UFC 107 was a solid card on paper and the fights definitely delivered. BJ Penn once again proved why he’s the best lightweight on the planet by putting on perhaps the most dominant performance of his career. Frank Mir and Kenny Florian both crushed tough opponents to put themselves back in the title hunt in their respective divisions. Jon Fitch did what he had to do to hold onto his spot as the number two welterweight on the planet. And Diego Sanchez solidified his spot as the UFC’s resident lunatic.
All in all, it was an exciting night of fights. So, who should the UFC 107 combatants meet next? Time to wildly speculate.
BJ Penn: Gray Maynard, if the Michigan State alum gets past Nate Diaz in his next bout. If Maynard suffers an upset, then a rematch between Frank Edgar and Tyson Griffin arguably makes the most sense to decide Penn’s next challenger.
Diego Sanchez: Kenny Florian. It’s the perfect time for these two to rematch one another.
Frank Mir: Mir’s future depends largely on what happens with Brock Lesnar, as the champion’s health is going to have a big impact on future heavyweight fight bookings. Assuming Lesnar recovers and is able to fight Shane Carwin in the relatively near future, a fight between Mir and Junior Dos Santos makes sense, as long as the Brazilian comes out on top against Gilbert Yvel.
Cheick Kongo: A fight with somebody like Stefan Struve, Pat Barry, or Mike Russow makes sense for the Kongo at this point. He is officially a heavyweight gatekeeper, and those three fighters are prospects on the way up.
Kenny Florian: Sanchez.
Clay Guida: Guida’s popularity and relentless fighting style will make him a fixture on UFC cards for some time to come, despite the fact that he just lost two in a row. “The Carpenter” should fight somebody who isn’t exactly a top contender in his next bout. A fight with an up-and-comer like Efrain Escudero or a struggling veteran like Caol Uno make sense.
Jon Fitch: It’s about time Fitch and Thiago Alves rematch one another.
Mike Pierce: Although he lost, Pierce likely upped his stock with his gutsy performance against the number two ranked welterweight in the world. Fights with Mike Swick, Carlos Condit, or Anthony Johnson would tell us how good this kid really is. I would also put in his bout agreement that he can’t come out wearing those goddamn glasses.
Alan Belcher: “The Talent” is a legitimate force at 185. With that said, he needs another solid victory before he starts fighting any of the top contenders. A fight with an exciting veteran with some name value like Patrick Cote or Nate Quarry should be in the cards.
Johny Hendricks: I would go with Phil Baroni. A win for Hendricks would put an established name on his record, while a win for Baroni would show that he still has what it takes to beat a tough opponent.