Following every UFC and Invicta FC 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 FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping, which took place on Jan. 18 from the Geraldo Jose De Almeida State Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold

On Saturday at UFC on FX 7, Vitor Belfort spoiled a future title shot for Michael Bisping by knocking out “The Count” in the second round via head kick and ground-and-pound.

Belfort earned a huge win in his home country of Brazil and proved to many people that he still has it even at 35 years of age.

“The Phenom” has his eyes set on fighters such as Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, but those fights are simply not going to happen. Instead, Belfort should take on Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.

Rockhold was expected to defend his belt in the final Strikeforce event, but suffered an injury. Now in the UFC, Rockhold will get to take on the best 185-pound fighters in the world, and it starts with Belfort.

The bout makes perfect sense for both men. Rockhold deserves to fight a top guy, and Belfort is one of them. The Brazilian is hoping to get back on a run after losing to both Anderson Silva and Jones in title fights, and a win over a former Strikeforce champion will certainly help him get back to the top.

Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher

A week before the bout, UFC President Dana White announced that if Michael Bisping defeated Belfort, he would get the next title shot against Anderson Silva. However, Bisping failed in the biggest fight of his career, and that now opens the door for other contenders.

Bisping shouldn’t necessarily be considered a “gatekeeper,” but he has a lot of catching up to do if he wants to earn a title shot before his career his over.

A fight that definitely needs to be made sooner or later is Bisping against Alan Belcher. The two middleweights have called each other out for years, and it’s finally time to see them settle their feud inside the Octagon.

With Belcher coming off a loss to Yushin Okami and Bisping losing to Belfort, it makes perfect sense to match the two up at this time. Whoever wins will see the light at the end of the tunnel in hopes of getting back to the top, whereas the loser may never see another opportunity at UFC gold.

C.B. Dollaway vs. Derek Brunson

In the co-main event of UFC on FX 7, C.B. Dollaway edged out Daniel Sarafian by split decision to spoil the debut of the Brazilian in his home country.

Dollaway now has two wins under his belt, but he still has a ways to go before being considered a top-15 middleweight.

A fight for “The Doberman” that makes sense is to pair him with Derek Brunson. Brunson came over from Strikeforce and won his UFC debut against Chris Leben. Like Dollaway, Brunson is a wrestler, and he is a good match-up for Dollaway.

Neither fighter has sparked interest from fans, but if the two are matched up to fight, it will put pressure on both of them to put on an impressive display.

Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Pat Barry

In a heavyweight clash, Gabriel Gonzaga submitted Ben Rothwell to give “Napao” his second submission victory since coming back to the UFC.

The win was huge for Gonzaga, as a loss would have been critical for his career. But with another win under his belt, Gonzaga still has a chance to string some wins together to be considered a legitamate heavyweight contender.

Up next for Gonzaga should be a fight against Pat Barry. After Barry defeated Shane Del Rosario at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, it was suggested in the Fight Destiny piece that followed that Barry should take on the winner of Gonzaga and Rothwell next. That still holds true. There’s no reason why that shouldn’t happen.

Gonzaga and Barry are in the same area of the rankings, and it would make for a great fight. Both possess heavy hands and kicks, and as displayed by their past fights, they are capable of putting on an “of the Night”-caliber fight.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Pat Healy

Khabib Nurmagomedov continues to impress in each fight and put on the best performance of his career on Saturday against Thiago Tavares. “The Eagle” earned a TKO over the Brazilian in the opening round, and added to his record, which improves to 19-0.

After going 3-0 in the UFC so far, Nurmagomedov should now move up to take on a top-15 lightweight. One name that instantly comes to mind is former Strikeforce contender Pat Healy. Healy is another member of the Strikeforce roster to sign with the UFC, and he is in need of an opponent for his debut.

The 24-year-old Nurmagomedov is still young, but has a ton of experience and has shown he is now worthy of fighting a guy like Healy.

This will be a great match-up if made, as both have very well-rounded games. It will be a big fight for not only “The Eagle,” but also Healy, who would love to make a huge statement in his debut.

Photo: Vitor Belfort (Patrick Formosinho/Dentro do Ringue)

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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.