UFC 140 Results: 5 Fights Dennis Hallman Should Take Next
Despite his struggles to make weight, Dennis Hallman put on an extremely impressive performance UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida.
It took Hallman just two seconds to clinch with John Makdessi and pin him up against the cage. Less than a minute in and Hallman took Makdessi's back. The fight was nearly stopped via strikes, but "Superman" sunk in the choke at 2:58 of the first round.
Hallman is a veteran of 68 professional mixed martial arts bouts, managing to pick up his 40th win by submission at UFC 140.
Assuming Hallman can remedy his weight-cutting issues in the future, there are some great fights awaiting him in the UFC's lightweight division.
Much like Dennis Hallman, Mark Bocek is a veteran of the sport, mainly known for his grappling abilities. Bocek also picked up a win at UFC 140 over Nik Lentz by unanimous decision.
Bocek has experience fighting the best in the division and has faced the likes of Frankie Edgar, Jim Miller and Benson Henderson. He would represent a reasonable step up in competition for Hallman and would also make for a great matchup stylistically, given the fact that both are such experienced grapplers with excellent takedown and submission abilities.
Gleison Tibau is probably the only lightweight in the UFC that wouldn't suffer from a size disadvantage against Dennis Hallman. Tibau is another one of those guys at 155 that looks like he needs to remove a kidney to make weight.
Tibau is a very talented fighter and has put together wins in five of his last six bouts, with his only loss coming at the hands of Jim Miller. His latest victory was at UFC 139 against Rafael dos Anjos via split decision.
Hallman is a solid wrestler, but it would be very interesting to see how he holds up against a grappler of equivalent size.
Following a controversial loss to Dennis Siver, Matt Wiman rebounded by putting on a Fight of the Night performance against Mac Danzig in which he showed off his unbelievable chin and ability to constantly move forward.
"Handsome" Matt Wiman is an excellent wrestler who always puts on exciting fights. It'd be an excellent test for Dennis Hallman, as Wiman rarely ever gets tired and Hallman has had issues with his conditioning in the past.
Dennis Siver was on a four-fight win streak before running into Donald Cerrone at UFC 137. Still, Siver is one of the top strikers in the division and is constantly improving his grappling abilities, shown by his submission of Andre Winner and his takedown defense against George Sotiropoulos.
Dennis Hallman would almost certainly be looking to get the fight to the ground, making for a classic striker versus grappler matchup.
Clay Guida is, without a doubt, a huge step up in competition from John Makdessi, but considering how long Dennis Hallman has been in the sport, perhaps it makes sense.
At 36 years old and with 68 fights under his belt, it's no longer necessary to slowly build up Hallman. A fight with Guida would guarantee excitement, test his stamina and see if there is any chance for "Superman" to be a real contender at lightweight.