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 Fight Night 32: Belfort vs. Henderson, which took place on Nov. 9 from Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil.

Vitor Belfort vs. Chris Weidman-Anderson Silva winner

Two legends with a lot at stake met in the main event of the evening. “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort proved once again he is worthy of a title shot in the middleweight division by handing Dan Henderson his first knockout defeat. Belfort rocked Henderson with an uppercut, then landed a brutal head kick to the face that put away the 43-year-old.

After three straight impressive wins over quality competition, the UFC can’t deny Belfort a title shot against the winner of Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva, who meet on Dec. 28.

The only thing that could halt Belfort’s opportunity is if Silva beats Weidman in the rematch. The logical thing for the UFC to do is to create a rubber match to settle the score. When UFC 168 comes, Belfort should be rooting for Weidman to win.

Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira vs. Dylan Andrews-Clint Hester winner

In the co-main event, Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira and Daniel Sarafian finally faced off. They were originally supposed to be the pairing for the finale of the Ultimate Fighter: Brazil to determine the middleweight season winner, but Sarafian was forced out of that bout. In a split decision verdict following a grinding fight, Ferreira earned the nod to improve his UFC record to 3-0.

Up next for the Brazilian should be either Dylan Andrews or Clint Hester, who are scheduled to meet at UFC Fight Night 33 on Dec. 7.

A win for Andrews would give him his third UFC victory, whereas Hester would improve to 2-0 with a victory. Hester was expected to face Ferreira at UFC 163, but an injury caused the bout to be scrapped.

Regardless of whether it’s Andrews or Hester who wins, fighting Mutante next makes sense for either middleweight.

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Ryan Bader-Anthony Perosh winner

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante earned his first UFC victory in his home country of Brazil with a stoppage of Igor Pokrajac.

With the win, Feijao becomes a guy to watch out for in the slim light heavyweight division. A possible fight for him could come against the winner of Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Perosh, who are set to battle on Dec. 7.

Bader has met tough competition over the course of his UFC career, with his last three wins coming over names who are no longer in the UFC. Meanwhile, Perosh has emerged as a dark-horse contender after stunning Vinny Magalhaes with a knockout in just 14 seconds.

Brandon Thatch vs. Ryan LaFlare

Brandon Thatch and Ryan LaFlare are two up-and-coming welterweights that earned impressive wins on Saturday. Colorado’s Thatch continued his hot streak by winning his 10th fight in a row with a stoppage of Paulo Thiago. The undefeated LaFlare kept his spotless record intact with a unanimous decision nod over Santiago Ponzinibbio.

With the timing perfect, it’s likely that Thatch and LaFlare could meet next. There are certainly other options for both men in the stacked welterweight division, but with both going 2-0 in the UFC thus far, it could launch one into the spotlight as the top prospect in the division.

With Thatch’s knockout ability against LaFlare’s wrestling, it makes for an interesting fight.

Jeremy Stephens vs. Dennis Bermudez

After three straight losses at 155 pounds, Jeremy Stephens has turned his career around with back-to-back wins as a featherweight.

On Saturday, “Lil’ Heathen” delivered a head kick to knock out Ultimate Fighter: Brazil winner Rony Jason in just 40 seconds. This was Stephens’ first knockout victory since way back in 2011.

A logical opponent for Stephens in his next outing is another Ultimate Fighter alum, Dennis Bermudez. Bermudez, a finalist on season 14, has been on a roll as of late. Since losing to Diego Brandao in 2011, Bermudez has won five fights in row, including a unanimous decision victory over Steven Siler on Nov. 6.

The timing fits for the match-up, and with both men turning heads as of late, it would be a big fight in the UFC’s featherweight division.

Photo: Vitor Belfort (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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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.