The UFC's first double-header went off without too much of a hitch (whoever sent Germany's canvas to Brazil is due a pink slip) and should be deemed successful. Most importantly, now that the dust has settled we've got some dream fights that we're pretty sure you'd like to see at some point this year.
Gegard Mousasi vs Luke Rockhold
After watching Mousasi light up Munoz before locking in a really nice submission, all we wanted to see next was 'The Dreamcatcher' take on Luke Rockhold. If you know how these two fight, then you know wherever the fight goes there's going to be action and plenty of it.
Mousasi showed much-improved takedown awareness during the fight, so much so that we're not even sure if he's the same fighter who was taken down at will by Keith Jardine. When it comes to finishing fights, both men certainly know how to go in for the kill. Out of 35 wins, Mousasi has finished 30 of those fights. 18 via knockout and 12 via submission. Rockhold hasn't had quite as many fights, but has finished 10 of his 12 MMA wins. All signs point to this one being a barnburner if it happens.
Demian Maia vs Brandon Thatch
Although Maia wasn't able to get the submission against Alexander Yakovlev on the TUF: Brazil 3 Finale main card, he was able to control Yakovlev with relative ease for 15 minutes. He even got a knockdown, which goes to show how much he's improved his striking.
That being said, a fight against Brandon Thatch wouldn't be too bad of an idea in our opinion. At 36 years old, Maia is nearing the tail end of his pretty successful career. We know his strengths, his weaknesses and considering the wealth of talent at welterweight these days, the chances of him getting a title shot are small. However, there's nothing wrong with being a gatekeeper for a division, and that's why he's the perfect fight for someone like Brandon Thatch.
Before he took some time off to recover from various injuries, Thatch was a surging prospect within the 170lb division. One may argue that he'd already beaten a gatekeeper in Paulo Thiago, but one more chance to find out whether or not the American can break into a stacked welterweight top 10 is something we're all interested in seeing.
Iuri Alcantara vs Renan Barao
Despite losing to perennial top contender Urijah Faber recently, Iuri Alcantara has looked pretty good in the UFC's bantamweight division. He recently finished Vaughan Lee in less than a minute, so unless it's unlikely that he picked up any injuries during the fight and could very well be a contender for TJ Dillashaw at some point this year.
However, he'd need to face a top opponent first and that's why a fight with the former champion makes sense. Stylistically the fight is a decent one on paper. Both men have power in their hands and have solid jiu-jitsu skills too. With four more events scheduled for Brazil this year, why not make this a UFC Fight Night main event or even have it as a co-main event underneath Dillashaw vs Assuncao?
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