The UFC 140 preliminary card featured a bout between middleweight standouts Constantinos Philippou (9-2) and Jared Hamman (13-4), but the iron-chin of Hamman couldn't hold up to the power of his heavy-handed opponent.
Philippou ended the bout in the very first round after dropping Hamman numerous times with vicious power shots.
What we'll remember about this fight
The most notable thing from the bout was the power of Philippou. He was able to drop a very durable opponent and one that hasn't been finished too often. Hamman showed that he can take punishment in the majority of his UFC bouts, but he wasn't able to here.
What we learned about Constantinos Philippou
UFC commentator Joe Rogan said Philippou is getting more comfortable each fight out, and it was obvious here. In his last fight, he performed good but not great against Jorge Rivera. He won a split-decision and said he was dissatisfied with his performance.
He turned it all around in this fight and got a big victory over a very good opponent.
What we learned about Jared Hamman
Hamman has been knocked out before so this isn't the first time. He has been rocked in almost all of his victories as well. He just got overwhelmed by a much stronger fighter in this fight, and it was an opponent that he couldn't survive against and make his late-fight comeback like usual. Hamman will need to work on his defense if he wants to have any continued success against the mid-tier opponents at MW.
What's next for Philippou
For Philippou, a fight versus Ed Herman could be next. Herman is coming off back-to-back victories over Kyle Noke and Tim Credeur. If not Herman, he could face Aaron Simpson, who is riding a three-fight win streak.
What's next for Hamman
A fight for Hamman could come against Tom Lawlor, who recently lost to Chris Weidman. That fight promises to deliver excitement.
Be sure to stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all things UFC 140. B/R is your home for complete coverage of the December 10 fight card, from pre-fight predictions to in-fight coverage, results and post-fight analysis.
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