UFC on FX 4 at Revel Atlantic City, New Jersey is now a thing of the past, as per usual, it’s time for us to take a look at the card and ask ourselves what the next logical step for the headlining fighters are.
Grey Maynard: Although clearly frustrated by Clay Guida’s lack of offense, the former UFC Lightweight Title challenger had his hand raised after 25 minutes of “fighting”. It’s hard to consider “The Bully” a winner after such a tepid affair, but the newest addition to the AKA family is by no means at fault.
The Michigan State wrestler has made it clear after the bout that he wants another crack at Frankie Edgar and possibly another title shot. Given the state of the UFC lightweight division, and the fact that the TUF veteran was given two title fights against Edgar in the span of a year, it’s highly unlikely that it’s a viable option at this point. Dana White stated prior to their UFC 136 rubber match that he just wanted to be done with it.
A rubber match against Nate Diaz would seem like a logical choice, but the kid form Stockton is opting to wait for Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar to have their rematch, leaving Nate sidelined to take on the eventual winner. Realistically, all roads lead to Anthony Pettis. “Showtime”, who emphatically threw himself in the proverbial mix with a vicious knockout of Joe Lauzon at UFC 144 is in the unenviable position of being third in line for a title shot. A match-up between the two seems prime to determine the next challenger when the dust settles.
Ideally next: Anthony Pettis
Clay Guida: Given “The Carpenter’s” continuing trend of losing to top opposition, having to climb the ladder all over again, and repeating the cycle, he’s out of the title picture for quite some time. UFC President Dana White was not pleased with Guida’s putrescent performance tonight, and his current two-fight skid suggests that he may be way down the ladder.
An ideal match-up for the long-haired lightweight would be against the loser of the coming Guillard-Camoes match-up at UFC 148
Likeliest opponent: Loser of Melvin Guillard vs. Fabricio Camoes
Sam Stout: Can we be real for a few seconds? Yes, we just witnessed Stout ending up on the winning side of an entertaining trilogy with Spencer Fisher, but does it really do anything to help “Hands of Stone’s” standing in the lightweight division. No, not really.
Stout is standing in the same spot he was in before this match. A match-up with fellow middling lightweight Evan Dunham, who was recently pulled from UFC 146 due to injury, seems like the most promising route to go with the Tompkins protege.
Most intriguing fight: Evan Dunham
Spencer Fisher: That was fun but the fact remains that “The King” is 1-5 in the UFC since 2009. He simply can’t compete at the highest level anymore, it’s time to cut to cord.
Realistic outcome: Cut from the UFC roster
Brian Ebersole: The wily veteran notched his 50th career win against T.J. Waldburger in a wildly entertaining scramble-fest at UFC on FX 4. After the event, Ebersole expressed a bit of an interest in fighting at lightweight. While he didn’t commit to anything, we’ll look at some options for both divisions.
If Ebersole does make the trek down to 155 lb, look no further than the aforementioned Sam Stout to welcome him to lightweight. If staying at welterweight, A match-up with Mike Pyle, who knocked out Josh Neer two weeks ago seems like a promising and serviceable match-up for Ebersole.
Viable options: Sam Stout at lightweight, Mike Pyle at welterweight
T.J. Waldburger: While the young grappler came up short against Brian Ebersole, Waldburger has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of behind having looked extremely impressive in defeat. A clash of styles with welterweight kickboxer Stephen Thompson could be potentially entertaining, and there are other routes that can be explored. Personally, I would be interested in seeing just how Waldburger’s bottom game matches up with someone the likes of Charlie Brenneman. A rematch with Josh Neer also seems promising.
Interesting fights: Josh Neer or Charlie Brenneman