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Armchair Matchmaker: UFC 140 Edition


(Chan Sung Jung strikes Mark Hominick with the ferocity of someone who has just discovered Canadian beef in his bulgogi. / Photo via Cagewriter)

No matter how much Dan Henderson begs, Jon Jones‘s next opponent will be the winner of Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis. Other than that, the fates of UFC 140‘s winners and losers are currently floating in limbo. But if we know matchmaking as well as we think we do, you might be seeing a few of these fights announced in the near future…

Frank Mir: His arm-snapping win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was exactly what Frank needed to pull him out of his career holding pattern. Pundits are already chattering about a trilogy match with Brock Lesnar, in case there’s some truth to those ugly rumors about Alistair Overeem getting pulled from UFC 141. Let’s hope that’s not the case. Instead, we’ll set up a hypothetical booking between Mir and former champ Cain Velasquez, whose title reign and undefeated record were abruptly smashed at UFC on FOX 1. There’s always the chance that Mir would get overwhelmed by Velasquez’s power — see Mir vs. Carwin, Mir vs. Lesnar 2 — but his jiu-jitsu prowess and dangerous hands could make Frank vs. Cain a thriller.

Chan Sung JungIn four fights under the Zuffa banner, Chan Sung Jung has given us a Fight of the Decade candidate and 2011′s greatest submission, and has now tied the (official) record for fastest UFC knockout; I just wanted you to take a moment and appreciate that. Smashing a recent featherweight title contender in Mark Hominick shoots the Korean Zombie way up the 145-pound ladder. He hasn’t earned a title shot yet, but he’s knocking at the door. Give him the loser of the Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes title fight next month in Rio and see if he can turn in another brilliant performance.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: Lil’ Nog just scored his first victory in over a year, so let’s not use the phrase “in the mix” quite yet. I’d rather set Rogerio up on a date with hardy veteran Stephan Bonnar, who’s won his last three fights and has been asking for a bigger-name opponent for his next outing. No matter who wins, somebody will be writing the next chapter of an impressive career comeback.

Lyoto Machida: Once an unsolvable riddle, Machida has now lost three of his last four fights. And now the question is, what do you do with this guy? If Phil Davis loses to Rashad Evans next month, Mr. Wonderful might be an ideal opponent. But I’m tempted to set the Dragon up with a rebound fight lower down the 205-pound ladder. Machida vs. the loser of Matyushenko vs. Gustafsson sounds about right.

Mark Hominick: I’m willing to write off that seven-second knockout loss as a bad day at the office. The way he opened his fight against Jung — throwing a wide left hook, dropping his hands completely, and eating the counter right straight that he should have known was coming — was so out of character it could only be blamed on a distracted emotional state following the death of his mentor, Shawn Tompkins. Set up Hominick vs. former champ Mike Brown next, no matter if Brown beats Vagner Rocha next month or not. Maybe that’s a tough draw for Hominick after two straight losses, but we already know how good he can be when he’s focused.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Tito Ortiz: Nobody. Big Nog’s combat injuries have piled up well past the point of safety, and even I’m tired of seeing Ortiz getting the crap beaten out of him. They’re both living legends who should be revered for their contributions in building the sport. Allowing them to absorb more punishment serves nobody. Time to call it a day.

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Irishwolfhound491- December 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Yeah Lil Nog's UFC career is on life support, in the mix is the last thing I'd call him.

I don't think Machida should fall that far, he's the only one to mount anything close to a successful against Bones. I'd like to see him take on the loser of Davis Rashad and then maybe Hendo and if he can win those matches give him another shot.

I can't believe your placing Big Nog in the same category as Tito! Ortiz just got man handled last night, Nog let his pride get in the way and rather than going for the ground and pound finish he tried to sub a dangerous black belt. Screw a Lesnar trilogy match, we just saw it right there: Mir pulled it out of his ass yet again.

Chan Sung Jung is the man. Korean Zombies for life yo.
SonOfSerbia- December 13, 2011 at 11:52 am
Bones v Rashad/Davis winner. Mir can fight Cain; but Cain will starch him in the first round. Lil Nog should fight Forrest. Machida v Hendo, just to truly see if Hendo is ready for a title shot. Let Tito fight Bonnar that way the fans get some fireworks and Tito can go out swinging. Dont forget to feed KenFlo to the Korean zombie. Make it happen Baldfather!
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xian67- December 13, 2011 at 10:21 am
Why nobody for big nog? He looked great and has Mir just about finished. Dumb Herb Dean said he was hitting Mir in the back of the head which wasn't true and I don't know why Nog went for that choke. He should have taken his back and pounded him or gone for a RNC.
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Xanderschultz- December 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm
@Snackdaddy

Way to think outside the box. I would love to see that fight as well.
SnackDaddy- December 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm
Mir vs. Velasquez will be a massacre, and Mir's going to be on the receiving end. Mark my words on this one. You saw how easily Mir went down after a jab from Big Nog. What do you thinks going to happen when Velasquez starts T-ing off on him?
As far as Jones is concerned, in a dream match-up, i'd like to see The Emperor, that's right, Fedor Emelianenko drop down to 205 and take him on. I'm sure Fedor with his reach and aggressiveness stands the best chance of dropping Jones, even more so than Hendo. Hendo doesn't have the reach nor the speed of Fedor. Sure he beat Fedor in the last fight but that was just pure luck. Come on Dana, do this for the fans! A battle of the two biggest giants in the sport.
Todd M- December 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm
O Chan says, 'I’d love to see his “gravedigger” routine one more time.' Yeah, you would be the only one. Fuck Tito, His fake humbleness only comes from the fact that people grew tired of his 'Bad Boy' image, dude is a coward and a bully at the same time. Fuck a 3rd fight with Forrest he allready lost the 1st two matches and that last fight was fucking embarassing, he tired after one round like he did in the Hammill fight. Oh he used to be champ, ohh he is humble now, ohhh he helped build this compant lets put him in the HOF, fuck all that nonsense. The fact is Tito ducked Chucky and Vitor while he was the champ, while he will always try to call out fighters he knows he can beat or at least has a shot at beating, he squandered his chance at legitimacy when he fought Ken Shamrock 3 fricken times, finally fuck you Ryan Bader for letting Tito stick around for another year.
Xanderschultz- December 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm
@xenophon

Thanks for the love. I don't necessarily think it's CP or any other media outlets fault, just the nature of the beast. Some people sound intelligent, confident and/or cool when taken in soundbites, some people sound ignorant, cocky and/or lame. I'm real close with Henderson, in person he is definitely confident, but I would never consider him a cocky guy, but IMO, he always comes off a little smug in soundbites.

@BryanF

He was definitely not a black belt when I was training with him. Our jitz instructor was a certified bad ass, but only a purple belt when I started there in '07 (funny, that would make a jitz gym garbage now, but it wasn't considered a horrible slight against it then, even that recently), and I think Roop was a blue when I started. I remember he won one of his fights by submission and it was a big deal. Training full time changes a lot of things though, so he could have climbed the later quickly.
XENOPHON- December 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm
@OCHAN.
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I'll put money down that Big Nog is not done. Give me a break (arm) anytime over a lot worse injuries that could happen.
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Frank vs. Cain a thriller, yeah. You got that one right.
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Machida, he just fought for the title, did better against the champ than any others, and you want to throw him under the bus. I'd like throw you off the (moving) bus.
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Who is Hendo going to fight, at 41 he can't sit in the limo full of chicks for too long.
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Homminick - distracted emotional state. Nonsense. He took the first shot, failed and knew it the second the fight was stopped with a big grin, that he got bested, and got it in less than 7 seconds.
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Your going to Tito one more time...he wants the last of the big money, and Dana will oblige. Let Hendo, put Jacobs phony Mexican ass into retirement. Or better yet, big the hitman, Chocholate Al out of retirement to do the job.
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@Xanderschultz - keep it real bro, best post of the day - "I trained with Roop for a bit...I can say that I know more than a few MMA fighters that are good guys that come off as tools or whiners in the publics eye and vice versa." Of course, like these pukes at CP, the media twists everything.
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@RearNakedSpoon - you might just be right about Mir. Maybe someone should tell Mir it would be worth the weight in gold to go spend 6 months in the gym with Freddie Roach and crew???
@Schrute Boxe - if they don't send Tito to StrikeForce, he can always knock on the Bellator or One FC door. No matter where that fool goes, he is no longer worth justifying paying $50 bucks to watch. Time he go to the free leagues. Tito can take the pink panty wearing Franklin with him.
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RearNakedSpoon- December 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm
I'm one of the few people who actually likes Mir but his inability to take a punch is multiplied by his indifference to even block them. He won't be doing anything against the top guys like Cain, JDS and Overeem.
Lesnarischamp- December 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm
I like the idea of a Tito-Forrest trilogy 5-rounder, their last match was pretty good.
El Guapo- December 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm
'Do' a little planking. Rigamortis, playa.
El Guapo- December 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm
If a flabby Big Nog can make Mir do the stanky leg, Cain can make him do the dougie. But more than likely we'll see Mir a little planking.
BryanF- December 12, 2011 at 3:14 pm
Tito VS Franklin?
I haven't heard from Ace in a loooong while
newdeal- December 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm
you are delusional to think that Velasquez at a flabby 240 is as powerful as Carwin or Lesnar who both are a ripped 265 (well now Carwin is less since he got named in that steroid bust). Velasquez is good but Mir now weighs a muscular 260 and is more powerful than Velasquez is
edhedicus- December 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm
Spiral fracture like that, not to mention the potential shoulder and elbow damage that was done, Big Nog may not be able to fight again. Too bad, always liked him, great warrior. Tito has been asking to finish the trilogy with Forrest, I think they should let him. Maybe a 5 rounder on FX or something, that would be fun. Totally meaningless, but alot of fun.
MonsterMaulingAss- December 12, 2011 at 3:02 pm
Give Big Nog another fight, he looked great out there until he made a mistake someone like him will never make twice
Schrute Boxe- December 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm
Send Tito to Strikeforce.
tp24890- December 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm
I thing Frank will forever be a stand-still in the HW division against anyone with heavy hands. Did you see him stunned while standing after he got hit by Nog?

Cain Velasque will def. beat him with strikes
BryanF- December 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm
@xanderschultz
Thanks, man. I think I just remember Roop being advertised as a BJJ blackbelt on the show and him not being able to finish someone despite having their back for an entire round. Other than that, I'm sure he's a nice guy. He just seems to be really inconsistent not getting a win streak in 3 years.
Xanderschultz- December 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm
It would be nice if the UFC didn't constantly make the top names clash too. Id like to see them alternate between big matchup and fighting up and comers. More upsets or blowouts that way, and reminds me why I like these great fighters when they're allowed to fight a guy a few notches down the totem poll. Pride did this excellently IMO
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