May's Key Fights:
Mauricio Rua vs. Lyoto Machida
The rematch wasn't so controversial as the first fight, as Rua landed some beautifully-timed counter strikes on an unusually aggressive Machida.
After flooring Machida with a shot to the temple, Rua jumped on his prey and shut the lights a few seconds later with some well-timed shots to the face.
Many people didn't want to believe it after the first fight with Machida, but Rua is back to his old semi-aggressively dominant ways and will look to prove so with his first title defense against Rashad Evans.
Rashad Evans vs. Quinton Jackson
The fight went down almost exactly as most had predicted, as Evans used his speed to elude Jackson's striking and gain the clinch. From here, Evans used his wrestling to control and wear down Jackson for a better part of the fight.
There were a few moments in the fight where it appeared that there was going to be the highly anticipated knockout, Evans clipping Jackson in the first and Jackson buckling Evans in the third, but both fighters survived until the final bell.
With the win, Evans secured himself his second title shot at the Light Heavyweight crown.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Jason Brilz
The fight was closer than most people give credit for, but the judges appeared to have gotten it wrong once again.
For the first two rounds, Nogueira struggled to stay on his feet as Brilz relentlessly worked his takedowns. Although he didn't land much in the way of ground striking, Brilz controlled the better part of the opening two rounds.
The third round was clearly Nogueira's, as Brilz began to suck wind and did little to mount any real offense. But in the end, the judges thought that Nogueira had done enough to secure the win.
With their UFC 114 performances, Nogueira showed he still needs improvement before contending in the division while Brilz showed that he deserves to be fighting better competition.
Luiz Cane vs. Cyrille Diabate
After rocking Diabate early, Cane appeared to slow down as he went for the finish. Once recovered, Diabate landed shots at will and eventually sent Cane crumbling to the canvas in search of his consciousness.
Diabate announced his presence with a big win in his UFC debut, and also effectively erased the hype of Cane all in one moment.
Junes Key's Fights
Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin
Although the UFC is home to the best Light Heavyweight fighters of the world, the title picture is looking rather bleak. A win for either Liddell or Franklin would burst them into the Top 10 in dramatic fashion. A strong finish could leave them one fight out of a title shot.
Noteworthy: Ryan Bader (11-0) & Jason Brilz (18-3)
10. Vladimir Matyushenko (24-4)
9- Randy Couture- (18-10)
8- Forrest Griffin (17-6)
7- Jon Jones (10-1)
6- Thiago Silva (14-2)
5- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-3)
4- Quinton Jackson (30-7)
3- Lyoto Machida (16-1)
2- Anderson Silva (25-4)
1- Rashad Evans (19-1-1)
Champion- Mauricio Rua (19-4)