Darren Till – Regardless of how you feel about the scoring of this fight, Darren Till put together one of the most unbelievable performances of the year and proved that he is undeniably one of the best fighters in the world. For his next fight, Till is spoilt for options when it comes to potential opponents. For me personally, I would like to see him face Kamaru Usman in a five-round Fight Night or Fox main event. This would be a perfect fight for both fighters and would be exactly what the division needs to create a clear contender once the Interim title situation is cleared up.
Stephen Thompson – He may have fallen just short in this fight, but Stephen Thompson has lost no credibility in terms of his place in the division. As we have seen time and time again, Wonderboy is a league above everyone in the Welterweight division other than the champion Tyron Woodley and now Darren Till. For his next fight, I would like to see him face the loser of the upcoming bout between Rafael Dos Anjos and Colby Covington. With a win over either of these guys, Wonderboy would propel himself straight back into the title picture.
Neil Magny – As one of the most active and consistent fighters in the sport, Neil Magny routinely goes about his business as a likeable professional, this fight was no different. It is always a pleasure to watch Magny compete but moving forward I am solely interested in seeing him fight the best fighters in the world. For his next fight, it would be fantastic to see him face Robbie Lawler.
Arnold Allen – At only 24 years of age, Arnold Allen is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing young prospects in the stacked Featherweight division. This fight was a fantastic test and great showcase for Allen’s potential both physically and mentally. For his return, a rebooking of his fallen through matchup with Enrique Barzola will be perfect.
Makwan Amirkhani – This was a hard fought and well-needed victory for Makwan Amirkhani. Despite showing some technical flaws, Makwan really impressed me with his performance in this fight. The ability to be knocked down and to fight back from adversity is invaluable in MMA. Outstanding moments of a fighter showcasing their heart and toughness can, at times, be worthy of more praise than any display of technical excellence. Makwan most definitely has to make giant improvements before he is going to be able to compete with the best fighters in the division. But from what he has shown so far his heart and willingness to compete are two aspects of his game that are already world-class. For his next fight, a matchup with Andre Fili would be just right.
Jason Knight – Despite continuing to be one of the most entertaining fighters in the Featherweight division, Jason Knight has, unfortunately, hit the roughest patch of his career — dropping three fights in under a year. Luckily for Knight, the same aggressive and entertaining style that has gotten him into trouble recently is also going to save his spot on the UFC roster. For Jason Knight to successfully rebound, it is vital that he takes some time away from the cage before fighting again. Fighting four times in a calendar year is going to be gruelling for anyone. The fact that Jason Knight has done so and lost three of those four fights (one by KO) is insane. Upon his return — hopefully in December or next year — a matchup with Godofredo Pepey would be just right.
Claudio Silva – With only three fights in over fours years as a UFC fighter, Claudio Silva has been extremely unlucky. Due to his extended absence from the cage, many fans are unaware or have forgotten just how good Claudio Silva is. Now with wins over both Leon Edwards and Nordine Taleb, Claudio (if he remains healthy) can begin to make a run at some of the best fighters in the division. A matchup with Sergio Moraes would be extremely entertaining for his next bout.
Nordine Taleb – This was a tough loss for Nordine Taleb and one that may, unfortunately, indicate he has reached his ceiling in the UFC Welterweight division. I still believe Taleb has the ability to compete with a large portion of the division but as he approaches 37 years of age it is likely that he may have reached his peak. For his return, a matchup with Zak Cummings should tell us where he is at.
Tom Breese – After almost two years away from the cage following his first ever loss, it was great to see Tom Breese return to form. Although this fight taught us very little about the improvements in his game, it did remind us that he still has the power and potential to eventually be a top-level Middleweight. For his next fight, a matchup with Eryk Anders would be sensational.
Elias Theodorou – Moving to 7-2 in the UFC, Elias Theodorou continues to be one of the Middleweight divisions most reliable quiet achievers. As he is still yet to defeat a ranked opponent — having struggled against Brad Tavares and Thiago Santos in his two losses — I would like to see him tested against another top-tier Middleweight. A matchup with Jack Hermansson would be just right.