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 30: Machida vs. Munoz, which took place on Oct. 26 from the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England.

Lyoto Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi

In the main event of the evening, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida made his debut at 185 pounds. It was a debut that has the middleweight division on watch.

Machida delivered a head kick to Mark Munoz in the opening round with no added punches needed to have his hand raised. Following a controversial decision loss to Phil Davis on Aug. 3, Machida is now back on track to quickly become one of his new division’s top contenders after defeating a guy like Munoz.

Up next for the Brazilian could be a match-up with former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi made his long-awaited UFC debut in April against Ilir Latifi, who stepped in as an injury replacement for Alexander Gustafsson. Even though Mousasi needed three rounds to defeat a UFC newcomer, he is still one of the top fighters in the world. The 28-year-old has been indecisive on which weight class he wants to contend at, but it appears he is leaning toward 185 pounds.

Following Machida’s win, Mousasi took to Twitter to call out the Brazilian. It’s really difficult to argue against his case. Machida vs. Mousasi has all the makings for an interesting fight, and also makes a lot of sense for both men.

Machida has a karate background and likes to keep his distance when inside the cage. But as shown on Saturday, “The Dragon” has the ability to knock out opponents with a variety of strikes. Meanwhile, Mousasi is very well-rounded. Both want a chance to move up in the rankings toward the top, and this fight would give them an opportunity to do so.

Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Silva

Undefeated striker Jimi Manuwa returned to the cage on Saturday to add a 14th win to his unblemished record. Manuwa earned a TKO victory due to an injury to Ryan Jimmo in the second round. In doing so, Manuwa maintained his streak of finishing each opponent he has fought. Without a doubt, Manuwa is one of the most feared fighters in not only the 205-pound division, but all of the UFC.

In a no-brainer decision, Manuwa should fight Thiago Silva next. If you have read past editions of this feature, such as the UFC Fight Night 29 edition of Fight Destiny, you’re aware that I have been throwing this fight possibility out there for some time now. Just think about it. If Silva shows up in good shape, it would be a war.

When Silva first entered the UFC and went on four-fight winning streak of all finishes, he was considered the next big thing. This is very similar to how Manuwa is viewed now. If and when Silva and Manuwa face off, it’s pretty much a guarantee, due to the 25 combined knockout victories between the two, that someone is getting knocked out.

Norman Parke vs. Al Iaquinta

Lightweights Norman Parke and Al Iaquinta notched wins on Saturday. Now, both are seeking their next victim.

The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes winner Parke added a third UFC win to his resume by putting on an impressive display over Jon Tuck to earn a unanimous decision. Meanwhile, Ultimate Fighter Season 15 runner-up Al Iaquinta defeated Piotr Hallmann by unanimous decision to improve his UFC record to 2-1.

With the timing perfect, it clearly makes sense to match up the young lightweights. Both have shown signs of potential inside the cage, and another victory puts one man in position to fight higher-level competition.

Nico Musoke vs. Bradley Scott

Unless you follow European mixed martial arts closely, you probably had no knowledge of Nico Musoke coming into Saturday. However, the newcomer changed that when he impressed in his Octagon debut by submitting veteran Alessio Sakara in the first round via armbar. The win came at middleweight, but Musoke usually competes at welterweight and will likely make the transition back to his proper weight class for his sophomore outing with the UFC.

Another welterweight that had his hand raised was England’s Brad Scott. He also earned a submission win, forcing Michael Kuiper to tap with a guillotine choke.

Both men should be ready to return to fighting around the same time, which makes this match-up a logical choice. It also makes sense in terms of how both men have now captured that first UFC win and will be looking to go 2-0. One will get there, whereas the other will be forced to go back to the drawing board.

John Lineker vs. John Moraga-Darren Uyenoyama winner

Flyweights hit the main card in Manchester, with Brazilian John Lineker improving his UFC mark to 4-1 by knocking out Phil Harris with a body punch.

Lineker has become one of the top fighters in the shallow division, but his weight-cutting problems continue to haunt him. He missed weight for the third time in his UFC career on Friday, which obviously won’t make any UFC executives happy. He’ll need to prove he can cut the additional pounds without trouble on a consistent basis before he is inserted into a title or No. 1 contender fight.

Up next for Lineker, then, should be the winner of a UFC on Fox 9 bout between John Moraga and Darren Uyenoyama. Moraga is a former title challenger trying to get back on track, and Uyenoyama is looking to return to his winning ways following a loss to Joseph Benavidez. Whoever comes out of this fight on top will be back in the mix, in a similar spot as Lineker. For the reason of the outlook of the division, there’s no reason why Lineker shouldn’t fight the victor.

Photo: Lyoto Machida (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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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.