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UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson results - Fights to make for main card winners

UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson is in the books, so what's next for the main card winners? Mookie Alexander does some fantasy matchmaking for the likes of Mark Hunt, Myles Jury, and Miesha Tate.


We're all through with what was a quite entertaining night (or morning) of fights in Saitama, Japan. The highlights of the night were from the main card, and nothing could top Mark Hunt's uppercut knockout of Roy Nelson in the main event. In the co-main event, a legend was beaten down by a young prospect, as Takanori Gomi couldn't last 2 minutes with Myles Jury.

With all of that said and done, it's time now to examine the immediate future of all of the main card winners from this card. Normally it's extended to all main card fighters, but Fight Pass shows get "winners" treatment only. It's one of my favorite regular features here on Bloody Elbow, and you can always toss out your fight suggestions in the comments.

Mark Hunt. For me, the fight boiled down to whether or not he was capable of defending the takedown (he was) and if he could avoid getting in trouble with Roy Nelson's powerful right hand (he did). Otherwise I think a KO was always on the cards, and the superior striker with more tools in his game won in the end. I cannot believe I'm saying this in 2014, but Hunt vs. Andrei Arlovski is the next fight to make, and it would be a terrific Fight Night main event.

Myles Jury. Obviously Takanori Gomi is a shell of his former self, but getting a knockout win against him is still a big deal, and the time is now to ramp up the level of competition. While currently not a top 10 opponent, I think Jury vs. Edson Barboza would be a terrific fight.

Yoshihiro Akiyama. After such a long absence and a relatively disappointing UFC run, it was nice to see Akiyama put together a complete performance. Amir Sadollah isn't a world-beater, but it's a start towards a potential sustained run of relative success for Sexyama. His name value dictates that he's not going to fight relative unknowns for as long as he continues to compete, so I see him getting a bout with Mike Pyle.

Miesha Tate. I was not really impressed with Tate's win over Rin Nakai, but it got the job done. It puts her at 2-2 in the UFC and perhaps her #2 ranking at women's 135 is up for debate. Number 3 ranked Sara McMann called her out hours after the fight, and I can't say I'm against seeing this.

Kiichi Kunimoto. Unless you want to retroactively DQ Rich Walsh for his repeated fence grabs, then I don't see on what planet is the Kunimoto/Walsh decision the correct one. His UFC tenure is a weird one, because he's sandwiched an impressive win over Daniel Sarafian with a DQ win and a fortunate split decision in his favor. Nothing really stands out as a good or interesting match-up for him, so I suggest Zak Cummings.

Kyoji Horiguchi. It should be made clear that Horiguchi's original opponent was Chris Cariaso, who is obviously now set to fight Demetrious Johnson next week.Jon Delos Reyes lost his debut to Dustin Kimura and was essentially a warm body for Horiguchi to destroy, and that was what happened in the fight. Flyweight is a thin division lacking legitimate title challengers, and Horiguchi is a fresh face on the scene in a landscape otherwise dominated by the Johnson/Benavidez/Dodson triumvirate. A showdown with Jussier Formiga would be a great step up for him. If not him, then John Moraga.