UFC on Fox 8: Best Possible Rebound Fights for Card's Biggest Losers
For some fighters on the UFC on Fox 8 main card, Saturday night was a night to forget.
For every fighter like Jorge Masvidal, Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald who climbed the ladder with a win, there's a Michael Chiesa, Bobby Voelker and Jake Ellenberger who will be left trying to learn from their mistakes their next time out.
Picking up one loss isn't the worst thing in the world. This is a sport where undefeated records are fleeting. But no one wants to be on the losing side of things consecutively, so showing that you've improved from the experience is paramount.
Here's a fight for each of the card's biggest losers to get things going in the right direction again.
Chiesa's loss to Jorge Masvidal had to be heart breaking for the 25-year-old.
The former Ultimate Fighter winner won the first round against the experienced Masvidal. According to FightMetric, he landed more strikes while scoring a knockdown and notching a takedown.
However, it went downhill from there. Masvidal dominated the second round, holding the advantage in every category before sinking in a D'arce choke late in the round. Showing a lack of awareness, Chiesa tapped out with just one second left in the round.
To top it all off, it was the first time Chiesa has tasted defeat in his career.
Looking forward, this might not be all bad for Chiesa. His striking has never looked better than it did in the first round, and he learned the importance of knowing the situation in the cage.
One opponent that could test Chiesa's improvement is fellow UFC on Fox 8 loser Yves Edwards. The 36-year-old lost a close split decision to Daron Cruickshank and has become a reliable gatekeeper to young lightweights.
Unlike Chiesa and Ellenberger, Voelker's loss is his second in a row, so winning his next bout will be vital.
The 34-year-old wasn't really expected to win. He took the fight on short notice and was paired against a fighter in Robbie Lawler, who had just knocked out Josh Koscheck. That being said, a three-fight losing streak is still a good recipe to get cut from the organization.
It's clear that a step down in competition and the loser of UFC 163's bout between Sergio Moraes and Neil Magny seems appropriate.
Either up-and-comer would give us an idea of Voelker's value to the organization as a low-level gatekeeper going forward.
Well there isn't a whole lot to say about Ellenberger's performance against Rory MacDonald. It was one of the worst performances of his career.
Many will blame MacDonald for the fight being on the boring side, but it was Ellenberger's inability to force the 24-year-old to throw anything other than his jab to beat him. For a fighter who had won eight of his last nine fights, it was certainly not the performance we were expecting.
Fortunately for Ellenberger, another top-10 welterweight is about to lose a fight. Only one fighter can come out victorious when Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann meet in August.
The loser of that fight would make a lot of sense for "The Juggernaut". He would love the opportunity to avenge his loss to Kampmann, and Condit would present him many of the same issues that MacDonald did with his ability to use his range.
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