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The Evening After: UFC on FOX 3

After a less than stellar undercard, UFC on FOX 3 delivered big time on a big network. While ratings may not have lived up to the hype, those of us who watched some some fantastic fights, and hopefully, new fans were gained in the process. I’m sitting in a cafe right now using free wi-fi, so I’m just going to get straight to business and take a look at what’s next for the stars of UFC on FOX 3.

-Nate Diaz earned a shot at the title last night after becoming the first man to ever finish Jim Miller. He did so in impressive fashion, and it’s hard to deny that he’s one of the most legitimately dangerous fighters at 155. While a bout with Anthony Pettis is being called for amongst the masses, it’d likely be in Nate’s best interest to wait for his shot at the 155 crown.

-You can’t take too much away from Jim Miller, he did what he could, but Nate was just too much for him. His wrestling is good, his BJJ is amazing, but perhaps he needs to tighten up that striking? I wouldn’t mind seeing him against Donald Cerrone or Jeremy Stephens.

-Johny Hendricks is up there in the welterweight division, and he might as well get a title shot at this point, having defeated both Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck. With the division in limbo currently, he should fight the winner of Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann to determine who the true #1 contender is.

-Alan Belcher is a bad man. Despite his detractors, “The Talent” proved how serious of a threat he is in the middleweight division. With the Bisping/Boetsch winner likely to face Anderson Silva after he beats Chael Sonnen, Belcher should face the winner of Weidman/Munoz, determining who fights for the belt in 2013.

-Lavar Johnson basically murdered Pat Barry. Line up another heavyweight, and we’ll see if he can knock ‘em down. I don’t have any ideal opponents for him, just give him a better wrestler, he needs to be tested.

I was also impressed by

-Michael Johnson, who I have often doubted. He came through big time, and it appears if anyone is benefiting from training with the Blackzilians, it’s him.

-John Dodson may have not had his best performance, but he’s still a flyweight to look out for in the near future.

-John Hathaway, who I had doubted and proclaimed “underwhelmed me”, proved me wrong. He has much more potential than I ever gave him credit for.

-Louis Gaudinot really impressed me as well. The green-haired 125er should be put up against John Dodson, as that would be an amazing fight.

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Fight Cards

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Event Date: February 18, 2017
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne

Event Date: February 19, 2017
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 173: McGeary vs. Fields

Event Date: February 24, 2017
Broadcast: Spike

Bellator 174: Coenen vs. Budd

Event Date: March 3, 2017
Broadcast: Spike

UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2

Event Date: March 4, 2017
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs. Gastelum

Event Date: March 11, 2017
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1