After every UFC event we here at Pro Fighting Fans love to play matchmaker. In this column we’ll tell you who we think the winners and losers of each fight should face next.  So check back with Pro Fighting Fans after a UFC event to see what we think the next step is.(Note: We apologize for the delay with this article)

Brad Pickett (25-11)

Who he should face next: Erik Perez (15-6)

Brad Pickett admitted that if had he lost to Francisco Rivera at UFC Fight Night 84 he would have retired. For the sake of this article we are going to assume that retirement is no longer an option and Pickett will in fact fight another day. The win snapped a three fight losing streak and it was his second fight after returning to the bantamweight division.

Pickett should stay in the bantamweight division. There is no need for him to be cutting a large amount of weight at this point in his career. He’s a great measuring stick for up and coming fighters and I think the UFC should put him against young guys looking to build a resume. One of those guys is none other than Erik Perez.

Perez’s two UFC losses came against Takeya Mizugaki and Bryan Caraway, so it’s obvious he’s not ready for the top of the division just yet. However a fight with Pickett would give him a challenge against a veteran with a good chin and great stand up ability. Of course at Pickett’s age it’s always nice to say you beat a young up and comer like Erik Perez.

 

Tom Breese (10-0)

Who he should face next: Sean Strickland (17-1)

Tom Breese came away from UFC Fight Night 84 with his perfect professional record still intact. He’s 3-0 since joining the UFC, but his victory over Keita Nakamura was far from being his most impressive and the UFC might want to keep pushing him along slowly before they give him a major step up in competition.

Sean Strickland is 4-1 since joining the UFC’s welterweight division in 2014. His only loss came against Santiago Ponzinibbio and he’s since won two straight. This would be an exciting matchup and the outcome would prove which one of these guys is ready for that big step up in competition.

 

Gegard Mousasi (38-6-2)

Who he should face next: Derek Brunson (15-3)

Gegard Mousasi has been a tad inconsistent since finally joining the UFC in 2013. He has losses to fellow middleweights Lyotoa Machida, Ronaldo Souza and Uriah Hall. He’s still in the top ten of the middleweight division, but if he wants a title shot he needs to keep fighting the best of the best.

Derek Brunson is finally on the cusp of cracking the top ten, he still needs a signature win to put him on the map. A victory over a proven veteran like Gegard Mousasi would be incredible for his career. The UFC would just need to convince the often bored looking Mousasi that this is a fight that would be good for him.

 

Michael Bisping (28-7)

Who he should face next: Yoel Romero (11-1)

After Michael Bisping defeated Anderson Silva at UFC Fight Night 84, many people were calling for him to get a shot at the middleweight title. Sure he’s been around a long time but I think he needs to beat another top 185lb fighter before he gets the title shot that has eluded him for many years.

Yoel Romero thought he might get a title shot after he took out Ronaldo Souza at UFC 194. However, the UFC had other plans and granted former champion Chris Weidman a rematch with Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. Now Romero can either wait or take another fight. There has been so much controversy in Romero’s UFC career that I really think he needs a number 1 contender fight before he gets a title shot. Facing Michael Bisping would be a worth title eliminator and the winner would most definitely be the front runner for a middleweight title shot.

 

Brent Haugh

Pro Fighting Fans Editor/Writer

UFC on Fox 10 was not the strongest card on paper, but it turned out to be a fun night of free fights.  Fans were treated with a couple spectacular knockouts and a fun back and forth main event which left plenty of room for debate on the outcome.  Whether or not you agreed with the decision, it helped clear the muddy waters of the UFC lightweight title picture.  So without further ado please enjoy the newest edition of Pro Fighting Fans’ UFC fighter rankings!

Women’s Bantamweight

 There were no women’s bouts on the UFC on Fox 10 card.

C – Ronda Rousey

1 – Cat Zingano

2 – Sara McMann

3 – Alexis Davis

4 – Jessica Eye

5 – Amanda Nunes

6 – Sarah Kaufman

7 – Miesha Tate

8 – Liz Carmouche

9 – Jessica Andrade

10 – Bethe Correia

Flyweight

 There were no bouts in the 125lb division.

C – Demetrious Johnson

1 – John Dodson

2 – Ian McCall

3 – Joseph Benavidez

4 – John Lineker

5 – John Moraga

6 – Jussier Formiga

7 – Ali Bagautinov

8 – Louis Gaudinot

9 – Tim Elliott

10 – Chris Cariaso

Bantamweight

There were 4 bouts inside the 135lb division this last weekend starting with Hugo Viana’s unanimous decision win against Junior Hernandez.

 Next Chico Camus was able to get the decision victory over Yaotzin Meza.

 The next bantamweight bout showcased the most recent challenger to the bantamweight title in Edie Wineland.  He was able to get back on track and reminded people how dangerous he really is.  He used his boxing to pick apart the more athletic Yves Jabouin and was able to finish the fight by TKO in the 2nd round.  Wineland belongs in the top 5 of this weight class and should fight an opponent who is closer to him in skill level his next time out.

 The last bantamweight bout gave us a little bit of an upset as fan favorite Alex Caceres got the rear-naked choke victory over Sergio Pettis.  Pettis was crowned the next big thing and I believe Caceres was supposed to be the sacrificial lamb to help move Pettis up the ladder.  Caceres must not have got the memo and was able to walk out with $100,000 in bonus checks after receiving both the sub of the night and the fight of the night.  This was a huge win for Caceres and sets him up for a much bigger fight in his next bout.  Pettis is still super young and will most likely be a great fighter in the UFC for a long time.  He may have been rushed a little too quickly by the UFC because of his obvious marketing advantage of being the younger brother of a title holder.  He will hopefully be brought up a little slower until he is truly ready to fight some of the better UFC fighters in the 135lb division.

C – Renan Barao

1 – Urijah Faber

2 – Dominick Cruz

3 – Raphael Assuncao

4 – Eddie Wineland

5 – Michael McDonald

6 – T.J. Dillashaw

7 – Brad Pickett

8 – Takeya Mizugaki

9 – Erik Perez

10 – Francisco Rivera

Featherweight

 In the only featherweight bout of the night Jeremy Stephens dominated Darren Elkins for the full 15 minutes and earned the unanimous decision victory.  Stephens has looked fantastic since moving down to the 145 division and is now on a 3 fight win streak.  Elkins is no joke and Jeremy was able to thoroughly dominate him the entire fight.  He should have a top 10 fighter in his next matchup.

C – Jose Aldo

1 – Chad Mendes

2 – Ricardo Lamas

3 – Cub Swanson

4 – Dustin Poirier

5 – Frankie Edgar

6 – Dennis Siver

7 – Chan-Sung Jung

8 – Nik Lentz

9 – Erik Koch

10 – Jeremy Stephens +NR

*Darren Elkins fell out of the top 10 rankings (previously ranked #10)*

Lightweight

 Another Benson Henderson fight and yet another controversial win for the former lightweight champ.  Many people (including myself) scored the fight for Josh Thomson.  While I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was a robbery, the fact that one of the judges scored 4 rounds for Henderson is one of the most horrendous things I have ever seen.  Judging in MMA is so inconsistent and it has the potential to ruin careers.  Something has to be done all though I’ll admit I don’t have the answers.  What Benson’s win did do was clear up the title picture a little bit.  Before this fight there were arguably 4 or 5 fighters who could honestly make a claim to fight for the title.  We can now cross Thomson’s name off the list (at least for now).  While I think Henderson is the 2nd best lightweight in the division he will need to do more to force the UFC to give him another crack at Pettis after losing to him twice already.  Thomson also hinted at retirement at the post fight presser.  Hopefully he was just frustrated after losing a fight he thought he won with a broken hand.

 The main event wasn’t the only lightweight bout on Saturday.  Donald Cerrone continued to look like his old self with a vicious head kick KO of the night against the overmatched Adriano Martins.  Cerrone has had moments when he looks like a title contender and other fights he looks like the gatekeeper of the lightweight division.  He looked like the former this past weekend and claims he has the competitive fire back inside of him after a couple lackluster performances.  He has stated he wants to fight 6 times this year because he has blown all of his money.  This KO bonus check is a good start for the Cowboy’s new beer fund.

 The last lightweight bout of the night gave us another spectacular head kick.  Daron Cruickshank landed an incredible wheel kick to Mike Rio’s head and followed it up with punches until the ref was forced to call the fight.  Cruickshank has looked great lately and is a force to be reckoned with inside the 155lb division.

C – Anthony Pettis.

1 – T.J. Grant

2 – Gilbert Melendez

3 – Benson Henderson

4 – Khabib Nurmagomedov

5 – Josh Thomson

6 – Nate Diaz

7 – Rafael Dos Anjos

8 – Jim Miller

9 – Donald Cerrone +1

10 – Myles Jury -1

Welterweight

 In the only welterweight bout of the night George Sullivan got the decision win over Mike Rhodes.

C – Vacant

1 – Johny Hendricks

2 – Carlos Condit

3 – Robbie Lawler

4 – Matt Brown

5 – Rory MacDonald

6 – Martin Kampmann

7 – Jake Ellenberger

8 – Jake Shields

9 – Demian Maia

10 – Tyron Woodley

Middleweight

 There were no middleweight fights on the card.

C – Chris Weidman

1 – Vitor Belfort

2 – Lyoto Machida

3 – Anderson Silva

4 – Ronaldo Souza

5 – Luke Rockhold

6 – Michael Bisping

7 – Francis Carmont

8 – Tim Kennedy

9 – Mark Munoz

10 – Brad Tavares

Light Heavyweight

 There were no fights in the light heavyweight division.

C – Jon Jones

1 – Alexander Gustafsson

2 – Glover Teixeira

3 – Rashad Evans

4 – Phil Davis

5 – Antonio Rogerio Nogueria

6 – Gegard Mousasi

7 – Dan Henderson

8 – Chael Sonnen

9 – Mauricio Rua

10 – Ryan Bader

Heavyweight

 In the lone heavyweight fight the undersized 21 year old Russian Nikita Krylov scored the big upset over Walt Harris by TKO.  He landed a nice head kick and finished him off with some punches.

C – Cain Velasquez

1 – Daniel Cormier

2 – Travis Browne

3 – Fabricio Werdum

4 – Junior Dos Santos

5 – Antonio Silva

6 – Stipe Miocic

7 – Josh Barnett

8 – Mark Hunt

9 – Roy Nelson

10 – Gabriel Gonzaga

Pound For Pound

1 – Jon Jones

2 – Jose Aldo

3 – Cain Velasquez

4 – Demetrious Johnson

5 – Chris Weidman

6 – Renan Barao

7 – Anthony Pettis

8 – Johny Hendricks

9 – Ronda Rousey

10 – Alexander Gustafsson

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Brice Schroeder

Pro Fighting Fans Staff Writer