Stock Report: Whose future looks promising after UFC 99?
On Saturday June 13, the Ultimate Fighting Championship jumped across the Atlantic and back to Europe for their first event in Germany,
The six-fight card was headlined by a much anticipated catchweight bout between
While the excitement the card provided may have been limited and, at times, even nonexistent, the future of these fighters will promise to deliver interesting matchups and exciting turns in their respective careers.
For several of these Ultimate Fighters, the outcome at UFC 99 would be enough for them to inch one step closer to divisional supremacy. Such is the case for Franklin,
The likeliest of scenarios for Franklin's return to light heavyweight status would be a fight with the up and coming
However, Franklin's options also include
After the fight, it seemed Velasquez would in fact be matched up against Mirko "Cro Cop," a fight in which a win would likely entail a title shot. However, it has now been said Cro Cop has backed out of his verbal agreement to the now enraged Dana White, choosing to sign a three fight contract with Dream.
However, Velasquez will still manage to land a fight with a very tough heavyweight contender, most likely
Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that Swick and Fitch meet, unless Fitch somehow loses at UFC 100. A more likely matchup for Swick would be Paulo Thiago or
Another relevant option would entail Swick fighting
While Swick, Franklin, and Velasquez managed to advance in the UFC rankings of their respective divisions, three other fighters managed to accomplish quite the opposite, making up UFC 99's falling stock.
After his much anticipated comeback, Cro Cop has ruined his reputation with UFC fans around the world. Not to mention he messed with Dana White, maybe the biggest mistake a mixed martial artist can make (see
Saunders has proven that he is not be prepared for UFC welterweight elite, let alone top ten. Looks like Saunders will be up against another Brandon Wolff of the UFC welterweight division.
While this loss does little damage to Davis' status in the welterweight division, it may do some damage to him mentally. It is sad, but probably true, that Davis' mentality was seriously affected by Hardy's trash talk.
Any mixed martial artist will explain how important the mental attitude is for a fighter. In this past fight, Davis seemed to show that his opponent may be able to defeat him mentally, before even stepping into the octagon; a weakness no fighter can afford to have.
Several fighters managed to keep their current divisional status unchanged, regardless of the fight outcome. Wanderlei Silva, Cheick Kongo and
However, with three of the four listed fighters having lost, the next fight becomes that much more important. Fisher's win was so unimpressive that his next bout is equally vital to his career.
With the boredom expressed by the German fans, it is likely White is not happy with the pair either, which is never a good thing to claim as a UFC fighter.
Although the card for UFC 99 will never be ruled exciting or thrilling, the repercussions created from "The Comeback" will reverberate through every division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.