UFC 121: What's Next For Brock Lesnar, Jake Shields, Matt Hamill And Tito Ortiz

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With UFC 121 in the past we turn our eyes forward to where the involved fighters should go from here. We know for sure where some will end up (Cain Velasquez will be fighting Junior dos Santos) but part of the fun of mixed martial arts is looking to the future and speculating on fights that may be made and thinking about what fights should be made.

Brock Lesnar - Between two consecutive beatings (although one was a win against Shane Carwin) including the loss to Velasquez and the talk by UFC president Dana White about constant fights with Lesnar it feels like there is a possibility we don't see Brock fight again. But it's much more likely that we see Lesnar come back to make money while he still can. A rubber match with Frank Mir (Mir defeated Lesnar at UFC 81 and Lesnar won the rematch at UFC 100) is the most likely next fight for Brock. Personally, I think matching him up with either Gabriel Gonzaga or Cheick Kongo is a better option. Both are guys I would think Brock should roll through but who hit hard enough to force him to come face-to-face with his problems reacting to getting hit hard.

Jake Shields - Unless Dana White goes back on his word we're looking at Jake Shields against Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title. Shields looked awful Saturday night though, gassing badly and only winning because of poor strategy on the part of Martin Kampmann. I'd like to see Shields get a better win before giving him a shot at the title, but there are just so few "new" options for GSP fights that it's probably unavoidable. I know Diego Sanchez is talking about dropping back to 155 pounds but his performance against Paulo Thiago makes me want to see him continue on at 170. Shields against Sanchez is a hell of a fight and one that I don't think Jake could find a way to win.

Matt Hamill - I still have questions about how well Matt reacts to being hit but he clearly beat Tito Ortiz and hasn't suffered a loss in quite some time. I agree fully with Cage Potato that the best option is Antonio Rogerio Nogueira:

Meanwhile, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Ryan Bader. Hamill vs. Lil' Nog is a fight that Matt can win with his wrestling, and would make him a contender again.

Tito Ortiz - As sad as it is to say, it's time for Tito to hang 'em up. Yes, if he gets released from the UFC I have no doubt Strikeforce would scoop him up. But that's just not how a guy like Tito should go out given his past as an amazing fighter. But Ortiz hasn't won a fight since 10/10/06 and four years is just too long to go without picking up a win.

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