Power Rankings: Middleweight

Updated: January 15, 2013, 11:23 AM ET
Tuesday, Jan. 15
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Hey, Ed Herman was tired of waiting around for a booking after the Jake Shields bout, so he jumped at the chance to fight Ronaldo Souza on the final Strikeforce card. It was a creative moment, but there's a lesson in this kind of thing: Don't volunteer to fight "Jacare" on short notice. Herman didn't have much for Souza, and we all know that Herman is a tough out. Souza exploded for takedowns, more than held his own in the stand-up, and was mercilessly swift in securing the Kimura that ended things. The question now is whom will "Jacare" get in his first UFC bout? There are plenty of options, but a bout with Costas Philippou would be a solid introduction. And at some point, who wouldn't want to see a rematch between Souza and the guy who stripped him of his Strikeforce belt, Luke Rockhold? Should be a fun next few months in the UFC's middleweight division.