8 Takeaways from UFC Fight Nights 43 and 44

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8 Takeaways from UFC Fight Nights 43 and 44
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The UFC returned to action on Saturday, and it returned in full force with two fight cards.

UFC Fight Night 43 hit Auckland, New Zealand, early in the morning, and the evening produced UFC Fight Night 44 from San Antonio. There were a total of 21 fights between the two events.

Nate Marquardt submitted James Te Huna in the UFC Fight Night 43 main event, and Cub Swanson defeated Jeremy Stephens by a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 44.

Aside from those two main events, there was plenty to take away from the cards. Some new faces emerged, and some old tropes reared their heads. Here are eight key takeaways from Saturday.

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