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 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit, which took place on Nov. 17 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

Even after a 19-month layoff, Georges St-Pierre looked better than ever on Saturday night.

Many question marks surrounded the welterweight champion coming into his title fight with Carlos Condit at UFC 154 in Montreal, as the longtime champ was coming off knee surgery and was facing a dangerous opponent in Condit. But St-Pierre put on an impressive display, earning a unanimous decision win over Condit to retain his title.

Earlier in the week, the talks of St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva came up. Rumors have come out that the UFC is targeting May 2013 as a date for the superfight, and to make things better, Silva sat cageside on Saturday as St-Pierre defeated Condit.

But is GSP vs. Silva the right move to make?

St-Pierre doesn’t seem to be all that interested in the fight, and I’m not either. If this was two years ago, maybe I would feel differently, but I don’t want to see St-Pierre fight the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world in 2013.

For GSP, it’s not a good match-up at all. Silva is big, even for a middleweight, so when he moves to either 170 or 180, he will be much taller and stronger than St-Pierre.

Instead, the bout that should be made next is St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks, who knocked out Martin Kampmann in just 46 seconds in the co-main event. That fight was originally announced to be the No. 1 contender fight before the Silva talk heated up, and Hendricks absolutely deserves a shot at St-Pierre. “Bigg Rigg” is on a five-fight winning streak, including a knockout of Jon Fitch and a split decision nod over Josh Koscheck to go along with the Kampmann stoppage.

The UFC, of course, wants to make the big dollars, and St-Pierre vs. Silva will more than likely happen. But from a fighting standpoint, having St-Pierre fight Hendricks, and Silva take on someone like Chris Weidman or Tim Boetsch, makes more sense at this point.

Francis Carmont vs. Costa Philippou or Nick Ring

It may have been controversial, but Francis Carmont still got the win over Tom Lawlor by split decision. The Montreal crowd showed their displeasure for the decision, as it appeared Lawlor was going to get the nod.

Nevertheless, Carmont is now on a nine-fight winning streak, and despite the grueling bout with Lawlor, still has a ton of potential in the middleweight division.

It’s hard to say what’s next for the TriStar Gym member, though. Many odd things happened in the middleweight division on Saturday, as Alessio Sakara was disqualified against Patrick Cote, and Costa Philippou vs. Nick Ring was canceled due to Ring becoming ill the day of the fight.

It appears a rematch between Sakara and Cote will happen, while the Philippou-Ring fight is in question.

Whether Philippou and Ring are matched back up or not, Carmont should meet one of them, or the winner of the rescheduled bout, if it is made.

Philippou is on a winning streak of his own with four straight victories and is in a similar spot in the rankings as Carmont. Ring is in the mix as well with his win over Court McGee in his last bout.

With the division having had many setbacks, it’s uncertain on what will happen with Carmont, but Philippou or Ring would be the best fights for him.

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Joe Lauzon/Jim Miller winner

In what was originally set to be a prelim bout, Rafael dos Anjos vs. Mark Bocek moved up to the main card, with dos Anjos defeating the Canadian via unanimous decision.

The Brazilian dos Anjos is on a nice winning streak of three fights right now, and he has put himself right in the top 15 of the lightweight division.

Dos Anjos has been with the UFC a long time and deserves another quality opponent for his next bout. Facing the winner of Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller makes sense for the lightweight.

Lauzon will take on Miller on Dec. 29 at UFC 155. Both men have been in the top 10 of the division for years, which is where dos Anjos wants to be. Whoever comes out on top will give dos Anjos a test, but he has the ability to defeat either man with his balance of striking and grappling.

Pablo Garza vs. Darren Elkins

Two featherweights picked up wins on Saturday and should be matched up to fight each other next, as the timing is perfect.

In the opening bout of the main card, “The Scarecrow” Pablo Garza earned a crucial unanimous decision win over former title challenger Mark Hominick. Garza was able to control Hominick for three rounds, giving the featherweight his first win since April 2011.

Darren Elkins has been flying under the rader as of late and is quietly on a four-fight winning streak following his win in the opening bout of the night against Steven Siler. Elkins put on another impressive display, earning the nod on the judges’ scorecards.

As mentioned, the timing is perfect to match Garza and Elkins up. As far as the fight itself, it would be a close one to predict. Elkins has a very solid wrestling game, which he has used to grind out his opponents, whereas Garza is very well-rounded with many unique strikes and submissions.

Photo: Johny Hendricks (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.