UFC on Fox 10 results: Fights to make for the main carders

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Tim B. puts on his matchmaking hat and looks at who each of the UFC on Fox 10 main card fighters could meet in their next bout.

The UFC on Fox 10 main card provided the expected outcomes right up until the main event. The promotion likely isn't thrilled that the guy they had pegged for a lightweight title shot lost a debatable decision, because the guy that beat him is in no position to challenge for the title again. The champ being out for a while helps alleviate some of the stress involved in that, but it's still going to be interesting to see what direction they go in with the top guys at lightweight.

With that in mind, here's what I think they should do with the top Fox 10 lightweights and the rest of the guys on the main card.

Ben Henderson - This is tough. The obvious answer would be T.J. Grant, since he's the only top guy Bendo hasn't faced yet. But with the division in flux, Grant might step right back into a title fight when his concussion symptoms go away. If Henderson wants to fight relatively soon, I think he should fight Khabib Nurmagomedov next. Everyone and their dog is suggesting that fight for Cerrone because Cowboy wants to fight a lot, but Henderson is a better fight for Nurmy. Could it lead to Henderson derailing another title threat? Maybe. But Nurmy was going to get booked against Melendez or Diaz, and Henderson is a part of that class. It's the best idea going forward if Grant is either slotted in against Pettis or continues to stay on the sidelines.

Josh Thomson - Many are saying that his retirement talk is more out of frustration and bad camps than anything, so I think he'll fight again. But who could he face? Personally I'd love to see him fight Cerrone. That style matchup would be guaranteed fireworks. But Thomson might be out for a while. I'd also like to see him face off with Jim Miller, but that's more of a "the fight would be awesome" thing than a real relevant bout for a guy that close to a title shot.

Stipe Miocic - While I wasn't overly impressed with his work against Gonzaga (dude, go to the body!), he deserves a top-tier fighter next. That means either getting the winner of the Alistair Overeem vs. Frank Mir bout, or waiting a while and fighting Mark Hunt after he heals up. He could possibly face Antonio Silva as well, but that would also involve a long layoff due to Silva's suspension. The Overeem/Mir winner makes the most sense.

Gabriel Gonzaga - That was the worst he has looked in a long time, and I think his days of being near the top 10 are done and gone. With that being said, I'd love to see him face off with Stefan Struve if Struve is able to come back after his heart issues (which is seeming increasingly likely). GG could also meet Roy Nelson. But my personal favorite would be to see him meet Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on a Brazil card. Of the three, Struve is the most likely and Nogueira would be the best option.

Donald Cerrone - Like I said above, I'd love to see him face off with Thomson. That might require a bit of time on the sidelines due to Thomson's hand/thumb issues though, so it might be one of those unusual situations where it's the next bout for one guy but the other dude has a fight in between. And if Cerrone is ready to step in again soon, I think it should be against Edson Barboza. That's an awesome co-main event of a smaller card or a main card fight on a PPV/Fox show.

Adriano Martins - I'm still not really sure why he got this opportunity in the first place, but whatever. He'll go back into the middle of the division for his next bout. A bout with Piotr Hallmann could be pretty decent.

Jeremy Stephens - He's now 3-0 at featherweight and right on the edge of the top 10.The perfect opponent would be another guy that dropped from lightweight and has had some success at 145 - Dennis Siver. Both men match up well stylistically and the winner would be one step closer to entering the glut of contenders in the division.

Darren Elkins - Now is the time to pull the trigger on the grinder special - Elkins vs. Nik Lentz. They're both coming off losses and they both use the same sort of skill set to their advantage at featherweight. Settling who the better man is would go a long way to deciding future matchups against up-and-comers. I know people think the fight will be boring, but I actually think it'd be entertaining.

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