The UFC's second endeavor on the FOX network meant a lot of things.
To the hardcore fans, many questions would be answered as far as the pecking order of certain divisions are concerned, while the casual observer witnessed three fights that weren't exactly the most aesthetically pleasing.
Here, we will take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of the event as a whole.
Many were skeptical of the UFC's first venture on FOX last November, as a heavyweight championship bout pitting then-titleholder Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos was the sole bout on the televised event.
However, the UFC's first outing in network television was all about educating the masses about mixed martial arts. Dos Santos and Velasquez used all of 64-seconds of cage time, as the Brazilian knocked out the AKA product in dramatic fashion whilst cinching the heavyweight belt.
Was it the message that the UFC wanted to send? That "sometimes, these things happen in MMA" and that all bouts are not competitive or deftly executed? Not necessarily.
For any lack of potency that fans missed out in the November event, the UFC attempted to up the ante by featuring a three-fight event that featured promising contenders who could soon vie for titles in their respective weight classes.
In the opening act, budding prospect Chris Weidman had his sternest test to date. It wasn't submission whiz Demian Maia, at least not necessarily.
The New Yorker came into his bout with the Brazilian on just 11 days’ notice, after Michael Bisping was called up to the co-main event when Mark Munoz was injured prior to his battle with Chael Sonnen.
Weidman allegedly cut a staggering 32 pounds prior to stepping into the cage with Maia, and it showed. While the Matt Serra protégé hung tough in the early goings, remaining aggressive whilst working in a few takedowns here and there, the boo birds came in the final round, where two exasperated fighters were hoping for the bell to sound.
Next, the unofficial main attraction featured trash-talking aficionados Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping in a title eliminator for the middleweight belt.
In a surprise turn of events, the 5-1 underdog in Bisping made the fight interesting, staving off several takedown attempts from the world-class wrestler while peppering Sonnen with several telling blows on the feet.
The Team Quest product in Sonnen did manage to secure the Brit to the mat on few occasions, but unquestionably, Bisping earned his keep as a worthy title contender, though Sonnen did just enough in the judges' eyes to take the somewhat controversial decision.
Finally, in the end-all, be-all, Rashad Evans took on Phil Davis in the headliner. For five methodical and cautious rounds of "action," Evans was able to dominate the relatively inexperienced fighter in Davis, who never really was able to mount any offense against the former world champion.
Quick hands, takedowns and superior positioning was the story of the fight, as "Suga" took home the undisputed decision win.
So, all in all, what does all this mean?
To the MMA faithful, Bisping managed to prove his worth as a suitable middleweight contender, while Sonnen has booked his highly-anticipated rematch with rival Anderson Silva.
Chris Weidman showed just how far athleticism and perseverance can take a man when he's called to action, unbeknownst of the arduous journey that lies ahead of him. With his compelling victory over Maia, the former NCAA Division I All-American is now on the short-list of contenders for the 185-pound crown.
After nearly two years of being regarded as the No. 1 contender to the light heavyweight title, Rashad Evans has now finally put himself in a position to vie for the 205-pound belt, which is held by former teammate and rival Jon Jones.
To the infrequent spectator, they just witnessed 55 minutes of mixed martial arts, which was probably remedied by flipping through the channels, finding out when King of Queens is on and if there's enough cheese left in the fridge for a sandwich.
It wasn't a home run for the UFC, but as they continue in this symbiotic relationship with FOX, a groove of sorts will be measured, and all parties involved will put on the kind of fights that will elicit roars from the crowd, which will hopefully equal into ratings that will appease the head honchos.