What's Next: What is the Future for These Fighters?

Sean SchimlingAnalyst IApril 22, 2009

CULVER CITY, CA - MAY 30:  UFC fighter Chuck Liddell arrives at the taping for Spike TV's 2nd Annual 'Guys Choice' Awards held at Sony Studios on May 30, 2008 in Culver City, California.  The show airs on June 22, 2008 at 10PM ET/PT on Spike TV.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

After watching UFC 97, I was speechless. Not because I was unsatisfied, but because I was so uncertain of what was to happen next for a few fighters. That got me to thinking (which is never a good thing), and then thinking got me to writing.

So enjoy!

Shogun Rua

Shogun is coming off of two big wins, I say big wins because they were much needed. At UFC 94 we saw him gas extremely early, and defeat a 44 year old Mark Coleman. At UFC 97 we seen him completely dominate a 39 year old Chuck Liddell. Is anyone noticing a pattern?

If his next fight is against someone above the age of 35, I'm done!

But I doubt he'll get another old opponent, I think he should get a chance to avenge his UFC 76 loss to Forrest Griffin. He's also stated he would like that fight as well.

Shogun is still a very dangerous fighter with the capability to be UFC Light-Heavy Weight champion. If he plans on fighting for the title anytime soon, he has to start fighting people who aren't almost in a retirement home (just joking of course).

I'd love to see Shogun face Forrest Griffin, or the loser of Machida/Evans.

Chuck Liddell

Chuck is almost certainly retired, but I can't see Chuck going out like that. I want to see him retire, but I think he might try to stick around for one last hurrah!

Maybe against an opponent like Keith Jardine? Or even a rematch with Wanderlei Silva? I know Wanderlei wants it.

I'm not saying Chuck Liddell is coming back, or should comeback. I'm just saying if he does, it'll be for one last fight with an opponent he could actually beat.

I'd love to see Chuck retire, but if he does comeback, face Wanderlei one last time.

Anderson Silva

After his fight with Thales Leites at UFC 97, he has to be hearing the backlash. Anderson has conquered almost everyone in the 185 division, with the exceptions of Michael Bisping and Demian Maia.

Now I'd love to see a Maia/Silva fight, but I'd put money up that it'd turn out just like UFC 97's fight with Thales Leites. Who wants to see that again? Then we have Bisping, but I would also put money up that Bisping wouldn't make it out of the 3rd round (if he makes it that far).

I for one want Silva to move up to 205 and face the guys they have up there. Just think what Rampage/Silva would look like, or even Forrest Griffin/Anderson Silva. There are so many possibilities, and it would have an even higher chance of happening if Lyoto Machida loses at UFC 98.

He'll probably face the winner of Bisping/Henderson, but I think a good matchup would be Wanderlei Silva. Everyone else at 185 is scared to stand with him, but I could almost guarantee that Wandy would be willing to trade.

I'd love to see Anderson face, Rampage Jackson, Forrest Griffin, or Wanderlei Silva.

Cheick Kongo

Cheick has been ever improving since his loss to Heath Herring at UFC 82, reeling off three straight TKO victories and two "unintentional" groin strikes. Granted two of those wins were against sub-par opponents, but a W is a W, right? Now after those three wins Kongo's cry for a title shot will get louder.

Does he deserve one? No.

I see him taking on Shane Carwin or Gabriel Gonzaga next. Then maybe if he wins against one of those two he can shove his way into the title picture. Or at-least fight for the No. 1 contender spot with the winner of Big Nog/Randy.

I'd love to see Cheick Kongo face, Shane Carwin.

Here are some simple fights I'd love to see from the fighters at UFC 97.

Brian Stann-Steve Cantwell

Steve Cantwell-Brian Stann

Luiz Cane- Brandon Vera,Keith Jardine

Denis Kang-Chris Leben,Kendall Grove

Please leave comments/feedback, or what you think is next!