With a decided lack of relevance on the two UFC cards over the weekend, articles like this just aren't that super exciting. I'm finding it hard to believe that someone perusing Twitter who comes across a link to this snazzy piece immediately thinks 'Holy hell, who IS Tom Niinimaki going to fight next! I must find out the answer to this right now!' So instead of droning on about 18 fighters and their future, I'm just going to take a few fighters from the UFC Fight Night: Berlin card and a few from the TUF Brazil 3 Finale card and try to keep this baby relatively short. You're welcome.
Anyway, here's who I think some of these guys should fight in their next bouts.
Gegard Mousasi - He called out Tim Kennedy or Luke Rockhold next and both of those fights make a lot of sense. Both men have said that they'd prefer not to fight former Strikeforce guys, but Mousasi was outside of their division the whole time so they'd both be fresh matchups. I'd personally be more interested in a bout with Rockhold, but I think it'll be Kennedy that they actually book him against.
Mark Munoz - How the mighty have fallen. Well, I'm not sure how mighty Munoz ever really was in the division, but he was viewed by many as a contender for a while and was still getting main event fights. That's probably out the window from now on though, unless he can put together a win streak. A bout with Carmont would be possible, but I'd rather see Munoz meet Brad Tavares next. It's a solid bout to see who still belongs in the rankings and who might be just outside of that area.
C.B. Dollaway - Is he top ten? Not in my eyes, despite the win over Carmont. I'd slot him in around the 12-13 range right now, and the perfect next opponent for him is someone that could potentially stifle his wrestling game - Yoel Romero.
Francis Carmont - After a surprising start to this UFC career that involved a few breaks along the way, reality has caught up with the Tri-Star product and he has lost two in a row. The most logical opponent for him right now would be Tim Boetsch, but I think they might go in another direction and give him an unranked opponent. Derek Brunson would be a good candidate for the bout.
Stipe Miocic - Do they go back to the Junior dos Santos fight? Miocic wouldn't fully commit to it but was open to the idea, and it's still the bout that makes the most sense unless they finally want to pull the trigger on JDS's bout with Alistair Overeem. If they do go that way, having Miocic fight Antonio Silva might be the next best option.
Fabio Maldonado - Obviously he's going back to 205 and despite losing to a heavyweight, his image as a tough-as-nails brawler has taken a hit from the 35-second loss. The UFC will likely continue to book him in crowd-pleasing fights though, so maybe you give him a shot at Nikita Krylov. Come on, you know you want to see Maldonado beat up Al Capone.
Demian Maia - It wasn't the most sensational victory of Maia's career but he'll take it. With nearly the whole damn division booked right it's tough to see where they go next with him. A bout with Carlos Condit would be amazing but it looks like Condit will be on the shelf for a while longer. If that's the case, maybe Tarec Saffiedine would be the best option for Maia right now.
Robbie Peralta - He has quietly racked up a good record at 145 in the UFC so far and the fight with Jason was all kinds of fun. It's time for another step up in competition and luckily featherweight is a division that could offer a ton of challenges. How about Hatsu Hioki? It'd be an interesting style clash for sure. Most might prefer a bout that involves more pugilism, so Diego Brandao might be a more suitable solution.