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 on Fox 3: Diaz vs. Miller, which took place on May 5 from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

Nate Diaz vs. Ben Henderson/Frankie Edgar winner

Nate Diaz was victorious in a five-round battle with New Jersey’s own Jim Miller in the main event of UFC on Fox 3, submitting Miller with a guillotine in the second round.

The Stockton, Calif., native has won three straight fights since moving down to 155 pounds and has his eyes set on the lightweight crown. However, Diaz will have to wait a while to fight for the belt.

Ben Henderson won the title from Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 in Japan, and an immediate rematch was made between the two. That bout is expected to be held on Aug. 4 in Denver at UFC 150.

It’s hard to imagine Diaz waiting that long, but that’s where his mindset is right now. Even UFC president Dana White stated that Diaz is next in line for a shot at the belt and will wait for the winner of Henderson-Edgar.

The lightweight division is so stacked right now, with other names out there worthy of a title shot. One name that you hear a lot is Anthony Pettis. “Showtime” was expected to get the next opportunity, but after surgery and a rematch given to Edgar, Pettis has been left out of the mix once again.

Ideally, it would be since to match up Diaz and Pettis in a title eliminator bout, but all signs right now point to Diaz jumping Pettis in the rankings to fight the champ next.

Johny Hendricks vs. Jake Ellenberger/Martin Kampmann winner

Another fight with title implications took place in the co-main event, as Johny Hendricks defeated Josh Koscheck by split decision.

Hendricks has won four fights in a row with his last two coming against two top contenders in Jon Fitch and Koscheck. With those two victories, “Bigg Rigg” has certainly done enough to build his resume for a chance at the welterweight championship, but is that the right move for the UFC to make?

Welterweight king Georges St-Pierre has been out of action for over a year, but is expected to make his return this fall. His opponent will likely be Carlos Condit, but no official bout has been made thus far. Hendricks has stated that he’d be willing to wait until St-Pierre and Condit fight, but that time will be in the distant future.

Think about it, Hendricks would be out of action for likely all of 2012. There is no way the UFC will allow him to wait that long for a title shot. If a GSP-Condit date had already been set, then maybe he could wait it out, but there hasn’t been an announcement so far. Anyone who has followed St-Pierre in his career knows that he only fights about twice a year, so even after he defends his belt later this year (and assuming he wins), he’ll likely be out several months in 2013.

The 28-year-old Hendricks needs to step in the Octagon before he fights for the title against someone who has also been waiting patiently to challenge St-Pierre.

Two guys that will compete in June are Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann, headlining The Ultimate Fighter 15 Finale. This is another big fight in the 170-pound division and will give either man a boost up the ladder.

It’s safe to say that Ellenberger and Kampmann are worthy of fighting for the belt, but they are in the same position as Hendricks is in terms of waiting. The UFC should match up the winner of this bout with Hendricks in a five-round fight to establish the true No. 1 contender.

Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping/Tim Boetsch winner

A fight that was overlooked by many was Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares, but Belcher put on a performance not to be forgotten as he scored a TKO over the Brazilian in the opening round.

Belcher has been with the UFC since 2006, and has finally established himself in the middleweight division. “The Talent” is a serious threat to anyone, with a solid striking game, and is capable of fighting for the title someday.

Even Dana White stated that Belcher has now put himself in the top five of the division and will be given a big name opponent in his next bout.

Two middleweights who will lock horns on July 21 at UFC 149 are Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch. Both men are legitimate title contenders who, like Belcher, are trying to make it to the top of the heap.

The timing for Belcher to take on the winner of that bout will be reasonable and would be the best move to make. The winner will jump right to the top, inches away from earning a title shot.

Lavar Johnson vs. Mark Hunt/Stefan Struve winner

You can’t forget about the heavyweight battle at UFC on Fox 3, as Lavar Johnson put away Pat Barry in the first round by TKO.

Johnson is 2-0 since coming to the UFC from Strikeforce, with both of those wins coming by explosive knockouts.

Heavyweight division beware. “Big” is on a roll taking out tough fighters and is making a run towards the title. But Johnson needs a couple more big wins to be considered a serious contender and should fight the winner of Stefan Struve and Mark Hunt, who are scheduled to meet at UFC 146, an all-heavyweight main card that will take place on May 26.

Struve and Hunt will put on a great fight in May, and the winner of that slugfest will give Johnson a big test—Struve with his length and Hunt with his K-1 striking background.

This is a bout that will be fun to watch, as well as being huge for the victor’s career.

Photo: Nate Diaz (above) talks to Joe Rogan after his win during UFC on Fox 3 (MMAFighting)

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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.