Alexander Gustafsson vs. Ryan Bader
Many people are calling for Gustafsson to fight Shogun Rua, but if Alexander is being groomed for a title shot he needs to face a good wrestler. The last time that Alexander faced a wrestler he suffered his only defeat to Phil Davis. If he can get past Bader, he may show he is ready to face Jon Jones. Plus, Bader himself is coming off a huge win over Rampage Jackson, and it makes sense since they are both under the age of 30 with big futures ahead of them.
Brian Stann vs. Chris Weidman
Brian typically has had a lot of problems with people who posses a strong ground game. Chris posses a lot of problems for Stann, but is also a place for him to prove himself on the ground or to defend a takedown. Weidman on the other hand is coming off a huge win over Demian Maia, but has not faced a striker since he fought Alessio Sakara in his debut. This would be a stern test for both fighters trying to get to a title shot.
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. John Maguire
After a big win in his debut, many people would call for a step up in competition for Siyar, but I believe in giving a fighter time to adjust to the UFC. His fight did not last for more than a minute and he may have had a broken hand. Both of these fighters had brilliant performances last night, and a fight against each other would answer a lot of questions about each of them. Maguire is not a fighter that fades easy, and if Siyar can finish him it may call for a definite step up in competition.
Dennis Siver vs. Erik Koch
Dennis Siver already has a reputation as a contender, and there is no reason for him to fight up the ladder of featherweights. With so few challengers for Aldo’s belt why not fast track a fighter who should be able to stand with him? Koch himself is proving to be a very well rounded fighter. He knocked out his last two opponents before winning via decision against Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins. With a good performance Koch could make his case for the title. As for Siver, if he could beat two top 10 opponents at 145, he would be within a fight from the title.
Brad Pickett vs.Brian Bowles
Pickett fought like a wild man in this fight. The action was nonstop and his hands looked great. Pickett’s career under the Zuffa banner has been lopsided, he has wins over top fighters like Damacio Page, Ivan Menjivar, and Demetrious Johnson. That momentum has been stopped by losses to Scott Jorgensen and Renan Barao. A good fight for him would be former champion Brian Bowles. Bowles may be coming off a loss to Urijah Faber, but he keeps the constant amount of tough competition Pickett has been fighting.