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 Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman, which took place on Aug. 18 from the Valley View Casino in San Diego.

Ronda Rousey vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos

Many fans were anticipating the return of Ronda Rousey, as she defended her women’s bantamweight title against Sarah Kaufman on Saturday.

Rousey put on yet another incredible performance by adding another first-round armbar submission to her record.

After the fight, “Rowdy” got a little rowdy and called out former women’s featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.

Cyborg hasn’t fought since December in a fight where she tested positive for an anabolic steroid. The Brazilian was then forced to give up her title, and Strikeforce subsequently shifted its focus from the 145-pound female weight class to the 135ers.

Rousey and Santos have gone back and forth trash talking, and after Rousey called her out, a fight with Cyborg is very popular for the future. It appears Miesha Tate isn’t ready to rematch Rousey just yet, which gives Santos an opportunity to fight the Olympic bronze medalist judo player.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Luke Rockhold

In the co-main event, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza made a case for a rematch with Luke Rockhold by knocking out Derek Brunson in less than a minute.

Souza was once the dominant middleweight champion of Strikeforce until he met Rockhold in September. Rockhold defeated the Brazilian by unanimous decision, but has been hungry for a rematch ever since.

Another fighter that is looking for a title shot is Lorenz Larkin, who is moving down to 185 pounds. However, Larkin needs to have one fight at middleweight first, and Souza would be a bigger draw than Larkin for a title tilt.

Once Jacare takes a couple of weeks off, look for Strikeforce to work to put together a rematch between Strikeforce’s top middleweight fighters.

Tarec Saffiedine vs. Nate Marquardt

Nate Marquardt’s first challenger for his welterweight scrap has been determined.

Tarec Saffiedine defeated Roger Bowling by unanimous decision, allowing Saffiedine to become the next guy in line for a title shot.

Marquardt defeated Tyron Woodley to claim the vacant belt last month, and should be set to defend it later this year if all goes well.

Marquardt vs. Saffiedine certainly isn’t a star-studded fight, but the Belgian fighter has never been finished, so it will be interesting to see if “The Great” can test his chin.

Anthony Smith vs. Derek Brunson

Anthony Smith was successful in his feature bout by submitting Lumumba Sayers early in the fight. Smith is now on a bit of a winning streak in the middleweight division.

On the other hand, Derek Brunson was on the wrong end of a left hand by Ronaldo Souza, leading to Brunson’s second loss.

To test Smith and give Brunson a fight where he can possibly bounce back, a match-up between the two men makes sense.

Is it a big fight? No. But it’s a fight that works out well due to timing.

Ovince St. Preux vs. Mike Kyle

Former University of Tennessee football player Ovince St. Preux returned with a win on Saturday, defeating T.J. Cook by knockout early in the third round.

After a loss to Gegard Mousasi, “OSP” has bounced back in a division that is wide open at the moment.

Mousasi and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante were the two names that were likely to fight for the light heavyweight belt, but after an injury to Mousasi and Cavalcante’s suspension, anyone can step up and fight for the belt.

Mike Kyle was expected to fight Mousasi, then went on to fight Cavalcante in the fight where the Brazilian tested positive for a banned substance.

Kyle vs. OSP is really the only fight that makes sense right now, so expect this fight to be possible after St. Preux recovers.

Photo: Ronda Rousey (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)