Who should they fight next?
I'm hoping a fight with Diego Sanchez (YES, YES, YES, YES) cuz that seems to be the only legitimate contender left at 155... Perhaps Diego needs one more fight at 155, and then start pushing for him for a shot.
Gray Maynard if he beats Huerta will probably get some buzz for a title shot, but also remember Gray was BJ's first pick at TUF5... BJ is light years ahead of him in every department, but theres no disputing Gray has beat some TOUGH guys.
Frankie Edgar has put himself on the map after that victory over Sean Sherk, but also has a loss to Maynard. This guy looks small for 155, but he is an excellent wrestler, and his boxing in his last fight was outstanding.
Shinya Aoki, while ranked high, would rather fight mid level guys like Joe Daddy than fight high level guys like BJ...
BJ looked awesome last night though.
Maybe a rematch with Sanchez, cuz Sanchez keeps saying how he beat Kenny once already and he'll do it again. Kenny gets back on the horse with a win, and Sanchez gets a title shot with a win. I'd also think that maybe a fight against Frankie Edgar might be good, but he's been on the shelf since May, and thats been a long time. Even a fight with Clay Guida would probably be a barn burner.
Dan Henderson part 2? Winner of Maia/Marquardt? Should he just go to LHW and beat up the top 5 guys in that? Shogun is up next for his buddy Machida (who he won't fight) and Evans/Rampage is happening in December. Rich Franklin went to 205 to stay away from Silva...winner of Silva/Jardine moves up, and Luiz Cane is still somewhere in the bottom half of the top 10. When you think about it, he should just fight heavyweights instead. =P
Loser of Jardine/Thiago Silva is probably the best match up for him. Hope his jaw heals soon, cuz his hand just got better and now he's hurt again. Love his book btw!
Terrible stoppage, but its not his fault... give him another tough fight at 170... James Wilks? Kevin Burns? Matt Riddle? Dan Hardy? Matt Brown?
Will he get a rematch like Aaron Riley did? If the answer is no, then give him Dan Cramer at 170? TJ Grant? Rory Markham?
CB Dollaway, just cuz he's coming off a loss too... maybe BarnCat if he moves to 185... then it'll be like 6'4 vs 6'6. Howbout a fight with Roussimar Palhares? Just cuz he's like a whole foot taller than him... hahahah, but maybe even Thales Leites in a loser leaves town fight.
I think he's going down to 170... Marcus Davis? Carlos Condit/Chris Lytle? Dan Hardy? Karo Parisyan when he gets off his suspension? Dong Hyun Kim ? John Howard?
Moves up the lightweight ladder...Miller/Tavares? maybe Griffin/Franca? Joe Lauzon when he gets back? I bet a fight with George Sotiropolous would be off the hook!
Caol Uno? Matt Wiman? Sam Stout? Rob Emerson?
Jesse Lennox - Matt Riddle
Danillo Villefort - Chris Wilson/Mike Pyle?
George Sotiropoulos - Needs another tough fight.
George Roop - Roli Delgado again hahaha
Matt Riddle - Jesse Lennox
Dan Cramer - Ben Saunders
Thales Leites - Kendall Grove in a loser leaves town!
Alessio Sakara - I don't know... give him like Denis Kang or something
Tamdan McCrory - moves to 185?
John Howard - Big dog, Matt Riddle, or Lennox... Dong Hyun Kim?
I don't know... I could be way off on some, but whatever additions you guys wanna add are obviously welcome.
BJ: Diego Sanchez
Kenny Florian: Spencer Fisher
Anderson Silva: Thomasz Drwal
Forrest Griffin: long layoff, maybe Ortiz rematch next year
Johnny Hendricks: Chris Lytle
Amir Sodallah: Matt Riddle
Kendall Grove: Tom Lawlor
Ricardo Almeida: Paul Daley
Kurt Pellegrino: Jeremy Stephens
Josh Neer: Matt Wiman
I think most of these would be entertaining fights, there are some quite good stylistic matchups IMO.
BJ Penn: GSP Rematch!
Florian: Diego Sanchez
Silva: Shogun (if he somehow beats Machida), else winner of Marq/ Maia fight
Forrest: Rich Franklin
Neer: Sam Stout
Batman: Clay Guida
Hendricks: Matt Hughes or Matt Serra
George S: Neer
i'll do main card only
given no lightweights free to fight silva he should just fight hendo again, or fight wandy at 195!!!
MAYBE A LUIS CANE OR JON JONES NEXT
FLORIAN- A GUIDA OR EDGAR WOULD BE GOOD
AMIR= MATT RIDDLE OR DAN CRAMER
HENDRICKS- MCCRORY OR HOWARD OR EVEN EDGAR GARCIA
GROVE- LAWLOR OR REMACTH WITH ED HERMAN
ALMEIDA- A KARO OR KIM FIGHT WOULD BE INTERESTING
NEER- FIGHT WITH ROB EMERSON OR MATT WIMAN
KURT PELLEGRINO- GUIDA OR A MAC DANZIG NEXT BUT I DOUBT IT, OR RILEY EVEN
neer vs stout would be an absolute war IMO
BJ v Sanchez
rest to come.
Anderson/Griffin again that was fun too watch and I would love to see it again!!! J/K Couture at 205 or if he beats NOG
Anderson/Hendo-stay at middleweight if you and Machida are not willing to fight
Forrest- Luis Cane
Lennox/ Nate Diaz
Villefort/ F. Lester
mcCrory/Kang at 185
J. Howard/ M. Davis
Penn- Deigo Sanchez
Florian- Jim Miller
Anderson- Wanderlei Silva (195)
Forrest- Houston Alexander
Hendricks- Paulo Thiago
Amir- Nick Opizwzak (whatever his name is)
Neer- Phillipe Nover
Pelligrino- Paul Kelly
Grove- Denis Kang
Almeida- Rory Markham
Nelson- Cameron Dollar
Riley- Junie Browning
Leites- out or Rousimar Palhares
Sakara- Tom Lawlor
Villefort- Jonathan Goulet
Lennox- Frank Lester
Sotiropoulous- Nate Diaz
Howard- Dennis Hallman
McCrory- he's out..but shouldn't be.