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 7: Henderson vs. Melendez, which took place on April 20 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Benson Henderson vs. Gray Maynard-TJ Grant winner

In the main event of UFC on Fox 7, UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson put his belt on the line against former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez to determine who is the top 155-pound fighter in the world.

Henderson edged out Melendez by a narrow split decision to make his third successful defense since winning the title.

In the post-fight press conference following Saturday’s fights, UFC President Dana White announced Henderson’s next opponent: the winner of a fight at UFC 160 on May 25 between Gray Maynard and TJ Grant.

Maynard was 0-1-1 in title fights against Frankie Edgar in 2011 and is coming off a win over Clay Guida last June. Grant has put himself in the title picture with four straight wins, with his last coming against Matt Wiman at UFC on Fox 6.

Many fans said afterward they would like a rematch between Henderson and Melendez, but that won’t be the case. It’s clear the UFC is trying to give Henderson new challenges rather than continuing the trend of rematches that took place when Edgar was champion.

A win by either Maynard or Grant next month will certainly prove they are worthy of a title fight. Maynard is one of the top lightweights in the division and could pose a test to the champion, and Grant’s momentum and submission offense could be a threat against Henderson.

Daniel Cormier vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira winner

In a highly anticipated debut, Daniel Cormier stepped into the Octagon to fight former heavyweight champion Frank Mir in front of fans tuning in on Fox.

Cormier outworked Mir for all three rounds, earning a clear-cut unanimous decision.

“DC” has been a heavyweight throughout his entire MMA career, but with his teammate Cain Velasquez currently holding the title, it appears as if Cormier will drop down to 205 pounds.

Cormier said he would like to fight one time at light heavyweight before getting a title shot, which is the right move to make sure the weight cut won’t be a factor for him.

A fight with the winner of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who square off at UFC 161 on June 15, makes a lot of sense for Cormier’s first bout in a new weight class.

A match-up with either Brazilian will not only give Cormier a chance to see if he can handle the weight cut, but also provide him with a stylistic test against one of the best light heavyweights in the UFC.

Cormier has proved he is worthy of becoming a UFC champion, but let’s see how he fares against “Shogun” or “Little Nog” before we start mentioning Jon Jones as a future opponent.

Josh Thomson vs. Jim Miller-Pat Healy winner

Arguably the most impressive performance on Saturday was turned in by Josh Thomson, who returned to the UFC to take on former title challenger Nate Diaz.

Thomson earned a TKO over Diaz by landing a head kick and following up with punches to force Diaz’s corner to throw in the towel.

“The Punk” had been one of the top lightweights in Strikeforce, and with the win over Diaz, he has now become a true contender in the UFC as well.

Thomson will get another top contender for his next fight, possibly the winner of Jim Miller and Pat Healy, who square off at UFC 159 next weekend. Even though Miller lost to Diaz in May of last year, he is still a top contender, as he bounced back to defeat Joe Lauzon at UFC 155. Thomson has already faced and defeated Healy back in 2010, but if Healy takes care of business against Miller, then he will solidify himself as a top-10 lightweight.

With Anthony Pettis fighting at featherweight and Maynard and Grant next in line for Henderson, this is what makes the most sense for Thomson at this point.

Matt Brown vs. Martin Kampmann

Another very impressive performance at UFC on Fox 7 was delivered by Matt Brown, who finished top welterweight prospect Jordan Mein in the second round by TKO.

The win was the fifth straight for “The Immortal,” who has now stated his case for a fight against a big-name welterweight.

When looking through the list of names, Martin Kampmann stands out.

Kampmann has always been in the mix of the division, but suffered a knockout loss to Johny Hendricks that dropped him down in the rankings. He’ll want to get back on track, whereas Brown wants to continue moving forward to the top. This would be a huge fight for both men.

Some may think Brown doesn’t deserve a fight against someone like Kampmann, but the guy has paid his dues by fighting in the promotion since 2008 and is well-deserving with the streak he is on.

Brown and Kampmann are two of the grittiest guys in the division, so this fight, if made, has the potential to steal the show.

Photo: Daniel Cormier has his hand raised in victory (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.