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UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch - Fights to make for main card winners

UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch is in the books. So what's next for the main card winners from Saturday night's show in Broomfield, Colorado? Mookie Alexander plays fantasy matchmaker in 'Fights to Make'.

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UFC Fight Night in Broomfield, Colorado wasn't exactly a quality show on paper, and several of the fights reflected just that. However, the main event was worth the wait as Ben Henderson's unexpected welterweight debut proved to be a success. The former lightweight champion submitted the highly touted Brandon Thatch in the 4th round of a thrilling contest, and the two men deservedly won FOTN honors.

Henderson doesn't plan to stay at welterweight, but that didn't stop him from calling out Rory MacDonald. What's in store for him and the rest of the main card winners from last night's event? I've got my list ready for "Fights to Make", but I just have one major tweak I've made for this piece. I'm swapping out that diabolical Daniel Kelly/Patrick Walsh main card fight in this feature, and instead replacing it with matchmaking for 10th ranked flyweight Zach Makovsky following his win over Tim Elliott on the prelims.

Ben Henderson. This was possibly the most important win of Henderson's career since winning the title over Frankie Edgar. Facing a 3rd loss in his last 4 fights, he stuck to his word of "I'll fight anyone, any time" after the defeat to Donald Cerrone, and went into enemy territory and put a halt to the Brandon Thatch hype train in thrilling fashion. Him and Cerrone basically have cemented themselves as "uncuttable" with their willingness to always fight the best and step in on short notice when needed. If he goes back to lightweight, I think he'll be matched up with the winner of next Sunday's Edson Barboza/Michael Johnson showdown.

Max Holloway. Thankfully, Sean Shelby did the work for me and we know he'll be fighting Cub Swanson on April 18th. It's a big step up in competition for Max, but it's also one that really tailors towards his style of fighting. Keep in mind that while Swanson is only 31, he's been competing professionally since 2004 (!) and is coming off an absolute thrashing at the hands of Frankie Edgar. Add that to the numerous wars he's been in and Swanson could be headed towards his decline already. Consider this a fight between an up-and-comer and a former (but still formidable) contender who has all the signs of a downward trajectory. Sign me up for this one.

Neil Magny. He was a massive favorite against Kiichi Kunimoto and he performed to expectations. It's hard to go 6-0 in the UFC, but I really cannot put too much stock into a winning streak featuring no one within touching distance of the top 15. Alex Garcia is probably his best win. If the UFC wants to give him a ranked opponent, I suggest Rick Story. Alternatively, they can do Stephen Thompson vs. Magny in case they go the unranked route again.

Kevin Lee. Bad fight, good win for "The Motown Phenom". He's a young, raw prospect with tremendous physical tools but he's not really found a way to make the most of them. Despite having a tremendous reach advantage over Michel Prazeres, Lee was struggling with his striking in the early stages far too much for my liking. In the end, Prazeres predictably gassed out, and the 22-year-old was able to get past a decent grinding type fighter in Prazeres, who is basically the 3rd tier Brazilian hulk behind Francisco Trinaldo and Gleison Tibau. I see Lee getting paired up with TUF 15's Vinc Pichel next.

Ray Borg. The interesting thing with Borg is that he's such a talented fighter, but he's in such a thin division that I truly hope the 21-year-old doesn't just get fast-tracked into a title shot this year. He's the type of guy who should be brought along slowly before making his way towards the top 5. I say do Borg against Chico Camus on the planned UFC PPV in Mexico this summer.

Zach Makovsky. On another day, his fight with Tim Elliott would have been Fight of the Night. Unfortunately, Henderson and Thatch stole the show. Makovsky is 3-1 in the UFC and should be on a main card fight in his next appearance. Even though he's coming off a loss, I'd really like to see "Fun Size" against Ian McCall.