UFC 105 Winners: What's Next?
UFC 105 featured a slew of fighters, coming from a variety of sections on the championship road. Some needed a big win to help further themselves in their championship quest, while others needed a win just to keep the unemployment bug at bay.
Pre UFC 105, many people thought that if Randy Couture won his fight with Brandon Vera, that he would be granted a title shot against Lyoto Machida. However, a number of factors turned that scenario into a fart in a hurricane.
One reason is that Machida has already verbally agreed to fight Mauricio Rua in a rematch for the light-heavyweight championship. Another reason is that Couture did not win impressively. So in the end, Couture has agreed to fight UFC Hall of Fame fighter, Mark Coleman at UFC 109.
While it still might be a good fight for Couture, a better fight in terms of entertainment value and promotional dollars could have came by way of Rich Franklin.
Both fighters are huge draws among the UFC faithful, even though both have fallen out of any sort of title picture.
Oh well, UFC has always had a plan with Couture and this is certainly a part of it.
TUF 3 winner, Michael Bisping was in desperate need of a win over Denis Kang. In the eyes of many, he was in limbo and on his way out of the contender picture, and he knew that he had to win big or go home crying.
With another T.K.O. victory added to his resume, Bisping is ready for another crack at a top middleweight, probably a guy around the bottom of the top ten though.
His next match might be against the likes of Yushin Okami, a guy that was considered the true middleweight contender before his loss to Chael Sonnen.
Another likely opponent could be Patrick Cote once he is fully recovered from his injuries, or possibly even the winner between Alan Belcher and Wilson Gouveia.
But with Bisping's ability to keep the fight standing, and the recognition of Okami, it seems that Okami would be the perfect opponent to get Bisping back on track towards a title shot.
Not many people were giving Matt Brown a chance in his fight against TUF 9 winner, James Wilks. It doesn't make sense, considering that Brown always brings 200 percent into the fight, regardless of his opponent.
In an exciting back-and-forth match-up, Brown came out victorious and showed that he was ready for a slight step up in competition.
A fighter that would bring a challenge to Brown would be in the form of Yoshiyuki Yoshida, even though most fans would doubt that due to his recent KO's at the hands of Josh Koscheck and Anthony Johnson.
Yoshida truly is a solid fighter with some lethal skills, and if Brown were able to steal a victory in this fight, he could end up being one fight away from the welterweight division's top ten.
Another possible opponent could lie in the form of fellow 105 winner, John Hathaway.
Like with fellow TUF 9 winner James Wilks, people were saying that Pearson was being fed to the wolves in his official UFC debut. Pearson then went on to prove the doubters wrong on his way towards an impressive victory over Greg Jackson product, Aaron Riley.
Although his victory was very impressive, Pearson is still near the bottom of the barrel in the lightweight division and his next opponent will likely be in that same market.
A fight that seems to make the most sense is against TUF 6 winner, Mac Danzig.
It would be a huge test against Pearson's ground and clinch game against a tougher opponent, and this fight could draw some interest with the TUF winner vs. TUF winner aspect.
Another possible opponent could be Thiago Tavares, who has fallen into the depths of the division.
With Couture immediately signing on to his next fight, and Dan Hardy being named the number one contender against Georges St. Pierre, a little bit of the spotlight takes aim at Terry Etim.
Etim has been steadily climbing up the lightweight ranks since losing his first two fights in his young career. He has earned four straight victories over some decent opponents, and he has proved he is only a number of steps away from being a contender.
A stiff test could come from Kurt Pellegrino, who has proved himself to be an exceptional wrestler and Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioner, which are two areas of concern for Etim.
Another possible opponent could be Spencer Fisher, who would likely stand and trade punches and kicks with Etim.
Both guys would be a huge test for Etim, and a victory could leap frog him up to the border of the top ten.
This article is in collaboration with fellow B/R writer, Robert Gardner. See who the losers of UFC 105 might fight.
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