Last night’s UFC on Fox event went much smoother in its presentation. To make matters even more favorable, every one of the four main card bouts delivered serious action. There were two first round knockouts, a submission and a back-and-forth contest. I was very pleased by the commentary of both Brian Stann and Randy Couture. The show barely ran over two hours and the commercials were not as overbearing as with the previous two UFC on Fox cards. There were many happy fans at the event and watching around the globe.
Following a big night of fights in New Jersey, many new matchups are now on my mind as future possibilities. Below are five fights that I would like to see booked in the near future.
Alan Belcher vs. Vitor Belfort/Wanderlei Silva winner
Belcher has now four straight fights over three years. The long layoff was due to a career-threatening eye injury. Beating Rousimar Palhares is a huge step forward, however this is one those divisions in the UFC where you don’t want to throw the guy up there too quick. Anderson Silva is sitting on that hill. He finishes people like a pissed off ninja. Vitor was knocked out by Anderson in the first round by video-game face kick. Vitor would still need another big win to get back to the belt. And if Wanderlei wins he would steal Belfort’s momentum and Belcher would still be an appropriate opponent at that point. This fight needs to be booked for late this year.
Lavar Johnson vs. Roy Nelson/Dave Herman winner
Johnson battered Pat Barry with a combination of pure fury, trapped against the cage Barry was finally battered to the floor. After a victorious UFC debut on a major stage, and a first round knockout no less, Lavar should get a big fight right away. A good matchup for him would be the winner of the Dave Herman vs. Roy Nelson fight at UFC 146 later this month. That fight would be a step forward, but not too far. Plus either fight should produce a good scrap and I’m pretty sure that is why we are here.
Josh Koscheck vs. Diego Sanchez 2
Just thinking about this matchup gets me intrigued. Both of these men have something to prove coming off of a loss. Diego has said that he may go back to 155, but I doubt that he would pass on a chance to erase an earlier loss to Koscheck. The UFC likes to book winners against winners and losers against losers. When you could that with the fact that this could be a great co-main event rematch of two UFC and Ultimate Fighter season one veterans. This is a fight people would want to see.
John Hathaway vs. Mike Swick
Mike Swick hasn’t had an MMA fight in over two years. On Twitter recently he hinted at a possible return. John Hathaway is an up-and-comer who needs a solid challenge. This fight could make sense for both fighters and it would great to see “Quick” Swick in the Octagon again. It seems like its been years. Oh yea, it has been. This fight needs to be booked.
Danny Castillo vs. Jim Miller
Why not? Castillo may not have had the fight of the night, but he did win his third a row. Miller lost in decisive fashion and will need to take a few steps back after being stopped the way he did. This matchup would provide a battle of two wrestlers. Miller will not let Castillo hold him down. If Danny is gonna win this one he will have to work for it. The step up in competition is necessary at this point.