Title Fights and Number One Contenders In The UFC

tyler griggsContributor IJuly 13, 2009

As I was watching UFC 100 on PPV, I started thinking about how dominant St. Pierre and Lesnar were in defending their title at the PPV event.

In this article I'm going to mention the up-coming title fights, fights the MMA community would love to see, number one contenders, and number one contender fights.

Fedor Emelianenko has an up coming fight at the next Affliction event, big surprise. He is fighting Josh Barnett for the WAMMA Heavyweight Title.

The thing is I believe, that not only is he getting tired of being the only recognizable talent that Affliction has, but so is everyone else.

Don't get me wrong, he's a great fighter, and Affliction has a few good names in its roster, but you can only use a big name so many times before everyone grows tired of it.

Fedor's contract ends after this fight with Barnett. The UFC president has said " Fedor will fight in the UFC."

This brings me to my first title shot section.

Emelianenko vs. Lesnar would be in any Heavyweight fight lover's heaven. Both fighters are very big, strong, and aggressive. So this is going to be good, that's if it actually happens.

If it doesn't, I predict that the winner of the Shane Carwin vs. Cain Velasquez fight at UFC 104 will get the next title shot. Both of these fighters are undefeated. Both of these guys are great fighters, maybe not as big as Lesnar or Fedor, but anything can happen in this sport.

Velasquez is coming off of a win over Cheick Kongo at UFC 99, and Carwin with his outstanding record of 17-0 is surely ready for this challenge.

UFC 104 will also feature the first light heavyweight title defense by Lyoto Machida when he faces Mauricio Rua.

So who would be next in line to fight?

Well a good bit of the light heavyweight fighters are training for scheduled bouts, or don't deserve a title shot just yet.

One fighter who has done very well in his last few fights is Rich Franklin, who defeated Wanderlei Silva at a catch weight of 195 in his last bout.

He would be an excellent opponent for either one of these two men Machida or Rua.

If he can win at UFC 103 against whomever the UFC schedules him to fight, we might be looking at the next number one contender.

Middleweight Anderson Silva has fought some of the best fighters in the world, but his last few fights have been just plain ugly.

I don't say that to be mean, I say that to be honest.

Most of these fighters he is facing are too afraid of getting caught in a submission or clinch to do anything.

The fighter that many believe is next in line is Dan Henderson.

That event is nothing more than a rumor right now.

Henderson lost the middleweight belt when he fought to unify the Pride and UFC belts. He has stated that if he does not receive a title shot against The Spider, then he will return to the Light Heavyweight division.

Another fight that has been brought to my attention is the fight at UFC 102 with Demian Maia (10-0) and (28-8-2) Nate Marquardt. A possible title shot could await the winner.

George St. Pierre has been put on a medical suspension due to a groin injury that he suffered during his fight with Thiago Alvez.

During his post fight interview, Joe Rogan asked him about fighting Anderson Silva. Pierre said he will do whatever the UFC wants him to do, but first needs to heal from his injury.

BJ Penn will fight at the next month's UFC 101 against Kenny Florian.

Following his victory over Clay Guida, Diego Sanchez said he is ready for a title shot.

He would be the perfect opponent for Florian or Penn.

Well this is how I see the next few events turning out.

I thank everyone for the reads and give me some comments on what you think.