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5 Fights to Make in Aftermath of UFC Fight Night 39

5 Fights to Make Following UFC Fight Night 39

Fights to Make After UFC Fight Night
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For UFC Fight Night, Abu Dhabi is officially in the books. We didn't learn a lot from the two main-event fighters, as Antonio Nogueira reaffirmed his need to hang up the mitts and Roy Nelson once again showing he can crack, but there are some very interesting fights that could materialize for the rest of tonight's combatants. Here are five fights that should happen in the aftermath of UFC Fight Night Nogueira vs. Nelson.

Jared Rosholt vs. Soa Palelei

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Jared Rosholt vs. Soa Palelei

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Jared Rosholt has looked impressive in his first two UFC outings, taking decision victories over fellow highly-touted prospects Walt Harris and Daniel Omielanczuk. A former D-I national champion from Oklahoma State, Rosholt will look to more firmly cement his place in the UFC heavyweight division in his next fight, and a win against the surging New Zealander Soa Palelei could do just that.

Thales Leites vs. Romero/Tavares Winner

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Thales Leites vs. Romero/Tavares Winner

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Thales Leites looked like a man-possessed against Trevor Smith, moving forward until he caught his opponent and put him away in the opening stanza. A former UFC title challenger, Leites is attempting to make another go at the middleweight title with renewed vigor. Middleweights Yoel Romero and Brad Tavares will go at it at UFC on FOX: Werdum vs. Browne and could produce an interesting matchup for Leites.

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Darren Elkins

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Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Darren Elkins

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After coming up short in his second Octagon appearance against Clay Guida, the 35-year-old veteran is at a crossroads. The same can be said for fellow top 15 featherweight Darren Elkins, who has dropped two of his last three bouts. Both are out of the title contention for the foreseeable future, but are capable of putting on electrifying performances, and a win for either fighter in this one would be huge.

Clay Guida vs. Chan Sung Jung

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Clay Guida vs. Chan Sung Jung

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Clay Guida looks re-energized in his performance against respected veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri, and looks to have fully rebounded from his knockout loss to Chad Mendes. Guida is flirting with a return to 155, but the most exciting fight for him is at featherweight. Chan Sung Jung has been out of competition since injuring his shoulder in a loss to champion Jose Aldo, but who better than the energetic Guida to welcome back the Korean brawler?

Roy Nelson vs. Mark Hunt

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Roy Nelson vs. Mark Hunt

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Forget Mark Hunt vs. Bigfoot Silva 2.0, we already know what that looks like. Forget Roy Nelson trying to make a title run, because it’s not happening. Just make these two monsters fight each other already. Fireworks are guaranteed to ensue.