THE WEIGH-IN: LUKE ROCKHOLD PREVIEWS UFC 188
1. Who should be next for the winner of Saturday's Cain Velasquez-Fabricio Werdum heavyweight title bout?
Luke Rockhold: I think Junior dos Santos needs another fight. Obviously, Stipe Miocic had an amazing fight [against Mark Hunt] and Andrei Arlovski has proven his case, too. It's depending on what the UFC wants to do. Do they want to do a No. 1 contender's fight or put one of them into a title fight immediately? Even Stipe losing to Dos Santos [in December], I think it's either him or Arlovski. That would be a great fight and great matchup between Stipe and Arlovski. Depends on what the time frame is with Cain.
Brett Okamoto: If everything remains as it is, the answer is Miocic. But I think the UFC has to book a No. 1 contender's fight to drum up interest. With all due respect, Miocic hasn't created the kind of buzz you'd like for him to step in and fight for the UFC heavyweight title. He just hasn't. He's the most deserving right now, but I don't think there's anything wrong with the UFC making him win one more fight to earn the shot. Arlovski as an opponent does make sense. One way or another, I expect the UFC to book a handful of heavyweight fights and see what happens before immediately awarding Miocic the next shot.
Mike Huang: If Velasquez wins, I'm in no rush to see him beat down on dos Santos again. I really wish Alistair Overeem would get some momentum behind him because that's a fight I'd want to see -- a tactical, focused Overeem against Velasquez. I like Miocic, and he's one of the UFC's most technically sound fighters. But that just doesn't seem to have the juice and flair of Overeem. If Werdum wins, then yeah, JDS should get the call.