After a wild Saturday night full of excellent fights, UFC 155 proved that there were definite winners, some serious losers and plain ugliness as well.
With such a huge MMA event, there are always bound to be winners and losers coming from the show, and this night was no different. Add in the fact that the UFC Heavyweight Championship was on the line, and the stakes were as high as they could get on Saturday.
After an entire pay-per-view full of unpredictability and surprises, it’s time to break down the good, the bad and the ugly of UFC 155.
After looking as terrible as a fighter possibly could look in his first bout against Junior dos Santos, Cain Velasquez redeemed himself by claiming a decision victory and the heavyweight title on Saturday night.
Dos Santos was the favorite in this fight because of Velasquez’s poor performance in their previous meeting, but the Velasquez that entered the Octagon on Saturday was an entirely different fighter.
With a conscientious effort to keep attacking, Velasquez gained the advantage early and dominated dos Santos throughout all five of the rounds.
As the new UFC heavyweight champion, it’s pretty good to be Velasquez.
After making the move to middleweight and fighting toward a title shot against champion Anderson Silva, UFC veteran Tim Boetsch lost to Constantinos Philippou via a third-round TKO.
Boetsch, who won his first four fights since dropping weight classes to become a middleweight, would have earned a title shot with a victory, but the speed and power of Philippou proved to be too much.
The first round of the fight was evenly matched, but the persistent stifling of Boetsch’s takedowns, and the consistency of the punches landed from Philippou were just too much for the veteran to overcome.
Back of the championship contender line, Boetsch.
While this category is usually saved for the worst moment of the night, this version of "The Ugly Award" goes to the epic in-ring war—and my favorite fight of the night—between lightweights Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller.
This fight was only deemed ugly because of the mass quantities of blood spilled during this bout, not the intense battle in Octagon, and it will go down as one of the best fights of 2012.
Miller may have defeated Lauzon by unanimous decision, but both men walked away from this bout with the honor of being involved in one of the best battles of the year, something that both fighters should be very proud of.
If Dana White and the UFC wanted to make the fans truly happy, they’d schedule this fight again sooner rather than later.