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UFC 167 Results: Most Impressive Wins from Las Vegas

Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Rashad Evans (red gloves) fights against Chael Sonnen (blue gloves) in their light heavyweight bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIINovember 17, 2013

UFC 167 is officially in the books. There were controversial decisions, smothering submission maneuvers and Georges St-Pierre's shocking choice to step away from fighting for an undisclosed period of time.

The question is: Which fighters secured the most impressive victories in Las Vegas?

 

Donald Cerrone

Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights against Evan Dunham (blue gloves) in their lightweight bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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Record: 21-6-1

Opponent: Evan Dunham

Result: Round 2 Submission

Donald Cerrone hit a steep decline after shining in 2011 and 2012. He lost two of his first three fights during the 2013 campaign and entered his meeting with Evan Dunham in a position of relative uncertainty.

Cerrone rebounded with an impressive second-round submission victory over Dunham at UFC 167.

He locked in a triangle choke and forced Dunham to submit. As a result, the 30-year-old moved to 21-6-1 and created a brighter future in the UFC than he had heading into this fight.

The days of "Cowboy" turning heads could return, and a triangle-choke victory is a great way to make that happen.

He won six of his first seven UFC fights with two knockouts and two submissions. Against Dunham, that relentless fighter returned, as Cerrone kept the pressure on his opponent until he weakened his defense enough to lock in the submission.

On a night that was dominated by decisions, Cerrone had an impressive finish.

 

Rashad Evans

Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Rashad Evans (red gloves) fights against Chael Sonnen (blue gloves) in their light heavyweight bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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Record: 19-3-1

Opponent: Chael Sonnen

Result: Round 1 TKO

Rashad Evans is one of the most accomplished fighters in recent UFC history. He has a career record of 19-3-1 and has 14 victories during his time in Dana White's promotion.

Win No. 14 may have been his most impressive yet.

At UFC 167, he dominated Chael Sonnen en route to a vicious first-round TKO. The former light heavyweight champion pummeled Sonnen and ended his night with a series of strikes that forced the referee to step in before things could get more brutal than they already were.

With two straight wins, the 34-year-old is starting to look like a contender. Again.

Even if he fails to re-emerge as a championship-caliber fighter, he reminded the MMA community that he's still dangerous. He now has knockout and TKO victories over the likes of Michael Bisping, Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz and Sonnen.

Say what you will about his most recent outings, but Evans' resume is as impressive as you'll find amongst active fighters. This win makes it look even better.

 

Tyron Woodley

Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Josh Koscheck (red gloves) fights against Tyron Woodley (blue gloves) in their welterweight bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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Record: 12-2

Opponent: Josh Koscheck

Result: Round 1 KO

If not for Evans' win, Tyron Woodley would have the most brutal finish of the night. He demolished Josh Koscheck with a first-round knockout. It was pure and utter annihilation that saw Woodley counter an approach, manhandle Koscheck, push him to the ground and maul him.

It doesn't get much more spectacular than that.

Woodley is now 12-2, responding well after a split-decision loss to Jake Shields at UFC 161. Not only did it put another win on his resume, but the knockout helped to establish the 31-year-old as a force to be reckoned with in a welterweight division that's in a state of uncertainty.

If nothing else, Woodley's dominance will be on highlight reels for some time.

He will need to put together a winning streak before he can contend for the title, but this win is a major step in the right direction. His power has never been questioned, and after falling to the defensive-minded Shields, he needed to win this fight in convincing fashion, which he did.

Don't be shocked to see his name rise in the rankings.

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