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 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks, which took place on Nov. 16 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks II

Don’t you all love controversy?

To end the UFC’s 20th anniversary show, the main event bout for the welterweight title left fans across the country stunned. However, no matter how you scored the fight at home, all that mattered was the scorecards of the three judges sitting cageside.

In a split decision verdict, Georges St-Pierre had the title placed around his waist for his ninth straight successful title defense, in which he topped Johny Hendricks. But if the decision itself wasn’t talked about enough, it was what GSP said following the fight that made people question what is next for the Canadian.

St-Pierre stated that he needs to step away for a bit to clear his head, but never officially announced that he is retiring. After a talk with UFC President Dana White following the post-fight press conference, it seems as if the issue won’t be drastic enough for “Rush” to hang up the gloves just yet. Even if there are question marks surrounding this situation, we are going to move on under the assumption that GSP will indeed fight again.

The obvious move the UFC will look to make next is an immediate rematch between St-Pierre and Hendricks. White, who was very livid towards the Nevada State Athletic Commission, made it clear that he thought the challenger won the fight. With no true No. 1 contender waiting in the wings, Hendricks should be given another chance once things with St-Pierre are resolved.

Rashad Evans vs. Alexander Gustafsson-Jimi Manuwa winner

The co-main event featured a showdown between veterans Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen.

The former light heavyweight champion, Evans, put on a standout performance by stopping Sonnen in the first round with ground-and-pound. This was Evans’ second straight win, with his first coming in a split decision victory over Dan Henderson.

Up next for “Suga” could be a meeting with the winner of a March fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa. Gustafsson is coming off a narrow title defeat against Jon Jones, and the undefeated Manuwa has proven he is one of the most dangerous guys in the division with his punishing knockout power.

In terms of the standings, Gustafsson vs. Evans makes perfect sense. If Manuwa is able to pull off the upset, he will have done enough to move on to fight Evans with a lot at stake.

Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown-Carlos Condit winner

Veteran Robbie Lawler made another huge statement to the rest of the welterweight division on Saturday. After stopping Josh Koscheck and Bobby Voelker, “Ruthless” edged out Rory MacDonald via split decision to state his claim that he is one of the top contenders to the belt.

Although a title shot may not come just yet, Lawler could have an opportunity to earn his spot if he defeats the winner of Matt Brown vs. Carlos Condit.

The two will meet at UFC on Fox 9 on Dec. 14. A win for Condit would increase his mark to 2-0 since falling to the champion, St-Pierre. Meanwhile, Brown has a chance to continue his hot streak in seeking his seventh straight win.

Tyron Woodley vs. Dong Hyun Kim

In a standoff between new school and old, Tyron Woodley got back on track in a big way. “The Chosen One” earned “Knockout of the Night” honors by stopping Josh Koscheck in the first round and is now in position to make a run in the division after an impressive performance.

Up next for Woodley could be a fight against Dong Hyun Kim. If you recall my UFC Fight Night 29 edition of Fight Destiny, I stated that Kim should fight the winner of Woodley and Koscheck following his win over Erick Silva. Kim’s name seems to be lost in the shuffle at 170 pounds, but “Stun Gun” is on a three-fight winning streak.

This sets up an interesting match-up. Woodley has power in his hands to go along with a collegiate wrestling background, and Kim is one of the most skilled judo fighters in the UFC.

Ali Bagautinov vs. Chris Cariaso

Flyweights kicked off the main card, with Ali Bagautinov earning his second UFC win with a decision nod over Tim Elliott.

The Russian has now won his last 10 bouts dating back to 2011. In a thin flyweight division, he has a chance to make a run towards the top of the ladder very soon.

Up next for Bagautinov should be a match-up with Chris Cariaso. Cariaso likely saved his job at UFC Fight Night 29 by stopping Iliarde Santos in the second round with punches. Now with a second UFC victory under his belt, “Kamikaze” can also look to get on a roll.

Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller

In the prelim headliner, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone returned to his winning ways with a submission victory over Evan Dunham via triangle choke.

It’s unclear whether or not Cerrone will stay at 155 pounds or move down to featherweight, but we’re going to look at what could be next for him if he stays at lightweight.

I like the match-up between Cerrone and Jim Miller, if Miller gets by Fabricio Camoes at UFC 168 on Dec. 28. Miller has pop in his punches and is also very talented on the mat. He is looking to get back into title contention, but so is Cerrone.

Photo: Georges St-Pierre (L) battles Johny Hendricks (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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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.

  • unbeknownst

    Rashad Evans vs. Alexander Gustafsson-Jimi Manuwa winner(?)

    Really? I guess you haven’t heard that Gustafsson fights Jones again if Gustafsson wins. Or you think Teixeira is going to win, and Jones are Teixeira are going to have an immediate rematch. Or you’re favoring Manuwa in that fight and you think Rashad Evans vs. Jimi Manuwa is the real match-up.

    I think the the more then likely next fight for Evans is either against Shogun or Cormier.

    Your Tyron Woodley vs. Dong Hyun Kim is spot on. Both are around the same place in the rankings, and both are coming off KOTN honers.

    NEXT MATCH-UPS I PREFER:

    – Robbie Lawler vs. Hector Lombard
    – Donald Cerrone vs. Gilbert Melendez
    -Thales Leites vs. Francis Carmont
    – Rick Story vs. Adlan Amagov