- Marcus Brimage defeated Maximo Blanco via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Dana White was not a happy man, sarcastically tweeting about the fight itself, and I’m sure he wasn’t pleased with Blanco’s flips and antics after the fight itself, either. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get his walking papers this week.
- Chris Clements defeated Keith Wisniewski via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27).
- Mac Danzig defeated Efrain Escudero via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
After the fight, Danzig told reporters he eventually wants to fight Nate Diaz. He noted he might need to rack up a few more wins before he gets there. Yep.
- Anthony Njokuani defeated John Makdessi via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Fought at catchweight because Makdessi came in three pounds over and wasn’t able to drop at the weigh-ins. Njokuani, who’s on the larger end of 155, wasn’t happy to say the least.
- Matt Brown defeated Stephen Thompson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-27, 30-27)
- Travis Browne defeated Chad Griggs via Submission (R1 2:29, arm-triangle choke) Browne receives UFC’s Submission of the Night bonus. Browne receives UFC’s Submission of the Night Bonus.
- Mark Bocek defeated John Alessio via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
- Eddie Yagin defeated Mark Hominick via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Yagin & Hominick receive UFC’s Fight of the Night Bonuses.
Some thought Hominick got robbed here. I had it 29-28 Yagin by a narrow margin. You could make an argument the other way and I wouldn’t call you batshit crazy, but Yagin’s strikes the first two rounds were far more significant and he knocked Hominick down in each. Hominick had a Hell of a comeback in the third round, but he was way too tentative even while Yagin was on rubber legs with his hands drifting down, essentially letting Yagin walk away with the win.
- Michael McDonald defeated Miguel Torres via KO (R1 3:18, punches)
Torres is only 31, but he’s much older in fight years and it’s starting to show.
- Ben Rothwell defeated Brendan Schaub via KO (R1 1:10, punches) Rothwell receives UFC’s Knockout of the Night bonus.
Perfect performance by Rothwell, who is in the best shape of his life. Schaub came out like an animal. Where most would have panicked and succumbed to the onslaught, Rothwell stayed patient and waited for his opportunity to counter. And boy, did he ever. Poor Schaub has talent, but that boy cannot take a punch, likely as a result of his football days.
- Rory MacDonald defeated Che Mills via TKO (R2 2:20, punches)
Nevermind the fact that this was in the main event: this was a strange fight to make in the first place. Putting a largely untested prospect whose career highlight so far is a KO win over Chris Cope in there against a legit Top 10 Welterweight borders on the absurd. MacDonald just completely dominated him from the moment the fight started, and as soon as it got to the ground Mills had absolutely nothing and couldn’t even hook the leg from sidemount. Rogan on commentary seemed insistent on telling us otherwise, all but saying that Mills was the most underrated guy to ever put on gloves. Clearly they’re positioning MacDonald for something. My speculation is that with November being the absolute earliest estimate for St. Pierre’s return, he’ll end up with a shot at Carlos Condit’s Interim Welterweight Championship.
- Jon Jones defeated Rashad Evans via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45)
What can I say that hasn’t already been written? I gave Evans the first round by the narrowest of margins, but from there it was all Jones. To the credit of both, Jones tried to finish but Evans wouldn’t allow it to happen. I was shocked to see people crap all over this fight. I thought both fighter did everything they could: Jones tried everything he could to put Evans away, but “Suga” wouldn’t allow it. Also, people forget that Evans is on the much smaller end of 205 and could (maybe should) be fighting at 185. Immediately after the event it was announced that Dan Henderson, who had been told some time ago that he could have a title shot at any weight class he wanted, would get the next shot at Jones. The Light Heavyweight Division in the UFC the last two years is the most competitive in its history, and Jones walked right through it and has all but cleaned out the top ten. Amazing.