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Roy Nelson left Cheick Kongo in a heap, as most expected him to.
There is a reason that fighters open as favorites. It's because they're probably going to win.
Granted, crazy things happen in MMA, but that doesn't mean they are going to happen in every fight. My unofficial-among-friends picks saw Jim Miller, Phil Davis, Cheick Kongo, Alan Belcher and Chael Sonnen all coming out victorious. With the exception of Sonnen, I felt confident about the picks.
Pat Healy upset Miller, so ignore that one. I got Phil Davis right, but he was a heavy favorite for everyone who isn't a Brazilian jiu-jitsu homer. Kongo, Belcher and Sonnen, though, didn't go my way.
I could break down my rationale for each pick (chronic underestimation of Bisping, Roy Nelson's inability to handle fighters with anything resembling decent striking and just being contrary with Sonnen). That would be boring, though. (Wasn't it?)
Suffice it to say, some guys (like me) don't need to look so deeply into fights. Sometimes, people just get punched in the face really hard, and that's that.