If you were a betting man last night could have either been one of the best nights of your life or the worst. UFC Fight Night 61 set the record for the most underdog wins in UFC history with ten of the night’s results being upsets. Most notably, Frank Mir ended a four fight skid that had many calling for his retirement by bulldozing Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in enemy territory.

Michael Johnson and Sam Alvey also pulled off upsets against fan favorites in Brazil. There are a multitude of ways that any of these fighters could head after their big wins on Sunday, but lets take a travel into the brains of Joe Silva and Sean Shelby and decide exactly who these fighters should step into the cage with next.

Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar

I’ll be the first to admit that this matchup is still a little bit of wishful thinking, but it is the right fight to make. Mir went into the cage last night with his back against the wall. He used crisp boxing to dispatch Silva in under two minutes. After the fight Mir admitted that a possible rubber match with Lesnar was a big motivating factor in keeping him going in this fight game, especially when it came to last night’s fight. While recent signs point to Lesnar resigning with WWE when his contract is up in April, one would have to believe if he did return to the octagon, even for just one bout, it would be the trilogy fight with Mir.

Michael Johnson vs. T.J. Grant

This could be another bit of wishful matchmaking, but again it is the right fight to make. Johnson picked up his fourth straight win last night by bringing the fight to Edson Barboza and making him wilt under pressure. After the fight Johnson called out Benson Henderson. That fight makes since, but I think the Grant fight makes more sense if the Canadian is ready to return soon. Grant has been out with a severe concussion for what is nearing on two years. Grant had to pull out of a title opportunity because of that injury and upon returning he deserves to be put right back in the mix. A fight against Johnson in the UFC’s Canadian card over the Summer makes perfect sense.

Sam Alvey vs. Luke Barnatt-Clint Hester winner

Sam Alvey might have had a rough outing in his first fight in the UFC, but since that bout he has been victorious two straight including a stunning knockout last night in Brazil. Alvey might not be ready to enter the upper echelon of the middleweight division, but getting in there with notable names is the right move. The winner of the Hester-Barnatt bout in April would be the perfect matchup for Alvey against a well known Ultimate Fighter veteran.

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.