UFC Fight Night 75 Results and Matches to Make
Diego Brandao (20-10-0) vs. Godofredo Pepey (12-3-0)
Both are exciting fighters, first round finishers, TUF veterans and are looking to crack into the top 15 of their division. Seems like a win for the fans and the fighters.
Takeya Mizugaki (21-9-2) vs. Bryan Caraway (20-7-0)
Look, neither of these fighters are that entertaining and Caraway seems to have a problem accepting a fight. Have him try to avenge one of his losses by taking on Mizugaki, and if Mizugaki beats him, then we can stop hearing the former Alpha Male fighter complain about the judges screwing up their first fight’s decision.
Kyoji Horiguchi (16-2-0) vs Dustin Ortiz (15-4-0)
Ortiz has been very consistent, but both times he fought guys in the top five, he has faltered. He has strung together a few wins, so it makes sense to let him try and break into the top five by facing a former title challenger. Plus, Horguchi needs another big win before taking on any other contenders.
Gegard Mousasi (37-6-2) vs. Sam Alvey (26-7-0)
Mousasi has not turned out to be the fighter that everyone though he would be. While the loss to Hall was unexpected, it does not change the fact that he should have pushed more to finish the fight in the first round. Alvey poses a lot of interesting problems for Mousasi and gives Alvey a chance to take on a top fighter to see what he is truly made of.
Roy Nelson (20-12-0) vs. Sao Palelei (22-5-0)
Nelson is 1-5 in his last 6 UFC fights and needs to rebuild. Palelei gives him a legitimate name to fight but not someone in the top 10 that will beat him like all of his current losses. Let him rebuild before giving him marque fights again.
Uriah Hall (12-5-0) vs. Lyoto Machida (22-7-0)
Hall took out his first big name but still has a ways to go before proving that he is a legitimate threat to the title. He needs at least two more wins and a former title contender is a good stop to make before a title shot. Machida has fought the best in the world and could prove a good test for how far Hall can go in the middleweight division.
Josh Barnett (33-7-0) vs. Winner of Ben Rothwell (35-9-0) vs. Stipe Miocic (13-2-0)
Barnett needs to stick around and fight contenders if he is going to challenge for the title. Neither Rothwell or Miocic will get the next title shot with a win in their fight since more marketable matches can be made with JDS, Overeem, and Arlovski against whoever is the champion after the Heavyweight rematch. Barnett would be a good name to either of these fighters records to get them into contention talk and taking out one of them would be better for Barnett than a win over a fighter that is 1-5 in his last six fights.