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Top 5 Fights to Make in the Wake of UFC Fight Night 47

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Top 5 Fights to Make in the Wake of UFC Fight Night 47

Ryan Bader punches Ovince St.Preux during UFC light heavyweight fight
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The UFC’s initial trek to Bangor, Maine saw a host of finishes on the six-bout main card of Fight Night 47. Ryan Bader utilized his stellar wrestling game to grind out a unanimous decision victory over Ovince St. Preux in their light heavyweight main event clash. Veterans Ross Pearson and Tim Boetsch produced fireworks in recording impressive TKO victories. Here are the top five Fights to make in the wake of UFC Fight Night 47.

5. Sara McMann vs. Sarah Kaufman

Sara McMann punches Lauren Murphy during UFC Fight Night 47 women's bantamweight bout
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5. Sara McMann vs. Sarah Kaufman

Sara McMann punches Lauren Murphy during UFC Fight Night 47 women's bantamweight bout
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McMann rebounded from her title loss to Ronda Rousey at UFC 170 by earning a split-decision verdict over the previously undefeated Lauren Murphy. The former Olympic silver medalist showcased her strong wrestling background to spoil Murphy’s Octagon debut. McMann against Kaufman would be an intriguing clash between two top-five women’s bantamweight contenders. Kaufman defeated Leslie Smith in her last appearance at the TUF Nations Finale in April.

4. Jussier Formiga vs. John Moraga/Justin Scoggins winner

Jussier Formiga kicks Zach Makovsky during UFC flyweight battle at Fight Night 47
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4. Jussier Formiga vs. John Moraga/Justin Scoggins winner

Jussier Formiga kicks Zach Makovsky during UFC flyweight battle at Fight Night 47
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Formiga picked up his biggest UFC victory by defeating top-10 flyweight contender Zach Makovsky. He was able to record multiple takedowns and outwork his opponent en route to a unanimous decision verdict. The No. 6-ranked Brazilian against the winner of next month’s Fight Night 50 clash between the former title challenger Moraga and the talented Scoggins would seem a good fit.

3. Tim Boetsch vs. Nate Marquardt

Tim Boetsch celebrates UFC Fight Night 47 knockout victory over Brad Tavares
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3. Tim Boetsch vs. Nate Marquardt

Tim Boetsch celebrates UFC Fight Night 47 knockout victory over Brad Tavares
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Boetsch earned a Performance of the Night bonus for his dramatic come-from-behind second round stoppage of Brad Tavares. “The Barbarian” was bloodied and being battered by Tavares before ending the contest with a violent flurry of punches. Boetsch vs. Marquardt would feature two rejuvenated veterans coming off impressive efforts. Marquardt made a successful return to the 185-pound division by submitting James Te Huna at Fight Night 43.

2. Ross Pearson vs. Myles Jury/Takanori Gomi winner

Ross Pearson knocks out Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 47
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2. Ross Pearson vs. Myles Jury/Takanori Gomi winner

Ross Pearson knocks out Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 47
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Pearson was confident he would finish Gray Maynard and that’s exactly what happened in the second round of their co-main event lightweight matchup. “The Real Deal” stunned Maynard with a solid right hand and he would send the veteran to his third-straight knockout loss by landing follow-up strikes. Pearson against the winner of the Sept. 20 matchup between the No. 9-ranked Myles Jury and Japan's Takanori Gomi would make for a fan-friendly affair.

1. Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Johnson

Ryan Bader makes Octagon walk to face Ovince St.Preux at UFC Fight Night 47
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1. Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Johnson

Ryan Bader makes Octagon walk to face Ovince St.Preux at UFC Fight Night 47
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Bader is on his best UFC run since 2012 after picking up his third-straight victory over St. Preux. He’s likely to improve upon his current No. 8-ranking and a bout against the dangerous Johnson would make for an excellent test. “Rumble” has been quick to emerge as a legitimate title threat in his second stint with the promotion by beating Phil Davis and destroying Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. This would shape up as a pivotal 205-pound affair.