I really like events like UFC 158 from a card standpoint, because the focus on one division helps to provide a lot of clarity, at least for a little while. It also helps when injuries arise, but that's another story. Just based on this one event, we know now what the next welterweight title fight will be, and can get a decent idea of how the matchmaking will look to set up the next contender down the road. So without further ado, let's look at who the main card guys should face in their next fight:
Georges St. Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks - Unless GSP suddenly decides he wants to fight Anderson Silva after Silva's middleweight title fight at UFC 162 against Chris Weidman, this bout is pretty much set in stone. Hendricks has now taken out four straight top guys and can't be denied any more. He also uses a wrestling-based style that St. Pierre might have some trouble with. According to Dana White, the bout will take place in Las Vegas and not Montreal, even though Hendricks said he had no problem with taking the fight in Canada.
Nick Diaz - Nick's classic press conference performance could have you you believing he's going to retire. It could have you believing that he's going to fight Condit again next. It could have you believing that he's going to jail for not paying his taxes. In other words, predicting what Nick Diaz will do is pretty hard. I would still like to see him face off with Martin Kampmann next, purely from a style standpoint. But he might be at the point where he could be used on a PPV against a Condit. I'll lean towards a Kampmann fight if he'll take it though.
Carlos Condit - Rematches aplenty. Ellenberger's an option, as is Diaz. I'd guess they either go back to the rematch with Rory MacDonald though, or set up a bout with Tarec Saffiedine. Nothing else looks very logical for Condit at the moment, and he could use a win.
Jake Ellenberger - From a rankings standpoint, the most natural matchup would have to be with Demian Maia in a number one contender's fight. Put them on the same card as GSP vs. Hendricks in case anything goes sideways, and voila - you're guaranteed matchups that no one has seen before.
Nate Marquardt - He's clearly not a top 10 welterweight with losses to Saffiedine and Ellenberger on his record now. But he's still a good fighter and can obviously be exciting with the right guy across from him. Maybe a bout with Siyar Bahadurzada would make some people tune into an FX card or something.
Chris Camozzi - It feels like the next two shouldn't even be on this list, but they were (somehow) on the main card. He has won four fights in a row though, so maybe he should meet fellow TUF 11 alum Brad Tavares, who is also on a pretty good streak. Camozzi's 6-2 in the UFC and Tavares is 5-1, so it seems like a pretty balanced fight.
Bonus - Undercard fighters:
Jordan Mein vs. Rick Story - That was quite a debut from Mein, stopping Dan Miller for the first time in his career. And Story got his UFC career back on track with a stoppage of Quinn Mulhern. It seems natural to match these two up and see how each one deals with the unique skills of the other.
Darren Elkins - Elkins has now won five fights in a row at featherweight in the UFC, something no one else in the division can claim (Jose Aldo, Cub Swanson, and Ricardo Lamas have won four straight in the UFC). I'm not sure that a win over Carvalho pushed him into the top 10, but he's getting pretty close in my opinion. A lot would like to see him meet Nik Lentz next in a grinder's special, and I agree with that.