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 28: Teixeira vs. Bader, which took place on Sept. 4 from the Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Glover Teixeira vs. Jon Jones/Alexander Gustafsson winner

In the main event of UFC Fight Night 28, Glover Teixeira defeated Ryan Bader by TKO in the first round to improve his UFC record to 5-0.

The even more impressive stat about the Brazilian is that he has not lost since 2005. Teixeira has won 20 fights in a row and is the clear-cut No. 1 contender in the light heavyweight division.

Many will say he isn’t deserving of the honor, considering he has not defeated a top-10 205-pounder, but when looking at the rankings, there are no other true contenders at this point. Lyoto Machida is coming off a controversial loss to Phil Davis, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s stock has fallen courtesy of a loss to Chael Sonnen, and guys like Rashad Evans are trying to work their way to the top.

Teixeira has looked solid each time he has stepped inside the cage, even if it isn’t up to his standards. It’s his time to fight the winner of Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, who face off at UFC 165 on Sept. 21.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Michael Bisping/Mark Munoz winner

Since losing his middleweight championship to Luke Rockhold in 2011, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza has been on a roll. The Brazilian earned a TKO win over Yushin “Thunder” Okami on Wednesday, giving him five straight victories.

Jacare has proven he is not just a grappler. He displayed the ever-improving power in his hands with his decimation of the always tough Okami.

Has Souza done enough to earn a title shot? Yes, but the division is a little too crowded at the moment to have him face the winner of Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. If Vitor Belfort defeats Dan Henderson on Nov. 9, he’ll be next in line for a long-awaited title shot, forcing Jacare to seek one more win before fighting for the belt.

Up next for Souza should be getting the winner of the fight between Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz, scheduled for Oct. 26. The winner of that bout will be riding a two-fight winning streak. This sets one up to take on Jacare for an opportunity to earn a title bout.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson

Top flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez added another victory on Wednesday, putting away Jussier “Formiga” da Silva in the first round via TKO. Since losing to Demetrious Johnson in their title fight, Benavidez has won three bouts in a row. Without a doubt, he is in line for a rematch against Johnson.

It’s really hard to argue against that. With the division so thin, there are no other flyweights who have earned the right to face “Mighty Mouse.”

Benavidez has looked much-improved now that Duane Ludwig has taken over the reins at Team Alpha Male. Benavidez will test the champion once again. If he is able to pressure Johnson, we could see a new champion crowned by the end of the year.

Piotr Hallmann vs. Alan Patrick/Garett Whiteley winner

In his UFC debut, Polish lightweight Piotr Hallmann defeated Francisco Drinaldo by kimura submission in the second round. The 26-year-old has now won 10 fights in a row dating back to 2011, but to make sure he is legitimately UFC-worthy, he’ll need to prove himself one more time.

A possible match-up for Hallmann could be to meet the winner of the fight between Alan Patrick and Garett Whiteley. Patrick and Whiteley will debut at UFC Fight Night 29 on Oct. 9, where the winner will improve to 1-0 inside the Octagon, same as Hallmann. They may not be recognizable names, but it will interesting to see if they can string together wins in the stacked lightweight division.

Rafael Natal vs. Tom Lawlor

Brazilian middleweight Rafael Natal picked up his third straight win by earning a unanimous decision over Tor Troeng. Natal now stands at 5-2-1 inside the Octagon and will look to take another step up the rankings in his next fight.

Up next for “Sapo” should be a test against “Filthy” Tom Lawlor. Lawlor has been a bit inconsistent, but is coming off a second-round submission victory over Michael Kuiper in his last fight. Both are in the same area in terms of rankings, and they should deliver a good fight if matched up.

Photo: Glover Teixeira (Gleidson Venga/Sherdog)

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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.