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 12, which took place on July 26 from the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

Robbie Lawler vs. Johny Hendricks

Everyone knew Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown would not fall short of the high expectations placed upon it. Sure enough, the two welterweight warriors put on a show in San Jose.

With two heavy hitters inside a cage, it seemed unlikely five rounds would be needed to determine a winner. However, the pair exchanged for all 25 minutes before a unanimous verdict was awarded to Lawler. Despite a close fight throughout, Lawler would not see his heart shattered twice in a row. He will now have a chance to avenge his gutting split decision defeat against champion Johny Hendricks.

It was previously announced that the winner of Lawler-Brown would face Hendricks for the title, so instead of saying it should happen, we can go ahead and say it’s going to be another classic fight that will happen, barring injuries or other unforeseen circumstances, of course.

The fact the rematch won’t happen until early 2015 gives both fighters time to rest up, meaning they will be fresh to potentially go another five rounds. No matter where this fight takes place, people are going to watch it kick off the new year. It’s hard to think of a better way to celebrate than fireworks courtesy of “Bigg Rigg” and “Ruthless.”

Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira

The turnaround of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has been nothing short of amazing. Once a welterweight that was released by the promotion, Johnson has turned his career around by focusing on fighting at 205 pounds. The hard work has paid off for him in his triumphant return to the UFC, where he has won back-to-back fights over top-10 opponents. On Saturday, Johnson ran over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira for the first-round knockout win.

In a slim light heavyweight division, Rumble is in prime position. In fact, he’s on the verge of earning a title shot. First, though, he should meet former title challenger Glover Teixeira. Teixeira lost to champion Jon Jones at UFC 172 in April. He should be returning to the cage in the near future.

A win over Teixeira would increase Johnson’s credibility even more and give him a strong case for fighting the champ. Even with the likes of Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson at the top, Johnson is arguably the most dangerous contender. That’s not going to help Jones sleep well at night.

Dennis Bermudez vs. Ricardo Lamas

With the exception of the UFC champions, there isn’t a guy who is more hot right now than Dennis Bermudez. Bermudez increased his winning streak to seven on Saturday when he impressively submitted Clay Guida in the second round via rear-naked choke. It was a victory Bermudez had to have if he wanted to establish himself and make a huge statement to UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby.

It’s easy to think Bermudez is knocking on champion Jose Aldo’s door, but remember, the featherweight division is absolutely stacked. There are at least three guys—Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar, and Cub Swanson—above Bermudez who are waiting for their chance at the belt. Mendes get another shot at Aldo this fall, and Edgar and Swanson are rumored for a five-round, No. 1 contender’s bout in December.

There is still a long list below the top three, and Bermudez, along with Ricardo Lamas, are two names on that list. It seems fair to give Bermudez a fight against Lamas. Lamas wants another crack at Aldo, and a win over a red-hot Bermudez would put him one step closer. As for “The Menace,” it’s another opportunity to showcase his talent while the top of the division sorts itself out.

Bobby Green vs. Donald Cerrone

While Anthony Johnson’s story is certainly impressive, the road Bobby Green has been on the last couple months is really spectacular. In May, tragedy hit when his brother was shot and killed. However, Green did not let that slow him down on his quest to become a champion. Green gladly stepped in as a late replacement for Michael Johnson to face Josh Thomson, and Green made the most of his opportunity.

“King” and Thomson went three rounds to kick off the main card, with Green just edging out the San Jose native en route to a split decision win. It’s the eighth straight win for Green dating back to his days in Strikeforce, and he now holds a UFC record of 4-0.

Up next for Green should be a match-up against Donald Cerrone. Cerrone had been on a rampage in 2014 with three stoppage wins, and he is looking to make it four as quickly as possible. “Cowboy” was expected to face undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 178, but an injury to Nurmagomedov has erased those plans. This is a perfect spot for Green to step in and test Cerrone.

We all know Cerrone isn’t going to say no, so why not let Green share the Octagon with him?

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.