Before I get to the breakdown of the night’s winners and losers, let me indulge in this simple, fanboyish statement: Wow. Just wow. What a hell of a night of fights.
At a cursory glance, it doesn’t seem to have been a “special” UFC event. Torres/Banuelos failed to live up to expectations. Griffin/Franklin was a slower fight then some expected. Ellenberger/Rocha had some great ground scrambles, but it didn’t set up Ellenberger as the next contender at 170 lbs like it was supposed to. Cerrone appeared lackadaisical, Omigawa and “Kid” Yammamoto both disappointed, and the two remaining fights went pretty much as we thought they would.
Yet despite all that, it was still a great night of fights. Epic, even. Maybe it was Jon Jones' froggy jump to take Bader’s back. Maybe it was Kyle Kingsbury’s blitzkrieg of Ricardo Romero. Maybe it was Joe Rogan's almost inhuman amount of excitement and enthusiasm seeping through my television screen.
In all likelihood, it was because of Anderson Silva and the coolest knockout victory we’ve seen in MMA in years.
Here are the five biggest winners from UFC 126.