UFC 177 Results: The Real Winners and Losers from Dillashaw vs. Soto Fight Card
UFC 177 was a battered pay-per-view before it ever got a chance, but the main card came through with some solid action on Saturday.
T.J. Dillashaw retained his UFC bantamweight title with a fifth-round knockout, and co-main eventers Tony Ferguson and Danny Castillo had an entertaining back-and-forth battle that went to Ferguson by split decision.
Bethe Correia continued her ascent up the ranks by knocking off Shayna Baszler by TKO. Carlos Diego Ferreira looked like a hot lightweight prospect in his victory, and Yancy Medeiros picked up a much-needed victory as well.
The eight-fight card came through after all, but who were the winners and losers from Sacramento, California? Let's take a gander.
Loser: Anyone Who Bought a Ticket
UFC 177 was not a stellar card to begin with, but it had some redeeming qualities. Not the least of which was a bantamweight title rematch between Dillashaw and Barao.
After the weigh-in fiasco that led to not one but two fights being canceled, the folks who traveled to Sacramento, California, spent a good amount of money for a lackluster card.
Tickets to UFC events are not cheap. Airfare is not cheap. Hotels are not cheap. Planning to attend an event is a financial commitment for most, and UFC 177 did not offer the kind of value that a card should for that kind of investment.
Those who had already done the travel for weigh-ins and the full-fight weekend had to have severe heartbreak when they heard all the news on Friday.
Loser: Ruan Potts' Ribs
Ruan Potts did not have a great second outing in the UFC.
Anthony Hamilton took him out with relative ease. He earned a second-round stoppage by body shots on the ground.
Potts lay on his back and did next to nothing. He didn't try to recover to guard, roll to avoid the shots or attempt to block the punches. He just let Hamilton batter him until the referee stopped the bout.
At 0-2 in the Octagon and both bouts being forgettable, it is tough to see Potts earning a third UFC fight. It was a terrible performance.
Hamilton's finish stemming from multiple body strikes on the ground is the 2nd finish of its kind in UFC history (Nogueira over Ortiz).- @MJCflipdascript
Loser: Lorenz Larkin
If there was one fighter on the card who needed a win or at the very least an exciting performance, it was Lorenz Larkin.
He did neither.
Derek Brunson took him down repeatedly and got a clear 30-27 decision from all three judges.
It is hard to envision Larkin keeping his job with the UFC. He has a lot of raw talent but has been thoroughly unimpressive under the UFC banner. His UFC 177 performance left much to be desired. He needs to improve considerably before realizing his potential.
He just didn't get it done on Saturday.
Winner: Yancy Medeiros
Yancy Medeiros needed a victory, and he got one against UFC newcomer Damon Jackson.
Jackson was a game opponent, but Medeiros was the bigger fighter with more experience. It showed.
The finish is why Medeiros comes out as a big winner. He went for a guillotine, but Jackson tried to spin out. It was deep. The choke could have been called a reverse bulldog choke, but it goes down officially as a reverse guillotine. Either way, it was nasty.
Thankfully, Jackson was OK.
Medeiros picked up a much-needed win in violent fashion.
Winner: Carlos Diego Ferreira
If you were on the lookout for another stellar lightweight prospect, you can stop your search.
Carlos Diego Ferreira has what you want: accomplished jiu-jitsu with knockout power. He still has a ways to go in his development, but defeating Ramsey Nijem without much issue shows just how good he is for how young he is.
He is 29 years old but has only been a pro MMA fighter since 2011.
Ferreira is a threat against almost everyone in the division right now, but with the right coaching he could be a threat to everyone, including the champion. He is still adding pieces to the puzzle. Keep an eye out for Ferreira to do big things in the future.
Losers: The 4 Horsewomen
Ever since the Four Horsewomen moniker began, the four women—Ronda Rousey, Marina Shafir, Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke—have been highly criticized.
Bethe Correia used their nickname to make a name for herself as she defeated Duke and then Baszler at UFC 177.
The Four Horsemen in wrestling was a fantastic stable of some of the best workers in the entertainment genre. The Four Horsewomen in MMA have one premier talent and three mid-level fighters at best. Baszler, Duke and Shafir have all lost their most recent fights.
They attempted to market themselves, and that's commendable. However, now is the time to stop. It has become a joke.
Credit to Correia for her performance against both Duke and Baszler. She has shown how far behind the rest of the group is from Rousey. And it is a long, long way.
Winners: Joe Soto and T.J. Dillashaw
First, let's tackle the champion: T.J. Dillashaw.
It was another performance where he had a decision in the bag but refused to let it go to the cards. He went after the finish and got it in the fifth round. That is what a champion is supposed to do.
Dillashaw's high-volume striking would not let Soto get off in his own offense. It was a great performance.
Why is Soto a winner?
He prepared for a three-round fight on the prelims, took the championship fight on 24 hours notice and was competitive.
Soto introduced himself in his UFC debut as one of the best bantamweights in the world. He got to compete against the champion and looked like he had a decent shot to pull off a victory. With some more improvements and a full training camp, Soto could contend again.
The main event came out well enough with all things considered, and both participants should be proud of their performance.