Playing Matchmaker – Fights to make post UFC 208

Playing Matchmaker – Fights to make post UFC 208

UFC 208 is in the books, and now it’s time to look forward and play matchmaker

The fights are over, and we know the winners and losers from UFC 208. The UFC circus never stops touring, so already they are hard at work trying to figure out who should face off with whom next.  This morning we’re going to help lighten their load by playing matchmaker and trying to determine what makes sense for the main card winners and losers from last night.

The Winners

Germaine de Randamie – A match with Cris “Cyborg” Santos is in the cards for the new Featherweight champion.  Nothing else makes a bit of sense. That being said, de Randamie told us she’s having surgery on her hand, so it’ll have to wait. Interim title anyone?

Anderson Silva – I’m not convinced Anderson Silva won that fight, but such is the MMA world we live in.  At this point, it seems going forward, Anderson is looking for high impact fights. Anderson doesn’t want to climb the ladder and become champion.  Instead he wants big money fights.  Silva wants GSP, he wants Conor McGregor.  The problem is, those fights only serve Anderson, not Conor or GSP.  Not sure what’s next for Silva, but maybe a rematch with Nick Diaz would tempt him.

Jacare Souza – Let’s not mince words here, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza is the best fighter in the UFC’s Middleweight division, and it’s time for him to get his world title shot.  He should face the winner of Yoel Romero and Michael Bisping. Quit playing games and give that man his title shot.

Glover Teixeira – Glover didn’t look great, but he won the fight and did what he needed to do.  He’s ranked near the top of the Light Heavyweight division, but the Champion already has a fight booked, and Jon Jones is waiting in the wings to face the winner.  Not sure what is out there right now for Glover. Maybe a fight with the winner of Corey Anderson and Jimmy Manuwa might be a logical next fight.

Dustin Poirier –  We’ll have to wait and see what we learn about his leg injury.  If he’s healthy, fights with Michael Chiesa, Edson Barboza or Rafael dos Anjos would all make sense. I wouldn’t mind seeing a rematch between Poirier and Michael Johnson either.  It was a big win for Dustin, and he deserves someone in the top ten.

The Losers

Holly Holm –  Well, the UFC obviously needs to sign another couple of Featherweights, because right now there’s nobody else on the roster to face off with. If anyone is listening, I would love to see Invicta Featherweight champion Megan Anderson get her opportunity in the Octagon. She’s talented and really marketable.

Derek Brunson – Derek has two consecutive losses on his record now. He’s still a very good fighter but he’s going to have to take a step back and face someone lower on the food chain.  I’d say a good potential opponent for him might be Tim Boetsch or Sam Alvey.

Tim Boetsch – Tim has lost four of his last six, and it’s not looking good for him long term in the UFC. He could clash with Derek Brunson, but beyond that he’s likely a guy who can face an up and coming fighter. Someone not currently ranked in the Middleweight division like Antonio Carlos Jr. or Jake Collier.  I’d say another loss, and he’s going to be calling Scott Coker and looking for a job.

Jared Cannonier – He was unable to unload any significant strikes against Glover.  He’s not ranked, and a fight with someone like Gian Villante if he gets by Shogun Rua makes sense.  His card is kind of wide open, and he can be paired with anyone outside the top 15.

Jim Miller – A rematch with Beneil Dariush would be fun. Jim is a tough out for anyone, so he would be an exciting rematch for Michael Chiesa as well.  Miller is always super game, and he’ll have a fight signed again pretty quickly.  It’ll be against someone in the top ten, and it’ll be a dogfight.