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 Fuel TV 6: Franklin vs. Le, which took place on Nov. 10 from the Cotai Arena in Macau, China.

Cung Le vs. Brian Stann

Even though he was the underdog, Cung Le stole the show in China by knocking out Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV 6.

Le landed a big right hand that knocked the former middleweight champion out cold. With impressive wins over Patrick Cote and Franklin, Le is quietly making his case as a possible contender.

But in all honesty, Le is 4o years old and isn’t capable of hanging with the top tier of middleweights like Michael Bisping and Yushin Okami, to name a few. But a fight with a guy like Brian Stann is one that makes sense.

Le is a big name in the UFC, as he is very popular with not only fighting, but also due to his movie career. The UFC isn’t going match him up with a name casual UFC fans are unfamiliar with. Which leads us to Stann, who is looking for a bounce-back win.

Stann was defeated by Bisping at UFC 152 and will be in desperate need of a win once he returns. A fight with Le is a fight where he can use his knockout power and wrestling to test Le, and possibly get back on track.

If that bout is made, Le will more than likely be the underdog, but it is a match-up where he can try to put his name in the top 10 of the middleweight division.

Thiago Silva vs. Ryan Bader

Thiago Silva proved that after many failures in the past two years, he is back.

The Brazilian defeated previously unbeaten Stanislav Nedkov by submission in the co-main event, earning himself an added check for “Submission of the Night.”

Silva has had two losses in the past two years, to go on top of problems with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but is now back in the win column after putting away Nedkov.

The light heavyweight has faced some of the best 205-pound fighters in the world, and should get a quality opponent after a win. One name that comes to mind is The Ultimate Fighter season eight winner Ryan Bader.

Bader is looking to get back in the win column after being knocked out by Lyoto Machida in August, and a fight with Silva would be a winnable fight for him, while also providing him with another big-name adversary.

For Silva, a win over Bader would give him a huge boost in the rankings to get him back to where he once was. The two would put on a solid fight in front of fans in a main-card level match-up.

Dong Hyun Kim vs. Mike Swick/Matt Brown winner

After an injury suffered against Demian Maia in their fight at UFC 148, the Korean fighter returned with a win on Saturday by defeating Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision.

Kim looked very solid in the win, easily taking all three rounds against Thiago, and is now in position to make another run at welterweight.

Another key upcoming welterweight bout is Mike Swick vs. Matt Brown, which takes place at UFC on Fox 5 in early December. Swick is coming off a win in his first fight since 2010, while Brown is on a three-fight winning streak. Both are becoming names to look out for, but so is Kim.

Giving Kim the winner makes perfect sense as far as the division landscape, but it also would make for an interesting fight. The bout could easily be on a pay-per-view card and get much attention, as all three are talented fighters.

Takanori Gomi vs. Sam Stout

“The Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi had a tough test in Mac Danzig in China, but was able to pull out a win by split decision.

Gomi has two straight wins under his belt, and is now in search of his third.

A fun fight for UFC fans would be Gomi vs. Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout. Stout faces John Makdessi at UFC 154, and if successful, would make a great fight for the former Pride lightweight champion.

Both Gomi and Stout have heavy hands and have put on many “Fight of the Night”-worthy performances, so expect a war if those two fight in the future.

Jon Tuck vs. Vinc Pichel/Rustam Khabilov winner

After being eliminated in The Ultimate Fighter: Live, Jon Tuck made his debut in the Octagon by defeating Tiequan Zhang in Zhang’s home country of China.

It’s hard to say how talented Tuck is after defeating a guy who hasn’t won since 2011, but he did look good against Zhang. A fight that makes sense for Tuck is facing the winner of the upcoming bout between his fellow TUF competitor Vinc Pichel and Russian Rustam Khabilov. The two are expected to meet in December, so the timing should be right to match the winner up with Tuck.

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Ivan Menjivar

After a controversial loss to Chris Cariaso at UFC 144, Takeya Mizugaki got back to work and defeated his original opponent for UFC 151, Jeff Hougland, months later in China.

Mizugaki proved to be too much for Hougland, as the Japanese fighter earned the nod on the judges’ scorecards.

A possible opponent for the victorious bantamweight is Ivan Menjivar, who fights Azamat Gashimov at UFC 154 next weekend.

Menjivar is coming off a tough loss to Mike Easton, but, regardless, is still a top-15 bantamweight. He’ll look to make another title run, but to do that, he’ll first has to get past someone like Mizugaki.

Mizugaki just wants to stay consistent. He’s got a win under him now, so it will be interesting to see if he can string together multiple wins.

Photo: Rich Franklin (pink/brown trunks) gets knocked out by Cung Le (Tracy Lee/Combat Lifestyle)

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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.