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 153: Silva vs. Bonnar, which took place on Oct. 13 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones

The Greatest of All Time does it again.

Number one pound-for-pound fighter Anderson Silva once again impressed inside the Octagon at UFC 153 in his native country of Brazil, defeating Stephan Bonnar by TKO in the first round.

It was a light heavyweight bout, where Silva moved up to challenge Bonnar in order to save the card after it lost its headliner, featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Silva’s middleweight title belt was not on the line.

After the fight, Silva stated that he would not move up to light heavyweight again. However, many—and by many, I mean all—fans want to see Silva vs. Jon Jones in a superfight. Both Silva and Jones have said before that they don’t want to fight each other, but UFC President Dana White can easily change their minds.

White said at the post-fight press conference he could get Silva to fight Jones by increasing his paycheck. The main reason guys fight is to feed their families, so if White offers more cash, a Silva-Jones bout could become possible.

Originally, it appeared Jones and Dan Henderson would be matched up to fight again after their bout at UFC 151 was canceled. But now it appears Henderson will fight Lyoto Machida. It’s unclear right now what’s next for Silva or Jones, but there’s no better time to make this bout, which would be biggest fight in UFC history.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Travis Browne

After being submitted by Frank Mir, where his arm was snapped, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira came back strong by defeating Dave Herman. Nogueira was able to get Herman down and lock up an armbar to get back in the win column.

At 36 years old, “Big Nog” isn’t the same fighter he used to be, but the Brazilian still wants to continue fighting. After his bout on Saturday, Nogueira stated he wants to face a top-10 guy in his next appearance.

Many say he should retire, but “Big Nog” isn’t thinking about hanging up the gloves just yet. But the question is, at an old age, will he be able to keep up with the younger, faster heavyweights in the UFC?

A guy that is in, or near, the top 10 is Travis Browne. Even after a loss to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva last week, Browne is still one of the top rising heavyweights in the UFC. A fight with “Big Nog” would be a good bounce-back fight for “Hapa,” and it would also get a lot attention as it could be the legend’s last appearance inside the Octagon.

Glover Teixeira vs. Phil Davis

The newest force in the UFC’s light heavyweight division impressed once again on Saturday.

Brazilian Glover Teixeira made his second appearance in the UFC, forcing a doctor’s stoppage against Fabio Maldonado at the end of the second round to once again open fans’ eyes.

Teixeira was expected to fight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, but an injury to the former champion left the door open for Maldonado to step in and take the fight. Teixeira is very dangerous, with the ability to knockout or submit anyone in his way. There are two options now for what comes next for him.

The first, obviously, is to try to match Teixeira up with “Rampage” again. After UFC 153, fans are begging to see the two fight, but as far as timing and Jackson’s injury, it may not work out.

Instead, Teixeira should fight top-10 light heavyweight Phil Davis. Davis was also successful on Saturday in defeating Wagner Prado in the second round via anaconda choke.

A bout against “Rampage” would certainly be exciting, but as far as the landscape of the division, fighting Davis would make more sense for Teixeira. Davis is a legitimate top-10 fighter, which is where Teixeira wants to be. With a win over “Mr. Wonderful,” the Brazilian fighter could accomplish his goal of being one of the top 205-pound fighters in the UFC.

Jon Fitch vs. Jake Ellenberger

Coming into his fight with Erick Silva on Saturday, Jon Fitch had not won since 2010. But against Silva, Fitch put on an impressive performance to earn a much-needed decision win.

Fitch is a former title challenger, and with one more win under his belt, he could put himself in the top five of the welterweight division once again.

A fight with Jake Ellenberger makes perfect sense for the American Kickboxing Academy fighter.

Ellenberger needed a win against Jay Hieron at UFC on FX 5, and got it to keep his position in the rankings. The two are dead even in my rankings, which creates even more justification for matching the two up.

This would be a very tough fight for both men. Both were wrestlers in college and have solid striking games as well. If this fight is made, you’ll find it on a main card of a pay-per-view event, or even headlining a FX or Fuel TV card.

Demian Maia vs. Josh Koscheck

Another welterweight who looked outstanding on Saturday was Demian Maia. Maia took on Rick Story, and made quick work of him by earning a submission to improve his UFC welterweight record to 2-0.

Many were looking forward to seeing how impressive Maia would perform in his second fight at 170, and he looked great. Even with only two wins in the division, the Brazilian is making a case to be considered a top-10 welterweight.

With that said, the submission specialist should face a top-10 guy next. And why not someone like Josh Koscheck? Koscheck has been out of action since May and is searching for who his next opponent will be.

This fight makes sense in many different ways. Stylistically, it’s great. You have a submission specialist with improving boxing taking on an excellent veteran wrestler who also has power in his hands. As far as the division, a win for either guy puts them right there near the top. Lastly, the timing is perfect. Once Maia takes some time off, this fight could be made sooner rather than later.

Looking ahead to the outcome, the winner of this bout could face the winner of the previously mentioned bout between Fitch and Ellenberger. This could be considered a mini four-man tournament to decide who will become the next No. 1 contender in the UFC’s welterweight division.

Photo: Anderson Silva (standing) finishes off Stephan Bonnar (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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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.