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 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem,” which took place on Dec. 30 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Alistair Overeem vs. Junior dos Santos

A new force to be reckoned with has entered the UFC heavyweight division.

His name is Alistair Overeem, former Strikeforce, Dream and K-1 champion. Overeem made his Octagon debut at UFC 141 by putting away Brock Lesnar, for good, in the first round by TKO.

Junior dos Santos (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

The bout was scheduled as a five-round fight to determine who would get the next title shot against champion Junior dos Santos. “The Reem” will now get a chance to add another accomplishment to his resume by looking to capture the UFC crown.

When breaking down this match-up, this will be a very intriguing fight that will be highly anticipated. As I’m typing this up, I’m getting chills thinking about this heavyweight battle.

It’s impossible to choose a winner at this point, but it will be war between two strikers.

Overeem has a vast array of strikes including punches, knees and kicks, but dos Santos has without a doubt the fastest hands in the division. Once the Brazilian drops his opponent, he pounces on them and continues raining down shots.

This fight will be worth purchasing and will draw many PPV buys.

Nate Diaz vs. Anthony Pettis/Joe Lauzon winner

In what some considered as the most anticipated fight at UFC 141, Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone fought in a three-round war that earned both men the Fight of the Night bonus. Diaz walked out with a unanimous decision victory and is slowly pushing his way into title contention.

Diaz is now on a two-fight winning streak and is ready to step into the Octagon against top contenders in the UFC’s stacked lightweight division.

Two opponents that would give the Stockton, Calif., kid a real test are former WEC champion Anthony Pettis and UFC veteran Joe Lauzon. The two men are scheduled to face off in Japan on Feb. 26 at UFC 144. The winner of that bout should go on to face Diaz next.

Pettis is one of the most talented fighters in the division, not only for his flying kick off the cage against Ben Henderson, but also because he has a vast array of MMA skills with an underrated ground game to go along with his striking. If it wasn’t for his loss to Clay Guida in June, he would be taking on Frankie Edgar for the belt at UFC 144 instead of meeting Joe Lauzon. On the feet, he’ll have a striking advantage over Lauzon, but the ground game will be just about even.

The Boston native Lauzon surprised many with his first-round rear-naked choke victory over top contender Melvin Guillard in his last bout that turned his career around suddenly. Now Lauzon is a couple wins away from his first-ever title shot in his five years with the UFC. Lauzon will come into his fight against Pettis very confident and will look to add another Submission of the Night performance to his record.

Johny Hendricks vs. Jake Ellenberger/Diego Sanchez

The shocker of the night in Las Vegas was Johny Hendricks’ 12-second knockout of the No. 2 ranked welterweight in the world, Jon Fitch. “Big Rig” kept telling people before the fight that he had a heavy left hand and he showed it off on Friday.

Now the former Oklahoma State standout wrestler is talking about getting a shot at the title, but he’s just not ready to step up and challenge Georges St-Pierre for the belt.

There are several reasons I say this.

One, GSP is coming off knee surgery and will be out a long time. It won’t be until summer probably when we’ll see St-Pierre back in the Octagon and fully healthy.

Two, there has already been a No. 1 contendership fight scheduled between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit. The two men will meet on Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 4, at UFC 143.

Three, I just don’t believe Hendricks is ready for a title shot. He is only 28 years old and will get his chance at the belt eventually. I like the guy a lot and believe he is very capable of being a champion one day, but the hype needs to die down just a bit.

I think the UFC should give him the winner of the Jake Ellenberger-Diego Sanchez match-up that is slated to take place on Feb. 25. Both Ellenberger and Sanchez are close to earning a title shot, but will need to defeat Hendricks to get there.

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Jon Jones is without a doubt the fastest rising star in UFC histroy, but another light heavweight is on the rise: Alexander Gustafsson.

Gustafsson isn’t a household name, but he has looked impressive in every fight and is on a four-fight win streak. His only loss in his career was to Phil Davis, whom he trains with now, in April 2010.

“The Mauler” was born in Sweden, where the UFC will travel to in April to put on their second UFC on Fuel TV event, and the promotion will more than likely put Gustafsson on the card. He has already expressed interest in it and will draw many fans to watch him compete.

An opponent that seems right for the Swede is Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. “Little Nog” last fought at UFC 140 where he put away Tito Ortiz in the first round.

Nogueira will be another veteran of the sport that will give him a challenge, but also is a beatable opponent for him to excite his Swedish fans. Gustafsson’s training partner Davis has fought and beaten Nogueira and will be very helpful in getting the 24-year-old prepared for the fight.

Jim Hettes vs. Ross Pearson

Another surprise of the night was getting to watch “The Kid” Jim Hettes display his jiu-jitsu and judo skills on Nam Phan that earned him a lopsided unanimous decision win. No one has been able to dominate the veteran Phan like that.  Hettes will be a force in the featherweight division.

On the Spike TV card, Ross Pearson picked up a much-needed win over Brazilian Junior Assuncao that will get his record back  on track.

With the two featherweights earning big wins, it would sense to put together a Hettes-Pearson fight.

This will be a big test for the 24-year-old Hettes as he would step into the Octagon with a guy who is much larger than him. Pearson fought at lightweight for the majority of his career, but is now competing at 145 pounds. Pearson is an all-around fighter, but his striking game is what will have to win him the fight. If it hits the mat, Pearson better be prepared to fight off his back with “The Kid” on top of him.

Danny Castillo vs. Duane Ludwig/Josh Neer winner

“Last Call” earned his third UFC win over striker Anthony Njokuani in the prelim portion of the UFC 141 card and is making an impact on his opponents with his wrestling skills.

Training out of the Team Alpha Male camp in California, Castillo has a lot of potential in the lightweight division.

A match-up between Duane Ludwig and Josh Neer is expected to happen Jan. 20 in Nashville, and the winner of that fight should face Castillo next.

Both Ludwig and Neer would give the former WEC fighter Castillo a challenge as both like to stand and bang. But Castillo is capable of defeating both of them if he continues to use his wrestling to impose his will on opponents.

Top Photo: Alistair Overeem (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)