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 31: Fight for the Troops 3, which took place on Nov. 6 from Fort Campbell, Ky.

Tim Kennedy vs. Francis Carmont

For troops in attendance Wednesday, things couldn’t have ended any better. Army Staff Sergeant Tim Kennedy put on a show in front of his brothers and sisters in uniform by knocking out Brazilian Rafael Natal in the first round.

This was Kennedy’s first knockout victory since way back in 2007, and it came at a perfect time as chants of “U-S-A” rang through the facility. With the win, Kennedy will get an opportunity to face an opponent that could allow him to make a significant jump in the middleweight ranks.

The fight that makes the most sense for the 34-year-old is a match-up with Francis “Limitless” Carmont. Carmont is on an 11-fight winning streak dating back to 2008 and moved himself into the top 15 of the division after defeating Costa Philippou at UFC 165.

One more win from either Kennedy or Carmont will see their stock increase, so this fight is perfect in that sense.

Alexis Davis vs. Sara McMann

In the co-main event of the evening, Alexis Davis defeated fan-favorite Liz Carmouche by unanimous decision to add a second UFC win to her record.

“Ally-Gator” has now won four fights in a row and is one of the leading candidates to receive the next women’s bantamweight title shot once champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate settle their feud.

However, Davis will likely need one more victory before a title shot is put in her hands. Therefore, the Canadian should face undefeated Sara McMann next to determine who is gets the opportunity to challenge Rousey.

McMann impressed in her UFC debut in April by earning a TKO victory over Sheila Gaff, but injuries have sidelined her since. If she is cleared to compete by the time 2014 rolls around, a fight between McMann and Davis makes a lot of sense.

With the exception of the injured Cat Zingano and current title challenger Tate, McMann and Davis are the top names in the division. Female fight fans have been waiting quite some time to see this match-up, and it could come to fruition before too long.

Yoel Romero vs. Lorenz Larkin

Former Strikeforce competitors Yoel Romero and Lorenz Larkin, both fighting in the middleweight division, were victorious on Wednesday. Romero scored a knockout over Brazilian Ronny Markes on the main card, and Larkin topped Chris Camozzi by unanimous decision on the Facebook prelims.

This was the first UFC win for Larkin, whereas Romero now has two. Regardless, this fight is the next logical step in the progression of these two men, due to timing as well as the their styles. There are a combined 14 knockout wins on the resumes of these two 185-pound fighters, so this potential match-up has the ingredients to become a slugfest.

Rustam Khabilov vs. Michael Johnson-Gleison Tibau winner

Rustam Khabilov, one of the top Russian fighters in the UFC, impressed once again inside the Octagon when he defeated veteran Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision. Not only did Khabilov earn “Fight of the Night” honors, but he also won the biggest fight of his career against a significant name. This will allow Khabilov to continue moving in the right direction.

A possible opponent for “Tiger” could be the winner of the UFC 168 bout between Michael Johnson and Gleison Tibau. Both men are coming off upset victories, with Johnson defeating Joe Lauzon and Tibau edging out Jamie Varner.

With the quick success Khabilov has already found with the promotion, he could jump right in and fight the victor.

Michael Chiesa vs. Yancy Medeiros

To open up the main card, two Ultimate Fighter winners faced off, with Michael Chiesa battling Colton Smith. Chiesa earned his eighth submission victory by executing a throw that led to a rear-naked choke in the second round. “Maverick” is now 3-1 in the UFC.

Up next for Chiesa could be Yancy Medeiros, a lightweight who fought on the same card. Medeiros was very impressive on Wednesday in knocking out an always tough Yves Edwards in the first round. Even though that was his first UFC win, Medeiros could step in against Chiesa and provide a challenge.

Photo: Tim Kennedy (Dave Mandel/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.