UFC 155 kicked off last night and delivered an action-packed card from start to finish. There was some great bouts in all of the divisions, and this card truly displayed what it means to be a mixed martial artist. Let’s now take a look at the winners and losers of the card.
The biggest winner of the night is Cain Velasquez. He came into this title fight with Junior Dos Santos and completely dominated him for five rounds. Cain proved that the second fight would end differently, and he certainly solidified his status as being the baddest man on the planet. In the fight, Cain would even rock JDS on several occasions, which was a surprise to many. It was a sterling performance from Cain, and he has the potential to reign over the division for a long time if he continues to improve and keep up his dedication.
Another winner of the night was Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon. Both of these fighters put on Fight Of The Night performances in the lightweight division, which is something many fans have come to expect from these two. From the opening bell, Miller would attack Lauzon, pressing him back and opening a huge cut above Lauzon’s right eye. Bloodied but not beaten, Lauzon would rally back and threaten Miller with numerous leg locks. Miller was able to grab the win, but Lauzon is still a winner in my book for bringing the fight.
Costa Philippou is another winner of the night. Coming into this fight, Costa was a late replacement and only had two weeks to prepare for Tim Boetsch. Boetsch got the better of Costa in the first round, but Philippou would come back and dominate Boetsch in rounds two and three. There was a controversial eye poke and head butt, hindering Boetsch’s ability to get off any significant offense. However, Costa capitalized when he needed to and finished Tim in the third, and he is now a serious threat in the middleweight division.
The biggest loser of the night in my book is Alan Belcher. Coming into his rematch fight with Yushin Okami, Belcher said all of the right things. He looked to be in phenomenal shape, but he failed to deliver when it mattered the most. Okami was able to control Belcher for the majority of three rounds via his top grappling control. When Belcher seemed to have the advantage, he would drop for a guillotine, allowing Okami to take top control on numerous occasions. Before this fight, Belcher was one of the hottest prospects in the middleweight division, but now he will have to reassess his fighting career.
Another loser of the night was Junior Dos Santos. JDS was looking to land the big punch yet again on Cain Velasquez in order to keep his belt, but he failed to land anything significant in this title fight. JDS was rocked, taken down, and completely outclassed in every aspect of this fight. It’s unfortunate for JDS because he will have to regroup in a big way if he wants to recapture his UFC heavyweight strap.