UFC on FX 5 Results: Post-Fight Matchmaking for the Entire Fight Card
After being dominated by Cain Velasquez in his UFC debut, Antonio Silva picked up his first win inside the Octagon by scoring a surprising knockout of Travis Browne in the UFC on FX 5 main event.
Silva has some work to do before he can be considered a serious heavyweight contender, but this win over Browne showed the Brazilian is still one of the most talented big men in MMA.
This loss to Silva marked the first in Browne's career. The Greg Jackson-trained heavyweight has now failed in both of his attempts to break through to the next level of his division, as he also fought to an uneventful draw against Cheick Kongo in October 2010.
As Silva looks to make a run at the heavyweight division's elite and Browne tries to rebound quickly, let's take a look at what opponents could be next for both fighters and the rest of the UFC on FX 5 competitors.
Darren Uyenoyama vs. Louis Gaudinot
After sitting out for nearly one year, Darren Uyenoyama finally made his flyweight debut against UFC newcomer Phil Harris on Friday night. Uyenoyama was originally booked for a fight with Louis Gaudinot, but he was unaffected by the change of opponents, as he submitted Harris in the second round.
With another UFC win over Norifumi Yamamoto, Uyenoyama could become a contender in the 125-pound division, but he'll have to prove himself a little more in his new weight class before he can be considered for a title shot.
Since it was a fight that was already booked, and one that remained intriguing, the UFC should consider re-booking the bout between Uyenoyama and Gaudinot.
Bart Palaszewski vs. Yuri Alcantara
Bart Palaszewski showed a ton of toughness to finish strong in a fight during which he was rocked multiple times early on. However, an uncharacteristically aggressive Diego Nunes proved too much for Palaszewski, who came up short in a second straight decision loss.
As rough an outing this was for Palaszewski, the 52-fight veteran with wins over Anthony Pettis and Tyson Griffin remains one of the more well-rounded fighters in the featherweight division.
A bout with another diverse jiu-jitsu black belt in Yuri Alcantara could give Palaszewski a shot at winning Fight of the Night honors in back-to-back appearances.
Diego Nunes vs. Erik Koch
Coming off of an April loss to Dennis Siver, Diego Nunez appeared a completely different fighter at UFC on FX 5, where he overwhelmed Bart Palaszewski with an unexpected forward-moving attack.
Since joining the UFC roster, Nunes has established himself as one of the toughest featherweights in the world. Picking up a win over the Brazilian is no small feat, so that's why he might make for a good opponent against Erik Koch, who will be looking for an impressive win over a highly ranked opponent to re-earn a title shot after a year-long absence from competition.
Marcus LeVesseur vs. Anton Kuivanen
With his victory at UFC on FX 5, Marcus LeVesseur may have saved his job with the UFC and caused Carlo Prater's release from the organization in the process. Prater has picked up one win in three UFC appearances, and that win came via controversial disqualification, as he was supposedly punched in the back of the head by Erick Silva, who was looking to land some finishing blows.
LeVesseur can now set his sights on earning some job security. A fight with Anton Kuivanen, who is also coming off of his first UFC win, could give LeVesseur a good chance to pick up a second straight win.
Aaron Simpson vs. Demian Maia-Rick Story Loser
Aaron Simpson was on the receiving end of a brutal knockout on Friday night, but he looked excellent in the first round of his bout against a highly ranked welterweight in Mike Pierce.
For the 38-year-old Simpson, a move to welterweight was expected to be a last-ditch effort at becoming a title contender in the UFC. Though he already suffered a setback in his second fight at 170 pounds, Simpson should come back and make one more go of it at welterweight.
The final result may not have been as positive, but Simpson looked just as good in the opening round of his fight against Pierce as elite welterweights Johny Hendricks and Josh Koscheck recently looked in any of their combined six rounds against the Oregonian.
At this point in his career, Simpson has earned the right to compete against relatively big names as long as he avoids a long losing streak. A bout with the loser of a fight between Demian Maia and Rick Story could be next for Simpson as he looks to finish his career on a high note.
Mike Pierce vs. Demian Maia-Rick Story Winner
After being surprisingly bested in the first round, Mike Pierce came back strong in the second frame of his bout with Aaron Simpson to record an impressive knockout win.
Normally, a win like that over a fighter like Simpson would earn Pierce a shot at one of the elite fighters in the welterweight division, but Pierce's losses to Johny Hendricks and Josh Koscheck are still too fresh for that to happen.
Instead, Pierce will now likely meet another fringe contender coming off of a big win. After Demian Maia and Rick Story meet at UFC 153, Pierce should meet the winner in a bout to determine who should get the next shot at a top-five 170-pound fighter.
Danny Castillo vs. Shane Roller II
Danny Castillo got off to a strong start against Michael Johnson at UFC on FX 5, scoring a knockdown in the opening round. However, Castillo was unable to put his Blackzilian opponent away and ended up having his three-fight winning streak stopped with a knockout loss in the second round.
Fellow lightweight Shane Roller also had a disappointing night on Friday, when he was submitted less than three minutes into his bout with Jacob Volkmann.
In an effort to get one of these 155-pound veterans back on track, the UFC should match Castillo and Roller against one another in early 2013.
Michael Johnson vs. Jacob Volkmann
Michael Johnson and Jacob Volkmann both picked up very important wins at UFC on FX 5. It would now seem logical to match the fighters against one another as they attempt to climb toward contender status in the lightweight division.
Currently, the only UFC lightweight Johnson and Volkmann have both lost to was Paul Sass, and the Englishman caught both fighters with submissions in the first round. So, Johnson and Volkmann are in very similar standing at 155 pounds and—barring injury—should be ready to return to the cage at approximately the same time.
Josh Neer vs. Dong Hyun Kim-Paulo Thiago Loser
After being put to sleep by Justin Edwards, Josh Neer has now been stopped in the opening round of back-to-back fights. Nonetheless, the welterweight is too exciting for the UFC to part ways with just yet.
A fighter that fans will gladly tune in to watch, Neer could still find himself competing against a well-known opponent despite this poor performance. Against the loser of an upcoming fight between Dong Hyun Kim and Paulo Thiago, Neer would have the opportunity to prove his ground game is better than he showed against Edwards.
Justin Edwards vs. Kyle Noke
Following unexpected wins over respective opponents Josh Neer and Charlie Brenneman, former The Ultimate Fighter contestants Justin Edwards and Kyle Noke are suddenly two of the more intriguing up-and-coming welterweights in the UFC.
Still, both fighters would need another win or two to justify a shot at a 170-pound contender. So, in an effort to build one of these guys up as a potential contender, the UFC should book a fight between Edwards and Noke as soon as possible.
Jussier Formiga vs. Phil Harris
Tried as he could, Jussier Formiga could not find a way to go to the ground with John Dodson in a bout to determine the next top contender for the UFC's flyweight title. Eventually, Formiga paid the price for his telegraphed takedowns by suffering a knockout loss that pushes him toward the back of the line for a 125-pound title shot.
Another flyweight making his UFC debut at UFC on FX 5, Phil Harris was submitted in the second round of his fight against Darren Uyenoyama.
The UFC needs to show casual fans why they brought these fighters into the Octagon to become eventual title contenders, so a matchup between Formiga and Harris to get at least one fighter back on track seems like a very good possibility.
John Dodson vs. Demetrious Johnson
With his win over Jussier Formiga, John Dodson has earned a shot at UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.
In a fight that will feature two of the quickest fighters in UFC history, fans may have to watch Johnson's first title defense in slow-motion replay. A date for the championship bout has not yet been set, but both fighters appear healthy and should be ready to go in the first month or two of 2013.
Jay Hieron vs. Jon Fitch-Erick Silva Loser
Jay Hieron may have come up short in an effort to earn his second career win over Jake Ellenberger and first ever UFC victory, but the 36-year-old showed he has belonged inside the Octagon for the past several years of his career by taking an elite welterweight to a relatively close decision.
Despite the loss, Hieron deserves another fight with a fairly highly ranked welterweight. With Jon Fitch set to fight Erick Silva at UFC 153, there's a good chance Hieron could await the loser of that fight for his next appearance.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Jon Fitch-Erick Silva Winner
Jake Ellenberger was hoping to make a statement against Jay Hieron at UFC on FX 5. He didn't do that, but "The Juggernaut" did avenge one of six career losses and took an important step toward returning to his place as one of the top contenders in the welterweight division.
With one more win, Ellenberger will already be worthy of consideration for a title again once again. That win could come against the victor of an upcoming bout between long-time contender Jon Fitch and rising Brazilian star Erick Silva.
Travis Browne vs. Stipe Miocic
A knee injury hampered Travis Browne in a knockout loss to Antonio Silva. However, even before hurting his knee, Browne didn't look like himself in the UFC on FX 5 main event. The heavyweight was employing unorthodox footwork and held his hands at his waist.
Once Silva was able to back Browne against the fence, it was only a matter of time until the Greg Jackson-trained fighter ate one of his opponent's giant fists.
The loss to Silva is a significant setback for the 30-year-old Browne, who isn't all that young for an up-and-comer of his standing. If Browne wants to contend for a UFC title, he'll have to heal up quickly and pick up a victory over a fellow hopeful prospect like Stipe Miocic to right his ship.
Antonio Silva vs. Stefan Struve
After being run through by Cain Velasquez, some wondered whether Antonio Silva truly deserved to be mentioned among the better heavyweights in the world. By halting the rise of Travis Browne, Silva proved he was worth the hype that followed him into the UFC.
The 33-year-old Silva has some improvements to make in his striking from distance, but he'll be a force in the heavyweight division for at least a few more years. Before throwing Silva back into the mix with contenders, though, the UFC should use Silva as a measuring stick once again in a bout against Stefan Struve.
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