Following every UFC and Invicta FC 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 Fox 6: Johnson vs. Dodson, which took place on Jan. 26 from the United Center in Chicago.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez-Ian McCall winner

Flyweights were featured in the main event on Saturday for the first time, as champion Demetrious Johnson put his 125-pound title on the line against John Dodson.

Johnson edged out Dodson by unanimous decision, which was the first defense of his belt.

Since the flyweight division was born in the UFC, “Mighty Mouse” has beaten top fighters such as Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall. But even with that said, Johnson will have to fight one of the two again for his next title defense.

Benavidez and McCall will square off this Saturday at UFC 156, where the winner should get a rematch against Johnson.

At this point, there aren’t any other contenders in the shallow flyweight division. This opens the door for both Benavidez and McCall to fight for a chance at the belt.

Johnson and McCall fought twice in 2012, one being a draw and the other going the way of “Mighty Mouse” by decision. As for Benavidez, Johnson beat the Team Alpha Male member to win the belt, but it was a close fight that was scored a split decision. Regardless of who comes out on top on Feb. 2, one of the two contenders will give Johnson another close fight.

Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader

Two light heavyweights who earned wins on Saturday were Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader.

In the co-main event, Teixeira defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by unanimous decision to improve his UFC record to 3-0. Teixeira wasn’t able to finish Rampage, but still went on to win a clear-cut decision.

Bader submitted Vladimir Matyushenko in just 50 seconds on the FX prelims, which gets him back on track after a loss to Lyoto Machida.

With both men earning wins at the same event, it makes sense to match the two up.

Teixeira has a ton of potential to be a champion one day, but he has only one win over a top-15 light heavyweight. Before he earns a title shot, he’ll need probably two more wins over quality competition.

Bader is a quality opponent, having been in the 205 mix for over a year, and he will be a good match-up for the Brazilian. The fight will be a crucial one for both men in their quest to be deemed worthy of title contention.

Anthony Pettis vs. Benson Henderson-Gilbert Melendez winner

After years of anticipation, Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone finally faced off in a lightweight fight with title contention on the line.

Pettis defeated Cerrone in the opening round by battering the mid-section of “The Cowboy,” forcing the referee to stop the bout.

With the win, Pettis is now next in line for a title shot against the winner of Benson Henderson, whom Pettis defeated in the final WEC event, and Gilbert Melendez. The bout will take place on April 20, and even though it’s months away, Pettis will wait to receive a title shot.

After being crowned the final WEC champion and missing out on two previous title opportunities, “Showtime” deserves to wait. Even UFC President Dana White stated that Pettis is next in line in the lightweight division.

Henderson vs. Pettis II would be one of the best fights of the year, and considering Pettis defeated the champion the first time, it will be one of the most watched of the year. If it’s Melendez, Pettis would make a great fight for the former Strikeforce champion if he comes out on top at UFC on Fox 7.

Ricardo Lamas vs. Jose Aldo-Frankie Edgar winner

With his impressive win over Erik Koch on Saturday, Ricardo Lamas may have punched his ticket for a title shot.

It’s hard to argue why Lamas doesn’t deserve a title shot. “The Bully” has won his last four fights, with three of those coming against top-10 featherweights at the time (Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki and Koch).

Lamas has been overlooked in the division for a while, but with this win, he should fight the winner of Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar, who meet at UFC 156 next weekend, for the belt.

It appeared as if Chan-Sung Jung would be next in line, but after three key wins and the momentum he’s on, Lamas may steal it from “The Korean Zombie.”

Lamas has proved he is capable of fighting either Aldo or Edgar, and he should get his chance later this year.

T.J. Grant vs. Jim Miller

After an impressive performance at UFC on Fox 6 as he finished Matt Wiman in the first round, T.J. Grant has now put himself in the top 10 of the lightweight division.

Grant has won four fights in a row and is now ready to take on a bigger task to move even farther up the rankings.

Jim Miller is an opponent Grant should take on next. Miller is coming off a win over Joe Lauzon and has always been considered a top-10 fighter in the lightweight division. Miller is a tough fight for anyone, and Grant will have his hands full if the two are matched up.

Grant even suggested in the post-fight press conference Saturday night that Miller is a guy he’d like to fight. Because of that, it’s likely Grant vs. Miller will happen next.

Photo: Demetrious Johnson is declared the winner at UFC on Fox 6 (Ester Lin/MMA Fighting)

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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.