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UFC 175: What's next for Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey?

According to a July 6 report from the Los Angeles times, Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey both retained their UFC championship belts by turning in exceptional performances at UFC 175. The event, which went down July 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, was part of the UFC's International Fight Week. UFC 175 was undoubtedly the UFC's biggest card of the year thus far.

Chris Weidman defeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 175
Chris Weidman defeated Lyoto Machida at UFC 175
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Weidman, 30, went the distance with former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida. While Weidman left the decision in the hands of the judges, he left little doubt in anyone's mind who the top fighter is at 185 pounds. Weidman won four of the five rounds against Machida, winning with crisp takedowns and solid strikes on the feet. What's next for Weidman? In all likelihood, he'll take on UFC legend Vitor Belfort later this year.

The UFC loves to put on a stacked card at the end of every December, so the timing might work out to have Weidman fight Belfort on the promotion's year-end card. No word yet on what's next for Machida, as the 36-year-old will need some time to heal up after the beating he took from Weidman. For Machida, he would have become just the third athlete in UFC history to have notched belts in two divisions. Only B.J. Penn and Randy Couture have done so. Unfortunately for Machida, he failed in his attempt.

In the UFC 175 co-main, Rousey put on perhaps her most dominating performance yet, finishing No. 2-ranked Alexis Davis with a knee to the body and strikes to the face. Rousey earned the TKO finish just 16 seconds into the opening frame, as Davis was hurt so bad that she tried to shoot for a takedown on the ref following the stoppage. The UFC hasn't announced yet what's next for Rousey.

However, UFC 176 needs a new main event, being that Jose Aldo went down with an injury. Since Rousey walked away from UFC 175 without sustaining any injuries, perhaps the UFC's higher-ups will want to tap her for the UFC 176 main event. Perennial bantamweight title contender Cat Zingano, who is coming off a knee injury, says she's ready to go, and willing to fight Rousey at UFC 176.

The UFC might want to save Rousey for their year-end card, as she is their biggest draw at present time. Elsewhere on the UFC 175 card, Uriah Hall and Urijah Faber inched closer to title shots in their respective divisions. Additionally, the scheduled scrap between Matt Mitrione and Stefan Struve was cancelled when the Dutchman fainted in his locker room.