Updated: April 16, 2012, 10:47 AM ET
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Monday, April 16
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Who will Jose Aldo face next? That's the million dollar question. Yet the good thing for featherweight matchmaker Sean Shelby is there are plenty of options. Hatsu Hioki remains the No. 2 behind Aldo on the Power Rankings, and he lived up to form in his second UFC bout against Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144. The Japanese fighter could have a compelling case for Aldo, yet he's not exactly making it. Hioki said he's fine getting another fight or two under his belt before challenging for the belt.

Who does that leave? One name is Erik Koch, who is healthy from whatever the undisclosed ailment was that forced him to pull out of his fight with Dustin Poirier. Koch says he'd take the title shot in a heartbeat, and that he'd love to stand and trade with the pride of Nova Uniao. That's a marketable fight. Then there's Poirier, who faces Chan Sung Jung on May 15 in a headlining spot in Fairfax. The winner of that fight -- with the boost from main card exposure -- could be primed for the shot against Aldo in Calgary. The only problem there might be the quick turnaround between May 15 and July 21. Who will it be? Stay tuned.

Otherwise, Dennis Siver is introduced in the featherweight Power Rankings this week with a hard fought decision over Diego Nunes. And Bellator's Marlon Sandro continues to roll after suffering that brutal headkick knockout to Pat Curran a few months back. It looks like he's on a collision course for a rematch, which is exactly what's on his mind.