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Main Card Matches to Make after UFC 152: The Defeated

Charles Oliveira vs. Hatsu Hioki: While this fight may not make sense at first, in a way it actually does. Charles and Hatsu were supposed to be immediate threats to the title, but unfortunately their trains were derailed. At 22 the upside of Oliveira is still there, but he still has a ton to learn. Plus, both have grappling heavy styles, and this would make for a great ground battle.

Brian Stann vs. Mark Munoz: While it is alleged that Munoz will be out for up to a year it is not confirmed. He may not be out that long, and a match with Stann may be a long time coming. Both have been trying to fight their way to the top of the 185 pounder division, but both have faltered at times. With both losing in their last fight it may be time for them to hook them up. Whoever losses will head to the back of the line at 185. As for the winner, they will hold a spot as a possible contender.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Tim Elliot: Elliot took a short notice fight against top contender John Dodson, and he did extremely well. The problem is the 125 pound division is relatively thin, and with a win or two a fighter could see themselves in a title fight. Elliot’s style seemed to be a little wacky, but it actually worked. It would be nice to see him fight another top fighter on a full training camp. So, why not Benavidez? Joe needs to see if he can face someone with speed like Tim.

Vitor Belfort vs. retirement?: Did Vitor come the closest to ever finishing Jon Jones than any other former title challenger? Yes, but he also got beat for a full 3 and a half rounds as well. Also, the fighter is just not durable anymore having fought with a broken hand in this fight as well as getting hurt before his rematch with Wanderlei Silva. Only time will tell if he will hang it up, but I doubt there is time in his career to get near a title shot again. I would love to see him take on Lyoto Machida or Chael Sonnen before he hangs it up, but if he called it a career that would be fine as well.

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