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 The Ultimate Fighter Live Finale, which took place on June 1 from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks

Martin “Hitman” Kampmann came into Saturday’s Ultimate Fighter Finale as an underdog against the very talented Jake Ellenberger, but Kampmann was able to overcome the odds to defeat Ellenberger by TKO in the second round.

The member of Xtreme Couture has won three fights in a row over quality opponents, and is now in line for a fight to determine the next No. 1 contender in the welterweight division.

His opponent is expected to be Johny Hendricks, a guy who is on fire as of late. The former NCAA All-American wrestler is coming off back-to-back wins over two of the best 170-pound fighters in the world, Jon Fitch and Josh Koscheck.

Currently in the welterweight division, champion Georges St-Pierre is getting back to full strength, with Carlos Condit waiting to challenge him sometime this fall. Once the champion defends his crown, either Kampmann or Hendricks will get the next crack at the belt.

Kampmann vs. Hendricks is a spectacular match-up that could easily headline an event. But another possibility is to put this bout on the same card as St-Pierre and Condit. No matter where it takes place, look for fireworks when the two red-hot fighters square off in the Octagon.

Michael Chiesa vs. Reza Madadi

The heartwarming story of Michael Chiesa on the 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter stole the spotlight on the show, and Chiesa finished writing the script on Saturday by becoming the next winner of the reality show, defeating Team Faber teammate Al Iaquinta by submission.

Chiesa racked up a six-figure UFC contract, a trophy, and even a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for the biggest win of his career. But while the win has yet to sink in, Chiesa will go right back to work training soon.

The Washington native will be given some time off to spend with his family and friends, but Chiesa is a UFC fighter now and could be given an opponent at any time.

Winners of The Ultimate Fighter are usually given mid-level competition in their first bout, but with the UFC’s lightweight division becoming more and more stacked, everyone on the roster could be considered a difficult opponent to face.

The name that makes sense for Chiesa next is Sweden’s Reza Madadi. “Mad Dog” is 12-2 in his career and is also on a seven-fight winning streak. But Madadi has only stepped into the Octagon once and has a long way to go before getting to the top.

The reason Madadi would be a good opponent for Chiesa is that they are similar in styles. Madadi has submitted seven opponents in his career, and the mat is where Chiesa prefers to fight. It would be a fun fight for fans, while also being a test for both men.

Charles Oliveira vs. Dennis Siver

In the featherweight division, Charles Oliveira and Jonathan Brookins went toe to toe, with Oliveira topping the former TUF winner by submission in the second round.

This was the second featherweight fight for Oliveira since moving down a weight class, and he is a guy that should be on everyone’s watch list.

A logical opponent for the Brazilian is Dennis Siver, who also recently moved down to 145 pounds. Siver hails from Germany and is known for being a very talented kickboxer. One of these men is on a fast track to the top, which makes this match-up even more exciting.

Stylistically, this is an excellent fight to make. Oliveira has won 15 of his 16 fights by either knockout or submission and is capable of finishing any fighter in his path. But Siver is a very tough fighter with a good chin and is also slowly improvement on his ground game.

This fight is one that is very likely to be made, so stay tuned to hear who “do Bronx” will face next.

Max Holloway vs. Marcus Brimage

Max Holloway is known as the guy who got submitted by the talented Dustin Poirier, but on Saturday stated his case of being more than that by dominating Pat Schilling for three rounds.

Holloway is one of the youngest fighters in the UFC and has a lot of potential in the featherweight division.

Now back on track, “Blessed” should take on Alabama native Marcus Brimage next for several reasons.

First off, these are two guys that are slowly rising up the ranks. Both have had two UFC fights, and they are neck and neck with how their careers have progressed.

Secondly, this is a good match-up in my eyes. The majority of the two’s wins have come by decision, so expect Holloway and Brimage to put on a three-round battle.

Justin Lawrence vs. John Cholish

Many MMA fans’ expression was simply “Wow,” while others called it “the kick heard ’round the world.” But whatever you called it, Justin Lawrence’s head kick knockout over John Cofer was one of the best knockouts of the year.

Lawrence was the favorite to win the show after knocking out two of his opponents during the many weeks, but he fell to eventual winner Chiesa. But with his spectacular finish of Cofer, fans will get to watch “The American Kid” compete many more times.

It’s hard to put someone in to fight Lawrence next, but one possible name is John Cholish.

Cholish is a Renzo Gracie fighter who has gone 1-1 in the UFC so far in his young career. The 28-year-old has also fought once in Strikeforce and has the ability to knock out an opponent or lock up a submission when he steps in the cage.

This would be a tough adversary for Lawrence, but it will be good for him in the long run to get some experience under his belt.

Photo: Michael Chiesa (top) became the Ultimate Fighter (Zuffa, LLC)

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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.

  • Nice assessment, Corey. I would love to see GSP vs Condit and Kampmann vs. Hendricks on the same card. What an electrifying night that would be. Chiesa vs Madadi is probably the best match-up for both fighters, but I would like to see Chiesa vs. Thiago Tavares. It could be an amazing fight and a huge challenge for Chiesa.

    • Brian McKenna

      Yeah, an unofficial four man welterweight tournament would be a great way to top off an upcoming PPV with St-Pierre vs. Condit and Kampmann vs. Hendricks.