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 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie, which took place on Aug. 3 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas

UFC featherweight champion and one of the pound-for-pound best fighters in the world Jose Aldo successfully defended his title for the fifth time on Saturday.

Aldo took advantage of a shoulder injury to his opponent Chan Sung Jung and finished “The Korean Zombie” by TKO in the fourth round.

Following the win, questions of Aldo moving up a weight class to 155 pounds were thrown at him, but is this really what needs to have happen next?

The Brazilian has showed his dominance as champion since coming to the UFC in 2011, but he has yet to clean out the division. The featherweight division is arguably the most stacked in the UFC, with many waiting in line for their crack at Aldo.

One of them who has been waiting a while is Ricardo Lamas.

Lamas is 4-0 in the UFC, with his last three coming against contenders Cub Swanson, Hatsu Hioki and Erik Koch. Whenever Aldo’s original opponent, Anthony Pettis, was forced out due to injury, many expected Lamas to get the call to fight for the belt. Instead, the UFC selected “The Korean Zombie.”

Other names such as Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar and Swanson are also in the mix, but Lamas is most deserving due to his recent success. Even though he isn’t a household name, he is very well-rounded. “The Bully” has the tools to test Aldo and should get his chance to go toe-to-toe with the champion.

Phil Davis vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

It may have been controversial, but Phil Davis earned the biggest gift of his career in Brazil against Lyoto Machida.

Almost every fan scoring at home had Machida clearly winning, but the three judges cageside saw the fight in favor of Davis, who earned the nod by unanimous decision.

Despite the fact that it was a questionable call, we must move forward and determine what’s next for “Mr. Wonderful.”

When you look at the top of the 205-pound rankings, Davis has already faced four of the top six names. The only two remaining are Dan Henderson and Glover Teixeira, who is expected to be next in line for a title shot with a win over Ryan Bader. However, there is also Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who could be next for Davis if he defeats Chael Sonnen on Aug. 17.

Davis will likely need two more wins to earn a title shot, considering the controversial verdict in his fight with Machida. If Davis is able to put on a good performance and defeat a legend like Shogun, it would propel him up the rankings where one more win would allow him to face the champion.

Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira vs. Papy Abedi-Dylan Andrews winner

The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil middleweight winner Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira earned his second win inside the Octagon on Saturday, submitting Thiago Santos just 47 seconds into round one.

The Brazilian has displayed his array of skills in his two fights with the UFC, but is still just 28 years old with only eight career fights.

Mutante should face the winner of Papy Abedi and Dylan Andrews, who are scheduled to meet at UFC Fight Night 27 on Aug. 28.

After suffering two straight submission losses, Abedi bounced back to defeat Besam Yousef by split decision. A win over Andrews would give him his second UFC win. Andrews, a member of The Ultimate Fighter 17  cast, earned a first-round TKO over Jimmy Quinlan in his UFC debut. Like Abedi, he’ll be looking for a second win with the promotion.

Once this fight is in the books, it will set up nicely for a match-up against Ferreira by year’s end.

Thales Leites vs. Ed Herman

It had been five years since Thales Leites earned a win inside the Octagon, but on Saturday the Brazilian returned to defeat Tom Watson by unanimous decision.

Now, with his fourth straight victory under his belt, Leites will look to return to top-contender status in his second stint with the UFC.

It makes sense to match Leites against fellow veteran Ed Herman.

Officially, “Short Fuse” has only lost one of his last six fights, with one being a no-contest after Jake Shields tested positive for using a banned substance. In his last bout at UFC on Fox 8, Herman showed his toughness in a battle with Trevor Smith that earned him a split decision win and “Fight of the Night” honors.

These two middleweights match up very well. Both are 32 years old, hold a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and are coming off impressive wins.

John Lineker vs. Ian McCall

Two flyweights who picked up wins on Saturday were Brazilian John Lineker and “Uncle Creepy” Ian McCall.

Since losing to Louis Gaudinot in his UFC debut, Lineker has reeled off three straight wins, with his most recent coming over Jose Maria Tome. However, none of the three fighters that “Hands of Stone” defeated have won a fight in the UFC. Lineker has also had problems making weight. Lineker missed the mark by three pounds on Friday and forfeited two percent of his purse to Tome. It will be interesting to see how the UFC handles this situation.

McCall is one of the top flyweights in the world, but had not won a fight in the UFC until Saturday. McCall defeated Iliarde Santos by unanimous decision and took home a check for “Fight of the Night” honors. This win was McCall’s first since 2011, but he is now on track to make a run towards the title.

Before McCall makes that planned run, Lineker could be the next guy in his path. The timing is perfect to match up the two flyweights, and it would deliver another promising flyweight contest.

Anthony Perosh vs. Fabio Maldonado

The highlight of the night came at the hands of 41-year-old Australian Anthony Perosh, who knocked out Vinny Magalhaes in just 14 seconds.

This was a crucial victory for Perosh, as another loss could have caused him to hang up the gloves. Now that he is back on track, the retirement discussion is off the table as long as he keeps winning.

Up next for “The Hippo” could be a bout with Brazilian Fabio Maldonado.

Maldonado avoided a possible release from the UFC by defeating Roger Hollett via unanimous decision in May. While Perosh knocked out Magalhaes in impressive fashion, a fight with Maldonado would present a totally different challenge, considering the credentials Maldonado has as a boxer, including a record of 22-0 with 21 knockouts. However, Perosh would hold the advantage on the ground with a third-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie

In women’s bantamweight action, Brazilian Amanda Nunes added another impressive win to her record by stopping Sheila Gaff in the first round by TKO.

This is the seventh knockout victory for “Lioness,” and she has proven herself to be a dangerous opponent in the shallow division.

Up next for her second UFC fight should be a match-up with Dutch kickboxer Germaine de Randamie. De Randamie earned her first UFC win at UFC on Fox 8 by taking a split decision over veteran Julie Kedzie. This was her return to bantamweight.

While Nunes and de Randamie may not be at the top of the rankings, one more win will put them in contention.

Photo: Jose Aldo (top) works to finish (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

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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.