José Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar
The superfight that had been talked about for some time came and Aldo remains supreme as featherweight champion. Aldo used his quickness to out strike Edgar. It seems that Edgar will stay as featherweight for at least one more fight. If he loses his next featherweight fight, then he might move back to lightweight. For Aldo, all signs point to Anthony Pettis as next.
Rogério Nogueira vs. Rashad Evans
The light heavyweight division at one point was short on possible title contenders. That’s not the case anymore and Nogueira helped thicken the championship picture. For Evans, he falls really behind now in his rankings as a light heavyweight. Evans is so far back, he should join middleweight and comeback fresh. He beats two or three big names and he’s in title contention again.
Antonio Silva vs. Alistair Overeem
Just a year ago Overeem was preparing for a heavyweight title shot. After being pounded on by Silva last night, his spot in the division isn’t clear. I think that loss knocked him out of the Top 5. Silva could meet Junior dos Santos to see who gets the next title shot. Overeem should meet Stefan Struve, who I think gets a championship shot with a huge win.
Demian Maia vs. Jon Fitch
Moving down to welterweight was the best move for Maia. He wasn’t able to stop any major names as middleweight, but has done so as welterweight. His previous two wins were impressive and the Fitch one was the biggest to date. There are lots of names ahead of him in the welterweight division, but he’s moving up slowly. Fitch is always tough, but his last fights haven’t been pretty for him.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall
Whoever won this could claim they were the next flyweight contender. Benavidez lost a close one to the eventual champion in the finals of the tournament, so he makes sense as next to challenge for the gold. Since the division is so small and McCall is coming off two losses, maybe he should go back to featherweight and try his luck there. There’s nobody stopping him from competing in two levels, especially if he can easily make the weight cut.