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 162: Silva vs. Weidman, which took place on July 6 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva 2

On July 6, history was made inside the Octagon.

Fans around the world had their jaws dropped in the main event of UFC 162 when Chris Weidman earned a second-round TKO over the former middleweight champion, Anderson Silva. Silva toyed with the challenger the entire duration, but at the 1:18 mark of round two, Weidman decided play time was over. He dropped Silva with a left hand and finished with ground-and-pound.

This changes everything in terms of the UFC landscape. Silva had superfight opportunities ahead of him if he would have retained the title, but those talks will go to rest for now. There is only one logical choice as to what’s next for both men: Rematch.

UFC President Dana White stated before the event that if Silva loses, he would be given a rematch. “The Spider” doesn’t seem interested in another fight with Weidman at this point, but after taking some time off to be with his family, he will eventually come around to the idea once White discusses it with him.

Last week, I wrote about how a Weidman victory would be a huge win for the UFC. Now that is happened, we can now look ahead to how huge this rematch would be.

From a fan perspective, it will be one of the most anticipated rematches in UFC history. We all know Silva will not perform like he did on Saturday the second time around. It will be interesting to see how Silva responds after suffering the first defeat in his UFC career.

In terms of revenue, Weidman vs. Silva 2 will without a doubt sell around a million pay-per-views. Add on the ticket sales, plus the worldwide attention it will receive, and the UFC will make a killing off of it. If the promotion wants to, it can push the rematch back to Super Bowl weekend, depending on how long Silva wants to take off.

Imagine that.

Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson

Two top-10 featherweights picked up crucial wins on Saturday, with Frankie Edgar edging out Charles Oliveira by unanimous decision and Cub Swanson defeating Dennis Siver by third-round TKO.

Edgar, the former lightweight champion, and Swanson, winner of five straight, are certainly in the discussion for a future title shot. However, with the featherweight division being as stacked as it is, both men will need at least one more win to be considered the No. 1 contender.

Look at how the division shapes up. Chan-Sung Jung will get an opportunity to face champion Jose Aldo at UFC 163 in August. As far as contenders, there is a long list of names. Ricardo Lamas has won four in a row, Chad Mendes has bounced back to win his last three since losing to Aldo, and there is still Anthony Pettis, whose future is uncertain at this point. It’s clear Edgar and Swanson have some waiting to do.

As far as timing, it is clearly perfect to match up Edgar and Swanson. Elsewhere, expect Lamas vs. Mendes to be made in the future as well. Lamas has already defeated Swanson (in 2011), so there’s no reason to match the two of them up again.

Styles make fights, and Edgar vs. Swanson would be a clash of two of the fastest featherweights in the division. This would be a very even match-up with neither fighter holding a clear advantage.

No matter what happens, the UFC’s featherweight division will continue to produce great fights as the year goes along.

Tim Kennedy vs. Costa Philippou

Two Strikeforce imports made their UFC debuts on Saturday, with Tim Kennedy earning a decision win over Roger Gracie.

Kennedy, who was a title contender in Strikeforce, has now put himself in the UFC middleweight mix after going 4-1 since 2011.

There are several men who could face Kennedy in his next fight, but the fighter who makes the most sense is Costa Philippou.

Philippou is currently on a five-fight winning streak since losing his UFC debut in 2011. The 33-year-old is coming off a TKO win over Tim Boetsch, which was impressive, but has yet to make a statement to say he is a true contender.

This match-up will be an opportunity to move one step closer to the top, and it will be a solid test for both middleweights.

Mark Munoz vs. Michael Bisping

“The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Mark Munoz returned to his winning ways following a devastating loss to Chris Weidman in his last bout. At UFC 162, Munoz defeated Tim Boetsch by unanimous decision.

It was a must-win fight for Munoz, and now with a victory, Munoz remains in the middleweight title picture.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget this, but Munoz has competed in the UFC since 2009 with 11 total fights. After compiling a 8-3 mark in that span, you can’t rule out the 35-year-old as future No. 1 contender, especially if he continues to impress as he did on Saturday.

It never fails that we see Michael Bisping in a Fight Destiny piece—it seems everyone wants to fight him—but Munoz vs. Bisping makes a lot of sense.

Both men have bounced back with wins in their last outings, as Bisping defeated Alan Belcher in April. Considering Munoz and Bisping are veterans of the UFC and have been around the block many years, it’s time to match them up to help build their stock towards a title shot.

Photo: Chris Weidman (above) poses with the American flag after winning the middleweight title (Esther Lin/MMAFighting)

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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.