(Esther Lin/MMAFighting)Monday Matchmaker: UFC Fight Night 59 Blane Ferguson January 19, 2015 Events, News, Recaps, Spotlight The stage is set for Conor McGregor to challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight championship and Dennis Siver barely made McGregor swerve to continue on his path to the title shot. According to Dave Doyle of MMAFighting, the UFC is already eying Aldo vs. McGregor for Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas, one of the biggest weekend’s for the sport. The past cards to take place during that weekend have been UFC 146: dos Santos vs. Mir, UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot II, and UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw. Since that fight has already been practically booked, let’s play Monday Morning Matchmaker for the fights that aren’t already being promoted. Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez II Henderson finally landed on the receiving end of a close decision loss after losing to Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision on Sunday night. After the fight he was fired up and asking the UFC to give him another fight against soon, so let’s give him the chance to confirm a win that many thought should have gone the other way: his decision win over Gilbert Melendez. Melendez failed to take the UFC lightweight championship away from Anthony Pettis and has yet to book his next bout. Henderson vs. Melendez II would give both a shot to stay in contention range if the title changes hands anytime soon. For the first time in his career, Henderson has lost in consecutive fights. I don’t expect him to make that streak continue. Side note, Donald Cerrone needs to see Khabib Nurmagomedov next after a well deserve short break. That fight would give your next challenger against the winner of Anthony Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185. Lorenz Larkin vs. Gunnar Nelson In his welterweight debut, Larkin showed the agility and explosive power he’d been lacking at his previous heavier weight classes. Larkin started his career with 12-0 record and followed up an overturned loss to Muhammed Lawal with a win over UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in their last Strikeforce fight. Gunnar Nelson failed to impress in his first matchup against a ranked UFC opponent in a unanimous decision loss to Rick Story. Nelson needs another noteworthy opponent outside of the top 10 before establishing himself as somebody to watch out for in the welterweight division. The one problem with this matchup is that you’re putting somebody who fought at 205 pounds two years ago against somebody who looks more like a lightweight. Patrick Holohan vs. Wilson Reis A dominant performance by Holohan on Sunday night made his loss to Chris Kelades back in October seem like just a distant memory. Holohan looked great wherever the fight went and seems to have the power mixed with submission skills to be a dangerous flyweight. If the UFC were to put Holohan vs. Reis on the same card as McGregor vs. Aldo, they could keep the whole Brazil vs. Ireland theme for the night and it would only help build the buzz in the arena that night. It would be a great test for either fighter and in a division desperate for contenders, a win for Reis or Holohan would give the chance of a new one emerging in the near future.