TUF 14 Results: What We Learned from Yves Edwards vs. Tony Ferguson

Andrew Barr@@andrewbarr8Correspondent IDecember 4, 2011

Tony Ferguson has just established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the UFC's lightweight division, defeating feared veteran Yves Edwards by unanimous decision.

It was a great back and forth fight, with both fighters standing and trading for all three rounds.

Although each man had his moments, Ferguson landed the more consistent and damaging shots throughout the bout.

With this win, Ferguson has proven himself a real threat in the lightweight division and can likely expect a big step up in competition for his next fight.

What we'll remember about this fight

All of it.

This was three rounds of two warriors standing in front of each other and slugging it out.

There was never a dull moment, and although there are three fights still to take place, I'll be surprised if this one doesn't take fight of the night.

What we learned about Tony Ferguson

That this guy is for real.

Edwards is a seriously dangerous opponent, and in particular, is known as one of the most technical strikers in the lightweight division.

Ferguson managed to outstrike him for the better part of three rounds and also seemed to enjoy an advantage in the grappling department.

This guy is well-rounded; he's got dynamite in his hands, and he's still young.

Look out lightweights. If Ferguson continues to improve at the rate he is now, he'll be fighting the division's top contenders in no time.

What we learned about Yves Edwards

At 35 years old, Edwards is not going to be anything more than a gatekeeper in the UFC's lightweight division.

He's a tough test for almost anyone but has posted an unimpressive 2-2 record since returning to the UFC, and both his victories are over low-level competition.

What's next for Tony Ferguson

It would be interesting to see Ferguson take on a skilled grappler next, in order to see how he'll do against a fighter who won't play the stand up game with him.

Jacob Volkmann and Dennis Hallman would both make sense.

What's next for Yves Edwards

Edwards is an established veteran, so don't expect the UFC to give him an easy fights.

He'll likely be matched with another mid-tier fighter who is coming off a loss.

Possibly, George Sotiropoulos or Rafael Dos Anjos.

Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. For updates on what's happening in the world of MMA, follow him on Twitterhttp://twitter.com/#!/AndrewBarr8.


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