For an event that featured no title fights, no especially compelling matchups and only one participant who even vaguely qualifies as a household name, UFC 127 sure left plenty to talk about. A couple of serious upsets and a couple of controversies ensure that the losers from Sydney will receive their share of those column inches and discussion board comments.
Here's a quick look at the what the future may hold for those who came up short down under. And for the winners from UFC 127, click here.
Kyle Noke had a rare chance to fight in front of his Aussie countrymen. And like a dog with a bone, Noke buried the opponent, Chris Camozzi, deep in his backyard.
In being dispatched after only 1:35 by a choke that the UFC later dubbed Submission of the Night, Camozzi, 24, showed he may need some more time in the UFC's hinterlands before another main-card appearance. The loser between veterans Ryan Jensen and Jason McDonald could offer some seasoning. In any case, his youth and his 2-1 UFC (14-3 overall) record probably mean he'll be around the Octagon for a while longer.
This fight was supposed to be a bump in Lytle's road back to serious contention in the welterweight division. Someone should have informed the bump.
The bump, who will hereafter be referred to as Brian Ebersole, gave a strange but stirring performance that left a gassed (and gashed) Lytle wondering what had just happened. A fight originally scheduled as a high-level brawl with Carlos Condit before Condit went down with an injury, this upset left a nasty bruise on Lytle's rep.
But Lytle can recover. A fight against Paulo Thiago or up-and-comer John Hathaway could show whether he should resume his run up the welterweight ladder, or take his place outside the gates of the division's top echelon.
Enjoy the comforts of home, then back to the states to train. Allow me to suggest a concentration on wrestling.
After losing a unanimous decision to Dennis Siver, Sotiropoulos lamented his inability to get the German to the ground, where he could have worked his submission magic.
"His leg got slippery," the Aussie said afterward. "It was hard to get a grip on it."
That sums it up right there. Would the moisture level of an opponent's limbs ever stop the Sonnens and St. Pierres of the world from getting their opponent to the mat?
Instinct says Sotiropoulos has plenty of good days still ahead. A matchup with Sean Sherk would be a compelling way to determine how far ahead those days really are.
As Mike Tyson once said, it's time for Rivera to fade back into Bolivian.
Even though he may have gained more fans following Michael Bisping's downright Lesnarian behavior in the cage last night, it is evident that El Conquistador was out of his element on the main card. It is hard to see the 38-year-old returning there any time soon, but he might have some interesting fights left on his punch card. A young buck like Brad Tavares could learn a lot from Rivera's sharp right hand.
Penn received a majority draw, but after the fight hinted at another ponderous walk through the retirement village. Nowadays, the 32-year-old routinely wonders aloud about hanging it up after each of his losses; after his rubber match with Matt Hughes, UFC President Dana White seemed to wonder about it for him despite The Prodigy's dominant victory.
A rematch with Jon Fitch seems certain, but after the fight Penn admitted that he felt he'd come up short, before gamely—albeit half-heartedly—agreeing in principle to another soul-sucking 15 minutes with Fitch.