Rafael dos Anjos is going to be a top five fighter in the UFC. That seems incredibly unlikely thinking back a few years, or even all the way back to when Jeremy Stephens caught him clean with the world's most incredibly telegraphed uppercut.
But, with wins over names like Donald Cerrone and now Benson Henderson, he has one of the most legitimate resumes in the lightweight division.
RDA came in as a considerable underdog against Henderson, but found space for a double knee and then a crushing series of punches that dropped Henderson and forced the stoppage. The win was shocking, but maybe shouldn't be with how often dos Anjos has proven that he shouldn't be overlooked.
- Henderson's attempt to work himself back to a title shot has obviously taken a pretty huge hit. He's still one of the most talented men in the UFC's 155 pound division. He's going to continue to be given opportunities to work himself back into the title picture, but that shot to regain the title isn't going to come any time soon.
- It's understandable for MMA fans to worry about what it would do to Jordan Mein to have his dad arrested for sexual assault the day before a fight. That said, it's important that people remember that there was a victim making the allegations. That's more important than who wins a fight.
- Still, Mein got a huge win over Mike Pyle. He's got a ton of upside and it'll be interesting to see how his career develops from this point forward.
- It's somewhat unfortunate that Thales Leites' name will always invoke memories of the title fight he probably shouldn't have been involved in. He's a talented fighter and has seven fairly legit wins in a row, capped by tonight's KO of Francis Carmont.
- Max Holloway is a hell of a lot of fun to watch, but my takeaway from his win is that random dudes shouldn't give themselves nicknames that reference all time greats, like "Cassius" Clay Collard.
- Good lord was Valmir Lazaro vs. James Vick an awful fight. The less said, the better.
- It's August and Neil Magny has four wins in the UFC in 2014. That's pretty incredible.
- Speaking of incredible, Ben Saunders finished the first omoplata in UFC history. You can complain about Chris Heatherly not defending well enough, but Saunders was in great position to finish it and has the right body type to lock it up the way he did.