UFC Fight Night New Orleans was one of the most surprisingly exciting events in a long time. Meaning, no one really expected it to deliver, but the stars aligned and the overall event left you feeling better than you would feel after most pay-per-views these days.

The card had talented fighters from the preliminaries forward. The type of fighters with the skills, and drive to elevate themselves into the top five of their respective divisions. Combine those factors with a smaller than usual cage and apparently you get ten finishes, seven of which came in the first round.

The fights while exciting, where also impact-full and meaningful. It’s difficult to choose three fighters from the main card to focus on, so for this week’s edition, we will go in order of the event placement.

Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping/Thales Leites

Dan Henderson has done it again, and he showed the world that no matter how old he gets, he will always have the H-Bomb. It was great to see his hand raised for the second time in six fights. He’s adamant about fulfilling his UFC contract which has two more fights on it. Either Leites or Bisping would be a tough challenge for him, but it’s marketable either way. From the UFC’s perspective, a Bisping rematch would be the preference, it could be a main event on a UFC Fight Night or add a great piece of marketing to a pay-per-view event.

Ben Rothwell vs. Josh Barnett/Roy Nelson winner

Ben Rothwell has two knockouts and a submission victory in his last three fights. He is demanding your attention with his antics during post fight interviews, and backing it up with his performances. Since he has proven to be a diverse heavyweight, I think either Nelson or Barnett would be a great fight for Rothwell. A win over either would give him more credibility, and he will be tested by either man in every area. Nelson is known for his power, but he is a legitimate black belt in BJJ, and Josh Barnett is dangerous everywhere. If Rothwell where to beat either of them, he could be a one fight from a contender ship bout.

Dustin Poirier vs. Josh Thomson/Tony Ferguson winner

People talk about Dustin Poirier as though he is on a resurgence. A quick review of his record will show that he has won four of his last five fights by knock out or technical knock out. There’s a case to be made that he has been here all along. It can’t be denied though, that since he has moved up to lightweight he has seemed more comfortable. It seems strange that he isn’t ranked, but then again he hasn’t fought anyone ranked in the division yet. It’s time for him to take that next step and Josh Thomson or Tony Ferguson would be a great way for him to prove himself.

 

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Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.