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 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson, which took place on Sept. 21 from Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira

Move over Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. Your Ultimate Fighter Finale bout in 2005 has been topped as the greatest light heavyweight fight in UFC history.

In the main event of UFC 165, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson put on a five-round war with the light heavyweight title up for grabs. Gustafsson proved to be a true threat for “Bones” and arguably defeated the champion according to fans scoring at home. However, the judges sitting cageside awarded the champion a unanimous decision win that allowed him to retain his crown.

This was the first time Jones has been truly in jeopardy of losing his title. Considering the fight was spectacular, fans across the globe are calling for a rematch, but should Gustafsson get another chance?

I would absolutely love to see these two warriors fight one another again, but not immediately following Saturday’s fight. If Gustafsson had defeated Jones, then yes, a rematch would be a given. But since Jones retained, he should move on to fight another challenger while Gustafsson remains in the mix at 205 pounds.

Another light heavyweight has already been promised a title shot. That man is Glover Teixeira. While we all watched in awe of the fight that occurred, Teixeira sat cageside. If Jones would have won in dominant fashion, it’s likely Teixeira would have entered the cage. But since the fight ended with controversy, fans soon forgot about the No. 1 contender.

Let’s not forget, Teixeira hasn’t lost since 2005 and has earned 20 wins in a row. The Brazilian has certainly earned his right to fight for the belt, so let him have his chance.

Gustafsson gave Jones a difficult match-up, but you can make a case for Teixeira being an even more dangerous opponent for Jones, considering the power Teixeira has in his hands. It may not sell quite as much as a Jones-Gustafsson rematch, but the right thing for the UFC to do is to give the title shot to Teixeira.

Renan Barao vs. Dominick Cruz

The co-main event of the evening featured interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao defending his belt against top contender Eddie Wineland. After an evenly contested opening round, Barao came back strong in the second frame to TKO Wineland with a rare spinning back kick that led to ground-and-pound.

Since winning the interim belt in 2012, the Brazilian has successfully defended it twice. Now it’s time to unify the title, hopefully.

It seems as if Barao is the true bantamweight champion, but it is in fact Dominick Cruz, who hasn’t fought since 2011, that holds the belt. 2011! With Cruz sidelined, the UFC was forced to allow Barao to continue defending the interim title, but Cruz is expected to return in early 2014, and if he is able to, he will finally fight Barao.

If Cruz is unable to return, the UFC will likely strip the champion of the belt and name Barao the official champion. As far as the next contender, if there is no Cruz-Barao match-up, it should be the winner of Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald, who are scheduled to meet at UFC on Fox 9 in December, that meets Barao for the title.

Brendan Schaub vs. Shawn Jordan

In a heavyweight clash, Brendan Schaub submitted Matt Mitrione with a d’arce choke in the first round.

After suffering back-to-back losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell, Schaub has now won his last two fights inside the Octagon to get him in the mix.

In the post-fight press conference on Saturday, UFC President Dana White hinted at Schaub being put in another fight very soon. Nothing has been reported at this point, so we can’t assume what the fight will be for Schaub. Since we are not privy to what White may have in store for Schaub, we’ll match him with Shawn Jordan for now.

Jordan is set to fight Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 166 next month. If Jordan wins, it would make sense for him to fight Schaub. A win for “The Savage” would give him three wins in a row, so both would stand in a similar position in the rankings.

Francis Carmont vs. Yushin Okami

It may not have been pretty, but Francis Carmont defeated Costa Philippou by unanimous decision on Saturday.

Carmont is now on an 11-fight winning streak, with six of those wins coming in the UFC. Even though his stock didn’t rise a ton following a rather lackluster fight, his name can’t be ignored in the middleweight division.

A possible next fight for Carmont could come against former title challenger Yushin Okami.

Although Okami is currently ranked sixth in the division, he is coming off a loss. He’ll now be looking to bounce back, and a fight with Carmont will give him a chance to do so.

For Carmont, this is a big opportunity to make a statement. If he is able to put together an impressive performance against someone like Okami, it could put him in title contention. The key words here are “impressive performance.” He’ll need it to gain the interest of UFC matchmakers.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Rafael dos Anjos

The most impressive performance at UFC 165 came from undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov. To kick off the main card, Nurmagomedov put on a dominant display over Pat Healy to earn a unanimous decision and improve his record to 21-0.

The 25-year-old asked for a title shot following his win, and while that isn’t going to happen next for him, it’s very possible he could fight for the title in 2014. He proved on Saturday he is a legitimate threat in the lightweight division.

Up next for the rising challenger should be another tough test against Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos. When looking at the rankings, a fight with dos Anjos makes the most sense for Nurmagomedov. Dos Anjos is currently on a five-fight winning streak, including a victory over Donald Cerrone in his last bout to solidify his spot in the top 10.

Nurmagomedov knocked off a guy who was in the top 10, so there’s no reason for him to take a step backward. He deserves someone the caliber of dos Anjos.

Photo: Jon Jones (R) lands a head kick (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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