Amidst the chaos, there was something special about the co-main event on Saturday night.
Fans were given an opportunity to see MMA stripped down to its rawest form. There wasn't any point fighting or excessive attempts to escape danger.
It was two mortal men laying everything on the line for 15-minutes in a bout that stands strong as a "Fight of the Year" candidate.
After the unanimous decision was awarded to Miller, Lauzon, who was coated from head to toe in his own blood, was all smiles as he shifted his eyes across the roaring crowd of thousands.
He knew that he had given it his all, and at the post-fight presser, he admitted that was the only thing that truly mattered:
I really don't care about how the fight goes so much as long as I gave it my all. I go out there, and I do the best I can in training, and if I get a great job in training, I really don't care about how the fight ends. If I go out and I win, that's great. If I go out and lose, that sucks, but at the same time, if I did everything I can to prepare, then I'm not too worried.
Miller controlled the fight early on the feet by closing the distance and utilizing elbows in the clinch to open up a gash in Lauzon's forehead.
It may not have been the bloodiest fight in UFC history, but there was plenty of plasma to go around. The Octagon looked more like a CSI crime scene by the time the final bell sounded.
Miller wished he could have finished the fight, but overall, he appeared to be happy with his performance. At the post-fight press conference, he admitted to being exhausted toward the end of fight:
That was a crazy fight. I was exhausted. I try to leave it all in the cage and just give forth that complete effort, and I think I did that tonight. I was pretty exhausted and banged up...It was a fun fight to be in.