There wasn't a great deal of heat surrounding UFC 161 in Winnipeg. The whole thing was tepid and soupy, like a melted gelato.
That'll happen when your original main event—an interim bantamweight title bout between Renan Barao and challenger Eddie Wineland—hits the trash heap after a Barao injury. A co-main event between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira later followed, thanks to Lil Nog's balky back.
And yet, fights are fights, and being the bona fide MMA junkie whom I am, I went ahead and ordered up. It's not like you couldn't find some intrigue, after all. Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson, two graying lions of the sport, trying to discover where—or if—they fit in today's light heavyweight landscape.
Roy Nelson, the popular and polarizing heavyweight brought in to bolster the anemic card, is rumored to be eyeing the free-agent waters after this, his final fight on his current UFC contract.
Those are just the top stories heading into the event. How did the action play out in the pay-per-view portion of the evening? Here are grades for every main-card fighter who laced up the gloves Saturday night on the Canadian prairie.