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Matches to Make after 152: The Main Card Winners

Cub Swanson vs Ricardo Lamas: Cub has proven himself to be a true threat to the top of the Featherweight division, but despite his recent success he has already been stopped by current champion Jose Aldo. So, he may have to pick off many contenders until he gets the title shot. With Jose supposedly locked in a bout with Frankie Edgar Ricardo Lamas lost his shot at either of them. Lamas will need to prove he can take power shots before he challenges for the title. Swanson fits that bill, and we can also see him take on a wrestler.

Matt Hamill vs. Brandon Vera: Vera may be coming off a loss, but he also looked the best he has in his whole career. Hamill may have won in his return since retirement, but he also did not look pretty in doing so. A match between the two UFC veterans will show who can still hang in the sport. The loser may need to hang it up. The match could easily headline or co-headline any Fuel or FX card.

Michael Bisping vs. The Waiting Game: There is literally no one for Bisping to fight. He could take on the winner of Rich Franklin vs Cung Le, the winner of Boestch vs Weidman, or the winner of Okami vs. Belcher. The problem is all of those fight take place months from now, and there is no telling when or if Anderson will come back to the middleweight division. If Anderson vacates his title Bisping could factor into a title fight, but he will have to wait until December to figure out who his next fight may be.

Demetrious Johnson vs. winner of John Dodson vs. Jussier Da Silva: The winner of Dodson vs. Silva will create quite a challenger for Johnson. If Dodson wins he may be the only fighter that can match Demetrious’s speed, and if Silva wins he may be the most dangerous ground fighter. Benavidez did show that Johnson is able to be caught in submissions, but he tough to finish. Either way either fighter will give the new champion a challenge.

Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson: While Dana did say that Dan may take Lyoto on for the next shot at Jones, and that may happen due to the injury, I believe this fight should still happen. If Henderson losses to Lyoto then the UFC will lose the chance for a fighter that has never challenged the champion, and replace him with someone that already has lost. Honestly, one win does not mean Lyoto deserves a rematch, and he already turned it down. Plus, as Jon said – “me and Henderson still have unfinished business.”

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