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Matches to Make post UFC 156: The Undercard

Isaac Vallie-Flagg vs. Ramsey Nijem

Vallie-Flagg made the most of his debut, out-striking the veteran Yves Edwards while avoiding his power shots. On the strength of an 11-fight win streak and the biggest win of his career, Vallie-Flagg needs a challenge in his next fight. Nijem lost his shot at the Ultimate Fighter crown, but he has won three straight fights since then. This would be a good test for these two up-and-comers.

Bobby Green vs. Jaime Varner

A lot of people are calling Green’s debut in the UFC one of the most impressive in a long time, and it probably rivals Varner’s re-entry into the Octagon against Edson Barboza. Green needs a big fight considering Volkmann was 6-1 at 155. Varner could challenge him on the feet, and would not look so lost  if he had to fight off his back. It would be the next logical fight for Green.

Tyron Woodley vs. Kyle Noke

Woodley looked great, but the problem with fast knockouts is it does not give you a good idea how a fighter has changed after a loss. Noke lost two straight at 185 which prompted his move to welterweight, where he knocked out Charlie Brenneman in 45 seconds. Let these two fighters who had quick knockouts in their last fights face off, and see who is able to leave the Octagon conscious.

Evan Dunham vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Evan Dunham and Rafael dos Anjos have been around the lightweight division for a while, but they have never faced each other. Dunham is 3-1 in his last four, with his only loss coming to a top contender in TJ Grant. Dos Anjos is also 3-1 in his last four, and his only loss is a close split decision to Gleison Tibau. Both of them are on the cusp of being a contender again, but they need just one more big win.

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