UFC Fight Night 37 went down this past weekend in London, England. In the main event of the evening, Alexander Gustafsson cemented his #1 contender status to the UFC Light Heavyweight belt with a brilliant TKO victory over previously undefeated Jimi Manuwa.
Today, I recap the main card victors from UFC Fight Night 37 and determine who they should fight next.
Gunnar Nelson: Nelson returned to the Octagon in prime form this past weekend against Omari Akhmedov. After his impressive submission victory, Nelson is now 3-0 in the UFC’s wide open Welterweight division. I think a fight against Adlan Amagov is a perfect matchup. Both men are on winning streaks, exciting fighters, and are major prospects in the division.
Brad Pickett: Pickett got his first win at Flyweight this past weekend over UFC newcomer, Neil Seery. While his argument for a title shot would have been better if he had finished Seery, a lot of that can be attested to Seery being more than game as an opponent. At the end of the day, Pickett is the only Flyweight on the UFC’s roster that holds a victory over champion, Demetrious Johnson. Add in the fact that the casual fan is much more likely to know Pickett than Ali Bagautinov, and I suspect Pickett to be fighting for the title on FOX later this year.
Michael Johnson: Johnson has improved markedly over the last year, and he stretched his winning streak to three straight after his decision win over Melvin Guillard this past weekend. Johnson deserves a top 10 opponent and I expect him to fight Jim Miller in his next outing. If Johnson wins that fight in impressive fashion, he could find himself in against a top 5 opponent with major title implications.
Alexander Gustafsson: Jon Jones can talk all he likes about a potential Daniel Cormier vs Alexander Gustafsson bout, but it simply will not happen. Gustafsson did his part this past weekend to get another crack at the title and a rematch with Jon Jones. If Jones does his job and defeats Glover Teixeira at UFC 172, expect the epic rematch between Gus and Jones later this year.