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 135: Jones vs. Rampage,” which took place on Sept. 24 from the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans

Once training partners, now distant enemies.

This will be one of the many headlines whenever the 24-year-old Jones and former UFC light heavyweight champion Evans finally face off in the Octagon.

After winning the belt from Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128, Jones was expected to make his first title defense against former training partner Evans at UFC 133. However, “Bones” suffered a hand injury during  training, forcing him out of the bout.

Rashad Evans (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

“Suga” chose to still compete at the event, against Tito Ortiz, and won by TKO in the second round.

On Saturday, the champ was able to successfully defend his crown against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, forcing him to tapout in the fourth round.

A Jones vs. Evans match-up will be a highly anticipated bout. Evans will give the young champion the biggest test of his career, with a mix of high-level wrestling and knockout ability.

If Jones is able to get past yet another former champion, the sky is the limit for the phenom.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin II

After a long-awaited title shot was given to him, Rampage was unsuccessful in getting his belt back.

When the fight concluded, Jackson mentioned to Dana White and the UFC that he would like to get a rematch against “Shogun” Rua in Japan. The two competed at Pride Total Elimination 2005 in which Rua won by TKO (soccer kicks) in round one.

Even with his request, I do not believe the time is right for that and I have another opponent in mind.

Timing is an issue. “Shogun” has already signed to take on current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson at UFC 139 in November. This would mean Jackson would end up having a long layoff, which isn’t necessarily bad for the 33-year-old, but he is a big name in the sport and needs to be competing as much as possible.

Rampage has said he wants a rematch against Rua, but what about avenging a loss he suffered back in July 2008? The man to defeat him on that night was Griffin, who took the championship belt away from Jackson via unanimous decision.

The original Ultimate Fighter winner last fought at UFC 134, losing to “Shogun” by first-round knockout.

A rematch of Jackson and Griffin would be worth seeing and, as always, Rampage will hype the fight up with his pre-fight trash talking.

Josh Koscheck vs. Jake Ellenberger

Koscheck had been asking for a fight against Matt Hughes for years, and at UFC 135 he finally got it. “Kos” went on to defeat Hughes by

Koscheck battles Hughes at UFC 135 (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

TKO with one second remaining in the first round.

Now the bad boy of the UFC has put himself back in the top tier of the division, alongside many talented welterweights.

One of those men is Jake Ellenberger.

Ellenberger surprised many people in the sport when he knocked out former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields at UFC Fight Night 25 just last week. I have said on many occasions that Ellenberger is underrated, and he proved he is for real in the Shields fight.

Both Ellenberger and Koscheck possess a very fast striking game, as well as collegiate wrestling experience.

The bout would be a great fight to watch and if Ellenberger takes home the win, he will earn a lot more fans for beating Koscheck, but more importantly, it will put him within arms length of a title shot.

For Koscheck, he is on a mission to get a rematch with Georges St-Pierre. A win over a rising star like “The Juggernaut” will further him in his journey.

Travis Browne vs. Mike Russow/Dave Herman winner

Browne (l) battles Broughton at UFC 135 (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

A skilled striker with loads of knockout power, Browne still has a zero under the loss column of his record. “Hapa” was able to defeat Rob Broughton on Saturday, but it wasn’t his best performance by any means.

Browne was unable to finish his opponent and ended up having to settle for a decision victory.

A likely next opponent for “Hapa” is the winner of Russow and Herman, who will do battle at UFC 136 next month.

Either of the two fighters would give Browne a challenge, as both have finishing ability.

Nate Diaz vs. Evan Dunham

In the opening bout of the main card at UFC 135, Diaz was able to get back on track with a submission victory over Takanori Gomi. The Stockton, Calif., native had been defeated in his last two fights, but stepped up to the plate and got a much-needed win on

Diaz (l) battles Gomi at UFC 135 (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)


Diaz has always been considered a mid-tier fighter, limited to competing on preliminary cards, but should be put on more pay-per-view cards in the future.

An opponent that I think would give Diaz a good fight is Dunham, who is 29 years old with a record of 12-2.

There had been a lot of hype surrounding Dunham as he entered the UFC and started running through his competition. But the Roufusport fighter dropped two straight fights and was forced to fight to keep his job. He did bounce back with a win over Shamar Bailey last week.

I have heard other names mentioned for Diaz to fight next, but in my opinion, Diaz vs. Dunham would be an outstanding fight.

Both men are talented boxers and have solid ground games as well. Also, the timing is perfect to make the match-up.

Tony Ferguson vs. Thiago Tavares

A member of Team Lesnar on TUF 13, Ferguson made his UFC debut a success by breaking Aaron Riley’s jaw to force a doctor’s stoppage.

Ferguson (l) battles Riley at UFC 135 (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

With its Ultimate Fighter winners, the UFC doesn’t like to throw them into the Octagon with very talented fighters early on in their career. It is very likely that the promotion does the same with Ferguson as well.

I’m not saying Tavares isn’t a talented fighter, because he is very tough, but I think he is someone who “El Cucuy” could be matched up with.

The Brazilian Tavares possess powerful hands to accommodate a solid BJJ ground game.

It will be a difficult task for Ferguson, but even if he loses, it will give him much-needed experience.

Tim Boetsch vs. Jared Hamman

“The Barbarian” has settled into the middleweight division quite nicely since dropping 20 pounds from light heavyweight, going 2-0

Boetsch scores a big slam against Ring at UFC 135 (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

since the move.

On Saturday in Spike TV’s preliminary card, Boetsch defeated Canadian Nick Ring by unanimous decision.

A possible opponent up next for Boetsch is Hamman, who is a rising star in the sport with 10 knockout victories on his record.

And like Boetsch, Hamman just recently moved down to middleweight before his last fight against C.B. Dollaway, a fight in which he won via second-round TKO.

A match-up between Boetsch and Hamman would be a close bout and would give both men a bump in the road in search of making a name for themselves in the stacked 185-pound division.

Photo Credit: Jon Jones (r) battles “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135 (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

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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.