Following every UFC and Strikeforce event, The MMA Corner will break down the event and suggest fights the promotion should make in the future. This week, our focus is on UFC 132, which took place on July 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber 3

After watching these two exciting bantamweights go toe-to-toe for the second time, the score must be settled in this rivalry. With “The California Kid” winning the first fight in the opening round in 2007 and Cruz coming back to earn a decision in the next contest, a third fight between the two is a must. There have been names mentioned that are worthy of a title shot, such as former WEC bantamweight champion Brian Bowles and Demetrious Johnson, who is 10-1 in his career, but “The Dominator” and Faber need to end the feud while in the prime of their careers.

Chris Leben vs. Vitor Belfort

If Belfort defeats Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 in August, I would love to see Leben take on the former UFC light heavyweight champion. There are several different guys the UFC could put in to face “The Crippler”, but from from a fan’s perspective, this is a fight UFC enthusiasts would pay to see. After knocking out one of the legends of the sport in Wanderlei Silva, a win over Belfort would boost Leben up the rankings in search of a title shot. For Belfort, this fight could prove if he still has another title run in him after his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 126 in February.

Wanderlei Silva vs. ?

“The Axe Murderer” suffered a disappointing loss to Leben at UFC 132, a loss that could potentially force him to retire from the sport. There have been talks that Dana White has been urging him to give it up, but I believe Silva will be back. As far as matching him up with someone, there are many options. The two guys I have in mind are Jorge Santiago and Mark Munoz. Santiago has been the most talked about to face Silva, as he too is looking to bounce back following his loss to Brian Stann at UFC 130. Munoz has been on a roll lately, recently defeating BJJ specialist Demian Maia, and could be a tough opponent for Silva. It will interesting to see what is in the former Pride superstar’s future, but hopefully he will be back.

Tito Ortiz vs. Rich Franklin/Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” surprised many fans with his first-round submission win over the up-and-coming Ryan Bader, and is now in the mix of the light heavyweight division. Next up for Ortiz should be the victor of Franklin and “Little Nog” at UFC 133. Either fighter would be a tough challenge for Ortiz, as Franklin is a former champion in the middleweight division and Nogueira is evolving into a talented fighter, much like his older brother “Minotauro”.

Carlos Condit vs. Georges St-Pierre/Nick Diaz

After his impressive knockout win over undefeated Dong Hyun Kim, Condit has now put himself in line for a title shot once St-Pierre and Diaz fight for the belt in October later this year. In the welterweight division, GSP has taken out many of the top contenders such as B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch, which leaves Condit, who has not faced the champ. But before discussion begins on that, St-Pierre must first defeat Diaz.

Dennis Siver vs. Anthony Pettis

This is a match-up that I could see happening very soon. Pettis let his No. 1 contender fight against Clay Guida slip through his hands and needs a win to work his way back to the top of the lightweight division. Siver edged out a controversial decision win over Matt Wiman at UFC 132, but needs to defeat a top guy to be put in title contention. Pettis seems to be a worthy opponent who possesses outstanding striking skills as well as an underrated ground game. Siver is a similar fighter who also has an impressive striking game and is improving his jiu-jitsu, which makes this an interesting match-up.

Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller/Ben Henderson

There hasn’t been a career turnaround in the UFC much like Guillard’s. Once charged for cocaine use, “The Young Assassin” is now mentioned near the top of the lightweight rankings, with wins over Evan Dunham and Shane Roller. Guillard should next take on the winner of the August showdown between Jim Miller and Ben Henderson. Guillard has said he would like to fight at the Houston event in October, so we may see him matched up with Miller or Henderson on that card.

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Joe Lauzon

Both men earned impressive wins on Saturday, and would put on a good fight if matched up against one another. Dos Anjos scored with a first-round knockout win over George Sotiropoulos, who was mentioned as a top contender. Lauzon also finished his opponent quickly by submitting Curt Warburton with a kimura in the opening round.

Dominick Cruz (l) and Urijah Faber battle at UFC 132 (Scott Petersen/MMA Weekly)

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Corey Adams
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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.