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 152: Jones vs. Belfort, which took place on Sept. 22 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson

The young lion does it again.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was able to defend his crown on Saturday against “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort, making it the fourth title defense in his year and a half long reign.

Belfort showed early on that the champion is vulnerable, but “Bones” was able to overcome adversity to get his hand raised.

Many names are now open as far as title shot talks. Lyoto Machida, Alexander Gustafsson, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Chael Sonnen are all worthy of getting a future shot, but one name still stands in their way: Dan Henderson.

Sure, a case can be made for the other four men, but Henderson hasn’t done anything to have his stock drop. “Hendo” was supposed to fight Jones at UFC 151, but an injury forced him to pull out. So without a doubt, Henderson should still be the No. 1 contender, as he deserves to fight for the belt.

Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson/Jussier da Silva winner

History was made at UFC 152, as Demetrious Johnson was crowned the first-ever UFC flyweight champion when he defeated Joseph Benavidez by split decision.

“Mighty Mouse” was able to combine his speed and wrestling to get the nod on the judges’ scorecards, but will now have to defend his belt.

As far as the division landscape, there is not a No. 1 contender at the moment, but many up-and-coming flyweights are waiting in the wings to get their chance.

The two names that are talked about the most at this point are John Dodson and Jussier “Formiga” da Silva, who are set to face off at UFC on FX 5 in October.

Dodson, winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 14, has looked spectacular at 125 pounds, and could certainly test Johnson with his speed and power. Many people aren’t familiar with Formiga, but this guy is one of the top flyweights in the world. Just like Dodson, the Brazilian would be a great match-up against “Mighty Mouse.”

Michael Bisping vs. Anderson Silva/Stephan Bonnar winner

Michael Bisping has stated his case once again for a long-awaited title shot with a decision win over Brian Stann.

Bisping has been in the UFC since 2006, but has never had a title shot. At this point in his career, winning in his last five out of six bouts, is there any way possible you can’t make a case for “The Count” getting a title shot?

In my opinion, it’s his time. Bisping goes out and performs well in every fight, and even arguably beat Chael Sonnen in their fight in January.

The Brit may not be the best type of fighter to defeat Anderson Silva, but he would certainly do well for UFC marketing. Whether the fight would be in Brazil or in the United States, that is a fight the UFC could easily sell due to the personalities of both Silva and Bisping. With his trash talk before fights, Bisping will look to get under Silva’s skin to build the hype up around the bout.

Other guys such as Chris Weidman and Tim Boetsch are hoping to face Silva next, assuming he gets past Stephan Bonnar, but with Weidman vs. Boetsch not taking place until December, Bisping would be better as far as timing goes.

Matt Hamill vs. Vinny Magaelhaes

Two light heavyweights returned on Saturday with crucial wins.

Matt “The Hammer” Hamill returned to the Octagon after being out a year, and pulled out a decision over Roger Hollet on the main card. In the prelims, Vinny Magalhaes came back in his second stint with the promotion and made a case that he should stay thanks to  a submission victory over Igor Pokrajac.

With both men returning in the same night, it makes perfect sense to match the two up. Neither are capable of facing a top-15 opponent at this time, so it also makes sense for their careers.

Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver/Eddie Yagin winner

Cub Swanson stated his case that he is now a consistent fighter with a big win over a very tough Charles Oliveira.

The question is, what is next for Swanson?

He’s not ready for a top-of-the-line featherweight just yet, but he certainly needs to go another step up in competition. A fight between the winner of Dennis Siver and Eddie Yagin makes sense. Siver has been solid since dropping down to 145 and Yagin has been an underrated fighter, defeating top-1o guy Mark Hominick.

The winner of this fight takes a huge leap in the featherweight division towards the top 10.

TJ Grant vs. Paul Sass/Matt Wiman winner

A fight that should be discussed in this edition of Fight Destiny is TJ Grant vs. Evan Dunham, which earned “Fight of the Night” honors.

Grant pulled out a decision win over Dunham, which puts the former welterweight at 3-0 since moving to lightweight.

A great fight for Grant would have him face the winner of Paul Sass and Matt Wiman. These two lightweights meet this Saturday at UFC on Fuel TV 5. All three men are at the same point in their careers, only a couple more wins away from being in sight of title contention.

Photo: Demetrious “Might Mouse” Johnson is the first man to wear gold in the UFC’s flyweight division (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

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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.