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 29: Maia vs. Shields, which took place on Oct. 9 from the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil.

Jake Shields vs. Hector Lombard-Nate Marquardt winner

In the main event of UFC Fight Night 29, Jake Shields spoiled the homecoming for Demian Maia by edging out the Brazilian by split decision.

Maia was considered one of the favorites at welterweight to be called upon next for a title shot, but he will now see his stock fall a bit. The win is huge for former championship challenger Shields, who is 3-0 with one no-contest since back-to-back losses in 2011.

Even though Shields hasn’t officially finished an opponent since 2009, you can’t deny the streak he is on that has now turned his career back around as a mainstay in the division. Shields should next square off with the winner of the bout between Hector Lombard and Nate Marquardt, which is set for next week at UFC 166 in Houston.

Lombard and Marquardt have had their ups and downs as of late, and both are in search of crucial wins. One will be left standing with a win that puts him in a similar position as Shields.

Dong Hyun Kim vs. Josh Koscheck-Tyron Woodley winner

The most impressive performance of the evening had to belong to Dong Hyun Kim, who put away the highly touted Erick Silva in the second round.

Kim has quietly won three fights in a row since the rib injury he suffered against Demian Maia back at UFC 148. He displayed his power by earning his first stoppage since his UFC debut in 2008.

At just 31-years-old, Kim still has another chance to make a run toward the upper echelon of the division. It makes a lot of sense for “Stun Gun” to challenge the winner of a UFC 167 match-up between Josh Koscheck and Tyron Woodley.

Kim’s recent win puts him in the top 15 of the welterweight division in my eyes. That’s about the same position as where, with a win, either Koscheck and Woodley will be slotted following their bout. So in terms of rankings, it sounds about right.

Thiago Silva vs. Ryan Jimmo-Jimi Manuwa winner

After an impressive display over Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in his last fight, Thiago Silva returned to the cage to take on veteran Matt Hamill. Silva came in overweight and had to forfeit a portion of his purse to Hamill, but the Brazilian came out on the winning end of the fight via unanimous decision.

Silva may be the most inconsistent UFC fighter on the roster, both in and out of the cage. After another mishap in missing weight, it will be interesting to see how his post-fight inspection goes. If all goes well, we will see him in the cage again, just hopefully in better shape.

Silva should take on the winner of Ryan Jimmo and Jimi Manuwa, who fight on Oct. 26 at UFC Fight Night 30.

I’ve been campaigning for a Silva-Manuwa bout for a while now, due to their styles. Both are feared strikers, and if Silva comes in at the top of his game, he will give the undefeated Manuwa a challenge. It would be fireworks if both men came in primed for battle.

You also can’t rule out Jimmo, though. The Canadian earned an ugly win in his last fight and will need to show bounce back with a solid performance to draw interest.

Either man would prove a worthy adversary for Silva.

Fabio Maldonado vs. Ovince St. Preux

Fans expected a slugfest between Fabio Maldonado and Joey Beltran, but were left with a lackluster fight where Maldonado pulled out the victory.

The Brazilian boxer has now won two fights in a row since dropping three straight, but his stock doesn’t rise a ton after a narrow split decision that could have easily gone the other direction. Regardless, a win is a win, and Maldonado should now challenge former Strikeforce fighter Ovince St. Preux.

St. Preux has won three fights in a row , with his most recent victory coming over Cody Donovan in August. It was “OSP’s” seventh knockout win. If paired with Maldonado, he’ll have a chance to add another to that list against a striker who doesn’t like to go to the mat and even dares opponents to hit him on the chin.

Raphael Assuncao vs. Eddie Wineland

In a crucial bout in the bantamweight division, Raphael Assuncao opened up the main card by edging out T.J. Dillashaw on the scorecards to earn a split decision.

The win ended a four-fight streak by Team Alpha Male’s Dillashaw. But more importantly for Assuncao, it gives him five victories in a row to move him one step closer to a title shot.

The only knock on Assuncao is the quality of competition he has faced. Sure, guys like Dillashaw and Mike Easton are talented, promising fighters, but Assuncao has not faced the top guys in the division. For this reason, he needs to fight someone like Eddie Wineland before a title shot comes into the discussion.

Wineland is coming off a recent title defeat at the hands of interim champion Renan Barao. It’s unknown when Wineland will be ready to return to the cage following the devastating TKO loss, which is a concern.

So, if Wineland isn’t ready, Assuncao vs. Brad Pickett is plan B. Pickett is always in the mix at 135 pounds and can give Assuncao a launching pad, assuming Assuncao can defeat the Brit.

Barao and true champion Dominick Cruz are hopefully going to meet in 2014 to unify the belts. Unfortunately for Assuncao, he will have to stand in line behind Urijah Faber or Michael McDonald, one of which will be next in line for a title shot.

Photo: Jake Shields (Fernando Mucci/Olhar do fa no MMA)

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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.