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 FX 5: Browne vs. Bigfoot, which took place on Oct. 5 from the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva vs. Shane Carwin/Roy Nelson winner

On Friday, many eyes were on the undefeated Travis Browne, but some underestimated his opponent, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who defeated Browne in the first round by TKO.

After losses to Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez, “Bigfoot” picked up a much needed win over Browne to keep his name in the hunt of UFC’s heavyweight division.

Currently, there is a lot of talent in the division, but there are some obstacles. The champion, Junior dos Santos, is awaiting Cain Velasquez in December, top-five contender Alistair Overeem is under suspension, Frank Mir is sidelined with an injury, and Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett are still signed with Strikeforce.

That leaves only one option for Silva at this point.

You may have witnessed Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson as coaches on Friday nights on The Ultimate Fighter. Once the season is completed, Carwin and Nelson will square off on Dec. 15 in the main event of the finale. Whether it’s Carwin or Nelson that comes out on top, Silva should fight the winner.

All three have been in the mix of the title picture, including Carwin, who fought for the belt back at UFC 116. With another win under their belt, any of the three men could launch into the top five.

Jake Ellenberger vs. Jon Fitch/Erick Silva winner

In the co-main event, Jake Ellenberger spoiled Jay Hieron’s return to the UFC party by earning a unanimous decision over the veteran.

It may not have been Ellenberger’s best performance, but the win was much needed after a setback loss to Martin Kampmann.

Originally, Ellenberger was expected to face Josh Koscheck at UFC 151, but with an injury to Koscheck (and the cancellation of the event), the bout was scratched.

A match-up with Koscheck might make the most sense, but the promotion could go another route, which could have Ellenberger facing the winner of Jon Fitch and Erick Silva. This bout would be great as far as timing, since Fitch and Silva are expected to meet in a week at UFC 153.

As far as styles, it makes sense as well. If it’s Ellenberger vs. Fitch, it would be a battle of two former collegiate wrestlers. If it’s Ellenberger vs. Silva, it will be a barnburner fight, as both have power in their hands.

John Dodson vs. Demetrious Johnson

The UFC now has a new flyweight No. 1 contender: John Dodson.

Dodson defeated Jussier “Formiga” da Silva on Friday to become the new top contender, and will take on champion Demetrious Johnson for the strap in early 2013.

The Jackson-Winklejohn fighter poses many threats to the champion, with solid wrestling and ever-improving striking. What can be guaranteed, though, is a fast-paced bout that will be exciting for as long as the fight goes.

Justin Edwards vs. Stephen Thompson/Besam Yosef winner

Justin Edwards was one of the biggest underdogs coming into the event, but made quick work of his opponent Josh Neer by submitting him early in the first round.

If you don’t know “Fast Eddy,” he trains out of Jorge Gurgel’s camp, is 2-2 now in the UFC, and has six submission wins. He may be a mid-level fighter right now, but if he keeps defying the odds, he could quietly become a solid fighter.

Facing the winner of Stephen Thompson and Besam Yosef makes sense for Edwards. The two will meet at UFC 154, where one will move to 7-1, with the other dropping to 6-2.

Both are two prospects, but would be quality opponents for Edwards.

Michael Johnson vs. Jacob Volkmann

Two lightweights who were victorious on Friday were Michael Johnson and Jacob Volkmann.

After getting dominated in the first round, Johnson came back in the second to knock out Danny Castillo. “The Menace” is now 4-2 in the UFC and has a lot of potential while training with the likes of Rashad Evans.

Volkmann has been known as a grinder ever since he came into the UFC, but showed he can finish fights as well with a neck crank submission win over Shane Roller.

This would be another big match-up in the stacked lightweight division, as two talented fighters are trying to make it into the top 15.

Photo: Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva celebrates his win (Ryan Loco/Heavy MMA)

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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.