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 27: Condit vs. Kampmann 2, which took place on Aug. 28 from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia-Jake Shields winner

In the main event on Wednesday, Carlos Condit avenged his loss to Martin Kampmann by finishing him via TKO in round four. Condit got off to a slow start in the fight, but as it progressed, his striking looked fantastic and led him to a victory. This was a crucial win for “The Natural Born Killer,” as a loss would have put three consecutive defeats on his record.

Now that Condit remains in the title discussion, who should he fight next before a possible rematch opportunity against Georges St-Pierre or Johny Hendricks?

Fighting the winner of Demian Maia and Jake Shields, who square off in October, makes the most sense for Condit. Maia has been on a roll since moving down to 170 pounds and is without a doubt a threat to anyone in the division. Shields isn’t ranked in the top 10, due partially to a lackluster win over Tyron Woodley that didn’t help his stock, but he is a former title challenger in the UFC.

Clearly, Condit vs. Maia would be perfect, considering that they are in the top five, but Shields has to be thrown in there as a wild card. We’ll see how their fight goes before going all in.

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Josh Thomson

Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos picked up the fifth, and most important, win of his career when he defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone by unanimous decision in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 27. He has put himself in a great position in the lightweight division. Dos Anjos was previously ranked 10th at 155 pounds, but should move up to about the No. 6 spot. Dos Anjos has been the overlooked guy in the division, but that will change now that he knocked off Cerrone.

When looking at the rankings, the only fighters who are coming off a win (other than the champion Benson Henderson and top contender Anthony Pettis) are T.J. Grant and Josh Thomson. Pat Healy is worth mentioning too, but his win over Jim Miller was changed to a no-contest for a failed drug test. Grant is recovering from an injury, and it is unclear when he will return. That leaves Thomson.

Thomson defeated Nate Diaz by TKO in April to put his name in the mix, and he matches up well with dos Anjos. Both are solid fighters wherever the fight goes, so in terms of styles and common sense, this is what should happen next for these two lightweights.

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Court McGee

Two welterweights who are adjusting to the new weight class added wins on Wednesday’s main card. The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum made a statement with a first-round TKO over Brian Melancon. The 21-year-old is now 2-0 in the UFC, and is still learning. Meanwhile, another Ultimate Fighter winner, Court McGee from season 11, edged out TUF alum Robert Whittaker by split decision to improve to 2-0 at welterweight.

Considering both are similar in terms of how they’ve performed lately, along with the timing involved, Gastelum and McGee should be matched up. Yes, Gastelum is much younger than McGee, but with his performance against Melancon, he has proven he can take a step up in competition.

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Yves Jabouin

Don’t look now, but Takeya Mizugaki has turned his career around with three straight wins. All of those fights may have been closely contested, but the Japanese fighter has found a way to get his hand raised as of late. Are the victories over top guys? No, but Mizugaki’s performance over Erik Perez was impressive.

A possible upcoming opponent for Mizugaki is Yves Jabouin. With the exception of a knockout loss to Brad Pickett last year, Jabouin’s career has been very similar to that of Mizugaki. Both fought in the WEC, both are known to have close fights, and both are coming off split decision wins that could have gone the other direction.

Look out for one of these bantamweights as a possible dark horse in the division.

Brad Tavares vs. Ronny Markes-Yoel Romero winner

It may have been a bit of an uneventful fight, but Brad Tavares gladly took a win by outpointing Robert McDaniel on Wednesday.

Tavares is one of many middleweights who are rising quickly, but his stock won’t go up drastically at this point. However, it is difficult to argue against a 6-1 record in the UFC.

Tavares should fight the winner of a November match-up between Ronny Markes and Yoel Romero. Markes hasn’t lost since 2010 and is 3-0 inside the Octagon. Romero has shown his power in just one UFC fight by knocking out Clifford Starks in the first round.

Regardless of who Tavares fights next, the Hawaiian needs to prove he has what it takes to step up against mid-level names before stepping up to the top dogs. A fight between him and Markes or Romero will give Tavares another chance to do so.

Photo: Carlos Condit (L) throws a head kick (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.