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 40: Brown vs. Silva, which took place on May 10 from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger-Robbie Lawler winner

The story of Matt Brown’s rise to the top continues to get better and better.

Brown put on what should be considered the leading “Fight of the Year” candidate, defeating Erick Silva by third-round TKO in the main event of the evening.

The 33-year-old has gone from a mid-level fighter to probably being one win away from earning a title fight. With a seven-fight winning streak, Brown can ride this momentum all the way if he can get one more.

That’s why he should fight the winner of the fight between Jake Ellenberger and Robbie Lawler. The two welterweights compete at UFC 173 on May 24.

Ellenberger is coming off a loss to Rory MacDonald, but he still sits in the No. 5 spot in the division’s rankings. The fight will be Lawler’s first outing since losing to Johny Hendricks at UFC 171. Lawler still remains at the top, immediately behind Hendricks, despite the loss.

Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to see one of these men fight Brown? Those match-ups have excitement written all over them.

Costas Philippou vs. Nate Marquardt-James Te Huna winner

In the co-main event, Costas Philippou ended a two-fight skid in a big way when he made quick work of Lorenz Larkin. The Cyprus-born fighter found the chin of his opponent for a first-round knockout.

It was a much-needed victory for Philippou to keep his footing in the crowded middleweight division, but he still has a long way to go before breaking into the top five. One possible pairing for his next fight could come against the winner of the June 28 battle between Nate Marquardt and James Te Huna.

Marquardt desperately needs a win after losing his last three. Te Huna, meanwhile, adds to the division’s congestion as he makes his debut at 185 pounds.

Daron Cruickshank vs. Danny Castillo

Who in the UFC stands as the most entertaining lightweight striker not named Anthony Pettis? A good case could be made for Daron Cruickshank.

Cruickshank is known for his unorthodox kicks, and he used a head kick to go along with punches en route to a first-round finish of Erik Koch. It’s the second win in a row for “The Detroit Superstar,” and if he continues to put together highlight-reel displays, his name could be thrown in the hat as one of the division’s up-and-coming contenders.

Cruickshank’s next challenge should come in the form of a fight against Danny Castillo. Castillo is coming off a second-round destruction of Charlie Brenneman at UFC 172 last month, improving off a loss to Edson Barboza.

Cruickshank and Castillo could combine for a very promising fight to put on the preliminary portion of a card.

Neil Magny vs. Zak Cummings

Neil Magny and Zak Cummings, a pair of welterweights, picked up unanimous decision wins on Saturday. It only makes sense to pair them up next.

On the main card, Magny earned a big win over Tim Means to extend his current streak to two victories. Meanwhile, on the preliminary card, Cummings topped Yan Cabral to also improve to 2-0 over his last two appearances.

It may not be a star-studded bout that will draw a ton of interest, but these two men are on a roll, and this would be a great opportunity for one of them to make another statement inside the Octagon.

Soa Palelei vs. Jared Rosholt

He may not be green, but Soa Palelei can certainly smash like “The Hulk.” At UFC Fight Night 40, he smashed his way through South African UFC newcomer Ruan Potts.

Palelei has been on a tear since joining the UFC. He now holds a 3-0 record inside the Octagon with all his wins coming by way of knockout. The Aussie is certainly making a name for himself in the heavyweight division, sending a message (and songs) to the remainder of the division. He’s so happy, he’s even thanking the referee with a kiss.

Palelei has been shredding the opposition, but he has thus far defeated two extremely low-tier opponents in Nikita Krylov and Potts and one foe—Pat Barry—whose chin is non-existent. With that in mind, the UFC will probably maintain Palelei’s slow progress up the heavyweight food chain. That’s why his next outing should come against Jared Rosholt.

Rosholt is 2-0 inside the Octagon after back-to-back decision wins. He presents challenges for Palelei, who has bulldozed his way through his three previous UFC opponents but has yet to truly face a top-notch wrestler. Rosholt stands at 6-foot-4 and, as a three-time NCAA Division I All-American, certainly has the wrestling pedigree to provide Palelei with an adequate test.

This could shape up to be another fun fight for the big boys.

Chris Cariaso vs. Dustin Ortiz-Justin Scoggins winner

Flyweights hit the main stage on Saturday, and it was Chris Cariaso who emerged victorious. He quieted the hype train of Louis Smolka when he defeated the Hawaiian by split decision.

Cariaso has always been somewhat of a dark-horse contender. However, now that he has three straight wins under his belt, the dark-horse tag can be removed.

The next fight on his climb up the rankings should come against the winner of the upcoming battle between Dustin Ortiz and Justin Scoggins. Ortiz will be entering the cage after a close split decision nod over Ray Borg. Scoggins is undefeated at 9-0 with two victories inside the confines of the UFC’s Octagon. These two fighters are flirting with entry into the top 10, which is the same territory in which Cariaso currently resides.

Don’t be surprised to see one of these names in the title mix before year’s end.

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.