UFC 116: Fighters Matchmaking


UFC 116: Fighters Matchmaking

Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez (UFC Heavyweight Championship)

Cain Velasquez is slated to verse Brock Lesnar now that Brock defended his belt against Shane Carwin. Should be another firework type fight in which Brock Lesnar faces another undefeated tough opponent. All but 1 of Cain Velasquez wins have been by TKO or KO. Brock Stand up game and wrestling will be tested and it should be a great bout. Prediction: UFC 119 or UFC 121.

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Shane Carwin vs The Loser of Junior Dos Santos vs Roy Nelson

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After Shane Carwin’s loss to Brock Lesnar at UFC 116 he needs to work his way back up. I see Junior Dos Santos vs Roy Nelson as the next contender for whoever wins the Brock Lesnar vs Cain Velasquez championship match. I think the loser of that fight should verse Shane Carwin. Both Fighters needing bounce backs after being at the top. Prediction: UFC 121 or UFC 122.

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Chris Leben vs Micheal Bisping (Win or lose Leben gets Wanderlei Silva after)

Chris Leben new nickname should be “The American Zombie” after his UFC 116 performance. It was also his 2nd fight in 2 weeks and he won both. After climbing the Middleweight ranks now I think he should fight Michael Bisping. I know he wants to fight Wanderlei Silva but Wanderlei will be out of action for awhile and Leben needs to keep fresh. Prediction: This matchup essentially could be the main event in UFC 120 in London.


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Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Winner of Yushin Okami vs Mark Munoz

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After a tough loss to Chris Leben, I’m sure Yoshihiro Akiyama wants to get another match sooner than waiting another year. Whoever wins verse Yushin Okami and Mark Munoz would be a perfect scenario match-up. Okami and Munoz are fighting to move up in the Middleweight division and what a better opportunity to fight Akiyama who was a top 10 middleweight prior to his loss. Akiyami needs a bounce back fight and to fight one of these guys who are rising in the middleweight would be a good start. Prediction: The Ultimate Fighter Finale GSP vs Koscheck

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Chris Lytle vs Paulo Thiago

After winning 3 in a row Chris Lytle is moving up in the Welterweight division. UFC 119 is Indianapolis and Chris Lytle would love to fight in his home town. Paulo Thiago is a tough fighter and is just the fighter that could make Chris Lytle a contender. Paulo Thiago needs a good win after dropping down a bit in the division from his loss to Martin Kampmann. So essentially is a good fight for both fighters careers. Prediction: UFC 119

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Matt Brown vs Amir Sadollah

Matt Brown could be cut from the UFC after losing to Chris Lytle but I think he deserves one more bout. A fight against Amir Sadollah would be a good one. Amir is coming off a loss and also needs a revival in his career. If Brown loss no doubt about he could be cut so a revival is most needed for him. A good matchup for both fighter though. Predicition: UFC 121 or The Ultimate Fighter Finale GSP vs Koscheck

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Stephan Bonner vs Matt Hamill


After a hard fought win for Stephan Bonnar who essentially saved his job in the UFC. A match verse Matt Hamill who revived his career a bit with a win over Keith Jardine could be an exciting one. Matt Hamill in the Keith Jardine fight stood up with the “Dean of Mean” and exchanged. In UFC 116 Stephan Bonnar exchanged in his fight. This fight would be a Fight of the Night type. Prediction: UFC 122 or UFC 123

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Krzysztof Soszynski vs Jason Brilz

After losing the rematch to Stephan Bonnar, Krzysztof Soszynski needs to regroup. Jason Brilz also needs to regroup after his loss a close match to “Little Nog”. This fight would be a good one since both have earned Fight of the Night honors in there last fights. Just means this one could be another in the making. Prediction: UFC Fight Night 22 or UFC 120

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George Sotiropoulos vs Loser of Kenny Florian vs Gray Maynard

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George Sotiropoulos is quickly moving up in the ranks after his UFC 116 win, marking his 6 UFC win in a row.  I’m pretty sure whoever wins between Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard will get the winner of Frankie Edgar vs B.J. Penn. So the loser of that fight should fight Sotiropoulos in a possible next contender fight. Prediction: UFC 122

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Brendan Schaub vs Ben Rothwell


This fight would be a slugfest. Schuab likes to stand up and exchange and so does Ben Rothwell. maybe some wrestling but I see this as a straight up stand up slugfest type of match. This match could be worthy of Fight of the Night or Knockout of the Night. It be crazy if it went to a decision because both throw haymakers. Prediction: UFC 119 or The Ultimate Fighter Finale GSP vs Koscheck

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Chris Tuchscherer vs Gilbert Yvel

After losing to Brendan Schaub Chris Tuchscherer needs to prove himself. Gilbert Yvel is on a 2 fight losing streak but put in a heck of a fight vs Ben Rothwell. This fight would be a Knockout of the Night honors type fight. Both heavy handed and both like to stand up an exchange. Also Both need a Win so for one of these guys it could be a revival and for the other another setback. Prediction: UFC 123

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Ricardo Romero vs Cyrille Diabate

Both won there UFC debuts and both are rising UFC stars. What but a fight between them both to boost there careers. It could become a good ground game between the both of them. An while it may be boring cause there on the ground we could witness some good submissions. Prediction: UFC versus or a UFC Live after The Ultimate Fighter Finale GSP vs Koscheck

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Seth Petruzelli vs Steve Cantwell

Seth Petruzelli UFC return wasn’t like he wanted but it wasn’t terrible either. He put in an exciting and tough 1st round but in the end punched himself out. He was tired and looked it on the ground when he got submitted. Steve Cantwell was replaced by Seth Petruzelli in this fight actually. This would be a good fight for Cantwell who has loss 2 fights in a row. He needs to prove he belongs. Prediction: UFC Fight Night 22

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Kendall Grove vs Nate Quarry


After a nice bounce back win for Kendall Grove he needs to continue winning to be considered something. Nate Quarry hasn’t fought since his he got beat by Jorge Rivera on March 31, 2010. He had facial reconstruction surgery but should be ready to rock now. Kendall Grove though winning stills needs to show more in the UFC. A win verse Nate Quarry could be a good start. Prediction: UFC 121 or The Ultimate Fighter Finale GSP vs Koscheck.

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Gerald Harris vs Loser of Nate Marquardt vs Rousimar Palhares

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Gerald Harris has won 2 Knock Out of the Night’s in 3 UFC fights. He has won all 3 and is one a 10 fight streak. He deserves a big name fight as well as being on a main event. The loser of the Nate Marquardt vs Rousimar Palhares would be a big step as both opponents are worthy. Only reason I say he should verse the loser is that I believe the winner might have one more match to decide the next contender. Prediction: UFC 122 or 123

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Goran Reljic vs Dave Branch

Both Fighters lost in UFC 116. Both need a win and to prove that they belong in the UFC. Another loss can put either one on the brink of being cut so this would be an important fight. Goran lost a close fight and Branch got KO’ed on a Slam so either way both are setbacks. A good fight to turn it around. Prediction: A UFC Live or Fight Night.

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Daniel Roberts vs Michael Guymon

Both Fighters coming off a win after losing there UFC Debuts. Both can submit there opponent which should play up to be a good ground game. Could be a submission or the fight of the night. Prediction: A UFC Live or Fight Night.

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Forrest Petz vs Jessie Lennox

Forrest Petz lost in his UFC return and Jesse Lennox has lost 2 straight. So a win is essential for both to compete in the UFC. This type of fight could be a good stand up/ground game but ultimately could be a Knock of the Night fight. Prediction: A UFC Live or Fight Night.

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Jon Madson vs Todd Duffee

Two up and coming UFC stars and on the rise. Jon Madsen is undefeated in the UFC and took care of business in UFC 116. Todd Duffee on the other hand is coming off a loss which was a shocker because it came out of no where. Todd Duffee in order to stay at the top needs a good win. Jon Madsen is rising fast and to beat Todd Duffee could put him on the larger map. Prediction: The Ultimate Fighter Finale GSP vs Koscheck

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Karlos Vermola vs James McSweeney

Both lost there last fights. Karlos Vermola lost his UFC Debut in UFC 116 and James Mcsweeney lost to an undefeated Travis Browne in the Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale. This could be a UFC Win and stay on the roster fight so guns will be a blazing in this one. Prediction: The Ultimate Fighter Finale GSP vs Koscheck

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