UFC 174 results: Fights to make for the main carders

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Tim B. puts on his matchmaking hat and takes a look at who the UFC 174 main card fighters should meet in their next bouts.

Was UFC 174 a very good show? No, no it wasn't. The worst three UFC PPV shows in recent memory have all taken place in Western Canada - Vancouver, Calgary (UFC 149) and Winnipeg (UFC 161). Bad luck for us, I guess. Nonetheless, the outcomes did potentially set up some interesting scenarios - who fights for the flyweight title next? Is Rory ready for Hendricks? Without further ado, let's take a look at who the UFC 174 main card fighters should meet in their next bout.

Demetrious Johnson - That was a thoroughly dominating performance from the only flyweight champion in UFC history. After the show he talked about all the talent in his division and said he wanted a new challenge, but let's face it - there's no one "new" that's ready for the shot right now. The man that should be next is John Dodson, even though DJ wasn't big on it. Dodson's win over John Moraga put him in the spot and he gave Mighty Mouse a hell of a fight the first time around. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him take the title in a rematch, so they have to go in that direction.

Ali Bagautinov - It's back to the drawing board for the fighter from Dagestan. I've seen it suggested that he should fight Joseph Benavidez next, but John Moraga sounds like a better fight to me. Both are coming off tough losses and they've both challenged for the title. Seems like a natural matchup.

Rory MacDonald - While he dominated a stagnant Woodley, I highly doubt that fans are more interested in seeing him meet Johny Hendricks than Robbie Lawler or Matt Brown. I personally am, but I'm Canadian. I would also like it if they went with Rory getting his first shot over a Lawler rematch if he does beat Brown. But that's generally because I don't like rematches of bouts that had clear decisions the first time out (ie. Jones/Gustafsson). MacDonald needing one more win is the likely scenario then, and I'd put him in there with the winner of the bout between Hector Lombard and Dong Hyun Kim next.

Tyron Woodley - That was a hugely disappointing effort from Woodley in the biggest fight of his career. I have no idea why he just planted his back against the cage and wouldn't move or throw much offense, but that's what happened. I'd like to see him face of with Jake Ellenberger next, another guy that was frozen in his tracks by Rory.

Ryan Bader - It was suggested at the post-fight press conference that Bader should fight OSP, and that's a decent bout. I have an alternative that would be a much bigger bout for him though - Phil Davis. Yes, Davis is coming off a one-sided loss to Anthony Johnson and they don't usually match up winners vs. losers. But it's a battle of similar styles and I'd really like to see it. Since it's not that likely though - yeah, OSP.

Rafael Cavalcante - I guess they have to go back to brawlers for Feijao since he was solidly out-wrestled there. A bout with Jimi Manuwa would make a lot of sense.

Andrei Arlovski - There are actually lots of interesting options for AA, even though the fight with Schaub sucked. I think the best one would be against the winner of the Stefan Struve vs. Matt Mitrione bout at UFC 175. No need to throw him to the wolves yet.

Brendan Schaub - He likely fell out of the top 15 with that loss, or very close to it anyway. That's not a good thing for his career. He has also fought a lot of guys in the promotion already. Is Brandon Vera ever going to fight again? Maybe they could do that? Perhaps he could meet the winner of the Jack May vs. Shawn Jordan bout? Sure, let's go with that.

Ovince St. Preux - As mentioned above, a bout with Bader would make some sense. Until the division sorts itself out a little more in the near future, nothing else really jumps out at me for him.

Ryan Jimmo - Who knows how long he'll be out with the arm injury, so it's tough to say what they'll do with him next. A mid-level guy like Francimar Barroso would probably work.

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