UFC on Fox 8 proved to be another solid card from the UFC.
Demetrious Johnson defended his flyweight crown, Rory MacDonald jabbed his way to a win, and Robbie Lawler announced himself as a serious contender in the welterweight division.
The main card delivered on action, and the undercard wasn't too shabby either. Several of the earlier bouts went to the judges' scorecards after back-and-forth action, but several of the early bouts didn't provide memorable performances.
Over the course of 12 fights, we witnessed some solid performances, as well as some less-than-stellar ones.
These are the most impressive performances from UFC on Fox 8.
Melvin Guillard has been one of the most frustrating fighters to watch during his UFC tenure. He possesses all the raw talent of a potential champion, but he has been wildly inconsistent with bouts of immature behavior.
UFC on Fox 8 did not see the bad Guillard. He was patient and on point.
He waited for the opportunity to lambaste Mac Danzig, and a jab is the punch that did the trick. Danzig hit the deck. Guillard followed that up with a hammerfist that turned his lights out. It was a great performance that could finally put him on the path to greatness.
Time will tell if he has finally found a consistent form, but the Guillard that showed up at UFC on Fox 8 is one of the best lightweights in the world.
Jorge Masvidal has been one of the most underrated lightweights of the past few years.
Michael Chiesa had the crowd behind him, but that didn't affect Masvidal. After a slow start, he turned up the heat on the prospect in the second round. He got the finish with a D'arce choke and reveled in the boos of the crowd.
It was a key performance in a hostile environment.
Masvidal failed to capture the Strikeforce Lightweight Championship in 2011, but he has won three straight now. He is on his way to moving up the ladder in the lightweight division.
Liz Carmouche was a favorite heading into UFC on Fox 8, but she was facing a tough challenge in Jessica Andrade, who is one of the division's fastest rising stars.
Carmouche and Andrade had a competitive first round, but the No. 5 ranked bantamweight got the better of the action. In the opening of the second round, Andrade came forward, but Carmouche dumped her strongly to the mat.
She dominated from top position and rained down heavy blows. The referee stopped the bout after a prolonged beating. Carmouche showed why she is one of the best in the division. Andrade's quality ground game was no match for the strength of Carmouche.
Bobby Voelker came in as a late replacement to fight a Top-10 fight in Robbie Lawler, and he was a sacrificial lamb to Lawler's power.
"Ruthless" put on a brilliant performance. He was light on his feet, showed good athleticism and finished Voelker off in devastating fashion. The complete stand-up showing from Lawler makes him a threat in the welterweight division.
Voelker was no match for him.
Lawler's second straight win in the UFC will move him up the ladder and hopefully garner him a Top-10 fight in his next outing. He looks fantastic since dropping back to 170 pounds.
Rory MacDonald vs. Jake Ellenberger did not live up to the billing.
The potential title eliminator was not a good fight, but that does not mean MacDonald wasn't impressive in the win.
He showed excellent boxing with his jab, which completely nullified Ellenberger. The powerful wrestler had no way to close the distance, and MacDonald's movement created even more problems for him.
The Tristar product continues to develop and showcase his skills. He is one of the best welterweights in the world right now, and even though the performance wasn't exciting, it was impressive. He took the No. 4 welterweight completely out of his game and dictated what happened.
The most impressive performance of the night came from the flyweight champion of the world, Demetrious Johnson.
"Mighty Mouse" showed the complete arsenal. He was quick on his feet, moved in and out effectively, switched levels for the takedown rapidly and threatened with submissions all fight long.
Eventually, he wore John Moraga down and finished the fight in the fifth round. It was the latest fight stoppage in UFC history, as he switched from the kimura and secured the armbar.
The defense of the title was his second, and he proved he can finish a top-tier opponent.
He deserves to be mentioned in the pound-for-pound discussion following the win. He has every tool imaginable. "Mighty Mouse" was dominant and very much impressive in Seattle.