Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Stipe Miocic and UFC 241's key winning fighters?

(ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC 241’s losing fighters?)

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next.

With another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 241’s key winning fighters.

Those include Stipe Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC), who took the heavyweight title back from Daniel Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) in the main event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., as well as Nate Diaz (20-11 MMA, 15-9 UFC), Paulo Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and Cory Sandhagen (12-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC).

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Cory Sandhagen

Should fight: Marlon Moraes
Why they should fight: Sandhagen once again showed he’s a serious contender at bantamweight when he made relatively easy work of one of the longest standing top dogs in the division in Raphael Assuncao, taking a clear-cut unanimous decision to stay perfect inside the octagon.

Although beating Assuncao has typically been a gateway for a UFC title shot, it seems Sandhagen won’t get that privilege because of the long queue of names already waiting for champ Henry Cejudo. Some of those names are deserving for the work they’ve put in at 135 pounds like Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan, while others such as Frankie Edgar, Urijah Faber and possibly Jose Aldo could get a shot because of their credentials in the sport.

That means Sandhagen will have to win at least one more, and if he fights and beats Moraes (22-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who is coming off a title-fight loss to Cejudo at UFC 238 in June, he would have an undeniable resume. Make it happen.

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