More often than not a stacked UFC fight card struggles to live up to its hype, this was thankfully not the case on Saturday night. UFC Vegas 11 delivered a plethora of great moments and fights including a Main-Event mauling, a 17-second knockout, and several back and forth wars.
Without further ado here are the biggest winners and losers from Saturday night’s event.
Winners: Colby Covington
It goes without saying, that the winner of the Main-Event of a card is usually going to place high on these lists. However, the pressure surrounding Covington going into his bout against Tyron Woodley made his dominant victory even more impressive.
Covington had the most to lose going into Saturday night. I know that may sound bizarre considering that many people felt that this was Woodley’s last chance to prove he still belongs at the top of the sport. But, the fact that ‘Chaos’ was such a favorite coming in is exactly why his victory was so impressive.
Covington won a fight years in the making, and even though this fight came a year or two too late; the manner in which he dominated one of the best Welterweights of all time speaks volumes of how good he really is. Love him or loath him, Covington is entertainment in and out of the Octagon.
Have we ever seen a fighter look as good as Khamzat Chimaev three fights into their UFC career? 3 dominant wins in two weight divisions in 66 days is as good as it gets. And he looks better the tougher the competition gets, Gerald Meerschaert is no scrub and it took Chimaev just 17 seconds to flatten him with one right-hand bomb.
His wrestling ability and knockout power are frightening, and he looks as game as anyone in the company. Of course, it is early on in his career and perhaps, comparisons to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Mike Tyson are premature.
But, when Dana White speaks this highly of you, you’re probably on the right track.
Randy Costa’s head-kick knockout win over Journey Newson was probably the best finish of the night, and therefore places the New England native on the list. Costa lost his UFC debut, but has two stoppages in the first round since then and now looks like another exciting prospect in the UFC’s loaded Bantamweight division. Sit back and enjoy his work.
Losers: Tyron Woodly
Let’s face it Tyron Woodly has looked awful in his last three fights and has now lost 14 round in a row (if you don’t count the 5th round on Saturday in which he was stopped). Woodly simply looks out of place fighting the world’s Welterweight elite, and at 38 he should probably consider retiring.
Ultimately it’s his decision and he should do what he feels is best, but it’s very likely that Colby Covington put the final nail in the coffin of Woodley’s incredible career on Saturday night.
Woodley also suffered a broken rib during his loss, which probably makes his retirement even more likely to happen.
Randa Markos’ decision to jump into the guard of BJJ ace Mackenzie Dern was ill-advised and silly enough to automatically place her on this list. Dern submitted the UFC veteran minutes later with a beautiful armbar and gave Markos her second consecutive loss.
Take nothing away from Dern who may end up being a future Championship contender, but Markos’ poor professional record of (10-9-1) as well as her inability to compete with the world’s best Strawweights could soon see her be removed from the UFC roster and thus places her on the list of the night’s biggest losers.
Yes, I have picked another Prelim fighter to be on this list. I know that Gerald Meerschaert and Ryan Spann got knocked out in the first round in their Main-Card fights, but they fought top guys who were expected to beat them.
Mirsad Bektic fought Damon Jackson, a man who took the fight on a few day’s notice and flopped in his first stint with the UFC. So, naturally, Bektic was a heavy favorite going in and was expected to dominate.
Instead, he got submitted in the third round and has now lost 3 straight, with his last victory coming in midway through 2018. Jackson’s win is a perfect example of why we love the sport, but this is a fight that Bektic will be kicking himself for losing.
These are just some of the biggest winners and losers from a highly entertaining night of fights. Comment below if you think there are any performances that I should’ve placed on the list.