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Who's Next: UFC on Fox 7 Prelims Edition

After the excellent night of fights that was UFC on Fox 7, it is time to look ahead at what could be next for the winners on the preliminary portion of the card.

Chad Mendes

The man has looked fantastic, and improved, in his three first round finishes since his title fight loss to champ Jose Aldo. He remains at the top of the featherweight ladder so his next fight should be one of significance. With most of the other top featherweight contenders booked for the round robin tournament at UFC 162, Mendes still deserves a top name. Let’s see him take on his original opponent Clay Guida.

Francis Carmont

After two consecutive snooze-fests that resulted in controversial split-decision wins, Carmont is now 5-0 inside the octagon. As unimpressive as some of they may be, 5 wins inside the octagon is nothing to scoff at. Now may be the time to a step up the ladder and face another emerging contender. Let’s see Carmont take on another middleweight who is on a bit of a run himself, Brad Tavares.

Myles Jury

Two octagon appearances, two impressive victories. Jury is beginning to prove himself to be an intriguing prospect in the talent rich lightweight division. It may be a bit of a step up in competition but let’s see him take on veteran Mark Bocek.

Joseph Benavidez

He looked like a world-beater in his thrashing of Darren Uyenoyama on Saturday night. It was easily his most impressive performance in the UFC to date. He is ready for another shot at gold. Let’s see him take on the winner of the eventual Demetrious Johnson-John Moraga championship fight.

Jorge Masvidal

While not as impressive as he would have liked, “Gamebred” took care of business Saturday against a dangerous fighter in Tim Means. He may not ever reach contender status but Masvidal is as tough an out there is in the lightweight division. Let’s see him take on fellow Strikeforce import Bobby Green.

TJ Dillashaw

Four straight wins and three impressive finishes for the Team Alpha Male product. His next fight should be a test to see if he has what it takes to move towards contender status. Let’s see him take on perennial gatekeeper Takeya Mizugaki.

Anthony Njokuani

Even with a beautiful knockout of Roger Bowling, Njokuani is still a deeply flawed, yet exciting, fighter. Let’s see him take on another lightweight who exudes excitement, Reza Madadi.

Yoel Romero

The silver-medalist got back in the win column with a wonderfully timed flying knee that ended the night for Clifford Starks. Romero certainly has the athleticism to become a threat in his new division but at 35, time may not be on his side. Let’s see him take on fellow wrestler Tom Lawlor.

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