UFC on FX 2: What's Next for the Winners and Losers
Welterweight standouts Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann fought in the main event of UFC on FX 2, and it appeared Alves would walk away the victor before submitting to a guillotine choke with one minute left in the bout.
With Carlos Condit looking for challengers if he's not able to face Georges St-Pierre later this year, Kampmann would like to be considered for that position, and it would be well-deserved.
The UFC's flyweight division also got kick-started on the main card with two exciting fights featuring Joseph Benavidez, Ian McCall, Demetrious Johnson and Yasuhiro Urushitani. It was the opening of a UFC tournament that will crown the first-ever UFC flyweight champion sometime later this year.
Other fighters featured on the card include Constantinos Philippou, James Te Huna, Daniel Pineda and Anthony Perosh.
Winner: Shawn Jordan
Heavyweight Shawn Jordan made a successful UFC debut after knocking out Oil Thompson in the second round of their bout to kick off the UFC on FX 2 event.
With the win, Jordan improves to 14-3, which also includes a submission win over Lavar Johnson from a Strikeforce challengers' bout.
The UFC usually doesn't set up winners with losers, but in the heavyweight division, exceptions have to be made. A bout with Cheick Kongo, who recently lost to Mark Hunt, would be a solid test for the 27-year-old.
Winner: Daniel Pineda
After dropping Mackens Semerzier with a left hook in the first round, Daniel Pineda jumped on his opponent and locked in a triangle choke/armbar before making his opponent tap two minutes into the round.
With his second consecutive submission win in the UFC, Pineda improves to 17-7 with a 100 percent finishing rate in his MMA career.
For his next fight, he can take on Steven Siler, who defeated Cole Miller on the same card.
Winner: TJ Waldburger
It took less than a minute for T.J. Waldburger to get an impressive armbar submission over Jake Hecht, carrying his overall UFC record to 3-1 in the welterweight division.
With his only loss in the UFC having come against Johnny Hendricks, Waldburger has already shown he deserves to be among the improving fighters in the division.
For his next fight, a bout with Matthew Riddle could be the proper step that both fighters are looking to take in their growing UFC careers.
Winner: Andrew Craig
UFC newcomer and late replacement Andrew Craig entered his bout with Kyle Noke as one of the biggest underdogs on the card, but he had every intention of pulling off the upset and did just that after three rounds of middleweight fighting.
Undefeated at 7-0, Craig will be looking to keep that undefeated record, and his next fight should come against the winner of the upcoming Mike Massenzio and Karlos Vemola bout at UFC on FOX 3.
Loser: Kyle Noke
Kyle Noke was the hometown favorite before taking on Andrew Craig in front of an Australian crowd, but they were mostly taken out of the fight after Noke lost the second and third rounds of the bout and dropped a 29-28 unanimous decision.
Noke is now 0-2 in his last two bouts, but he does have three UFC victories so he just may get another shot to rebound. He was scheduled to face Jared Hamman at this event before Hamman got injured, but the fight still makes sense, as Hamman is coming off a loss.
Loser: Cole Miller
Cole Miller's featherweight debut didn't go the way he had anticipated, and while looking to get revenge for his brother's previous loss, he took on Steven Siler and lost a unanimous decision after three rounds.
If Miller chooses to stay in the division, a fight with George Roop could be an interesting clash between two of the tallest fighters in the division.
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Winner: Steven Siler
Steven Siler was the one chosen to introduce Cole Miller to the featherweight division, and he did so with a unanimous decision victory with the scores 29-28 across the board.
Siler was able to take the first two rounds before shaking off a third round that saw him get taken down and mounted.
Now 2-0 in the UFC and 20-9 overall, Siler is beginning to make a name for himself in the division. A fight versus Daniel Pineda, who was victorious earlier in the evening, gives both guys the chance to continue their progress in the UFC.
Winner: Anthony Perosh
Anthony Perosh extended his win streak to three with a first-round TKO victory over Nick Penner.
The 39-year-old has finished his last three opponents in the UFC, and with wins over Cyrille Diabate and Tom Blackledge preceding this one, it gives him the chance to move up in level of competition.
A fight with the undefeated fighter Stanislav Nedkov, who hasn't fought since defeating Luiz Cane at UFC 134, could turn into a memorable bout for both fighters.
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Winner: James Te Huna
James Te Huna is known for packing a lot of power, and he showed it in his first round knockout victory over Aaron Rosa in the final preliminary bout on the card.
It was Te Huna's third knockout victory in the UFC and 10th overall. In fact, he has knocked out seven of his last eight opponents.
A fight versus Stephan Bonnar, who has never been stopped by strikes, has the potential to be a very fan-friendly bout.
Loser: Court McGee
Court McGee's game plan to take Constantinos Philippou down was unsuccessful over three rounds, and he dropped a unanimous decision loss because of it.
It was his first loss in his past eight bouts, which included a run to the finale of The Ultimate Fighter.
McGee doesn't have one standout skill, but he is good enough to beat a good amount of lower to mid-tier middleweights. A fight versus Aaron Simpson should be next.
Winner: Constantinos Philippou
Constantinos Philippou is quickly moving up the middleweight rankings, and with his third consecutive victory in the UFC over Court McGee, he begins to move into the upper tier of the division.
Philippou was able to outbox McGee for the better part of three rounds, but his most impressive area was his takedown defense. He was able to stuff all of McGee's takedown attempts and win a unanimous decision.
A fight versus Ed Herman, who is also riding a three-fight win streak, would give Philippou the chance to get a victory over a UFC veteran.
Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall Fight to a Draw
Former consensus No. 1 ranked flyweight Ian McCall proved he can hang with the UFC's best when he fought to a draw with former bantamweight title challenger Demetrious Johnson.
The bout appeared to be even going into the third, and McCall wanted to leave no questions as to who deserved to win. He dominated the third and was on the brink of getting a stoppage. The judges ended up scoring it a draw, which was originally announced as a split-decision win for Johnson.
Now, they will fight in a rematch to determine who fights Joseph Benavidez.
Winner: Joseph Benavidez; Loser: Yasuhiro Urushitani
Former bantamweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez entered the flyweight tournament as the favorite and continues to be after stopping Yasuhiro Urushitani with strikes in the second round.
With his only professional losses having come against Dominick Cruz, Benavidez deserves to be the top fighter in the 125-pound division and will face the winner of the Ian McCall/Demetrious Johnson rematch later this year to determine who gets to hold the belt.
For Urushitani, he can face the loser of John Dodson and Darren Uyenoyama.
Winner: Martin Kampmann
Martin Kampmann was on his way to losing a decision before submitting Thiago Alves in the third round with a guillotine choke.
With less than a minute left in the bout, Kampmann was stunned before being taken down by Alves. He quickly applied the choke and got the tap.
Kampmann called out interim champ Carlos Condit in the postfight interview, and although the Danish fighter has a win over Condit, he may need to get another win if "The Natural Born Killer" waits for GSP. This could come against Jake Ellenberger, who was last seen defeating Diego Sanchez.
Loser: Thiago Alves
Former title challenger Thiago Alves was able to outstrike Martin Kampmann over the majority of their bout, but he got a little too confident in taking down his stunned opponent before tapping to a guillotine choke.
It was Alves' fourth loss in his last six bouts, but all of his losses have come to respectable competition, including reigning champ Georges St-Pierre.
A fight versus Diego Sanchez, who recently lost to Jake Ellenberger, could be very exciting and would make for a good fight on a future Fox or pay-per-view main card.