I think it’ll take at least about 3 fights until JDS and Cain will have to fight again eventually if they both absolutely demolish everyone they end up in the same cage with. That is unless Cain loses the title and Junior captures it while Cain is fighting for contending for the title, but the way the last 2 fights have gone, it’ll take at least a couple of highlight performances for Junior hypetrain to catch enough steam that he can be marketed as a serious threath to Cains crown.
Cain is fighting Werdum next, which I see as a pretty lopsided beating. I think that if Cain chooses to do so, he can basically kickbox Werdum, or use similar strategy as he did against JDS, tire him up by taking him to the fence and smashing his face in to ground beef. If he wants to play inside Werdums guard that might make it interesting, but I don’t see any reason having to spend a whole lot of time there unless he feels comfortable there. Barnett would make for an interesting fight if he gets past Browne, he is basically the master of fighting dirty and doing the same things to his opponent that Cain did against JDS, but I feel like Cains superior speed, athleticism and cardio will eventually carry him to a pretty comfortable win, but still it’d probably be pretty competetive. I don’t see Browne being as interesting of a fight, I don’t see Cain having much of a problem fucking him up like he did JDS, I just don’t see Browne hanging in there as long. After that, unless JDS has already piled up enough bodies, Silva/Hunto winner could fight Reem/Mir winner (lets be honest, no matter the glass jaw and tendency to fold under pressure, Roidreem is still a very marketable character with his bodybuilder-like physique and brutal highlight reel and thats really all that matters when booking fights for PPVs) for number one contender. Don’t know if anyone wants to see Silva rematch Cain for the title, but if he can pick up solid wins here I don’t see how they could deny it unless UFC somehow manages to build Miocic in to some sort of super prospect of a contender.
IMO booking JDS is much harder. He is entertaining and probably draws in decent ammount of viewers, so his status pretty much demands him to be at least co-main, but considering UFC’s dislike for the fourth JDS - Cain, they shouldn’t really feed him any potential challengers either if they are not planning on sending him to a titlefight. Fighting the losers of the titlefights is one possibility, Werdum rematch could possibly be sold as a decent fight. Considering the fireworks JDS and Hunt put together, the loser of Silva/Hunt would probably work pretty well too. I don’t think there is a reason for him to beat the shit out of Nelson or Struve (if he fights again), Browne is probably too close to be sold as a legit contender to waste him against JDS even if he loses against Barnett, Cormier is going down to 205, Miocic probably has too much momentum if he can pick off one more solid win to be sacrificed either. Overeem fight would probably sell pretty well, but considering the fact that JDS takes a punch so much better I don’t really have hard time predicting how that fight would go, and that’d probably leave Reem fighting for his job again. He does have a big paycheck though, so maybe that wouldn’t be such a big time loss, who knows?