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UFC 129: Fights Joe Silva Should Make Next for GSP, Aldo, and Machida

Will Gray
02 May 2011
What's Next Following UFC 129?

Knockouts, hemotomas, German suplexes, crane kicks and flying triangle submissions. This description could be on any fighting video game in the last ten years or better fitting, the results of UFC 129.

The entire card did not showcase any huge upsets in their respected divisions, if anything – they all went as expected. The unexpected was the outcome and way the endings were delivered. Starting with the bantamweight division: Ivan Menjivar only needed 90 seconds to KO and damage his opponent Charlie Valencia. This win doesn’t necessarily send waves in the class but a potential matchup against Takeya Miazugaki could. It would be a solid step up in competition and open him up to a title shot eventually.

The UFC Featherweight Championship of Jose Aldo vs Mark Hominick was fight of the night and displayed the heart and drive of both men. Being Aldo’s first fight coming off an injury, he was slow in the latter rounds but still did the most damage. Hominick had a massive hematoma and was close to having the fight stopped twice but pushed through and even came out a winner in the loss as both men received bonuses for their performance.

Dana White has stated that the next opponent for Jose Aldo would be Team Alpha Male member Chad Mendes. If Aldo can get past Mendes, he is set to face more top tier competitors in: Kenny Florian, Joe Stevenson and Tyson Griffin (all dropping to this weight after fighting at lightweight). Hominick needs to rest up and heal, when ready to return should fight the winner of Eric Koch vs Cub Swanson.

Ben “Smooth” Henderson turned in another dominant decision win over a tough Mark Bocek. Henderson is still hungry for more and should get the winner of Clay Guida and Anthony Pettis. Clay Guida would match the intensity that Henderson brings with him and no one could argue Henderson vs Pettis 2.

The welterweight division was on fire this weekend, at least the preliminary portion. Rory MacDonald german suplexed his way to a unanimous decision over Nate Diaz. Diaz was really outclassed from the beginning. While he did well in the first, the younger Diaz brother slowed down in the two later rounds. Another dominant welterweight of the night was Jake Ellenberger. Coming in on short notice, he disposed off Sean Pierson in a decisive (knockout) fashion. The best match up for these guys next, each other. Let MacDonald and Ellenberger determine who's performance was more legit. 

Randy Couture was sent into retirement via “Daniel-son” kick by Lyoto Machida and in what may have been ultimately best for the divison. Not that many people enjoy seeing "The Natural" loose a tooth, but none wanted to remember his last fight as a sleeper. Machida hopefully is back to a dangerous form in his striking and KO ability. His next opponent should either be a rubber match with Shogun or the loser of Phil Davis vs Rashad Evans.

Georges St. Pierre again retained his championship, albeit not in the most exciting fashion, but he did it with one working eye. GSP needs to either move up in competition (and weight class) or someone needs to make the fight between him and Nick Diaz happen. Jake Shields however needs to go up against: Josh Koscheck or Jon Fitch. It would be a wrestling clinic, but Kos possesses the knockout power that would trouble Jake, whereas Fitch may just lay on him for 15 minutes.

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02 May 2011

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