UFC on Fox 12 Results: Burning Questions Heading into Fight Night 47

Steven RondinaFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2014

UFC on Fox 12 Results: Burning Questions Heading into Fight Night 47

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    UFC on Fox 12 is in the books. The results are as follows: 

     

    UFC on Fox 12 Main Card

    • Robbie Lawler def. Matt Brown, unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
    • Anthony Johnson def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, TKO (Round 1, 0:44)
    • Dennis Bermudez def. Clay Guida, submission (Round 2, 2:57)
    • Bobby Green def. Josh Thomson, split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

     

    Preliminary Card on Fox

    • Jorge Masvidal def. Daron Cruickshank, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27)
    • Patrick Cummins def. Kyle Kingsbury, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24)
    • Tim Means def. Hernani Perpetuo, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
    • Brian Ortega def. Mike De La Torre, submission (Round 1, 1:39)

     

    Preliminary Card on UFC Fight Pass

    • Tiago Trator def. Akbarh Arreola, unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
    • Noad Lahat def. Steven Siler, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
    • Gilbert Burns def. Andreas Stahl, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
    • Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Juliana Lima, unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) 

     

    Next up? UFC Fight Night 47 on August 16.

    While the card is short on names, it is relatively long in terms of pure intrigue. The rise of Ovince St. Preux and Zach Makovsky add obvious title ramifications to their fights, while the returns of Sara McMann and Gray Maynard are things to keep an eye on.

    So what else should you watch out for during the buildup to this card? Find out right here!

How Will Sara McMann Look After Being Rousey'd?

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    The Fight: Sara McMann vs. Lauren Murphy
    The Real Fight: Sara McMann vs. Disappointment

     

    The Stakes

    Sara McMann may or may not be a top female bantamweight. All we know for certain is that she isn't nearly as good as Ronda Rousey. Now, she looks to bounce back from her brutal knockout loss to the champ against former Invicta champion Lauren Murphy.

     

    The Question

    How Will Sara McMann Look After Being Rousey'd?

     

    Analysis

    There's no way to brush off McMann's Olympic silver medal in wrestling. As Joe Warren and Ben Askren can tell you, an Olympic wrestling pedigree is enough to beat almost anybody. But as Tyson Griffin can tell you, one good knockout is enough to put you into a career free fall.

    McMann is a legitimate talent, and the division is much better off with her in it. Here's hoping she can regain her footing as a top 135-pound fighter.

How Will Lauren Murphy Do in Her UFC Debut?

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    The Fight: Sara McMann vs. Lauren Murphy
    The Real Fight: Lauren Murphy vs. Really Tough UFC Debut

     

    The Stakes

    The UFC's harvest of Invicta's roster continues! This time, bantamweight champion Lauren Murphy comes over to face Sara McMann. Murphy is a formidable fighter and one of the few serious knockout threats in the division right now. That said, there are few draws in the division tougher than McMann.

     

    The Question

    How Will Lauren Murphy Do in Her UFC Debut?

     

    Analysis

    Murphy is a clear-cut top-10 lady in the UFC without even stepping into the Octagon and owns wins over some solid competition in Miriam Nakamoto, Kaitlin Young and Sarah D'Alelio. She is a deceptively well-established talent, and her undefeated record attests to that...but that's freakin' Sara McMann.

    Murphy may be exceptionally talented, but that doesn't mean she won't be worked over on the ground by the Olympic silver medalist. It will be interesting to see how, and if, she can counter McMann.

So Is Jussier Formiga Capable of Actually Winning a Fight?

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    The Fight: Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky
    The Real Fight: Jussier Formiga vs. Not Actually Being Very Good

     

    The Stakes

    Jussier Formiga got away with a blatant head-butt against Scott Jorgensen, which he used to set up a rear-naked choke. The UFC was quick to downplay it (as it was looking to bolster the Brazilian's record) and is now pretending he is a solid top-10 presence en route to a title shot. Standing in his way is Zach Makovsky.

     

    The Question

    So Is Jussier Formiga Capable of Actually Winning a Fight?

     

    Analysis

    Jussier da Silva, as he should be called, may have a 2-2 UFC record, but that doesn't speak to how mediocre a fighter he has been thus far. He was utterly dominated by Joseph Benavidez and John Dodson. As stated, he was gifted a win over Jorgensen. His one legitimate-ish win came over Chris Cariaso, and even that was a tossup that he earned via hometown advantage.

    Da Silva is still seeking his first real UFC win, and it's hard to imagine it coming over Makovsky.

Can Zach Makovsky Get Himself a Quick Title Shot?

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    The Fight: Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky
    The Real Fight: Zach Makovsky vs. Weird Flyweight Title Picture

     

    The Stakes

    Former Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky has been a godsend for the UFC's flyweight division. An already-established talent who doesn't have any history with fellow top flyweights, he is already very close to a title shot with just two UFC wins.

    With a decisive win over Da Silva, it's hard to argue against him getting a top-contender bout opposite Ian McCall...depending on how quickly John Dodson comes back from knee surgery.

     

    The Question

    Can Zach Makovsky Get Himself a Quick Title Shot?

     

    Analysis

    Makovsky is a beast—plain and simple. He has every bit of Demetrious Johnson's quickness, with some very powerful wrestling to go along with it. His wins over Scott Jorgensen and Josh Sampo were both convincing enough that he should be getting hyped as a potential legitimate challenge for the uber-dominant Johnson but...well...this is the UFC.

    For now at least, he will have to continue trying to earn respect. A big win here, hopefully, will do the trick.

Does Gray Maynard Have Anything Left in Him?

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    The Fight: Gray Maynard vs. Fabricio Camoes
    The Real Fight: Gray Maynard vs. Time...or Maybe Injuries...Possibly Gym Troubles? Hell, I Don't Know

     

    The Stakes

    Gray Maynard was a top lightweight for a long time. Then, suddenly, he wasn't. A combination of injuries and losses have slid him back further and further in the super-stacked lightweight division. Set to face Fabricio Camoes, it's hard to imagine his job isn't on the line here.

     

    The Question

    Does Gray Maynard Have Anything Left in Him?

     

    Analysis

    Seriously, I don't know what happened to Maynard. From 2008 until 2012, he was a top-three lightweight. His list of notable wins is one of the most impressive today at 155 pounds and includes the likes of Frankie Edgar, Nate Diaz, Jim Miller, Kenny Florian and Clay Guida. His wrestling pedigree is impressive, and his hands are very underrated.

    But the guy just can't seem to win anymore.

    If he loses to Camoes, it's hard to imagine he doesn't get cut from the UFC. If he loses by another scary knockout, it's hard to come up with an argument against him retiring.

How Good Is Brad Tavares?

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    The Fight: Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares
    The Real Fight: Brad Tavares vs. Gatekeeper

     

    The Stakes

    Brad Tavares was one of those up-and-comers nobody seemed to have caught on to, racking up a 7-1 record in his first eight UFC fights. Then Yoel Romero happened and dominated him to the tune of a unanimous 30-27 decision. Of course, now the question is if Tavares' 7-1 record was deserved, or if it was something of a tease.

     

    The Question

    How Good Is Brad Tavares?

     

    Analysis

    We've seen fighters achieve lengthy winning streaks, then lose them emphatically before.

    Sometimes, those losses wind up being a speed bump for a future champ, like Johny Hendricks vs. Rick Story. Other times, they show that a fighter was good but not necessarily elite level like Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson. And of course, there are the instances where a guy was utterly exposed, like with Marcus Davis vs. Mike Swick.

    This fight with Tim Boetsch will either be the beginning of another winning streak for Tavares or the beginning of the end.

Can Pearson vs. Trujillo Live Up to Its Potential?

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    The Fight: Ross Pearson vs. Abel Trujillo
    The Real Fight: Technical Puncher vs. Hard Puncher

     

    The Stakes

    Ross Pearson and Abel Trujillo are both in that awkward top-20 range in the lightweight division...but possibly not for much longer. Trujillo is coming off two scary knockouts. Pearson, meanwhile, has been in an awkward position due to his two most recent fights ending in highly controversial fashion but is still an exciting, skilled fighter.

    An emphatic win should be more than enough to get the winner into the 14-15 spot in what may be a barnburner.

     

    The Question

    Can Pearson vs. Trujillo Live Up to Its Potential?

     

    Analysis

    This is actually probably the top candidate for Fight of the Night honors. Think about Cub Swanson's brilliant striking against Jeremy Stephens' go-for-broke punching, then add in ever-so-slightly better grappling. Right here.

    Should be a fun one.

Is Ovince St. Preux a Legitimate Top-10 Light Heavyweight?

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    The Fight: Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux
    The Real Fight: Ovince St. Preux vs. the First Real Test of His Career (Except for When He was Fed to Gegard Mousasi)

     

    The Stakes

    Ovince St. Preux has worn the "prospect" label for a very, very long time. Strikeforce actively groomed him, always planning to pit him against its 205-pound trifecta of Gegard Mousasi, Mo Lawal and Rafael Cavalcante. Obviously, those days never came, but OSP has still become a formidable light heavyweight, and now against Ryan Bader, he has the chance to show that he isn't just "formidable" but a full-blown title contender.

     

    The Question

    Is Ovince St. Preux a Legitimate Top-10 Light Heavyweight?

     

    Analysis

    A couple of slides ago, I was talking about winning streaks sometimes meaning something and sometimes not. Well, at 205 pounds, where pretty much everyone has knockout power, a 13-1 stretch almost certainly means something good. OSP has looked amazing over his last three fights, finishing Cody Donovan, Nikita Krylov and Ryan Jimmo.

    Bader is the foremost gatekeeper at 205 pounds right now, and if OSP beats him the way he beat Jimmo or Krylov, it's hard to argue against him being a top-five light heavyweight at this point.