UFC 120 came to a close on Saturday, October 2010 with both questions created and answers formulated. Europe may or may not be the next big breeding ground of mixed martial arts superstars, but fans were still appeased with the amount of action throughout the evening. Going forward the Ultimate Fighting Championship has a number of interesting fights that can be created based on UFC 120’s outcomes.
Michael Bisping (20-3) versus Chael Sonnen (25-11)
A Bisping versus Sonnen matchup would be a trash talker’s haven. Both fighters are known for spewing their venom at their opponents before stepping foot into the cage. However, once inside the cage Sonnen and Bisping have the abilities to back up their threats. Bisping looked very solid in dealing with Yoshihiro Akiyama’s striking. When hurt in the first round he responded quickly and established his pace which took the Korean fighter out of his game. It would be interesting to see how well Bisping would deal with the constant pressure and wrestling that Sonnen presents. Sonnen used those abilities to dominate the current middleweight champion for nearly five complete rounds before falling to a triangle choke. The main problem with organizing this fight is Sonnen’s battle against accusations of doping as he is currently awaiting an appeal.
Carlos Condit (26-5) versus Chris Lytle (30-17-5)
Someone’s win streak would end with a pairing of Condit versus Lytle. Condit currently carries three straight victories in the Octagon while Lytle is holding a four fight surge. Both fighters have injected their self into the mix as contenders for the welterweight title in 2011. Their abilities styles would also make for an interesting match-up no matter where the fight would go. Lytle has used his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to secure a variety of submissions; however Condit has won his fair share of fights by tap out. Both fighters are also known for the abilities to stand and trade punches as recent fights have seen them outbox Matt Serra and knockout perennial puncher Dan Hardy. If styles make fights a Condit versus Lytle match-up would be a fan’s favorite.
Spencer Fisher (24-6) versus Jeremy Stephens (18-6)
A return fight of the 2008 battle would pit two lightweights against each other who both need another pivotal win in their careers. Fisher is coming off of a unanimous decision victory on the undercard of UFC 120 and Stephens is trying to rebuild after a tough loss to Melvin Guillard at UFC 119. Both fighters are known for their ability to stand and trade punches which was the case during their first fight. Fisher walked away with the victory via decision, yet the action swung in both fighters direction. A rematch as a Pay Per View opening fight would surely start the night off with a fast paced battle to get the fans out of their seats.
Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-3) versus Ricardo Almeida (12-4)
Coming off of his disappointing performance at UFC 120, Akiyama may need to cut down to welterweight due to consistent cardio problems that have plagued him during the UFC. Even during his victory over Alan Belcher in 2009 the Judo expert was seen breathing heavily and slowing down. Almeida is looking to rebound after a tough loss to Matt Hughes at UFC 117. Both fighters would present problems for each other in different areas of the fight. The question lies if Almeida would be able to answer Akiyama’s stand up attack and how would Akiyama be able to combat Almeida’s Brazilian Jiu Jitsu mastery.
With UFC 120 closed and in the books the Ultimate Fighting Championship has a number of options when booking their upcoming events. Fights such as these offer intriguing story lines and interesting clashes in style that would benefit the company, fighters and mixed martial arts fans alike.