UFC on Fox 9 kicked off this past weekend, which showcased some amazing fights on the main card. There were a ton of finishes, featuring exciting knockouts and quick submissions. Below is a list of the winners and losers from the event.
Demetrious Johnson: Johnson is the biggest winner of the night. Coming into this bout, Johnson was looking to prove the first fight wasn’t a fluke with Joseph Benavidez, and this proved to be true. Johnson got a KO in the first round over Benavidez, proving he’s still improving as a fighter. Now, he’s showing tremendous finishing abilities, and he’s on route to be one of the best fighters ever to compete in the UFC.
Urijah Faber: Faber was looking to prove that he’s still at the top of his game, and this was clear last night. In just the first round, Faber was able to lock up his patented guillotine against Michael McDonald, and he showed tremendous striking abilities. Now, he’s clearly in line for a title shot, whether it’s against Renan Barao or Dominick Cruz.
Chad Mendes: Mendes was facing a stern test in Nik Lentz, who is one of the biggest featherweights in the division. Despite having a sinus infection, Mendes was able to dominate Lentz in the first and showed great wrestling in rounds two and three. He didn’t get the finish, but he remains the No. 1 contender regardless. Up next for him should be a title shot, whether it’s against Jose Aldo or Ricardo Lamas.
Joseph Benavidez: Benavidez was looking to get his first ever belt inside the UFC, but he came up short in a big way. It’s disappointing too, because he was doing pretty good before he got caught. Now, he will have to work his way back up to a title shot, and he’s going to have to adjust some things in his striking technique, especially if he takes on Johnson again.
Michael McDonald: Against Faber, he didn’t really show any killer instinct; he was hesitant from the very beginning, which is a credit to the type of skills Faber has. Now, after getting submitted, he will have to regroup and put some wins together before he’s considered a top fighter in the bantamweight division again.
Danny Castillo: Castillo absolutely dominated Edson Barboza in the first round, getting a 10-8, but he failed to get anything significant off in rounds two and three, causing him lose a majority decision. He won Fight Of The Night, but the loss sets him back a bit in the lightweight division. If he wants to be an elite fighter, he will have to keep his strikes measured and learn to pace himself and end strong in his fights.