I haven't watched a ton of UFC lately, and much of what I have watched has been out of the corner of my eye while playing games or reading on my iPad. Too many shows, not enough stars. I guess I'm not a true fan. This doesn't surprise me.
I likely wouldn't have watched this show, except a friend of mine just bought a meat smoker and was looking for an excuse to have people over for a brisket. Supper wound up being called off due to real life interference, but we still got together for the PPV.
The big news is that TJ Dillishaw absolutely destroyed Renan Barao for four rounds before finishing him in the fifth to win the Bantamweight title. I don't know if Barao was sick or injured or what, but the guy is a great fighter and he got completely outclassed in every way. Dillishaw looked fantastic, and as an 8-1 underdog, pulled off the biggest upset in a UFC title fight since Matt Serra beat GSP.
The rest of the PPV had Daniel Cormier choking out Dan Henderson in the third round in an even more one-sided fight. In the post-fight interviews, Cormier did a great job calling out Jon Jones, while Joe Rogan realllllly tried to get Henderson to retire, but he specifically said he would not.
In another final round finish and another one-sided fight, Robbie Lawler knocked out Jake Ellenberger to cement his place as the #1 contender for Johny Hendricks' welterweight title.
Takeya Mizugaki beat Francisco Rivera by unanimous decision. I remember nothing about this fight.
Finally, James Krause beat Jamie Varner by verbal submission at the end of the first round. Varner appeared to break his foot early on, but fought on until the end of the round - even shooting for takedowns - despite having a floppy foot and shaky legs and repeatedly collapsing. I really don't know why the referee didn't stop this, but Varner came across as super tough. Not necessarily smart, but tough.
To add hilarious insult to injury, the doctor who was checking out Varner after the fight stomped right on the broken foot with the heel of his shoe.
I didn't see any of the prelims. Working backwards: - Michael Chiesa d. Fransisco Trinaldo, unanimous decision - Tony Ferguson d. Katsunori Kikuno, KO, round 1 - Chris Holdsworth d. Chico Camus, unanimous decision - Mitch Clarke d. Al Iaquinta, submission (D'Arce choke), round 2 - Vinc Pichel d. Anthony Njokuani, unanimous decision - Sam Sicilia d. Aaron Phillips, unanimous decision - Li Jingliang d. David Michaud, split decision
I thought there were questions about whether Mesi would ever fight again, as he suffered some brain bleeding in his fight against Jirov. Which is a shame, because he was fun to watch, even if not exactly the best fighter out there.