On a night when the UFC returned to the East Coast with UFC 78, the promotion gave hardcore fight fans an opportunity to assess the talent of some of its up-and-coming fighters. While the main event matchup probably wasn't enough to capture the imagination of casual fans, the promotion did demonstrate convincingly that it has the world's best fighters.
So, how did the card play out? Seven of the nine fights didn't disappoint and the dark card may have actually served up the best action (which is unfortunate because most fans at home only saw the main card fights on the pay-per-view telecast.)
The main event fight between unbeaten TUF 2 champ
Evans impressed the judges with his takedowns and escaped with a split decision victory. But could there be another controversy brewing about this decision?
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In the end, a familiar question reared its ugly head -- what should judges be looking for in scoring MMA fights? It's hard to tell right now and the simple answer is, finish the fight and a fighter won't have to worry about the judges' scorecards.
Either way, the fight probably didn't do much for either fighter's standing in the division. It's hard to believe that Evans separated himself from others in the TUF pack (
With the win, the young Silva (he's only 25) appears to be a rising star in the division -- he brings an exciting style to the Octagon and finishes fights. Hope is not lost for Alexander, however. He must clearly work on his ground game but with his standup skills, strength, frenetic style, and riveting personal story, he will be given more opportunities to make an impact in the division.
Parisyan is an elite fighter who consistently takes on the best the welterweight division has to offer. While he has shown a disturbing inability to stop fights, this can easily be attributed to the talent level of his opponents, including the very game Chonan. This victory may not have been all Parisyan was hoping for, but it shouldn't hurt his standing in the division. It would be nice to see Parisyan fight
The other two main card fights provided fans with outstanding performances.
Doerksen shouldn't be counted out either. He took the fight on very short notice and acquitted himself well. He almost finished the fight twice in the second round with a failed rear naked choke attempt and then a triangle choke and a tight armbar as the round ended.
In the dark portion of the card, notable performances were turned in by TUF 5's
The dark card also gave fans two notable welterweight wars.
In the other 170-pound battle,