UFC on Fox 9 took place Saturday evening at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA. Prior to the headlining Flyweight championship fight, six fights were featured on the FS1 preliminary card and one more on the Facebook online stream. Take a look at how all those fights went down and what they mean for the competitors.
You can't doubt McGee's tenacity after that performance, but it wasn't enough to overcome LaFlare's superior striking. When the fight was over, LaFlare took the unanimous decision on all three judges' cards. LaFlare improved to 3-0 in the UFC while McGee dropped to 5-3.
LaFlare now has three consecutive wins in the Octagon. Having left it a close fight against Court, though, he still needs to keep working his way up the ladder. McGee showed he's exactly what we already knew: a very durable and relentless fighter, but far from the most talented. He'll continue hanging around the lower end of the division for a long time, though.
Castillo almost pulled out a huge upset as he battered Barboza through the first round. However, Barboza rallied and spent the final two rounds battering Castillo with devastating kicks to the legs and body to earn the majority decision. Edson moved up to 6-1 in his UFC career while Castillo fell to 6-3.
Though he showed defensive holes in the first round, Barboza once again illustrated just how damaging his striking is. He still hasn't done enough to move up to the top of the division, so I'd like to see him against another exciting striker like Melvin Guillard.
Throughout their 15 minute fight, Green used his counter striking and superior footwork to win the unanimous decision over Healy. Green has now gone undefeated in his three UFC fights. Healy dropped to 0-2, 1 NC.
Green definitely made a statement in defeating the stalwart veteran and it's time for him to get a chance to move up the ladder. How about the winner of Donald Cerrone vs. Adriano Martins? This one was a big blow to Healy. He made a big impression in his debut against Jim Miller, but had the result overturned. Since then he's gone 0-2 and really needs a win in his next outing.
Despite having winning the RFA title less than a month ago and picking up this fight on under two weeks notice, Makovsky was able to outwork Jorgensen to win the decision in his UFC debut. Jorgensen fell to 3-4 as a UFC fighter.
This was absolutely a huge win for Makovsky that already has pundits putting him in the discussion for the division's to 10. In contrast, this was probably the end for Jorgensen in the UFC. He's now only 1-4 in his last five fights. There's a possibility he gets one more chance to win at Flyweight as this was his debut at 125 lbs., but it's not a sure thing.
Stout completely outclassed McKenzie to earn the unanimous decision. Stout pulled his UFC record back over .500 at 9-8 inside the Octagon. Mckenzie's now 3-4 in the UFC.
A solid win for Stout, though it's telling that he was unable to finish McKenzie who he was clearly well beyond in skill. He's been in the UFC since 2006 and he's not going any where yet. This was probably it for McKenzie with the promotion. On top of the poor performance, he came into the cage with tags still on the shorts he bought minutes before the fight.
After their first fight ended in a no contest, Trujillo made a statement in the rematch by completely dominating Bowling for a second round TKO win. Trujillo moved up to 2-1, 1 NC in the UFC while Bowling dropped to 0-2, 1 NC.
Beating Bowling won't bring Trujillo anywhere near the top of the division, but it did get him back in the win column and he looked very good in victory. There's a good chance this was the last fight for Bowling in the UFC.
Darren Uyenoyama vs. Alptekin Ozkilic - Flyweight
In his UFC debut, Ozkilic scored the unanimous decision win over Uyenoyama. Uyenoyama dropped to 2-2 in the Octagon and is now on a two-fight losing streak.
Always good for a fighter to get the W in their debut, but Ozkilic is going to need more to move up in the division. Fortunately for Uyenoyama, Flyweight is still shallow and he'll probably get one more chance before getting the axe.