UFC on FX 5 Results: Post-Fight Stock Report
The heavyweight division has been shaken up once again.
In a division that features heavy-handed monsters who can finish fights in the blink of an eye, there is little surprise that new contenders come and go as quickly as tween idols like Hillary Duff or Cascada.
While Bigfoot may not have forced us to forget about losses to Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez, he certainly showed that he is no fluke.
Also on the card, welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger avenged the first loss of his career, and the flyweight division saw the crowning of the next title contender.
As if that wasn't enough, we saw shocking upsets, come-from-behind victories, and highlight reel finishes from the main event all the way down to the curtain-jerker.
With UFC on FX 5 in the books, here is a look at the post-fight stock report for every fighter on the card.
John Dodson: Rapidly Rising
The later seasons of The Ultimate Fighter have had trouble drawing ratings. Perhaps it is due to the fact that the reality-show competitors are not faring so well inside the Octagon.
In fact, the most recent season to produce a title contender was season five with semi-finalist Gray Maynard.
Winning an important title eliminator Friday night against Jussier "Formiga" da Silva, John Dodson from season 14 will look to become the fourth UFC champion produced by the show, following Matt Serra, Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans.
Diego Nunes: Rising
For those of you who missed out on the preliminary card for last night's event, I recommend that you catch a replay as soon as possible.
Diego Nunes was on top of his game when he won a unanimous decision against Bart Palaszewski. In fact, the in-house correspondents cited the bout as the best performance in the career of The Gun.
A win over Palaszewski is a big deal and this should put Nunes back in the divisional Top 10.
Carlo Prater: Plummeting
The lord giveth and the lord taketh away.
Carlo Prater came back to the Octagon at UFC 142 when he faced Erick Silva. After being pummeled in only 30 seconds, Prater was given a highly questionable win via disqualification, as referee Mario Yamasaki felt that Silva had landed a strike to the back of the head.
Prater was unable to build off of his undeserved momentum, as he lost a shutout decision to TJ Grant back in April.
Last night, it looked as if Prater would finally earn a win that he can be proud of, but the judges in Minnesota weren't willing to let it happen.
Marcus LeVesseur was handed a split-decision win, but it's little more than karma. Prater's UFC record should be 1-2. After the DQ win over Silva and the loss Friday night, things are back to where they should be.
Phil Harris: Falling
First impressions last a lifetime. For Phil Harris, the first impression that most fans have of him is "that guy who got choked out in the curtain-jerker."
Harris is only three fights into his flyweight career, and tonight's submission loss to Darren Uyenoyama made him 2-1 in his new division.
Jacob Volkmann: Rapidly Rising
Not only did Jacob Volkmann win in impressive fashion at UFC on FX 5, but he also broke the stigma that suggested he is unable to finish a fight.
In the first round of his preliminary bout with Shane Roller, Volkmann secured a rear-naked choke that saw his opponent submitted in the first round.
This was the first time Volkmann has competed in his home state of Minnesota since joining the UFC in 2009, and he received a hero's welcome after earning the W.
Bart Palaszewski: Holding Steady
Despite losing a unanimous decision, featherweight powerhouse Bart Palaszewski did not see a drop in his stock. After all, Bartimus put forth a solid effort and wobbled his opponent in a bout that won Fight of the Night.
Palaszewski has lost two consecutive fights, but this performance was much better than his last. As long as he can remain competitive and put on exciting fights, he will remain a member of the UFC roster as long as he'd like.
Shane Roller: Plummeting
Having lost four of his last five appearances in the Octagon, tonight's shortcoming against Jacob Volkmann was the third time in that period where Roller was finished by an opponent.
There is a high likelihood that Roller will be released from the UFC after this performance.
Mike Pierce: Rising
Sporting a UFC record of 7-3, Mike Pierce has been impressive throughout his UFC career. His losses to Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks both came via split decision, and at UFC 107, he nearly finished Jon Fitch in Round 3, but Fitch was able to survive.
There was some speculation that Pierce's grinding style of fighting led to his banishment from the televised portion of the show. After all, with 19 UFC fights between them, it didn't make sense for Pierce and opponent Aaron Simpson to battle on the Facebook portion of the show.
Pierce received a beat-down in Round 1, but was able to rally in the second frame to garner a knockout. The bout was a contender for both Fight of the Night and Knockout of the Night, but did not earn either honor.
Michael Johnson: Rapidly Rising
Who says that Ultimate Fighter losers can't make waves in the current climate of UFC competition?
Season 12 runner-up Michael Johnson has come a long way since being submitted by Paul Sass one year ago. Now riding the momentum of three consecutive wins, Johnson put an exclamation point on the claim that he is a major threat in the division when he knocked out Danny Castillo in jaw-dropping fashion.
Johnson not only sees a rise in stock because of simply winning, but also because he showed tremendous heart by surviving the first round trouble that Castillo put him in. He has earned the praise of many, and maybe even a bout with a Top 15 fighter.
Aaron Simpson: Slightly Rising
If you were unfortunate enough to miss Friday night's event, you might have read that Simpson got knocked out. How is he rising?
Pierce wasn't the only person who was on the receiving end of a message from the UFC. Simpson had not finished a fight since 2009 in a bout where Ed Herman retired due to a knee injury sustained during the contest.
So, Simpson delivered serious damage to his opponent and threatened to finish with clinch knees and power punches before attaining mount in the waning seconds of the first frame.
Simpson may not have taken home the win, but he proved detractors wrong by putting on a thrilling performance against a very tough opponent.
Darren Uyenoyama: Rapidly Rising
In the under-developed flyweight division, stock rises and falls faster than it does elsewhere. After all, you are only as good as your last fight, and with fewer than 15 fighters to compete against, a stoppage win can send you immediately into title contention. On the same note, being choked out can drop you immediately to the bottom of the ladder.
This win makes Uyenoyama 2-0 in the UFC, as he defeated Kid Yamamoto at bantamweight in November.
Marcus LeVesseur: Slightly Rising
LeVesseur was doing well in his UFC debut against Cody McKenzie, but his destiny was to become just another victim to the "McKenzie-tine."
Last night, the undefeated amateur wrestling star picked up his first win in the UFC against seasoned veteran Prater.
You may notice how I didn't say he "earned" his first win. That's because LeVesseur was able to enjoy the benefit of a poor decision from the judges. However, it is clear that pundits are torn on this contest. MMAJunkie scored the bout 30-27 for Prater, while Sherdog scored the bout as a split draw.
Danny Castillo: Slightly Falling
Team Alpha Male's Castillo looked great last night. Coming into the fight on the heels of a three fight winning streak, Castillo had a lot to gain from an impressive win on Fuel TV's final fight.
In the first round, Castillo sent Johnson to the mat with a big shot, and nearly finished with nasty ground and pound. However, the Blackzilian fighter survived the round and would knock out Castillo in the second round.
Castillo was impressive, but he simply got caught. Unlike Simpson, Castillo definitely takes a drop in stock because of the momentum that just slipped out of his hands. Back to square one.
Josh Neer: Plummeting
Six months ago, Josh Neer was flawless in his last six contests. Two of those wins came via stoppage inside the Octagon, and it looked as if The Dentist's latest tenure with Zuffa would be his finest.
Now, Neer has been finished in the first round of back-to-back engagements, and his loss last night came in only 45 seconds.
If there was any hope that Neer was on a comeback, it was dashed quickly by Justin Edwards, who won Submission of the Night for the arm-in guillotine that put Neer to sleep.
Justin Edwards: Skyrocketing
On paper, no part of me thought that Ultimate Fighter alumni Edwards had a chance of upsetting crafty veteran Neer. In fact, I expected Neer to submit his opponent in the first round of last night's contest.
Every coin has two sides, and I owe Edwards an apology after his impressive victory last night.
Securing a choke on Neer is difficult, but to actually put The Dentist to sleep with an arm-in guillotine is incredible.
Travis Browne: Falling
Undefeated Travis Browne was officially ranked as the No. 9 heavyweight on the planet heading into last night's main event bout with Antonio Silva.
Looking fierce in each UFC appearance, the only time that "Hapa" had left the cage without a win came after a draw against Cheick Kongo in 2010. When he was booked against Bigfoot, many expected that Browne would use the bout as a springboard to announce his candidacy as a title contender.
Unfortunately, Browne suffered a knee injury in the early moments of the fight, and was left with severely limited mobility for the remainder of the bout.
Browne was knocked out in the first round, but announcers made it clear that something was wrong with the big man's knee, so fans aren't likely to hold the loss against him. However, his undefeated record is gone forever, and he will have to work his way back into contendership.
Jussier Formiga: Rapidly Falling
The biggest thing that flyweight Formiga had going for him was his former ranking as the world's top fighter at 125 pounds.
Being knocked out in his promotional debut, not only did Formiga lend himself to the notion that non-UFC fighters are lesser than UFC fighters by default, but he sent himself immediately into the middle of the pack in the newly minted UFC flyweight division.
Jay Hieron: Slightly Rising
Jay Hieron is an unranked fighter who was previously 0-2 in the UFC, but had performed well in other organizations. Last night, he went toe-to-toe with the No. 5 welterweight in the world, and he was competitive throughout the entire 15 minute affair.
While he didn't hand Ellenberger a loss, Hieron certainly proved that he can hang with the best welterweights that the UFC can provide. That speaks more towards his overall standing in the UFC than the fact that he left without a win.
Jake Ellenberger: Slightly Rising
The biggest question mark regarding Ellenberger had previously been regarding his gas tank. A typical Ellenberger fight sees The Juggernaut come out looking fierce in the first round, and if he hasn't picked up the victory in the first round, he begins to fade late in the second round.
Last night, Ellenberger listened to critics and showed a more patient game. His power shots were still there, but in lesser volume. In addition, he displayed excellent takedown defense and scored a pair of double-leg takedowns.
At the end of the third round, there was little doubt that Ellenberger could have gone into championship rounds were it necessary. The win over Hieron avenged the first loss of his professional career and puts the star welterweight back in the mix.
Bigfoot Silva: Skyrocketing
Heading into his first UFC main event, Bigfoot Silva was not in a good place on the UFC roster. 0-2 in his most recent performances, a third stoppage loss would have likely been the end for the Brazilian giant.
Thankfully, for the big man, he was able to connect with an enormous right hand that crumpled Browne like a piece of paper. After a series of disgusting ground-and-pound shots, Herb Dean had no choice but to step in and award Silva the TKO victory.
The win was a big upset for oddsmakers who had the undefeated Browne listed as high as a 3:1 favorite on some sites.