The main card of UFC 169 has a little bit of everything.
Two belts will be on the line in the co-main events: the bantamweight title, which Renan Barao and Urijah Faber will contest for the second time, and the featherweight title, which Ricardo Lamas will hope to steal from the unbeatable Jose Aldo.
We also have a flyweight battle between John Lineker and Ali Bagautinov, with the winner possibly getting a shot at Demetrious Johnson.
It’s not just little guys, though. Heavyweight veterans Frank Mir and Alistair Overeem will match up, and with each fighter’s back against the wall, you can expect fireworks.
Let’s take a look at the results from the main card at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
An already bright future for Abel Trujillo is now looking even more promising. The up-and-comer knocked out Jamie Varner in devastating fashion in the second round.
After nearly falling victim to a choke in the first round, Trujillo was nearly defeated by Varner when he was tagged multiple times by the veteran. But rather than curl up and call it a night Trujillo put his power on display by outslugging Varner in a bout that is going to be tough to beat for Fight of the Night.
After losing to the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov last May, the 30-year-old responded with a dominant knockout of Roger Bowling and now this victory, the most impressive of his short UFC career.
Trujillo’s shortcomings in the wrestling department were evident against Nurmagomedov, but there’s no doubting his knockout potential. The ceiling is high for the Iowa resident.
As for Varner, the former World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion is now just 2-3 in the UFC and has two defeats in a row. He needs a win soon, or his time with the company could be limited.
In the crucial top-10 battle featuring two fighters with explosive knockout ability, it was Ali Bagautinov who continued his recent tear with a unanimous decision victory over John Lineker.
Baugautinov utilized his extensive Sambo background as he was able to consistently get Lineker to the ground and ward off his submission attempts to earn the nod from the judges. Although Lineker threatened with more than one submission this was a strong all around performance.
Bagautinov, who entered the fight ranked No. 7 in the flyweight division, has now won 11 fights in a row. He is 3-0 in UFC and now has a win over a top-five opponent, to boot.
With champion Demetrious Johnson having taken care of the four fighters ranked above Lineker, it very well may be time for Bagautinov to receive his title shot. He may not be ready for “Mighty Mouse,” who has torn through the division, but he has undoubtedly earned his shot.
This is a slight setback for Lineker, whose four-fight win streak comes to an end, but he’s still firmly entrenched in the flyweight picture.
In a meeting that many believed to be of the “win-or-go-home” nature, Alistair Overeem scored an important victory over Frank Mir, defeating the American via unanimous decision to halt a two-match losing streak.
Whereas cardio has been Overeem's Achilles heel in the past, he had no issues battering Mir for a full three rounds in this one. After a dominant first round he continued to keep the pressure on the former UFC champion and picked up the decisive win.
Overeem, a former Strikeforce heavyweight champ, hadn’t won since he beat Brock Lesnar in 2011, falling to Antonio Silva and Travis Browne via knockout.
But for now at least, his UFC livelihood is off life support, and he’ll receive another top-10 matchup to prove his worth to Dana White.
The future isn’t nearly as bright for Mir. Although White never officially called this a do-or-die match, the 34-year-old has dropped four fights in a row and a pink slip very well may be coming his way.
For an amazing eighth time in a row, Jose Aldo has defended his featherweight championship.
The 27-year-old, who started out as World Extreme Cagefighting champ before becoming UFC’s inaugural featherweight champion when the companies merged, has been unbeatable. He has defeated everyone from to Chad Mendes to Frankie Edgar to Satarday night’s main eventer Urijah Faber and now Ricardo Lamas via unanimous decision.
And he has his infamous leg kicks to thank for it. The champion went right to work against Lamas utilizing the kicks to keep a safe distance and wear down the challenger. It was once again a near-flawless performance for the champion.
With Aldo wiping out all of the featherweight contenders, and the lightweight title picture so murky, there’s one superfight UFC fans will be itching for: Aldo vs. lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
Pettis still needs to get healthy, and there’s plenty of lightweight competitors who want a shot at “Showtime” when he returns, but there’s no doubt Aldo vs. Pettis would be a scintillating fight between two of the best in the business.
After defeating Urijah Faber via first-round knockout on Saturday night, Renan Barao has now won 32 fights in a row, with the last three being title defenses of his bantamweight championship.
Barao picked up his second consecutive TKO victory after winning his first five fights in the UFC by either submission or decision. This was yet another example of the one-strike power that he brings into the Octagon.
One of the most dominant fighters in the sport is starting to run out of challengers, having knocked off Faber, Eddie Wineland and Michael McDonald.
If Raphael Assuncao defeats Francisco Rivera at UFC 170 he could get a shot at Barao, but it’s apparent there’s no one in the division capable of touching “The Baron” right now.