Where Do They Go From Here? - UFC on Fox 3Author : Joshua Taylor
Diaz - I keep doubting those damn Diaz brothers and they keep proving me wrong. I thought for sure Miller would prove to be too much for Diaz but he never seemed to be in trouble and just kept putting the pressure on and took over the fight more and more. Really impressive performance against a solid fighter. Dana said before the fight that a Diaz win would mean a title shot but those promises are often broken at LW. If he fights for the title, fine, if not, then match him with Pettis.
Miller - Tough loss for Miller as he just had no answer for Diaz' attack. Not really sure what you do with Jim right now. A fight with the loser of Maynard/Guida would make sense but knocks the loser pretty far down. That would probably be good for the LW division though as there needs to be some room for some new guys up top.
Hendricks - Dude certainly has some power and can take a punch but man I wish he would go to the body. If he wasnt head hunting the entire fight I think he could've put Kos away but I am hoping he will keep working and improve. There are a lot of scenario's with the WW division up in the air. If GSP/Condit happens relatively soon then I say match him with Rory as the winner of Ellenberger/Kampmann will get next shot. If there is a delay though maybe match Hendricks with Ellenberger/Kampmann to keep them busy waiting for title shot.
Koscheck - Kos has definitely grown on me and I really like watching him fight now. Dude took a LOT of big shots and just kept coming. After a war like that I expect a good break but I would love to see him either rematch Diego or fight the loser of Ellenberger/Kampmann.
Belcher - Really, really big win for Belcher and that puts him on a four-fight win streak at MW even if it is over a two and half year span. I guess it just depends on who gets the winner of Anderson/Sonnen. Belcher should either take on Munoz/Weidman or Bisping/Boetsch; whoever doesnt get the title shot coming off their win.
Palhares - He wasnt able to lock up the sub but dude is just downright nasty on the ground. I always worry for whoever's leg he grabs. He should fight the loser of Munoz/Weidman.
Johnson - Match him with Napao and make it as soon as possible after Gonzaga gets over his injury.
Barry - Pat is never gonna be able to put too many wins together in the UFC but I really dont see him fighting on smaller shows improving his game much. With his personality and fan base I say the UFC just uses him in fun fights for as long as they can. Match him up with Griggs as that is definitely a fight he should win.
Johnson - A couple of really solid wins for Johnson. Would like to see him take a mild step up and face Wiman.
Ferguson - Have him face Varner after Jamie gets KO'd by Edson.
Dodson - Definitely have high hopes for Dodson. If it wasnt for the delay in the FlWGP I would say he should face the winner just due to lack of depth but he cant sit out that long. I would LOVE to see them bring Jussier over though and have Dodson face him in a #1 contenders bout. More likely though we will get a mediocre BW with a couple wins dropping down to face him.
Elliott - Was a good late replacement signing by the UFC but now they are gonna need to sign a couple more guys for their FlW division. Get Yamaguchi over and have those two match up.
Hathaway - Still not sure how far Hathaway can go as he has some huge wins but just hasnt looked stellar in his latest fights. Maybe a fight with Baczynski would be a good step right now.
Krauss - Put him against Wilks on the undercard of a crappy European free show.
Gaudinot - Not a big roster to choose from currently in the UFC. I dont think he should be fighting Dodson though as he is only coming off one win. How long is Uyenoyama out for with his injury? Gaudinot/Uyenoyama would work.
Lineker - Was on quite a streak before making his debut but was fighting in Brazil so you never know how bloated those records are when coming from Brazil. I would love to see him in there with Urushitani though.
Castillo - I definitely think its time to fight a little higher competition. I wonder how long Dunham is out for? If not Dunham then possibly the winner of Tibau/Nurmagomedov.
Cholish - Lets say Alessio
Bermudez - Solid win and I would say someone like Tamura or Young is in order here.
Garza - Two straight losses usually spells doom but Garza also has two spectacular finishes in the UFC so I think he gets another shot. If I have my way it would come against Maxi.
Delorme - Two UFC wins by RNC. Would like to see him against Figueroa.
Denis - I like Denis and hope to see him back in the cage soon. A fight with Bruce Leroy would be fun but a fight With Damacio also makes sense.
Vemola - Great win and probably saved his UFC career. He shouldnt take a huge step up though. I am thinking someone like Natal or Craig.
Massenzio - It's time for Massenzio to go. The only wins in the UFC have come against McFedries and Cantwell which neither are UFC material. Definitely needs to go back to regionals and work on improving.