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Matches to Make after 152: The Undercard

Kyle Noke vs. Matt Riddle: Kyle Noke looked impressive in his match regardless of if it was stopped early. With this win he has guaranteed himself a bigger challenge at 170. The problem is that many other people are waiting to face the top of the division at Welterweight. If Noke and Riddle hook it up then it would be an absolute barn burner. Win or lose Noke brings it, and so does Noke. The winer would truly deserve a bigger challenge.

Seth Baczynski vs. winner of Demian Maia vs. Rick Story: Seth has really turned his career around since returning to the UFC, and his career has really blossomed since dropping to 170. He deserves someone who has been at the top, but may not be there currently. With Maia he gets a former title challenger, and with Story he gets a former top prospect. With four straight wins he deserves someone that will give him notoriety, especially considering he has finished three of those four.

Marcus Brimage vs. Dustin Poirier: With Marcus earning three straight wins at 145 he deserves a step up in competition after taking out a supposed prospect. With Poirier he gets a fighter that is truly considered one of the better fighters at 145, but is not a top contender. Marcus will prove if he has what it takes, because Dustin will be able to capitalize on any of his mistakes.

Sean Pierson vs. Dan Miller: If Sean faced original opponent Miller and won he would have gained a bit more footing within the division. Miller had very real reasons to drop out, but now this match can be set for a later date.

TJ Grant vs. winner of Paul Sass vs. Matt Wiman: TJ Grant has proven himself to be a force at 155, after spending years being a litmus test at 170. Plus, after thirteen finishes due to submission TJ has added striking to his game. With the defeat of Dunham he has proven himself worthy of challenging the top of the division. Whoever wins between Paul and Matt will easily be in the top ten at 155. A fight with either would be a true test to see how far TJ has come.

Vinny Magalhaes vs. Ryan Bader: Vinny proved he is a different fighter in his return to the octagon, but to see how different he should have a rematch. He lost the title of Ultimate Fighter by knockout. The question is four years later would it be different? Time to find out as we propose Magalhaes vs. Bader II.

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