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 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz, which took place on March 16 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

In the main event of UFC 158, Georges St-Pierre returned to Montreal to defend his welterweight crown against Nick Diaz.

St-Pierre defeated Diaz by unanimous decision, decisively earning the win by taking every round on the judges’ scorecards, to defend his belt for the eighth consecutive time. The champion will take some time off the enjoy his defense, but he has a challenger waiting for him already.

That man’s name is Johny Hendricks.

Hendricks, who was expected to receive the next title shot before Diaz, added another win under his belt by defeating former top contender Carlos Condit via unanimous decision in the co-main event of the evening. Since Hendricks didn’t get his shot at the champion following his fifth straight win, he will most definitely fight GSP after his sixth consecutive victory.

There’s no question “Bigg Rigg” deserves a title shot. Hendricks has shown his knockout power in his wins over Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann, and also displayed his wrestling against Condit. If anyone has a chance to dethrone to the champion, it may be Hendricks.

Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald

Another welterweight who earned a huge win on Saturday night was Jake Ellenberger, who knocked out Nate Marquardt in the first round.

Ellenberger has now won two fights in a row and is on the verge of being in title contention. But at this point, he’ll need at least one win, maybe two, to get there. This sets up a possible fight with Rory MacDonald.

MacDonald was expected to fight Condit at UFC 158, but had to pull out due to injury. “Ares” is in a bit of a similar situation as Ellenberger, being in the top 10 but not quite up to title contention yet.

Both want to take the next step up, and this is a great match-up in which to do so. People still want to see if MacDonald is a legitimate contender, and Ellenberger is a guy who has long been at the top, but hasn’t quite reached it. This has the makings of a very interesting fight.

Chris Camozzi vs. Brad Tavares

One of the more underrated middleweights in the UFC is Chris Camozzi, but he is quietly on a four-fight winning streak.

Camozzi earned the win on Saturday by defeating Nick Ring via unanimous decision, and at only 26 years old, he has some potential to become a top-15 middleweight.

Another 185-pound fighter on a winning streak is Brad Tavares, who has won his last three fights. With both guys having similar records of late, it makes perfect sense to make them up. Both were members of the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, but Camozzi was forced to pull out of competition.

If this bout if made, it would cause one streak to come to an end. But the winner moves on in hopes of coming one step closer to the top.

Mike Ricci vs. Al Iaquinta-Joe Proctor winner

A member of The Ultimate Fighter season 16, Mike Ricci made his second appearance inside the Octagon on Saturday, defeating Colin Fletcher by unanimous decision.

Ricci trains at one of the top gyms in world, Tristar in Canada, and has faced many talented fighters. But the UFC shouldn’t rush his career. He needs to take one step at a time before he fights the division’s best. A fight against the winner of Al Iaquinta and Joe Proctor is the next logical progression for him.

Iaquinta and Proctor meet at UFC 159 in April, with both hoping to get back on track after suffering defeats.

Since Ricci still appears to have some improving to do, he could fight the winner to prove he has what it takes to be another contender from the camp that Georges St-Pierre calls home.

Patrick Cote vs. Court McGee

In the final prelim bout on FX, Patrick Cote edged out Bobby Voelker in a controversial unanimous decision.

Regardless, Cote still picked up the win in front of his home crowd and is now 2-0 in his last two fights.

Up next for “The Predator” should be Court McGee. Like Cote, McGee recently made a move down to welterweight, and he had a good performance against Josh Neer at UFC 157.

Both are in the same region of the rankings, and stylistically, this is a solid match-up. Neither man has been knocked out before, so expect a three-round grind between the two, if matched up.

Photo: Johny Hendricks (Esther 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.