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 47, which took place on Aug. 16 from the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.

Ryan Bader vs. Rashad Evans

Say what you want about Ryan Bader, but there’s no denying his dominance in the wrestling department.

Bader defeated Ovince St. Preux in the main event on Saturday, cruising to a unanimous decision victory after five rounds of controlling his opponent in close quarters. It’s the third consecutive win for “Darth”, and while the fight itself wasn’t fun to watch, Bader continues to sit in a good position in a rather thin light heavyweight division.

With that being said, I don’t have a problem with Bader facing former title holder Rashad Evans next.

Evans has been recovering from a serious knee injury throughout this summer, but should be fighting fit soon. While Evans is coming off back-to-back wins at the end of 2013, he should get a tune up fight first before jumping into a number one contender bout. It would provide Evans with a chance to become polished again, while also giving Bader a huge opportunity of stealing a victory to charge into the top five.

Ross Pearson vs. Michael Chiesa-Joe Lauzon winner

Ross Pearson was rightfully upset over being robbed of a decision victory over Diego Sanchez in June. So, what better way to let that fire out than a TKO victory?

“The Real Deal” finished former title challenger Gray Maynard in the second round of the co-main event, his first win since April of last year. Pearson could be knocking on the door of the top 15, but the Brit has a ways to go before making a major impact in the stacked lightweight ladder. Up next, should be a fight between the winner of Michael Chiesa and Joe Lauzon.

Chiesa and Lauzon are expected to meet on Sept. 5 at UFC Fight Night 50. Lauzon is currently ranked 15th, while Chiesa will look to pull off an upset to prove his worth. Regardless of gets their hand raised, Pearson could step in against the victor to determine who climbs higher up the totem pole.

Tim Boetsch vs. Nate Marquardt

Call it a comeback.

This isn’t the first time Tim Boetsch has wowed us with a come from behind victory inside the Octagon, and he certainly reminded MMA fans he is never out of a fight. Boetsch earned a Performance of the Night bonus by clocking Brad Tavares in the second round, his first stoppage win since overcoming against Yushin Okami at UFC 144.

Squaring off against “The Barbarian” next should be Nate “The Great” Marquardt.

Think back to after Marquardt submitted James Te Huna where I wrote that he should get the winner of Boetsch-Tavares next. After Boetsch big win, there’s no question I’m sticking to it. Boetsch vs. Marquardt offers a fight between two veterans who are still performing well past their prime. With time running out, look for both men to put it all on the line.

Alan Jouban vs. Ben Saunders-Chris Heatherly winner

Alan Jouban couldn’t have drew up his UFC debut going any better on Saturday.

“Brahma” knocked out Seth Baczynski in the first round on the main card, a feel good story for a 31-year-old who began fighting at an older age than most. The striker has reached stepped one in impressing the promotion, but now it’s time to back up that performance. To do so, let’s see him face the winner of Ben Saunders vs. Chris Heatherly.

Saunders gets another chance in the UFC despite coming off a loss in Bellator, but has always been a tough opponent at 170 pounds. As for Heatherly, this will be his Octagon debut after an 8-1 mark, including two fights with Resurrection Fighting Alliance.

Jouban could see the winner in his future, with a chance to build off the momentum.

Shawn Jordan vs. Jared Rosholt

With back-to-back knockout losses coming in the first round, Shawn Jordan was walking a tightrope on Saturday.

Knowing his back was against the wall, with potentially one more loss ending his UFC career, “The Savage” came through with a TKO victory over Jack May in the third round. Jordan will now look to put together a string of wins in the heavyweight division.

Up next for him should be a bout against Jared Rosholt, who holds a 3-0 record in the UFC. However, all three wins have come by decision, which raises some question marks. Rosholt needs a victory that will turn heads in the division, and fighting Jordan should provide him with that opportunity. For Jordan, it’s a chance to knock off another up and coming fighter who could stand in his way towards moving up.

Thiago Tavares vs. Kenny Robertson

Thiago Tavares made the drop down to 145 pounds on Saturday, and may have found his home.

The Brazilian submitted Robbie Peralta in the first round to open up the main card, earning himself a Performance of the Night check. But more importantly, it’s a big win for Tavares as he tries to make a run in a new division.

As for his next opponent, why not a fight against Kenny Robertson? Robertson is coming off two-straight wins, and has looked good doing so. I really like the match-up between Tavares and Robertson as a black belt in BJJ faces a former NCAA Division I wrestler, so there is potential here to see some great ground work.

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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.