Chan-Sung Jung vs. winner of Jose Aldo vs. Eric Koch
Many people have opined for Hatsu Hioki to get a shot at Jose Aldo’s title since he joined the UFC. The problem is it is hard to deny Chan after three stellar performances. Plus, he still has Ricardo Lamas on his plate before his name can even be considered. Hioki, if he wins, can even be matched up with the loser of Aldo vs. Koch, because clearly after this fight Chan’s time has come. He can wait out of the winner, and his shot at the title.
Amir Sadollah vs. Thiago Alves
Both fighters poses great stand up ability. Thiago is coming off a loss, and recently had to drop out of a fight due to injury. Both are nowhere near title contention, and a fight between the two is a great way to open up a card. This is a fight sure to add some flare to any card, and one fans would surely want to watch.
Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis
Two WEC fighters that unfortunately never fought in the now defunct organization. Anthony was trying to talk his way into a fight with Nate Diaz, since he views himself as the true number one contender. With this fight he would have an opportunity to prove it. Anthony could prove to do something that Nate could not, if he can finish Donald Cerrone. Plus, Cerrone looked great in this fight beating Jeremy Stephens’ standup. He looked completely different from the fighter that crumpled against Nate Diaz.
Yves Jabouin vs. winner of Eddie Wineland vs. Scott Jorgensen
Yves has won three straight fights since dropping to bantamweight. While the first two fight were close, this fight he came into his own. He dominated the fight on the feet, and even on the ground. Something that used to show his weak point. He may deserve a step up in competition, and Eddie or Scott can give that to him. Each fighter posses ways to challenge him. Eddie’s striking is top-notch and he has a lot of power, while Scott has the ground game to see if the work Yves has put in is good enough. Plus, it could potentially put a new contender in the mix at 135.
Igor Pokrajac vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
After two strong finishes Igor stalled in this fight. I had him winning, but barely. it is hard to range him, because sometimes he can look great while other times he can get handled. Lil’ Nog is in the same ship as he has looked a really great like his win over Tito or bad like his loss to Bader. A match up between the two can answer questions about who really wants to be at the top of the division. Igor’s swarming style could give Nogueira’s technical boxing trouble, and that is something that would be fun to play out in the octagon.
Tom Lawlor vs. Karlos Vemola
Lawlor has been adding some new weapons to his arsenal. He may have effectively ended Jason McDonald’s UFC career with two punches. Karlos on the other hand looked great in his 185 lb. debut, but it was against Mike Massenzio. A nice step up in competition would come against Tom who has had his ups and downs so far in his UFC career. Karlos is only 26 and he needs to get some experience in the cage. A fight against Lawlor could give him a tryout of where he is exactly.