Derek Brunson vs. Tom Lawlor
Brunson had a big win tonight over the returning Chris Leben, but he still needs time to grow after losing his last two bouts. Lawlor may have been defeated in his last showing, but he will provide a big test for Brunson, as he continues to improve. Since Brunson won the majority of this fight on the ground, it would be good to see him against a fighter that can challenge him there.
Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
Okami almost won the fight against Boetsch, but everyone knows that the third round comeback ruined the win. Now, Okami almost finds himself in a spot like Rich Franklin a few years ago. If Okami continues to beat contenders, he takes away challengers for Anderson Silva, while currently not in position to sell a remtch against Silva, since he did not offer much in their bout. A rematch with Boetsch would be a good match-up, since it would give Okami a chance to avenge a loss he probably hates to remember.
Costa Philippou vs. Lorenz Larkin
Philippou won a big fight, but it wasn’t without controversy. A supposed head butt, an eye poke, and the injury Boestch suffered, did taint the win a bit. Philippou has also professed to not being ready for a title shot, but he has nothing but big fights after this win. Larkin will be moving over from Strikeforce and was their number one contender there. A match with Philippou would be a good place to start as the Strikeforce guys move into the UFC.
Jim Miller vs. Gray Maynard
Jim Miller had a great win over Joe Lauzon, but Maynard was supposed to fight in this bout originally. A match between Miller and Maynard would actually be a rematch, but if Miller wants to get to a title shot, he has a lot of rematches ahead of him, since he has losses to Maynard, Benson Henderson, and Nate Diaz. Miller needs to face a fighter that can put him on his back, and see what he can do to change that, because Henderson seems to have the best control in the division right now.
Cain Velasquez vs. Alistair Overeem
Yes, Overeem is supposed to be facing Antonio Silva, but it would not be the first time the UFC pulled someone from a bout to face a champion. With Velasquez’s win, the UFC may lose a top contender at heavyweight, since Daniel Cormier does not want to face his training partner. Also, it has been said that if Werdum could beat Big Nog then he would be a number one contender, but that match does not take place until June. That is just too long to have the champ out, considering he has only fought four times in three years. Also, if Overeem losses to Antonio Silva, it would be a hard sell to have Velasquez rematch him after the way their last fight went.