UFC Fight Night 65 is in the books and while it wasn't high on the relevancy scale, it did provide some memorable finishes and decent action. Where most of these guys go from here is pretty up in the air though, so that's why I'm here - to give my assessment of who the main card fighters should meet in their next bout.
On a personal note, I haven't written one of these in a while. It feels odd. The bad part about doing this is if my selections make sense, Mookie will still get all the credit.
Anyway, let's get down to it.
Stipe Miocic - He's in a weird spot right now. He'd be in line for a title shot if he didn't lose to Junior dos Santos. But he did, and depending on how the title fight between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum goes, it's unlikely that JDS is getting a shot either. So while the best next matchup for Stipe is probably the winner of the Travis Browne vs. Andrei Arlovski fight at UFC 187, one of those men might be challenging for the bout next.
So, if we're doing the matchmaking today without knowing the result of all of those fights, the best matchup for Miocic is Alistair Overeem. It is a step backwards in the rankings, but it's a pretty good fight and gives Overeem one last chance to get himself into the title picture. If Stipe wins, the tpicture will be much clearer by then nd it might mean that he's in line for a shot.
Mark Hunt - I won't say he should retire. He can decide whether that's what is right for him or not. But he has taken a lot of damage in his last five fights, and seems to be having issues with weight cutting and cardio now. He has also fought a lot of the toughest guys in the division. They could go with a rematch with Antonio Silva since they produced magic last time, but perhaps a matchup with the loser of the Ben Rothwell vs. Matt Mitrione fight next month would be more logical.
Robert Whittaker - He should be ranked when the next iteration of the rankings comes out, but the panel isn't that bright so who knows. If they're going to give him a step up in competition again, let him face the winner of the Tim Boetsch vs. Dan Henderson bout.
Brad Tavares - He has now lost three out of his last four and been stopped in two of them. It's time to go back to the middle of the pack. They're going to keep TUF 11 housemate Chris Camozzi around, so let him fight Tavares.
Sean O'Connell - He's a good brawler and fun to watch. Put him against the winner of the Nikita Krylov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima bout at UFN 69.
Anthony Perosh - He'll be 43 in October, and no one wants to see him get beat to a pulp at his age. He has proven to be competitive against the mid-tier of guys though, so if he wants to keep fighting on Australia cards, perhaps Ilir Latifi would be willing to make the trip down.
James Vick - Vick has quietly picked up four straight wins in the UFC, and beating Matthews was quite an accomplishment. It's definitely time for a step up in competition, so give him the winner of the Dustin Poirier vs. Yancy Medeiros fight next month.