*The number indicates what I have ranked them of the top 25 in their division*
Vitor Belfort #7 vs loser of Yushin Okami #3 vs Anderson Silva #1
Vitor made quick work of Akiyama at UFC 133 by defeating him by TKO. Akiyama is credited with one of the best chins in the business, so for Vitor to dispose of him quickly is impressive. Vitor says he wants a title shot but reality is that he needs one more fight to get back there. Right now, Sonnen vs Stann is for the next crack at the champion. With that pretty much set, the loser of the title fight at UFC 134 would definitely be a possible opponent in my eyes.
Wanderlei Silva #14 vs Jorge Rivera #NR
I’m sure Dana White is hoping for Silva to retire but if Silva says he still has fight in him, Dana could never deny him of that. After all, Silva is one of the most beloved mma fighters in the world. He is also one of the biggest draws so it be tough to say no more to him. I could see Silva in a Tito Ortiz esque retirement fight. Not against a young gun but against a veteran who recently decided against retirement after back to back losses in Jorge Rivera. Rivera has already made his mark in the UFC although posting a 7-7 record in the octagon. His willingness to stand and bang has won fans over and like Silva, Rivera has nothing to prove anymore. I’d love to see these two veterans of the sport stand and bang for one more classic. Retirement would most likely be on the line.
Constantinos Philippou #NR vs Alessio Sakara #NR
Since his name is so long I’m going to just call him by his nickname “Costa”. Costa at UFC 133 recorded his first UFC win against a tough game opponent in Jorge Rivera. Costa was originally slated to verse Rafael Natal after Riki Fukuda pulled out with a injury. Then Alessio Sakara pulled out of his bout with Jorge Rivera, and Costa took the opportunity. He went from not fighting on that card, to being a replacement on the preliminary card, to then fighting on the main card, and ultimately defeating Jorge Rivera in a closely contested bout. As for Sakara, his recent string of bad luck has stalled his UFC career. He has only fought 3 times since 2009, which only goes to show his setbacks. Depending on how long his recovery from his torn acl, I’d love to see this bout. It would be fun fight, with plenty of stand-up.
Rafael Natal #NR vs Riki Fukuda #NR
This fight was supposed to go down at UFC 133, until Fukuda had to pull out. Natal went on to defeat his replacement but by no means did he look great doing so. Natal in my opinion needs to prove his worth, a win over a guy who fought on short notice isn’t overly impressive. Fukuda should be ready to go and attempt to get his first UFC win after losing to Nick Ring in a controversial decision. With both guys available to fight, and both at the bottom of the middleweight division. I’d say match em up again.
Paul Bradley #NR vs loser of Jared Hamman #NR vs C.B. Dollaway#NR
Although Bradley lost, and didn’t look great. I’d still have to think he will get another bout based on fighting on short notice. Dana White appreciates late replacements and usually rewards them with another opportunity. When looking at recent middleweight fights going down, I saw Dollaway vs Hamman. I figure the loser of this fight will be on the brink of being cut, but if given one more fight. I think Bradley would be the guy one of them would fight. If Dollaway loses he will drop his 3rd straight. If Hamman loses he will drop his 2nd straight and fall to 1-3 in the UFC.