Che Mills vs. winner of Josh Neer vs. Justin Edwards: Che really didn’t get a fight in, but he has proven to be quite the brawler. It would be interesting to see him up against Josh Neer next. Unfortunately Josh is already in a fight. That fight takes place next week at UFC on FX, but whoever wins that fight should fight Che. Given he said he wants a step up in competition, but he proved he is not ready after being beaten by Rory MacDonald. If Neer or Mills were to go head to head, the winner would prove who truly deserves a step up to the top of the division.
John Hathaway vs. winner of Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron: John has quietly been plugging away in the UFC’s welterweight division while others have been being touted as top prospects. Being 7-1 is something only Johny Hendricks and GSP can attest to at the top of the division. Jake Ellenberger was well on his way to a title shot until he got knocked out by Martin Kampmann, and Jay has been the toughest test outside of the UFC for a long time. Whoever wins that fight would be a logical next step for Hathaway.
Matt Wiman vs. Donald Cerrone: With the bout with Anthony Pettis never coming together it is time for Cerrone to get back into the cage. A bout with Matt would be one for the fans. Cerrone probably has the better standup, while Matt has the better ground game. There is not many other people for Wiman to face, and after a short fight he should get back in the cage as soon as possible after the long layoff. After going 5-1 in his last six bouts, the loss being a questionable decision, it may be time for Wiman to take that step up in competition.
Brad Pickett vs. Urijah Faber: Brad is one of the only fighters to have a win over newly crowned flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, but he is not keen on dropping down to 125. In the interim, he wants to move closer to the 135 pound title. With the current top of the division locked up due to an injured champ – no one knows exactly when the interim title holder will get his shot. If Renan Barao decides to defend the interim title it should be against Michael MacDonald. Urijah probably will not challenge for a title again soon, but he could prove to be a good name for the rising Brad to put on his resume.
Dan Hardy vs. Josh Koscheck: Dan Hardy and Josh Koscheck may not be challenging for the title anytime soon, but both know how to sell a fight and can back it up. Dan is on a two fight winning streak and Josh has just loss a controversial decision. A match between the two would guarantee the fans a war of words, which should help generate much interest in the build-up.
Stefan Struve vs. Fabricio Werdum: The press put the idea out there for Struve to fight Werdum in his next fight, and that makes complete sense. If Travis Browne wins his bout next week, he will still be ahead of Struve since he has beaten him, and is expected to fight Overeem upon his return in 2013. In the interim, Struve and Werdum can fight each other to be next in the queue of contenders. Luckily for Struve and Werdum, their styles compliment each other. Werdum will have to deal with the reach, and Struve will not have his ground game to rely on when he gets hurt.