Matchmaker, Matchmaker: Fights we need to see in light of UFC 108

UFC 108 has come and gone and we have egg on our faces. The supposedly cursed, talent-starved card delivered with one spectacular finish after another. After Saturday, here are a few fights I think the MMA universe needs to see.

Paul Daley vs. Thiago Alves

Wow. The brash Brit Daley backed up his big mouth by knocking Dustin Hazelett into next year. Daley has monster power, an aggressive style and seems far too thick to fight at welterweight. Doesn’t that sound like Thiago Alves to you? Intstead of rematching Alves and Jon Fitch, how about giving the Pit Bull Paul Daley? That Muay Thai vs. boxing matchup could be the slugfest of the year. Since Alves may have already signed for the Fitch fight, we have to wait for the dream matchup against Daley.

Martin Kampmann vs. Josh Koscheck

Kampmann tossed aside Jacob Volkmann on Saturday; big deal. Kampmann still ate too many punches and, as he showed us during his previous fight against Daley, that gets him killed against powerful strikers. Now that Josh Koscheck has heavy hands, he’ll pose a serious threat to Kampmann’s baby-faced jaw. A victory could land Koscheck the winner of the St-Pierre/Hardy title fight; a win for Kampmann would confirm that we still have to take the Danish Thai boxing star seriously at 170 pounds.

Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir, Shane Carwin or Cain Velasquez

I feel for Junior Dos Santos. With Brock Lesnar out of the picture, JDS is a clear fifth wheel at heavyweight. The top four guys are slated to fight each other, as Frank Mir meets Shane Carwin for UFC interim title and Cain Velasquez battles Minotauro Nogueira for No. 1 contendership. Dos Santos should wait to fight a loser of those two matchups, as any other opponent would be a step backward for him. He won’t fight Nogueira, his training partner, so it has to be Mir, Carwin or Velasquez. All would be worth opponents for the slugger Dos Santos, who has lightning-quick hands.

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