UFC 120 Results: What's Next for the Winners?
UFC 120 brought us a lot of surprise winners and some we expected.
Overall the card produced some really good fights and has answered a lot of questions about the future of the UFC in England.
Earlier I did a slideshow on what happened for the guys who came up short Saturday night.
Today I want to take a look at who was victorious and how sweet it was.
The Biggest Winner: Carlos Condit
I don't think anyone saw that coming.
When Condit countered a Dan Hardy left hook with his own, I don't think anyone thought we'd see Hardy buckle like that.
Then, bringing back memories of another loud-mouthed British fighter getting shut up and knocked out (Dan Henderson destroying Michael Bisping at UFC 100), Condit continued to punish Hardy into unconsciousness.
Carlos Condit looked great, and now that he's fighting out of the famed Greg Jackson training camp, he could be back on the fast track to title contention.
The Xtreme Couture Fight Camp
Xtreme Couture is Randy Couture's personal training team run out of Las Vegas. It's home to such fighters as Forrest Griffin, Gina Carano, Gray Maynard and the huge underdog winner Saturday night, Mike Pyle.
Pyle is known as Couture's right hand man at Xtreme Couture. He took the fight with John Hathaway on short notice after Dong Hyun Kin pulled out.
Then he came and dominated the undefeated Hathaway to the tune of a unanimous decision.
Personally, I think this win highlighted how good the game planning is for Xtreme Couture fighters. Game planning has always been Randy Couture's strength, so it makes sense that one of his lieutenants was able to pull a Couture-type upset in London.
Greg Jackson clearly has the best MMA coach alive belt and runs the most successful team. It's not worth arguing. But Mike Pyle's victory here makes a clear statement about the level of coaching and instruction happening in Las Vegas.
Michael Bisping's Career
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After the recent dismal stretch in his career, haters like myself were starting to gain steam with the whole "Michael Bisping is overrated and couldn't punch his way out of a paper bag" thing.
So after a win, albeit it in a completely non-dominant fashion over a markedly smaller opponent, Bisping can now continue to point to his ridiculous record of 20-3 built up by beating soup cans, tomato cans and whatever other cans people in the UK pay to watch Bisping beat up.
He wants a rematch with Wanderlei Silva, who used to be a fighter. If Bisping loses again to the post-Cro Cop head kick version of Silva, hopefully we'll all be rid of him forever.
But probably not.
Michael Bisping is the Great English Hope, and because of that, he ends up in the winner's circle.
Patrick continues to just win like DJ Khaled.
However, this fight was really boring, so it got bumped from the Spike broadcast.
Still, Patrick is now 13-1 with 12 finishes and hopes to get a chance to showcase his finishing prowess at the next UFC event coming up in his hometown of Toronto.
I'm not saying GSP should start fearing Patrick, but it will be interesting to see how he does in a division that is starving for a legitimate challenger not named Jon Fitch.
Patrick taking care of business in London sets him up for bigger fights down the line.