UFC on Fuel TV 8: Matches to Make from the Main Card Winners
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Martin Kampmann
Kim deserves a shot at the top ten of the welterweight division, and he needs to face someone who will give him a challenge. Since entering the UFC, he has gone 8-2-0-1, and his only real loss is to Carlos Condit since he suffered an injury that forced a halt to his bout with Demian Maia. Kampmann may be coming off a loss, but he is great anywhere a fight can go. That will give Kim a real fight, which he needs.
Rani Yahya vs. winner of Jeremy Stephens/Estevan Payan
Yahya has been a mid-tier fighter because he always loses against the top of whatever division he is fighting in. Payan and Stephens pose a threat on the feet for Yahya. He will want to take the fight to the ground, but what will happen if he can’t get it there? That is the question that remains since two out of his last four losses have come by TKO. He needs to close that hole, and either Payan or Stephens will be able to test that part of Yahya’s game.
Yushin Okami vs. Cung Le
Okami is stuck in the position that Rich Franklin was in a few years ago. He will not be able to fight Anderson SIlva again based off what happened in their last fight, but he can’t keep picking off contenders for his title. Le would be an intriguing match based on their clash of styles, and even if he beats Le he is not taking out a contender like he would in a match against Costa Philippou or Luke Rockhold.
Diego Sanchez vs. winner of Donald Cerrone/KJ Noons
Sanchez seems to want to morph into a stand-up fighter, because even though he came into the UFC as a ground-and-pound fighter, he has been content to stand in his last three bouts despite taking some big punches. Cerrone and Noons would jump at the chance to keep a fight standing, and they will either force Sanchez to take the fight to the ground or make him pay for it on the feet.
Mark Hunt vs. winner of Junior dos Santos/Alistair Overeem
Hunt is one of the most unique stories in all of MMA. The UFC offered to pay him money not to fight the fights they owed him. They would have rather given him money than allow him to enter the Octagon, and that would have been one of the worst decisions they could have made. With three knockouts in his last four wins, he is quickly rising up the list of contenders – even with a record of 9-7. There are many ways the list of contenders can shift around at heavyweight, but a match with JDS or Overeem will produce a fight guaranteed not to go to decision.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Forrest Griffin
Silva admitted at the post fight press conference that he knows retirement will come soon, but he is not ready to stop fighting yet. Griffin has also admitted that he knows he cannot compete with the best fighters in the world anymore, but he still can put on entertaining fights for the fans. Does that not sound like the perfect match-up for the UFC to put on? Griffin is still out with the knee injury that kept him from fighting at UFC 155, and that will give the promotion some time to find the appropriate fight card to put this one on.