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 137, which took place on Oct. 29 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Nick Diaz vs. Georges St-Pierre

The match-up of Diaz and GSP was expected to happen on Saturday, but after many alterations occurred, including Diaz being demoted to take on B.J. Penn and St-Pierre being forced off the card due to injury, Diaz was still successful in getting a win over Penn.

The former Strikeforce champion picked apart “The Prodigy” and even forced Penn to announce his retirement after the fight.

That was not all that happened after the fight though. Diaz talked some trash as he called out current UFC welterweight champion St-Pierre.

UFC President Dana White announced during the post-fight press conference that Diaz will, in fact, get a shot at the belt. While White stated that Carlos Condit stepped aside to give Diaz the opportunity at the Super Bowl weekend match-up, Condit’s camp has denied the claim, bringing even more controversy to the welterweight title picture.  However, with Diaz’s performance on Saturday night, he is deserving of the opportunity.

Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson

These two heavyweights both competed at UFC 137 and it seems likely that they could possibly be matched up in the near future.

Kongo fought in the co-main event of the night, earning a unanimous decision over undefeated Matt Mitrione. The French fighter didn’t put on the best performance of his career, but did get the win, which is all that matters. The win makes Kongo 3-0-1 in his last four fights and he is a dangerous opponent to face-off against.

“Big Country” has been criticized a lot here lately, not just from the fans, but from the UFC executives as well. Nelson needed to make a statement to prove he has the cardio to handle the best heavyweights in the world and did so by defeating a legend of the sport in Mirko Cro Cop. In his time between fights, Nelson actually lost around eight pounds, which is a good first step in becoming a well-rounded UFC heavyweight.

What surprised me the most in the entire night of fights is the post-fight interview Joe Rogan did with Nelson. He got on the mic and appeared to call out Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos, who will fight for the heavyweight crown on Nov. 12. I don’t know if he was being serious or not, but “Big Country” doesn’t deserve a title shot anytime soon.

If he is able to defeat Kongo, then yes he is getting closer and closer to a title shot, but a win over a 37-year-old that is far past his prime doesn’t boost your career that much.

If Kongo is able to come out on top against Nelson, I could see him taking on a top-five heavyweight, but as of right now, I would not match him up with a big name heavyweight such as Brock Lesnar or Alistair Overeem at this point in time.

Scott Jorgensen vs. Demetrious Johnson

“Young Guns” put on a solid performance against Jeff Curran, defeating him by unanimous decision to improve his winning streak to two.

There are several names that would be great match-ups for Jorgensen, but the guy I’d like to see him fight the most is “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

Johnson recently fought for the bantamweight belt against Dominick Cruz in early October, but fell short.

The UFC is expected to add a 125-pound flyweight division in the future that will allow guys like Johnson and Joseph Benavidez to move down to their more natural weight to compete. But until then, Johnson has stated that he doesn’t mind fighting at bantamweight.

A Jorgensen-Johnson match-up is intriguing because of the styles both men possess. “Young Guns” has quick, powerful hands to go along with his collegiate wrestling experience. “Mighty Mouse” has arguably the quickest hands in MMA and even though he is so small, he doesn’t let that effect him.

Expect a great fight if these two men end up battling.

Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski

Another projected match-up of fighters who both competed and won on the card is Hioki and Palaszewski.

For those fans who did not know Hioki already, they now know why he is considered a superstar in Japan. He didn’t put on a spectacular performance to leave the Las Vegas fans speechless, but he got a big win over a tough opponent in George Roop.

The majority of Japanese fighters who sign with the UFC don’t make an immediate impact, but there are exceptions. I think the UFC is slowly going to promote Hioki to the people and not rush him into spotlight fights. At only 28-years-old, he has many more years to compete in top form.

As far as timing goes, why not go ahead and match Hioki up with Palaszewski? “Bartimus” competed in the Spike TV prelims portion of the card and scored an impressive knockout over Tyson Griffin. This is the first Octagon win for the former WEC fighter and like Hioki, he needs to slowly work his way up in the UFC featherweight division.

This fight would be a perfect example of a striker vs. grappler match-up, with Palaszewski earning Knockout of the Night on Saturday and Hioki having won 12 fights by submission.

Donald Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

“Cowboy” put on the best performance of his career against a very tough fighter in Dennis Siver on Saturday that puts him near title contention in the UFC’s stacked lightweight division.

Cerrone is a guy who isn’t afraid to fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. So it’s no surprise that a match-up has already been made for the former WEC top contender next.

Sources confirmed on Monday that a bout between Cerrone and Diaz has been booked for UFC 141 on Dec. 30.

I personally love this match-up that the UFC has put together.

The younger Diaz brother, Nate, is just as tough as his brother Nick and fights the same way by throwing multiple jabs, along with a solid jiu-jitsu game. The TUF Season 5 winner shifted to welterweight recently, but then moved back to lightweight to take on Takanori Gomi. Diaz went on to win that fight in the first round by submission.

Both men bring their “A” game every time they step into the Octagon and I expect to see the same in this bout. You will not be disappointed in ordering UFC 141 just to the see this fast-paced lightweight battle.

Top Photo: Nick Diaz (Rob Tatum/Bleacher Report)

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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.