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 “Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov,” which took place on  Sept. 10 from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier

Barnett and Sergei Kharitonov competed in the main event, while Cormier faced off against Antonio “Big Foot” Silva. Both came away victorious in their Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix bouts, allowing them to reach the finals.

Barnett’s road to the finals was impressive to say the least, as he submitted both of his opponents: Brett Rogers in the second round, and Kharitonov in the first.

As for Cormier, his road to the top was far different. He defeated Jeff Monson in an alternate bout for the Grand Prix, and was inserted to fight Silva due to Alistair Overeem dropping out.

Cormier went on to defeat Silva in the first round by knockout.

Now Barnett and Cormier will be matched up either later on this year or in early 2012. Even with the betting favorites out of the tournament, this match-up shapes up to be an entertaining fight.

It will be interesting to see how the wrestling ability of the collegiate star Cormier matches up with the slick submission skills of the veteran Barnett.

Luke Rockhold vs. Tim Kennedy

Rockhold came into his title fight with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza as an underdog, but shocked Strikeforce fans around the world with a unanimous decision victory.

U.S. Army combatant Kennedy has been waiting for his chance to get revenge on “Jacare” for the loss he endured from the champion. But now that the belt has changed hands, Kennedy should be matched up with Rockhold.

Kennedy has won consecutive fights since falling to Souza and will give the newly-crowned champion a tough fight.

At only 26-years-old, Rockhold has a bright future ahead of him and with a Strikeforce belt around his waist already, his career appears very promising.

I expect a great bout between Rockhold and Kennedy. Kennedy has learned high-level combat skills while serving in the military, while Rockhold is capable of competing in all areas of the fight game.

Antonio “Big Foot” Silva vs. Sergei Kharitonov

Both Silva and Kharitonov fell short in their fights on Saturday, both being finished before the midway point of their fights.

It seems logical to match the two up in a bit of a ‘honorable mention’ bout.

Silva vs. Kharitonov would be well-worth seeing, as both men possess excellent striking skills. Even if Strikeforce starts broadcasting its fights on pay-per-view, this contest would be a good buy.

Muhammed Lawal vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante

“King Mo” was successful in his fight with Roger Gracie, putting him away with just two punches in the first round.

After his bout, Lawal was interviewed and stated that he wants “Feijao” next. In the sport of mixed martial arts, if a fighter calls someone out, they are more than likely matched up with one another.

Cavalcante came out on top at the event by knocking out Yoel Romero Palacio in round two.

My hunch is that once the Brazilian listens to the interview, he will accept the offer and be put in the cage against Lawal very soon.

The two men have a combined 16 knockouts between them, which will have fans on the edge of their seats during this explosive fight.

Pat Healy vs. K.J. Noons

Healy took part in the opening bout on the main card and was victorious, defeating Maximo Blanco by second-round rear-naked choke.

The wins makes “Bam Bam” 4-1 in Strikeforce and he is ready to take on tougher competition.

One name that stands out is former EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons.

Noons has lost his last two fights in Strikeforce. Another loss for “King Karl” would be devastating for his career.

A fight against Noons would be a big step up for Healy, but that is the direction he needs to go. If he is able to pull out an upset, he could put himself near the top in line for a title shot.

Photo: Daniel Cormier (Sherdog)