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 on FX 1, which took place on Jan. 20 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz

In huge lightweight match-up in Nashville, Jim Miller was able to impressivly submit Melvin Guillard in the first round by rear-naked choke. This now puts Miller one win away from a possible title shot in the future.

The New Jersey native was once considered to get a title shot after a streak of seven wins in a row, but that run came to a conclusion when he fought current No. 1 contender Ben Henderson in August.

But now with Miller back on track, he’s still one of the toughest guys in the loaded lightweight division and is certainly capable of capturing UFC gold before his career is over.

Another fighter that has proven he should be considered a contender for Frankie Edgar’s belt is Nate Diaz.

Diaz last fought Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 141, earning a unanimous decision by working his jabs and scoring points in each round. If Diaz is matched up against Miller, that fight will be epic.

Both Miller and Diaz are predominatly guys who would prefer to fight on the mat, but also possess solid stand-up games. Diaz is one of the best when it comes to working from his back, having submitted multiple guys while being on bottom. Miller has 12 wins by submission and has also never been finished in his career. When breaking down the fight, it’s about as even as it gets between these two men.

This would make a great co-main event for a major pay-per-view and would draw a lot of people to watch it. And to make things even better, it would be a five-round bout, so us MMA fans would get to see even more action.

Josh Neer vs. Charlie Brenneman

These two tough, gritty welterweights were both successful in their bouts at UFC on FX 1 and would be an entertaining fight if Joe Silva and the UFC match them up.

Neer competed in the co-main event of the evening against Duane “Bang” Ludwig. Ludwig was winning the exchanges on the feet, but “The Dentist” was able to take the fight to the ground, where he used his jiu-jitsu game to lock up a guillotine to put Ludwig to sleep.

Brenneman, on the other hand, took on Daniel Roberts in the undercard, grinding out a dominant unanimous decision. Brenneman’s wrestling cancelled out the jiu-jitsu game of “Ninja” and he was able to impose his will on Roberts.

With Neer earning his sixth straight victory and Brenneman getting back on track, this would be a logical fight to make. The timing is perfect, obviously, and it would be a breakthrough fight for either victor to rise up the welterweight ranks.

Mike Easton vs. Nick Denis

You can’t have a UFC card and not have one of the most explosive divisions in the sport compete: the bantamweights. Two 135-pounders won their fights on Friday, Mike Easton and Nick Denis.

In his second UFC fight, Easton took on UFC newcomer Jared Papazian in the main card and put on a very entertaining fight. Knowing they don’t have much to lose and even more to gain, these two guys went at it for 15 minutes, forcing the fight to go to the judges’ scorecards. Easton was able to pull out the win by majority decision in the end.

“The Ninja of Love” made a statement in the first fight of the night, knocking out Joseph Sandoval in the opening seconds of round one by brutal elbows to the head. This was Denis’ first UFC fight and win, and he will now look to fight more of the best bantamweights in the division.

Both are rising fighters who have potential. This would be a key match-up that would solidify whether or not they are a legit force to be reckoned with.

Pat Barry vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Out of the match-ups I have broken down, this is my favorite.

Pat “HD” Barry put on arguably one of the best performances of his career by knocking out a man much larger than him, Christian Morecraft, in the first round.

Barry has been criticized for not being a complete mixed martial artist, having no ground game, but working out of Team DeathClutch in Milwaukee has been a good place for him and he is slowly progressing as a fighter.

While looking through the heavyweight division searching for Barry’s next opponent, I came across the name Gabriel Gonzaga. Gonzaga, as many know, was a force in the UFC back in 2007, earning a title shot with his kick heard around the world on Mirko Cro Cop, then went on to fight Randy Couture but lost at UFC 74. The Brazilian was released from the promotion after two straight losses in 2010, but has since returned at UFC 142, defeating Ednaldo Oliveira by first-round submission.

Just imagine how good of a fight Barry vs. Gonzaga would be. Gonzaga is good striker with five knockout wins, but Barry would have to be given the stand-up advantage for the amount of striking battles he has been in. But on the ground, Gonzaga has a huge advantage.

This would be a challenge for Barry, but would also be good for him. “HD” has never faced a fighter with a BJJ game like Gonzaga, but Gonzaga will have to avoid getting knocked out, which is a difficult task for anyone who is fighting Barry.

If this fight is made, I’ll be watching it no matter what, as will many diehard UFC fans.

Photo: Jim Miller (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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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.