UFC Ultimate Fight Night Jacare vs Mousasi went off without a hitch and man of the pivotal had amazing finishes, and now it is time to see who those winners should be matched up with.
The main event of UFC Ultimate Fight Night Jacare vs Mousasi had Ronaldo Souza coming away with a win and avenging a loss against Gegard Mousasi. Did he earn a title shot? Check out the rest of the article to find out!
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Winner of Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort
With his win over Mousasi, Souza jumped up to number two in the rankings behind former champion Anderson Silva. He is currently riding a seven fight win streak with only one decision win out of the seven. Also, four of those wins have come into the Octagon. The BJJ ace deserves his title shot against whoever the champion is after the current set title fight.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Loser of Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
Mousasi needs to work on his wrestling, and nothing will motivate you more to do that then to fight someone with amazing takedowns. Kennedy and Romero are about the same spot as Mousasi right now, and whoever losses between them would make a great matchup for the former Strikeforce champion.
Ben Rothwell vs. Winner of Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson
Rothwell picked up the biggest win of his career even after coming off an extended layoff due to a failed drug test. Sitting at 3-1 in his past four fights, he could be just a couple wins away from a title shot. With his heavy hands, he would make another must see fight at Heavyweight if he went up against the winner of the Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson fight just like the Rothwell and Overeem fight at UFC Ultimate Fight Night Jacare vs Mousasi.
Matt Mitrione vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Mitrione picked up his second straight knockout win, but he has yet to crack the top ten. Part of that is due to his submission loss to Brendan Schaub, and if he wants to prove he has the right stuff on the ground he should face of with Gabriel Gonzaga. A longtime veteran of the Octagon, Gonzaga may be coming off a loss but is still ranked in the top 15 which means a win over him could propel Mitrione to bigger and better fights.
Joe Lauzon vs. Ross Pearson
The stoppage of Lauzon’s fight may be in contention, but the bottom line is Chiesa was not defending himself and had a huge gash opened up. Now, Lauzon should move on to another fight and not have to rematch right away. Pearson poses a big problem for Lauzon as he has the striking to outpace him, and Lauzon can answer question about Pearson’s ground game that need to be seen before he cracks the top ten at Lightweight.
John Moraga vs. Jussier Formiga
Brad Pickett may have called out Moraga, but that is not the fight to make. Formiga is has picked up two decent wins, but before he can be called a contender, he needs to erase the memory of the losses to Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson. The best way to put yourself in contention is to beat a former title challenger. It is the best matchup for the two top five Flyweight, so grant Moraga’s wish and get him on the card for Arizona.
Rafael Natal vs. Tom Watson
Natal and Watson have had their ups and downs as of late. Both have shown potential but neither one of them have been able to prove it in the Octagon thus far. Let the two battle it out to see who deserves another shot at separating themselves from the middle of the pack.