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 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez, which took place on Dec. 29 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Cain Velasquez vs. Alistair Overeem

A new champion was crowned at UFC 155, as Cain Velasquez took back what was his prior to UFC on Fox 1 when he defeated Junior dos Santos in a rematch for the heavyweight belt.

Velasquez put on a dominant performance for five rounds, earning a clear-cut unanimous decision to prove that the first meeting between the two was a fluke.

The new titleholder will enjoy the time off with the belt around his waist, but there are many other contenders waiting for their chance at gold. The name that stands out above the rest, however, is Alistair Overeem, who will fight Antonio “Big Foot” Silva on Feb. 2 at UFC 156.

Overeem has been out due to suspension, but will return to the Octagon after dominating Brock Lesnar in his last bout. If Overeem defeats Silva, there’s no question that he will have earned a title shot.

“The Demolition Man” is one of the most feared heavyweights in the world and is surely capable of forcing the title to change hands once again. But Velasquez has handled one opponent with heavy hands in dos Santos and will look to defend his belt by utilizing his high-level wrestling along with brutal ground-and-pound.

One thing’s for sure, Velasquez will meet many tough challenges while on top of the heavyweight ladder.

Jim Miller vs. Rafael dos Anjos

In the co-main event, Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon put on an incredible fight, earning “Fight of the Night” bonuses for their entertaining brawl that lasted 15 minutes.

Miller came out on top in the end by way of a unanimous decision in what was one of the best performances of his career. He stepped up on short notice and defeated a dangerous fighter in Lauzon.

A fight that may be up next for Miller is against Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos, who is coming off a win over Mark Bocek at UFC 154. Dos Anjos has looked great as of late, winning his last three fights, and has a lot of experience in the Octagon since he made his debut in 2008. The Brazilian, with his solid boxing and grappling, will give Miller another tough test.

This is another bout that could be “Fight of the Night,” as both men are known for putting on exciting fights.

Costa Philippou vs. Yushin Okami

Two middleweights who earned unanimous decision wins on Saturday were Costa Philippou and Yushin Okami.

Philippou stepped in on short notice for his teammate Chris Weidman and defeated top-10 middleweight Tim Boetsch. The win improves his four-fight winning streak to five, and he is slowly climbing the ranks.

The Japanese fighter Okami also knocked off a top-10 fighter in Alan Belcher by controlling Belcher with his wrestling for 15 minutes.

It makes perfect sense to match Philippou and Okami up. The timing is obviously perfect and after performances that honestly weren’t exciting, they still have a lot to prove if they want to qualify for a title shot in the future.

Eddie Wineland vs. Urijah Faber/Ivan Menjivar winner

A big fight in the bantamweight division took place on the FX prelims as Eddie Wineland took on Brad Pickett. Wineland put on an impressive display and defeated the Brit by decision to make it two wins in a row.

With a knockout win over Scott Jorgensen, plus the nod over Pickett, Wineland has put himself in a good position in the bantamweight division. Without a doubt, he’s very close to earning himself a title shot.

But he’ll need one more win to get there, and it may have to come against someone he as fought before: Urijah Faber. Faber is scheduled to fight Ivan Menjivar at UFC 157, and the winner of that bout could be next up for Wineland.

Wineland and Faber fought at UFC 128 in March 2011, with Faber earning himself a title shot against Dominick Cruz with the victory. But Wineland has improved his game since then and could force a different outcome against “The California Kid” if they meet again.

If it’s Menjivar who gets the win, he is another tough guy for Wineland to face, and would make for a close fight as well.

Photo: Cain Velasquez (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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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.