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 Fuel TV 2: Gustafsson vs. Silva, which took place on April 14 from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Lyoto Machida

Sweden fans got a treat at UFC on Fuel TV 2, as their own Alexander Gustafsson defeated Thiago Silva by unanimous decision in the main event.

Gustafsson utilized his height to his advantage and outpointed the Brazilian to capture his fifth straight victory.

The Swede has now put himself near the top of the light heavyweight rankings, and is already being given Jon Jones references to the potential he has at only 25-years-old.

He has defeated many tough light heavyweights, but Gustafsson isn’t ready for a title shot yet. He’ll need one more win, over a former champion or top contender, to solidify his place in the division.

The name that comes to mind right away is Lyoto Machida.

Machida is a former champion, defeating Rashad Evans at UFC 98 to win the belt, and has fought a long list of the best fighters in the division. In his last fight, Machida was defeated by the champion Jones, and is now looking to rebound off that loss to make another run towards the title.

If Gustafsson is able to get past Machida, he will have earned himself a shot at the belt. That will be no easy task; however, as Machida is a constant mover on his feet, as well as a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Brian Stann vs. Vitor Belfort/Wanderlei Silva winner

Middleweight Brian Stann returned to the Octagon on Saturday after his loss to now top contender Chael Sonnen, defeating Alessio Sakara by knockout in round one.

The former U.S. Marine is now 4-1 since moving down to the 185-pound division, and is making his way back to the top in search of a title shot.

Stann possess a great striking game that if he connects, can knock out anyone. In fact, all of his wins since his division change have come by way of finishing opponent, by knockout or submission.

With a resume like that, having faced tough fighters in his career, and also being a former titleholder in the WEC promotion, the UFC should award him with a bout against someone that will give him a chance to boost his stock towards a shot at the winner of Anderson Silva and Sonnen, who will fight at UFC 147 in June.

It’s not wise to say Stann deserves a title shot immediately, due to the fact Sakara isn’t a top 10 middleweight, but he should be given either Vitor Belfort or Wanderlei Silva.

Belfort and Silva were coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, and will fight each other in Brazil in June.

The reason why Stann should fight the winner of this bout is because both are legends in the sport, and would give Stann the biggest challenge of his career.

There are other options that the UFC could do, such as matching him up with Mark Munoz, who is coming off surgery, or the winner of Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch that are scheduled to meet in July.

But Munoz is ranked third in the division, and is sitting in the hot seat to earn the next shot at the belt. For Bisping and Boetsch, this fight won’t be until July, and either one of those men would already be worthy of a title shot with a win in that bout.

Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Erick Silva/Charlie Brenneman winner

The UFC has new threat in the welterweight division, and his name is Siyar Bahadurzada.

Not a household name, but Bahadurzada is a knockout artist, scoring 11 in his career. His most recent came in Sweden, where he knocked out Paulo Thiago with just a straight punch that clipped the chin of the Brazilian.

The debut for the Afghanistan-born fighter was long awaited, and earned Knockout of the Night honors at UFC on Fuel 2.

Bahadurzada was expected to make his debut at UFC 142 against Erick Silva, but due to injury was forced out of the event. Silva has been slated to face Charlie Brenneman in June, so why not match “Siyar the Great” against the winner of that match-up?

The 27-year-old has a ton of potential to do well in the UFC, but he can’t be thrown into the fire against a top 10 welterweight yet. The timing of this fight should suit well for the bout to be made, and would be a great fight to watch, whether it’s Silva or Brenneman.

With Bahadurzada getting his name out there with a stunning knockout, he’ll become a guy that can draw fans to events to watch him compete. Keep your eye on this guy throughout his career.

Dennis Siver vs. Bart Palaszewski

In his featherweight debut, German striker Dennis Siver picked up his first win in the division as he edged out Diego Nunes by unanimous decision.

Siver was once a threat in the UFC’s lightweight division, but has now transitioned to featherweight, hoping to contend for a championship in the future.

A win over Nunes was huge for him, but isn’t going to earn Siver a title shot at this point. Hatsu Hioki appears to be the next No. 1 contender for Jose Aldo’s crown, as Hioki defeated Bart Palaszewski at UFC 144.

The next match-up to make is Siver vs. Palaszewski. Palaszewski has gone down the ladder, while Siver’s stock is rising. The two should meet in the middle, shaping up for a match-up between two dangerous strikers.

This is a fight that could be inserted into a pay-per-view main card, as it would be a big fight in the featherweight division that will mean a lot to either man if they can earn a win.

John Maguire vs. Matt Brown/Stephen Thompson winner

Earning Submission of the Night on Saturday was John Maguire, who forced DaMarques Johnson to tap due to armbar in round two.

This makes the England native 2-0 in the UFC, and at only 28-years-old, has potential to put on great fights with his ability to submit guys.

Another young up and coming welterweight is Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, who made his UFC debut at UFC 144, winning by head kick knockout against Daniel Stittgen. Thompson will meet veteran Matt Brown at UFC 145 in Atlanta next week.

The winner of Thompson vs. Brown should take on Maguire next. The timing is perfect to make this fight with the two events only a week apart. Also, every time you watch these three fighters, they always give fans excitement. This is a bout that could open up a Fight Night main card, and get many views.

Brad Pickett vs. Miguel Torres/Michael McDonald winner

Bantamweights were in action in Sweden, as Brad Pickett took on Damacio Page in the first fight on Fuel TV. Pickett won the bout by rear-naked choke submission, putting him back on track after a loss to Renan Barao.

Another bantamweight showdown coming up is Miguel Torres making his return to the Octagon against 21-year-old Michael McDonald. This fight will be apart of the main card at UFC 145.

The logical thing to do with Pickett is to match him up with the winner of Torres vs. McDonald.

Out of any fight on the UFC 145 card, I’m more excited for this bout than any other. Both guys will bring it, and once a winner is determined, will do the same when given the Brit in their next bout.

As far as the division’s landscape, all three men have the skill level to win a championship. Torres won one in the WEC, Pickett has always been a top contender both in the WEC and UFC, and McDonald has a ton of potential at a young age. One of these three will be fighting the UFC bantamweight championship one day, but will need a couple of more wins to be fighting for the ultimate prize.

Photo: Alexander Gustafsson (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.