The whole thing went down on national television Saturday from The House That Jordan Built, the United Center in Chicago. And it unfolded before what was purportedly (and from the couch, certainly looked and sounded like) a not-exactly-full arena. Maybe that's just Chicago in January working its special magic, but it may also have something to do with the relatively low-profile and objectively low-stakes lineup.
And yet, there was intrigue to be found. Cause for optimism, you might say. First of all, because it's MMA, fireworks may be poised around any corner. Second, the slate did contain some reasonably tasty matchups, especially in a free TV context.
In the main event, former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson took on the hard-charging Josh Thomson. In the co-main event, Stipe Miocic tried to reach the next stratum of the heavyweight division with a win over Gabriel Gonzaga. Also, there was Donald Cerrone.
It's all in the books now, but the stat lines, they only reveal so much. Here are the real winners and losers from up and down the fight card.