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 43, which took place on June 28 from the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.

Nate Marquardt vs. Tim Boetsch-Brad Tavares winner

With his back against the wall, veteran Nate Marquardt delivered. There was much more than one victory at stake—Marquardt was fighting for his job in Saturday’s main event after dropping his last three fights.

He moved back to middleweight and delivered a great performance to claim his first win since 2012. Nate “The Great” took home “Performance of the Night” honors by submitting debuting middleweight James Te Huna via armbar in the first round.

The 35-year-old Marquardt may not be waiting in line for a title shot, but he proved he isn’t done yet in his search for a spot in the top 10. Defeating a guy like Te Huna in his hometown is no easy task, but Marquardt made quick work of the striker.

Marquardt’s next task could involve fighting another borderline top-10 candidate, such as the winner of the fight between Tim Boetsch and Brad Tavares. Boetsch and Tavares will meet on Aug. 16 at UFC Fight Night 47. One of the two fighters will bounce back with a win on that date, and the winner could be staring down a date with a veteran still hungry for success.

Jared Rosholt vs. Ben Rothwell

His style may not be pretty, but Jared Rosholt is the fastest-rising heavyweight in the UFC. He entered the promotion almost eight months ago, but he has already produced a 3-0 record. In New Zealand, “The Big Show” defeated Soa Palelei by unanimous decision, the same manner in which he found his hand raised in his first two UFC outings.

Up next for Rosholt should be a showdown with Ben Rothwell.

You may be thinking,”Oh yeah, I forgot about that guy.” That’s no surprise, considering Rothwell has been serving a suspension for elevated levels of testosterone. The ruling was made in October, so Rothwell should be eligible to return in July.

Don’t be surprised to hear news concerning him soon, and it could be that Rosholt is his opponent for his return fight. A fight against Rothwell will serve as a great test for Rosholt, and if he is able to get by the veteran fighter, then the case could be made for giving Rosholt even bigger fights.

Charles Oliveira vs. Ricardo Lamas

Is it too early to call Charles Oliveira the Joe Lauzon of the featherweight division?

Oliveira has pulled in bonuses—one “Fight of the Night” check and a pair of performances bonuses—for his last three appearances. The Brazilian earned his most recent one on Saturday when he became the first person to finish Hatsu Hioki. Oliveira submitted the Japanese featherweight with an anaconda choke in the second round.

In his time spent with the UFC, Oliveira has faced a number of tough challenges. Jim Miller, Donald Cerrone, Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar are all names that can be found on his resume. Although all four of those bouts ended in defeat for the Brazilian, he is building his stock now with back-to-back wins. The crazy thing is, Oliveira is just 24 years old.

“Do Bronx” shouldn’t get a downgrade in terms of opponent quality. He has already been in there with the best guys in the division, and it shouldn’t stop now. That’s why Ricardo Lamas should be on his radar.

Lamas returned to his winning ways on Saturday as well, defeating Hacran Dias at UFC Fight Night 44. It was his first time back in the Octagon since losing to champion Jose Aldo, and now he will be eyeing another opportunity. However, it’s going to take a while for Lamas to squeeze back into the line for a contenders’ bout or a title shot, as the top half of the division is already loaded with contenders. While Oliveira and Lamas wait, it makes sense to pair them up in what could turn into another fight worthy of a bonus check.

Robert Whittaker vs. Neil Magny

Robert Whittaker and Neil Magny, two welterweights and former The Ultimate Fighter combatants, picked up wins on Saturday. They should meet each other the next time they step in the cage.

To open up the main card, Australian Robert Whittaker derailed the hype train behind Mike “Biggie” Rhodes when he defeated the former RFA star by unanimous decision. It was the first win by Whittaker since May 2013 and comes after back-to-back losses. It was a much-needed victory for the TUF Smashes champ.

Before Whittaker entered the cage, Neil Magny had already taken care of business in his bout on the prelims. Magny finished Rodrigo “Monstro” Goiana de Lima via TKO in the second round, extending his UFC winning streak to three. Despite losing in the semifinals in the 16th season of The Ultimate Fighter, Magny has accomplished more than anyone else from the show.

Whittaker and Magny are still young and have a ways to go before finding themselves in the mix. However, another win for either man could open eyes in the 170-pound division.

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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.