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3/3/13 10:54 PM
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The job of UFC matchmaker is similiar to that of a referee, nobody gives him praise for a job well done, but is quick to jump on him for any percieved mistake. In the case of UFC match maker Joe Silva's job, most fans think they can do it better. They do not however always understand the details behind the job. They don't understand fulfilling contacts, fighter requests, and dealing with injuries amongst the tons of things dealt with on a daily basis.

After every UFC event there is the enivitable question is what next's for the winners and losers. Some that lost might have a chance at redemption or some might be on the chopping block. Winners are almost always guaranteed a next bout, and some might get that next fight that puts them in title contention?

At the UFC on Fuel TV 8, two matchups with bigger implications for the winners took place. Stefan Struve and Mark Hunt battled in a fight that would have implications is the heavyweight division, which is always moving as the championship have changed hands more than any other in recent past. Mark Hunt wouldn't seem like a likely title contender, but there's not many if any who can boast a four fight win streak in the division. Struve will take a step back from title contention and likely will have a long lay off with a broken jaw. 

Wanderlei Silva & Brian Stann fought a fight of the night, with Stann almost finishing Silva twice in the first round, but himself being finished by Silva in the second. It is assumed that both fighters will return to their actual weight class, the middleweight division, but who should they fight next? Silva is a legend in the sport and showed they he can still win top fights, but his 4-5 record since returning to the UFC, he is not likely to earn a title shot. Many are calling for him to retire, but it looks like he may have some fight left in him and personally I'd like to see him in there a few more times. Stann is a bit younger and a strong competitor, so it's likely to see him rack together a few more wins and still has a potential title run in the future.

So Underground, what do you think our the best possible matchups for Mark Hunt, Stefan Struve, Wanderlei Silva, & Brian Stann?

And what about veterans Diego Sanchez? Or Bellator super star Hector Lombard who drops to 1-2 inside the Octagon?


3/3/13 11:09 PM
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Hunt vs Barry silva vs Lombard Phone Post
3/3/13 11:09 PM
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Brian Stann vs. Rich Franklin or Cung Le

Wanderlei vs. Chael or retirement

Lombard vs Leben

Sanchez vs. Nate Diaz

Hunt vs. Roy/ Overeem II/ JDS( If anyone gets injured for that fight) or even Gonzaga but that is a bad matchup for Hunt.

3/3/13 11:16 PM
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Wanderlei vs. Chael

3/3/13 11:29 PM
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Hunt v Overeem or Nelson

Struve v Del Rosario

Silva - I would be in for Bisping 2 or Belfort

Stann - Leben 2 or Munoz

Gomi - Noons

Sanchez - Nate Diaz

3/3/13 11:55 PM
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Hunt vs. Roy

Struve vs. Werdum/Nog loser

Silva vs. Lombard

Stann vs. Munoz

Sanchez vs. Nate
3/4/13 12:06 AM
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Hunt will make for a nice last minute replacement. Every relevant hw is tied up. Phone Post
3/4/13 12:09 AM
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I'd love to see Hunt fight anyone Phone Post
3/4/13 12:11 AM
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Chris - I'd love to see Hunt fight anyone Phone Post

UG BLOG: Chris advocates for Hunt to fight Demetrious Johnson

3/4/13 12:15 AM
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Gomi v Tibau
Lombard v Stann
Okami v Le
Silva v Belfort
Struve v Lavar
Hunt v Barry
Diego v Diaz
Siyar v Court
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3/4/13 12:21 AM
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Hunt vs Roy

Wandy vs Chael

Okami vs Bisping

Gomi vs BJ

Diego vs Nate

Dong vs Koscheck

Stann vs Franklin

Struve needs to take a year off and then fight someone with minimal striking his first fight back.

3/4/13 12:29 AM
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Hunt vs. Bigfoot
Struve vs. R&R
Wandy vs. Chael
Wandy's rubbed out jock strap on Kong's face, superhero style.
Stann vs. Rich Franklin
Diego vs. Nate

3/4/13 12:43 AM
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Chris - I'd love to see Hunt fight anyone Phone Post

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Hunt might not ever lay a finger on him and lose a points battle from tiny little leg kicks.
3/4/13 12:45 AM
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Hunt vs Roy

Wandy vs Chael

Okami vs Bisping

Gomi vs BJ

Diego vs Nate

Dong vs Koscheck

Stann vs Franklin

Struve needs to take a year off and then fight someone with minimal striking his first fight back.


Which HW in the UFC has that minimal striking though?

Struve would beat Overeem. IMO.
3/4/13 1:16 AM
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Hunt vs Nelson (if Nelson beats Kongo.)  If Nelson loses, then Hunt vs Gonzaga - Travis Browne winner.

Struve is out for a while with that injury, so who knows.

If Silva is staying at 205....  Forrest Griffin was supposed to return soon - that would be a fun fight.  If that doesn't work how about TeHuna.

Stann vs Rich Franklin

Lombard vs Roger Gracie

Okami vs Jake Shields

Tavares vs Derek Brunson

Fukuda vs Nedkov

Stun Gun vs Mike Pyle

Siyar vs Erick Silva

Lim vs Kenny Robertson

Guimaraes vs Yuri Villefort

Sanchez vs Diaz-Thompson winner

Gomi vs Bocek

Tokudome vs Chiesa

Marcello vs Henry Martinez

Yahya vs Manny Gamburyan

Hirota vs Nam Phan

Mizugaki vs Yuri Alcantara

Caraway vs Michael MacDonald

Caceres vs Johny Bedford

Kang vs Menjivar

 

 

 

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3/4/13 3:26 AM
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Hunt vs Roy

Wandy vs Chael

Okami vs Bisping

Gomi vs BJ

Diego vs Nate

Dong vs Koscheck

Stann vs Franklin

Struve needs to take a year off and then fight someone with minimal striking his first fight back.


Which HW in the UFC has that minimal striking though?

Struve would beat Overeem. IMO.

"Struve would beat Overeem. IMO."

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3/4/13 3:51 AM
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Mike Easton vs eddie wineland
Chris wiedman vs vitor Belfort
Jim miller vs joe lauzon 2
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3/4/13 5:32 AM
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Wanderlei Silva vs. James Te Huna @ 205
Wanderlei Silva vs. Hector Lombard @ 185
Brian Stann vs. Tim Boetsch
Stefan Struve vs. Shane Del Rosario
Mark Hunt vs. Roy Nelson (if he beats Kongo) or Pat Barry
Diego Sanchez vs. Jim Miller/Pat Healy winner
Takanori Gomi vs. Joe Lauzon
Yushin Okami vs. Costa Philippou/Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza winner
Hector Lombard vs. Michael Bisping or Wanderlei Silva
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Rory MacDonald
Rani Yahya vs. Manny Gamburyan
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Thiago Alves
3/4/13 9:04 AM
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I'd like Hunt to stay active while he is healthy, so Hunt vs the winner of Gonzaga vs Browne. I'd say Schaub, but after his last performance I have no interest in seeing Schaub fight anyone, let alone watch him attempt to hug Hunt for 15 minutes.

I don't really like the idea of the smaller heavyweights fighting each other. Just seems like they'd be picking each other off. Like only one small heavyweight has the right to move up the ranks, but larger ones have all the options possible. So yeah, personally I don't want to see Hunt vs Nelson or Barry.

As far as Wanderlei, I think I'd like him to stay at LHW. Wanderlei vs Jimi Manuwa sounds pretty good to me. Maybe a fight with Rashad Evans also. However I think Rashad should move down to MW. Wanderlei won't put him any closer to a title shot in either division.
3/4/13 9:18 AM
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I would love to see Wand retire on a big win, but unfortunately he's too much of a warrior. Will probably take a couple more bad losses to force him out.

3/4/13 10:52 AM
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Look no farter...Belfort/Silva II for a Tuf series and a rematch. Hunt/Dos Santos for a title contender. Stann/Kennedy for a 4th of July match up.
3/4/13 11:53 AM
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Wand vs Lombard
Stann vs loser of Carmont/Larkin

Hunt vs Mir/ Cormier winner
Struve vs Mir/ Cormier loser

Diego Sanchez vs Nate Diaz/ Thompson winner
Gomi vs Barboza

Okami vs Phillipou/ Jacaré winner

Stun gun vs Maia 2

Siyar vs Matt Brown/ Dan Hardy loser Phone Post
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Wanderlei vs okami
stann vs lombard
hunt vs carwin
struve vs gonzaga
Sanchez vs dunham
gomi vs guillard/stout

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