Wow. That was a crazy one.
Two major upsets. One near-disqualification. And new evidence that seems to indicate we'll have another president before we have a clear top contender at welterweight.
Nevertheless, there were some definitive winners on the night. And even when the cases aren't so cut and dried, we can still speculate. We can always speculate. For more on what's next for the losers from UFC 127, click here.
Yes, I know he didn't win. It was a majority draw. Or, as I like to call it, a draw.
But if our computer overlords were running things, this fight would have gone to Fitch. Anytime, Watson.
Callous people like me refer to him as "Smoke Break" and the like, but Fitch is a great fighter who deserves the welterweight title shot that UFC President Dana White hinted would belong to the winner.
Unfortunate for Fitch, then, about the draw and everything, not to mention the fact that he will likely need to fight Penn again before anything else materializes.
Assuming there is a winner the second time around, the title picture is still pretty murky. If Georges St. Pierre beats Jake Shields next month and moves up to middleweight, the title could be vacant. If St. Pierre loses, there could very possibly be a GSP-Shields rematch as well.
So in the short term, a Fitch-Penn rematch seems likely.
Over the longer view, who the heck knows. If Fitch can't be the belt holder, maybe he can take solace in holding a new UFC record—he set a new mark last night for most strikes thrown in a single round.
Michael Bisping may have won a fight last night, but he likely lost a public relations war. In other news, I hear the sun will rise in the east today.
Approval ratings aside, Bisping scored a big victory over Jorge Rivera, and should now get the fight with Nate Marquardt he originally wanted—that is, before that shiny object on the end of Rivera's bait line diverted his attention.
As far as George Sotiropoulos is concerned, taking down Dennis Siver is not unlike taking down a sweaty tree stump. Inasmuch as, you know, they're both difficult, greasy tasks.
Siver showed great skill and strategic discipline in dictating the style of the fight to his highly favored Aussie opponent. He also came within a whisker of finishing Sotiropoulos with several buckling power.
This victory—Siver's seventh in his last eight contests—should serve to peel back the velvet rope of the lightweight division's VIP section. And with any luck, a return fireworks display with Melvin Guillard is already on the table.
47-14 career. 1-0 in the UFC. That's where Brian Ebersole--the most experienced rookie in mixed martial arts--stands after his massive upset over Chris Lytle.
And he did it with serious panache, throwing not one but two cartwheel kicks during the fight and using some slippery wrestling to keep out of trouble.
No word yet on whether he was aware that someone had shaved an arrow out of his chest hair. But we're on it, and once we know, you'll hear it here first.
In the meantime, what's up next for Ebersole? Hell if I know...I didn't plan for this outcome. But a matchup with DeMarques Johnson might help determine whether Ebersole is a true MMA wizard or just a one-trick pony.
After a clinical dismantling of Ultimate Fighter 11 castmate Chris Camozzi, Noke now sports a three-fight UFC win streak and should get a bump up the ladder.
The well-rounded Aussie makes sense as part of a wheat-from-chaff bout with the winner of Mark Munoz and C.B. Dollaway.