UFC on Fox 11 Results: The Real Winners and Losers
The UFC on Fox 11 came live in prime time to UFC fans around the world. Headlined by Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum, the card was stacked from the top to the bottom.
The card has title implications and fights with guys just getting their feet under them in the UFC. Their were big names and small names alike. All in all, fans were treated to a great night of MMA action.
So, who were the real winners and losers of this fight card? Let's take a look right now, even though it's very tough to call anybody on this card a loser.
Winner: Debuting Prospects
The UFC on Fox had a ton of prospects debut on the card. Most of those prospects proved to be legit.
Derrick Lewis, Mirsad Bektic and Alex White, all coveted prospects upon their entry to the company, showed they belong with their impressive wins.
Lewis pounded out fellow debutant Jack May with some massive meat hooks that would have put down a T-Rex. Even May, in a losing effort, looked solid in his respective debut fight.
Bektic survived an illegal blow to the skull (more on that later) to outhustle fellow debutant Chas Skelly to a close decision. Again, Skelly, despite the loss, looked like a great fighter that will have a quality career with the UFC.
White made use of his powerful hands to down a tough Estevan Payan and gain his first UFC win. That nasty knockout kept him undefeated in his MMA career.
One other debutant of note came in the form of Ray Borg. Despite taking a questionable split decision loss to Dustin Ortiz, he proved he is going to be a future contender in the flyweight division with his great grappling and overall toughness.
Loser: Jorge Ortiz and Early Fight Judging
A man has taken an illegal blow to the head and is likely concussed. The fight should be stopped. That is, unless, you are Jorge Ortiz and you give an obviously hurt Mirsad Bektic five minutes to recuperate.
With some of the recent horrors of officiating and fighter safety, one would think it would be a no-brainer to call off the Bektic-Chas Skelly bout after an illegal knee from Skelly scattered Bektic's brain. This is especially true in the wake of a fighter's death in South Africa and a fighter collapsing from the stool in the RFA organization.
Instead, Ortiz risked Bektic's health by allowing him to continue and take more shots to the head. Luckily, Bektic won the fight and didn't take too much more damage. However, things could have been a lot worse and Ortiz should be ashamed of himself.
Ortiz was also super late in stopping Alex White's drubbing of Estevan Payan. Payan was clearly in la-la land, but he received about five or six extra shots to the dome before Ortiz stepped in to stop the bout.
It was just another blunder in the rough night of Ortiz.
Not only that, but the judges delivered some interesting scorecards throughout the night. Many people had Ray Borg beating Dustin Ortiz, but two judges saw otherwise. It was a close fight, not a robbery; however, it set a standard for later fights.
Jordan Mein clearly won two of three rounds against Hernani Perpetuo, but one judge gave Perpetuo two rounds. It was a decision that left many scratching their heads, even though Mein escaped with the win. It could have been worse.
Luckily, most of the decisions were clear cut. The judges couldn't have screwed up most of the decisions unless they were holding an envelope full of marked money.
These issues may seem minor, but given how misscoring one round can change a fight, they seem like a big deal to me.
Winner: Thiago Alves
It has been over two years since we have seen Thiago Alves. Four separate surgeries and numerous injuries have kept him on the sidelines.
He finally returned at UFC on Fox 11 against Seth Baczynski and showed why he is such a loved fighter in this sport. In 15 minutes of pure striking and pain absorption, Alves leg kicked and punched his way to a clear-cut decision.
His return continues to deepen a welterweight division full of killers. Assuming he didn't get any major boo-boos in that fight, we should see him back in the cage soon.
On a side note, props to Baczynski for being two-dollar-steak tough. He took a big step-up fight and fought valiantly throughout.
Loser: Edson Barboza's Chin
The big question mark coming into Donald Cerrone-Edson Barboza was the Brazilian fighter's chin.
That question was unfortunately answered.
Despite getting off to a good start, Barboza found himself dropped and majorly stunned by a jab from Cerrone. Not long after, Cerrone jumped on his back and choked him out.
This isn't the first time for Barboza. He was also knocked out by Jamie Varner and almost put away with strikes by Danny Castillo.
You can't change how you take a punch. However, you can change your defense.
Barboza needs to look into that. His chin has greatly come into question now.
Winner: Top Contenders
In my opinion, we have two top contenders in the UFC after Saturday night.
The first is Khabib Nurmagomedov, who took a clear-cut unanimous decision over Rafael dos Anjos, a guy that had been running roughshod over the competition lately. He used striking-to-grappling transitions flawlessly, mauled dos Anjos on the ground and was basically never in trouble.
With that, one has to believe the Dagestani is next in line behind Gilbert Melendez, who will fight Anthony Pettis next. Whether Nurmagomedov waits around remains to be seen, but one has to assume he won't.
The other was Fabricio Werdum, who completely outclassed Travis Browne.
After getting dropped early in the first round, Werdum outwrestled, outgrappled and outstruck Browne for a good portion of the five-round main event. It was a performance that has speculation pointing to the Brazilian meeting champ Cain Velasquez for his next title defense.
UFC on Fox 11 had big title implications, which was a win for the fighters who took home victories.
Loser: Travis Browne
Many fans and experts picked Travis Browne to win. They now look foolish.
Browne, despite getting off to a good start, was thoroughly outclassed by Fabricio Werdum Saturday night. He was the better striker in most people's minds, but he was out struck in every way by the Brazilian for the most of the 25 minutes we saw.
Browne was thought to be the next heavyweight contender we are wrong.
He needs to work on his cardio and pace to be more successful in the future. Not every fighter will be somebody he can put away in the first round.
What a fight card. Wait, that's an understatement. From the top to the bottom, that was an awesomely amazing card.
Fans in Orlando who were live in attendance got their moneys worth with this card due to the fun finishes, off-the-chain fights and title implications that came with the fights.
We have a new top contender to Cain Velasquez. We possibly have a new top contender to the Anthony Pettis-Gilbert Melendez winner.
All things considered, Saturday night was a treat to anybody that tuned in to watch.