Well after another big UFC PPV done its time for another What's Next for the winner's and losers!
Close or not Rob got the nod in his second showdown with Romero. Plus with talk of Yoel going up to Light heavyweight I doubt we see a third fight between them. We are just yet to see how long a lay off Whittaker will need off with this latest injury to his hand.
Next Opponent: Kelvin Gastelum
Well it looks like all of Colby's at times divisive self promotion have worked out. He's now the interim champion and in position for the biggest fight of his entire career so far. It will be interesting to see how quick a turn around they can have in getting the Welterweight unification fight booked.
Next Opponent: Tyron Woodley
It must be awesome being Holly Holm. The last of that original trinity of popular women's bantamweights she's only ever one win away from a massive fight and now that she's got it its just a matter of who does she choose? We have seen how Holm vs. Cyborg goes and frankly I can't see it going any differently if they run it back. We haven't seen her take on Nunes and her popularity alone would likely supersede Ketlen Viera's case for a tile shot.
Next Opponent: Amanda Nunes
Someone I think who could benefit with slowing down in terms of the quality of opponent he's facing so quickly. Tuivasa looked like he was pushed to his limits against a game Arlovski. At only 25 he could have over 10 years left in the UFC so maybe slow the progression slightly.
Next Opponent: Justin Willis
Mike Jackson wasted his UFC opportunity compared to CM Punk. No matter how bad he was, after that fight nobody can say Punk didn't give his absolute everything out there. Mike Jackson can make no such claim. He could have finished Punk about half a dozen times in that fight and was basically toying with him which nobody likes to see.
Next Opponent: Bellator/PFL or ONE might pick him up if he's lucky
Coming up short in making weight and the fight Yoel looks set for a move up in weight, he says he wants to fight DC but I wouldn't put all your eggs in that basket Yoel. With Light heavyweight being one of the most stagnant divisions he will likely jump very close to the front of the line in terms of a title shot with just one big name needed.
Next Opponent: Winner of Oezdemir vs. Shogun
Rafael Dos Anjos
RDA gets his first taste of defeat at Welterweight which must suck to a guy who's talked so much ****! With both guys coming off a loss and being ranked 1st and 3rd it makes all the sense to book RDA vs. Wonderboy. The pressure/volume striker vs. the counter striker alone sounds interesting.
Next Opponent: Stephen Thompson
The UFC is probably kicking itself now for booking Anderson vs. Holm. Megan was billed as being a real 145er and a potential challenge to Cyborg. That shine has all been rubbed off now. What makes it even worse is that with 145 having no rankings structure there is nothing really left for her now since there are no other 145er's and she cant make 135.
Next Opponent: ??????
I feel like I own Arlovski an apology I was calling for him to retire nearly a year ago after that 0-5 run but look at him now this year he's 2-1 since then and that loss being a razor thin decision coming to a young contender. Shamil and he are both close together and Shamil needs a notable Heavyweight win to move up the rankings.
Next Opponent: Shamil Abdurakhimov
Even if its the only thing I can commend him on Punk proved he is really tough. There was never really a moment when he was in the fight and very easily could have turtled up and looked for an escape multiple times but he didn't. Obviously he's not going to be in the UFC again and I also doubt he competes in MMA again period because if he's signed with the UFC I doubt Dana would release him when his name alone would probably still draw some fans.
Next Opponent: Hopefully nobody