Ryan Bader and Ovince St. Preux were in a weird spot for their UFC Fight Night main event. This may well be the peak opposition that either guy can be expected to defeat, so it served as a sort of Intercontinental Championship bout--to steal a thing from the world of pro wrestling.
The bout also dragged quite a bit, a five round main event the drew champion Jon Jones to tweet "LOL what am I watching right now," before deleting said tweet.
In the end, it was Bader and his takedowns that came out on top, St. Preux never quite able to get enough offense going to really make a claim to a decision victory.
Bader has won three in a row and has an 11-4 UFC record that still is surprising every time it is put on my television screen, but I don't know how much higher in the rankings he can go before hitting the wall for his talent level.
- Ross Pearson picked up a huge win as Gray Maynard was dropped and finished early in round two. Maynard has now been stopped in four of his last five fights, not a positive sign for his career or (potentially) for his health down the road.
- Tim Boetsch can disappoint as bad as anyone in MMA, but he also can be so much fun when he turns it on. He added his violent finish of Brad Tavares to his library of violence that includes a similar off switch flipping of Yushin Okami and his ragdolling of David Heath. I wish I could post a gif of what he did tonight, but UFC rules prevent it. But I'd post it every other line if I could.
- Alan Jouban and Seth Baczynski put on a short, fun fight that saw Jouban turn it on once he had Baczynski hurt and made sure to get the finish in memorable fashion.
- Zach Makovsky looked surprisingly underwhelming against Jussier Formiga. Makovsky could have been in position for a title fight in a shallow division, but simply didn't have it tonight while Formiga has already lost to two failed flyweight title challengers in Dodson and Benavidez.
- Sara McMann rebounded from her loss to Ronda Rousey with an uninspiring victory over Lauren Murphy. One could make the case that, despite McMann scoring numerous takedowns, Murphy outstriking her from the back. Only one judge saw it that way, so McMann took the split decision victory. It's going to be a long way back to a title fight if she can't turn it up a bit more.