Sitting in the wake of one of the most anticipated fight cards in recent memory, quite a few questions have been answered. For one, Vitor Belfort is not the man to finally dethrone Anderson Silva.
He is the man, however, to be viciously knocked out by a front kick to the face at 3:25 of the first round. It looks like "Anderson Silva's most dangerous opponent" is just another "Knockout of the Night" victim and an extra $75,000 in his pocket. Expect people to be calling for GSP next.
In the co-main event, it was the battle of people who never want to fight Anderson Silva ever again. Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin slugged it out for three rounds, with Forrest winning a pretty clear 29-28 decision. I do not think this fight proved much other than the fact that Griffin is still relevant in the division and at 36 years old, Franklin is probably not.
It does not seem, however, that either of them or anybody else will be capable of stopping Jon Jones. In yet another fight that was supposed to "finally test him," Jones calmly took apart Ryan Bader, showing far superior wrestling, striking and jiu-jitsu. Although "Bones" is known for his unorthodox strikes, the most important thing to take away from this performance is that he can dictate where the fight goes, even against a Division I All-American wrestler.
Also, avoid having to defend submissions with this guy on top of you whenever possible. He took home "Submission of the Night" for his second-round guillotine. Oh, and he's getting a title shot. With Rashad Evans out, Jones will be stepping in to fight Shogun at UFC 128 on March 19th.
In other news, Chad Mendes went to decision for the fifth time out of his last six fights, dominating Michihiro Omigawa.
Donald Cerrone avoided the early sucker-punch from Paul Kelly en route to a slick submission victory, proving that he should fit right in to the UFC's stacked lightweight division with another "Fight of the Night" performance.
Miguel Torres won his second in a row, taking home a 30-27 decision over Antonio Banuelos. It looks like the former top Bantamweight has another title run in him, but he may be sacrificing his usual exciting style to make it.
Jake Ellenberger earned his split decision over Carlos Eduardo Rocha, but perhaps his claim of knowing how to beat Jon Fitch was a bit premature.
Kid Yamamoto, the once top-ranked featherweight, has now dropped three of his last four, as Demetrious Johnson was able to take the decision.
Finally, Mike Pierce, Kyle Kingsbury and Paul Taylor were all able to impressively KO or TKO their way to victory.
So, in case that was too long to read, Anderson Silva is still the champ, Jon Jones may be one next month, and Forrest can still fight. Thank goodness UFC 127 is only a few weeks away.