UFC Fight Night 29 hit Fox Sports 1 on Wednesday from Barueri, Brazil, and the UFC delivered another event full of exciting action.
Demian Maia and Jake Shields gave a couple of exciting rounds of grappling before tiring out. Once that happened, the fight dissolved into being quite the forgettable main event.
Shields upset the No. 4-ranked welterweight via split decision.
Nine other bouts filled out the card. There was plenty of competitive action both on the feet and on the ground to satisfy even the most fickle MMA fan. It was a solid way to spend a Wednesday for a fan of combat sports.
Impressions were left.
These were the four most memorable moments from the latest UFC offering.
Chris Cariaso entered as the No. 8-ranked flyweight and had a very difficult opponent in Iliarde Santos.
Santos took the first frame from Cariaso firmly, but the talented flyweight proved why he is in the top 10 of the division in the second.
Cariaso found his range and Santos' timing. At 4:31 of the second round, the referee had to step in to stop the beating Cariaso started to pour on.
It was a good win for Cariaso. After dropping two straight to top-level talent, the No.8-ranked flyweight got back in the winners column. He probably should not be thrust right back into the thick of things in the division, but it was a good showing nonetheless.
Another leglock submission for Toquinho.
Mike Pierce came in with a questionable game plan against Rousimar Palhares, and it cost him.
The unfortunate part of the spectacular submission finish was that once again Palhares did not relinquish the submission at the tap. Pierce tapped, the referee dove in and Palhares was still torquing the leg. That is borderline at best.
Regardless, it is another fast submission. It was a very impressive and very successful debut at welterweight for the Brazilian.
The way these two fight, and the way they seemed happy to be involved in a fight together at the weigh-ins gave everyone hope we would be treated to an exciting brawl on Wednesday.
That was not the case.
Jon Anik and Kenny Florian even floated the idea that this was the "people's main event."
That was not the case.
It was a terrible fight. Fabio Maldonado tried Anderson Silva's "back against the cage" strategy, and it was awful to witness. Joey Beltran looked for takedowns that were never close to being completed. And they did not go all-out for the finish.
There is nothing wrong with being selective with your strikes. It's just not was expected from these two fighters. It was disappointing, and it wasn't entertaining. It's remembered for how bad it was.
Erick Silva was the explosive striker in this bout between two potential top-10 welterweights. Dong Hyun Kim was the grappler. He wasn't supposed to stand and exchange with Silva.
The first round was more of what was expected from this fight. Silva trying to strike, and Kim closing the distance to drag this fight to the mat. And it was just as exciting as expected.
The second round gave us the surprise finish. They threw at the same time, but Kim connected cleanly. Silva was out like a light, and he ate an extra hammerfist before the referee could stop Kim. It came out of nowhere, and it was the most shocking development of the night.
This win was huge for Kim, and the manner in which he won makes it all the more impressive. Excellent stuff from the Stun Gun.
It was a show-saving finish.