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 on Fox 10, which took place on Jan. 25 from the United Center in Chicago.

Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez II

Controversy in a Benson Henderson fight. What a surprise.

In the main event at the United Center, Henderson took on Josh Thomson in a five-round lightweight contest. It was a closely contested fight throughout, and depending on how you scored it at home, Henderson either won four rounds with his striking or Thomson edged his opponent due to takedowns and ground control. But regardless of how you may have felt, the judges awarded Henderson the victory by split decision.

The boos erupted in Chicago, but Henderson will happily take the win as he looks to climb back towards the top at 155 pounds. For Henderson’s next fight, let’s look at two scenarios.

Scenario No. 1 is to give Henderson a fight with T.J. Grant next. When he held the championship, Henderson was originally supposed to defend it against Grant before Anthony Pettis stepped up and submitted Henderson in the first round. Since then, Grant has been sidelined while attempting to recover from a concussion. Since we still don’t know exactly when Grant will be able to compete again, we’ll rule this option out unless Grant is ready to fight soon.

The smartest decision right now, however, is to have Henderson fight Gilbert Melendez in a rematch of their April 2013 meeting. Much like Saturday’s main event, Henderson vs. Melendez was controversial, and that helps spice things up a little bit. With Pettis out and Henderson not decisively defeating Thomson, the former champion will have to fight again. Meanwhile, Melendez has been waiting for an opponent. So, there’s a a plan for the UFC: “Smooth” vs. “El Nino” II to determine the next No. 1 contender.

Stipe Miocic vs. Frank Mir/Alistair Overeem winner

It may not have been a pretty fight, but heavyweight Stipe Miocic added his second straight win on Saturday by defeating an exhausted Gabriel Gonzaga via unanimous decision.

Despite another win, Miocic has yet to make a serious impact in the division. He’ll have to wait in line in terms of being a No. 1 contender, which frees him up to face a veteran next.

Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem are expected to face off at UFC 169 on Feb. 1. It is without question a must-win fight for both men, and the loser could be paired with Miocic for his next meeting. If Miocic is able to put on a good showing against one of those guys, then we can have the discussion of the Cleveland native being a top-five heavyweight. Until then, Miocic will still be knocking on the door.

Donald Cerrone vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

Every time I turn around, it seems like Donald Cerrone is back in the Octagon. On Saturday, “Cowboy” picked up a nice bonus check for “Knockout of the Night” by landing a head kick to Brazilian Adriano Martins.

Cerrone wants to be back in there as soon as possible to earn more money to spend at Cabelas, and you won’t hear anyone complaining about him getting another fight announcement in the next couple of weeks. The question is, will he stay at 155 pounds or move down to featherweight?

If I’m Cerrone, I stay at lightweight for right now. Despite his stumbles against Pettis and Rafael dos Anjos, Cerrone has always been considered a top-10 fighter in the division. Now sitting at No. 8, Cerrone shouldn’t change things when a couple more wins could lead to a title shot.

For his next fight, give him Khabib Nurmagomedov. The undefeated Russian ranks one spot above Cerrone in the standings and has been searching for an opponent. “The Eagle” has called out Nate Diaz, who reportedly declined the fight, and Gilbert Melendez, with the match-up never developing. Cerrone isn’t going to turn down any fight. He’ll gladly step into the cage with one of the hottest names in the UFC.

Jeremy Stephens vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

In the main-card opener, Jeremy Stephens continued his resurgent run in the featherweight division by earning a unanimous decision victory over Darren Elkins. Elkins was ranked 10th in the division until “Lil Heathen” shut down the wrestler. Now with three consecutive wins under his belt, Stephens has a chance to become a real player in the already stacked division.

On Jan. 5, after Tatsuya Kawajiri made his UFC debut, I said the Japanese fighter should fight the winner of Saturday’s bout. I’m going to stick with that decision.

Kawajiri is one of the top featherweights in the world, but he has just one UFC win over another fighter that was also making his first appearance under the UFC banner. If “Crusher” continues to impress, he’ll make it to the top without question. But before he is pushed, give him a fellow veteran like Stephens so that fans can see him tested against an UFC mainstay.

About The Author

Corey Adams
Staff Writer

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.