Ronaldo Souza vs. Costa Philippou
Philippou said he was not ready for a title shot, but with a win over Tim Boetsch he will be fighting nothing but contenders. Souza is an impressive type of fighter who came from only one discipline, but has slowly been adding more things to his arsenal. All fighters want to fight for the title someday, and if it comes three months or three years from now you take it when it comes. Let Souza test how good Philippou is and vice versa.
Gegard Mousasi vs. winner of Glover Teixeira vs. Quinton Jackson
Mousasi said he feels like he has something to prove in the UFC, but at 27 years old with a 33-3 record he has already proven a lot. Many people consider Teixeira the next big thing at 205, but Mousasi could also be a real contender to the light-heavyweight or middleweight title. If Teixeira gets past Jackson or Jackson beats Teixeira and stays in the UFC then they could prove to be a stern test for Mousasi in his first UFC fight.
Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir
Barnett is still a top level heavyweight, but he may be getting toward the end of his career. The same thing goes for Mir, and while Cormier may be calling for a fight against Mir it does not make sense. If Barnett is true in saying he can beat every fighter in the UFC why not take out the heavyweight that has been there the longest? This match would be great for longtime fans of MMA as well.
Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Cormier seems intent on moving down to 205 since his teammate has the heavyweight title, and so it makes no sense for him to fight Mir, despite their unfinished business. Cormier has a lot of tools that could frustrate current champion Jon Jones, but Cormier is not at the front of the line for a title shot. Both him and Gustafsson need a fight while the rest of the division sorts itself out. Gustafsson would be a great first fight for Cormier at light-heavyweight.
Nate Marquardt vs. winner of Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle
Marquardt has proven he is a good fighter, but he always seems to fail when the bouts mean the most. Whether it is Saffiedine, Okami, or Sonnen he has not lived up to his potential in those fights. Now as he goes back to the UFC, he will have to work his way up the ladder instead of coming into the octagon as a contender. Riddle and Mills are on the edge of being contenders with a win over each other. So whoever wins, let them test themselves against a true veteran in Marquardt.
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Mike Pyle
Saffiedine proved he has great standup and takedown defense in his win over Marquardt, but the problem is there is still questions about whether he can defend takedowns from a top level wrestler. Pyle is currently 6-1 in the octagon, and he could prove to be the type of test Saffiedine needs in his debut. Matching these two up can only mean fireworks for the fans.