With UFC 123 behind us, mixed martial arts fans are already discussing some of the fights they would love to see. With the reemergence of Quinton Jackson and BJ Penn fans of these stars may have a lot to look forward to in 2011. Before the evening was even over two big matches for the February card in Australia were already announced. Denis Siver, who is coming off an impressive defeat of Andre Winner, will face off with George Sotriopoulos. Along with this fight, BJ Penn will face the perennial welterweight contender, Jon Fitch. Many of the winners and losers alike from UFC 123 have a number of fight options awaiting them in the upcoming year.
Quinton Jackson versus the winner of Jon Jones versus Ryan Bader
It has recently been announced that two of the UFC’s best young prospects will face off against each other in 2011. Ryan Bader and Jon Jones have both tore through their early opponents and created undefeated win streaks. Instead of challenging a solidified name in the UFC, matchmakers have placed these two fighters against each other. A fight against Jackson would be a strong test for either winner. As a former champion, Rampage has the knockout power and offensive takedown abilities to threaten either Jones or Bader. Along with the possibility of an exciting battle, this can help unclog the light heavyweight rankings.
Lyoto Machida versus Forrest Griffin
Lyoto Machida suffered what some may see as a controversial loss on Saturday. However, the record books will still show that “the Dragon” is now on a two fight losing streak. Both he and Forrest Griffin need a big win in order to rejuvenate their UFC careers. Other than a victory over Tito Ortiz in 2009, Griffin has not had two tough knockout losses. Both of these fighters are former Light Heavyweight champions in desperate need of a victory. This fight could serve well as a headliner for a UFC Fight Night.
Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves vs. Mark Munoz
The UFC’s middleweight division is becoming more and more packed with all star talent. Maiquel Jose “Big Rig” Falcao Goncalves threw his name into the hat with his dismantling of another up and coming middleweight in Gerald Harris. Mark Munoz would pose a strong challenge for Goncalves if the match was made. Munoz uses constant pressure and a strong wrestling background to control the pace of his fights, well shown during his recent battle with Aaron Simpson. In Munoz, Goncalves would have an opponent who is willing to stand and trade but could also mix up his takedowns and use his powerful ground and pound tactics. A Goncalves versus Munoz matchup would create another strong future contender for the Middleweight title while giving the fans an action packed showing.
2011 is shaping up to be an action packed year with more and more explosive battle being announced within MMA.
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