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 Fuel TV 7: Barao vs. McDonald, which took place on Feb. 16 from the Wembley Arena in London, England.

Renan Barao vs. Dominick Cruz

In the first UFC championship bout on Fuel TV, interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao defeated Michael McDonald by submission in the fourth round.

The Brazilian has now won 30 fights in a row and continues to impress in each and every fight. Barao is in position to face the true 135-pound title holder, Dominick Cruz, next, if he is ready in time without forcing Barao to sit out for an extended period. The interim champion called out the true champ after the win, and the two will meet to unify the belts hopefully this summer. After winning the interim belt and defending it once, Barao shouldn’t have to fight again until he gets his real title shot.

If Cruz isn’t next for Barao, it opens up the door for even more names, but the only one that should be looked at right now is Cruz.

Cruz vs. Barao is a great match-up as the high-level talent of Barao goes up against the length and quickness of Cruz. After Barao’s impressive performance over McDonald, the bantamweight title fight will be one of the most anticipated fights of the year.

Cub Swanson vs. Chan-Sung Jung

The co-main event featured a crucial fight in the featherweight division, as Cub Swanson and Dustin Poirier fought to a unanimous decision with Swanson coming out on top.

Swanson has won his last four fights and is without a doubt worthy of a title shot with the streak he is on.

However, it was announced recently that Anthony Pettis will move down to 145 pounds to take on featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the next title fight. This leaves Swanson, as well as other names such as Ricardo Lamas and Chan-Sung Jung, out of the loop. Swanson should now face one of those two men next.

The featherweight division will get a little hectic with Pettis getting the title shot, but Swanson should fight “The Korean Zombie” in his next appearance inside the Octagon. Jung was expected to possibly be next in line for Aldo, but will need to fight again after all. Swanson vs. Jung will be an exciting match-up if made, and could be a five-round battle as well.

Jimi Manuwa vs. James Te Huna

On Saturday, two light heavyweights impressed with wins. Jimi Manuwa defeated Cyrille Diabate due to injury after the first round, giving the British fighter his second UFC win. Meanwhile, Australian James Te Huna picked up his fourth straight win in the UFC by earning a unanimous decision nod over Ryan Jimmo.

Both men are two of the top 205-pound fighters in the organization and should fight each other next. It will be a big fight for both of their careers, as they are inching close to becoming a true force.

Stylistically, this fight will be definitely worth watching. Manuwa and Te Huna are known for their finishing ability, so this would be a slugfest if it happens.

Gunnar Nelson vs. Matt Riddle

Two welterweights also earned wins on the main card on Saturday in London. Gunnar Nelson defeated Jorge Santiago by unanimous decision, improving his record to 2-0 in the UFC, and Matt Riddle edged out Che Mills by split decision.

Both are at a similar position in the division and should lock horns next, barring any setbacks.

Nelson has proven he’s one of the top prospects in the UFC, and he should continue moving up and facing tougher competition. It’s not the greatest match-up, but it makes perfect sense at this point.

Photo: Cub Swanson (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

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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.