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 3: Johnson vs. McCall 2, which took place on June 8 from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez

In their highly-anticipated rematch, Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall squared off for the second time to determine who would move on to the finals of the UFC flyweight tournament.

Standing across from Johnson in the finals will be Team Alpha Male member Joseph Benavidez.

Benavidez is 16-2 with his only losses coming against current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. The New Mexico native has world-class training partners in Urijah Faber and Chad Mendes.

This is the match-up former WEC fans have wanted to see for many years. This fall, it will happen. Expect the two exciting 125-pounders to put on a show no matter when or where they fight.

Erick Silva vs. Siyar Bahadurzada/Chris Clements winner

A new future contender has emerged in the stacked welterweight division. A hungry Brazilian is looking to run through everyone in his path.

His name is Erick Silva, and he is absolutely devastating. On Friday, Silva dominated Charlie Brenneman, submitting “The Spaniard” by rear-naked choke in the first round.

The question now is, who is worthy enough to fight this rising star?

Two other welterweights will meet on July 21, as Afghanistan native Siyar Bahadurzada will fight Chris Clements at UFC 149. Both 170-pound fighters have a lot of potential, and either would be a great fight for Silva.

Bahadurzada exploded onto the scene in April when he knocked Paulo Thiago into next year. “Siyar the Great” is the first Afghan native to fight inside the Octagon, so a lot is on the mind of Bahadurzada to represent his home country.

Many don’t know the name Chris Clements, but did you know this guy holds the record for the fastest knockout in MMA history? It’s true. Clements earned a three-second knockout win in 2006, and is currently on a five-fight winning streak.

With rising talents like these, expect many great welterweight battles to occur in the near future.

Mike Pyle vs. Mike Pierce

A battle of Mikes is on my list of the next fight to make after UFC on FX 3.

Mike Pyle competed in the main card on Friday, defeating Josh Neer by first-round knockout in a back-and-forth exchange. The win now puts the Xtreme Couture fighter at 6-3 in the UFC. Not too bad for the quality of opponents he has faced.

Mike Pierce fought in the prelims on Fuel TV and edged out Carlos Eduardo Rocha by split decision. The former NCAA wrestler is a guy who doesn’t get a lot of credit. Pierce has faced the likes of Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck, and gave both a run for their money. This match-up with Pyle will allow Pierce to prove to everyone why he is a top 10-15 welterweight.

Stylistically, this is an intriguing match-up. Pierce is more of a grinder, but has the ability to finish, while Pyle is a gamer no matter where the fight goes. This will be a great fight that could easily find it’s place on a main card.

Eddie Wineland vs. Brian Bowles

In the opening bout of the main card, Eddie Wineland got back on track by defeating Scott Jorgensen via knockout in round two.

The win over Jorgensen is huge for the career of Wineland, who previously lost his last two bouts. By defeating “Young Guns,” Wineland has instantly put himself in the top 10 of the bantamweight division.

Up next for Wineland should be Georgia native Brian Bowles.

Bowles hasn’t fought since UFC 139 in November, where he lost to Urijah Faber (the man who Wineland last fell to). But expect Bowles to step back in the Octagon soon, in hopes of reaching the top of the heap once more.

Photo: Demetrious Johnson (L) earned a shot at the flyweight belt (Heavy MMA)

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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.