UFC on FX 3 emanated live from the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, FL, this past Friday, finally putting an end to the controversial saga of Ian McCall and Demetrious Johnson, and finally allowing the flyweight tournament to move forward. While one of the match-ups has obviously made itself, we will look at what logical steps should be next for the evening’s marquee fighters.
Demetrious Johnson: it’s self-explanatory, really. “Mighty Mouse” now moves on to the finals of the UFC Flyweight Tournament to face Joseph Benavidez in a bout where the winner will be crowned the first ever UFC Flyweight champion.
Next up: Joseph Benavidez
Ian McCall: “Uncle Creepy” certainly has nothing to be ashamed of behind his competitive performance on Friday, despite what he thinks. It is apparent that The Team Oyama product is one of the best 125 lb fighters in the sport today, would it really be crazy to expect the former number-one ranked flyweight to earn himself a title shot by the end of 2013? McCall should face another name in the division, like a John Dodson or Louis Gaudinot, both of which are coming off of wins. In my opinion, a bout with Gaudinot, who recently took out highly touted prospect John Lineker to work his way up the rankings, is the most interesting option. A bout between the two men with questionable aesthetics would surely produce a future title contender, be it “Creepy” righting the ship, or Gaudinot validating himself.
Next up: Louis Gaudinot
Erick Silva: One thing has been painfully obvious about the Brazilian’s UFC, he hates anything outside of the first round. Although he is currently 2-1 in the UFC, the disqualification loss to Carlo Prater at UFC 142 was an absolute joke. “Indio” has spent a grand total of 5 minutes and 42 seconds in the UFC cage across three fights. While a match-up with fellow rising-star Rory MacDonald, which fans are clamoring for, seemed like a no-brainer, MacDonald has been tapped to welcome B.J. Penn back to the UFC. A match-up with former title challenger Dan Hardy seems like a solid alternative to that bout. Hardy recently owned a quick knockout of his own at UFC 146, lamping Duane Ludwig in the first round.
Next Up: Dan Hardy
Charlie Brenneman: “The Spaniard” is a serviceable challenge for most welterweights, unfortunately Erick Silva wasn’t of that ilk. Now 2-2 in his last four bouts, I think a match-up between the wrestler and Josh Neer, who also lost on this card is the most likely outcome.
Next up: Josh Neer
Mike Pyle: Is it safe to say Pyle has dropped the journeyman title yet? Now 6-3 in his current UFC run, Pyle has looked nothing but impressive in his wins. Perhaps a match-up with the winner of UFC 147′s welterweight tilt between Brian Ebersole and TJ Waldburger would help to either party winning the potential bout up the rankings a bit.
Next up: winner of Brian Ebersole vs TJ Waldburger
Josh Neer: Although it looks terrible on his official record, Josh Neer did not look bad in his KO loss to Pyle, I even thought he was winning the round up until that point. As preciously stated, I think a match-up between Neer and Brenneman is what’s likely for both welterweights after this last offering from the promotion.
Next up: Charlie Brenneman