UFC on FX 2 Results: Matches to Make
It was a big weekend of fights for Zuffa, as the UFC and Strikeforce both held events on opposite sides of the world.
UFC on FX proved to be a success with a side of failure, as the flyweight tournament did not give us the finals match. But, the card did see a bunch of excitement and some good finishes.
Let's take a look at where all the fighters go from here.
It was a rough first outing for the former English strongman, as he was battered for the better part of two rounds by Shawn Jordan. Although he was defeated, the heavyweight division is still somewhat shallow, so he will have options for his next fight.
Fellow Englishman Rob Broughton is in desperate need of a win, and with Thompson losing this match, this fight makes sense. The winner survives and stays in the UFC, while the loser is sent packing.
Shawn Jordan looked very good in his first UFC fight, showing composure and skill throughout the clash.
Jordan is a former Strikeforce heavyweight, so he has already faced big-time opponents. He is definitely ready to take a step up in competition after this fight.
Dave Herman is coming off a loss to Stefan Struve, where he did not look good throughout the fight. He needs to take a step back in competition—but not too far back. A fight with Jordan would make perfect sense.
Mackens Semerzier may be out of a job following his loss to Daniel Pineda, as he is 2-4 (1 NC) in his Zuffa career.
If he does stick around, he will need a win to stay employed. He still has unfinished business with Robbie Peralta, his original opponent for this fight. Have them square off and, if Semerzier cannot get the job done, cut him loose.
Daniel Pineda is proving to be a diamond in the rough in the featherweight division. He has fought twice in the UFC since January and has submitted both opponents in the first frame.
Pineda looks ready to challenge established names in the division. Yuri Alcantara is flying high since his victory over Michihiro Omigawa in Brazil. Have these two fighters, who possess tons of momentum, square off to see who deserves a further push up the ranks.
Jake Hecht has to be devastated following his loss Friday night, as he basically played into TJ Waldburger's game.
This loss is big for Hecht. The welterweight division is crowded, so two straight losses usually sends you packing. That means he will need to win his next fight.
Mark Scanlon has not fought in the UFC for quite some time, due to injuries. Assuming he is healing up, a meeting with Hecht could serve as a loser leaves town match.
TJ Waldburger looked great in his savvy armbar submission victory on Friday. He did not take any damage, so he can probably make a quick turn around.
A match with Seth Baczynski has a chance to be quite good. Both men are coming off victories and are in need of an opponent. This could be a dynamite fight.
Kyle Noke did not win on Friday. Blame it on a poor game plan or blame it on him blowing his knee out in the first round. But two losses in a row is never good for a fighter.
Noke is very popular in Australia, which could save his job here. He will take a while to recover from his knee injury. But waiting for him could be a do-or-die match against Michael Kuiper, who also needs a win if he wants to stay employed.
Andrew Craig pulled out a late replacement, short notice victory in defeating Kyle Noke on Friday. This was an impressive win, but Craig is still greatly inexperienced and should take things slow.
Putting him up against another winner in recent weeks, Riki Fukuda, could be a great test for Craig. Fukuda has proven stiff competition, so he could make Craig really work for a victory.
Cole Miller's revenge plot did not go to plan on Friday, as he dropped a decision to Steven Siler. Miller did not look himself, but it was basically a test run for "Magrinho."
Miller looks like he could stay at featherweight. A match against George Roop would be awesome, putting the two tallest fighters in the weight division against one another.
For his second straight fight in the UFC, Steven Siler has looked impressive. His strong striking and solid chin have proven overwhelming thus far.
Another talented kickboxer coming off a victory in January, Felipe Arantes, is currently without a partner. Matching these two up would surely bring us fireworks.
Nick Penner/Aaron Rosa
At points, Nick Penner did not look bad in his UFC debut against Anthony Perosh. He was simply outgrappled by a top level ground specialist.
Meanwhile, Aaron Rosa was completely outgunned by James Te Huna, who successfully decided to test Rosa's chin.
Penner and Rosa do not have many options in the shark tank that is the light heavyweight division. Pitting the two against each other in their next bouts would have the two duke it out to stay in the UFC.
Anthony Perosh notched another win this weekend, bringing him closer and closer to the upper end of the division. The savvy grappler finished Nick Penner with one second remaining in the round.
Perosh is somewhat one dimensional, as he banks on his ground game to win fights. Testing him against a solid striker with a good ground game will be the real test for Perosh. Fabio Maldonado fits that bill and could give Perosh the test he needs.
James Te Huna
James Te Huna looked strong again this weekend, blasting through the always tough Aaron Rosa. Te Huna is a beast and will continue to look for new, challenging opponents.
Stanislav Nedkov has been out since UFC 134, where he beat Luiz Cane by knockout. He is a strong, powerful guy, much like Te Huna. Looks like that could be a fun fight.
Court McGee just didn't look like he could get anything going this weekend and was handed his first UFC loss.
McGee is still a solid fighter but will need to take a step back from here. A fight with another recent loser, Clifford Starks, could decide who stays and who goes from the UFC middleweight division.
Costa Philippou has looked great in his last three fights, proving to be the ultimate underdog in the middleweight division. He has gone from Ultimate Fighter cast off, to late replacement signee to a three-fight UFC win-streak holder.
Philippou has proven he can hang with tough fighters. Pit him against Ronny Markes, who also won his last bout recently, and see who deserves to be in the upper end of the division. It would be the ultimate striker versus grappler matchup.
Ian McCall/Demetrious Johnson/Joseph Benavidez
A scorecard miscalculation has put a halt to the progress of the flyweight tournament. In a fight that should have gone to the fourth round, we instead got a draw, even after certain precautions were made to make sure that did not happen.
So now we wait, as "Uncle Creepy" and "Mighty Mouse" must square off again. I guess I cannot complain, seeing as their first fight, though indecisive, was entertaining.
Joseph Benavidez, a winner in his tournament bout, awaits the winner for the title fight.
It was a tough first fight for Urushitani, but he knew it could push his career big time. Unfortunately, he was knocked out by the superior striker that was Joseph Benavidez.
From here there are not a whole lot of options, as the division is still in its infancy. A showdown from the loser of the Darren Uyenoyama-John Dodson fight would prove to be a challenge and a perfect fight for whomever Urushitani should draw.
Thiago Alves looked good on Friday until his mental error, which cost him a submission defeat. Alves succumbed to a guillotine choke in the third round after he had clearly won the first two rounds.
Alves is still a threat in the welterweight division but again looks to get back on his feet. A match between himself and Yoshihiro Akiyama would be a barn burner. Both men desperately need a win, which could bring out the best in both of them.
Martin Kampmann showed us why you never count a guy out in a fight. When Kampmann's back was against the wall, he proved he was even more dangerous.
Kampmann is in the upper portion of the division. Assuming Carlos Condit waits for Georges St. Pierre to get back, Kampmann could find a No. 1 contender's bout against another top welterweight, Jake Ellenberger.
The winner could challenge the winner of St. Pierre-Condit.