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As stated in the prelims recap, generally we break these things down fight-by-fight but for this event we're going to switch it up a bit. This will cover most of the main card, with a separate recap coming later for the main event bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Thiago Silva. This will give a brief description of each fight, what might be next for each fighter, and whether the fight is worthy of a watch or not.
Stann picked up a first-round knockout victory in a bout that Sakara was never really in. Stann stunned the Italian fighter with a hard right and two follow-up knees that planted Sakara on his back early. Sakara managed to stay alive for a minute or so, but some big left hands put him to sleep briefly and that was enough for the referee to jump in at the 2:26 mark. At this point, Stann could be in line to face the winner of Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares. Where Sakara goes from here is more of a mystery. You'll definitely want to check out this fight now.
Bahadurzada introduced himself to UFC fans in style with a 42-second knockout of Thiago that won the knockout of the night bonus. The BOPE officer charged forward but got caught with a crushing right hand that flopped him on the mat face-first, unconscious. The UFC has wanted to match up Erick Silva and Bahadurzada for a while, and they could very well go in that direction after this. I think a logical matchup for Thiago at this point would be DaMarques Johnson. This is another bout that you should be watching ASAP.
Siver picked up a semi-close unanimous decision over Nunes in his featherweight debut. Both threw all sorts of flashy strikes, but Siver just landed more. No one was in any real danger at any point in the fight though. The win immediately establishes Siver as a top featherweight, and a bout with Erik Koch would be a lot of fun. Nunes will take a step back in the division and could possibly meet Bart Palaszewski next. You can probably save this bout for later if you don't choose to skip it entirely.
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Maguire pulled of a snazzy second-round armbar finish of Johnson and picked up the $50,000 submission of the night bonus. Johnson was looking for a kimura from the bottom, and Maguire countered beautifully by jumping across and snatching up an armbar, leading Johnson to tap immediately at the 4:40 mark of round two. T.J. Waldburger sounds like a great next opponent for Maguire, while I think Johnson should meet Paulo Thiago as mentioned above. Even though this won sub of the night, all the other nice finishes on the card probably mean you can watch this later.
Pickett submitted Page with a rear naked choke at 4:05 of the second round. This bout won the fight of the night bonus, due to the incredible pace and non-stop action. Pickett landed a bunch of bombs on Page throughout the fight, including one that led to the finish. After hurting "The Angel of Death" with a shot, Pickett jumped on his back and sunk in the fight-winning choke. If Brian Bowles is uninjured, a Pickett/Bowles fight sounds awesome. Page is now on a three-fight losing streak and is in danger of being released. This is a bout you'll want to watch right now.
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