UFC Fight for the Troops 3 might have been a fun night of fights, but it didn't really have a lot of relevance on the title pictures of any division. The winners of the main and co-main events might be in a better spot in their divisions and can expect big fights next, but they're still not in contention for a title shot until they get another win. But the results did open up some interesting potential fights, so let's cut the chitchat and get down to business. Here are the bouts I'd make next for each FFTT 3 main card fighter.
Tim Kennedy - If they're interested in pushing Kennedy to the top right away, it's possible he could face the winner of the Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi fight next year. But I think they'll go a little slower than that. He should get a top ten opponent next though, and the best fight might be Francis Carmont. Like it or not, Carmont has crept into the top of the division and Kennedy would be a solid matchup for him.
Rafael Natal - Kennedy broke his three fight winning streak with his fist, and now Natal's probably headed back to prelims purgatory. They could go back to a bout with Ed Herman if he loses to Thales Leites, but I'd actually prefer to see him matched up against fellow UFN 31 loser .
Alexis Davis - I suggested this last night on twitter, and I still believe it - let her fight Jessica Eye. They're in the tier just below Rousey/Tate/Zingano right now and with Cat probably out for a while longer, the bout could set up a future challenger. Sara McMann is there as well, but I like the bout with Eye more.
Liz Carmouche - It seems pretty clear that she's not an elite fighter in the division. She does have some skill, but I think she'll settle into being an exciting mid-card fighter. A bout with Sarah Kaufman would make some sense right now.
Yoel Romero - He certainly looks different in the UFC than he did clowning around against Feijao in Strikeforce. I'd hesitate to call him a contender after two wins, but there are a bunch of good matchups open for him. This suggestion will be a bit off the wall, but I'd like to see him fight Brad Tavares. Tavares is 6-1 in the UFC and is due for a step up in competition. This would be it. Either that, or you can go the more logical route and stick him in there against another UFN 31 winner that's now 2-0 in the UFC - Derek Brunson.
Ronny Markes - As I mentioned above, I'd definitely like to see a fight between him and Sapo.
Rustam Khabilov - I was savaged for saying that Norman Parke should fight the winner of this fight in my last one of these posts, and perhaps the detractors were right - Khabilov deserves someone further up the rankings than him. Gleison Tibau seems to be the test that young guys have to get through after a few UFC wins, so if he beats Michael Johnson at UFC 168, he'd fit. Heck, just give Khabilov the winner of that fight.
Jorge Masvidal - He lost his first fight in the UFC, but he didn't look too bad in there against Khabilov. I'd personally like to see him fight Sam Stout, but he's fighting Cody McKenzie next. So how about the loser of the bout between Pat Healy and Jamie Varner? Healy technically has no wins in the UFC and those two should have probably fought in Strikeforce at some point. And Varner shares a lot of the same skills as Masvidal, so it'd be a pretty good matchup.
Michael Chiesa - Rebounding from the Masvidal loss was big, and he's now back on track in the division. How about Parke fighting Chiesa? That would probably make some sense. Parke's 3-0, while Chiesa is 3-1 in the UFC. And both are TUF winners.
Colton Smith - I honestly think he might get released. But if they do keep him around, a bout with another person on the bubble. Someone like Cristiano Marcello I guess. That's about as low as it gets with UFC competition.