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Predicting UFC 136's big winners and losers
Another week, another UFC event in the books. That means it's time to once again play fantasy matchmaker and predict who's next for UFC 136's big winners and losers.
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October 12, 2011, 4:10 pm

Another week, another UFC event in the books. That means it's time to once again play fantasy matchmaker and predict who's next for UFC 136's big winners and losers.

Frankie Edgar: Winner of Guida/Henderson
A couple of days ago I would have guessed Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, but now that Melendez's fight against Jorge Masvidal has been made official, it looks like the winner of next month's Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson fight will be next for the champ. Not a bad second option.

Gray Maynard: Melvin Guillard
Both men need to get back on track after tough losses on Saturday night, so why not match them up?

Jose Aldo: Chad Mendes
Mendes has earned his shot. Even if Hatsu Hioki looks great at UFC 137 later this month, I still think Mendes has done enough to fight for the title.

Kenny Florian: a return to the lightweight division
I don't want to focus on who's next for Florian but instead simply suggest a return to the lightweight division. Credit Florian for putting his body through hell to make a run at 145, but it's clear to me that he is better suited for 155. And enough of this retirement talk. Florian is too good to hang up his gloves right now. I don't care how many title fights he loses.

Chael Sonnen: Anderson Silva
Like I even have to explain this one. The only question is, if Sonnen loses, will he really leave the UFC for good? Oh, the drama.

Brian Stann: Alan Belcher
A loss to Chael Sonnen shouldn't knock Stann too far down the ladder. This fight would benefit both men.

Joe Lauzon: Nate Diaz
I get excited just thinking about this fight. Two great BJJ lightweights with somewhat underrated striking games (Lauzon's is more underrated than Diaz's, of course) would make for a helluva scrap.

Nam Phan: Sensei Steven Seagal
In the end, I don't think Phan would accept the fight, but he did lay down the challenge recently so let's see just how serious he is about fighting Sensei.

Anthony Pettis: winner of Dennis Siver vs. Donald Cerrone
Either this scenario or Edson Barboza. Either way, it's time we see Pettis fight another striker so we can see more highlight-reel kicks.



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