Phil Harris vs. Louis Gaudinot
Harris actually was a late replacement for Gaudinot when Gaudinot had to drop out of his bout with Darren Uyenoyama at UFC on FX 5. Harris lost that fight, but he did take it on only about two weeks notice. Both of these fighters are 1-1 in the Octagon, and if Gaudinot does return to fight, it would be a fun match to watch.
Vaughn Lee vs. Roland Delorme
Lee has had his ups and downs in the Octagon, but he evened out his UFC record to 2-2 with his win this past Saturday night. Delorme was knocked out in his last fight at UFC 149, but a failed drug test turned it into a “no contest”. This could be an interesting ground battle as both fighters have a penchant for submissions.
Stanislav Nedkov vs. Karlos Vemola
Nedkov’s biggest enemy has been himself, because for the last four years he has only been able to fight once each year. Plus, with only four decisions in a combined 26 fights for the two fighters, this match-up is bound to end with a finish, and that is what draws an audience to a live event. Everybody loves to come watch fights with a nearly guaranteed finish, even if the fighters are not that well-known.
Tom Watson vs. Tim Kennedy
Watson showed UFC fans the type of fighter he is with his second-round finish of Nedkov, but he has to learn how to deal with fighters who can put constant pressure on him, because that was one of the reasons Brad Tavares beat him. Kennedy can supply that pressure, and he has not been lined up for his first fight in the UFC since the demise of Strikeforce. A match between the two gives both of them a chance to confront the holes in their game.
Andy Ogle vs. Nam Phan
Even though Grispi had lost three straight fights, a lot of people were not giving Ogle a big shot at winning this bout, but according to Dana White, Ogle won all three rounds. Even though Phan lost a decision to Dennis Siver in his last bout, he has proven that he is ready for a brawl whenever it is necessary. With Ogle and Phan’s stand-up style it would be a fun one to watch.
Paul Sass vs. George Sotiropoulos
Sass’s submission game is well documented, but it does not matter if the fighter you are facing can defend them. That is what happened when Sass took on Castillo. It is unknown if Sotiropoulos will fight again after losing three straight, but a bout between him and Sass would be a fun one just because of their grappling acumen.
Danny Castillo vs. Bobby Green
Castillo redeemed himself after his knockout loss to Michael Johnson. While some people may question a fight with Green, Castillo needs to face a fighter that will work hard to get up if he is taken down. Green also has the stand-up skills to test Castillo on the feet, which needs to happen after his recent knockout loss. Plus, after Green’s performance against Jacob Volkmann, who was 6-1 at lightweight, he deserves a big fight his next time out.
Terry Etim vs. Jacob Volkmann
Both fighters have a few losses in their last few fights, and Joe Silva generally likes to match up fighters for a “loser leaves the UFC” match. Etim has the stand-up and submission skills to give Etim fits, but if Volkmann can take him down and control him, he will be in for a long night.
Renee Forte vs. KJ Noons
Forte showed an excellent overall MMA skill set in his win over Etim, but he still has some work to do after he was choked out in his UFC debut. Noons’ wrestling defense is great, and that is good since he needs that to keep the fight on the feet where he wants it. At 1-4 in his last five fights, he needs a match-up where he can build some confidence, but at the same time it could potentially be a big win for Forte. No one should turn down a fight that is a win-win for both fighters involved.