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This possibility could be completely rediculous to most of you, but I figured i'd ask anyways for the sake of conversation.

Dana pretty much said that Chucks next fight would not be against any of the TUF guys and we're all pretty sure Tito and Babalu will not be getting another shot anytime soon due to both of them having lost twice to chuck already. He also confirmed that both Chuck and Rampage will each have one more fight before they fight each other.

So the question everybody is asking right now is who is next for Chuck?

Now unless they bring a fighter from pride over that they could instantly validate having a title shot (Wanderlei, Shogun, Lil Nog) that doesn't leave many options. Out of all the UFC LHW fighters that Dana didn't mention would not be next for the title shot, Machida seems to be the only one with the potential. Sure, he has only one fight in the UFC and it was against a relative can in Hogar but he does have some impressive wins on his record(Franklin, BJ, etc.). Granted, Franklin and BJ are not natural LHW's but Franklin can fight at LHW and they are both great P4P fighters.

If UFC starts promoting Machida and let the fans know who he is, do you think they could sell this match? Do you think they would want to? Any other opinions?

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Machida will not fight Chuck yet, he has one fight in the UFC and it was an undercard match. He will def. become a force in the LHW div. tho. and soon will be talked about fighting Chuck, but not yet.

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They have to build him up first...the casual MMA fan has never heard of him. That was bullshit putting him on the undercard of the last payperview. All real fans who know what's going on wanted to see that fight.

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I wish Machida would fight Chuck then beat him.

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Posted by fedorwins1

Machida will not fight Chuck yet, he has one fight in the UFC and it was an undercard match. He will def. become a force in the LHW div. tho. and soon will be talked about fighting Chuck, but not yet.



Alright. So if it's not any of the TUF guys and nobody is brought over from pride, who will it be?

Really, with the right amount of marketing the UFC can build up a fighter in no time flat. Talk about Machida as highly as they did CC and mention his accomplishments and I think it could be a possibility.

I personally don't think this will happen. With all the talk of Dana picking up contracts after they're up with pride, i'm assuming it's gonna be somebody from there. But if it isn't, i don't see any other options.

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Dang idk maybe he will move up to HW?

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He should fight horn again, he was the only guy to test chuck at his best. Or i'd like to matt lindland come back to the ufc and fight chuck !!!

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Well Chuck is getting one warm up fight then he is fighting Rampage so whoever Chuck fights it shouldnt be a contest.

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Maybe Brandon Vera will move down to LHW and fight him, I wanna see Brandon Vera get KTFO

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I highly doubt it.

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I highly doubt it.



Well I can't see anyone else he would fight the only people who are worthy are Jardine, Rashad, Griffin, Rampage, apparently none of them are fighting Chuck next so who would it be?

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Wandy or someone else from outside the UFC( /Lil Nog/Shogun), Wandy being the only one I could see them selling to the casual fan. As for Dana's comments of Chck's next fight not being Rampage or any of the TUF'ers, it could just be a negotiating ploy since Rampages contract comes up soon. The only other outside fighter besides those listed I could think of them being able to sell is Bas Rutten. The could play up the retired a HVYweight champ of the UFC angle, and they've got footage of him from the UFC and the WFA, However, I think Bas is retired. Personally I think it's a Rampage negotiating ploy out of all of the above, but I hope it's Wandy.That's all I can think of.

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Yeah, its either got to be a big name from another org that they bought up, or a legend thats instantly marketable. Only problem is is that I can't think of a legend for him to fight. Royce is too light, Shamrock and Bas are retired, Severn is too old and big, Frye and Goodridge are too big. Anyone else from the old school would just be a can and have zero recognition to anyone except the hardcore fans.

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I think the thread starter might be right. Who else could it be? Anyone coming over from PRIDE will have a build -up fight before a title shot. (Except Wandy)
I realize Machida was only on a dark match, but Chuck's going to sell no matter what. And I think Dana would sacrifice mediocre PPV numbers to keep Chuck active

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You know who I just thought of that would rule? Igor Vochancyn. He doesn't seem to be fighting for anyone, and if they could get his highlight reel, he'd be instantly appriciated in the UFC because hes a slugger. It would probably make for a good fight too if Igor is still training.

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