UFC 147 Results: Post-Fight Matchmaking for the Entire Fight Card
At UFC 147, two legends of the sport went toe-to-toe for five rounds in a fight-of-the-night effort.
It wasn't on par with Dan Henderson's epic fight against Mauricio Rua, but the main event between Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva was a great way for both fighters to begin the final chapters of their careers.
Additionally, Saturday's event helped crown the first two TUF champions from a Brazilian season of the reality series, as Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra and Cezar Ferreira picked up the biggest wins of their respective careers to emerge victorious from the featherweight and middleweight tournaments.
Heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum also picked up an important win in his progression toward earning a UFC title shot, as he knocked out Mike Russow.
With UFC 147 now in the books, let's take a look at who could be next for all the winners and losers from Saturday night's fight card.
Wagner Campos vs. Joey Gambino
Aside from the season runner-up, TUF participants who lose in their first official UFC fight are rarely given second chances inside the Octagon.
However, after leading on the scorecards through the first two rounds of his bout with Marcos Vinicius, Wagner Campos deserves one more shot.
The UFC should consider matching Campos up against UFC on FX 4 loser Joey Gambino, with the loser of that bout likely being released from the organization.
Marcos Vinicius vs. Felipe Arantes
With a third-round comeback against Wagner Campos, Marcos Vinicius likely saved his spot on the UFC roster. Regardless of how he did it, Vincius has earned at least a couple more fights inside the Octagon and can begin trying to make a climb up the featherweight ladder.
Vincius's first step toward securing a long-term career with the UFC could come against fellow UFC 147 winner Felipe Arantes, who fought to a debatable draw against Milton Vieira in the event's opening bout.
Thiago Perpetuo vs. Chris Camozzi
A flurry in the third round of his bout against Leonardo Mafra allowed TUF participant Thiago Perpetuo to secure his spot on the UFC's middleweight roster.
Perpetuo's next fight should come against a low-ranked middleweight striker who can give him a stiff test.
A fight with Chris Camozzi, a fellow TUF contestant, would provide a good indication of where Perpetuo stands in the middleweight division.
Hugo Viana vs. Marcus Brimage
Despite being at a five-pound disadvantage against an overweight John Teixeira, Hugo Viana found a way to win in a split decision at UFC 147.
Now, Viana should find himself competing against a fighter who is coming off of a win in his next fight.
Marcus Brimage, a TUF contestant who is also coming off of a split-decision win, could be the best option for Viana's next opponent.
Francisco Drinaldo vs. Sean Pierson
Francisco Drinaldo looked impressive in victory in a middleweight bout against Delson Heleno at UFC 147. Though he looked shredded at 185 pounds, Drinaldo was a Jungle Fight lightweight champion before competing on TUF, so he plans to drops weight for his next fight.
Judging by his lack of body fat on Saturday night, it's hard to imagine Drinaldo making an immediate drop to 155 pounds, so we'll assume his next fight will come at welterweight.
If that is the case, a bout with Sean Pierson could be next for the Brazilian.
Rodrigo Damm vs. Steven Siler
A former Strikeforce and Sengoku fighter, Rodrigo Damm is one of the most experienced fighters to come out of any TUF season.
As such, he should see a big step up in competition for his next contest inside the Octagon.
Damm's dangerous ground game would test the rising Steven Siler, while Siler's reach and striking would force Damm to improve his own striking.
Yuri Alcantara vs. Diego Nunes
At UFC 147 Yuri Alcantara's 14-fight winning streak came to an end.
It's hard to say where the loss puts Alcantara in the featherweight rankings, as he was facing a talented UFC newcomer in Hacran Dias, who had little experience against other top competition.
Still, Alcantara has a recent win over Ricardo Lamas, who defeated Hatsu Hioki on Friday night, so this loss might be more indicative of Dias' talent than Alcantara's lack thereof.
Let's match Alcantara up against Diego Nunes to see exactly where it is the former belongs in the 145-pound division.
Mike Russow vs. Dave Herman
Mike Russow's loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 147 brought an end to an 11-fight winning streak.
The loss made it clear that Russow will probably never compete for a title, but he does have the ability to continue competing in the UFC until he decides to retire.
A bout with Dave Herman would give Russow a good chance to bounce back, while it would also allow Herman a reasonable opportunity to avoid a third straight loss and remain on the UFC roster.
Fabricio Werdum vs. Alistair Overeem III
With wins in five of his past six fights, Fabricio Werdum has separated himself as the top heavyweight contender behind Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem.
Since champion Junior dos Santos is getting set to fight Velasquez in the coming months, it would make sense to put together a rematch between Werdum and Overeem to determine the next title challenger.
It might not be a popular matchup among fans, as the last bout between Werdum and Overeem disappointed, but Werdum deserves the rubber match after Overeem recently failed a drug test, bringing into question the accomplishments of his entire career.
Godofredo Pepey vs. Milton Vieira
Godofredo Pepey came out on the losing side of his TUF featherweight tournament final against Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra, but a large reason for that was a questionable game plan of repeatedly pulling guard.
A talented young fighter, Pepey is ready for a tough test in his next fight. He'll get that against another skilled grappler in Milton Vieira, who fought to a draw in his UFC debut, against Felipe Arantes.
Rony Mariano Bezerra vs. Hacran Dias
With his win over Godofredo Pepey, Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra became the first champion of a Brazilian season of TUF.
As a result, the UFC will look to push him toward the top of the featherweight division as quickly as possible.
Hacran Dias picked up a huge win over Yuri Alcantara in his UFC debut, so he would provide a solid test for Bezerra.
The winner of a bout between Dias and Bezerra could quickly enter title conversation in a featherweight division that is desperate for serious contenders to match with champion Jose Aldo.
Sergio Moraes vs. Kyle Noke
Brazilian Sergio Moraes and Australian Kyle Noke are two of the most popular TUF contestants from their respective countries.
However, both fighters are coming off of losses and are in danger of being released from the UFC.
A bout between Moraes and Noke would allow the UFC to keep at least one of these well-liked fighters on its middleweight roster—possibly both, if they are able to provide a fight-of-the-night performance.
Cezar Ferreira vs. Daniel Sarafian
It wasn't flawless, but Cezar Ferreira did enough to defeat Sergio Moraes and become the first middleweight winner of TUF: Brazil.
Regardless of what happens in his next fight, Ferreira should have a long future ahead of him in the UFC.
Since his spot on the organization's roster is safe for now, let's match Ferreira against Daniel Sarafian, whom he was supposed to meet in the 185-pound final, before an injury allowed Moraes to step in as a replacement.
A bout with Ferreira would give Sarafian a chance to show that he would have been the deserving winner of the middleweight tournament had it not been for an injury.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen Loser
This matchup really applies only in the event that Chael Sonnen loses against Anderson Silva at UFC 148.
Should Sonnen win, a bout between Anderson Silva and Wanderlei Silva probably wouldn't be an option for several different reasons, but a bout between W. Silva and Sonnen would make sense despite, Wanderlei's nearing retirement.
Wanderlei Silva and Sonnen have had bad blood between each other for quite some time, but it simply hasn't made sense for the two to meet.
However, that time would finally come if Sonnen fails to exact revenge in his upcoming rematch with Anderson Silva.
Many are worried about the health of W. Silva after some recent knockout losses, but Sonnen isn't known to possess the power in his hands it would require to add another devastating knockout to Wanderlei's long list of recent losses.
While many would expect the predictable outcome of Sonnen's using his wrestling to negate W. Silva's dangerous striking, this is still a fight that would provide plenty of pre-fight drama and sell pay-per-views.
Rich Franklin vs. Alan Belcher
Alan Belcher is one of the only top middleweights not locked into a fight at the moment, so it only makes sense for him to matched up against Rich Franklin, who survived a second-round onslaught from Wanderlei Silva to win at UFC 147.
A bout with Franklin would give Belcher the chance to pick up the biggest win of his career, while the matchup would afford Frankin the opportunity to earn a victory over a middleweight contender more relevant than Silva.
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