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,  we will focus on two events that occurred on back-to-back nights: UFC on FX 4: Guida vs. Maynard, which took place on June 22 from the Revel Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., and UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin, that aired on pay-per-view from Belo Horizonte, Brazil on June 23.

Rich Franklin vs. Michael Bisping

In the main event of UFC 147, Rich Franklin took on Wanderlei Silva in a rematch three years in the making. Franklin won the bout by unanimous decision and is now looking to make a middleweight run late in his career.

There have been many injuries to the UFC’s 185-pound division, but by the time Franklin steps back in the cage, someone will be healthy and ready to fight him.

One name that stands out is former Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Bisping. Bisping was expected to compete at UFC 149, but was forced off the card due to injury.

The British fighter should be fully healed, if all goes well, when Franklin is ready to return. This is a fight that would be a huge draw to fans, as both men are big names that have made a huge impact on the promotion.

A win for either middleweight puts them near the top of the division, in hopes of taking on the champion.

Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort

Although “The Axe Murderer” came up short in his home country of Brazil at UFC 147, the former Pride superstar isn’t ready to hang up the gloves just yet.

The almost 36-year-old may not have another title run in his career, but he still has some gas left in the tank. As long as Silva can keep his conditioning good, he has two to three fights left in him.

Silva was expected to fight fellow The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil coach Vitor Belfort at UFC 147, but Belfort had to pull out of the bout with a hand injury. However, the UFC has stated that the meeting between the Brazilians is still likely to occur.

For the most part, this isn’t a bad idea. Belfort is a lot farther up the rankings than Silva, but the UFC is only going to put Silva in big match-ups. And with the rivalry they had on the show, it would be a fight the company could build up again.

It may no have major title implications, but nonetheless would be a great fight between two legends.

Gray Maynard vs. Donald Cerrone

It may not have been a pretty main event at UFC on FX 4, but Gray Maynard pulled out the victory over Clay Guida.

Maynard is now right back in contention in the stacked lightweight division, but he will have to wait a while before earning himself another title shot.

His former rival, Frankie Edgar, is scheduled to face off against Ben Henderson for the second time at UFC 150, and another No. 1 contender, Nate Diaz, is already awaiting the winner.

“The Bully” gets inserted in the middle of the log jam, where any fight between he and a top-10 guy would be a highlight-reel fight. But one opponent makes sense more than any other right now, and that is Donald Cerrone.

Cerrone lost to Diaz back at UFC 141, but rebounded nicely with a win over Jeremy Stephens. “Cowboy” wanted to try to get on the Henderson-Edgar card to fight in his birth state of Colorado, but it appears that is unlikely at this point.

This opens the door for Maynard, who would put on a great show against Cerrone, who isn’t afraid to exchange.

Clay Guida vs. Jim Miller

UFC President Dana White wasn’t happy at all this weekend, and the main reason is due in large part to Guida’s showing at UFC on FX 4 on Friday night.

Guida put together no offense during the fight, and in the fifth round, even ran from his opponent Maynard. The referee even had to warn Guida about stalling.

This is a big step back for the Greg Jackson-trained fighter, but it probably won’t force him too far down in the rankings. My hunch is that White will give Guida an opponent that won’t allow the lightweight to retreat.

To me, Jim Miller is a perfect opponent for Guida. Miller fell to Diaz in a No. 1 contender fight, and like Guida, is looking to get back to the top.

Miller’s style is to trade on the feet, take you down, and submit you early in the fight. The Jersey native was unsuccessful in doing so against Diaz, but will be motivated to get back on track the next time he steps in the Octagon. Watching Guida in his last fight backpedal the entire time will give him an added bonus as to how to attack his opponent if the two meet.

Fabricio Werdum vs. Frank Mir

Heavyweights were in action at UFC 147, as former Strikeforce contender Fabricio Werdum impressed in his home country with a first-round finish of Mike Russow.

Werdum is now 2-0 since coming into the UFC for his second stint and has impressed with two wins over tough opponents. “Vai Cavalo” deserves to take a step up in competition and fight a true heavyweight contender.

Actually, how about a former champion? The UFC should match up Werdum with former UFC champion Frank Mir.

Mir recently fought Junior dos Santos for the title at UFC 146, but became the champion’s first victim since winning the belt. People say styles make fights, and Werdum vs. Mir is perfect stylistically.

Both men are two of the best grapplers in the UFC, and it would be a very fun fight to watch. If Werdum is able to get past Mir, that will put him in title contention to get his rematch with dos Santos. For Mir, it would help his stock to get another title fight.

Ricardo Lamas vs. Chan Sung Jung

There were many great featherweight fights this weekend, and Ricardo Lamas vs. Hatsu Hioki was nothing short of great. The two went a full 15 minutes, with Lamas getting his hand raised by decision.

Hioki was in line for a future title shot, but Lamas has now become an immediate contender in the 145-pound division.

Currently, the champion Jose Aldo is sidelined due to injury, so there will be a mess in the division until Erik Koch gets his chance against Aldo, unless the UFC decides they want someone new to fight the Brazilian.

But for Lamas right now, if he gets one more big win, he deserves a title shot. The guy is 3-0 in the UFC and has put together an impressive resume.

The opponent that fits Lamas the most is “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung.

Jung exploded onto the scene after defeating top contender Dustin Poirier in May. “The Korean Zombie” is one fight away from a title shot, and a win over Lamas would be another victory to add to his list. Expect Lamas to face Jung, or another top featherweight, in the future.

Hacran Dias vs. Steven Siler

Two other featherweights competed this weekend: Steven Siler at UFC on FX 4 and Hacran Dias at UFC 147.

Siler easily took care of business against Joey Gambino, submitting his opponent with a guillotine in the opening round. Siler has a ton of potential, but still needs to pad his UFC record before getting a big name opponent.

You may not be familiar with the name Hacran Dias, but this guy is a force to be reckoned with at 145 pounds. Dias made his UFC debut in his home country of Brazil against Iuri Alcantara. Dias defeated the talented Alcantara by unanimous decision.

This shapes up to be a barnburner match-up. Both guys proved they are for real and would put on a show if given a chance to fight one another.

Photo: Rich Franklin (R) vs. Wanderlei Silva at UFC 147 in Brazil (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.