Injuries are the crooked tax collectors of MMA. They sure do take their share, don't they?
UFC 163 slouched into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday night with a pocket full of holes, courtesy of that remorseless absolutist. Strewn somewhere back along the roadside was the shiny promise of a featherweight superfight between Anthony Pettis and Jose Aldo, a tantalizing welterweight bout pitting Josh Koscheck against Demian Maia and several other interesting fights and fighters, all cut down by some injury or another.
As such, interest remained at a low simmer in the run up to UFC 163. And yet, because MMA might enjoy the highest rate of anything-can-happenness on the modern sports landscape, for many, the card remained appointment television.
That's especially true whenever someone like Aldo, the UFC featherweight champ and pan-divisional top-fiver, is involved. The 26-year-old with the 15-fight winning streak was in his home country to defend his belt for the fifth time and would do so against the electrifying Chan Sung Jung, familiar to many fans (and billed on the official event) as "The Korean Zombie."
That was the undisputed main attraction, but lightning (or a highlight-reel head kick) can strike anywhere. Did it strike at UFC 163? Was the injury beast still hungry? The final stat lines only tell part of the story. Here to help you round things out is a list of the real winners and losers from Rio de Janeiro. (And yes, we'll list the official results at the end.)