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 Fuel TV 10, which took place on June 8 from the Paulo Sarasate Arena in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Fabricio Werdum vs. Josh Barnett

To add to his list of achievements which includes submitting the legendary Fedor Emelianenko, Fabricio Werdum forced Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to verbally submit due to an armbar at UFC on Fuel TV 10.

Werdum was able to transition to multiple positions while on top of one of the best grapplers in heavyweight history, and finally in the second round, took a hold of Nogueira’s arm and forced a stoppage.

“Vai Cavalo” has now won his last three fights since returning to the UFC, and is clearly deserving of a title shot. However, it appears Werdum will need to fight one more time before getting his opportunity.

After the champion Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos were both victorious at UFC 160 last month, they are expected to complete their trilogy by having a rubber match later this year. Nothing is official, but the assumption can be made that dos Santos will be given the fight.

If it weren’t for dos Santos, Werdum would be the one fighting Velasquez. But with unsettled business at the top of the division, Werdum should look elsewhere, potentially a fight with returning veteran Josh Barnett.

Barnett hasn’t stepped inside the Octagon since 2002, but at UFC 164 on Aug. 31, “The Warmaster” will challenge Frank Mir. If Barnett defeats Mir, it could put him in a bout with Werdum, one win away from earning a title shot of his own.

It is possible that Werdum could sit on the sidelines to wait for the winner of Velasquez-dos Santos, but he needs to stay active. Unless something goes wrong with the No. 1 contender, Werdum could step in and fill that spot, but at this point, Barnett should be on his horizon.

Leonardo Santos vs. Ildemar Alcantara

In the co-main event on Saturday, the second Ultimate Fighter: Brazil champion was crowned.

Leonardo Santos defeated William Macario by arm-triangle choke in the second round, giving the 33-year-old a six-figure UFC contract.

The Nova Uniao product shared an emotional moment with his coaches after the biggest win of his career, but will need to look ahead to his second fight with the UFC.

Up next for Santos could be fellow Brazilian Ildemar Alcantara, who also had his hand raised on Saturday by defeating Leandro Silva by unanimous decision.

Santos showed his jiu-jitsu skills on Saturday, but Alcantara should give him a tough challenge, provided Santos does not elect to drop to lightweight.

Thiago Silva vs. Jimi Manuwa

Thiago Silva earned the biggest win of his career on Saturday that potentially saved his job, knocking out former Strikeforce champion Rafael Cavalcante in the first round.

If all goes well in terms of the post-fight inspections, Silva will continue working his way back into the mix at 205 pounds.

But Silva isn’t a contender just yet. Yes, a win over “Fejiao” is huge, but Silva hasn’t officially earned a win since 2009. He’ll need continue winning fights to be considered the fighter he once was.

Up next for Silva should be another difficult test. That test could be dangerous striker Jimi Manuwa, who is undefeated at 13-0 with 12 of those wins coming by knockout.

Manuwa has looked outstanding since signing with the UFC, earning TKO wins over Kyle Kingsbury and Cyrille Diabate. “Poster Boy” deserves another step up in competition, and Silva can offer that.

If Silva comes out on top, it will be another huge win that could find him matched up with a contender.

Erick Silva vs. Mike Pyle

Once considered the next top contender in the welterweight division, Erick Silva bounced back after a loss to Jon Fitch to defeat Jason High by submission in the opening round.

Silva took home Submission of the Night honors on a night where a new record was set for most submissions in one event, but more importantly, Silva is back to his winning ways.

But a win over High isn’t going to immediately put the 28-year-old right in the mix. Silva will need at least one more win to land back in the heart of the division.

A match-up that makes a lot of sense for Silva is Mike Pyle, who has quietly won his last four fights.

Pyle would bring a style very difficult for Silva to counter, but that is what Silva needs to help him grow as a fighter. If Silva beats Pyle, that will solidify his case of being back in the mix.

Daniel Sarafian vs. Caio Magalhaes

Two Brazilian middleweights were victorious on Saturday, and could end up facing off with one another in the near future.

Submission specialist Daniel Sarafian notched his eighth submission win of his career by forcing Eddie Mendez to tap out, giving him a bounce back win since losing to CB Dollaway by split decision.

In the undercard, Caio Magalhaes came back after being controlled in the first round to submit Karlos Vemola via rear-naked choke, giving him his first UFC win.

Considering both Sarafian and Magalhaes bounced back with wins on Saturday, it makes perfect sense to match them up.

Rony “Jason” Bezerra vs. Felipe Arantes

Featherweights were on full display at UFC on Fuel TV 10, as Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 1 winner Rony “Jason” Bezerra and Felipe Arantes picked up wins.

On the main card, “Jason” improved his UFC record to 3-0 by using a triangle choke to submit Mike Wilkinson in the first round.

Arantes impressed on the prelim portion of the card, earning a TKO over Godofredo “Pepey” Castro to give him his second Octagon win.

Both 145-pound fighters have promising careers ahead of them, and one more win for either fighter could allow them to make an added statement of being the next Brazilian force.

Raphael Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw

In terms of title contention, the most important fight of the night came in the prelims as Raphael Assuncao took on Vaughan Lee.

Assuncao, who is ranked sixth in the bantamweight division, earned his fourth straight win since moving down to 135 pounds.

But in terms of Assuncao earning a title shot, he’ll need at least one, maybe two, more wins to be considered the top contender. When looking at his record, the only win over a top-15 opponent was his win over Mike Easton in December, so the brakes need to be on Assuncao as far as title shot worthy.

There aren’t a ton of options for Assuncao in the division, but one that makes sense is a fight with No. 10-ranked T.J. Dillashaw.

A member of the Team Alpha Male camp, Dillashaw has also won his last four bouts. Dillashaw hasn’t faced a true threat in that stretch since losing to John Dodson, but against Assuncao, he will indeed get a challenge.

Photo: Fabricio Werdum (center) celebrates (Marcio Valle/Primeiro Round)

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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.