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Armchair Matchmaker: UFC on Fox 2 Edition


(Little did Eric Wisely know just how quickly a game of Twister could spiral out of control when he spun “left foot blue.”) 

Simply put, Saturday’s second UFC on Fox event saw its fair share of ups and downs. Chris Weidman was able to score the biggest win of his career over Demian Maia on just 11 days notice (which leads us to believe that the Vegas bookies knew something about Maia the rest of the world didn’t), and both Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen managed to punch their tickets to a title shot against the men they despise the most. And though the future is set for two contenders, the fates of many still remain unsure. That’s why we are here to right the ship that misplaced NFL theme music and Jon Jones‘ “commentary” threatened to sink. So join us as we determine the best match-ups for last weekend’s biggest winners and losers.

Phil Davis: Although he started off strong (or at least held his own) in the striking department in the early going, the championship rounds saw Davis overwhelmed by “Suga’s” speed and stamina, content to throw weak, pawing jabs that were anything but wonderful. My older brother, who is by no means a huge MMA fan, summed it up best when he said, “What does he expect to accomplish with that kind of offense?” Davis undoubtedly has a bright future ahead, but needs to round out his game a little more before he takes on a top contender like Evans again. Matching him up against the resurgent Stephan Bonnar, or, depending on how he fares against Rampage Jackson, Ryan Bader would make sense. Forrest Griffin is also a big light heavyweight coming off a loss, so that could make for a great fight as well.

Michael Bisping: Let’s be honest, Bisping put on the performance of his career last Saturday night, if only because of the expectations he defied in his close decision loss to Chael Sonnen. He was able to keep the Oregonian on the defensive for the most part, and proved once and for all that he is no slouch when the fight hits the mat. We all know he’d like to erase the unanimous decision loss he suffered to Wanderlei Silva back at UFC 110, but we think a better match-up for the Brit would be someone like Mark Munoz, who was originally scheduled to face Sonnen before being forced out of the bout with a last minute injury. Both men are top of the heap contenders at 185, and pairing the two against one another would be a great way of trimming the herd.

Chris Weidman: It may not have been all that pretty, but Weidman did what needed to be done against a tough competitor in Demian Maia, who has all but fallen off the middleweight radar with Saturday’s loss. Is it too early for Weidman to face Brian Stann, given he has a full training camp to prepare for him? Probably, but booking him against the winner of the Yushin Okami/Tim Boetsch scrap would be a fair test of his skills.

Demian Maia: Rousimar Palhares. We don’t care that one is on the upward trajectory and the other blah blah blah. We NEED to see this one.

Charles Oliveira: To my knowledge, Oliveira’s calf-slicer submission of Eric Wisely was the first in UFC history, and a thing of beauty at that. But it’s really hard to gauge exactly where Oliveira stands amongst the featherweight division; with high profile (not to mention quick) losses at lightweight to Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller, we’re not exactly sold on Oliveira as a featherweight contender just yet. Pairing him up in the near future against a badass like Erik Koch, who recently withdrew from his fight with Dustin Poirier due to injury, would make for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Evan Dunham: If anything, Evan Dunham truly has a penchant for cutting up the faces of the poor saps he is put against. His two round war with Nick Lentz, of all people, showed just that, and it’s about time that Dunham started facing legit contenders at lightweight once again. Jim Miller came away unharmed from his first round submission win over Melvin Guillard, but is facing Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 3 in May, so that’s a no go. How about Donald Cerrone? Both are well rounded guys who can take a shot and are looking to propel themselves into a future title shot, and this fight has all the makings of a war.

Thoughts?

-J. Jones 

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joelforsyth- January 31, 2012 at 9:54 am
I like Phil Davis against the loser of Rampage v Bader.
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Bisping v Munoz would be a little insulting for Munoz, who was supposed to get a title shot opportunity. He needs someone with a win streak at least. Weidman maybe?
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Dunham v Cerrone is spot on and the makings of being super entertaining.
dranokills- January 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Dizzylittlelord Says:

Mon, 01/30/12 - 09:07

anyone who says first is a twat
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hi twat.
XENOPHON- January 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm
@Anhonestmoose- and I agree. Since Anderson isn't interested in rising to new challenges, Jones will put on the muscle and step passed that fight.
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Maybe Zuffa will force it, and make Anderson fight a catch wieght with Jones. But at this juncture, I am up to see Jones stand tall at heavy weight.
Anhonestmoose- January 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm
@Xeno
Even Jesus Christ himself couldn't get Jones down to 185.
RwilsonR- January 30, 2012 at 1:28 pm
@ ArmFarmer - I would watch Palhares vs Maia any day if they both promised not to bother striking on the feet.
XENOPHON- January 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm
@SnakeJake Says: ...there is no way Bisping will ever have the fan base Jones has come the day of the fight.
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Look at at it this way, we already know who Jones is going to fight pending no injuries. In this order: Rashad, Henderson, Rua...then no need to fight Rampage or Machida. Griffin is a passover as is Franklin.
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Jones 4th and last fight before moving up in weight will be Gustafsson.
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Once a heavy, Jones could spend a year adding weight and bulking up by slapping around either Mitrione, Schaub, and Browne. Since he can easily handle 4 fights a year, throw in Stefan Struve for some sweet icing.
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Or are you from the camp that thinks he going to lose weight and waste his time with Anderson Silva?
McLuvin- January 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm
Thanks Aaron, I knew I'd seen it somewhere.
ArmFarmer- January 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm
Wait, so are you guys saying you still want to watch demian maia fights? Why???
aaronb- January 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm
@McLuvin

Raffy Dos Anjos caught Tyson Griffin in a calf slicer at the Condit/Kampmann show in Nashville in 2008. It was super deep and looked painful as hell. However Griffin didn't tap, and ended up winning the fight.
Buffalo Ben- January 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm
Omigosh, can u imagine having Jon jones in a public speaking class?
SnakeJake- January 30, 2012 at 11:38 am
Tito Ortiz commentary at Affliction > Jon Jones commentary at UFC on FOX

I like how Bisping came out smelling like roses even after a defeat. He definitely gained more fans than Jon Jones will ever have.
McLuvin- January 30, 2012 at 11:29 am
I kind of remember a calf slicer involving Tyson Griffin. I can't remember if it ended the fight though.
XENOPHON- January 30, 2012 at 10:56 am
@ QUOTE: Phil Davis: Although he started off strong (or at least held his own) in the striking department in the early going, the championship rounds saw Davis overwhelmed by “Suga’s” speed and stamina, content to throw weak, pawing jabs that were anything but wonderful.
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True, but he needs to move out of his camp. He is picking up bad-bad habits hanging around that guy we know as, bent nose. Maybe you call him Vera.
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Vera is much like Greg Jackson. Play it safe, and do the least amount of work. The exception is that Vera can't ever sport the winning records Jackson camp does.
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As for Mike Russow - what a worthless and unimpressed win.
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Any Scandies out there? - if so do me a favor, beg Einemo to consider Big Bear or Denver. If not, he has zero future but to server as cannon fodder for the top 10.
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OH, and please give him some brass knuckles...he had xero strike power and needs all the help he can get in that department too.
dim mak- January 30, 2012 at 10:31 am
i also thought bisping won. sonnen looked like shit.
Sloppyspray- January 30, 2012 at 10:25 am
"Is it too early for Weidman to face Brian Stann, given he has a full training camp to prepare for him? Probably, but booking him against the winner of the Yushin Okami/Tim Boetsch scrap would be a fair test of his skills."...
What? He's probably not ready for Stann (who got wrestlefucked by Sonnen and thus Weidman could prob wrestlefuck as well) but would be ready for Okami if he wins? (even though Okami just fought for the title?) The ONLY thing I could see as for your reasoning is Stann's stand-up, but still...reasoning please. Thank you.
aaronb- January 30, 2012 at 9:54 am
I think Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader will be a really nice matchup down the line. Rather see both guys get some rebuild fights before that scrap goes down.

Bisping vs. Maia makes a ton of sense right now. Both guys are coming off a loss. The winner could be right back in the thick of things in theory. Bisping vs. Okami also seems like a really good fight to establish the 185 hierarchy.

Weidman is way too much for Brian Stann. He is honestly the next guy in line for a 185 title shot. I'd love to see him fight Sonnen. Since that can't happen right now, I'd match him up with Munoz and bill it as a Title eliminator.

Olivera needs to be fast tracked for a 145 title shot. I'd put him in against Yuri Alcantara and let the winner wait behind Hioki for the next shot at Aldo. Either that or a matchup with the Korean Zombie.

Rest of the card.

Lentz-Guillard

Dunham-Jim Miller

Roller-Fabricio Camoes

Swanson-Wisely for Wisely's walking papers

Mike Russow-Gabe Gonzaga

J.O Einemo-Christian Morecraft in a loser leaves town match

Micheal Johnson-Habib Nurmag

Lavar Johnson-Pat Barry

Joey Beltran-Ednardo Olivera for what could very well be a loser leaves town match.
Gabmonta- January 30, 2012 at 9:52 am
Am I the only who thought Bisping won. Perhaps.....
Fletch the V Stretch- January 30, 2012 at 9:50 am
@ericmunley - I highly doubt F. Griffin will be seeing F. Griffin in the octagon hardly at all anymore. My best guess is we see him one more time and then he retires.

I also would bet that he will fight Tito again rather than someone like Davis. Griffin has made it completely evident that he has no heart left for fighting anymore and that was the only real reason he was ever as good as he was.
Fletch the V Stretch- January 30, 2012 at 9:43 am
@ Danga - If you were trying to change your name in order to receive less hate mail from the posters on CP, you should have went with a different name than J. Jones.
ericmunley- January 30, 2012 at 9:33 am
I like Davis/Griffin, Palhares/Maia & Dunham/Cerrone a lot. I don't think Weidman/Stann would be a bad match up right now.
Prometheus- January 30, 2012 at 9:31 am
From the looks of it, I'd rather rip my dick off than spend three seconds in that submission.
SethF- January 30, 2012 at 9:29 am
This is the most coherent thing you've ever blatantly read from a script, Jon Jones. I barely even imagined you stuttering through it! Oh wait...never mind.
Me likey- January 30, 2012 at 9:21 am
one of the most suprising things on this card was the fact that joe rogan didn't seem to know what the oliviera's slicer was. usually after a sub like that he would be going into depth of how nice and technical it was.
J. Jones- January 30, 2012 at 9:18 am
@ nom and Socratic
I forgot that match-up was already announced. Those are both good choices though. I like Cerrone for this one. Thanks guys.
SocraticMethod- January 30, 2012 at 9:15 am
Isn't Jim Miller fighting Nate Diaz in May? He's probably too big of a step up for Dunham anyway. How about Dunham vs. Cowboy or Jeremy Stephens?
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