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UFC 124 Results: Mac Danzig Turns Joe Stevenson's Lights Out

Ariana StoverCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2010

Going into last night's bout between former TUF contestants Mac Danzig and Joe Stevenson, "Daddy" was the man favored to win.

From the minute the bell rang until the punch that ended it all, Danzig was striking more effectively.

Danzig was coming off a controversial loss to Matt Wiman due to a guillotine choke. Referee Yves Lavigne ended the fight early, unaware that Danzig was still conscious.

The rest of his UFC record is sprinkled with losses to Clay Guida, Josh Neer and Jim Miller.

In a way, this fight was a do-or-die for Danzig. Another loss would have threatened his status with the UFC.

In a post-fight interview he said: "I think it's good to reinvent yourself every now and then, and I was overdue."

This was his chance to turn things around and he reinvented himself in a very timely fashion.

Aware of Stevenson's style, Danzig knew he needed to keep the fight standing and strike with him. That's exactly what he did for a minute and forty five seconds, and then he landed a left hook right to Stevenson's chin.

It was lights out and Stevenson fell face first to the canvas.

It may have stopped early, but Danzig looked impressive from beginning to end. With a few more wins on his record, will he be considered a top contender?

If he continues to progress, I see a successful future for Mac Danzig.

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