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Top 5 Fights to Make in the Wake of UFC Fight Night 41, TUF Brazil 3 Finale

Top 5 Fights to Make in the Wake of UFC Fight Night 41, TUF Brazil 3 Finale

Stipe Miocic punches Fabio Maldonado during UFC heavyweight clash
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The UFC treated its fans to a pair of shows on the same day for the first time in history. The events had an international flair as Gegard Mousasi dismantled Mark Munoz in the main event of the first event in Germany. Later on in Brazil, Stipe Miocic continued his winning ways by destroying Fabio Maldonado in their heavyweight main event. Here are the top five fights to make after UFC Fight Night 41 and TUF Brazil 3 Finale.

5. Iuri Alcantara vs. Johnny Eduardo

Iuri Alcantara celebrates knockout over Vaughan Lee at UFC Fight Night 41
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5. Iuri Alcantara vs. Johnny Eduardo

Iuri Alcantara celebrates knockout win over Vaughan Lee at UFC Fight Night 41
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Alcantara continued his winning ways by blasting out Vaughan Lee in just 25 seconds in Berlin. It was an impressive performance that saw the No. 7 ranked Alcantara showcase his powerful striking game. A matchup against fellow Brazilian Johnny Eduardo would have the makings of a tremendous bantamweight clash. Eduardo recently entered top-10 territory by stopping former title challenger Eddie Wineland in the first round at Fight Night 40.

4. Demian Maia vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Demian Maia at TUF Brazil 3 finale against Alexander Yakovlev
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4. Demian Maia vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Demian Maia at TUF Brazil 3 finale against Alexander Yakovlev
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Maia picked up a badly-needed victory by earning a unanimous decision win over newcomer Alexander Yakovlev in Brazil to end a two-fight skid. Maia should face a fellow top-10 contender next and Saffiedine would fit that bill. The talented Belgian fighter was forced out of a scheduled matchup at UFC 173 against Jake Ellenberger due to injury. The former Strikeforce champion made a successful Octagon debut in Singapore back at Fight Night 34.

3. C.B. Dollaway vs. Tim Kennedy

C.B. Dollaway battles Francis Carmont in middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 41
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3. C.B Dollaway vs. Tim Kennedy

C.B. Dollaway battles Francis Carmont in middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 41
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Dollaway produced a solid effort in Berlin against top-10 contender Francis Carmont in earning a unanimous decision win. It produced a Performance of the Night bonus for “The Doberman,” who has now won four of his last five. A fight against Kennedy would be a solid next assignment. The No. 6 ranked Kennedy dominated Michael Bisping in April at The TUF Nations finale. Both men have strong ground games and have shown knockout power of late.

2. Gegard Mousasi vs. Luke Rockhold

Gegard Mousasi prepares to fight Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 41
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2. Gegard Mousasi vs. Luke Rockhold

Gegard Mousasi prepares to fight Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 41
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Mousasi delivered the finest performance of his three-fight UFC tenure with a dominant first-round submission victory over Mark Munoz. “The Dreamcatcher” delivered the type of effort that supports the hype that he can be a legitimate title threat. A matchup against the No. 5 ranked Rockhold would be a tremendous test for both competitors. Rockhold is riding a wave of momentum thanks to back-to-back first-round finishes.

1. Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos

Stipe Miocic hammers Fabio Maldonado during TUF Brazil 3 finale
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1. Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos

Stipe Miocic hammers Fabio Maldonado during TUF Brazil 3 finale
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Miocic did what he had to do against Fabio Maldonado in the main event of the TUF Brazil 3 finale. While Miocic was a heavy favorite against the traditional light heavyweight, it was a shocker to see him starch the tough Brazilian in just 35 seconds. Miocic was originally scheduled to face the former UFC champion on the Brazil card, but dos Santos was forced out due to a hand injury. It’s a fight that is definitely worth re-booking.