Scott Jorgensen vs. a weight cut
Jorgensen has done okay since entering the UFC by going 3-2, but with a loss to current champion Dominick Cruz and interim champion Renan Barao, it will be awhile before he gets another title. In an interview he has mentioned that he could make 125, and the question is why not? He should because with one or two wins there, he could be fighting for the title.
Dennis Siver vs. Cub Swanson
With Ricardo Lamas and Erik Koch fighting for number one contender-ship, a match between Siver and Swanson could give a clear cut number two at 145. Siver has looked great so far at featherweight, and Swanson is rebounding nicely. The two would have a highly entertaining standup bout.
Abel Trujillo vs. Daron Cruickshank
Bottom line is both fighters are new to the UFC, and they had impressive wins on this card. A match between the two would tell who is the better of the two prospects. Make the match happen and let’s see who wins.
Ramsey Nijem vs. winner of Paul Sass/Danny Castillo
Nijem has looked good since his loss at the Ultimate Fighter finale. Sass and Castillo are coming off recent losses, but they have proven to be two of the more durable fighters at 155. A good test for Nijem if he wants to reach the top of the division.
Raphael Assuncao vs. winner of Brad Pickett vs. Eddie Wineland
Outside of the current interim title fight between Renan Barao and Michael MacDonald no one deserves a title shot. Pickett would be a good choice if he did not have such a recent loss to Barao. Assuncao just picked up his third win at 135, and challenging veterans like Pickett or Wineland would prove where he is at especially if he can beat them.
Yves Edwards vs. Rafael dos Anjos
These are two well rounded fighters, because both have power in their hands and the ability to submit one another. Edwards only real loss in the UFC since coming back is to Sam Stout since his loss to Tony Ferguson was a decision that should have went the other way. Dos Anjos has been doing well, but the best comes out when he is challenged. Edwards would challenge him, and a win would over Edwards would do a lot for his credit among the die hard fans.
Matt Brown vs. Josh Koscheck
Brown definitely has the power to stop anyone, but he keeps beating fighters that fans like. So, why not let him fight a fighter that everyone wants to see get knocked out? Plus, he needs his ground game tested since they can only give him so many strikers in a row. Koscheck wanted Diaz, but it seems like that bout is out. Brown sounds like a good replacement.
Rory MacDonald vs. winner of Demian Maia vs. Jon Fitch
Here is the problem. MacDonald can continue to beat people, but if he is not willing to face his training partner, Georges St-Pierre for the belt, than he should not pick off contenders. If he chooses to stay in the division, his only option should be to fight opponents who have already lost to the champion. Should he end up taking on Carlos Condit and defeating him, what’s next? Alternatively, if he were to take on Fitch or Maia, he would face great fighters that may not be challenging for a title soon. Plus, both could test his ground game to see what weaknesses he has there.
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Title Holder or Glover Teixeira
The next bout for Gustafsson depends on the outcome of Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida. Dana said that this bout was the next number one contenders bout, but no one can deny that if Henderson beats Machida, he deserves the title shot based on his current run. If Henderson losses than Gustafsson should get the shot. So, if Henderson wins, let Gustafsson take on Teixeira, and if Henderson losses give him the winner of Jones vs. Sonnen for a title shot.
Benson Henderson vs winner of Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone
Honestly, Pettis should be getting the next shot at the title, but he did lose to Clay Guida in his debut. This is the next number one contenders bout, but Cerrone already has two losses to current champion Henderson. Given those did happen in the WEC, which means they may not count to the every day MMA fan, but they are still losses. If anything Pettis deserves a shot so Henderson can redeem himself for their final fight in the WEC.