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What's next for UFC 133 winners and losers
Time to look ahead at what's next for Saturday night's winners and losers.
August 9, 2011, 3:08 pm

With UFC 133 in the books, let's take a look at who should be next in line to face Saturday night's big winners and losers.

Rashad Evans: Jon Jones
Evans will meet the winner of Jones vs. Quinton Jackson in September, and while Dana White won't admit it, he has to be salivating at the thought of finally getting a chance to promote the much-anticipated Evans vs. Jones title fight. Of course, if Jackson wins, he'll be next for Evans.

Tito Ortiz: Krzysztof Soszynski
At first I was leaning towards someone like Rich Franklin or Vladimir Matyushenko for Ortiz, but I like "The Polish Experiment" better in this role. A win over Ortiz would certainly elevate Soszynski, while a win over Soszynski would get Ortiz back on track.

Vitor Belfort: TBD
I think Belfort is going to have a wait a few months to find out who's next for him. I can see the UFC matching him up with the winner of either Mark Munoz vs. Chris Leben or Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Michael Bisping. Or they could throw us a curve ball and match "The Phenom" up with a Strikeforce fighter like Cung Le or Dan Henderson.

Yoshihiro Akiyama: a move to welterweight
White said on Saturday that he has been bugging Akiyama to move to 170 for a while, and after suffering his third straight loss on Saturday night, there is no better time than now for "Sexyama" to make the move. If he doesn't, his UFC days could be coming to an end.

Rory MacDonald: Jon Fitch
Let's find out just how good MacDonald really is.

Brian Ebersole: Matt Serra
Ebersole said a fight against a veteran like Serra or Renzo Gracie would interest him most right now. I don't see the Gracie fight happening, so let's go with Serra.

Alexander Gustafsson: Vladimir Matyushenko
We were supposed to see this fight at UFC 133 before "The Janitor" injured himself. I think it would be a nice test for the improving Swede.

Chad Mendes: a title shot
Sure Mendes didn't impress at UFC 133, but after winning his 11th fight in a row, it's time to give "Money" his shot. Plus, who else is more worthy of facing the winner of Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian anyway? Perhaps Hatsu Hioki may have something to say about this when he debuts in a couple of months, but this is Mendes' time.

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