Johny Hendricks vs. BJ Penn - That's right, BJ Penn. I hyper-linked his name to an ESPN article about Penn coming back, and i have to think it is at welterweight again. Lightweight is just too much for him to get down too, imo. Hendricks needs a marquee win and Penn needs a big name to fight.
Josh Koscheck vs. Diego Sanchez - Both are starring at perhaps the end of their careers, both have received and lost UFC title fights. Both are coming of razor-thin losses. And we know they hate each other. What else is there to think about?
Alan Belcher vs. Vitor Belfort/Wanderlei Silva winner - I'm not convinced Belcher has done enough to get a title shot yet . . . not with Bisping, Boestch, Stann, and Lombard out there. He needs a high-profile fight against a top-10 fighter. The ideal would be Vitor, who's still in contention.
Rousimar Palhares vs. John Hathaway - I didn't really spend much time thinking about this. This was a bad loss for Palhares, the middleweight division has gotten deeper with the emergence of both Brian Stann and Tim Boetsch, teh addition of Hector Lombard, and the addition of Jake Shields. There was very little room for error for guys in his (and Belcher's) position and losing slides you way down. I picked Hathaway because he won last night.
Pat Berry vs. Bellator heavyweight tournament - I'm sorry, Pat Barry just cannot compete at the UFC level right now. He's a great strike, funny, and likable but in the end you need to win fights. He's 4-5 in the UFC and he is 1-3 in the last four fights. The Kongo and Johnson losses were ugly. He's 32 years old, I'm not sure what else he can do. Strikeforce's heavyweights are coming over, pushing him further down the roster. I guess he could kick-around fighting some cans on the undercard, but going to Bellator could be a good move for him to get some wins under his belt and give him some confidence.
Lavar Johnson vs. Brendan Schaub - I'm not convinced Johnson is anything more than a glorified Cheick Kongo. When you are almost submitted by Pat Barry, you need work. He hasn't had the best competition in the world, but hey . . . he's 2-0 in the UFC. Schaub is coming off two straight losses and make for a good stylistic match-up.
. . . BONUS
Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis - When a fighter is a "guest" of Dana White, you know he's probably going to sign. Pettis needs a fight with nearly all the top lightweights covered at the moment, so this makes perfect sense. Plus it would be very exciting.