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 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir, which took place on May 26 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Junior dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez

Heavyweights delivered in the first-ever main card full of heavy-hitters, including the two men in the main event. Junior dos Santos put on another impressive performance, defending his title against the always tough Frank Mir.

This was the champion’s first defense since winning the belt, and the Brazilian has shown no signs of slowing down. He continues to show off his skills, while also being very humble after every performance.

The man whom dos Santos defeated to earn the title, Cain Velasquez, was also on the card in the co-main event against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Velasquez defeated Silva by brutal TKO in the first round.

With both men winning on Saturday and no stand-out No. 1 contender in line, a dos Santos-Velasquez rematch should be the next heavyweight headliner made.

Dos Santos and Velasquez last met on the first Fox card back in November of 2011, but the two knockout artists could easily sell out a pay-per-view event. UFC 146 likely scored a good amount of pay-per-view buys, but if you put dos Santos vs. Velasquez in Las Vegas surrounded by other quality bouts, it could be a huge hit for the UFC.

Velasquez is very motivated to get his belt back, but dos Santos possesses the fastest hands in the division. This will be a great second meeting between the two, and has fireworks written all over it.

Roy Nelson vs. Travis Browne/Ben Rothwell winner 

“Big Country” Roy Nelson made a huge statement in his fight on Saturday by knocking out Dave Herman in just 51 seconds.

Nelson got back on track after losing to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 143, and is still progressing as a UFC heavyweight by dedicating his life to training and getting his mind right.

Two other heavyweights that are making their way to the top are Travis Browne and Ben Rothwell, who are scheduled to meet at UFC on Fox 4 on Aug. 4.

The winner of this bout in August should take on Nelson next. Both the undefeated Browne and veteran Rothwell would be great opponents for The Ultimate Fighter season 10 winner, and it would be crucial fight in the heavyweight division.

One of these three men are capable of fighting for the belt one day and will get a huge boost up the rankings with another win. This fight could easily be part of a pay-per-view card, as everyone knows who Nelson is by now. Browne and Rothwell are just as talented and would challenge the Las Vegas native.

Stipe Miocic vs. Chieck Kongo/Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira winner

An undefeated prospect is on the rise in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

Stipe Miocic improved his record to 9-0 on Saturday by defeating Shane Del Rosario by second-round TKO.

With three wins in the UFC, Miocic is slowly climbing the rankings and making a case to be given even more quality opponents that will test him.

There are two names who would be a great fight for Miocic: Chieck Kongo and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Both veterans have name recognition that would help Miocic shoot up the rankings.

Whoever walks out of their UFC 149 fight on July 21 victorious should take on the Ohio-based fighter.

Stefan Struve vs. Mark Hunt

It’s hard to miss him, but Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve was overlooked by many against Lavar Johnson in the first main card bout of UFC 146, but made a statement by submitting Johnson in the first round.

Struve has been with the UFC a long time and is looking to go on a run of wins to make it to the top.

“Skyscraper” should get the man he was originally supposed to face at UFC 146: Mark Hunt. Hunt was forced off the card just two weeks before the event due to a knee injury.

The former K-1 Grand Prix champion would give Struve a huge test. The “Super Samoan” has the striking prowess to compete with anyone.

Look for the 6-foot-11 Struve to square off with the veteran heavyweight in his next bout inside the Octagon.

Photo: Junior dos Santos (white trunks) pounds on Frank Mir at UFC 146 (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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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.