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 138, which took place on Nov. 5 from the LG Arena in Birmingham, England.

Mark Munoz vs. Michael Bisping/Jason “Mayhem” Miller winner

Munoz proved two things with his second-round corner stoppage win over Chris Leben: He is a legitimate contender in the UFC middleweight division and wrestlers in the sport of MMA are very dangerous.

“The Filipino Wrecking Machine” stepped up his level of competition after defeating Demian Maia in June, then went on to rough up Leben to the point where he had to stop the fight on his own.

Michael Bisping (L) and "Mayhem" Miller (

With four straight wins now under his belt, Munoz puts himself one win away from a title shot, in my opinion. After the fight, Munoz expressed his feelings on the middleweight division and stated that he wants Anderson Silva next, but his time for a shot at the belt is not now.

Instead, a match-up of Munoz and the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 coaches Bisping and Miller is a good option.

Bisping and Miller will fight in the main event of TUF Finale on Dec. 3 in Las Vegas.

If Munoz is able to get past either the Brit or “Mayhem,” then he would be in the driver’s seat to take on Silva for the middleweight crown.

Chris Leben vs. Rousimar Palhares

Rousimar Palhares (Sherdog)

After a huge win over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 132, Leben appeared to be working his way up the ranks in search of a long-awaited title shot. That is until he stood face-to-face with Munoz.

“The Crippler” loves knockdown, bloody battles, but on Saturday, he came out on the losing end of a beating from Munoz.

The loss is disappointing for The Ultimate Fighter Season One vet, but at only 31-years-old, Leben is still capable of competing for a few more years.

Now after getting knocked down the rankings, Leben will take on lesser-known fighters,  but the competition level will still, however, be difficult.

One name that comes to mind as a possible opponent for Leben is Rousimar Palhares, a fellow 31-year-old with back-to-back wins over Dave Branch and Dan Miller.

Palhares is awaiting a chance to make a statement that will propel his status in the division and a win against Leben will do just that. Another loss for “The Crippler” would be devastating and he knows he needs to bounce back impressively to stay with the UFC.

Renan Barao vs. Joseph Benavidez

Look out UFC bantamweights, a new contender has emerged and his name is Renan Barao.

While the name will not ring a bell for all MMA fans, this young Brazilian is a scary opponent to face, as he possesses an excellent jiu-jitsu game.

Brad Pickett witnessed on Saturday that this guy is for real when he was submitted in round one via rear-naked choke.

Check this out: Barao’s only loss of his career came in his first MMA fight back in 2005. Since then, he has gone 27-0-1 while fighting in Brazil, WEC and now the UFC.

I’ve said this many times and I’ll say it again: There is nothing scarier than a young, hungry Brazilian fighter.

Even at only 24-years-old, Barao appears to be ready to step up and take on a top contender in the bantamweight division. A guy by the name of Joseph Benavidez maybe?

Benavidez has been on the shelf for quite a while as the UFC is slowly creating a new flyweight division, which will allow smaller bantamweights like Benavidez to move down and compete at their normal weight class. But until that goes into effect, the UFC can still have Benavidez fight one more time at 135 against Barao.

I personally think this would be an outstanding match-up and would test both men. Benavidez is primarily a wrestler, with eight submission wins in his career, but in this possible match-up, he may need to test the striking ability of Barao.

Thiago Alves vs. Paulo Thiago

At one point in time, Alves was considered one of the top fighters in the welterweight division, and even challenged Georges St-Pierre for the belt at UFC 100. Switch to present day and you find Alves barely even competing on a main card.

While the road has been tough for “The Pitbull,” he has still been able to win fights that are crucial to his career. And maybe the biggest of all was a first-round submission victory over UFC newcomer Papy Abedi on Saturday.

If Alves would have lost that fight, he might have gotten released.  Instead, he put on an impressive performance that will now give him a chance to make another run towards the belt.

Another guy that has had an up-and-down career is Paulo Thiago. After losing back-to-back fights to Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez, Thiago took a step down in competition, much live Alves did, and got a much-needed win over David Mitchell at UFC 134.

Now with Alves’ and Thiago’s careers moving in the right direction, the UFC should match them up and see which one most wants to be considered a top contender.

Anthony Perosh vs. Stanislav Nedkov

Anthony Perosh (L) battles Cyrille Diabate (Sherdog)

After falling to Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 110, Austrialian-born Perosh made a move down to light heavyweight that proved to be a wise decision.

After a win over Tom Blackledge, Perosh continued his quest in the 205-pound division by defeating Cyrille Diabate on the main card of Saturday’s event by way of a second-round rear-naked choke.

A likely next opponent for “The Hippo” is Nedkov, who made his UFC debut at UFC 134 and knocked out Luiz Cane in the opening round.

A Perosh-Nedkov match-up would be a big fight for both men and would allow them to take a large step up in the UFC’s light heavyweight division.

Terry Etim vs. Vagner Rocha

The most impressive win of the night came in the first fight of the main card as Etim locked up a guillotine choke on Edward Faaloloto at just 17 seconds of the first round, forcing him to tap.

England’s own Etim has been in the UFC for quite some time, going 6-3, but is overlooked by many.

An opponent that I would like to see Etim test his submission skills against is Rocha, a second-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu with five submission wins in his career.

Rocha took on Donald Cerrone in his UFC debut, which was a huge step up in competition in his first fight with the promotion, but he bounced back nicely with a second-round submission win over Cody McKenzie in September.

Aside from the fact that this is a good stylistic match-up, both men are equally talented and would put on a good fight on a Spike TV prelim portion of a card

Photo: Mark Munoz (Sherdog)