Well that was fun.

Not only did Joanna Jędrzejczyk demolish Carla Esparza to become the new UFC women’s strawweight champion, but then Rafael dos Anjos dominates Anthony Pettis in a fashion MMA fans had never seen happen to the former lightweight champion.

Two new champions can only mean one thing when it comes to matchmaking…options.

Dana White has already said that Rafael dos Anjos will get the winner of Donald Cerrone and Khabib Nurmagomedov who are fighting at UFC 187.

Besides the new title holders, performances from Alistair Overeem, Henry Cejudo, and Johny Hendricks highlighted UFC 185 and presented interesting hypothetical fights.

We do our best to suggest fights to make, so here goes nothing.

Alistair Overeem vs. Junior dos Santos

Fans have been wanting this matchup to happen ever since Overeem came into the promotion. The two paths of these slugging heavyweights have yet to cross paths. Well with the heavyweight unification bout between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez still a few months away, it’s looking like there is a strong chance this could happen. White already said he liked the idea of it at the UFC 185 post fight press conference.

We second that notion Mr. White.

Henry Cejudo

The thing with Cejudo that the UFC has to be careful with is not rushing him into title contention prematurely. He is clearly talented and he very well could have all the tools to be a champion one day, but I don’t think he should get somebody in the top 5 just yet. I say we give him another guy who is coming off a loss to Demetrious Johnson: Ali Bagautinov.

Johny Hendricks

Tyron Woodley was retweeting anything under the Sun that was calling for him to get Hendricks next. I believe that Hendricks should get the next shot at the belt but if Dana White doesn’t agree, this would give him no choice. This would be a clear-cut, number one contender fight for the welterweight championship against either Robbie Lawler or Rory MacDonald. Woodley vs. Hendricks, make it happen.

Anthony Pettis

I saw somebody, somewhere write that Michael Johnson would be a good matchup, but I think that is a lose-lose situation for the UFC. If Pettis wins, that pretty much puts a stop to the contender-status for Johnson. He’d have to make put together another streak. If Johnson wins, then Pettis has two losses in a row and would probably have to try and make a run at featherweight. Put Pettis against somebody coming off a loss as well, like Edson Barboza. Pettis gets a chance to redeem himself and keep his name in title contention and you don’t ruin another contender’s title chances in Johnson.

 

About The Author

Blane Ferguson
Associate Editor/Senior Staff Writer

Blane can trace his MMA roots, like many others, to the finale of the first Ultimate Fighter season between Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin. After watching that incredible fight and cleaning the local Blockbuster of any recorded UFC pay-per-views they had, Blane was hooked on watching the sport and he carried that passion with him to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Blane is a four-year broadcasting veteran of ASU's campus radio including a founder and co-host of the station's combat sports show, The Final Round.