Leading into this event there wasn’t a lot of anticipation. The main event had fallen out due to Daniel Cormier getting the call to fight Anthony Johnson for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. The event was also on the heels of UFC 188, which was highly anticipated, and possibly even more so due to the untimely suspension of Jon Jones. Overall the consensus was that this was an overall good card for a UFC Fight Night, but not a great one.

What happened on Saturday wasn’t predicted by anyone. It was one of the most exciting events from start to finish, and surpassed all expectations. With a total of ten stoppages, there was a lot of begging for bonuses in the post fight interviews, and justifiably so.

While there were a lot of exciting fights, there were a few big story lines that emerged following the event. Here is what we learned from UFC Fight Night 68.

Dan Henderson’s Still Got It

Leading into this fight there were a lot of naysayers. I was one of them, and I stand by my statements. However Hendo dispatched Tim Boetsch in just :28 seconds, and added another knockout to his record. What he still has is the power, but the knock out victory doesn’t erase what I and every fight fan saw in his last few fights. Hopefully, he finishes off his career with out sustaining any more unnecessary damage. He’s got two fights left on his contract, and he showed that the H-Bomb is still in his arsenal, which will keep things exciting.

Dustin Poirier is Surging at Lightweight

Dustin Poirier has always been a great fighter, but following his knock out loss to Conor McGregor, he decided to move back up to lightweight. The move was questionable, but it is paying off well. Apparently, the weight cut to 145-lbs was pretty tough on him. The dehydration of a weight cut can affect someones chin, and it appears that his has improved since he made the move up. He also seems more explosive. He scored a first round knock out over Yancy Meideros, and will likely face a top 10 or 15 fighter in his next outing.

Matt Mitrione’s Fight IQ Dropped a Few Points 

Matt Mittrione was riding a three fight win streak. Every win was by first round knock out and the hype was just starting to build. “Big” Ben Rothwell stole that hype from him via a first round front choke that left Mitrione tapping with both hands. Mitrione isn’t a dumb guy, but he knew as soon as the fight was over that he made a mistake when he shot in for the take down. The attempt led to Rothwell securing the choke, and the look on Mitrione’s face said,”I want a re-do.” Up until Mitrione made the critical mistakes that led to the end of the fight, he was winning on the feet. There was no reason to shoot in.

A Little Cage Equals Big Action 

The UFC rarely uses the smaller 25-foot Octagon, but when they do it usually adds to the excitement. Fighter’s aren’t able to circle out as much with out backing themselves into a corner. This leads to having both fighters coming forward and the proof was in the results tonight. There were a total of ten finishes and seven of them came in the first round.

Brian Ebersole has Retired

Possibly the only portion of the night that left fans feeling like they had been robbed of a fight was the Brian Ebersole vs. Omari Akhmedov fight. The first round wasn’t terrible, by any means. Akhmedov was sticking to the game plan and targeting Ebersole’s lead leg, and Ebersole was still standing at the end of the round. It wasn’t a great first round, but what happened next was completely unexpected. Ebersole sat down and advised his corner, and ultimately the official that he couldn’t proceed due to a knee injury. He threw in the towel and later disclosed in a post fight interview that he was retiring. It was an anti-climatic end to a long MMA career.

About The Author

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.