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 2: Alves vs. Kampmann, which took place on March 2 from the Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia.

Martin Kampmann vs. Jake Ellenberger

When it looked as if the fight was over, Martin “Hitman” Kampmann mounted  a comeback to defeat Thiago Alves by third-round submission on Friday. Kampmann was down two rounds on the scorecards coming into the final frame, but after an Alves takedown, Kampmann locked up a guillotine that forced Alves to tap.

According to The MMA Corner rankings, Kampmann is No. 10 on the welterweight ladder, and with two straight wins over fellow contenders, “Hitman” deserves to take on someone at the top of the heap.

Jake Ellenberger (via Facebook)

With so much happening in the welterweight division as of late, it’s hard to say who Kampmann will get next. It will all depend on whether or not Carlos Condit will wait for his title shot with Georges St-Pierre or take another fight against a top contender.

At first, Condit stated that he may take another bout before St-Pierre returns from injury, but no fight has been set up for “The Natural Born Killer” yet. If Condit decides to fight one more time before the end of the year, it will more than likely be against Jake Ellenberger, who has won six fights in a row.

But if Condit does indeed wait to get his title shot, I believe Kampmann can step up and fight Ellenberger.

Kampmann has always been overlooked it the past, but has been in the Octagon with the top dogs of the division. Now with two wins under his belt, he absolutely deserves to fight someone like Ellenberger.

The key to this match-up will be how Kampmann will handle himself early in the fight. “Hitman” has struggled in the opening rounds of his past fights, and against a powerful guy like Ellenberger, Kampmann will have to prepare himself or it may be a long night.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall rematch

In just about every UFC event, there is always controversy surrounding at least one fight. In Sydney, it was the fight between Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall that made controversy look like an understatement.

Johnson and McCall fought to a very close decision. At first, it was Johnson who earned a majority decision with which many fans didn’t agree. However, it was later revealed that there was a mistake in tabulating the scorecards, and the bout was actually scored a draw. The rules for the flyweight tournament state that if a fight is ruled a draw after three rounds, then a sudden-death fourth round would be added to determine a winner. But with the mistake not being recognized until after the event, returning to the Octagon for a fourth round just wasn’t an option.

Dana White and the UFC have looked at the situation well, and have decided to set up a rematch between Johnson and McCall in the near future. If both clear post-fight inspections unharmed, the rematch will be made sometime in April, according to sources.

Fans will be pumped up for this second installment of “Mighty Mouse” and “Uncle Creepy.” The flyweight division looks very promising, with many Fight of the Night performances coming.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Johnson/McCall winner

Joseph Benavidez (Sherdog)

In the other flyweight tournament semifinal fight, Team Alpha Male’s Joseph Benavidez knocked out Yasuhiro Urushitani in the opening seconds of round two.

Once considered one of the best bantamweights in the world, Benavidez is the favorite to win the tournament, but will have to be at his best to defeat whoever ends up on the opposite side of the bracket.

As previously mentioned, Johnson and McCall will have a rematch after the outcome of their fight was changed to a draw. All indications are that Benavidez will get the winner, no matter when that rematch takes place. Benavidez has stated that he would wait for the winner and wouldn’t take another fight.

Whether it’s Benavidez-Johnson or Benavidez-McCall fighting for the belt, both match-ups will be barn burners. This tournament finale could easily co-main event a big name pay-per-view or headline a Fuel TV or FX card. Either way, fans are going to tune in to watch two 125-pounders go at it for five five-minute rounds.

Constantinos Philippou vs. Ed Herman

In the opening bout on FX, Constantinos Philippou defeated The Ultimate Fighter season 11 winner Court McGee by unanimous decision. This gives Philippou three wins in a row, and he is quietly making his way up the middleweight ladder.

Another guy that has jumped in the 185 mix is Ed “Short Fuse” Herman.

After Herman defeated Clifford Starks at UFC 143, I wrote in that edition of Fight Destiny that Herman should fight the winner of Philippou and McGee. The reason being both are at a similar age and have won multiple fights in a row.

It may not be a star-studded match-up, but Philippou vs. Herman would be a crucial fight for both men. A win would get them even closer to being a top-10 UFC middleweight.

Top Photo: Martin Kampmann (Sherdog)

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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.

  • Brian McKenna

    Martin Kampmann vs. Jake Ellenberger would be awesome. Kampmann has had a good string of fights, including the fight where he was robbed by the judges against Diego Sanchez, and Ellenberger has had a great string of fights too. The winner of the two would be right in the thick of the title picture.