Steve Bosse shocked the MMA world last Saturday, beating UFC vet James Te Huna with a quick but devastating first round knockout. Former TUF 11 participant Brad Tavares – is coming off a brutal knockout loss to top ten contender Robert Whitaker – Tavares would be a stiff test for the relatively inexperienced Bosse. Tavares may not be a world-beater but is fairly efficient at blending his strikes with takedowns, which could be a daunting task for Bosse.
Daniel Kelly’s surprising third round stoppage of prospect Antonio Carlos Jr proved he’s a legit threat in the middleweight division. He’s not realistically going to develop into a world champion but after starting his UFC career at 37, he could develop into a fringe contender and fall into a comfortable gatekeeper role. Krzysztof Lotko is currently riding a three-fight win streak and is one of the hottest prospects in the middleweight division. A win against Kelly could make him a top fifteen fighter.
Jake Matthew’s staked his claim as one of the hottest prospects in the lightweight division. Matthews outworked fellow prospect Johnny Case finishing him in the third round and distancing himself from prospect to up and coming legitimate contender in the 155-pound division. A fight against arguably the divisions best gatekeeper Ross Pearson would prove he’s either a legitimate contender, or just smoke and mirrors.
This would another step up in competition for the UFC’s new threat in the stacked welterweight division. Neil Magny cemented his claim as a legitimate threat after a vicious third round finish of former Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard. Magny has yet to prove himself against a legitimate top five contender and a fight with former champ Johnny Hendricks would be the perfect step up in competition to prove he’s the real deal and potential challenger for the title.
Josh Barnett, who is riding a two and two record in his second stint in the UFC is looking to bounce back from a second round submission loss to perennial tittle contender Ben Rothwell. On the flip side, Mark Hunt is looking to make another run at UFC gold after a devastating knockout win over former champ Frank Mir. Both fighters have reached legendary status in the heavyweight division. and are looking for big fights. This match-up would be a rematch of their 2006 bout, which ended with a second round submission victory for Barnett.