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 41, which took place on May 31 from the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.

Gegard Mousasi vs. Tim Kennedy

Fans finally got a chance to see the real Gegard Mousasi display his finishing ability in the UFC. Mousasi had not ended a fight via knockout or submission since the final Strikeforce card in early 2013. In his lone UFC win over Ilir Latifi, he settled for a unanimous decision victory. He fell to Lyoto Machida in his next bout. In Saturday’s main event, “The Dreamcatcher” picked up a big win over Mark Munoz, submitting his opponent in the first round with a rear-naked choke.

Now, with an impressive win over a big name, Mousasi will certainly put the middleweight division on notice. The logical opponent for him to meet next is another former Strikeforce fighter, Tim Kennedy.

I wrote about the possibility of this match-up after watching Kennedy defeat Michael Bisping in April. Mousasi vs. Kennedy would be a huge fight in the middleweight division that could headline a “Fight Night” event, or the UFC could put it on a pay-per-view main card.

C.B. Dollaway vs. Yoel Romero

When looking at fighters who have had great years thus far, C.B. Dollaway has to be in the conversation. “The Doberman” appeared to be heading for the chopping block after losing back-to-back fights by knockout, but he has rebounded to win four out of five fights. After a 39-second pounding of Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira, Dollaway added another victory on Saturday by putting up a “Performance of the Night” against Francis Carmont.

Don’t look now, but Dollaway is now lurking towards the top 10, with another victory likely putting him there. But to get there, he’ll have to get past another hot middleweight. That middleweight should be Yoel Romero.

Romero also has two wins in 2014, and he is currently on a four-fight winning streak. I also suggested the match-up between Dollaway and Romero in April, and nothing is going to change my mind here.

It’s a given fight to make in the middleweight division. Romero arguably has the most power at 185 pounds, but Dollaway can never be counted out against anyone. This shapes up to be an intriguing and important contest.

Sean Strickland vs. Magnus Cedenblad

Sean Strickland and Magnus Cedenblad, both welterweights, picked up wins on Saturday. On the main card, Strickland edged out Luke Barnatt by split decision to improve his unblemished record to 15-0. Meanwhile, Cedenblad fought on the preliminary portion of the card and submitted Krzysztof Jotko in the second round via guillotine choke.

With the timing being perfect and the fact both men have won two fights in a row inside the Octagon, there’s no question this is the next move to make concerning these two mixed martial artists.

Niklas Backstrom vs. Sam Sicilia

Niklas Backstrom signed a UFC contract on May 15, and just 16 days later, he earned his first win on the big stage. Backstrom stepped in as an injury replacement against Tom Niinimaki, and he turned heads with a first-round bulldog choke turned rear-naked choke submission victory.

The 24-year-old is now 8-0 with one no-contest, but don’t let the hype get too big just yet. Of course, his performance on Saturday was impressive, but the UFC needs to give him time to develop before matching him up with household names. Instead, a fight against Sam Sicilia makes for a good pairing.

In six UFC bouts, Sicilia is 3-3. However, he was able to start a winning streak at UFC 173 last weekend when he defeated Aaron Phillips by unanimous decision. For Backstrom, Sicilia presents a challenge that will further help in the early stages of his UFC career.

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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.

  • Water Buffalo

    I want to see Romero vs Kennedy forget Holloway, who was not impressive against Carmont, imo he lost that fight. Let Yoel fight Kennedy and imo beat him by KO. Mousasi needs to fight Lockhold next, no one else. The winner of that one fights the top contender.