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 8, which took place on May 18 from Arena Jaraguá in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil.

Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

Two Brazilians stole the show at UFC on FX 8 by scoring with impressive finishes.

In the main event, “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort knocked out former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in highlight-reel fashion with a wheel kick. The kick dropped Rockhold, which then allowed Belfort to finish with punches on top.

The 36-year-old has now won two straight over top-10 middleweights and is ranked at the top when it comes to contenders. But with champion Anderson Silva already locked in to fight Chris Weidman, Belfort should fight one more time before earning his rematch with Silva.

It may not have been as spectacular as Belfort’s knockout, but Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza looked very impressive in his UFC debut against Chris Camozzi. The Brazilian submitted Camozzi in the first round via arm-triangle choke, thus stating his case that he is without a doubt a top contender.

After Souza’s win, he said he would like to fight the winner of the main event, which turned out to be Belfort. Luckily for Jacare, that may in fact be next for him.

The future of Belfort and Souza rely on Silva vs. Weidman in July. If Weidman pulls off an upset, then a fight against Belfort is possible. But if Silva wins, it appears a superfight between “The Spider” and either Jon Jones of Georges St-Pierre will happen. With that uncertainty, Belfort vs. Souza is the decision at this point, and as evidenced by their fights on Saturday, it will be a fight that could easily headline and sell out a card in Brazil.

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone-K.J. Noons winner

In a lightweight battle between two potential future contenders, No. 10-ranked Rafael dos Anjos defeated Evan Dunham by unanimous decision in a back-and-forth fight.

The bout could have been scored either way, but ultimately dos Anjos was declared the winner and improved to 4-0 in his last four fights.

Dos Anjos has certainly been on a run as of late, but he isn’t a top contender just yet. He’ll need at least two more wins to earn himself a title shot, which sets him up for another match-up against a quality opponent.

Looking ahead, the Brazilian should take on the winner of a UFC 160 bout between Donald Cerrone and K.J. Noons, which takes place on May 25.

Cerrone has been a contender ever since he came to the UFC in 2011, and Noons is hoping his debut with the UFC is a successful one. Either man will give dos Anjos a challenge, and the fight makes sense when looking at the landscape of the 155-pound division.

Rafael Natal vs. Francis Carmont

Brazilian Rafael Natal defeated fellow countryman Joao Zeferino by unanimous decision in the opening bout of the main card, improving his winning streak to two.

Natal earned the win, but it wasn’t his most impressive performance. He’ll need to prove himself in his next fight, possibly against another man in the same situation.

One name that comes to mind is Francis Carmont, who is undefeated in the UFC but did not perform up to expectations in last fight. Carmont defeated Lorenz Larkin by unanimous decision in April, but many scored it for Larkin.

Considering both men are coming off average performances, it makes sense to match them up and see which fighter will prove that he is an up-and-coming contender.

Nik Lentz vs. Erik Koch

Nik Lentz defeated Hacran Dias by unanimous decision in the featured prelim on Fuel TV before the main card kicked off.

The No. 10-ranked featherweight has now won his last three fights and is ready to face a true test in his next outing.

One test for Lentz could be Erik Koch, who at one time was considered a top contender before injuries and a loss to Ricardo Lamas set him back.

Koch is a very dangerous fighter who strikes very efficiently. He trains out of the Roufusport camp in Milwaukee. Lentz vs. Koch is an interesting match-up due to their styles. Whereas Koch is a striker, Lentz is a grinder who uses his wrestling abilities to wear down his opponents.

It may not be an exciting match-up, but it is a key one for the two featherweights.

Photo: Vitor Belfort (James Law/Heavy MMA)

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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.

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