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Whats Next For UFC 146 Winners And Losers | UFC NEWS


UFC 146 brought us one of the fastest and most exciting cards of the year with nine finishes, six of which came by way of TKO/KO and three by submission. The card was stacked head to toe due to the all heavyweight main card, which forced fantastic fights such as Hardy vs. Ludwig or Varner vs. Barbosa farther down the list and onto the preliminary card.

Now that this historic event has concluded, where do the winners and losers go? Whats next for the men that put went out and left their hearts in the Octagon?

Lets work our way right up the card starting with Dan Hardy‘s successful return to the Octagon.

Dan Hardy showed tremendous skill in knocking out dangerous Muay Thai practitioner, Duane Ludwig, with a slick feint followed by a devastating left hook that dropped Ludwig. Hardy followed up with brutal elbows, bringing the fight to a halt in just under four minutes.

Hardy showed that he still has what it takes to be in the UFC and a fight with Josh Koscheck would be an incredible match up that would pit two dangerous strikers together while also giving Hardy a chance to show off the wrestling that he claims to be working on.

Next comes the most surprising fight of the night in Jamie Varner’s three minute destruction of top lightweight prospect, Edson Barboza. Varner has spent a lot of time outside of the UFC, fighting in local organizations just to keep his relevance alive. He came into this fight as a late replacement against a man who was coming off of the probable knockout of the year winner in Barboza. Varner brought the fight to Barboza and finished the fight with relative ease. He has reclaimed a definite spot back in the UFC.

For his next fight, why not keep the top competition coming Varner’s way and pit him against Jim Miller. The two brawling lightweights would put on a great fight and would undoubtedly pull a “Fight of the Night” bonus out of Dana White’s pocket.

In the last fight on the preliminary card, the latest winner of The Ultimate Fighter, Diego Brandao, took on Darren Elkins. Brandao came out hard and took the fight right to Elkins, staggering him in the first round while landing knees and vicious ground and pound, unfortunately for Brandao, he ran out of gas in the second and was held down and beat up, giving away a unanimous decision victory to Elkins. Brandao needs to take a step back and break away from his hard charging attitude to develop on his wrestling and improve his cardio if he expects to attack his opponents from the opening bell. At 24-years-old Brandao can still fulfill his maximum potential over the next few years.

Now, for the historic main card.

Lavar Johnson and Stefan Struve started the night off with a brutal (and quick) war that left Lavar with an apparently broken arm. Struve caught him in an armbar and leaned backwards, forcing Johnson to tap before the move was fully locked in.

For Johnson, he is a knockout artist who came in against a dangerous opponent. This loss won’t set him back at all. He was a game opponent who stepped in during a time of need for the UFC. A fight between Lavar and Roy Nelson would be a fan’s delight. Two powerful heavyweights who know how to put on a show.

For Struve, why not match him up with Antonio Silva. Silva is clearly not worthy of upper-echelon opponents and Struve is working his way up. It seems like a perfect fit that could easily turn into a war.

Stipe Miocic and Shane del Rosario were up next. A battle between the two saw to it that both were bruised and bloodied. Miocic seemed to be on the ropes (or cage) in the first round but rebounded in the second and earned a TKO with elbows in the second.

Stipe is willing to go to war with anyone and I will always look forward to watching him fight in the future. Pit him against anyone and I’ll be happy.
For Shane del Rosario, an unwarranted step up to fight Mark Hunt may be in order. Both have extensive kickboxing experience and they would have an exciting striking match that could easily render one of them unconscious.

The next fight was Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman. This was Nelson’s third opponent for the card and the shuffling didn’t seem to affect him at all. Roy came out in typical form, looking to trade and brawl. The trading didn’t last long, however as Nelson came over the top with a huge shot the dropped Herman straight down to the mat, prompting a referee stoppage before Herman could absorb more damage.

As I stated earlier, I believe Nelson should fight Lavar Johnson. Many fans believe Nelson earned himself a title shot but going 2-3 in his last five fights doesn’t earn you a title shot.

For Herman, losses to Struve and then Nelson drops herman far down the ladder. Herman still has a good record and at 27-years-old, he has plenty of time to evaluate his career. A fight with UFC veteran Gabriel Gonzaga would test both men to ultimately determine which man belongs in the UFC.

In the co-main event, former UFC champion, Cain Velasquez took on promotional newcomer, Antonio Silva. Except, Silva never showed up for the fight, at least mentally, and paid the price. Velasquez absolutely ran through Silva, leaving him covered in blood.

For Velasquez, the next step is easy. A title shot with Junior dos Santos to try and avenge his only loss and reclaim his title.

For Silva, a fight with Struve would be entertaining and would make sense as both men stand near the middle of the division after UFC 146.

Now for the main event. I had high hopes for Frank Mir. Not to win necessarily, but at least to challenge Junior dos Santos on the ground or show improved stand up and at least make Junior hesitate to throw.

Instead, Mir came out with no real offense besides a failed takedown attempt, his only attempt of the fight. Besides that, Junior was able to just sit back and pick his shots, landing on most of them with relative ease. Frank was repeatedly wobbled and eventually couldn’t stand back up after being dropped straight backwards. Dos Santos followed up with a hammer-fist and the fight was stopped marking the first title defense of what could easily be a long title reign.

Junior already has another opponent in a new and improved Cain Velasquez.

For Mir, another title shot is most likely out of the question for Mir’s career, unfortunately. The division is getting too much talent and I think he will be swallowed by the new faces in a fortunately stacked division. For his next fight, a rubber match with Brock Lesnar would be phenomenal if the rumors are true about Brock’s return. If not, Mir will take his place as the gatekeeper in the division and live out his days testing up-and-comers.

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60 Comments to Whats Next For UFC 146 Winners And Losers | UFC NEWS

  1. dubmatic808 says:

    what a great card … so worth the ppv purchase

  2. The natural says:

    All they need too do is put a better boxer in there then jds I don’t get how horrible the hw div is in the UFC strikeforce has best hw in world next to boxing then maybe UFC

    • Clay says:

      I totally agree with you. I’m not undermining jds tho. He is an absolute beast and deserves to be champ.

    • The outlaw says:

      I think Overreem would be the a problem but not so much.. JDS is a fucking monster!!

    • jbeamazing says:

      strikeforce has 2 H W under contract

    • Joe says:

      That is a ridiculous statement, the UFC has the best HW talent in the world and there isn’t a better boxer than JDS. I would love to see Overeem in the cage with him but apparently he has to cheat and got caught.

      • Brett says:

        Shut the fuck up, you sound like an idiot, How can overeem be a cheater, when everyone else is on steroids? Everyone is on them, they just know how not to get caught.

      • The natural says:

        There isnt a better boxer then jds that’s a ridiculous comment any guy that boxes is better then him we need an allaround champ thats in his prime like a young bigger coture James toney can proly beat jds he doesn’t have a grnd game either our hw champ is one dimensional I mean cmon I thought we were evolved past this point

        • The Natural Seems To Be says:

          naturally high. What MMA fighter boxes better than JDS, Joe is asking? Who the fck are you describing in your post? Some cartoon fantasy fighter? Who are you referring to? Put yourself open to criticism, smart guy.

  3. maurice says:

    the way i see it big foot vs cain isnt a damn numbers 1 contender fight. i think cormier deserves the shot at jds. and just one question. ANY OF U GUYS FEEL LIKE JDS IS ABOUT TO BECOME A MEGASTAR?

    • Jc says:

      I agree you can’t give the title shit to Cain after he just got ktfo. Give it to cromier so then we can have alister overeem go in and have a shit after. I think overeem is the only one who can beat dos santos

      • Zack says:

        Overeem with roids or overeem without roids? I don’t think either one would beat him

        • Knucklehead says:

          Then you don’t know anything outside of UFC. Overeem is a K1 kickboxing champion. There is no way JDS would be able to stand with him.

        • DTaylor says:

          He used to be a K1 champ, but I don’t think he could handle the hands of JDS. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Overeem has faced anyone with stand-up near equal to his own in an MMA fight. It would be a test for JDS, but I think he would end up on top.

        • We seem to hear “no way” alot in this sport. We also get proven wrong alot.

        • Gould says:

          your a dumby. JDS is 18-0 brazilian kick boxing champ and overeem has been knocked out 9 times in his career… who do you really thinks gonna win the stand up war?

  4. Clay says:

    I don’t agree with all these match ups tho. I think the guy that wrote this article doesn’t like
    Roy Nelson or Stephen Struve.

  5. Zack says:

    I think facial reconstruction is next for Mir

  6. Mc says:

    Cain got KO’d in 60 seconds by JDS an lastnight he was dominate but a little short elbow made it look much much worse than it really was. If it wasn’t for the blood it woulda taken him longer to finish Bigfoot. Bigfoot sucks I don’t see how beating him gets u a rematch w/ someone that fn destroyed ya.

    • Mc says:

      I think cains chin is suspect. He went for a take down 1 second into the fight w/ a guy who sucks at standup. I don’t think we’ll see Cain standing much anymore. The rest of the HW match ups this guy Stated seem stupid. Lavar vs Nelson? Really? Who wrote this??

      • Blah says:

        He went for the takedown because Bigfoot was stupid and threw a kick. In an interview he said that some advice he got from DC is if Silva threw a kick take him down.

        • Omar says:

          Cain pulls a Flawless Perfomance! Took 1 shot (maybe) and you think if the 1st Elbow doesnt cut Bigfoot Cain would not of Hit him the other 150 times? BigFoot took himself down by throwing a week ass predicted kick and got ankle picked..

        • US....DERP! says:

          this^

          its funny, wasnt so long ago everyone was clinging so tight to cains nuts he was losing circulation. now everyones got shit to talk about him. i would take jds in a rematch but cain could easily upset him or anyone else at hw. Cain, JDS, AO will be top 3 for a while. any of those guys could beat each other on any given night

      • Chael Sonnen's Bicep says:

        He gave him a low kick. Cain is a wrestler. Its science.

      • iamstevenlopez says:

        What suspect chin? He was hit behind the ear. That’s like a light switch. Do you know anything about striking?

        • Mc says:

          Congo rocked him several times and if Congo didn’t suck he coulda finished him. I just think he doesn’t take shots all that well. the few times I’ve seen him get hit w/ clean shots, he’s been on stanky legs.

      • Hendrickson says:

        Are you surprised? Worst writing in mma here that’s for sure

    • Alex says:

      It wasnt just one you retard. Why do you say shit when you dont know what you are talking about? c’mon really.. So tired of people like you. If you looked at bigfoot you see how he had cut upon cut in different directions. Cain was a beast tonight and if DC doesnt get the title shot Cain should be next. Cain can take down JDS and if he do I think JDS would get in some trouble. Cain just got caught, which happens against great strikers. Dont think it will happen again unless JDS takedown defense is to good for Cain which i dont believe it is.

      • Mc says:

        It was just one short little elbow that cut him then he couldn’t see and got f’d up. Usually happens when u can’t see to defend yourself.

  7. Brend0magic says:

    Nelson vs Hunt, Mir vs Brock 3, JDS vs Velasquez 2

    • Thurgood Jenkins says:

      I like the first two, but not JDS v. Velasquez just yet. I say give bring in Cormier for the next shot. Ideally, Werdum beats Russow. Match up him and Velasquez. Nelson and Hunt is the one I would like to see as soon as possible though. If not, set up Hunt and Struve as originally planned and Nelson vs. Barnett if UFC brought him back.

  8. Chartmonster says:

    Nicely written.. Agree with Cain v Jds.. Get it on.

  9. jbeamazing says:

    some of you guys commenting are completely stupid

  10. Don't Fight Fire with Fire says:

    To challenge JDS, you gotta bring in a strong kicker, one whose quick hands can back up strong kicks. And that fighter would be…..Jon Jones. Mir was landing kicks, but had no power behind those kicks. JDS is too long and stands at such an angle that it is difficult to connect on a strike and very difficult to takedown. Enter Jones. Jones would land several hard kicks within the first 3 minutes of the first round because JDS leads with left leg so far in front of him to protect his head. Jones would eat that leg for lunch and force JDS to switch up to southpaw or get that leg battered. A challenger cannot just stand up with JDS and he has proven to be nearly impossible to take down. Take out his front leg and everything else will follow.

    • The natural says:

      Ur point with jones would make sense if they were in same div

    • JAC says:

      Jones isn’t a strong kicker he just throws a lot of kicks. He doesn’t just throw leg kicks he mixes it up and JDS would knock out Jones without a doubt. Jones already said he wouldn’t fight JDS because they’re friends yet he fought Rashad Evans. The whole reason for Evans and Jones not being friends anymore in the first place was because Jon said he’d fight him. JDS trains at blackhouse and Jones trains with Greg Jacksons camp so obviously the two of them aren’t so close already that they would be unwilling to fight each other.

      • Jones said says:

        he would “entertain” fighting JDS and that he would have a problem fighting JDS. But he never said he would NEVER fight JDS.
        “Strong kicker” in the sense that he uses kicks so well–that is undeniable. If JDS catches Jones, of course he would knock him out. But at the same time, Jones has the ability to mess up that lead knee of JDS. With one damaged leg, so much power would be lost in his punches.
        It would be a huge challenge for Jones to beat JDS. But Jones is capable or rising to the challenge. Many said that JDS would be MIr, but JDS fans weren’t overconfident against Mir because Mir is dangerous. So is Jones.

  11. Xaninho says:

    Cain did great. He was ruthless, but the blood in Bigfoot’s eyes broke his will. He basically lost his sight and this is not a movie with blind fighters winning fights.

    The outcome might have been the same without the blood, but I’m sure it wouldn’t have been as one-sided as this time.

  12. Why didn’t you mention about Paul Sass or Jacob Volkmann??

  13. Big Show says:

    I´m not agry for now JDS vs Cain… Cain needs perhaps one more win to be to get a title shot, Silva wasn´t a good test, a fight against Werdum or Nelson most be set for Cain…

  14. You morons says:

    You guys asking for Cormier vs JDS are morons. Cormier still needs one more fight in Strikeforce before Dana can bring em in. Cain vs JDS 2 in September. Im sure they both stayed healthy i this last fight.

  15. Daniel Cormier? Wow…. You guys are f’n insane! He beat a totally overrated Silva and Josh Bartnett….. No insult needed….. This guy hasn’t even been tested by a top 5 HW…. I think DC and Nelson would be a sluggerfest…. Cain deserves his rematch…. He lost the last fight only because of a well timed punch…. Could have happened the other way just as easy…. His destruction of Bigfoot proves that he’s at the top ans could take out any HW…. JDS and Cain 2 will be a war!

  16. jay808 says:

    how’s is cain’s chin suspect, he’s been rocked my cheick kongo and came back. and jds beat cain with an overhand to the side of the head, in a fight where cain was on a huge layoff due to surgery. i’m not saying jds isn’t the best right now, but some of you say stupid shit that makes no sense at all.

  17. chump says:

    Nelson vs. Hunt has to happen! That is all.

  18. Faaris Sheikh says:

    In my opinion after Jones vs Hendo move Jones over to HW
    Bring in Daniel as a LWH
    Let Cain and JDS fight and the winner fights Jones
    Brock Vs Mir 3
    Stefan Struve Vs Mark Hunt
    Stipe Miocic Vs Werdum

  19. Lame article! says:

    How does author think a losing Lavar Johnson deserves a top 5 guy but a winning Struve doesn’t deserve a top 10 guy? Normally a fan of bjpenn.com but this article is lame!

    • Adam Conklin says:

      Those are fun matchups for guys who aren’t in line for a title next. And I’m not ranking these guys, the UFC is by giving Silva an unwarranted shot at Velasquez in his debut. If they hold him that high, a fight with Struve makes sense.

  20. JJ Mtz says:

    This was a really good article, I’m enjoying reading BJPenn.com. Thanks for good straight-forward analyst & for leaving out all the fluff & BS,

  21. David says:

    Worst match ups I think these sound better
    Dos Santos vs Velasquez
    Mir vs Werdum after Werdum beats Russow
    Bigfoot vs Gonzaga
    Nelson vs Hunt
    Herman vs Jordan
    Miocic vs Carwin or Browne/Rothwell winner
    Del Rosario vs Barry
    Struve vs Nogueira/Kongo winner
    Johnson vs Schaub

  22. DTaylor says:

    Why does everyone think Cormier deserves a shot immediately coming into UFC? People were pissed when Lesnar got one so early. Sure, he wasn’t an experienced fighter like DC is becoming, but I think he needs to have a fight before a title shot. How about JDS gets a break, Cormier/Velasquez for a contender spot, Overeem will be back around the time that title fight would happen I believe, let him get a contender shot before the title just to make sure he didn’t get some ring-rust, and see what happens from there?

  23. bm says:

    whoever wrote this is a fucking tool.. big country was on a higher spot on the card, and won with one of the most brutal right hands ever thrown. johnson was first fight on the card, and lost, and you think those two are going to face off? you are horrible at your job.

    • Adam Conklin says:

      Haha as a matter of fact, Johnson and Nelson would be a tremendous fight. Lavar had two knockouts coming in and he ran in against Struve and got caught in a predictable way. He was a late replacement too and the UFC rarely punishes late replacements. I say go for it. Plus Nelson came in and knocked out an unranked and has looked non-existent against top competition…

  24. spades says:

    Koscheck vs. Hardy would be to much for Hardy to handle at this time. He needs someone like Amir Sadollah

    • Adam Conklin says:

      Yea thats true. Sadollah would be a good fight. But just think of the pre-fight hype between Koscheck and Hardy…

  25. george says:

    Why does Mark hunt have to fight Stipe? didnt Stipe lose? Why not put Mark hunt against Roy Nelson? or Even Frank Mir?? Carwin might be a great match? what are your views on Mark Hunts next match?

  26. Gould says:

    beating duane ludwig doesnt put Hardy anywhere near a fight with koscheck…i cant see koscheck accepting that fight

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