What’s Next For UFC Fight Night 38 Main Card Winners?

What’s Next For UFC Fight Night 38 Main Card Winners?


UFC Fight Night 38 turned out to be an action packed card and arguably the best event of the year so far.

In the main event Dan Henderson proved once again why he is one of the greatest fighters of all time as he took his second win over former UFC champion, Mauricio Rua, with a a ruthless third round stoppage.

The quickest finish of the night went to C.B. Dollaway for his TKO over TUF Brazil 1 victor Cezar Ferreira in the co-main event. Ireland’s Norman Parke and TUF Brazil’s second winner, Leonardo Santos, fought in a thrilling battle which ultimately couldn’t separate the two as they fought to a majority draw.

In the light-heavyweight division Fabio Maldonado picked up his third straight win with a hard fought decision over Gian Villante. Brazils Michel Prazeres took home a decision win after out grappling Mairbeck Taisumov for three straight rounds. While Rony Jason picked up a first round TKO over Steven Siler which turned out to be a controversial stoppage.

Here are the matches the UFC need to make for last nights main card winners:

Fighter – Rony Jason
Weight Class – Featherweight
Ranking In The UFC – Outside top 15
Who they should fight next – Hatsu Hioki

Jason’s stoppage over Siler may have been a bad call but regardless it was still a quality performance from the Brazilian who looked a lot more composed than in previous fights. The 30-year old now needs to face someone who can push him to the next level. Hatsu Hioki is just the person to do that.

Hioki got back in the win column at the beginning of the month, taking an unanimous decision over Ivan Menjivar and would be looking to return around the same time as the Brazilian.The Japanese veteran is a tough challenge for Jason and the fight would be a good way of determining whether he was ready for the divisions elite.

Fighter – Michel Prazeres
Weight Class – Lightweight
Ranking In The UFC – Outside top 15
Who they should fight next – Elias Siverio

Prazeres controlled Taisumov with relative ease last night to pick up his second win inside the UFC. But, he failed to excite anyone with the decision as he held on to the Russian for a lot of the fight to steel rounds.

The Brazilian needs to prove himself against another low ranked lightweight before he receives a step up in competition and for that reason he should face fellow countryman; Elias Silverio.

Fighter – Fabio Maldonado
Weight Class – Light-heavyweight
Ranking In The UFC – Outside top 15
Who they should fight next – Rafael Cavalcante

Maldonado last night showed again why he is one of the most exciting fighters on the UFC roaster and a fan favorite. The undefeated former boxer is now on a three fight winning streak and deserves a step up on competition. For that reason he should take on Rafael Cavalcante.

With both mens styles a potential fight between the two Brazilians would most likely be an all out war. If Maldonado is able to get past the former Strikeforce champion, give him someone in the top 15.

Fighter – Norman Parke & Leonardo Santos
Weight Class – Featherweight
Ranking In The UFC – Outside top 15
Who they should fight next – Rematch, good fight etc, possible for UFC in Ireland??

Considering Parke vs. Santos was being overlooked by fans and media as a potential “snoozer”, it turned out to be a highly entertaining clash but failed to provide a victor. I don’t think anyone would be inclined to see these two go at it again, so book them for an immediate rematch.

With the UFC set to return to Ireland on July 19 it would provide a perfect venue for the two to duke it out again and this time in Parke’s homeland.

Fighter – C.B. Dollaway
Weight Class – Middleweight
Ranking In The UFC – Outside top 15
Who they should fight next – Uriah Hall

Dollaway picked up his most impressive win to date with his 39-second knockout over Ferreira and with it, he earned the right to take on a more well known opponent. Uriah Hall may not be ranked that much higher than the 30-year old but he is certainly a well known name in the sport who could give Dollaway some much needed recognition.

Hall last fought in December where he put a beating on Chris Leben and is currently unbooked for his next bout; meaning a fight with Dollaway could be set up straight away for a date in the near future.

Fighter – Dan Henderson
Weight Class – Light-heavyweight
Ranking In The UFC – Not yet updated 
Who they should fight next – Retirement

Is there really anything left for Henderson to prove?

“Hendo” managed to pick up his first win in nearly three years with his knockout over Rua and has put himself in the perfect position to finish his career on a high. At 43-years of age, and being a veteran of over forty fights, there really is nothing left for the former Olympic wrestler to prove.

Yes, he never managed to win a belt inside the Octagon but he has wins over six former UFC champions. Henderson was also one of the original UFC tournament winners and has held three world titles in total. “Hendo” is already down in history as one of the true legends of MMA, now it’s time for him to call it a day.


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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    Hendo needs to hang it up…43 is bloody old to be a fighter in this sport not to mention the years of abuse his body has already taken..I agree go out on a high.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheXperience TheXperience

    I wouldn't mind seeing Dan retire.. but i think he could stick for another year +/- 3 fights.. it's what he loves to do and even though he has absolutely nothing more to prove, he can still deliver some very entertaining fights and he is still a force that can take pretty much anyone out. I agree with the rest of your picks, except for the Parke vs Santos rematch. I fucking hate immediate rematches. Let them go handle their business and meet sometime in the future. It's not a title fight and the fight did not end by injury, so imo there's no need for a rematch at this point.