Another week, another UFC event in the history books.
UFC 132 ends a run in which we saw five UFC events, and a Strikeforce event, in a six-week span. Now, we all have to wait until August, when we will see three UFC events in four weeks.
Saturday night at the MGM Grand, we saw a legend fall, the emergence of who could be the biggest threat to Georges St-Pierre's title and a champion avenge his lone career loss.
Now, it is once again time to take a look at the bodies of work put on display and dish out some grades to the main card fighters.
For quite a while now, Kim has been flying under the radar. After Saturday night, he will be flying even further under the radar.
Kim held his own fairly well before his night came to a violent end, courtesy of a flying knee and a barrage of punches from Carlos Condit.
Perhaps this term is overused, but Kim got caught. It's bound to happen to nearly everyone, but it is a horrible way to suffer your first career loss.
The last WEC welterweight champion made a statement regarding his ranking in the UFC's welterweight division—he deserves to be in the discussion of upcoming title contenders.
Kim had some success early, but Condit had an answer for everything Kim threw at him. He showed the world that he has one of the best guards in the welterweight division, and that the nickname "Natural Born Killer" was not given to him without good reason.
Condit handed Kim his first career loss after blasting him with a flying knee and a half-dozen unanswered punches that had Kim's conciseness somewhere in the nose bleed seats.
After this victory, Condit must be on the short list of contenders to take on the winner of St-Pierre vs. Diaz.
Bader was a 5-1 favorite over the aging Tito Ortiz when he stepped in to the Octagon Saturday night.
Aside from landing one good right hand, Bader looked like he was taking Ortiz lightly. If this was in fact what he was thinking, he learned to never take anyone lightly ever again.
If this wasn't the case, he just looked horrible. What the hell happened to him?
Just a couple of fights ago, Bader was considered to be one of the light heavyweight division's top prospects. Now after dropping two in a row, he could be looking at his UFC career coming to a halt should he drop his next fight.
There were many people that believed that Ortiz' bout against Ryan Bader was just a formality. There was no way Ortiz, who had not won a fight since 2006, could beat the young stud. Ortiz was going to get beaten soundly, then get his walking papers. Then, we could all thank Tito for the memories.
Saturday night, the former light heavyweight champion and face of the UFC proved that he still has a few tricks up his sleeve. After blasting Bader with a right hand that had him seeing stars, Ortiz pounced, then took the guillotine that was handed to him on a silver platter.
Ortiz will never again reach the top of the light heavyweight division, but he gave his fans a reason to cheer for the first time in almost five years.
After Wiman's fight against Dennis Siver, fans immediately began to point the finger at the judges, all three of which scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Siver.
However, the fans need to be pointing the finger at Wiman. For a long while now, just about everyone has been complaining about poor scoring. If you know that judges tend to score close fights wrong more than they do right, why would you want to leave any doubt?
The second round was clearly all Wiman, as he put a beating on Siver. The third round, while close, was Siver's. The fight came down to how you viewed the first round, and the judges saw it for Siver.
Wiman put on an excellent show and learned a valuable lesson—never leave it in the judge's hands.
Siver proved once again that he deserves to be up there along with the likes of Clay Guida, Jim Miller and Melvin Guillard in the lightweight division.
Siver was awarded a very close first round, survived a horrific second round and came back strong in the third round to earn a decision victory over Matt Wiman.
In all reality, this fight could have easily been awarded to Wiman. Siver only gets the "+" by his grade for squeaking out the victory.
Without a doubt, Silva will go down as one of the greatest mixed martial artists the sport has ever seen. But those days have long come and gone for the Axe Murderer.
There is a saying in boxing that one punch can change a fighter's career. That happened to Silva when Mirko Cro Cop kicked him upside the head back in 2006.
Since that knockout loss, Silva has gone 2-5, with three of those losses coming via some sort of vicious knockout.
Chris Leben became the latest fighter to knock out Silva on Saturday night in a mere 27 seconds. Now, the time has come for Silva to seriously take a look at his career and make some tough decisions regarding his future.
Chris Leben added the biggest name to his resume when he sent Silva to la-la land in under 30 seconds.
After getting rocked by a Silva left hand, Leben landed a left hook behind Silva's ear that left him hurt. Leben showed his killer instinct when he threw uppercut after uppercut to Silva's jaw until he fell and followed up with ground-and-pound until the referee stopped the fight.
While Leben thought it was an honor to be able to fight his hero, knocking out Silva just does not carry the same weight that it would have had the fight happened five years ago.
Let us get this out of the way right now; there is no way Faber lost all five rounds against Dominick Cruz, and saying he lost four is highly debatable.
The judging of this fight seemed to come down to judge's personal preferences. Faber landed the harder punches, while Cruz landed the volume of punches. Faber also showed that his wrestling is every bit, if not better, than Cruz'.
Faber fell short in his first bid at obtaining UFC gold. If the event ends up doing good numbers, don't be surprised if we see a rubber match in the near future.
As stated in the previous slide, this was a much closer fight than the judge's scored it.
But to Cruz' credit, he did utilize his perpetual movement to keep Faber off-balance and peppered him with with his punches and leg kicks.
At the end of the day, this was another typical Dominick Cruz performance—move, move, punch, move, move, kick, move, move, shoot and repeat. This style has worked well for him for quite a while now, and it is difficult to see it not working in the foreseeable future.