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Matches to Make After UFC on Fox 11

UFC on Fox 11 is in the books and now I'm going to give my view on who should fight who next for the whole card. I'll jump right in.

Fabricio Werdum: I think it's pretty clear that Werdum will be fighting Cain in Mexico sometime later this year. He looked fantastic against Browne, beating him in stand-up, which is where everyone though "Hapa" had the advantage. Look for Velasquez-Werdum to headline a PPV later in the year.

Travis Browne: Browne had his moments in the first round of the fight but lost a pretty lopsided decision. He'd definitely going to need to work on cardio issues but I think he'll come back a better fighter and may challenge for the title someday. For his next fight, the loser of dos Santos-Miocic sounds logical. He could also fight Minotauro Nogueira or Roy Nelson.

Miesha Tate: Tate looked lethargic in the first two rounds but clearly took the third and almost sunk in a rear-naked choke. She's still a long way from challenging for the title at this point. The best fight for her to take next would be against another woman who won this month: Sarah Kaufman. If not Kaufman then Amanda Nunes and Jessica Andrade would provide a fun fight.

Liz Carmouche: Liz is in a weird spot right now. She is one of the better fighters on the roster but has a record of 1-3 in the UFC and is need of a win. I think the best possible options for her would be a fight with either Leslie Smith or Raquel Pennington.

Donald Cerrone: Cerrone's win last night was amazing and happened in the blink of an eye. Barboza was looking good against Cowboy until a stiif jab dropped the Brazilian and Cerrone pounced, sinking in the rear-naked and getting the tap. Despite the amazing win, I still don't think Cerrone mentally has what it takes to compete with the top of the divison. For his next fight I'd like to see him take on Joe Lauzon which would be a fantastic fight. The winner of Miller-Medeiros would work as well.

Edson Barboza: Barboza was looking good on the feet until he was dropped and tapped out. A loss to Cerrone isn't an embarrassment but it did set Barboza back a bit. Next up for him: John Makdessi. That fight would likely be a stand-up war. The loser of Chiesa-Trinaldo could also work.

Yoel Romero: Romero looked fantastic and completely dominated Tavares, using his world-class wrestling. He ragdolled the Hawaiian when he wanted and took the unanimous decision. Romero's next fight should be against the winner of Carmont-Dolloway. That fight would send the winner up the rankings.

Brad Tavares: Tavares is a good fighter but he was outclassed last night. He may still have what it takes to improve and rise up the ranks but for now a fight with Chris Camozzi or Nick Ring seems like the best option.

Khabib Nurmagomedov: Khabib may be a legitimate threat to Pettis' title and doesn't deserve to be hidden in the prelims. The Eagle's next opponent will be a big one: the winner of Henderson-Khabilov or Nate Diaz seem like the best option.

Rafael dos Anjos: There's no shame in losing to the fast-rising Russian but the loss did set the Brazilian back and probably dashed his title hopes. dos Anjos is good enough to come back but if he can try another title run remains to be seen. For his next fight he should take on Gray Maynard. It would offer a good challenge and a big name on Rafael's resume.

Thiago Alves: Alves looked impressive after returning from a two-year layoff. He put a beating on the tough Bascynski and got a good win. The former coach of TUF: Nations, Patrick Cote, would be a respectable next fight for "Pitbull" as they are both at the same spot in their careers.

Jorge Masvidal: Masvidal got a quality win last night over a high-level opponent in Healy. I can't the fight was a barnburner but Jorge got the job done and definitely looked like the better man. A fight with fellow Strikeforce crossover, Bobby Green would provide a fun next fight for Masvidal.

Pat Healy: Honestly I'm not sure if Healy' s job is safe at this point. The loss to Masvidal makes 3 in a row which usually means the door for a fighter. If he is kept around though a fight with someone lower down the ladder is in order. Perhaps Ivan Jorge or Mairbek Taisumov would suffice. A fight that would be challenging but still give a bigger name would be a fight against Gleison Tibau.

Alex White: White scored an impressive TKO victory over Estevan Payan. This new prospect may be someone to watch out for in the future but the UFC should bring him along slowly. His next fight should be fellow UFC on Fox winner, Mirsad Bektic or Rob Whiteford.

Estevan Payan: I feel like Payan's time in the UFC is over after that loss. He is 0-3 in the UFC which spells doom for the fighter. If he is somehow kept around then he should fight another guy without a UFC win and who he was originally booked against, Sean Soriano.

Caio Magalhaes: With the win over Zachrich, that is 3 in a row for the Brazilian, Magalhaes. He seems to be improving with every fight but I don't think he's ready to fight someone even in the top 20 yet. I think the perfect next fight for him is TUF 17 vet, Clint Hester.

Luke Zachrich: We really didn't see much from Zachrich considering he was TKO'd in under a minute. His next fight should be against Mats Nilsson or Bruno Santos.

Jordan Mein: Mein got the win last night and showed improved takedown skills against Perpetuo. He may be someone to look out for in the future but for now let's just focus on who he should be fighting next. I feel that Mein should take on the Icelandic prospect, Gunnar Nelson next in what would likely be an exciting fight.

Hernani Perpetuo: Perpetuo didn't look as good as he was thought to be in the first two rounds of the fight but turned on the heat and won the third round. For his next fight he could take on the man origianlly scheduled to face Mein, Santiago Ponzinibbio.

Dustin Ortiz: Ortiz and Borg competed in a closely contested bout and Ortiz took home the W. Next up for the flyweight: Louis Gaudinot, who got a win in England not too long ago.

Ray Borg: Borg fought a very close match with Ortiz and could have won if the judges had swayed his way. He officially took the loss however and should face another 125-er coming off a loss, Ryan Benoit.

Mirsad Bektic: Bektic and Skelly fought a close match and despite being caught with an illegal knee, Bektic rallied back to win the fight. As stated before, Bektic could fight White or he could take on another recent winner in Jim Alers.

Chas Skelly: Skelly put up a good fight and in his next outing he should face someone like Mike Wilkinson or Alan Omer.

Derrick Lewis: Lewis got the devastating TKO win last night and proved he's got heavy hands. For him the winner of Palelei-Potts or Guto Inocente would be a good fight.

Jack May: May was on the wrong end of a TKO but he can still be a low level exciting fighter in the UFC. His next fight should be against the loser of Palelei-Potts or Daniel Omielanczuk.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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