Top 5 Fights To Make In The Wake Of UFC Fight Nights 48 And 49

Top 5 Fights To Make In The Wake Of UFC Fight Nights 48 And 49

Rafael dos Anjos battles Benson Henderson in UFC lightweight action
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It was an action-packed weekend for UFC fans with separate events in Macau and Oklahoma. Michael Bisping revived his career in the headliner in China by battering Cung Le over four bloody rounds. Meanwhile, it was a shocker in the main event in Tulsa as Rafael dos Anjos stopped former lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the opening round. Here are the Top 5 Fights to make in the wake of UFC Fight Nights 48 and 49.


5. Thales Leites vs. Costas Philippou

Thales Leites finishes Francis Carmont at UFC Fight Night 49
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5. Thales Leites vs. Costas Philippou

Thales Leites finishes Francis Carmont at UFC Fight Night 49
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Leites continued his winning ways by recording an impressive second-round knockout of Francis Carmont at Fight Night 49. The former UFC middleweight title challenger is now 4-0 in his second stint with the promotion. Leites is ready for a top-10 opponent next, and Philippou would fit that bill. The No. 10 ranked Philippou got back into the win column in his last appearance by blasting out Lorenz Larkin in a one-round firefight at Fight Night 40.

4. Jordan Mein vs. Thiago Alves

Jordan Mein pummels Mike Pyle during UFC welterweight clash
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4. Jordan Mein vs. Thiago Alves

Jordan Mein pummels Mike Pyle during UFC welterweight clash
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Mein secured the biggest win of his UFC career with a first-round destruction of veteran Mike Pyle at Fight Night 49. The 24-year-old relied upon his striking prowess to get the job done in devastating fashion in just 72 seconds. A matchup against Alves is certainly one that’s worth revisiting. “Young Gun” had been initially pegged to face the former welterweight title challenger in Tulsa, but Alves was forced to withdraw due to an injury.

3. Tyron Woodley vs. Matt Brown

Tyron Woodley celebrates knockout of Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 48
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3. Tyron Woodley vs. Matt Brown

Tyron Woodley celebrates knockout of Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 48
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One thing about Woodley is when he’s on his game, he’s a threat to any UFC welterweight. “The Chosen One’s” 61-second obliteration of Dong Hyun Kim has put him right back into the title conversation. A clash with Brown would certainly be a fight with explosive potential. Brown saw his title hopes temporarily dashed by a unanimous decision loss in an exciting battle against Robbie Lawler at UFC on FOX 12. Both men are proven finishers.

2. Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold

Michael Bisping finishes Cung Le at UFC Fight Night 48
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2. Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold

Michael Bisping finishes Cung Le at UFC Fight Night 48
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Bisping got his career back on track with his bloody fourth-round TKO victory over Le. Bisping's precise striking and volume punching proved to be too much for his 42-year-old opponent. “The Count” and Rockhold have plenty of bad blood between them and have expressed an interest in facing one another. It would be a solid middleweight clash between two top-10 contenders. Rockhold submitted Tim Boetsch in his last fight at UFC 172.

1. Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone/Eddie Alvarez winner

Rafael dos Anjos makes Octagon walk to face Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night 49
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1. Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone/Eddie Alvarez winner

Rafael dos Anjos makes Octagon walk to face Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night 49
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Dos Anjos was able to shine in his first headlining bout against Henderson by producing an explosive finish in Tulsa. The talented Brazilian has now won seven of his last eight fights. He’s clearly ready for another major test and should square off against the winner of the UFC 178 matchup on Sept. 27 between Cerrone and Alvarez. Dos Anjos already has a win over "Cowboy" while Alvarez is making his UFC debut.


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