Deep down, every MMA or pro wrestling fan wishes they could step into Joe Silva’s or Vince McMahon’s shoes. We will likely never get that chance, but here on The MMA Corner we can at least offer suggestions. After every UFC event and WWE pay-per-view, we will tell you who the big winners from each event should face off with next. As Bellator continues to shift away from the Tournament format we will also play fantasy matchmaker for Viacom and Scott Coker’s promotion.

Here we go:

Joe Warren vs. L.C. Davis

It is still an interesting task to pick Bellator’s next title challengers with the disappearance of the tournament format, especially in the more shallow divisions. Bantamweight is very top heavy for Bellator, but that’s about it. There are really two options where Bellator could go for Joe Warren’s next opponent. Warren became the first man to win titles in two divisions in Bellator history on Friday night when he defeated Eduardo Dantas. Warren has also recently defeated Raphael Silva. That leaves slim pickings, but the way I think Bellator should go would be a great fight. That fight is L.C. Davis. The former WEC fighter entered the Bellator cage early this year and was originally slated to take part in a bantamweight tournament, but that opportunity never presented itself. Davis has entered the cage for Bellator twice and has looked extremely impressive both times out, including using his wrestling to stifle hot prospect Zeilton Rodrigues in his most recent outing. Davis’ wrestling should present an interesting challenge for the self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on the Planet”.

Michael Page vs. Fernando Gonzalez

Ever since Michael Page signed with Bellator the hype has been huge. The British welterweight’s flashy style impressed in his first few outings. Friday he took a step up in competition when he faced Nah-Shon Burrell. Page was still victorious, but he definitely wasn’t quite as impressive this time. It just shows that maybe the rise of Page to a title shot should slow down a little bit. I think the perfect fight to continue Page’s development is Fernando Gonzalez. Gonzalez quickly halted the comeback train of Karo Parisyan when he knocked him out in less than two minutes and his other Bellator win came against former tournament winner, Karl Amoussou. This is the perfect matchup of two men who are looking to get closer to a title.

Jake Shields vs. Rousimar Palhares-Jon Fitch Winner

Jake Shields was a very controversial release by the UFC and he took his first step in showing the promotion that they might have been wrong on Saturday night when he submitted Ryan Ford inside of one round. After the fight, Shields said he was interested in fighting Jon Fitch. That would be an extremely interesting and technical ground matchup that would have some fight fans salivating, while others might gripe about it. That fight feels like one that definitely should happen before both fighters hang it up, but Fitch has a hurdle to cross first. He faces Rousimar Palhares in December for the WSOF welterweight title. Shields should definitely be in line for the next title shot, so he should throw down with whoever walks away with the gold.

Smealinho Rama vs. Someone in the UFC

The UFC should sign Rama up right now. The heavyweight division is starving for young prospects and Rama is the definition of that. The Canadian is only 22 years old and obliterated fellow prospect Derrick Mehmen to become WSOF’s first heavyweight champion. WSOF could bring in a name like Jeff Monson to challenge Rama, but the UFC seems like a much better option. Rama has already defeated Saturday’s other big heavyweight winner, Tim Hague, and his only career loss came to Anthony Hamilton, who has since been signed by the UFC. Seeing Rama in there against someone like Derrick Lewis would be a nice introduction to the Octagon.

About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.