I'm watching the NHL playoffs right now and I really want Zdeno Chara to take on four lightweights at the same time, but I'll stick to the script for now. UFC on Fox 11 is in the books and it was, in my opinion, the best card of the year to date. Unfortunately the viewing numbers don't seem to be very good due to the obvious lack of major star power, but I have absolutely nothing to complain about as a fan. That begs the question though - where do these fighters go from here? So without further ado, let's take a look at who the main card fighters should meet in their next bout.
Fabricio Werdum - This one's pretty simple - he'll likely fight Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title in Mexico City in November. This is based on Cain's health, but it looks pretty good to go right now. This is a better fit for the UFC from a marketing perspective because Werdum speaks excellent Spanish and he can help promote the fight there. As for the actual fisticuffs though, unless Cain is a different guy coming back off another surgery, it's going to be a very challenging matchup for Werdum.
Travis Browne - Back to the drawing board for now. The injuries he picked up (hand, rib) made him look lethargic and ineffective, which is definitely not his game. He's still a top-five heavyweight with a bright future, but he has fought a lot of the top guys in the division already. The obvious answer would be to match him up with the loser of the Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic bout in May, but I'd also like to see him fight Mark Hunt.
Miesha Tate - It's kind of surprising that this was the first win of her UFC career considering all of the attention that has been focused on her since she came over from Strikeforce. The win helped to keep her among the top names in the women's bantamweight division, but there's only one matchup that really makes sense right now - a rematch with Sarah Kaufman. Kaufman beat her back in 2009 and now is the perfect time to see who has come along more over the last few years.
Liz Carmouche - Carmouche has been competitive pretty much every time she's stepped in the cage, and it's usually against top competition. But the reality is that she's 3-5 in her last eight and 1-3 in the UFC. It's time for a step back down in competition, and my guess is that she'll end up with a TUF fighter next. Jessica Rakoczy sounds like a decent test.
Donald Cerrone - There is one matchup I'm most interested in right now for Cerrone, but I'm not sure if it'll ever happen. This fighter has hinted at retirement after being pushed out of a title fight and being on the wrong side of a tough decision, and it's unclear if he would take a fight like this. But I would be willing to throw down a chunk of cash to watch Donald Cerrone fight Josh Thomson. And you should be too.
Edson Barboza - I really think it's time to address the fact that while Barboza is a fantastically skilled striker, he might have a dodgy chin. Three men that aren't known for lightning in their gloves - Jamie Varner, Danny Castillo, and Donald Cerrone - have now badly hurt Barboza. And Cerrone did it with a jab. Is Barboza MMA's version of Amir Khan? That's certainly not a perfect comparison, but it might really be who he is. Andrei Arlovski? Is that better? Anyway, I want to see Barboza fight Diego Sanchez next. Why? I don't know, it sounds like an amusing fight.
Yoel Romero - All the talk of Weidman is waaaay premature, despite the fact that Romero is 36. He needs to beat a couple of genuine contenders first, and it'll be up to the UFC to decide how to bring him along. Personally I'd like to see him fight Ronaldo Souza next but that might be way too much too quick. I just love the matchup due to their athletic gifts. A bout with the winner of the Gegard Mousasi vs. Mark Munoz fight in Berlin might make more sense.
Brad Tavares - The loss was obviously a huge setback for the Hawaiian, but he has the skills and the time (he's still only 26) to make another run. I'd like to see Tavares fight another Romero victim, Derek Brunson, in his next bout.