Tonight was an absolute fantastic fight card that had me standing up and screaming like an idiot on more than one occasion. But that's in the past now! And in the spirit of looking ahead, here is who i think the winners should face off against in their next bouts.
Stephan Bonnar - Bonnar put on a brilliant performance that was someone surprising in its complete dominance over Kingsbury. His BJJ and clinch game had "King Boo" on the deffensive struggling to get breathing room for most of the fight This puts Bonnar on a nice three fight win streak; a far cry from getting beat by a 45 year old Mark Coleman. For his next match up, i would love to see him take on another winner from tonight; Ryan Bader. Both are TUF stars, and it would be a nice litmus test for Bader.
Martin Kampmann - Frankly, its about time! His last two losses were fights that he could have very well won if he had tweaked his game plan. By tonight's performance, it appears that Kampmann came to the same conclusion, and was determined to make the necessary adjustments. After weathering an early flurry from Story, Kampmann consistently circled away from the cage, and utilized crisp punches, a strong clinch game, and take downs to control Story for the better part of 2 and a half rounds. a scrap with recently signed Che Mills would be entertaining as hell.
Urijah Faber - I love this guy. Don't ask me why, but i do. And NO ONE has handled Brian Bowles like Faber did tonight. I've seen strikes thrown with bad intentions, but that windup elbow to the side of Brian's head while he was turtled up was executed with domestic violence force. And domestic violence is not a laughing matter. Its scary. Dominick Cruz is next! and if Faber comes after the champ like he did against Bowles tonight... well i just might like his chances.
Wanderlei Silva - PRIDE NEVER DIE. With that being said, I am a firm believer that the result of this fight was due to Kung Le being a 39 year old part time movie star, not because Wandy has rejuvenated himself. Kung Had Silva on wobbly legs big time in the first round, and it is becoming more and more apparent that The Axe Murderer's career is almost at an end. And as I'm trying to figure out who he should square off with next, it saddens me to realize that there are very few men in the UFC's middleweight division that i can't see knocking him out.(DAMN YOU SEXYAMA FOR DROPPING TO 170!). So to hell with it. Fight number IV with Rampage. Followed by fight number V with Jackson after he kills Wandy in the first minute in fight number IV to even the score.
Dan Henderson - What a fight. I must admit that i had written off Shogun at this point in his on and off UFC career, but he sure as hell earned this lowly fan's respect tonight. With that being said, Dan looked like the same ole juggernaut in the first three rounds, beating shogun from pillar to post and almost finishing it in the 3rd round. But age has begun to take a toll on his gas tank, even at 205. This, combined with his performance against Jake Shields in his last bout at 185, has me writing off Hendo at middleweight. This means that the winner of Jones vs Machida is next, if Dana keeps his word. I hate to say it, but i don't like his chances against either man.