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Top 5 Fights To Make In The Wake Of UFC Fight Night 46

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Top 5 Fights To Make In The Wake Of UFC Fight Night 46

Conor McGregor lands left hand to Diego Brandao's head during UFC Fight Night 46
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A tremendous atmosphere at O2 Arena made for a highly entertaining UFC event in Dublin. Conor McGregor showed the pressure and great expectations weren’t about to weigh him down, as he delighted his rabid Irish fans with a first-round TKO victory over Diego Brandao. He's emerging as a potential superstar. There were other strong efforts from Gunnar Nelson and Ian McCall. Here are the Top 5 fights to make in the wake of UFC Fight Night 46.

5. Norman Parke vs. Diego Sanchez

Norman Parke celebrates UFC Fight Night 46 win over Naoyuki Kotani
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5. Norman Parke vs. Diego Sanchez

Norman Parke celebrates UFC Fight Night 46 win over Naoyuki Kotani
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Parke stayed undefeated inside the Octagon with a second-round finish of Naoyuki Kotani. It was a solid performance from “Stormin” Norman and after the victory he called out veteran Diego Sanchez. The fight makes sense with Parke on the rise and Sanchez seemingly on the downside of his career. “The Nightmare” is fresh off a controversial decision win over Ross Pearson but would still represent Parke’s stiffest test.

4. Brad Pickett vs. Zach Makovsky/Jussier Formiga loser

Brad Pickett punches Ian McCall during UFC flyweight bout
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4. Brad Pickett vs. Zach Makovsky/Jussier Formiga loser

Brad Pickett punches Ian McCall during UFC flyweight bout
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Pickett saw his flyweight title hopes dashed with a unanimous decision loss at the hands of Ian McCall. “One Punch” had trouble catching up to his elusive opponent and was out struck and outsmarted throughout the contest. Makovsky and Formiga meet in an important battle of top-10 contenders next month at Fight Night 47. The loser of that fight would seem a good bounce-back opportunity for Pickett.

3. Gunnar Nelson vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Gunnar Nelson connects with right hand against Zak Cummings at UFC Fight Night 46
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3. Gunnar Nelson vs. Kelvin Gastelum

Gunnar Nelson connects with right hand against Zak Cummings at UFC Fight Night 46
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Nelson kept his undefeated record intact at Fight Night 46 by submitting the rugged Zak Cummings. It was his 12th finish in 13 career victories. He expressed the desire to face top-10 opposition next, and the steadily improving Gastelum would represent a strong test. The TUF 17 winner is 3-0 as a welterweight and recently defeated Nico Musoke at Fight Night 44.

2. Ian McCall vs. John Lineker

Ian McCall connects with a left hand against Brad Pickett during UFC FIght Night 46 flyweight clash
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2. Ian McCall vs. John Lineker

Ian McCall connects with a left hand against Brad Pickett during UFC Fight Night 46 flyweight clash
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McCall proved he remains a legitimate title threat in the 125-pound division with his decision victory over Pickett. “Uncle Creepy” showcased a diversified striking attack and a better all-around game to get the job done against the English veteran. Lineker’s stock recently soared with his thrilling TKO victory at Fight Night 45 over Alptekin Ozkilic. McCall vs. "Hands of Stone" would have flyweight title shot implications.

1. Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor celebrates TKO win over Diego Brandao in UFC Fight Night 46 main event
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1. Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor celebrates TKO win over Diego Brandao in UFC Fight Night 46 main event
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Both standout featherweights seem on board with the matchup, so it shouldn’t be a tough task for matchmakers to get this one finalized. McGregor turned in a tremendous showing in his main event battle against Brandao to keep the hype train rolling. The No. 6 ranked Poirier would certainly represent the toughest test of McGregor’s career. Poirier is currently riding a three-fight win streak that includes back-to-back stoppages.

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