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 145: Jones vs. Evans, which took place on April 21 from the Philips Arena in Atlanta.

Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson

Reigning light heavyweight champion Jon Jones put on another dominant performance in defending his title at UFC 145 against Rashad Evans on Saturday, earning a clear-cut unanimous decision.

Jones took it to “Suga” on the feet, and proved once again that there is no stopping his run as the youngest champion in UFC history.

After the event, UFC president Dana White made an announcement at the post-fight press conference that had fans more excited than the event itself.

White confirmed that Jones’ next opponent will be Dan “Hendo” Henderson.

Just about every fan of mixed martial arts knows who Henderson is, as he has competed in Pride, UFC and Strikeforce in three different weight classes. The 41-year-old legend recently defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139, which was one of the best fights fans have ever laid eyes on.

Henderson had debated moving back down to middleweight in hopes of getting another shot at Anderson Silva, but has decided to remain at 205 pounds, which is a smart decision on his part. With his age, it would be a difficult weight cut for him to make 185, and he will be much more competitive taking on Jones.

As far as viewership, this is a fight that is very marketable for the UFC. Jones has never faced someone that is as heavy-handed as Henderson, and “Hendo” has stated that he will give the young champion a test. However, “Bones” will open up as a heavy betting favorite, but Henderson could easily crush those numbers with one punch.

Rory MacDonald vs. Diego Sanchez

In the co-main event, 22-year-old star Rory MacDonald continued his impressive run by defeating Che Mills via second-round TKO.

MacDonald is now 4-1 inside the Octagon, but at such a young age, his career needs to progress slowly for him to improve to his full potential.

“Ares” could easily take on a top contender and put on a great showing, but he needs to start out on his title quest against middle-of-the-road competition.

Mills gave MacDonald a bit of a scare early in their bout on Saturday, so how would the Canadian fair against a guy who has been in the promotion since 2005?

Well, only one way to find out.

A fighter that would be a great match-up for MacDonald is Diego Sanchez. Sanchez isn’t necessarily a middle-of-the-road fighter, but he currently isn’t in title contention. But The Ultimate Fighter season one winner wants to rebound after a loss to Jake Ellenberger to get back to title contention, and a win over MacDonald would certainly do that.

For MacDonald, he will be pressured the entire 15 minutes while in the Octagon. Sanchez has never been the type to shy away from competition, and both men will put on an excellent fight that will not disappoint.

Ben Rothwell vs. Travis Browne

Two heavyweights who were victorious at UFC 145 were Ben Rothwell and Travis Browne, and they should face each other once both have recovered.

“Big Ben” took on Brendan Schaub on the main card and put away the faster fighter by TKO in the opening round. Rothwell has had an up and down UFC career, and even considered retirement if he would have lost his last bout. But with the win, the 30-year-old is hoping to make one last run towards the title.

Also hoping to move into the top-10 heavyweight rankings is Browne, who stated a strong case for being a future contender with an arm-triangle submission victory over UFC newcomer Chad Griggs. “Hapa” is currently sitting on a record of 13-0-1 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down with an all-around solid game.

This will be a key match-up in the division for both men. It could easily be a part of the main card on a pay-per-view event, where a finish would be very likely to occur between these two sluggers.

Michael McDonald vs. Brad Pickett

A key match-up in the bantamweight division went down on Saturday as the youngest fighter in the UFC, Michael McDonald, impressed with a first-round stoppage of veteran Miguel Torres.

McDonald showed that he is the next star of the bantamweight division, and is a stud for only being 21-years-old.

Like Rory MacDonald, “Mayday” would fare well within the upper echelon of his division, but his career needs to slowly progress. An opponent that makes sense for McDonald is Brad Pickett, who competed at UFC on Fuel TV 2 a week ago.

Pickett is a solid all-around British fighter who put on a great performance in his recent bout against Damacio Page, submitting his opponent in the second round. Also, with a nickname like “One Punch,” Pickett is an explosive striker, who could give McDonald a challenge in the striking department.

Eddie Yagin vs. Jim Hettes/Steven Siler winner

The biggest surprise of the night came when featherweight Eddie Yagin and former top contender Mark Hominick squared off. Yagin came in as a large underdog, but edged out Hominick by split decision.

This was obviously a huge victory for Yagin, but it puts him nowhere near the top of the 145 heap yet. Yes, Hominick is one of the toughest fighters in the sport, but Yagin will need one more fight to solidify that he is for real.

Two featherweights who are scheduled to fight in the upcoming months are Jim Hettes and Steven Siler–they battle at UFC on FX 4 in June.

Both Hettes and Siler are very talented young fighters who have a lot of potential to be contenders in the future, with both holding a record of 2-0 in the UFC.

The reason Yagin should be matched up with the winner of this bout is that Yagin needs to be tested by an up-and-coming fighter first before he faces the top dogs of the division. At 33-years-old, this will likely be Yagin’s only opportunity to try and make a rise towards the top, and he will need to improve even more to be successful.

Mark Bocek vs. Jacob Volkmann/Paul Sass winner

In the opening bout of the main card, lightweights Mark Bocek and John Alessio went the distance with Bocek earning the decision nod.

Bocek has been in the UFC a long time, but has yet to make a statement to the rest of the division. He is without a doubt one of the toughest lightweights, having been in the cage with champions, but he needs a big win to propel his career.

Two fighters on the rise are Jacob Volkmann and Paul Sass, who have a meeting at UFC 146 in May. The winner of that fight should take on Bocek, making it a key bout.

Volkmann hasn’t lost a fight since 2010, and Sass is undefeated in his career. Whoever walks out of the cage the winner of this fight will give Bocek a good match-up, and if victorious, would put his name near the top of the division.

Photo: Jon Jones (R) battles Rashad Evans at UFC 145 (James Law/Heavy MMA)

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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.