UFC 146 Results: What's Next for the Winners?
For the first time in UFC history, an all-heavyweight main card took the spotlight in a pay-per-view event that delivered in more ways than one.
In the main event, UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos successfully defended his title with a second-round knockout over former champion Frank Mir.
In the co-main event, former champion Cain Velasquez battered Strikeforce veteran Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva to rebound from the first loss of his career.
Other winners on the card include Roy Nelson, Dan Hardy, Stefan Struve and Jamie Varner. This is what's next for them.
Fans have been anticipating the UFC debut of Glover Teixiera for a while now, and it showed why there is so much hype behind him, as he submitted Kyle Kingsbury at 1:53 of the first round in their light heavyweight bout.
Teixiera takes his record to 18-2 with the win, including 12 knockouts and four submissions.
A fight with the winner of the upcoming Brandon Vera and James Te Huna fight could be a good step for him in establishing his position as one of the must-watch 205-pound fighters.
Undefeated at 13-0, Paul Sass is quickly becoming one of the more interesting prospects in the lightweight division.
With a submission game that is hard to match, the Brit defeated Jacob Volkmann by triangle armbar in the first round to give himself his third consecutive victory in the Octagon.
Sass was supposed to fight Evan Dunham a while back, and that fight would be a strong matchup if it is to be made again.
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In a must-win situation, Dan Hardy saved his UFC career with a first-round KO over Duane Ludwig.
It broke a four-fight losing streak for "The Outlaw," who made it all the way to a title shot back at UFC 111 when he lost to Georges St-Pierre.
For Hardy's next fight, a matchup with Amir Sadollah would make for a solid fight on an FX or Fuel TV card.
C.B. Dollaway had to overcome some tough moments in his fight with Jason "Mayhem" Miller, but it all paid off in the end for "The Doberman," who won his sixth UFC fight.
Despite being hurt several times in the fight, Dollaway was able to get the takedowns he needed to win a unanimous decision over three rounds.
With the much-needed win after two losses, Dollaway can face Karlos Vemola, who recently defeated Mike Massenzio.
Former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner entered his fight with Edson Barboza as a massive underdog, but he overcame the odds and knocked out the undefeated contender in the very first round.
With the win, Varner makes a case for comeback fighter of the year in 2012. He can improve upon this by taking on Matt Wiman next, who is 4-1 in his last five fights.
After a dominating first round by Brazilian featherweight Diego Brandao, Darren Elkins showed the grit that has won him four of his last five UFC fights and survived to rally back and win a unanimous decision.
Also on the card, Mike Brown defeated Daniel Pineda by decision in the opener.
Brown and Elkins can meet up for a battle of two featherweights on win streaks.
Update: the 36-year-old Brown has decided to walk away on a high note, reportedly deciding to retire after his most recent win.
Stipe Miocic put his undefeated record on the line against another undefeated heavyweight in Shane Del Rosario, who he stopped in the second round with some vicious elbows from mount.
If the UFC sets up a fight between Miocic and Gabriel Gonzaga, there aren't many who would be against it. Gonzaga has only lost to some of the best, and it would be a good fight for the up-and-coming Miocic.
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It didn't take long for Stefan Struve to do what his backers thought he would to Lavar Johnson in the opening bout on the pay-per-view.
"The Skyscraper" submitted his opponent a minute into the first round with an armbar to get his third UFC win in a row.
If the UFC can set up the original fight with Mark Hunt, it would guarantee a finish, and Struve is at the point in his career where he is becoming a much more intelligent fighter.
That would be an extra test in developing his game.
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After some considerable changes to his long list of opponents at UFC 146, Roy Nelson met and knocked out Dave Herman less than a minute into their fight.
It was Nelson's second victory in his last five fights, which saw him losing decisions to Frank Mir, Junior dos Santos and Fabricio Werdum.
The UFC should look to set him up with the winner of the Travis Browne vs. Ben Rothwell fight.
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Cain Velasquez put on one of the more dominant performances of his career in stopping Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in a bloody one-round battle featured as the co-main event.
It was an important fight for Velasquez, who was last seen losing his title to Junior dos Santos in November.
With the win, he now gets another chance to face the first man to beat him later this year.
Junior Dos Santos
Junior dos Santos is on his way to breaking the record for consecutive title defenses in the heavyweight division, and his first came against Frank Mir in the UFC 146 main event.
JDS stopped the former champion in the second round and now sets himself up with a rematch against Velasquez.