Injuries afflicted the UFC 161 main card. But the prelims survived almost perfectly intact on the way to Winnipeg.
The result was a compelling body of matchmaking, with some of the best veteran Canadian fighters competing. But there was more to it.
More than one matchup pitted an experienced, even grizzled competitor against a rising, would-be contender. Would the guard change, or would experience prove the best teacher? We found out on Saturday night.
The most appetizing appetizer featured South of the Border denizens Jake Shields and Tyron Woodley, which, on paper anyway, could have easily been pay-per-view material.
On the off chance you're not a real fan of MMA and had other plans on a Saturday evening, here's a full recap and ranking of each preliminary card bout.