Mike Pierce vs. Martin Kampmann
Pierce showed he belongs with the top of the welterweight division. He is now 7-2 in his last nine with his only losses coming to Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks. He needs to challenge another top ten fighter, and although Kampmann is coming off a loss, he is the best suited to take on Pierce. Both fighters are very well rounded, and they should make for a great battle between two evenly matched fighters.
Joey Beltran vs. Cody Donovan
Beltran picked up a much needed win, and he looked very good doing so. Donovan stepped up on short notice as he picked up the victory. While Beltran has the lead in experience – if he wants to prove he is more than just a gatekeeper he has to beat prospects as well. A win over Donovan may show where he falls on the spectrum of the light heavyweight division.
Chad Mendes vs. Hacran Dias
This was the fight that was supposed to happen on this card, and it still makes a lot of sense. Dias only has one win in the UFC, but he is on a huge win streak. Mendes lost his bid at the title, but it seems to have lit a fire under him since he has now added power to his punches in his last two fights. This would be a good fight to happen on a Brazil card since Mendes will want to erase the memory of his last trip there.
Hector Lombard vs. winner of Belcher versus Okami
Lombard beat Palhares like he has many other opponents. He says he does not like to make excuses, but he professes to have been injured in the close decision loss to Tim Boestch. He called out Michael Bisping, but that is unlikely unless Belfort gets injured before their January fight date. A better fight would be between the winner of Belcher and Okami, because Lombard needs to build up a little bit of credibility after losing a lot of steam in the loss to Boestch.
Ross Pearson vs. Yves Edwards
Pearson tried out the featherweight waters, but based of his comments in the post fight press conference, he may be sticking around lightweight. At 155, Pearson holds a 5-2 record with one loss coming by close split decision. Edwards is coming off a huge knockout win, and wants to stay busy before his time runs out in the sport. This fight would make a lot of sense, and has fight night bonus written all over it.