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 139, which took place on Nov. 19 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Dan Henderson vs. ?

For former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Henderson, there are many question marks surrounding what is next.

Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua took part in an epic battle on Saturday that is considered by many as the greatest fight in UFC history. Henderson won the fight by unanimous decision.

The 41-year-old has competed at both middleweight and light heavyweight (with an exception to the Fedor Emelianenko superfight) in his career fighting for Pride, Strikeforce and now a second stint with the UFC. So Henderson has a choice to make: Whether to continue fighting at light heavyweight or move back down to 185 pounds, where he primarily competed in his early UFC days.

With a win over “Shogun,” Henderson is deserving of a title shot, but there are some roadblocks that can interfere with that possibility.

In the light heavyweight division, it has been a mess as of late due to injuries. Champion Jon Jones will defend the belt against Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 in December, but once that fight happens, No. 1 contender Rashad Evans has been patiently waiting after numerous injuries to get his shot at Jones. It’s hard to say whether or not the UFC would allow “Hendo” to leap-frog Evans for a title shot and that move would cause much controversy.

At middleweight, Anderson Silva has held the title since 2006 and has defended it a record nine times. It is expected that Chael Sonnen will have another shot at Silva after their first meeting where Sonnen almost dethroned the champ. So if Henderson decided to move down to 185, he could take on the winner of this match-up, possibly giving him another crack at Silva, who defeated him back in 2008 at UFC 82.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Phil Davis

Even after a spectacular fight between “Hendo” and “Shogun,” someone has to come out on the losing end and that was Rua. The loss puts his UFC record at 4-4 and he is in need of a win to stay in the hunt in the light heavyweight division.

In order to get that win, the UFC needs to give him a beatable opponent, but also someone who is on a roll lately.

One man who comes to mind is Phil Davis, who holds an undefeated MMA record of 9-0 and is a former collegiate wrestling star at Penn State University. He is very athletic, has one of the best wrestling games in the division and is actually ranked near the top of the 205-pound ladder.

Currently, Davis is recovering from a knee injury, but he’ll have plenty of time to become healthy again if matched up against Rua. “Shogun” will more than likely take some time off after a devastating loss to Henderson, allowing the timing to be right to fight in early 2012.

You may say this is a big step up in competition for Davis, but really, it’s not. “Mr. Wonderful” was expected to get a fight against Machida if it weren’t for his title shot opportunity and injuries to Davis. Davis has also beaten guys such as Brian Stann and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, both of whom are tough fighters. A fight against Rua would be good for the 27-year-old, and also for “Shogun” to try to get his career back on track.

Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann

Brian Stann (L) battles Jorge Santiago (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

“The Axe Murderer” put on an impressive Fight of the Night performance against Cung Le on Saturday, delivering devastating knees and punches to the UFC newcomer until the referee was forced to stop the fight.

With the win, the 35-year-old veteran of 47 career fights continues on in his career. After years of being known as the guy who wants to stand and go to war, his mentality hasn’t changed a bit. From this point on in Silva’s career, he more than likely doesn’t have another title run left in him, but will still fight the best middleweights in the world.

A match-up I’ve been wanting to see for quite some time is Silva vs. Stann. Ever since Stann moved from 205 pounds to 185 and got on a roll, Silva has been in the back of my mind as an opponent that would give Stann a great fight.

Stann has a similar style compared to Silva, wanting to keep the fight standing and throw punches the entire time. The former Marine does have a solid wrestling game, but would prefer to strike if it were up to him.

This fight would not only be a good stylistic match-up, but also would be a bout many people would pay to see. Stann gains more and more fans after every fight he competes in due to serving our country, and then there’s “The Axe Murderer,” who has a abundant fan base.

Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz III

Dominick Cruz (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

When you think of notable trilogies in the world of MMA, many come to mind. Liddell-Couture, St-Pierre-Hughes, Edgar-Maynard, just to name a few. But now a new one can be added to the list in the near future: Cruz-Faber.

The two men first fought back in 2007 at WEC 26, where Cruz lost to Faber in his debut with the promotion. But in the four-year span between the two meetings, both Faber and Cruz improved vastly. Cruz got his revenge at UFC 132, where he defended his UFC bantamweight championship by earning a unanimous decision over Faber.

“The California Kid” did not let the loss put him down, however, and returned on Saturday, defeating Brian Bowles in the second round by rear-naked choke. The Submission of the Night win earned Faber another title shot against Cruz, but no word has been mentioned on when that bout will take place.

If Faber comes into that fight like he did against Bowles, we may see a new champ at 135 pounds, but you can never doubt the ability of Cruz. Expect a good ending to the Cruz-Faber trilogy.

Martin Kampmann vs. Dan Hardy

Kampmann earned a much-needed unanimous decision victory over Rick Story on Saturday that now keeps him in the mix of the stacked welterweight division.

“The Hitman” showcased his accurate striking skills in his fight with Story, and that turned out to be the deciding factor to give him more points on the judges’ scorecards.

A match-up that I would like to see next for Kampmann is against Dan Hardy.

Hardy has been out of action for quite some time now. After his fourth straight loss in August to Chris Lytle, the UFC stated that they would not release him because of his heart and willingness to put on entertaining fights. Well, if you’re going to keep him with the promotion, shouldn’t he be fighting and not sitting on the shelf?

Right now would be a great time to put him up against someone like Kampmann. Kampmann has fought and beaten some of the top guys in the division and is capable of taking out “The Outlaw” as well, but it won’t be easy by no means as Hardy has powerful hands that if connected perfectly can knock out anyone.

Stephan Bonnar vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

"Rampage" (R) battles Jon Jones (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

“The American Psycho” put on a statement performance on Saturday by punishing Kyle Kingsbury for three rounds en route to a clear-cut decision win.

After the fight, Bonnar called out former UFC light heavyweight champion “Rampage” Jackson, saying that he’s always wanted to fight him. Bonnar has done so much for the sport, so why not give him the fight he wants?

A fight against Jackson would be a big step up from the competition he has faced recently, such as Krzysztof Soszynski (twice), Igor Pokrajac and Kyle Kingsbury, but you have to remember that Bonnar has been fighting in the UFC since TUF 1 and has faced some of the best fighters in the world.

If Bonnar shows up to fight “Rampage” like he did against Kingsbury, the former Pride star has a lot coming for him.

Ryan Bader vs. Forrest Griffin

Forrest Griffin (Sherdog)

After a much-needed win over Jason Brilz, Bader is back to his winning ways and is looking to make a run in the UFC light heavyweight division.

This may be a bit rushed for Bader to step into the Octagon after just one bounce-back fight, but a match-up between him and Forrest Griffin would be intriguing.

Griffin recently took on “Shogun,” where he lost by knockout. However, during that time, Griffin’s wife was in labor, so the TUF 1 winner had other things on his mind. Once his time for family has concluded, he will be eager to get back to work and fight whoever is in his way.

Stylistically, Bader would give Griffin problems in all areas. “Darth” is an explosive striker – just ask Brilz – and also has high-level wrestling as he was a member of the Arizona State wrestling powerhouse in his college days.

Photo: Dan Henderson (Sherdog)