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Armchair Matchmaker: UFC 132 Edition


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UFC 132 was as bizarre as it was thrilling. Now that we’ve wrapped our heads around it for the most part, it’s time to look ahead and see if we can think up some future matchups for Saturday’s notable winners and losers. Let us know how you feel in the comments section — and hey, happy 4th of July!

Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber: Immediate rubber match. It’s not the most essential of immediate rematches, but the fight was close enough to warrant it, and there’s really no bantamweight contender right now who deserves it more than Faber. Brian Bowles thinks he’s the guy, but I can’t forget that two fights ago he was beaten up by Dominick Cruz worse than anybody’s been beaten up by Dominick Cruz, ever.

The other name being thrown around in the aftermath of UFC 132 is Demetrious Johnson, who’s coming off decision wins over Miguel Torres and Kid Yamamoto. Impressive? Of course. Still, Johnson has never been on the main card of a UFC event, and promoting him as a headliner could be a tough sell. Give Mighty Mouse one more fight to establish himself — or hurry up and create that long-rumored flyweight division so the diminutive Johnson can dominate there.

Chris Leben: There’s no limit to the brawling abilities of a sugar-free Cat Smasher. Leben vs. Wandy was a bit of a stunt-fight, and now that Leben has emerged victorious, he should return to a more conventional contender track. The first name that comes to mind is Mark Munoz, who’s riding a three-fight win streak, most recently outpointing Demian Maia last month at UFC 131 — although Vitor Belfort could also be a great matchup for Leben, as long as the Phenom can get past Yoshihiro Akiyama next month in Philadelphia.

Wanderlei Silva: It sounds like Dana wants to retire him. I say, fuck that. Silva and Chael Sonnen have already laid so much trash-talk groundwork, it would be a shame if that fight didn’t happen as Sonnen’s post-suspension return. Do it for Brazil’s honor, Wanderlei.

Tito Ortiz: And so, the Huntington Beach Bad Boy has secured his employment for at least one more fight. I’m sure he’s already hounding Dana for a title shot, but I’d like to see Ortiz against someone else on Bader’s level just to get a sense of how “back” Tito really is. UFC 133 presents two interesting possibilities: Rich Franklin if he beats Lil’ Nog, or Phil Davis if he beats Rashad Evans. And if fate conspires to nix those options? There’s always Mauricio Rua, no matter how he does against Forrest Griffin in Rio.

Ryan Bader: Jesus, who knows. A TUF 8 reunion match against the streaking Kyle Kingsbury? Whatever.

Carlos Condit: Due to timing, Condit might have to fight again before getting his first crack at the UFC welterweight title, which is just as well, considering Dong Hyun Kim wasn’t one of those dudes being discussed as an imminent title contender. The winner of Jake vs. Jake would make sense, but I’d much rather see Condit go three wild-ass rounds against Diego Sanchez, assuming the Dream Nightmare Vision can slice through Matt Hughes at UFC 135.

Melvin Guillard: I’m thinking Clay Guida. The logjam at 155 isn’t going to clear up until 1) the Edgar/Maynard trilogy concludes, and 2) Jim Miller fights Ben Henderson next month in Milwaukee, but in the meantime, Guillard vs. Guida will go a long way in determining who’s really at the top of the food chain. Both of these guys have looked like future champs lately, and you know they go hard. If Guillard can’t avoid being blanketed for three rounds, he doesn’t deserve to think of himself as the world’s #1 lightweight in the first place.

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Got any other suggestions for UFC 132′s fighters? Let us know in the comments section…

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Shaky- July 6, 2011 at 2:40 am
Clay Guida does not look like a future champ. Are you crazy!!! His best weapons are bouncing around and shoulder bumps!
Benavidez vs Mighty Mouse would be an awesome fight and mini Faber is the reason why Johnson might not dominate 125
Jawbreaker_46- July 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm
give Tito a rubber match with Forrest, or a rematch with Rashad since they had that bullshit draw
pietaster- July 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm
Rampage vs. Tito would be great. Tito's head is a big target for those "Thangs"
Jonny5- July 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm
Mighty Mouse dominate at 125??? Don't be looking past Joseph Benavidez Potato. Great ideas for Leben. Robbie Lawler also comes to mind as a awesome next fight for Leben, if "Ruthless" should get past Tim Kennedy at the end of this month. Sonnen for Silva?? Putting the "Axe Murderer" against the world's #2 MW's at this point is ricockulous... lol. For Bader how about Mousasi or Hamill? As far as WW div. with GSP vs. Diaz booked and Fitch on sidelines I think Jake vs. Jake winner could be the next challenger for the winner of GSP vs. Diaz. Condit should get the loser of that one possibly along with the Koscheck's, Story's, and Alves' of the division as potential next fights for him.
RwilsonR- July 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm
Bader vs loser of Rashad vs Davis
Bearded Beast- July 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm
Tito vs. Rua is an insult to Shogun. He's one fight removed from being the undisputed champ, and his loss was to a guy who nobody else can touch either. Tito on the other hand is like 1-11 in his last dozen fights. Put him up against Bonnar or the loser of Fedor vs. Henderson.
Redping- July 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm
why on earth would you want Wandy's career to end by being used to promote the return of Chael Sonnen? I mean I'm a Chael fan (as I'm a fan of lying scumbags everywhere) but I think that you want to give Wandy some fights he CAN WIN, not fighting the best of the division. Wandy is clearly TOO DUMB to ever beat anybody he isn't supposed to, evidenced on saturday. btw danadadang you've got your weight classes confused unless Leben is going to lose a lot of water weight. Give Wandy a match against a low-grade MW, maybe a returning one like Belcher, somebody with NO KNOCKOUT POWER. If they have ANY he is going out. I have no idea how he survived his fight with Franklin, but Bisping is pretty much the perfect opponent - average skills, zero punching power. Get someone like him, maybe Aaron Simpson or Demian Maia. and WHEN THE FUCK IS Paul Harris fighting next? somebody tell me
irish brawler- July 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm
why would coming off of a win warrant a fight with tito...? it would be a top contender coming off of a loss that would deserve a tito fight
DangadaDang- July 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm
I like the Siver/Dos Anjos set up, though in reality I would just love to see Siver KO Guillard...if he could that is. I also like the Tito/Bonnar matchup. I say give Leben the winner of the Lytle/Hardy scrap myself.
Wallly- July 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm
tito should get to fight shogun {if wins next match} i mean who would bader be fighting if he had won that match. the maynard and edger thing is soooo boring. both sub par lightweight fighters. waste of time. someone else would have the belt if not for first two matches. there are better 155 ers out there. though i did like those fights i just think there are a couple feather weights that would clean the floor with those guys
Wallly- July 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm
hey there "flyingoplata" faber should get the rematch because that fight was so horribly judged just like th wimen and siver. they were both close fights and the were called unam. for the wong guy. terrible judging like that just kills me
MKO- July 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm
I'd give Tito the winner of Franklin-Nog. As much as I don't like the guy, gotta give him some credit in that outside Hamill (where he did look especially bad), his skid was all to champion caliber fighters.
I think Tito vs Franklin would be a hell of a match-up and an easy sell as a co-main event or free main event (I don't see Nog having anything for Franklin).
Phizix- July 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Condit vs BJ Penn would be epic as fuck
SacrificeTheMinions- July 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm
Guillard vs Pettis
suckmyplums- July 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Not sure when Koscheck is due back but him and Condit would be a decent battle
Get Off Me- July 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm
@flyinggogplata
Siver vs. Njokuani?!?
Njokuani lost to Edson Barbosa in case you forgot, more like Wiman vs. Njokuani maybe.
Siver is too far up the ladder in regards to Njokuani, Siver should be on the short list of top 55 contenders.
I like Tito vs. Janitor though, but not as much as Rampage, they are trying to sell PPV's here.
I think Johnson should have to win one more fight before Cruz, he dominated a one dimensional Yamomoto and lost against Torres in many peoples eyes. I think a fight against Bowles on the televised portion of the card would effectively establish who should fight Cruz next. Faber vs. Torres would be a good fight for Urijah.
flyingogoplata- July 4, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Cruz vs. Johnson - why should Faber get an immediate rematch after a UD loss???

Tito vs. Matyushenko or Franklin/Nog winner
Melvin vs. Stout
Condit vs. Rory MacDonald - just so MacDonald can finish what he started the first time around
Leben vs. Belfort or Sonnen
Bader vs. Franklin/Nog loser
Siver vs. Njokuani
MrMcmachoman- July 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Lets all try to get on board for Tito v Bonnar.
MrMcmachoman- July 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm
Whether he admits it or not,Ortiz needs someone a little less threatening to get another solid win, I'm not saying a gimme but..how bout Stephan Bonnar? If Ortiz can tear through Bonnar, then he'll worthy for the winner of Griffin v Shogun.

as for Bader, I'd like to see him fight Matyushanko.

How bout Leben v Palhares or Sonnen?

Condit is 1 away from getting a shot, so I say stick him in there against Swick, P. Thiago or Brenaman someone that isn't a big threat that he can look good against. Condit will make a good sell against GSP if they preserve him.
JesseOGonzo- July 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm
Dominic v. Mighty Mouse
Faber v. Bowles
Tito v. Shogun (if he wins) or winner of Franklin v. Lil Nog
Melvin isnt gonna fight Clay...so while he waits for the
Miller v. Henderson winner (since he wants to fight in Houston)
SOMETHING FUN like Melvin v. Stout or Melvin v. Louzan
Condit v. Jake or Jake winner or Hughes v. Sanchez
Leben v. Munoz NO NO NO...Leben v. Belfort (if he win in Philly)
Bader v. Hamill AND Wandi v. Akiyama (if he loses in Philly)
NOW...where is my MutherFucking Snowcone....
Get Off Me- July 4, 2011 at 11:47 am
Tito vs. Rampage...EPIC and who else is Rampage gonna fight.
Guillard vs. Guida...No way Guillard should fight a fighter coming off of a loss, as I said before this needs to happen.
Let Bowles fight Johnson for a no.1 contender and have Urijah/Cruz 3.
I second the Condit vs. Sanchez motion...Condit vs. Lytle or Story made me laugh.
Bader vs. Bonnar.
Wanderlai against Sonnen would be sad to watch, the shit talker would shoot his roids and blanket the axe murderer for three rounds(god forbid 5 rounds).
M4NST33L- July 4, 2011 at 11:44 am
-Cruz v Faber 3
-Pettis v Guillard (talk about possible rematch with Siver at the postfight sounds rediculous as Guillard wasted Siver at UFC 86 in under a minute)
-Tito Ortiz v Whoever is defeated in Lil'Nog vs Franklin
-Ryan Bader v Matt Hamill or Vladimir Matyushenko
-Chris Leben v Mark Munoz
-Wanderlei Silva v Retirement PLEASE
-Carlos Condit v Chris Lytle if he wins or winner of Rory Macdonald v Mike Pyle (not many openings in the WW division right now)
-Dong Hyun-Kim v Thiago Alves or Rick Story
-Dennis Siver v Rafael dos Anjos
-George Sotiropoulos v Shane Roller
-Matt Wiman v Anthony Njoukuani or Joe Lauzon
-Brian Bowles v Demetrious Johnson or Scott Jorgenson or Joseph Benavidez
Takeya Mizugaki v I have no idea who I would give to Mizugaki maybe the Ken Stone guy that fought Jorgenson at the TUF finale and got KOd, he looked sharp....until he got KOd
skeletor- July 4, 2011 at 11:36 am
Tito has run the gauntlant throughout his losing streak. I think a matchup against The Janitor would be an exciting fight.
jimbonics- July 4, 2011 at 11:13 am
Sugar-free free. Just sayin'.
Mood- July 4, 2011 at 11:04 am
Tito isn't worthy of any real top contender in the division at all. A fight vs Bonnar would be good though imo.
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