What’s Next For UFC Fight Night 36′s Main Card Winners?

UFC Fight Night 36 delivered another great night of mixed martial arts action, which was topped off with a action packed main card. The event was the UFC’s first trip to Brazil this year, taking place inside the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Charles Oliveira picked up a much needed win in the first fight on the main card, snapping a two-fight loosing skid. The Brazilian may have won but bar from the finish, his performance was far from impressive.

Sweden’s Nicholas Musoke picked up his first win in the UFC’s welterweight division next, taking home a decision win over Viscardi Andrade. The 27-year old showed a lot of will and determination to get the win, after being dropped in the first round.

Erick Silva put a beating on UFC newcomer Takenori Sato in other action, finishing the Japanese fighter in under one minute. The win over Sato erased memories of Silva’s disappointing knockout loss to Dong Hyun Kim.

Then in the co-main event Ronaldo Souza continued his climb up the middleweight ladder taking out Francis Carmont, who was previously undefeated in the UFC. The win over Carmont puts “Jacare” to 3-0 in the UFC and moves him him one step closer to a title shot.

The main event was an exciting battle but Machida proved to be no match for Mousasi who was making his UFC middleweight debut. “The Dragon” uses quick footwork and deadly accurate kicks to take home a fairly comfortable win over the former Strikeforce champion.

Fighter – Charles Oliveira
Weight Class – Featherweight
Ranking in the UFC – Outside of top 15
Who they should fight next – Cole Miller

Oliveira is now 3-3 in his last six fights in the UFC but his losses have all been against elite competition in Donald Cerrone, Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar. His submission over Ogle last night was impressive but the fight was still a huge mismatch and “The Little Axe” did cause Olivera a few problems.

“Do Bronx” needs a step up in competition next, but also someone who is going to really take the fight to the Brazilian; for that reason he should fight Cole Miller. Miller fought just last month, picking up a submission win himself over Sam Sicilia. Oliveira vs. Miller would no doubt provide fireworks and would be a good test to determine where each athlete stands in the division.

Fighter – Nicholas Musoke
Weight Class – Welterweight
Ranking in the UFC – Outside of top 15
Who they should fight next – Erick Silva

“Nico” Musoke is now 2-0 in the UFC after having a successful debut against Alessio Sakara in the middleweight division, then beating Andrade last night in his return to welterweight. Musoke has looked impressive in both performances, surviving early onslaughts in both fights to come back and get the win.

He deserves a step up in competition next and someone who can really test the Swede, with Erick Silva also picking up a win in the next fight a match between the two makes the most sense to book.

Fighter – Erick Silva
Weight Class – Welterweight
Ranking in the UFC – Outside of top 15
Who they should fight next – Nicholas Musoke

Silva is now 2-2 in his last four fights in the UFC, but his losses have only come against elite welterweights in Dong Hyun Kim and Jon Fitch. I don’t doubt that Silva could be a real force at 170 pounds but he needs a win over another tough competitor before he again challenges someone in the top ten of the division.

With Musoke fighting on the same card, a fight with the Swede would match up in terms of time scales and determine whether Silva is truly ready to have a big step up in competition.

Fighter – Ronaldo Souza
Weight Class – Middleweight
Ranking in the UFC – No.4
Who they should fight next – Luke Rockhold or Winner of Brad Tavares vs Yoel Romero

“Jacare” picked up his third-straight win inside the UFC last night over another tough contender, but was surprisingly outmatched on the feet by Carmont. Taking nothing away from “Limitless”, but I would like to see Souza take on another elite middleweight before he gets a title shot.

With most of the division’s top contenders already either booked or injured, I think “Jacare” should either wait to fight the winner of Brad Tavares vs. Yoel Romero or campaign for a rematch with Luke Rockhold. Rockhold is expected to fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 172 but with nothing being official, the UFC should opt to instead book him to fight Souza which makes much more sense. The winner of Rockhold vs. Souza 2 then gets the next title shot.

Fighter – Lyoto Machida
Weight Class – Middleweight
Ranking in the UFC – No. 3
Who they should fight next – Winner of Vitor Belfort vs. Chris Weidman

Machida picked up his second dominant win in the middleweight division last night, over another world class competitor. “The Dragon” is now 4-1 in his last five fights, with his only loss being a controversial decision to Phill Davis in his last fight at light-heavyweight.

The Brazilian looks a lot more dangerous than he did at 205 pounds and proved he’s ready for the top of the division with his wins over Munoz and Mousasi. Machida has done enough to earn his shot at the middleweight title and would provide an extremely tough challenge for either Vitor Belfort or Chris Weidman.

What fights do you think should be made after last night’s action?

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3 Comments

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    TheXperience

    February 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Right on the money Buster!

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    DG1

    February 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Machida vs DG1. DG1 FTW!

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    Rigo

    February 16, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I have to say that the MW division is starting to look good for the first time ever!! in MMA history, now that joker I mean Andy Silva is out, the division looks really good, we got Weidman as Champ ( not for long) Belfort ready to become the champion a very legit opponent for Belfort and the only one who has a chance of beating him Lyoto Machida, then we got Luke Rockhold , Gegard Mousasi , Jacare souza , Tim Kennedy we got a very decent looking top 7 for the MW division

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