On an evening crowded with MMA action from three separate promotions, the UFC managed to stand tall with a PPV event that featured stoppages in all five fights, including the top two featured fights.
In the main event, Fabricio Werdum knocked out Mark Hunt to win the interim heavyweight title in front of his adopted home crowd in Mexico City. Werdum weathered an early storm from Hunt - one that included a couple of knockdowns - to hit him with a knee and finish him off with vicious strikes. The win ended a seven-year quest for UFC gold and sets him up for a title unification fight against Cain Velasquez in 2015.
The co-main event saw Kelvin Gastelum hand Jake Ellenberger his third consecutive loss in the UFC with a first round submission that delighted the crowd in attendance. With less than 15-seconds to go in the round, Gastelum locked in a rear naked choke and forced the tap to extend his undefeated record to 10-0.
Main Event: Fabricio Werdum def. Mark Hunt via TKO (Strikes, Round 2, 2:27)
Co-main event: Kelvin Gastelum def. Jake Ellenberger vis submission (RNC, Round 1, 4:46)
What were the high points of the fights?
The high points in the main event consisted in the two knockdowns for Mark Hunt, and the flying knee TKO finish from Fabricio Werdum, all of which occurred within the span of seven minutes of fight time.
However, in the co-main event, it was simply Gastelum's slick finish that stands as the high points of the encounter.
Where do these fighters go from here?
Fabricio Werdum will await a potential title unification fight with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. The contest is tentatively scheduled for March, but that will depend on Velasquez's recovery.
Kelvin Gastelum continues to overcome every obstacle placed in front of him, and his latest victory over a tough veteran in Jake Ellenberger will likely earn him a contest against someone of Tyron Woodley's caliber.
Watch now, later, or never?
Watch now. The entire UFC 180 PPV main card featured entertaining action and the top two fights were not an exception to the rule that night. The co-main event featured the gradual rise of an unexpected contender in the welterweight division, while the main event culminated in the crowning of an interim heavyweight champion - both of which fit the bill as necessary viewing.