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 168: Weidman vs. Silva II, which took place on Dec. 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort

UFC 168 will forever be an event we will never forget.

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman successfully defended his belt from the man whom he captured it from in July, Anderson Silva. The main-event bout ended in the second round by TKO due to injury, and at that moment, fans around the world were witness to one of the more disturbing moments in the sport’s history.

Silva threw an inside leg kick with his left leg and was checked by Weidman. The impact instead targeted the shin area just below the knee of the champion, which caused Silva’s leg to completely snap. Silva fell to his back in serious pain. He was carted out of the Octagon while screaming from the pain. That night, Silva underwent successful surgery that will leave him with a recovery period of four to six months.

Unfortunately for Weidman, the talk on the internet was focused on Silva. But despite the fight ending the way it did, Weidman dominated Silva in the first round and has without a doubt proved he is for real. Now 11-0, the “All-American” will move on to defend his belt against a new name.

No matter who would have won on Saturday, Vitor Belfort would have been next in line. “The Phenom” had an incredible year with three wins all coming by spectacular knockouts featuring head kicks. If you are still upset over the fact Silva is out indefinitely, the thought of Weidman vs. Belfort should raise your spirits.

Even without Silva, the middleweight division has suddenly become an intriguing one. While Belfort looks to take out Weidman, Lyoto Machida prepares to lock horns with Gegard Mousasi in February, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza will fight Francis Carmont on the same card, and there are guys such as Michael Bisping, Mark Munoz and Tim Kennedy lurking.

So even with no “Spider,” the 185-pound division looks promising in 2014.

Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann

For the first time in her career, Ronda Rousey went beyond the first round. However, even though Miesha Tate avoided the champion’s submission attempts through the opening two rounds, Rousey wasn’t going to let the fight go the distance, as she locked up an armbar in the third to force a tap.

After the fight, the promotion revealed that it had already prepared another fight for Rousey on Feb. 22 at UFC 170. UFC President Dana White announced during the post-fight press conference that Rousey will face Sara McMann in the main event in Las Vegas.

Well, that makes my job easy. Rousey will face McMann, who is just 1-0 in the UFC, while Cat Zingano will fight the winner once she recovers from knee surgery.

Personally, I think it should be Alexis Davis getting the title shot after going 2-0 inside the Octagon, but it seems the UFC’s plan is to put two former Olympians in the main event while the 2014 Winter Olympics are taking place. That is actually a smart marketing move.

Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum

Six minutes and 19 seconds. This is how long it has taken Travis Browne to rack up three knockout wins inside the Octagon.

On Saturday, Browne used brutal elbow shots to the head of Josh Barnett to put himself one win away from a title shot against Cain Velasquez. There is only one man who stands in the way: Fabricio Werdum.

It was expected coming into UFC 168 that the winner of Browne vs. Barnett would face Werdum, and White confirmed following the event that “Hapa” would draw Werdum next.

Werdum was expected to be next in line to fight Velasquez for the belt, but with the champion sidelined following surgery, the Brazilian will need to fight again before Velasquez returns.

Jim Miller vs. Michael Johnson

Just when you think Jim Miller is out of the mix, the 30-year-old never fails to come back to deliver an impressive performance. At UFC 168, Miller bounced back following a no-contest fight against Pat Healy to submit Fabricio Camoes with an armbar in the first round.

Up next for Miller should be a showdown with Michael Johnson.

Johnson has turned his career around with back-to-back impressive wins over veterans Joe Lauzon and Gleison Tibau. Johnson knocked out the Brazilian in the second round on the preliminary portion of the UFC 168 card.

Miller needs to keep winning to become a true contender again, and this would be another huge opportunity for Johnson to solidify his case as a fighter to keep an eye on as a top-10 name.

Dustin Poirier vs. Dennis Siver

Two featherweights who picked up wins on Saturday were Dustin Poirier and Dennis Siver.

An emotional Poirier made quick work of Diego Brandao by earning a TKO over the Brazilian in the first round. “The Diamond” has now won back-to-back fights and still has a vast amount of potential at just 24 years of age.

German kickboxer Siver took on Manny Gamburyan on the prelims and won by unanimous decision to get back in the win column. If Siver is able to get past a top name in the division, he could make a run towards the belt as well.

Poirier wants a rematch against Cub Swanson, who defeated him in February. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing that fight again, but Swanson has put himself on another level with five wins in a row. The UFC should make Poirer vs. Siver happen because the timing is perfect, and it actually makes sense in terms of the rankings.

The featherweight division remains the most complicated in the UFC, and many questions will be left unanswered until Jose Aldo defends the strap against Ricardo Lamas on Feb. 1.

About The Author

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.