Submissions aplenty. It's fitting that an event in the cradle of BJJ should have so many, but eight on a twelve-fight card is pretty insane. In fact, it's a UFC record. The old record was six (unless you count UFC 2, but we're not going to). This one had had five on the main card alone, and a knockout to boot. Even though most of them are basically irrelevant in the bigger picture, it still made for a fun show that exceeded expectations.
Fabricio Werdum pretty much has to get the next title shot after Cain/JDS 3 now, right? He took out another top ten fighter and with Daniel Cormier eventually dropping to 205, he has to be the guy. The fight was kind of odd though - Werdum looked gassed after round one and it looked like Nog was ready to pounce, but that wasn't the case. Werdum's armbar was really nice and although fans (and Werdum) didn't get to see Nogueira actually tap out, it's pretty clear that he verbally submitted.
For those that think Nogueira should retire after this, I have a feeling that he's not thinking about that at all. He said as much before the bout, and even a submission loss isn't going to stop him. He can still be competitive at heavyweight and if he wants to continue on, who are we to tell him he has to hang 'em up? At least he didn't get knocked out.
Leonardo Santos definitely gets the award for longest post-fight speech. The scene with him and Jose Aldo was pretty touching though, and what's a Brazilian event without more crying than a maternity ward? I don't have a lot of faith in Santos (or Macario for that matter) becoming top-flight welterweights in the UFC, but we'll have to wait and see on that.
- What the hell happened to Rafael Cavalcante? He was doing pretty well, then...he wasn't. It looked to be a huge adrenaline dump, and Silva just took over. That's the best striking I've seen from Silva in forever, and he seems to have corrected some of his defensive issues. Nonetheless, that wasn't what Feijao had in mind for his debut, and he won't be getting another big fight for a while. And Silva gets his first win since 2009 (pending the drug test).
- Erick Silva is a beast. The way he just crawled over Jason High to get that submission was pretty damn nice. I'm only disappointed about two things - one is that I only got to watch him fight for 71 seconds. The other is that his cage flip wasn't as cool as the one he hit in his UFC debut.
- Daniel Sarafian and Rony Jason picked up quick submission victories against over-matched opponents. I understand the need to prop these guys up, but I've never been a huge fan of squash matches. At least in Strikeforce, there was a clear favorite but you knew you'd probably get a good fight. The UFC has gotten into the habit of booking lopsided bouts a bit, and I hope that's something that doesn't continue.
- The undercard featured some nice finishes. Raphael Assuncao moved to 4-0 at bantamweight with a nice sub, Felipe Arantes turned into a caveman for a few seconds and beat the tar out of Godofredo Pepey's face with elbows, and Antonio Braga Neto pulled off a nasty kneebar. The fight of the night might have been Karlos Vemola vs. Caio Magalhaes. That just shows how lopsided everything else was.