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What’s Next For The Four Main Card Winners Of Munoz vs Mousasi?

UFC Fight Night 41 Berlin Full Fight Results: The Octagon made a quick pit stop at the O2 Arena in Berlin, Germany for UFC Fight Night 41: Mousasi vs Munoz. Now that the results are in, where do the four winners from Saturday’s main card go from here?

Niklas Backstrom came into his UFC debut looking loose and composed in the stand-up. He was fighting Tom Ninnimaki who many people considered to be a threat after an easy win over Rani Yahya, but Backstrom didn’t back down after a few take downs from Niinimaki. Instead, he decided to show his opponent how well he operates on the ground, locking in a fight-ending side choke which forced the tap early in round one.

A fight with Backstrom and Alex White in a battle of undefeated prospects sounds good. White is also coming off a winning underdog performance against Estavan Payan at UFC on Fox 11: Werdum vs Browne.

Sean Strickland’s split decision win over Luke Barnatt was just dumb. You can argue Strickland took round one with a single takedown and some light ground an pound, if you count that more than “OCTAGON CONTROL” from Luke for the better majority of the opening frame. The rest of the fight was all Barnatt, and it’s really a shame to see his first “0” come at the hands of such horrendous judging.

Strickland vs Caio Maghalaes would make sense.

C.B Dollaway dealt Francis Carmont an easy beating in the co-main event last night. The Canadian knew he was going against a better wrestler, so he tried knocking CB out in the first round. That didn’t work, though, as Dollaway was determined to attach another win to his run at middleweight. The TUF 7 vet landed a hard left hook that sent Carmont crumbling to the mat where some heavy ground and pound would follow. Carmont kept his composure, however, and even gathered himself to do some good work with his striking at the beginning of the second round. But it was Dolloway who would keep the fight at his pace, controlling his opponent for the full fifteen and taking home a unanimous decision.

Dollaway has really come a long way since his run on TUF 7. A fight with Costas Philippou seems necessary for both fighters. If Costas can’t keep up with a wrestler, he shouldn’t be ranked in the top 10. If Dollaway can find his way around those deadly hook shots, then he should take his place in the rankings.

Gegard Mousasi took Mark Munoz to school at the top of the Berlin card. A powerful pick-up-and-slam by Munoz looked like it would be the beginning of something good for “The Fillipino Wrecking Machine,” but Mousasi knew exactly what was coming his way and prepared himself to use reversals and get-ups to keep the ball in his court. Munoz landed his second takedown in the first round which Mousasi reversed so he ended up in mount. Munoz gave him the back and Mousasi wouldn’t let the opportunity go by, as he locked in a quick rear naked choke that had Munoz tapping in a matter of seconds. A great submission by “The Dreamcatcher.”

There are plenty of fights out there for him at 185, but I’m not so sure what direction the UFC powers will be going with Mousasi. I like a possible match-up with Yoel Romero, or possibly even a fight with Dan Henderson. It depends on whether they want to throw him in a main event with a popular opponent or try to get one of their younger athletes to make a name off him.

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