The UFC has had its last fight of the calendar year with UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway, which took place Saturday night (or early Sunday morning local time) in Barueri, Brazil.

The main event saw Lyoto Machida demolish C.B. Dollaway in just over a minute and the co-main event featured the return of former bantamweight champion Renan Barao against Mitch Gagnon. Despite getting off to a slow start, Barao was able to lock in the arm triangle in the third round for the finish.

Also featured on the main card were great performances from Erick Silva, Patrick Cummins, and Rashid Magomedov.

Now it’s time for everybody’s favorite weekly installment: Monday Morning Matchmaker.

Rashid Magomedov vs. Tony Ferguson

Neither Magomedov nor Ferguson currently reside in the top 15 of the UFC’s rankings, but a win in this fight could help both of their cases.

Magomedov’s combinations against Elias Silverio looked crisp and powerful. Ferguson has knockout power in both hands and a decent submission game to go along with it. A fight between the two has all the makings for a fun contest that could help propel the winner into the UFC rankings.

Patrick Cummins vs. Fabio Maldonado

Since losing in his sole career loss, Cummins has looked pretty solid by winning three in a row. He dominated Antonio Carlos Junior, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu national champion on the ground and avoided the dangerous submission game.

Now let’s put him against Maldonado who will try to keep the fight standing and turn it into a slugfest.

Maldonado is coming off a great second round finish against Hans Stringer and would provide an interesting test for Cummins. If Cummins could put on another impressive performance against the 13th ranked Maldonado, he’d certainly be in the conversation to move into the rankings for light heavyweight.

Erick Silva vs. Ben Saunders

Silva made quick work of Mike Rhodes by putting him to sleep with an arm triangle in only 75 seconds and historically his next fight would be against someone like Carlos Condit or Tyron Woodley.

Can we not feed Silva back to the wolves after an impressive win and give him a chance to put together a win streak for the first time in his UFC career?

With a guy like Ben Saunders, you have the name recognition to put it on the main card of any Fight Night event and generate a decent amount of interest.

Some would like to see Saunders rematch with Joe Riggs after Saunders won due to an early injury from Riggs, but I disagree. That rematch doesn’t interest me at all. I’d rather see Saunders fight Silva and watch some awesome striking between the two.

Renan Barao vs. Raphael Assuncao

While Barao was able to get the late finish over Mitch Gagnon, I still don’t think it was impressive enough to jump Dominick Cruz for the title shot against T.J. Dillashaw.

Assuncao is currently sitting at four in the UFC rankings making a fight between him and Barao become a bout for the number one contender spot at bantamweight.

Winning seven consecutive fights has given Assuncao legitimacy in the division (including a win over Dillashaw), but he missed out on his title shot when Barao was champion due to a rib injury. Well now he can’t finally get his chance against Barao and would definitely have the strongest case to be the challenger against the winner of Dillashaw vs. Cruz.

Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold

I’m pretty sure that everybody who follows the sport wants this fight next. Luke Rockhold even tweeted after Machida finished Dollaway that he’s ready whenever the UFC is.

Let’s not try to be fancy with our matchmaking. This fight just makes all the sense in the world for both guys. With the middleweight champion Chris Weidman taking on Vitor Belfort next at UFC 184, you could easily create a tournament of sorts between Machida vs. Rockhold and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Yoel Romero, which is also slated for UFC 184.

The winners of those two fights could square off to be the next challenger for the middleweight champion (assuming Weidman doesn’t get an immediate rematch if Belfort were to win.)