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 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II, which took place on July 7 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Anderson Silva vs. Mark Munoz

After months of anticipation, fans finally got to witness the rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 148. The champion remained supreme and earned a TKO over Sonnen in the second round.

This marks the 10th title defense for “The Spider,” who is obviously the best fighter in UFC history. But his career isn’t over yet, with many 185-pound contenders waiting for their chance at the belt.

One man who has been waiting quite a while is Mark Munoz. Munoz is 7-2 in the UFC, with a career record of 12-2. If anyone deserves a shot at Silva, it’s “The Filipino Wrecking Machine.”

But first, Munoz has to get a win on Wednesday. The 34-year-old will take on Chris Weidman in the main event at UFC on Fuel TV 4, and with a statement win this week, Munoz should become the next No. 1 contender.

There are fighters who are trying to make a case for a title shot, including Michael Bisping, Brian Stann, Alan Belcher, Tim Boetsch and newly signed Hector Lombard, but Munoz has done enough already to fight Silva for the title.

With Munoz’s solid wrestling and good hands, he may finds holes in the champion’s game much like Sonnen did. As Silva continues to grow closer to the 40-year-old mark, it will be interesting to see how the Brazilian holds up.

Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar

Forrest Griffin ruined Tito Ortiz’s retirement party on Saturday, defeating “The People’s Champ” by unanimous decision in the co-main event.

After a knockout loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Griffin is back on track, but it will be difficult for Griffin to make another title run with 15 UFC fights already under his belt.

One possible option for the UFC is to put together a third match-up of Griffin against Stephan Bonnar. Bonnar has pleaded for an Ultimate Fighter coaching gig opposite Griffin, but while that’s not official yet, it certainly is an intriguing possibility.

After two action-packed bouts between the two, who wouldn’t want to see these warriors go another 15 minutes?

Cung Le vs. Costa Philippou

Even at 40 years old, Cung Le is still competing at a high level. Le earned a unanimous decision over Patrick Cote on Saturday, making it his first win with the UFC.

At his age, Le isn’t going to come close to reaching the top five of the division, and will just be picking and choosing fights from here on out.

A very likely landing spot for Le is when the UFC travels to China on Nov. 10 for UFC on Fuel TV 6. At the UFC 148 post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White stated that he’d like to have Le fight on the card in China. The Vietnamese fighter certainly isn’t turning down the offer.

As for an opponent, why not match Le up with Costa Philippou? Philippou also fought on Saturday, defeating Riki Fukuda by decision, and is a well-rounded fighter.

This would be a great match-up, and even though Philippou isn’t well-known, simply having Le on the Nov. 10 card would help the show sell out.

Demian Maia vs. Brian Ebersole

Submission ace Demian Maia made his welterweight debut a success by defeating Dong Hyun Kim after Kim suffered an injury in the opening round. Even with the injury stopping the fight, Maia was in mount and was looking to finish his opponent. Nevertheless, a win is a win.

Maia will continue towards competing at 170 pounds, in hopes of making a run at the belt.

Next for Maia should be Brian Ebersole. The longtime veteran Ebersole is scheduled to face James Head at UFC 149 on July 21, and if victorious, Ebersole makes an intriguing fight with Maia.

Ebersole is very well-rounded, but Maia will come in as the larger fighter and look to take the veteran to the mat and submit him. This could be a possible main card bout in the future.

Chad Mendes vs. Chan Sung Jung

Chad “Money” Mendes wasn’t going to let an upset happen in his bout on Saturday, as he put away Cody McKenzie in the first round by TKO.

Mendes now has a win under his belt since losing to champion Jose Aldo, and is likely one win away from getting back to title contention.

After Saturday, fans are probably going to want to see Mendes take on “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung next, for several reasons. First off, it would an exciting fight between two very active fighters. Second, the winner would be the next top contender in the featherweight division.

This is a bout that could main event a Fuel TV card or be inserted on a pay-per-view and get a lot of interest.

Mike Easton vs. Eddie Wineland

Look out bantamweight division, a “Hulk” is on the rise.

Mike “The Hulk” Easton picked up another win on Saturday by defeating veteran Ivan Menjivar, and has now become a serious threat in the division. Easton is a character fans like and is very talented in all aspects. But how will the young up-and-comer fare against a top-10 opponent?

It’s time for a test, and it should come at the hands of Eddie Wineland. Wineland will certainly give Easton a run for his money.

This will be a big fight for both men, with title contention on the line.

Photo: Anderson Silva reflects on his win at UFC 148 (MMAFighting)

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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.