MMA Stock Report for November: Who Rose, Fell, Held Steady?

Craig AmosFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2012

MMA Stock Report for November: Who Rose, Fell, Held Steady?

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    As November gives way to December, another month goes into the MMA history books.

    November 2012 was an action-packed month that featured the UFC's first foray into China, the return of the sport's grandest star and a slew of Bellator tournament action.

    Here, we'll take a look back on the month of November and determine which fighters took leaps forward, which took steps back and which held their ground. 

Francis Carmont

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    Stock: Fell

    Carmont may have left UFC 154 with his fourth straight UFC win, but all in all, his performance can only be classified as a disappointment. 

    In what was expected to be the Frenchman's coming-out party, Carmont struggled to handle Tom Lawlor's grinding offense, frequently finding himself pinned against the cage or fighting off guillotine chokes.

    A win is a win—no matter how controversial—but this win does nothing for Carmont's standing in the eyes of the MMA community. And if anything, the performance will only work to dispel the hype he has gained during his UFC tenure.

Carlos Condit

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    Stock: Held Steady

    Condit may have lost his interim title and missed an opportunity when he was defeated by Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154, but there was nothing in his performance to suggest Condit is anything but the second-best welterweight in the world.

    Though the match was generally one sided, Condit stayed active off his back and prevented GSP from getting comfortable, even coming near pulling off the upset with a head-kick in Round 3.

    That kick was St-Pierre's biggest scare since the Matt Serra loss.

    While Condit is no doubt disappointed by the failure, he was at least able to make the main event of UFC 154 interesting and gave fans no reason to doubt his elite-level status.

Rafael Dos Anjos

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    Stock: Rose

    Not only did Dos Anjos win his third consecutive bout in November, but he also got himself a signature victory by outclassing one of the lightweight division's tougher outs.

    The Brazilian has steadily improved over his four-year UFC tenure, and it all seems to be coming together for him now. It looks very much like he's ready to make the jump from obscure mid-tier roster depth to legitimate contender.

    Few fighters impressed as greatly as Dos Anjos did in November, and even fewer saw their stocks rise so significantly.

Wagnney Fabiano

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    Stock: Fell

    After he ended a 23-month absence in winning style this October, Fabiano looked to continue his climb back to MMA relevancy by taking out Rad Martinez at BFC 80.

    The attempt didn't go so well.

    Instead of rocketing back and taking the Bellator featherweight division by storm, it seems Fabiano will now have to take the long road if he hopes to get his hands on some promotional gold.

Rich Franklin

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    Stock: Fell

    It just doesn't seem like Franklin is ever going to get it back on track, does it? 

    He's now failed to string together so much as a two-fight win streak since 2008, which is certainly not a good sign for a 38-year-old looking to recapture past glory.

    Though Franklin remains both a draw and a quality fighter, his November loss to Cung Le might be the final nail in the coffin of his title ambition.

Pablo Garza

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    Stock: Rose

    Garza was fighting for his job at UFC 154 but was able to keep himself in the organization by taking out Mark Hominick.

    Not only was the win sorely needed by Garza, but it was also by far the best he has looked from bell to bell during his UFC days. Garza bettered Hominick on the ground and used vastly improved standup to keep it even—maybe even a little better than even—on the feet, too.

    After November's showing, it seems "The Scarecrow" is ready to take his career to new heights. 

Takanori Gomi

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    Stock: Rose

    Gomi's stock rose this November, but it's still nowhere near where it once was.

    "The Fireball Kid" took his UFC on Fuel TV 6 match to opponent Mac Danzig for the better part of three rounds. Strangely, his near-dominant performance yielded only a split-decision victory, but a victory nonetheless.

    While Gomi's UFC tenure has remains disappointing overall, November's performance revives hope that he'll be able to contribute to a meaningful fight or two going forward. 

Lyman Good

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    Stock: Fell

    Good's bid to reclaim his Bellator welterweight crown was halted short at BFC 82 when he was decisioned by Russian sensation Andrey Koreshkov.

    Not only was Good beaten, but he was beaten at his own game—striking. Koreshkov was able to keep the distance all night long, plastering Good with jabs and uppercuts before securing the win with a late takedown.

    The loss stops Good from getting revenge on current divisional kingpin Ben Askren, and it also raises questions concerning just how close to the top of the 170-pound Bellator food chain he really is. 

Johny Hendricks

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    Stock: Rose

    So, it turns out that Hendricks can consistently land that powerful left-hand flush on opponents' chins. There was some reason to expect that coming into UFC 154. Now there is solid proof.

    Not only did Hendricks once again show off what is becoming one of the sport's most dangerous singular weapons, but he may have propelled his career to the next level by earning a title shot against Georges St-Pierre. 

    If Hendricks' November could be summed up by a picture, that picture would just be a giant exclamation mark set against a plain white background.

Mark Hominick

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    Stock: Fell

    And may very well have hit rock-bottom.

    Hominick's UFC 154 loss was his fourth straight and may signify the end of his tenure as a meaningful mixed martial artist.

    Heading into the November event, Hominick was already reeling, but each of his previous three defeats were partly excusable for a variety of reasons. Losing to Aldo is no shame, he was dealing with the tragedy of losing Shawn Tompkins when he fought Chan Sung Jung, and he was barely edged out by Eddie Yagin. 

    At UFC 154, however, he was simply beaten. No excuses.

Martin Kampmann

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    Stock: Fell

    Kampmann entered his UFC 154 title eliminator on a roll, having strung together a trio of impressive wins over highly regarded opponents.

    Unfortunately, it only took Johny Hendricks 46 seconds to flush all the momentum Kampmann had accrued over the past 12 months right out of existence.

    Kampmann remains a top welterweight competitor in the UFC, but getting knocked back from the precipice of a title shot as emphatically as he was this November is definitely a professional step back, and a significant one at that.

Dong Hyun Kim

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    Stock: Rose

    Kim's domination of Paulo Thiago at UFC on Fuel TV 6 was a signature victory and came when he need one the most.

    Entering the bout, Kim was riding a 1-2 stretch that threatened to drop him from contender status to the division's middle tier. The way he manhandled Thiago in Macau, however, sets his course right again and has him back in the thick of things at 170 pounds.

    Kim will still need to lock up another couple wins before he garners consideration for a title shot, but November's victory was a tremendous step in a positive direction and is something fans of the Korean standout can really be excited about.

Andrey Koreshkov

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    Stock: Rose

    Koreshkov ran his professional record to 13-0 this November, scoring a unanimous decision win over Lyman Good. The victory was the most significant of Koreshkov's career and puts him in line for a shot at the Bellator welterweight crown.

    Koreshkov's victory was made all the more special in that he handled Good—one of Bellator's best welterweight strikers—with relative ease on the feet. He also did pretty well in the grappling department, scoring a critical third-round takedown—and pin—to seal the deal.

    At 22 years of age, Koreshkov is rapidly asserting himself as one of the better welterweight prospects out there, and he took a giant leap forward this November.

Cung Le

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    Stock: Rose

    I was pretty sure that Rich Franklin was going to expose Cung Le at UFC on Fuel TV 6.

    Boy was I wrong.

    Le moved to 2-1 as a UFC fighter with the win and carved out a seat for himself in the middleweight division's upper-middle tier in the process.

    Don't expect him to dethrone Anderson Silva anytime soon, but it looks very much like Le has something significant left in the tank at 40 years of age.

Michael Page

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    Stock: Held Steady

    Page gained notoriety within the MMA world for debuting in the sport with one of the most flashy performances ever put on

    He came pretty close to replicating that performance this November, but his Super Fight League 7 victory was just a poor man's version of what we've already seen from him. 

    Yes, taking out Egypt's favorite son, Haitham Tantawy, would be a milestone accomplishment for any mixed martial artist. But for Page to move beyond cult-hero status, he is going to have to prove that his skills translate against more-accomplished opponents.

    Check out Page's handy work from November 2 in the attached video.

Thiago Santos

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    Stock: Fell

    After a pair of contests with Eric Prindle that ended with unfortunate kicks to each fighter's groin, Santos finally had the chance to continue his ascent up Bellator's heavyweight ladder this November.

    Unfortunately, he failed to capitalize on the opportunity, suffering a first-round knockout loss to the surging Richard Hale.

    But hey, losing by knockout is sometimes better than winning by DQ via ball-pummeling.

Thiago Silva

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    Stock: Held Steady

    Former top prospect Thiago Silva was more than likely fighting for his job when he took on Stanislav Nedkov at UFC on Fuel TV 6 this November. And though the Brazilian was able to snatch a W on his visit to Macau, there wasn't a whole lot about his performance that really wowed.

    The submission victory over Nedkov preserves Silva's roster spot in the UFC's light-heavyweight division, but there was certainly nothing in it that will convince fans he's ready for another crack at a contender.

    Silva got a much-needed win in November, but he didn't do anything to advance his professional station to any significant degree.

     


Georges St-Pierre

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    Stock: Held Steady

    St-Pierre returned at UFC 154 and delivered pretty much exactly what we have come to expect from him. The welterweight champion was able to repeatedly floor Carlos Condit, scoring a convincing win in his first action in 19 months.

    The win allowed St-Pierre to reassert his dominance over a division he has ruled for some time now, though he failed to score the stoppage that has eluded him for almost as long.

    Still, he looked pretty good for a guy almost two years off the job. 

Paulo Thiago

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    Stock: Fell

    Thiago entered his November 10 contest with Dong Hyun Kim mired in a 1-3 stretch and coming off the first knockout defeat of his career.

    He needed a win badly. He entered the Octagon, the bell chimed and Thiago...laid an egg.

    The Brazilian was thoroughly dominated the entire duration of the fight—which was almost entirely on the ground—and suffered a frustrating, absolute route.

    At 1-4 over his last five contests, Thiago has certainly fallen a long way since debuting with the promotion by knocking out Josh Koscheck in spectacular and shocking fashion.

Joe Warren

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    Stock: Held Steady

    Warren was able to get back on the winning track at BFC 80 this November, but his performance was hardly anything to write home about. 

    Using his powerful wrestling to control the bout's action, Warren repeatedly took opponent Owen Evinger down and coasted to a unanimous decision win. 

    For the most part, the fight lacked significant action, and the result does little to reassert Warren as a top bantamweight fighter in the sport, or even in the Bellator division.