UFC 159 Results: Ranking Most Impressive Performances on Main Card
Months and months of buildup finally culminated on Saturday night with UFC 159. Overall, the action didn't disappoint.
We saw a dominant title defense from long-reigning champion Jon Jones. Michael Bisping showed why he's not quite done making a case for a title shot, and Roy Nelson did what Roy Nelson does best by knocking out Cheick Kongo.
In earlier action, Phil Davis showed off some improved striking in a decision win over Vinny Magalhaes, and Pat Healy pulled off one of the night's biggest upsets by submitting Jim Miller.
Here's a closer look at the three best performances from Saturday night.
3. Jon Jones lives up to the expectations
At this point, Jones' domination could easily be taken for granted. He's already one of the longest-reigning light heavyweight champions of all time, and he's steadily growing his legacy fight by fight.
He was the overwhelming favorite in this one, so it won't go down as one of the greatest performances by the champ. But he did come out and do exactly what he was expected to do, and there's something to be said for that.
Bleacher Report's own Damon Martin summed it up best: Jon Jones was doing very Jon Jones-like things, and it worked once again.
Jon Jones doing what Jon Jones does. Took Chael down, unloaded elbows and punches. Fight over #UFC159— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) April 28, 2013
2. Roy Nelson flattens Cheick Kongo
Is anything more entertaining than a Roy Nelson knockout?
It didn't take long for "Big Country" to send Kongo crashing to the canvas and the ref hustling in to stop things. It just took one nicely placed overhand right to end the night early.
Kongo isn't the greatest of opponents, but Nelson's one-punch power was on display once again. As former opponent Dave Herman can attest, it doesn't feel good when Big Country lands his big punches.
That whole thing looked pretty familiar! Stay out of the way of that "Roy Bomb" (they hurt) @roynelsonmma— Dave Herman (@davehermanmma) April 28, 2013
1. Pat Healy puts lightweight division on notice with upset win
Pat Healy was more than a slight underdog against Jim Miller on Saturday. The Strikeforce transplant didn't have near the impressive record against the same caliber of opponents that Miller had, but he refused to let that slow him down.
Healy went to work from the outset against Miller. He fought against any adversity that came his way to sink in a rear-naked choke in the fight's final round. The performance was impressive enough to net him the Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses.
Miller is a tough fighter to put away. Healy proved that he definitely belongs in the UFC with the finish.
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