Following every UFC and Strikeforce 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 Live 5, which took place on Aug. 14 from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida

The top tier has become even more crowded with the addition of Henderson, who defeated top contender Jim Miller on Sunday.

“Smooth” put on a great performance well worthy of being mentioned as a top five lightweight in the UFC. With the decision win over Miller, the question is: Who will the UFC pair him up with next?

The most logical option would have him take on the winner of four straight fights, Clay Guida. Guida legitimately put himself near the top with his win over Anthony Pettis in June, and as far as the rankings go, is at about the same level as Henderson.

Many may argue saying that Guida has beaten Pettis, and Pettis has beaten Henderson, so why have Henderson fight Guida?

That is a good argument worth debating, but you have to look at the lightweight perspective within the organization. Guida hasn’t really asked for a shot at the winner of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, which means an eliminator fight needs to be made. Guida is not currently signed to fight anyone, making the timing good for Guida vs. Henderson.

Jim Miller vs. Melvin Guillard/Joe Lauzon Winner

It’s difficult to come up with an opponent for Miller after his streak of seven wins was snapped at the hands of Henderson.  A win would have kept Miller moving forward toward a title shot, but the loss killed that momentum.  Miller is still a top lightweight, but now he needs to rebound against another contender.

Therefore, a fight between Miller and the winner of Guillard and Lauzon at UFC 136 sounds reasonable.

Guillard has not quite earned a title shot just yet. Many people are very high on the guy, and rightfully so, but he hasn’t defeated a top five UFC lightweight in his career.

If “The Young Assassin” gets by Joe Lauzon in October, Miller would be a perfect next step. Miller will more than likely take some time off, but does not need to drop too far in the rankings.

Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis/Jeremy Stephens winner

“Cowboy” Cerrone is one of the toughest guys in the lightweight divison, and proved his point by finishing Charles Oliveira in the first round.

With the win, Cerrone rises up the rankings and should take on an explosive 155-pounder to promote himself to the top.

Two guys that make sense are Anthony Pettis and Jeremy Stephens, who will do battle at UFC 136 in October.

Either one of those guys would put on a great fight when matched up with the former WEC contender. I would expect nothing less than an all-out war as both Pettis and Stephens are very explosive fighters.

Duane Ludwig vs. Martin Kampmann

Ludwig made a good showing on Sunday by defeating Amir Sadollah via decision. The win was huge for the Colorado native and will now give him the opportunity to fight top-level guys.

A possible opponent could be Kampmann, who is coming off back-to-back losses to Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez.

The styles of these two guys match up really well, with both coming from a kickboxing background.

It would give Kampmann a winnable fight and would also give Ludwig a chance to take out a tough guy in the division.

Dan Hardy vs. Amir Sadollah

This match-up makes sense, as both men came out on the losing end of their fights on Sunday.

Hardy lost his main event battle to veteran Chris Lytle by third-round submission. “The Outlaw” has now lost four straight fights, but the UFC has stated that Hardy will not be released.

TUF 7 winner Sadollah fell to Ludwig, who pulled out a decision from the judges.

This would be an interesting bout, as Hardy is a heavy-handed striker and Sadollah is a Muay Thai practitioner who also possesses underrated submission skills.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Brad Pickett/Renan Barao winner

Benavidez continued his impressive run by defeating Eddie Wineland via decision in the preliminary card.

The UFC will add a 125-pound division soon, and would like Benavidez to fight at that weight class, which is better suited for the member of Team Alpha Male.

But for now, Benavidez will have to compete at least one more time at 135. The only fight that makes sense for him would be to face the winner of Pickett and Barao, who will square off at UFC 138 in England.

It will be a long wait for Benavidez, but that is basically the only option for him as no word has been made when the UFC will add a flyweight division.

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.