After a wild night in Las Vegas at UFC 160, there are mixed reactions about Saturday night’s pay-per-view.
While there were unquestionably some great fights during the event, there were a few bad portions of the broadcast and a few ugly moments that marred the perception of this PPV.
The card was unpredictable—but not in a good way, though—and this is the good, bad and ugly of UFC 160
The Good: Junior dos Santos’ Knockout of Mark Hunt
Junior dos Santos is one of the most dominant fighters in the heavyweight division and one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, but many thought he would meet his match against the heavy hands of Mark Hunt.
Not only did dos Santos knock Hunt out, he did it in convincing fashion.
Dos Santos used a spinning kick to the face to knock Hunt to the mat and landed a towering right hand that ended the fight right there. The Samoan star tried to stand up, but fell to the mat once again.
The dominating win for dos Santos makes him the clear No. 1 contender to Velasquez and the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
The Bad: Gray Maynard’s Effort
Gray Maynard was one of the toughest fighters in the UFC for years and involved in some of the best fights of the last decade. While what he has accomplished can’t be disputed, getting TKO’d at 2:07 minutes into the first round by T.J. Grant marked the end of his time as a legit contender.
Grant is a great fighter who is reaching the prime of his career, and he thoroughly outclassed Maynard Saturday, out-striking the notoriously accurate boxer and sending him to the canvas much earlier than anyone could have anticipated.
Maynard is now 34 years old, and while his fights against Frankie Edgar and other top contenders will go down as some of the best in the lightweight division’s history, Maynard himself has become nothing more than a divisional gatekeeper.
The Ugly: The Main Event
When the rematch between UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva was booked for UFC 160, the matchup was met with minimal excitement because of the way the last match ended up being a one-sided blood bath.
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Dana White and the matchmakers did a great job promoting the fight by telling the fans that it wouldn’t happen that way again, but after just 1:21 in the first round, Velasquez knocked out Silva.
While it wasn’t bloody, the fans saw this movie before.
Velasquez is obviously the better fighter, and with Silva struggling against wrestlers, this was a matchup that never had a chance to be interesting. White and UFC officials must start delivering more entertaining main events if UFC wants to dominate the mainstream like the other major sports.