Strikeforce Results: 5 Fighters the UFC Should Consider Sending to Strikeforce

Matt Juul@@MattchidaMMAContributor IIIMay 20, 2012

Strikeforce Results: 5 Fighters the UFC Should Consider Sending to Strikeforce

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    After another exciting evening of fights, Strikeforce has proven that it is still viable.

    In order to keep the UFC's sister promotion in tact, however, it will need an influx of new talent to keep the roster filled with contenders. And with an upcoming summer card featuring three title fights, Strikeforce is in desperate need of contenders.

    Here are five fighters we'd like to see the UFC send over to Strikeforce.

Thiago Alves

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    Since 2009, former welterweight top contender Thiago Alves has had a difficult time in the Octagon, posting a dismal 2-4 record.

    Despite showing off improved ground skills in his bout with Papy Abedi at UFC 138, as well as his dangerous striking in his loss to Martin Kampmann at UFC on FX, Alves is far from another shot at the title.

    But with Strikeforce's next welterweight title holder to be determined this summer, Alves would do great over in Strikeforce and could be a force as a top contender.

Mevlin Guillard

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    Stating his intentions of wanting to win the UFC crown, lightweight Melvin Guillard will have to wait a year or two before he can make that dream a reality due to the sheer number of top contenders at 155.

    But if he wants a shot at a belt, Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez is in need of a new opponent after defeating Josh Thomson last night.

    Guillard's powerful punches and solid wrestling would make for a great matchup against the champ.

Josh Koscheck

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    Like Alves, Josh Koscheck is another top-level welterweight who's far off from another crack at the crown.

    Coming off of a hard-fought loss to Johnny Hendricks, it is clear that there's new blood taking over the 170 lb division.

    Getting a shot at Nate Marquardt or Tyron Woodley would be an exciting battle of welteweight powerhouses and would be a great draw for Strikeforce.

George Sotiropoulos

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    Sidelined after suffering an injury prior to his UFC 144 bout with Takanori Gomi, ailing George Sotiropoulos was once considered one of the top guys in the lightweight division.

    Man how things have changed.

    Suffering back-to-back losses to Dennis Siver and Rafael dos Anjos, Sotiropoulos is far from a title shot. But he would be a great challenge for Gilbert Melendez considering his black belt BJJ skills.

Brandon Vera

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    Bouncing back with a big win after briefly being cut by the UFC, Brandon Vera has shown that he's still a force in the light-heavyweight division. But he is not at the caliber that Jon Jones or the rest of the top-tier guys are at.

    With Strikeforce's light-heavyweight division without a champ or that many challengers, Vera can reinvent himself in Strikeforce and possibly even be a title holder.

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