pierce

43

Paul Bradley, 12 Nov

l/ Johny Hendricks, 6 Aug

31

Alessio Sakara

TBD

l/ Chris Weidman, 3 Mar

32

Costantinos Phillippou

TBD

w/ Jorge Rivera, 6 Aug

33

Jorge Rivera

TBD

l/ Costantinos Phillippou, 6 Aug

34

Brad Tavares

45

Dustin Jacoby, 29 Oct

l/ Aaron Simpson, 2 Jul

35

Tim Credeur

TBD

l/ Ed Herman, 4 Jun

36

Jason MacDonald

TBD

l/ Alan Belcher, 17 Sep

37

Chris Camozzi

44

Francis Carmont, 29 Oct

w/ Joey Villasenor

38

Mike Massenzio

TBD

w/ Steve Cantwell, 8 Oct

39

Rafael Natal

TBD

w/ Paul Bradley, 6 Aug

40

Dongi Yang

TBD

l/ Court McGee, 17 Sep

41

Steve Cantwell

TBD

l/ Mike Massenzio, 8 Oct

42

Riki Fukuda

TBD

l/ Nick Ring, 27 Feb

43

Paul Bradley

30

Mike Pierce, 12 Nov

l/ Rafael Natal, 6 Aug

44

Francis Carmont

37

Chris Camozzi, 29 Oct

w/ Jason Day

45

Dustin Jacoby

34

Brad Tavares, 29 Oct

w/ Billy Horne

 

WW: Jake Ellenberger, and Anthony Johnson are the newest arrivals to the top 10.  I'd still like to see Johnson build his resume with 1 or 2 more wins over guys in the 8-15 range before he gets a crack at a fight that might be considered a title shot eliminator.  If Thiago Alves wins on 5 Nov, then I'd make a Johnson/Alves fight. 

I don't think any big fights will get made until after the 29th, and possibly until after 19 Nov shakes out. Here are a few fights I would make

Shields v Sanchez - Two very good grapplers with Stand up deficiencies, this would be a very fun fight.

Bahadurzada v Paulo Thiago - Thiago would be the perfect fight to find out how good Bahadurzada is.  Either UFC has a legit future contender, or just another over hyped product. 

Hardy v Sadollah - If one of these guys is going to go out, it might as well be swinging.

Anyone know if Riddle, Soto, or Mitchell have been cut? 

Name

 

Next fight

Last fight

1

Georges St. Pierre

3

Carlos Condit, 29 Oct

w/ Jake Shields, 30 Apr

2

Jon Fitch

14

Johny Hendricks, 30 Dec

d/ BJ Penn, 27 Feb

3

Carlos Condit

1

Georges St. Pierre, 29 Oct

w/ Dong Hyun Kim, 2 Jul

4

Jake Ellenberger

TBD

w/ Jake Shields, 17 Sep

5

Josh Koscheck

TBD

w/ Matt Hughes, 24 Sep

6

BJ Penn

7

Nick Diaz, 29 Oct

d/ Jon Fitch, 27 Feb

7

Nick Diaz

6

BJ Penn, 29 Oct

w/ Paul Daley

8

Jake Shields

TBD

l/ Jake Ellenberger, 17 Sep

9

Anthony Johnson

TBD

w/ Charlie Brenneman, 1 Oct

10

Rick Story

13

Martin Kampmann, 19 Nov

l/ Charlie Brenneman, 26 Jun

11

Thiago Alves

55

Papy Abedi, 5 Nov

l/ Rick Story, 28 May

12

Diego Sanchez

TBD

w/ Martin Kampmann, 3 Mar

13

Martin Kampmann

10

Rick Story, 19 Nov

l/ Diego Sanchez, 3 Mar

14

Johny Hendricks

2

Jon Fitch, 30 Dec

w/ Mike Pierce, 6 Aug

15

Rory MacDonald

17

Brian Ebersole, 10 Dec

w/ Mike Pyle, 6 Aug

16

Charlie Brenneman

TBD

l/ Anthony Johnson, 1 Oct

17

Brian Ebersole

15

Rory MacDonald, 10 Dec

w/ Dennis Hallman, 6 Aug

18

Paulo Thiago

TBD

w/ David Mitchell, 27 Aug

19

Dong Hyun Kim

34

Sean Pierson, 30 Dec

l/ Carlos Condit, 2 Jul

20

Mike Pyle

TBD

l/ Rory MacDonald, 6 Aug

21

John Hathaway

26

Matt Brown, 5 Nov

w/ Kris McCray, 26 Mar

22

Claude Patrick

24

Rich Attonito, 10 Dec

w/ Daniel Roberts, 30 Apr

23

Brian Foster

LaVerne Clark, 15 Oct*

w/ Jack Mason

24

Rich Attonito

22

Claude Patrick, 10 Dec

w/ Daniel Roberts, 26 Jun

25

Carlos Rocha

TBD

l/ Jake Ellenberger, 5 Feb

26

Matt Brown

21

John Hathaway, 5 Nov

w/ John Howard, 26 Jun

27

Duane Ludwig

TBD

w/ Amir Sadollah, 14 Aug

28

TJ Waldburger

TBD

w/ Mike Stumpf, 17 Sep

29

Siyar Bahadurzada

TBD

w/ Tommy Depret

30

Josh Neer

TBD

w/ Keith Wisniewski, 1 Oct

31

Matt Serra

TBD

l/ Chris Lytle, 25 Sep

32

Dan Hardy

TBD

l/ Chris Lytle, 14 Aug

33

Daniel Roberts

TBD

l/ Rich Attonito, 26 Jun

34

Sean Pierson

19

Dong Hyun Kim, 30 Dec

l/ Jake Ellenberger, 30 Apr

35

James Wilks

TBD

l/ Claude Patrick, 16 Oct

36

Amir Sadollah

TBD

l/ Duane Ludwig, 14 Aug

37

DaMarques Johnson

47

Clay Harvison, 12 Nov

l/ Amir Sadollah, 26 Mar

38

Erick Silva

TBD

w/ Luis Ramos, 27 Aug

39

Lance Benoist

TBD

w/ Matt Riddle, 17 Sep

40

Seth Baczynski

TBD

w/ Clay Harvison, 17 Sep

41

Justin Edwards

57

John Maguire, 5 Nov

w/ Jorge Lopez, 17 Sep

42

Pascal Krauss

TBD

w/ Mark Scanlon, 13 Nov

43

Matt Riddle

TBD

l/ Lance Benoist, 17 Sep

44

Greg Soto

TBD

l/ Daniel Roberts, 1 Jan

45

Mike Swick

TBD

l/ Paulo Thiago

46

Chris Cope

56

Che Mills, 5 Nov

w/ Chuck O'Neil, 4 Jun

47

Clay Harvison

37

DaMarques Johnson, 12 Nov

l/ Seth Baczynski, 17 Sep

48

James Head

TBD

l/ Nick Ring, 11 Jun

49

Mark Scanlon

TBD

l/ Pascal Krauss, 13 Nov

50

Keith Wisniewski

TBD

l/ Josh Neer, 1 Oct

51

David Mitchell

TBD

l/ Paulo Thiago, 27 Aug

52

Jorge Lopez

TBD

l/ Justin Edwards, 17 Sep

53

Mike Stumpf

 

TBD

l/ TJ Waldburger, 17 Sep

54

Luis Ramos

TBD

l/ Erick Silva, 27 Aug

55

Papy Abedi

11

Thiago Alves, 5 Nov

w/ Nathan Schouteren

56

Che Mills

46

Chris Cope, 5 Nov

w/ Mario Ceasar

57

John Maguire

41

Justin Edwards, 5 Nov

w/ Peter Irving

 

*Non UFC fight

 

FW:  Kenny Florian finds himself in the same spot that Josh Koscheck, and Rich Franklin are currently in.  Better than most of the division, but not going to see a title shot any time soon.  I guess it is just interesting fights for now against other guys in the same boat.  Mike Brown, Omigawa, Mark Hominick, and maybe even Faber are the guys that come to mind.  Other fights I'd make

Aldo v Mendes - Of course ... really a no brainer at this point

Gamburyan v Nunes - Already scheduled once, and postponed due to injury.  There is some real heat between the two, and it would be a great fight

Koch v Griffin/Palaszewski winner - Guys who all need a few more wins to get in the title mix

Hioki/Roop winner v Poirier/Garza winner - I'm assuming Hioki, and Poirier are the winners here, and the winner of that fight would be next in line for a title shot.

Elkins v Vazquez - Winner of this fight would sneak into the top 10, and be lined up for some bigger fights. 

Garcia v Blanco - Garcia can get all the love Rogan and Goldie he wants, but he is still going to get cut soon, if he doesn't start winning.  Blanco would give him a good chance to either win or go out in an exciting style. 

Name

 

Next fight

Last fight

1

Jose Aldo

TBD

w/ Kenny Florian, 8 Oct

2

Chad Mendes

TBD

w/ Rani Yahya, 6 Aug

3

Hatsu Hioki

17

George Roop, 29 Oct

w/ Donald Sanchez

4

Kenny Florian

TBD

l/ Jose Aldo, 8 Oct

5

Mark Hominick

28

Chan Sung Jung, 10 Dec

l/ Jose Aldo, 30 Apr

6

Dustin Poirier

23

Pablo Garza, 12 Nov

w/ Jason Young, 11 Jun

7

Tyson Griffin

25

Bart Palaszewski, 29 Oct

w/ Manny Gamburyan, 26 Jun

8

Erik Koch

TBD

w/ Jonathan Brookins, 17 Sep

9

Manny Gamburyan

TBD

l/ Tyson Griffin, 26 Jun

10

Diego Nunes

TBD

l/ Kenny Florian, 11 Jun

11

Javier Vazquez

TBD

w/ Joe Stevenson, 26 Jun

12

Darren Elkins

TBD

w/ Tie quan Zhang, 8 Oct

13

Yuri Alcantara

TBD

w/ Felipe Arantes, 27 Aug

14

Michihiro Omigawa

34

Jason Young, 5 Nov

l/ Darren Elkins, 11 Jun

15

Cub Swanson

24

Ricardo Lamas, 12 Nov

w/ Mackens Semerzier, 11 Nov

16

Rani Yahya

TBD

l/ Chad Mendes, 6 Aug

17

George Roop

3

Hatsu Hioki, 29 Oct

w/ Josh Grispi, 4 Jun

18

Junior Assuncao

TBD

w/ Eddie Yagin, 24 Sep

19

Mike Brown

TBD

w/ Nam Phan, 6 Aug

20

Jonathan Brookins

TBD

l/ Erik Koch, 17 Sep

21

Josh Grispi

TBD

l/ George Roop, 4 Jun

22

Tie quan Zhang

TBD

l/ Darren Elkins, 8 Oct

23

Pablo Garza

6

Dustin Poirier, 12 Nov

w/ Yves Jabouin, 30 Apr

24

Ricardo Lamas

15

Cub Swanson, 12 Nov

w/ Matt Grice, 26 Jun

25

Bart Palaszewski

7

Tyson Griffin, 29 Oct

l/ Kamal Shalorus, 16 Dec

26

Nam Phan

TBD

w/ Leonard Garcia, 8 Oct

27

Mackens Semerzier

30

Robert Peralta, 12 Nov

w/ Alex Caceres, 26 Mar

28

Chan Sung Jung

5

Mark Hominick, 10 Dec

w/ Leonard Garcia, 26 Mar

29

Jim Hettes

TBD

w/ Alex Caceres, 14 Aug

30

Robert Peralta

27

Mackens Semerzier, 12 Nov

w/ Mike Lullo, 17 Sep

31

Eddie Yagin

TBD

l/ Junior Assuncao, 24 Sep

32

Matt Grice

TBD

l/ Ricardo Lamas, 26 Jun

33

Leonard Garcia

TBD

l/ Nam Phan, 8 Oct

34

Jason Young

14

Michihiro Omigawa, 5 Nov

l/ Dustin Poirier, 11 Jun

35

Mike Lullo

TBD

l/ Robert Peralta, 17 Sep

36

Felipe Arantes

TBD

l/ Yuri Alcantara, 27 Aug

37

John Franchi

TBD

w/ Matt McCook

38

Antonio Carvalho

TBD

w/ Douglas Evans

39

Maximo Blanco

TBD

l/ Pat Healy

 

BW: Some people are upset that Pickett v Banao is the co-main event of UFC 138, but this fight has title shot implications.  I could see the winner either next in line after the Faber/Bowles winner, or 1 fight away from a title shot.

I think it is obvious that by match McDonald with Johnny Eduardo next, that I have a much higher opinion of McDonald then UFC does at this point.  He is still a young work in progress, but he should be fighting better opponents than a guy coming off a loss in his UFC debut. 

Mizugai v Wineland - Two warriors who would put on an entertaining show. 

Benavidez v Johnson - It should be for the flyweight title, but why not do it now.  You won't see two quicker guys in UFC. 

Easton v Jabouin - 1 minute into Easton's last fight I was thinking about this fight.  Would be an interesting match of powerful strikers. 

Name

 

Next fight

Last Fight

1

Dominick Cruz

TBD

w/ Demetrious Johnson, 1 Oct

2

Urijah Faber

4

Brian Bowles, 19 Nov

l/ Dominick Cruz, 2 Jul

3

Joseph Benavidez

TBD

w/ Eddie Wineland, 14 Aug

4

Brian Bowles

2

Urijah Faber, 19 Nov

w/ Takeya Mizugaki, 2 Jul

5

Demetrious Johnson

TBD

l/ Dominick Cruz, 1 Oct

6

Miguel Torres

28

Nick Pace, 19 Nov

l/ Demetrious Johnson, 28 May

7

Scott Jorgensen

25

Jeff Curran, 29 Oct

w/ Ken Stone, 4 Jun

8

Renan "Banao" Pegado

12

Brad Pickett, 5 Nov

w/ Cole Escovedo, 28 May

9

Michael McDonald

31

Johnny Eduardo, 19 Nov

w/ Chris Cariaso, 28 May

10

Eddie Wineland

TBD

l/ Joseph Benavidez, 14 Aug

11

Takeya Mizugaki

TBD

w/ Cole Escovedo, 24 Sep

12

Brad Pickett

8

Renan "Banao" Pegado, 5 Nov

w/ Ivan Menjivar, 16 Dec

13

Raphael Assuncao

TBD

w/ Johnny Eduardo, 27 Aug

14

Damacio Page

TBD

l/ Brian Bowles, 3 Mar

15

Norifumi Yamamoto

32

Darren Uyenoyama, 12 Nov

l/ Demetrious Johnson, 5 Feb

16

Chris Cariaso

35

Vaughan Lee, 5 Nov

l/ Michael McDonald, 28 May

17

Ivan Menjivar

TBD

w/ Nick Pace, 6 Aug

18

Yves Jabouin

TBD

w/ Ian Loveland, 27 Aug

19

Reuben Duran

TBD

w/ Francisco Rivera, 4 Jun

20

Edwin Figueroa

TBD

w/ Jason Reinhardt, 14 Aug

21

Walel Watson

TBD

w/ Joseph Sandoval, 1 Oct

22

Mike Easton

TBD

w/ Byron Bloodworth, 1 Oct

23

Jeff Hougland

TBD

w/ Donny Walker, 2 Jul

24

Ken Stone

TBD

w/ Donny Walker, 17 Sep

25

Jeff Curran

7

Scott Jorgensen, 29 Oct

w/ Billy Vaughan

26

Cole Escovedo

29

Alex Caceres, 12 Nov

l/ Takeya Mizugaki, 24 Sep

27

Ian Loveland

TBD

l/ Yves Jabouin, 27 Aug

28

Nick Pace

6

Miguel Torres, 19 Nov

l/ Ivan Menjivar, 6 Aug

29

Alex Caceres

26

Cole Escovedo, 12 Nov

l/ Jim Hettes, 14 Aug

30

Charlie Valencia

TBD

l/ Ivan Menjivar, 30 Apr

31

Johnny Eduardo

9

Michael McDonald, 19 Nov

l/ Raphael Assuncao, 27 Aug

32

Darren Uyenoyama

15

Norifumi Yamamoto, 12 Nov

w/ Shuichiro Katsumura

33

Joseph Sandoval

TBD

l/ Walel Watson, 1 Oct

34

Byron Bloodworth

TBD

l/ Mike Easton, 1 Oct

35

Vaughan Lee

16

Chris Cariaso, 5 Nov

w/ Marlon Jones

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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