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Fights to make for the main card winners of UFC 161 Evans vs. Henderson

Bruce Fedyck - USA TODAY Sports Images

Bruce Fedyck – USA TODAY Sports Images

Where do your UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson winners go from here? Shawn Jordan, Alexis Davis, Ryan Jimmo, Stipe Miocic and Rashad Evans each emerged victorious on Saturday’s pay-per-view event.

For Shawn Jordan, the crappy thing about beating a fighter like Pat Barry is that a devastating one-minute win over him doesn’t move you into the upper echelon, nor does it substantially increase your stock at heavyweight.

But if you saw his performance to open up the PPV card last night, you know good and well that he’s not going anywhere soon.

Jordan ran through “HD” with quick combinations before finishing the job on the ground and against the fence, banking Knockout of the Night bonus while he was at it.

A next good fight for Jordan would be the winner of either Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione at UFC on FOX 8 – or the victor of Dave Herman vs. Gabriel Gonzaga.

Alexis Davis proved to be a huge threat on the ground, despite being unable to secure a submission finish, and she showed the ability to go three entire rounds without letting up.

Liz Carmouche would be an excellent next fight for Davis, if the Carmouche can get past her opponent  in July

Ryan Jimmo. Okay. I would really rather talk about the Shields-Woodley prelim fight before bringing up the raggedy performance of both Jimmo and Igor Pokrajac last night. But, here goes nothing.

The stale performance of Jimmo warrants no reward. However, a fight with Fabio Maldonado would be a blessing for Jimmo’s UFC career, for all purposes evident. Maldonado always presses the action with no intent on taking his opponent down to hold him there. The chances of them slugging it out and abandoning the grappling aspect are good, which would make for a pretty decent fight.

Stipe Miocic pulled off a unanimous win over Roy Nelson, and the Croatian picked “Big Counrty” apart with technical striking that showed to be far more superior than Nelson’s right hand and big heart.

A slick performance from Stipe. He really showed high Octagon IQ in there against Nelson – never overanxious and made it impossible to notice his opponent was the heavy favorite.

For his next fight, Stipe should face Fabricio Werdum. It’s rumored Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III will take place in Houston TX., later this year, and with Miocic coming out on top over the sixth ranked heavyweight in the UFC, he’s definitely creeping into the top 10.

Werdum is gonna want to get right back in there again. UFC President Dana White said a rematch between Big Country and Werdum was possible. That was prior to Miocic putting on a stand-up clinic this past Saturday. So the upset win of Miocic’s changed the 265-pound landscape and may have given the UFC brass something to work with, when finding Werdum someone else to fight.

UFC on FS3 has been announced for Brazil. You can never go wrong headlining two strong heavyweights looking for top contender status.

Rashad Evans is a tough customer in the 205lb weight division. I think he’s second best, though he lost his fight with “Lil Nog” at UFC 156 – Evans remains the only man to go the distance with Jon Jones since he has been champion.

Evans could very well be the next best thing at light-heavyweight.

It would be nice to see Evans welcome Daniel Cormier down to 205 pounds. “DC” says he wants to be tested before he takes on Jon Jones. Who better than Evans to welcome the Olympic-level wrestler to the weight class? Maybe Ryan Bader in a battle of Ultimate Fighter winners? Winner of Rua vs. Sonnen at Fox Sports 1: 1?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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