CODY GARBRANDT: Mookie's made my job a bit easier with his post battle analysis piece, and honestly it's simply the fight that makes one of the most sense. Another action battle between young fighters, an action up in experience, but not a leap into the deepest ends of the swimming pool. John Lineker and Michael McDonald are set up to fight. Garbrandt needs to get the winner. Garbrandt vs. Lineker/McDonald winner.
THOMAS ALMEIDA: Part of me wants to just make some turmoil and put Thomas Almeida in with Aljamain Sterling. If we want to go winner vs. loser, I believe a fight with Takeya Mizugaki would be great, and an excellent method to provide Almeida a difficult fight without putting him versus a power puncher.
JEREMY STEPHENS: Since Stephens certainly deserves a huge bump up in fight notoriety after this win, the cruelest parts of me desire him to face B.J. Penn when/if Penn returns from suspension. However, that might be years with USADA. Unfortunately, the upper end of 145 is pretty reserved up right now, or loaded with guys Stephens has currently lost decisively to. The best of the latter alternative would be a rematch with Cub Swanson, since Stephens broke his hand early in that fight. If Ricardo Lamas beats Max Holloway, that's an excellent defend Stephens. If he does not, however, I state offer Stephens the loser of Edgar/Aldo. Sure he's not most likely to win, but he should have some type of shot at a big battle and it 'd be a nice get better for either person. Stephens vs. Aldo/Edgar loser.
RENAN BARAO: It's probably time to simply go out and make sure Renan Barao can get a great win, still. If he does not, I say Barao vs. Siver, whenever Siver comes back. If that's too long, then he might also battle Clay Guida, if Guida loses to Brian Ortega.
With Story back now, I actually desire to see him combat the winner of Hendricks vs. Gastelum. He's combated both guys before, beating Hendricks on Hendricks' way to the title and losing to Gastelum. I 'd likewise enjoy love to see him combat Matt Brown, as soon as Brown is done doing awful things to Jake Ellenberger.
TAREC SAFFIEDINE: Sometimes a fighter loses and the reasonable battle simply falls right into your lap. Albert Tumenov vs. Tarec Saffiedine looks like it makes a lots of sense and offers both guys another shot to display their striking. If Saff wants to test himself versus another clinch grinder, Court McGee is out there, but I believe all of us simply want Saffiedine vs. Tumenov.
Camozzi deserves a winner and, exactly what do you know? Chris Camozzi vs. Thiago Santos would be healthy. Let's make that fight happen.
Matchups with Nelson, Magny, DHK, and Story all make some kind of sense for him to attempt and take a jump up against the fringes of the leading 10. Magny is the kind of dude prepared to fight anyone, anytime, so let’s book Neil Magny vs. Lorenz Larkin.
Do you toss him in the next toughest battle readily available or try and get him a bounce-back win so he remains around longer? McGee is difficult and a ready scrapper, who must give Masvidal a good action battle, while still being someone, on paper, Masvidal needs to beat.
PAUL FELDER: There are a number of borderline top 15 skills in the UFC's lightweight department, and they're all clumped together without a battle right now. I actually believe Felder vs. Martins would be the best of those battles, since Martins isn't as likely to piece Felder up or simply drown him with battling like Khabilov would.
JOSH BURKMAN: Assuming he gets another battle in the UFC, this would be as great a time as any to take on Efrain Escudero. If that can't get done, the loser of Lauzon/Sanchez or Miller/Gomi would be just as excellent. Of all those, I 'd say I like the concept of Burkman vs. the Miller/Gomi loser the best.
SARA MCMANN: She might probably use another win or 2 to really seal herself as a true gatekeeper, but there's no doubt this is the best McMann's GnP has looked in a long time, makings her a harder opponent than ever. I 'd love to see McMann handle the Holm/Shevchenko winner, but the UFC may have bigger plans for them. If that's the case and since Cyborg won't be battling GdR next (from the sound of it), then Sara McMann vs. Germain de Randamie is an excellent fight making.
This may make him a great next step fight for Kevin Lee, after his win over Efrain Escudero. If the UFC wants to slow play Lee a bit more then I 'd be fine with Trujillo vs. Madadi ... In fact, let’s just go with that.
ERIK KOCH: Koch looked definitely great in his long past due return from injury, and as such it's time to get him a harder fight. I still don't know exactly what Nik Lentz is doing, so while I 'd enjoy to see that, it does not make tons of sense for me to throw it around with Nik Lentz not seeming to obtain booked. Otherwise, Koch vs. the winner of Dariush vs. Vick would be great. Or, if you really want to see where he's at, Rustam Khabilov. I'll state Koch vs. Dariush/Vick winner.
BRYAN CARAWAY: I don't know that Caraway will ever get the regard that he is worthy of for his ability as a fighter. That's simply his cross to bear, I suppose. However, this win does set him up for a bigger fight. Assuming the winner of Assuncao/Dillashaw gets the next shot, then this is the time for Caraway vs. Dodson. I wanted Dodson/Lineker however that's not occurring. This is a good second for it. Bryan Caraway vs. John Dodson.
ALJAMAIN STERLING: Sterling's got some severe kinks in his video game to exercise. He's a good kicker, however without a boxing game or great footwork, he's remarkably available to being hurried and removed while off balance. I 'd like to see him combat Mitch Gagnon, but Gagnon hasn't fought for more than a year, so that seems unlikely. Manny Gamburyan would likewise be a good battle, however I have no concept when Gamburyan will be back from getting quick KO 'd by John Dodson. Without a much better alternative available, I'm going to say Sterling vs. the Wineland/Saenz winner. Not a typical matchup, however desperate times = desperate steps.