UFC 182 has come and gone. The grudge match to end all grudge matches. Bones vs. DC. Cerrone vs. Jury. On paper, a stacked card that also included names like Lombard, Marquardt, Tavares.

Did the event match the hype, and particularly the main event? Sadly no, but to be absolutely fair to all those involved, it likely never stood a chance. The build-up to Jones vs. Cormier was on another level, and the dislike between the two men palpable, legitimate, and intense. There was no way the action in the octagon was ever going to match press conference brawls, death threats, and months worth of feuding back and forth via every medium and method the two could get their hands on. The fight that resulted, with Bones handling Cormier in just about every area, including wrestling, was entertaining, but not the next level classic fans had come to expect. It still picked up Fight of the Night honors, mind you — but with all five bouts on the main card going the distance, and most being relatively tepid, that’s not surprising.

Speaking of the rest of the card, well that was a mixed bag as well. There were a few solid bouts on the prelims, including Marion Reneau’s lopsided debut victory, Shawn Jordan making short work of Jared Cannonier, and a stunning spinning back-fist KO by Paul Felder. Other fights seemed to just be killing time leading into the eagerly awaited main event, however. It was the grudge match fans wanted to see.

So without further adieu, lets get to that, and a few other bouts as well, and look at what we learned from UFC 182.

Jones Is Going To Keep On Playing The Bad Guy

Frankly, the bad blood still hasn’t gone away between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. Despite arguably beating Cormier at his own game, Jones opted not to take the high road after the victory, saying post-fight that

“I know it’s always nice to be a class-act after a victory but I really hope he’s somewhere crying. And I’m sure he is. He’s talked so much trash to me. If he would have won this fight, he’d be at a press conference right now being just as cocky and as arrogant as he could be. I don’t like him, I still don’t respect him. I’m glad he got what he got, hopefully it’ll shut him up.”

Jones did, however, give Cormier credit as a fighter, saying he expects DC will always be around the top three and probably earn himself another title shot at some point.

The only problem is, the first fight hasn’t exactly left fans calling for Jones vs. Cormier 2. In fact they’re right back to calling for the fight many wanted in the first place: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2.

Donald Cerrone Is Ready For His Shot

There is no one as confident and lethal in all areas of the game in the UFC lightweight division right now as Donald Cerrone. “Cowboy” was picked by many as the best fighter of 2014, winning four fights and picking up three bonuses in the process, and he started out the new year right by dispatching the previously undefeated Myles Jury. It was a steady unanimous decision, and Cerrone came close to finishing several times.

Cowboy also happens to be one of the most marketable guys in the company. He interacts with fans frequently, has a fantastic persona, and has the ability to talk and sell himself — doing it in a way that makes a lot of fans smile.

The only drawback is an existing loss to Anthony Pettis, prior to Pettis becoming lightweight champion — but that was a much, much different Donald Cerrone. This Cowboy seems focused and deadlier than ever.

After Dos Anjos, you could arguably give Cerrone the shot, though Khabib Nurmagomedov is in the picture as well, and the two may be matched up.

Hector Lombard Needs Two More Solid Wins

Hector Lombard was honestly in a lose-lose situation at UFC 182. Had he lost to Josh Burkman, it would have been a huge upset. He didn’t, so instead will get little credit for beating a man he was supposed to beat.

It was a pretty solid drubbing, and Lombard paced himself and came close to taking Burkman out once or twice, but it was not the brutal flurry of violence Lombard is known for, and maybe that’s a good thing, if Lombard is to go on a run for the title.

On the other hand, the win does little to up his status in the division, and “Showeather” (who Bruce Buffer mistakenly introduced under his old moniker “Lightening” during the introductions at UFC 182) will need two more solid wins at 170lbs to really get into the title picture — especially since Lawler vs. Hendricks 3 has already been given the green light as the next title bout, meaning we’ll have gone over a year without anyone outside of those two vying for the belt.

About The Author

Senior Staff Writer

Covering the sport of MMA from Ontario, Canada, Jay Anderson has been writing for various publications covering sports, technology, and pop culture since 2001. Jay holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Guelph, and a Certificate in Leadership Skills from Humber College under the Ontario Management Development Program. When not slaving at the keyboard, he can be found in the company of his dog, a good book, or getting lost in the woods.