Whether or not JDS wins the belt from Cain Velasquez next month, he and Fabricio Werdum need to cross paths again at some point in 2014. Junior dos Santos made his UFC debut against Werdum who had no idea what was coming his way. “Cigano” blasted his fellow Brazilian right off the bat and brought home the win in under 90 seconds. Werdum has been itching for another shot ever since and should get one after winning six of his last seven fights including success against Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Roy Nelson. There are plenty of fans who aren’t big on Michael Bisping based on the Brit’s occasionally insulting or unsportsmanlike antics, but “The Count” brings it on a regular basis and did just that against former title-contender Chael Sonnen. After the bout Sonnen admitted he’d never been hit as hard as was the case against Bisping, and in the eyes of many it should have been the Ultimate Fighter 3 winner who received the judges’ nod. Sonnen has said he wants to move back down to 185 pounds, so why not give the two talented trash-talkers a full camp to prepare for and sell the showdown rather than the eleven days they were given based on an injury forcing the match-up the first time around? Diego Sanchez may be a lightweight at the moment but there’s little doubt he’ll return to 170 pounds at some point in the future. He’s 31-years old and big 155er to begin with so it’s a natural move. When that day comes, his first clash should be with Martin Kampmann assuming the polished Dane is still on the organization’s roster. After all, the first fight was an absolute jaw-dropper. Kampmann beat Sanchez up badly but was rocked himself before bout’s end. However, despite the shots he ate “The Hitman” was hit even harder by the judges awarding the decision to Sanchez. Giving him another go at Sanchez would not only be the right thing to do but a “Fight of the Night” in waiting. The battle between Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua at UFC 139 is an all-time classic, featuring both men on the brink of being finished but refusing to give in and continuing on until the final bell. It was bloody, it was brutal, and it was beautiful. With each icon seemingly coming to the end of his career in the next few years, giving loyal fans one more chance to see them mix it up would be a real treat and the decision was so close the first time around it even makes sense from an outsiders’ standpoint. On paper it looked like the duel between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit was going to be epic. Unfortunately, “The Natural Born Killer” took a safer-than-normal approach to the Stockton scrapper and went for a decision win rather than a finish. The performance left a sour taste in the mouths of many including UFC President Dana White. If booked again, chances are the result would be much sweeter even if Condit still emerged with his hand raised, plus it might be a way to get Diaz out of his current state of semi-retirement.
There are some major rematches coming up inside the Octagon over the remaining months in 2013 including
, and Cain Velasquez-Junior dos Santos, Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate . Last week also saw news surface stating Anderson Silva-Chris Weidman B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar would be facing off for a third time, albeit at 145 pounds rather than lightweight like their previous pairings. Rematches are big business in MMA, and though some cases involve tilts that aren’t really necessary, there are plenty of possibilities out there worth considering when it comes to past opponents facing off again. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)