Five Best Fights To Make After UFC Belem

Thiago Santos
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4. Thiago Santos vs. Chris Weidman

“Marreta” scored his fourth TKO win in a row, and his kicking game makes him the middleweight Edson Barboza. Santos’ striking is downright scary, and his win streak puts him in position for a step up in competition.

Why not Chris Weidman? The former middleweight champion got back on the winning track after submitting Kelvin Gastelum in July, but before that, he was on a three-fight losing streak. Weidman will likely need to win another fight before being back in title contention, and a fight with “Marreta” could produce fireworks.

Would Weidman’s wrestling be strong enough to keep Santos on the ground? Or could Santos surprise him and catch him standing? Both men are hovering around the top five of the division, and a win for either man would do wonders for their case for a title shot.