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 35, which took place on Jan. 15 from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.

Luke Rockhold vs. Michael Bisping

Former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold stepped up to the plate facing a must-win situation in the main event and delivered by finishing Costas Philippou. Rockhold mixed up his kicks both high and low, with a body kick being the final blow to force the referee to stop the fight.

Up next for Rockhold should be the most called-out fighter in the UFC, Michael Bisping.

Both middleweights had previously suffered devastating knockout losses to Vitor Belfort, but have bounced back with wins. The 185-pound division is stacked with several possible names for Rockhold, but it makes a lot of sense for him to face Bisping once the Brit recovers from an eye injury.

Brad Tavares vs. Yoel Romero

Brad Tavares and Yoel Romero were two middleweights who picked up wins on Wednesday.

In the co-main event, Tavares showed off his overall game by earning a unanimous decision nod over a tough Lorenz Larkin. The Ultimate Fighter 11 alum has continued to impress inside the Octagon with five straight wins under his belt.

Another rising contender is Romero, who added his third UFC win by defeating Derek Brunson via TKO. He may be nicknamed “The Soldier of God,” but Romero landed some elbows from hell to the midsection of Brunson to makes fans watching at home cringe.

Both men are right on the verge of breaking into the division’s top 10, but have a few more steps until they reach that destination. So, why not match them up to determine who finally emerges as a future top contender?

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Takeya Mizugaki

Coming off a loss to Raphael Assuncao in his last bout, T.J. Dillashaw bounced back in Atlanta by dominating Mike Easton en route to a unanimous decision win.

Dillashaw is still sitting pretty in the bantamweight division, and another victory would allow him to surge to the top. However, the same can be said about No. 8-ranked Takeya Mizugaki. The Japanese fighter has quietly been on a roll with wins in his last four fights, and he has the experience of facing top names in the WEC.

Dillashaw is still growing as a fighter, and a fight against a veteran in Mizugaki would be beneficial. For Mizugaki, defeating a strong guy in Dillashaw would boost his stock tremendously.

John Moraga vs. Ali Bagautinov/John Lineker winner

Even though it was a controversial decision, former flyweight title challenger John Moraga picked up the win over Dustin Ortiz by split decision. This comes following a loss to champion Demetrious Johnson. He will now keep eying other competition in the rankings to work his way up towards a rematch.

Two men in his way are Ali Bagautinov and John Lineker, who meet at UFC 169 on Feb. 1. Give Moraga the winner of this bout and let them fight it out to determine who moves into the mix of the division.

Cole Miller vs. Conor McGregor

After Cole Miller’s submission victory over Sam Sicilia in his hometown, everyone expected a challenge to highly touted Conor McGregor, with whom Miller has expressed interested in fighting before. Instead, Miller went off the board and called out Donald Cerrone to move down to 145 pounds and fight him.

While it was certainly a bold decision, Miller should have continued jabbing away at McGregor, who has become the division’s top prospect. It would be a smart move on both sides to have Miller square off with McGregor.

If Miller halts the McGregor hype train, then Miller could start knocking on the door of the top 15. McGregor, meanwhile, still needs to prove himself. “The Notorious One” only has two UFC wins, and both weren’t against quality competition, to be honest. To make a statement, McGregor needs to beat a seasoned veteran, and Miller could serve as a launching pad for the Irish fighter.

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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.