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 161: Evans vs. Henderson, which took place on June 15 from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Rashad Evans vs. Gegard Mousasi

In the main event of UFC 161, Rashad Evans edged out Dan Henderson by unanimous decision to bounce back after a loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. With the poor performance behind him and now a much-needed win, Evans will put himself right back in the mix in the light heavyweight division.

A potential fight for “Suga” in his next bout could be against Gegard Mousasi. Many fans have suggested Glover Teixeira to fight Evans, but my gut says it won’t happen.

There are question marks with Mousasi, however. “The Dream Catcher” has talked about moving down to 185 pounds, which is possible. But if Mousasi decides to stay at 205, Evans makes perfect sense for him.

Both Evans and Mousasi are on the verge of making a run toward the top five of the division, so this match-up is perfect in terms of the rankings.

Stipe Miocic vs. Mark Hunt

One of the most impressive performances of the evening was Stipe Miocic upsetting Roy Nelson in the co-main event. Miocic’s striking was near perfect, and battered Nelson for three rounds to earn the biggest win of his career.

While his stock fell after losing to Stefan Struve in September, Miocic still carries an impressive UFC record of 4-1. Miocic considers himself a top-10 heavyweight and is on the verge of solidifying his case.

In his next fight, he should be given a top-10 guy to help establish himself as a true contender in the making. A match-up for Miocic that is intriguing is a fight with Mark Hunt.

Yes, Hunt is coming off a loss, but is still considered a top-10 fighter in the division. A win over a tough veteran striker like Hunt would without a doubt put Miocic in the top 10.

Stylistically, Miocic vs. Hunt would be a great battle that would be exciting for the fans. Combine Miocic’s striking performance on Saturday with Hunt’s kickboxing background and you have a fight that is guaranteed fireworks.

Ryan Jimmo vs. Fabio Maldonado

Former MFC light heavyweight champion Ryan Jimmo earned his second UFC win, defeating Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision. It was a lackluster performance by Jimmo to say the least, but a win is a win for “Big Deal” to save himself from dropping back-to-back fights.

Considering Jimmo didn’t deliver a great showing, the UFC won’t be giving him a top-15 opponent for his next bout. A match-up with Brazilian Fabio Maldonado seems fit for Jimmo.

Similar to Jimmo, Maldonado picked up a key win in his last fight, defeating Roger Hollet by unanimous decision last month.

It may not be a stellar fight fans suitable for a main card slot, but is a big fight for both men if they want a chance to be considered a contender in the future.

Alexis Davis vs. Liz Carmouche-Jessica Andrade winner

Alexis Davis and Rosi Sexton squared off on the main card, with the Canadian Davis pulling off the win by unanimous decision. Davis has now won three in a row, and is one name that will be in the mix for the UFC’s women’s 135-pound division.

Two other women who want to add their name to that list are Liz Carmouche and Jessica Andrade, who are set to fight on July 27 at UFC on Fox 8.

Carmouche is coming a title loss to Ronda Rousey, while Andrade will be making her UFC debut. The winner will put herself in contention, in the same spot Davis is now in.

Shawn Jordan vs. Todd Duffee

In heavyweight action, Shawn Jordan finished Pat Barry in 59 seconds to improve his UFC record to 3-1. Jordan has looked impressive in his last two fights, but has yet to be make the plunge to be considered a top-15 heavyweight.

Up next for the former LSU fullback should be a fight with Todd Duffee.

Duffee has also won his last two fights, with his most recent one coming in his UFC return over Phil De Fries. Another similarity between Jordan and Duffee is the fact both are strikers with knockout power.

Much like the Miocic-Hunt match-up, this fight would more than likely deliver a finish.

Jake Shields vs. Matt Brown-Thiago Alves winner

In the featured prelim bout, former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields defeated Tyron Woodley by split decision.

Shields and Woodley didn’t exactly put on an exciting fight to make fans want to purchase the pay-per-view, but Shields added a win to help him remain relevant in the 170-pound division. But Shields isn’t a top-10 welterweight, which leads to a match-up between Matt Brown or Thiago Alves.

Brown and Alves are expected to fight at UFC’s debut on Fox Sports 1 in August, where the winner will be inches closer to the top of the division.

Shields could step in and face the winner, with a win putting himself closer, if not in the top 10.

James Krause vs. Myles Jury-Mike Ricci winner

After overcoming some bumps in the road, James Krause finally made his Octagon debut on Saturday.

Krause put on an impressive performance against Sam Stout, submitting the Canadian in the final seconds of the fight to increase his winning streak to eight.

It will be interesting to see who the UFC gives him next, but a possible decision could be to face the winner of Myles Jury and Mike Ricci, who meet at UFC 165.

All three lightweights—Krause, Jury and Ricci—have shown they have potential to do big things in the UFC, as all three are young, talented all-around fighters. Once the winner of Jury-Ricci is declared, Krause would pose a challenge to either fighter and look to deliver another solid performance.

Photo: Rashad Evans (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.