While the winner of Thiago Santos vs. Glover Teixeira is most likely next in line, why not some fresh blood?
Both Santos and Teixeira have fought for the title before and would certainly be deserving of another crack, but if you pit Aleksandar Rakic vs. Jiri Prochazka as the No. 1 contender fight, you guarantee a fresh matchup.
Rakic is riding some momentum after his dominant win over Anthony Smith this past weekend, but perhaps a finish alluded him. Prochazka made a splash in his UFC debut by knocking out Volkan Oezdemir in spectacular fashion.
A matchup between two of Europe’s most devastating and diverse strikers will certainly deliver and put both men in a very strong position to contend for the title. Depending on how the fight between Santos and Teixeira pans out, the winner of a potential Rakic and Prochazka fight could end up leapfrogging them if they can deliver a statement win.
Timeline is key in this alternative plan, but anything can happen in the fight game, and momentum is everything. A Rakic vs. Prochazka fight makes a lot of sense regardless, but if they can book it soon enough, who knows? Could be next in line for the winner of Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz.