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 160, which took place on May 25 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos

Things went according to plan for the UFC on Saturday night. Cain Velasquez dispatched of Brazilian Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva for the second consecutive May event—although this time Velasquez’s heavyweight belt was on the line—and Junior dos Santos got back in the win column with a third-round knockout over granite-chinned Mark Hunt in the co-main event. The two outcomes set up a highly anticipated rubber match between Velasquez and dos Santos.

The question is, which fight will we see in the third meeting?

Dos Santos appeared to have rediscovered the form that earned him the belt with a 64-second knockout of Velasquez in their first meeting. With his personal issues in the past, the Brazilian looked as focused and dangerous as ever against Hunt. And his flashy, wheel kick finish of Hunt only adds fuel to the fire that he is ready to reign the division once more.

Meanwhile, Velasquez proved that his second title reign would not be short-lived. After recapturing the belt against dos Santos in December with a one-sided decision, the Californian would only need two minutes to stop Bigfoot for a second time. The champion’s mix of speed and wrestling pose problems for any opponent, and dos Santos will need to make a number of adjustments to avoid a repeat of their second meeting.

Glover Teixeira vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua/Antonio Rogerio Nogueira winner

The 205-pound division is a bit of mess at the moment, but the promotion has to be thankful that Glover Teixeira has brought a fresh face to the title picture. The Brazilian extended his winning streak to 19 with a first-round guillotine choke of New Zealand’s James Te Huna. It marked his fourth straight win in the Octagon, with three of those coming by some form of stoppage.

As UFC President Dana White alluded to at the post-fight press conference, Teixeira’s not quite ready for a crack at divisional kingpin Jon Jones, but he’s “in the mix.” With Jones on the shelf for up to six months due to ligament damage in his big toe, it’s unclear what’s next for the champion. But don’t be surprised if the promotion puts together an unofficial title elimination tournament. There have been rumblings of a match-up between former champion Lyoto Machida and rising Swede Alexander Gustafsson, which is a bout that could determine the next No. 1 contender or give Teixeira an opponent.

With things unclear, the best fight for Teixeira is against the winner of the UFC 161 battle between his fellow countrymen Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The one knock against Teixeira’s current path of destruction has been the lack of top-10 competition he’s faced, and a win over either one of these veterans would certainly help his case for title shot.

T.J. Grant vs. Benson Henderson

Quiet, unassuming, darkhorse. All of these words can be used to describe Canadian lightweight T.J. Grant. But there’s one more adjective that is now associated with him following his first-round demolition of former title challenger Gray Maynard on Saturday: No. 1 contender.

Grant’s move to lightweight in late 2011 was the best thing that ever happened to the 29-year-old. He’s now reeled off five straight wins since the drop down from welterweight and has dominated every fighter put in front of him. As if his three-round domination of Evan Dunham or TKO over the very durable Matt Wiman weren’t impressive enough, he weathered an early onslaught from Maynard and then unloaded with a barrage of punches and knees that stopped the fight.

His reward? A title shot against reigning champion Benson Henderson. Grant will face a tough test against Henderson, who has yet to taste defeat inside the Octagon. Henderson’s success has come in large part from his ability to frustrate his challengers both on the feet and the mat. Grant’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt should allow him to hold his own on the ground and his recent success on the feet with his Muay Thai means that Henderson can’t look past him, even if many will.

Donald Cerrone vs. Josh Thomson

Donald Cerrone’s beatdown of Strikeforce import K.J. Noons meant very little to his place in the lightweight title picture, but the Jackson’s MMA product proved once more that when he is focused, he’s one of the elite 155-pound fighters on the planet. The problem has always been doing it fight after fight, as his losses to Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis have shown.

Following the fight, another Strikeforce veteran, former champion Josh Thomson, began politicking for a match-up with “Cowboy.” The always colorful Cerrone was receptive to the idea at the post-fight press conference, stating, “Let’s do it.”

With Grant already in line for a crack at Henderson, and with the Jose Aldo-Anthony Pettis featherweight title winner on deck, this is a perfect fight for both Thomson and Cerrone. Thomson already stopped the aforementioned Diaz in his UFC return and there aren’t a lot of fighters in the top-10 that have the potential to give him the challenge—nor entertaining fight—that Cerrone can.

Photo: Cain Velasquez (center) poses with his team (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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