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 Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen, which took place on Aug. 17 from the TD Garden in Boston.

Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva

In the first-ever Fox Sports 1 headliner, Chael Sonnen bounced back from two consecutive title defeats to submit Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the first round.

The fight was Sonnen’s second bout in a row at 205 pounds, but he is expected to move down to his normal weight class of 185 pounds for his next fight.

After the win, “The American Gangster” called out his nemesis, Wanderlei Silva, which sparked other Brazilians such as Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida to call out Sonnen on Twitter. Sonnen will always draw a crowd of potential opponents, but at this point a match-up with “The Axe Murderer” makes the most sense.

Even though Sonnen earned arguably the biggest win of his career on Saturday, he hasn’t won a fight at middleweight since January 2012. Sonnen may be ranked in the division, but he isn’t back to being a top contender. This is why he should fight Silva, who is also on the outside looking in.

Considering the amount of hype this fight is already receiving, it’s very likely the UFC will make it happen.

Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum

In the co-main event, Travis Browne earned the biggest win of his career by knocking out Alistair Overeem in the first round. After taking brutal shots in the opening minutes of the frame, Browne came back to land a front kick to the face of Overeem and finished him off with hammerfists.

Browne was already a top-10 heavyweight coming into this fight, and he made a great enough statement to where he is on the verge of the top five.

A possible fight for Browne could come against Fabricio Werdum, who is currently ranked behind Junior dos Santos as a potential No. 1 contender. Werdum could wait his turn for a shot at the champion, but if he decides to fight one more time, Browne is available.

This would be another big heavyweight fight. It would be a crucial one for both men, and one where a win could place either man next in line for a title bid in a slim heavyweight division.

Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald

Two top bantamweights looked very impressive in their wins on Saturday. “The California Kid” Urijah Faber added another non-title win to his resume as he avoided an early scare to defeat Yuri Alcantara by unanimous decision. In the featured prelim bout of the evening, Michael McDonald and Brad Pickett earned “Fight of the Night” honors, with McDonald submitting the Brit with a triangle choke in the second round.

It is a no-brainer to match these two victors up. Both are exciting, very popular and stand as the two top contenders in the division. Also, Faber and McDonald never fail to put on an exciting fight, so this would be one very fun fight to watch.

The winner of this fight could receive another title shot very soon, and if they continue to impress, they could give champion Renan Barao a real test.

Matt Brown vs. Tarec Saffiedine

Even though he continues to go overlooked in the welterweight division, Matt Brown earned his sixth win in a row in Boston. Brown needed only 29 seconds to knock out Mike Pyle. In the process, Brown earned a “Knockout of the Night” bonus.

Without a doubt, Brown deserves a top-10 opponent for his next fight. Why not match him up with the former Strikeforce champion, Tarec Saffiedine?

Saffiedine was expected to face Robbie Lawler at UFC on Fox 8, but was forced out due to injury. As long as the healing process goes well, Saffiedine should be healthy in time to face a surging Brown.

Brown has his eyes on champion Georges St-Pierre, but must first focus on other top-10 fighters to reach the top, where he feels he belongs.

Michael Johnson vs. Bobby Green

The biggest upset of the night was without a doubt Michael Johnson’s dominant decision victory over hometown hero Joe Lauzon.

Johnson outmatched the grappler on the feet, rocking him on several occasions to earn the biggest win of his career. He avoided losing three in a row and will now look to build upon his victory.

Although Johnson was impressive, he’s far from being a top lightweight. Instead of eying another top opponent, he should prepare for a possible fight against Bobby Green.

Green has been on a roll dating back to his second fight with Strikeforce, winning his last five bouts. After defeating Jacob Volkmann in his UFC debut, Green was sidelined due to an injury, but he should be back in time for the timing to fit with Johnson.

Green may not have the grappling tools of Lauzon, but he is more well-rounded than what Johnson faced on Saturday. It’s a good match-up and a key fight for two up-and-coming lightweights.

Photo: Chael Sonnen walks away from submitting Shogun Rua (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.