A battle between a pair of evolving Ultimate Fighter alums saw Ramsey Nijem's UFC record jump to 3-1, while Joe Proctor fell to an even 1-1 under the promotion's banner.
The fight was a back and forth affair, but Nijem's solid ground-control and persistent takedowns were enough to convince the judges he was worthy of victory.
What we'll remember about this fight:
Though Nijem and Proctor still have some holes in their respective games, both looked like they belonged in the Octagon.
They put on a competitive and entertaining scrap with some near-finishes on each side. Overall, it was a great match.
What we learned about Proctor:
He looked good in defeat, but there is still room for improvement. Specifically, Proctor could stand to drill his takedown defense. He also needs to recognize when going for a guillotine is not worth the risk of giving up the dominant position.
Another thing we learned is that Proctor has potential. With a dangerous guard and developing striking, he could become a nice complementary piece in a stacked lightweight division.
What we learned about Nijem:
His wrestling is a huge asset and his striking is coming along. Still, he tends to hold his hands at his chest and too often forgets to tuck his chin.
At 24, he has some real potential. If he can learn to better avoid damage on his feet and stay out of dangerous positions on the mat, he could have a long career in the UFC.
What's next for Proctor:
Probably a low-level opponent to further gauge precisely where he's at. Henry Martinez would work.
What's next for Nijem:
I wouldn't consider him ready for a top-tier opponent just yet, but he's certainly in line for a step up. John Makdessi would be an intriguing challenge.