UFC 148 Results: Post-Fight Stock Report
What a historic night for the UFC.
Anderson Silva finally inflicted pain upon Chael Sonnen's face, Tito Ortiz's legendary career came to an end, Cung Le looked like the movie star he is and Cody McKenzie never had a chance to land his infamous guillotine.
All in all, some of the best fights of the year.
But for a handful of fighters, their performances at UFC 148 will ultimately make or break their overall value.
Here's the post-fight stock report for each fighter from one of the best main cards of 2012.
Ivan Menjivar: Falling
Ivan Menjivar never really looked comfortable against a more powerful Mike Easton.
It wasn't a terrible performance by the Salvadoran, but it also featured nothing that really categorizes or compliments the top-level recognition he continuously receives.
Following this loss, Menjivar will have to string some impressive wins together to get him back into title contention.
A future bout with Eddie Wineland could be in the works.
Mike Easton: Rising
With a win over Ivan Menjivar, who many considered to be a top-three bantamweight in the UFC, Mike Easton has launched himself into title contention.
His victory wasn't overly impressive, but it was a win against a top-level opponent nonetheless.
At this point, considering his potential to showcase entertaining back-and-forth battles, it wouldn't come as a surprise if Easton only has to win one more fight before facing the winner of Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao.
This is assuming there won't be a comeback from Dominick Cruz, of course.
Cody McKenzie: Holding Steady
It's hard to knock Cody McKenzie for his performance against Chad Mendes at UFC 148.
Everybody knew what they were getting. Either McKenzie sunk in one of his guillotine chokes or Mendes was going to smash him into oblivion.
Now while that oblivion may have came sooner than expected, McKenzie really can't be bashed for fighting a more well-rounded opponent.
For now his stock remains the same, but another loss and he could be flirting with termination.
Chad Mendes: Slightly Rising
A KO victory over a feeble Cody McKenzie doesn't really count for much, but Chad Mendes needed a decisive victory nonetheless.
Since his devastating KO loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 142, Mendes has been itching for a win inside the Octagon that would launch him back into title contention.
This victory over a less-skilled opponent like McKenzie may not do it, but the 27-year-old is on the right track.
Dong Hyun Kim: Holding Steady
Once a gatekeeper, always a gatekeeper.
Dong Hyun Kim simply hasn't been able to escape the lower level of the upper-tier welterweights.
He's very talented and one of the more well-rounded fighters in the division, but with performances like his loss to Demian Maia at UFC 148, it's hard to ever think that Kim could be anything more than a stepping stone.
This is primarily because if you look beyond his victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 125, he hasn't really beaten anyone impressive.
Demian Maia: Rising
With a quick and decisive win over a formidable Dong Hyun Kim, Demian Maia's decision to move to welterweight from middleweight seems like the right choice.
The fact of the matter is that Maia's jiu-jitsu skills at 185 lbs. weren't being utilized. He was getting out-wrestled, out-struck and out-performed.
In order for the Brazilian to prolong a worthy UFC career, he needed a change.
And that change came to fruition following a slam of Kim that left his ribs broken. I guess Maia can finally consider himself one of the more powerful guys in his division.
Patrick Cote: Slightly Falling
There's a reason why Patrick Cote was the Vegas favorite coming into his fight with Cung Le at UFC 148.
He was a powerful boxer facing a 40-year-old fighter willing to stand and bang.
Not to mention the pressure of having to impress the UFC world in his promotional comeback.
But besides the favoritism for Cote leading up to this fight, the Canadian didn't produce the way he had hoped.
Le kept Cote at bay for 15 straight minutes with powerful head kicks, lunging strikes and solid head work.
It's just the beginning of a lengthy second stint within the UFC's middleweight division, but not a good start for a fighter once considered the No. 1 contender in the world.
Cung Le: Holding Steady
Cung Le was overly impressive for three rounds against a top level competitor in Patrick Cote.
The guy is literally a 40-year-old movie star who is competing for the love of the game.
There's nothing better than that.
Well, maybe his head kicks and willingness to bang with a guy of Cote's nature...but you catch my drift.
The only reason Le's stock isn't shooting through the roof is because he's only 1-1 in the UFC and probably doesn't have too many fights left.
Tito Ortiz: Sold
There's not much to say.
Tito Ortiz is officially a retired UFC Hall of Famer.
Personally, I think the former champion did enough against Forrest Griffin to warrant a unanimous decision...but what do I know? I'm not a "highly educated" judge.
At this point, despite the variety of losses Ortiz has endured over the past few years, his legacy remains intact.
So if we're basing his stock on his career accomplishments then it's drastically rising.
But we're not, so consider "The People's Champ" a stock with no value.
Forrest Griffin: Slightly Rising
Any win for Forrest Griffin is a good win.
He hasn't exactly been the top-notch fighter we've grown accustomed to seeing, but even a victory over a depleted Tito Ortiz does his stock some good.
I don't know for sure how much Griffin has left in his tank, but he's still one of biggest gamers in the sport and should give any future opponent problems.
I want to see him face off against Glover Teixeira and leave it all in the cage.
Chael Sonnen: Falling
As good as Chael Sonnen is—and he may very well be the true No. 1 middleweight contender for as long as he fights—he simply didn't do what he promised to do.
I realize he was facing an angry Anderson Silva, but sometimes you have to eat your words if it doesn't pan out the way you had hoped.
In this case, Sonnen will be putting his words in between two buns and pouring some American mustard on them.
Hell, he may even bring that delicious entree to the Brazilian BBQ that Silva so graciously invited him to (I wouldn't go if I was him).
So while it may not last for long, Sonnen's stock will continue to fall until he wins again and proves his worth.
Anderson Silva: Rising
How can the greatest fighter of all time's stock be on the rise?
It's simple. He's only getting better.
UFC 148 marked the true legacy that Anderson Silva is going to leave on the sport. His performance against Chael Sonnen proved that age, emotion and public image are non-factors when you have the natural skills to punch somebody's face in.
Silva's existence in the UFC needs to be recognized for every living second. Once he's gone, we'll be wishing on anything for a fighter like him to come along again.
The problem is, that doesn't happen too often.
So for Silva, the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world in arguably the pound-for-pound shallowest division in the UFC, his stock will seemingly never dwindle.
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