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 38: Shogun vs. Henderson 2, which took place on March 23 from the Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil.

Dan Henderson vs. Daniel Cormier

The highlight reel of Dan Henderson continues on.

In the main event of UFC Fight Night 38, Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua met in a rematch of their classic five-round war of 2011. The second time would not go the distance in a humid arena with temperatures of 90 degrees. Henderson scored a TKO against the Brazilian in the third round.

Even at 43 years old, “Hendo” is still rocking the camo hat while walking out to Toby Keith music like he’s 30. Despite signing an extension with the UFC, it was a must-win situation for Henderson. Another loss would have marked his fourth straight. Yet, just when you thought he done, he shows that he is still in the hunt at 205 pounds and in search of a title shot. However, his journey is just getting started. Much younger, talented fighters await him.

A bout against Daniel Cormier could be next on his radar.

As I said after Cormier obliterated Patrick Cummins at UFC 170, a fight between Cormier and the winner of Henderson-Rua makes a lot of sense. Cormier is one win away from a title shot, and a win over Henderson would put him next in line without a doubt. Meanwhile, Henderson must continue climb back up the ranks. If Hendo is able to follow Sunday’s performance with a finish of Cormier, you could see the legend emerge at the top.

C.B. Dollaway vs. Thales Leites-Trevor Smith winner

There’s just something about C.B. Dollaway in Brazil. “The Doberman” added his second win in the country on Sunday by arguably putting on his most impressive display in earning a TKO over Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira in just 39 seconds.

It was viewed as a massive upset, yet I disagree. Dollaway was the underdog going into the fight, but people tend to forget how long he has been competing inside the Octagon. There was a lot of hype surrounding Ferreira, but he had only beaten Brazilian fighters whose names were unfamiliar to the casual UFC fan. Dollaway made a statement, and that shouldn’t go overlooked.

If it wasn’t for a controversial split decision loss to Tim Boetsch at UFC 166, Dollaway would be 4-0 in his last four fights. A win over Mutante won’t make him a top-15 middleweight, but he’s on the verge of knocking on that door.

A possible next bout for Dollaway could come against another Brazilian, Thales Leites, who is set to face Trevor Smith in the near future. Leites and Smith will square off atUFC Fight Night 39 on April 11.

Leites is on a roll with wins in his last five fights, and Smith is coming off a split decision victory over Brian Houston. Both 185-pound fighters are experienced and, like Dollaway, they are hoping to insert their name into the rankings.

Fabio Maldonado vs. Ilir Latifi

Since Chan Sung Jung is called “The Korean Zombie,” can we give Fabio Maldonado the nickname “The Brazilian Zombie”?

Maldonado put on a battle, as he often does. He defeated Gian Villante by unanimous decision in a fight where both men’s chins were tested often. The Brazilian withstood the blows, however, and got his hand raised for the third straight time.

There aren’t a ton of options on the horizon for Maldonado, but one fighter who could be next is Ilir Latifi.

After stepping in to fight Gegard Mousasi, Latifi opened eyes on March 8 by submitting Cyrille Diabate in the first round via guillotine choke. Latifi may not have the experience that Maldonado has, but he has shown that he isn’t just a one-and-done fighter. If the match-up is made, Latifi will have a reach disadvantage, but how well will Maldonado defend counter takedowns and submission attempts from the Swedish fighter?

Michel Prazeres vs. Francisco Trevino

While you were reading this, referee Mario Yamasaki just took another point away from Mairbek Taisumov.

It was an ugly display inside the cage when Michel Prazeres fought Taisumov. An illegal kick and grasping the cage accounted for the subtraction of two points from Taisumov’s scores. This allowed Prazeres to cruise to a unanimous decision win, his second in the UFC.

Prazeres didn’t exactly impress by any means, so his next opponent isn’t going to be a big name. I’m looking at a guy like Francisco Trevino, who won his UFC debut a week ago at UFC 170. Trevino defeated Renee Forte by unanimous decision to keep an unblemished 12-0 record going. He could draw Prazeres next for a chance to continue it. Meanwhile, the Brazilian will seek to put on a better showing in victory.

Rony Jason vs. Diego Brandao

Rony Jason is scary, with or without the mask. To open up the main card, Jason defeated Steven Siler by TKO in the first round. And although it was a late (or early, depending on how you view it) stoppage by the referee, there was more punishment coming.

In his last outing, the Brazilian saw a three-fight winning streak come to an end due to a head-kick knockout defeat against Jeremy Stephens. However, a win like this one keeps him in a good position in the middle of the division. Since his fight only lasted 77 seconds, he’ll be ready to step back in the cage very soon, maybe against Diego Brandao.

Brandao was expected to fight Will Chope at the event, but the UFC scrapped the fight and released Chope when a report surfaced regarding Chope’s violent history. That left Brandao out of the event.

The Brandao pairing with Chope was somewhat puzzling in the first place anyway, and the timing now sets up perfectly to pit Brandao against Jason. Jason has the power to test Brandao, so this has the makings for a fun bout.

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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.