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 4: Munoz vs. Weidman, which took place on July 11 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Chris Weidman vs. Hector Lombard/Tim Boetsch winner

In the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 4, Chris Weidman put on a dominant display against Mark Munoz, putting him away in the second round by TKO.

Many expected Munoz to be the next top contender to challenge Anderson Silva for the middleweight belt, but now the tables have turned.

But does Weidman, who has only nine professional fights, deserve to challenge Silva next?

Weidman certainly thinks so, as he called out the champion after his win on Wednesday. But even though this win was huge for him, Weidman shouldn’t step into the Octagon against “The Spider” just yet.

There is a case that can be made for the Serra-Longo trained fighter to get a title shot, but there are many other contenders waiting in the wings, and Weidman should face one of those men first.

What makes the most sense is to give Weidman the winner of Lombard and Boetsch, who fight later this month at UFC 149. The timing works out great for both sides, and all need one more win to solidify themselves as the true No. 1 contender.

Lombard has a lot of hype behind him, but even if he defeats Boetsch on July 21, he’ll need to prove himself once again to challenge Silva. The same goes for “The Barbarian.” If he defeats Lombard, give him Weidman to determine the next contender.

There are many ways to look at the middleweight title landscape, but this seems to be the best option for the UFC.

James Te Huna vs. Alexander Gustafsson

The co-main event on Wednesday featured two strikers as James Te Huna defeated Joey Beltran by unanimous decision.

With the win, the Australian seems to have a bright future in the UFC with his great stand-up. Once he develops an all-around MMA game, he’ll be a major threat in the light heavyweight division.

Another rising star at 205 pounds is 25-year-old Alexander Gustafsson. “The Mauler” is 6-1 in the UFC, including a win over Thiago Silva in his last bout. With both Te Huna and Gustafsson getting closer and closer to the top of the heap, it’s time to have them fight.

Both men have very good boxing skills, but the ground game advantage will go to the Swede. This may be a fight where Te Huna will have to adjust and showcase his ground game.

These two fighters are very quickly rising. Look for one of them to be fighting for the belt by next year.

Aaron Simpson vs. Jon Fitch

This match-up may look familiar to you, as Aaron Simpson was expected to take on Jon Fitch on Wednesday, but Fitch suffered an injury and had to pull out of the fight.

Kenny Robertson stepped up to fight Simpson, but “A-Train” dominated Robertson for all three rounds to earn a decision win.

This was the debut of Simpson at welterweight, and he didn’t let the weight cut affect him. After an impressive showing, it’s time to set up Simpson vs. Fitch once again.

In a post-fight interview, Simpson said that he will have to perform better in order to defeat someone like Fitch, so you can tell Simpson still wants to get his hands on the former top contender.

With Fitch coming off a loss, this will be a good bounce-back fight for him to try for a win. But Simpson will get back to work at Power MMA and Fitness in Arizona, and be very prepared to fight Fitch.

Francis Carmont vs. Ronny Markes

In a battle of middleweight up-and-comers, Francis Carmont defeated Karlos Vemola by submission in round two to improve his UFC record to 3-0.

Under the training of welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Carmont has a lot of potential, but he still has a ways to go before putting himself in title contention.

Another middleweight on the rise is 24-year-old Ronny Markes, who made his debut at 185 in February against Aaron Simpson. Markes overcame an early storm by Simpson to pull out a split decision.

Both of these high-level fighters have a lot of potential, but only one will be able to move one step closer to the top. If matched up, it will be interesting to see how Markes will deal with Carmont, who has submitted his last two opponents.

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Alex Caceres

Two bantamweights picked up wins Wednesday night, with both T.J. Dillashaw and Alex Caceres submitting their opponents.

With a lot of hype behind him, Dillashaw has lived up to it with back-to-back UFC wins. Training with the guys at Team Alpha Male has certainly benefited him, and he has a bright future in the bantamweight division.

Known as “Bruce LeRoy” on season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter, Caceres is slowly improving as a fighter, and with his length, he can cause many problems for 135-pound fighters.

With both men getting submission wins, this will be a fun match-up. These are just two of the many up-and-coming bantamweights in the UFC.

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Melvin Guillard

In the opening main card bout, Rafael dos Anjos put on an impressive wrestling performance against Anthony Njokuani, defeating the striker by unanimous decision.

Dos Anjos is a true veteran of the UFC, having competed ten times in the Octagon, but he hasn’t made the next step up to the top 15 of the division. However, the Brazilian should get a even better quality opponent for his next fight.

Melvin Guillard makes perfect sense for dos Anjos’ next outing.

Guillard was once considered the next big contender to challenge for the belt, but after back-to-back losses, he has to work his way back up. “The Young Assassin” got a win over Fabricio Camoes at UFC 148 and will now look to get a string of wins going.

Stylistically, this match-up is great. Both men have one-punch knockout power, but the key will be the ground game of Guillard. After dos Anjos landed a total of six takedowns on Wednesday, Guillard better be prepared to fight off his back.

Photo: Chris Weidman (top) finishes off Mark Munoz at UFC on Fuel TV 4 (Robbie Petersen/MMA Weekly)

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