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 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche, which took place on Feb. 23 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate-Cat Zingano winner

In the main event of UFC 157, two women stepped inside the Octagon for the first time in history as Ronda Rousey took on Liz Carmouche for the women’s bantamweight championship.

Rousey was in trouble early in the fight when Carmouche looked for a standing rear-naked choke, but “Rowdy” escaped and ended up submitting Carmouche with an armbar in the first round.

The champion has paved the way for women in the UFC, including Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano, who will meet at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13. Rousey said that she will be attending the event, since one of the two could be her next opponent. UFC President Dana White said that it “makes sense” for the winner to be next in line, which is the right move to make.

The fact that Rousey and Tate feuded in 2012 will draw even more interest to a potential match-up than that of Carmouche. If it’s Zingano that earns the title shot, she will be another new face that casual fans will find is a very talented women’s fighter.

Lyoto Machida vs. Jon Jones-Chael Sonnen winner

The co-main event featured a light heavyweight showcase that pitted Lyoto Machida against Dan Henderson in a bout with possible title implications.

Machida defeated Henderson by split decision. However, it wasn’t an impressive victory by “The Dragon,” who didn’t dominate like he needed to in order to impress UFC matchmakers. This begs the question: Should Machida deserve a spot next in line to challenge the winner of Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen?

At this point, Machida is next in line, but that could change in a couple of months, with another big light heavyweight match-up taking place at UFC on Fuel TV 9. Alexander Gustafsson will fight in his home country of Sweden against Gegard Mousasi. If one of the two wins impressively, they could potentially steal the title shot from Machida.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the division, as April’s UFC 159 is quickly approaching.

Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland

“The California Kid” Urijah Faber returned to his winning ways on Saturday by submitting Ivan Menjivar with a standing rear-naked choke in the opening round.

Faber, who previously lost to Renan Barao in a title eliminator bout, is now in position to earn another title shot with one more win under his belt. The question is, who should he fight next?

Barao is expected to fight the real champion, Dominick Cruz, once Cruz heals from a knee injury. If that fight goes through as planned, Faber could be in a fight to determine who gets the next crack at the bantamweight champion.

When looking at the rankings, Faber’s opponent should be Eddie Wineland. Yes, it’s a rematch from UFC 128 in 2011, but Wineland has won his last two fights against top-10 fighters in Scott Jorgensen and Brad Pickett. Wineland would certainly be open to a rematch against Faber, and if this gets classified as a No. 1 contender fight, Faber won’t turn it down either.

Wineland has improved since 2011 and will be a much more dangerous opponent for Faber the second time around.

Court McGee vs. Patrick Cote-Bobby Voelker winner

Court McGee made his welterweight debut on Saturday and impressed with a unanimous decision win over Josh Neer.

“The Crusher” is now on a search for his next opponent, and there’s no better place to look than UFC 158, which features six welterweight bouts. The one that stands out is Patrick Cote vs. Bobby Voelker, which takes place on the prelims.

As far as match-ups, Cote and Voelker make a lot of sense for McGee. Both are solid strikers, and McGee impressed with his striking skills against Neer.

Robbie Lawler vs. Nate Marquardt-Jake Ellenberger

Robbie Lawler returned to the UFC for the first time since 2004 and upset top-10 welterweight Josh Koscheck.

Lawler earned a TKO over Koscheck in the first round, which is a huge win for “Ruthless.” With the win, Lawler has put himself in the mix at 170 pounds. But with the division as stacked as it is, it’s difficult to determine a guaranteed next opponent for Lawler.

But when looking ahead, a match-up that could mean a lot for Lawler is Nate Marquardt vs. Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158 next month.

Lawler has made a statement that he deserves another top guy, and Marquardt or Ellenberger will give him that test.

Photo: Ronda Rousey (top) battles Liz Carmouche (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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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.