After a couple of injuries to key fights changed up some of the match ups, the Fox Sports 1 event delivered with some very exciting fights as well as some highlight real finishes. After the event was all said and done, some fighters have moved themselves either up in the rankings or finally getting their name discussed, or some fighters had major setbacks.

So let’s take a look to see which fighters stock had risen or fallen after last nights event.

Winners:

 

Donald Cerrone

Cerrone made his debut at welterweight in a bout originally set against Tim Means but due to a failed drug test he was forced off the card, with replacement Alex “Cowboy” Oliviera stepping up on short notice. After a few minutes standing Cerrone got a very nice takedown that led to a very slick submission. This was a big win for Cerrone due to after a 8 fight win streak being halted by Dos Anjos back in December, he was able to get back into the win column. He made it clear after the fight in his post fight speech that he was going to be fighting at both lightweight and welterweight. This was an excellent fight to bounce back from a tough title loss and I look forward to the next time he steps into the octagon. Tyron Woodley made a good suggestion that maybe a possible next fight for Cerrone would be Dustin Porier in a fight that fans would love to see.

Derek Brunson

Derek Brunson put the middleweight division on notice after an early onslaught against a very tough opponent in Roan Carneiro. Brunson has never really gotten the respect he deserves but after his quick TKO performance he is a nice fresh face in the middleweight division. Dating back to 2012 Brunson is 6-1 with his only loss being Yoel Romero in a fight that he was up two round on the judges score cards until a late comeback finish by Romero. With Brunson currently ranked 13, but surely to go up in rankings after his performance, I expect him to get a leap up in competition. In the post fight press conference Brunson said he would love to get his hands on #11 ranked Uriah Hall and I don’t see why UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Eric Silva don’t book that one.

Cody Gabrandt

Team Alpha Males Cody Gabrandt was originally set to face John Lineker in a fight that if he was able to win, would prove that he belongs at the top of the division. Due to Lineker falling ill and being forced to drop out of the bout, Augusto Mendes stepped up on short notice. With only 8 fights in his mixed martial arts career, many people have believed that he may be a little inexperienced, but “No Love” showed he was the more experienced fighter by putting away his opponent early with a vicious combination, proving again how much power he has in his hands. I believe Garbrandt is the next rising star the the Bantamweight division, which is in need of more star power. He made it clear that he still has his eyes set on Lineker and I believe that fight will be rebooked very soon.
Chris Camozzi

Camozzi had probably the best performance of his career by defeating Joe Riggs in just 26 seconds. Although Riggs seems to be completely shot at this point in his career, the win nevertheless is still very impressive, and with Camozzi now on a 2 fight win streak and asking for a top 10 guy next, I don’t see the UFC giving him as he asks, but I do see him getting a nice step up in competition.
Oluwale Bamgbose

Bamgbose had an amazing showing by completing a vicious head kick KO, showing how dangerous he is in the first round, with all six of his professional wins coming by first round knockout. Oluwale is a very exciting addition to the UFC roster, and after his most recent performance a lot of fans are going to be exited for the next time he steps in the ring, hopefully on a full camp this time since both of his 2 UFC appearances have been short notice fights for him.
Lauren Murphy

Murphy was able to get her first win in the UFC with a very late third round stoppage against a very tough fighter making her debut. She had her opponent bloodied up and was able to get the ref to intervene with just seconds left on the clock. The fight took home FOTN awards and she called out Sarah Moras, her original opponent, as who she wants next. Murphy has a ton of potential and really showed how she is still the undefeated fighter from Invicta that had the hype she had when she came into the UFC.

 

Losers:

The PA Athletic Commission

The judging was atrocious, with many different fights going to the score cards that left people questioning how in the world a judge could have scored the fight the way they did. After Marion Reneau and Ashley Evans-Smith fight was over, many believed that Reneau took this one home, but not only did she not get the win from one judge, she losses a unanimous decision, with 2 of 3 judges giving Smith the first round even though she was badly rocked on the feet as well as taken down at the end of the round. To make matters worse, Smith on one of the judges score cards was given a 10-8 round in a fight that she had really not dominated at any point.

It was also Tweeted by Brian Stann “Pennsylvania Athletic Commission has beem absolutely terrible to these fighters today. Will hurt PA’s chances for future cards.” This tweet was directed at how unprofessional the athletic commission was during the weigh ins, with the doctor oversleeping, making fighters do their physicals in the middle of cutting weight with doctors being late which gave them less time to cut, and conducting tests on women fighters after weigh ins where they are hungry and looking to eat after a grueling weight cut. Another complaint noticed was the removal of the gloves immediately after the bout like in boxing, rather then just cutting the gloves off backstage like what is usually done. This didn’t seem like a big deal at first, but having to watch Joe Riggs be forced to remove his gloves immediately after breaking his wrist in the ring rather then just having the gloves cut off with a scissor backstage was painful to watch. Odds are Pennsylvania will not be seeing another event anytime soon.

 

Joe Riggs

The UfC veteran was finished within one of the first exchanges and after the bout one could only think and hope that Riggs finally hangs up the gloves. The 33-year-old veteran has fought some of the best competition in his career and with him now fighting the bottom of the rankings fighters and getting finished or losing to them is a sign to finally retire and put fighting to rest. If Riggs decides he still wants to fight after this loss, it is extremely unlikely that it will be under the UFC promotion.

 

Daniel Sarafian
Sarafian was finished in a minute, and with his record being 2-4 under the promotion, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get cut. The loss puts his record to 9-6 and at this point he has clearly shown that he is not UFC caliber. If he does get another chance in the octagon, I see him being thrown a very tough opponent who they are matching together to see a good performance for.

About The Author

Jake Schneider
Staff Writer

Jake Schneider is a student at the University of Rhode Island who is currently looking to pursue a double major in Communications and Journalism. He is an MMA fanatic who has been following the sport for years. He began to share his wealth of knowledge and opinions on the sport to many of his family members and friends as well as various MMA forums online. His love and passion for the sport has been able to make many people that are a part of his life fans of mixed martial arts as well. His insight of the sport both inside and outside of the cage is what makes his analysis on fights and individual fighters so well informed.

  • Dan Davis

    jake i think you meant to say…. in a fight that she had “not” dominated at any point. In the evans vs reneau breakdown above