What’s Next For The UFC Fight Night 77 Main Card Winners?

Screenshot_1 UFC Fight Night 77 took place live from the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil last night on November 7th. In the main event, middleweight Vitor Belfort returned to his old ways and finished veteran Dan Henderson with a first-round head-kick followed by punches, leaving the Brazilian crowd on their feet. In the co-main event, light heavyweight Glover Teixeira delivered with a second-round TKO over Patrick "Durkin" Cummins. The main card featured four other bouts, including Thomas Almeida's thrilling first-round knockout over Anthony Birchak and Alex Oliveira's brutal third-round knockout over Piotr Hallmann. Rashid Magomedov scored a unanimous decision victory over Gilbert Burns, and Corey Anderson scored a unanimous decision victory over Fabio Maldonado. It's time for us at MMAjr.co to take the role of matchmaker once again - what's next for the UFC Fight Night 77 main card winners? *** Vitor Belfort Should fight: Tim Kennedy Vitor Belfort recieved a first round TKO victory over Dan Henderson on Saturday night. Very similar to their first fight, no head strikes were thrown until Belfort landed a huge left kick, sending Henderson to the ground before follow up ground-and-pound. Belfort's knockout was the 14th stoppage and the 13th first-round stoppage in his UFC career. Despite losing quickly to UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman last May, Belfort showed he still posseses devastating knockout power and can finish anyone in the division. Tim Kennedy had been contemplating retirement, not having fought since September of 2014 where he was finished by Yoel Romero. Last week Kennedy made a statement on The MMA Hour that he plans on returning, vowing to smash the fighters who have "cheated." Kennedy hinted a possible fight with Vitor Belfort, as his remark comes from Belfort's history of using testosterone. This would be a big return fight for Tim Kennedy and an important fight for Belfort to stay at the top. This would be a great co-main event for UFC 197, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this upcoming March. Glover Teixeira Should fight: Alexander Gustafsson Saturday night, Glover Teixeira scored an impressive second round TKO over Patrick Cummins. Despite being taken down four times throughout the fight, Teixeira managed to get back to his feet quickly each time where he displayed his skilled and powerful boxing. His finish over Cummins, along with his submission over Ovince St. Preux in August, gives Teixeira two victories over Top 10 ranked light heavyweights. Alexander Gustafsson lost a hard-fought decision in October against UFC Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, leaving him without a win in 2015. Gustafsson's only win since December of 2012 was a TKO finish over Jimi Manuwa last year. A match-up between Brazil's Glover Teixeira and Europe's Alexander Gustafsson would be a great fight for the fans and, potentially, a step closer to a shot for the title. Thomas Almeida Should fight: John Lineker Thomas Almeida scored a "Knockout of the Year" contender over Anthony Birchak on Saturday night. After an exciting first few minutes, Almeida landed a massive right hand leaving Birchak folded against the cage. The knockout keeps Almeida undefeated at 21-0, holding three consecutive knockout victories in 2015. The knockout also earned Almeida his fourth straight "Performance of the Night" bonus. His knockout proves that he is one of the best in the bantamweight division and is nearing his chance at a shot for the title. If he can get passed John Lineker, a fight with either Dillashaw or Cruz would be very close. Lineker recently made the move from flyweight to bantamweight. In his first 135 pound performance, he finished notable Francisco Rivera via first round TKO. Lineker currently sits at 7-2 inside the UFC and showshigh-level talent every performance. Lineker would be a great test for the 24 year old Almeida, and this bout could potentially be a title eliminator bout for either man. This fight would be great to have no matter what country, as John "Hands of Stone" Lineker and Thomas "Thominhas" Almeida would surely produce fireworks. Alex Oliveira Should fight: Rustam Khabilov Alex Oliveira scored a highlight reel knockout over Piotr Hallmann Saturday night. The fight was somewhat close until the final round, where Oliveira landed a huge right hand that set Hallmann crashing (unconscious) to the canvas. The knockout puts Oliveira at 3-1 inside the octagon, all four UFC fights occurring inside 2015. A fight I visualize next would be a bout with Russian Rustam "Tiger" Khabilov, who is in need of a win. Khabilov last fought in February of 2015, losing a split decision to Adriano Martins. A fight before that, he was submitted by former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Khabilov started off his UFC career strong with three wins in a row and is hoping to get back to his winning ways. A win for "Cowboy" Oliveira would propel him closer to the UFC's Top 15 rankings, while a win for Khabilov would put him right back into contention with the top-tier of the division. Rashid Magomedov Should fight: Norman Parke Rashid Magomedov looked impressive Saturday night in his decision victory over jiu-jitsu specialist Gilbert Burns. His striking looked to be the most impressive part of his game, landing significant shots throughout the fight. Magomedov showed that he is ready for a step-up in competition, currently riding a 12-fight win streak with five coming by way of stoppage. Two weeks ago, "Stormin" Norman Parke earned his first victory in 2015 with a unanimous decision over Reza Madadi. Despite two closely contested decision losses to Gleison Tibau and Francisco Trinaldo earlier this year, Parke has showed significant improvement throughout his game. Parke is a high-profile name that Magomedov could build off of, if he were to score a victory. This bout would be interesting to see on the UFC's trip to London in February. Corey Anderson Should fight: Patrick Cummins Corey "Beastin 25/8" Anderson scored a dominate decision victory over Fabio Maldonado on Saturday night. He showed some improvement with his striking but primarily delivered with his wrestling, outworking the experienced Maldonado. Anderson, the light heavyweight winner on Season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter, earned his second victory of 2015 and fourth inside the octagon, his only loss coming to Gian Villante in April. A matchup with Patrick "Durkin" Cummins makes sense, who lost to Glover Teixeira on this card's co-main event. Cummins made his UFC debut on short notice against Daniel Cormier, losing by TKO in the first round. Since then, "Durkin has went 4-2, scoring three victories in 2014 and one victory in 2015. Cummins will be looking to rebound off the loss, while Anderson continues his development in the division.

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