Match-ups to Make After UFC 129
Fighting Insider has listed a couple of match-ups that MMA fans would want to see after UFC 129.
George St-Pierre – though he retained his welterweight championship belt – left the people insatiable, as he was unable to finish Jake Shields at last Saturday’s UFC 129. More over, this victory left the champion few worthwhile options at the 170lbs division.
So what match-ups should UFC make after UFC 129? Here are what MMA fans would want to see.
Obviously, this is the fight that many fans are dying to see. If Anderson Silva gets pass Yushin Okami at UFC 134, he will also sweep a division. He has treated the Octagon with dominance, that George St-Pierre’s relentless takedowns make a perfect foil for Anderson Silva. Albeit GSP’s recent performance left the people uninspired, his status as the welterweight’s alpha male has not diminished.
At UFC 129, Jose Aldo was pushed for five grueling rounds during his match against Mark Hominick. His aura of invincibility took a significant hit in his unanimous decision victory during the event. That said, Kenny Florian’s wealth of experience and cerebral approach to fighting makes him an appropriate challenger. That is if he’s able to defeat Diego Nunes at UFC 131 in June.
Lyoto Machida was able to save his post among the world’s premier light heavyweight fighters, as he knocked Randy Couture into retirement with a second-round front kick. From where he’s standing, the road might lead to a rematch against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson — who will face Matt Hamill at UFC 131.
Benson Henderson vs Anthony Pettis
Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis’ first encounter was very memorable that a rematch would not be any different. The former made a successful promotional debut at UFC 129, as he defeated Mark Bocek last Saturday. The latter, on the other hand, is set for a June 4 duel against Clay Guida. In case he win there, Anthony Pettis will have a shot to the UFC lightweight championship belt. Otherwise, a Benson Henderson vs Anthony Pettis rematch is feasible.
Jake Ellenberger vs Rory MacDonald
The two talented 170-pound fighters have staked their respective claims to primetime. Despite the short notice, Jake Ellenberger was able to wreck Sean Pierson via left-hook and follow-up punches at UFC 129. After that, Rory MacDonald won over Nick Diaz by way of belly to back suplex, displaying his wonderful and diverse skill set.
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