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 175: Weidman vs. Machida, which took place on July 5 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort

The first new challenger for UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman stepped into the cage on Saturday, but he came away empty-handed. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida went five rounds with the champ, and the American emerged victorious on the Fourth of July weekend.

Weidman won the first three rounds by a landslide, but the Brazilian challenger came back in rounds four and five to rock Weidman several times. It turned into a great battle in the end. The fighters had enough in them to get off significant strikes until the final horn.

After a title defense against a man not named Anderson Silva, there’s no denying Weidman’s greatness. However, another Brazilian could be coming for him next.

It’s no shocker that following the main event fight, Vitor Belfort took to Twitter to saying, “Now I want what I deserve, MY TITLE SHOT!!!”

Remember, “The Phenom” was originally expected to fight Weidman. However, Belfort pulled out due to the exemptions on testosterone levels, which gave Machida the opportunity to step in. Belfort still managed to find his way onto the card, though, against Chael Sonnen. But when that fight was scratched, Belfort ended up sitting at home tweeting instead of fighting.

There’s no question Belfort deserves to fight for the belt given the success he has had inside the cage. The question is, can he pass a drug test successfully? The UFC has had Belfort’s back through the whole testing process, with UFC President Dana White saying he is “targeting” Belfort as Weidman’s next opponent. Even the champion said he thinks Belfort should be next, so there’s only one thing that could stand in the way of this fight.

Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano

Sixteen seconds.

That’s all Ronda Rousey needed to defend her UFC women’s title against Alexis Davis. The champion came out with jabs, then, in the blink of an eye, she used a hip toss to throw Davis to the mat. Rousey remained in a dominant position, landing about 10 short punches to win the fight. It marked her second straight victory by knockout or TKO.

While it’s difficult to conceive of a time when Rousey will be defeated, there are still a couple of opponents for her to consider. The obvious name is Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino, but the Brazilian has yet to sign with the UFC. Another clear choice is Cat Zingano, who is under contract with the UFC and nearing her return to action.

Zingano’s last win came over Miesha Tate in April 2013. It put her in line for a title bid, but an injury sidelined her and prevented the contest from taking place. According to a report from MMA Junkie, Zingano has been cleared to fight after recovering from knee surgery. She would be willing to fight on short notice if the UFC wanted her to challenge Rousey at UFC 176 next month.

Although UFC commentator Joe Rogan spoke to Rousey regarding a quick turnaround—and subsequently drew Dana White’s ire for the line of questioning—it seems unlikely to happen. Rousey needed stitches to repair a cut on her hand, so that will keep her out for several weeks. The champion also said she will require knee surgery at some point.

However, once Rousey is healed up, she is eyeing a match-up with Zingano.

Uriah Hall vs. Derek Brunson-Lorenz Larkin winner

Highly touted middleweight Uriah Hall stepped onto the main-card stage for the first time in his UFC career on Saturday. He did so in impressive fashion, shrugging off the discomfort of a mangled toe on his right foot to defeat Thiago Santos by unanimous decision.

The runner-up of The Ultimate Fighter 17 showcased his vast array of striking skills en route to his second victory in a row. In doing so, he added to his fan base. Hall delivered a post-fight speech that impressed the crowd in Vegas, which is great for the UFC. Not only is Hall very talented, but he is also someone the promotion can easily market.

“Prime Time” should now take another step up in competition. It makes sense for Hall to fight the winner of the bout between Derek Brunson and Lorenz Larkin, who are scheduled to meet at UFC 176.

Like Hall, Brunson has a win over Chris Leben inside the Octagon. However, he is coming off a loss to Yoel Romero in his last fight. Meanwhile, Larkin needs a victory to avoid dropping three in a row and four out of his last five. One of the two will get back on track when they meet. The winner will be in the perfect position to present Hall with his next challenge. Both men present challenges for Hall, but it’s a test he needs to take to prove he can back up the hype.

Russell Doane vs. Aljamain Sterling-Hugo Viana winner

A bantamweight contest between Russell Doane and Marcus Brimage opened up the main card. Although many thought the decision should have gone the other direction, Doane took the split verdict.

The Hawaiian has now won back-to-back fights in the UFC. Next, he should fight the winner of the upcoming clash between Aljamain Sterling and Hugo Viana. Those two men are expected to meet on July 16 in Atlantic City, N.J.

Sterling is undefeated at 9-0, with a victory over Cody Gibson in his UFC debut in February. Viana’s only defeat came at the hands of current bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, but he has rebounded from the loss with a victory over Ramiro Hernandez.

Once the score is settled between Sterling and Viana, the winner will improve to 2-0 over his last two outings. It sets the table for Doane to step in to fight the winner.

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.