Back to the Future: UFC on Fox 6

Glover Teixeira. Photo courtesy of Black House MMA.

The dust has settled following another edition of the UFC on FOX. Out of it came another promise of a lightweight title shot to Anthony Pettis, the first defense of the UFC flyweight title, the end of Rampage's days in the UFC and the coming out party for a trio of rising stars.

What comes next for those victorious at UFC on FOX 6 can only be speculated. Still, it's always fun to play the guessing game.

After the jump are some predictions on what matchups we may see in the future from this group.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall/Joseph Benavidez winner: While John Dodson gave Johnson all he could handle this past weekend, it's not quite time for a rematch yet. You have to give young Dodson a chance to regroup and rebound. A fight against either McCall or Benavidez would serve Johnson well. Another meeting for McCall could serve as a "rubber match" of sorts and a rematch with Benavidez could dispel the razor-close battle the two had at UFC 152.

Glover Teixeira vs. Alexander Gustaffson/Gegard Mousasi winner: Teixeira may very well be Jon Jones' biggest threat at 205 lbs, but the UFC still needs to continue to move him along at a fair pace. The winner of Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida next month serves as a more likely foe for the victor between Jones and Chael Sonnen in April. Facing either Gustaffson or Mousasi later this year would further Teixeira's development as well as get him closer to a title shot quicker in the long run.

Anthony Pettis vs. Ben Henderson/Gilbert Melendez winner: Pettis was promised a title shot once again, and this time I think he'll get it. He'll have to wait until the late summer/early fall, unless Eddie Alvarez is miraculously released from the grasp of Bellator. But as of right now, the road to the 155 lb belt has never been clearer for Pettis.

Ricardo Lamas vs. Jose Aldo/Frankie Edgar winner: Lamas is relatively new to the title talk at featherweight, but his last two wins have left no doubt that he is deserving. Chad Mendes still isn't distant enough from a KO loss to Aldo. "The Korean Zombie" is an intriguing option but still needs one more high-profile win in my mind. Lamas should get the next shot.

TJ Grant vs. Jim Miller: Grant asked for Miller multiple times after his devastating win over Matt Wiman this weekend and I believe he shall receive. Grant would be the perfect next fight for Miller, who is removed from the top tier at 155 lbs but is still looking for fights against dangerous opponents to keep him relevant. 

Clay Guida vs. Chan-Sung Jung: Guida wasn't very impressive to say the least, but then again Hatsu Hioki isn't going to make anyone look great inside the cage. Like I said above, Jung still needs one more win in my mind to secure a shot at the belt. A stylistic clash with Guida could provide the platform for both fighters to stake their claims in the division.


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