The best things about the UFC “Fight for the Troops” events are that the UFC really does raise a boatload of cash for injured military personnel, and you can really tell in post fight interviews how much fighters value the opportunity to fight in front of thousands of those who protect our country.
Aside from that, we were treated to five thoroughly entertaining fights for free (or nine, if you include the four the UFC put up on its Facebook page). Here’s what we learned and what should come next for some of the main participants in Saturday night’s fights.
What we learned – That his athleticism and striking ability are up there with the elite of the lightweight division. That he may have finally honed in all those skills to form a complete package of mixed martial artistry.
What’s next? – There are a lot of options here, but I’d like to see him face the winner of UFC 127’s bout between George Sotiropoulos and Dennis Siver.
What we learned – Honestly, Dunham doesn’t get downgraded a whole lot for this loss. Guillard is a tough matchup for a guy like Dunham, and he still has a word of potential, but needs some obvious work on his stand up game.
What’s next? – A bounce-back fight against a guy like Rafael dos Anjos or Yves Edwards would seem suitable. The UFC needs this guy to get back to his winning ways.
What we learned – That he can legitimately compete with real mixed martial artists. That there is a lot of power behind his punch. That some real tests for him are still to come.
What’s next? – A big step up against a guy like Stefan Struve or Ben Rothwell.
What we learned – That he has impressive standup and does not wilt under the pressure of the big lights.
What’s next? – A fight for the UFC featherweight title against Jose Aldo, April 30 in Toronto.
What we learned – That he might be the most dangerous striker in the heavyweight division this side of Cain Velasquez or Junior dos Santos. That he still has the propensity to let up late in fights and needs to learn to finish.
What’s next? – Brendan Schaub after Schaub defeats Mirko Cro Cop.
What we learned – That he has a relentless motor that is unrivaled in the lightweight division.
What’s next? – A rematch against Mac Danzig.