UFC 175 Results: 3 Stars from the Pay-Per-View

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2014

Ronda Rousey, left, takes down Alexis Davis during their women's mixed martial arts bantamweight title bout at UFC 175 on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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UFC 175 headlined the biggest weekend of the year for MMA. It didn't disappoint either, as fun fights and incredible finishes made for a great event.

In the main event, Chris Weidman defended his middleweight title against Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision. It was a great effort that further exemplified his star power.

In the co-feature, Ronda Rousey made quick work of Alexis Davis, earning a sub-20-second knockout. It continued to show the evolution of Rousey and her continued place in the spotlight.

So, who were the three stars of UFC 175? Let's take a look from the monumental event.


1. Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey doesn't work by the hour, folks. She took what was supposed to be a credible contender in Alexis Davis, dropped her like a bad habit and finished her in 16 seconds.

The fight started with a wild exchange on the feet. At the end of a combination, Rousey connected with a right hand and proceeded to hit a giant throw on Davis.

She landed in a side headlock position. From there, she peppered Davis with nine quick punches that earned a stoppage, as the ref had seen enough and Davis was taking serious damage.

It continues to prove that Rousey is indeed the best woman in MMA today. She is a star and a savage whose performances are producing more and more violence.


2. Chris Weidman

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Picking a winner between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida was tough. Machida is elusive and devastating, and Weidman has the style to give Machida problems.

Weidman showed off a rugged chin and continued improvements in his striking. He stood toe-to-toe with one of the best strikers in MMA to positive results.

When he took control of the center of the cage, he had Machida on his heels. He mixed in takedowns as well, which allowed him to keep Machida guessing.

The win continues to prove Weidman is legit. He is slowly creeping up pound-for-pound rankings and amassing a fantastic little resume.


3. Kevin Casey

Jul 5, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kevin Casey (red gloves) strikes Bubba Bush (blue gloves) during the first round of their middleweight fight at Mandalay Bay Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Casey's time on The Ultimate Fighter 17 was a bit underwhelming. He was a favorite from the time the cast was announced, but he failed to perform both in the house and at the finale, when he was bested by Josh Samman.

He has since reinvented himself with Resurrection Fighting Alliance. He won some impressive bouts there to earn his spot on the UFC roster back.

In his sophomore outing and UFC return fight, Casey drew Legacy FC champ Bubba Bush. That championship status meant nothing to Casey, as he dropped Bush and destroyed him with some incredible elbows.

It was a performance that brings Casey back to relevance and resurrects his career.