UFC 191 is in the books, and Demetrious Johnson is still the flyweight champion after he dominated John Dodson in the main event. Meanwhile, Andrei Arlovski kept his winning streak alive with a win over Frank Mir, although it's probably not one worth remembering. The speed and skill disparity between main and co-main event was bordering on comical.
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With all of that out of the way, it's time to take a look at what's in store for last night's main card fighters, which will also include a check in on John Lineker, who engaged in a stupidly fun brawl with Francisco Rivera on the preliminary card and whose fighting style should be lauded for all eternity.
Demetrious Johnson. Ideally, he just goes up to 135 and fights T.J. Dillashaw and cements himself as an absolute legend by taking two belts. But the UFC probably has Dillashaw vs. Cruz in mind so just forget about it for now. I feel like Johnson is unbeatable at 125 so this is a pointless exercise in "competitive matchmaking", but odds are he'll get the winner of Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga (November 21st).
John Dodson. If we're being honest, Dodson could very well be on a two-fight losing skid right now. He was fortunate to get the win over Zach Makovsky, and then he was completely dominated from about round 3 onward against Mighty Mouse. With the birth of his new kid earlier in the week, combined with the beating he took, I wouldn't be surprised if he took some time off. But when he does come back, I think he'll face Wilson Reis next.
Andrei Arlovski. I guess in theory he can wait around and get the next title shot against the Werdum vs. Cain winner because the division isn't stacked with contenders, but he was so self-critical in his post-fight interview that I doubt he's next in line. I think he fights either Junior dos Santos (if he beats Alistair Overeem) or one of Stipe Miocic/Ben Rothwell (October 24th).
Frank Mir. If we're being honest, he's not contending again. His corner can lavishly praise Saturday's performance all they want, but he looked sluggish and slow and wholly uninspiring. Even if you thought he deserved the decision, he didn't look good in doing so. Gabriel Gonzaga is still around, so I guess they can try that fight.
Anthony Johnson. Whatever you think of his behavior outside the cage (and you probably don't think positively about it), the man is an absolute freak inside the cage. Manuwa had virtually nothing for him other than the ability to fall down after getting punched hard in the face. The winner of Glover Teixeira vs. Patrick Cummins (November 7th) is a great next fight for Rumble, and let's face it, it's really Johnson vs. Teixeira.
Jimi Manuwa. Rough fight for Manuwa, who was outclassed from start to finish. He's 35 years old and has been in the sport for 7 years, so this is likely Manuwa's ceiling we've already seen. Manuwa isn't good enough to contend, but is good enough to be top 10. He can probably send Rafael Feijao out of the UFC as his next gig.
Corey Anderson. Despite a tough loss to Gian Villante, Anderson did indeed beast 25/8 en route to a pair of 30-25 scorecards against Blachowicz. He's got very good cardio, athleticism, and improving skills from fight-to-fight. Light heavyweight needs fighters like Anderson to succeed and succeed ASAP. I know I probably won't be taken seriously for this, but it's time for the Ilir Latifi test.
Jan Blachowicz. Blech. No gas tank to last even 2 rounds, no effectiveness off of his back, no ability to trouble Anderson standing for more than 1-2 exchanges. Nothing about this performance can be seen as a positive for him. Uhhhh Marcos Rogerio de Lima? That's all I've got.
Paige VanZant. She was a -1400 favorite and predictably wrecked Chambers before getting the finish. It's all about making sure she continues to get better and impress in the cage. It's definitely time for a step up in competition, and I think Randa Markos provides that.
Alex Chambers. She's a last minute armbar away from being 0-3 in the UFC and likely out of the promotion. Toughness can only take you so far in this sport, and she doesn't seem to have the physical tools to be competitive with most of this division. Nina Ansaroff.
John Lineker. Standing and trading with John Lineker is not recommended. Getting hit in the face or body by John Lineker is also strongly discouraged. These things still happen, because John Lineker is an awesome fighter to watch. Bryan Caraway, Johnny Eduardo, and Thomas Almeida are all fights that can be made to firmly establish Lineker in the top 10. I don't think the UFC would want Michael McDonald to fight Lineker on 2 year layoff because that is flat out cruel. Another option? Go up as many weight classes as possible to see who he is capable of knocking out.