Che Mills vs. loser of Court McGee/Josh Neer
Mills is at his best when he faces another fighter willing to engage him in a stand-up battle. He had no answer for Riddle’s constant pressure during their fight. At welterweight, that most likely means he will never get to the title, but it does not mean that he cannot still have intriguing fights. McGee or Neer will give Mills the fight he wants, and the fans will enjoy every minute it lasts.
Ryan Jimmo vs. Brandon Vera
Jimmo looked great in the first round of his fight against James Te-Huna, and no one expected him to fade the way he did considering most of his fights have gone to a three- or five-round decision. So it makes sense that he announced, after the bout, the he hurt his leg in the second round. With his 17-fight winning streak snapped, he will be looking to rebuild. Jimmo would have a great fight with Vera since their stand-up skills match up very well.
Jorge Santiago vs. Nate Marquardt
Both are 2-1 in their careers at 170 so far, and both are proven veterans in the sport. It would be a toss up where either has an advantage in this fight, and that is what makes the prospect of a battle between the two so intriguing. With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts, multiple wins by TKO/KO, and a will to prove themselves in the Octagon, this may be a match that needs to happen.
Cyrille Diabate vs. Thiago Silva
Diabate was giving Manuwa a lot of trouble, but a calf injury forced him out of the fight. Silva is coming off a suspension in about three months, and he would be a good replacement for Manuwa. While not exactly the same, Silva does have a brawling style with big power in his hands – which is pretty close to how Manuwa fights.
Dustin Poirier vs. Charles Olivera
Poirier once again fell short in a fight that could have propelled him toward the title. He is still a great talent, and at 24-years old, these tough losses will only help him grow. The same exact thing can be said about Olivera. With both having recent losses to Cub Swanson, winning this bout would put that fighter back on the right track.
Michael McDonald vs. loser of Urijah Faber/Ivan Menjivar
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that McDonald will be back into the title picture someday, and what may have hindered him was the time off he took between his last bout and this one. In 2012, McDonald only fought once, and he had never fought less than three times in a year before that. McDonald will excel by fighting more frequently. A fight with Menjivar or Faber will give him the chance to obtain a win over a veteran who has been in fights with some of the best fighters in all of MMA. If he can win, that will give him a lot of confidence going forward in his career.