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 The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale, which took place on July 6 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson

B.J. Penn has been in almost 30 fights over the course of his professional career, but he suffered his toughest defeat on Sunday. Penn made his debut at 145 pounds, but he still did not look like his old self. Meanwhile, Frankie Edgar put on a clinic.

Penn failed to hurt Edgar at all on the feet, which allowed Edgar to land takedowns. It appeared Penn wanted the fight on the mat, but he did not attempt any submissions. Instead, Edgar busted him up with elbows. In the end, “The Answer” found what he was looking for with a third-round stoppage win.

After the fight, “The Prodigy” announced his retirement from fighting. Let’s hope he stays on the sidelines. Penn has nothing left to prove in the sport, so there’s no reason for him to step foot in the Octagon again and risk his health.

Although most of the attention will go on Penn, let’s not ignore Edgar’s impressive showing. The former lightweight had not fought in a year, but he looked outstanding. Edgar is likely one win away from earning himself another shot at the featherweight belt.

Here’s the situation we have at featherweight. Jose Aldo’s title defense against Chad Mendes will be pushed back due to the champion being injured. They were expected to fight at UFC 176, but now that bout won’t happen until later this year. Meanwhile, Cub Swanson, having done enough to get a title shot, waits for his crack at the gold. Under the circumstances, he will probably have to fight one more time. This is where Edgar comes in.

After six wins in a row, Swanson was in the driver’s seat to finally get another shot at Aldo. However, another tough challenge could come his way before the next No. 1 contender is officially determined, and that challenge could be Edgar.

Corey Anderson vs. Cody Donovan-Nikita Krylov winner

The Ultimate Fighter 19 light heavyweight winner is Corey Anderson.

Anderson defeated Matt Van Buren by TKO in the first round to claim the prize. Despite coming from a wrestling background, Anderson used his striking abilities to easily put away his opponent.

Anderson’s second bout in the UFC should find the newly crowned TUF champ going up against the winner of the upcoming fight between Cody Donovan and Nikita Krylov, who are scheduled to meet on July 19 at UFC Fight Night 46.

Following back-to-back knockout losses, Donovan is in desperate need of a victory. Meanwhile, Krylov is coming off an early submission loss to Ovince St. Preux. Both guys sit near the bottom of the light heavyweight division, which is where Anderson should start his UFC run. “Beastin 25/8″ has loads of potential, but, with just three pro bouts under his belt, he needs to start at the bottom and work his way up.

Eddie Gordon vs. Sam Alvey-Tom Watson winner

In the middleweight final, Eddie Gordon rolled through Dhiego Lima in the first round via TKO to win the six-figure contract.

Gordon is huge for 185 pounds. Although it remains to be seen whether or not he stays at this weight class, the guy is a dangerous foe for anyone.

The next stop for the “Truck” should be a fight against the winner of the UFC Fight Night 47 bout between Sam Alvey and Tom Watson.

Even though Alvey came through The Ultimate Fighter 16, he will be making his official Octagon debut on Aug. 16. “Smilin’” Sam had won four bouts in a row to get the call from the UFC, and he held the Maximum Fighting Championship title along the way. Watson’s UFC tenure has panned out as many people imagined. The former BAMMA champion had a lot of hype coming into the UFC, but he has just a 1-3 record thus far.

Gordon is still raw in terms of skill set, so there’s no need for the UFC to rush him. A fight against either Alvey or Watson will give him a chance to add some more momentum.

Derrick Lewis vs. Matt Mitrione

Heavyweights collided on the main card, where Derrick Lewis secured the first-round stoppage of Guto Inocente via brutal ground-and-pound.

“The Black Beast” is one of the biggest hitters in the heavyweight division, which is filled with strikers. There’s no denying the power Lewis has in his hands, which makes him a threat to all fighters in his path.

After the fight, Lewis brought up an interesting idea when speaking to UFC commentator Jon Anik. Lewis said he’d like to fight Matt Mitrione next, considering Mitrione was unable to compete the night before after his bout with Stefan Struve was called off. Word is that Mitrione is down for it, as expected, so why not make it happen?

Although Lewis hasn’t fought the big names Mitrione has seen, it’s still a fight that would be entertaining. It offers tons of upside for Lewis, who could move up in the rankings with a win, so props to him for calling out Mitrione.

Dustin Ortiz vs. John Lineker-Alptekin Ozkilic winner

To open up the main card, Dustin Ortiz and Justin Scoggins, two promising flyweights, squared off. After three rounds of entertaining action, Ortiz received the split decision nod.

It’s the second straight fight where Ortiz has just eked out a victory, so there is cause for concern there. However, the Roufusport-trained fighter is definitely one of the names to watch out for in the slim 125-pound division.

The winner of the upcoming bout between John Lineker and Alptekin Ozkilic should be next on the docket for Ortiz. Lineker was on a four-fight winning streak at one point, but he came back to earth once he lost to Ali Bagautinov in February. Ozkilic is 1-1 in his UFC career, and he is also coming off a loss. Both flyweights have shown to be game opponents inside the cage, and that is just what Ortiz needs in an opponent.

Ortiz may not be knocking on the door of the top five yet, but if he can string a pair of decisive wins together, he’ll reach that point.

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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.