A few observations from UFC 142: “Aldo vs. Mendes”:

-As the only American to defeat a Brazilian last night, do you think Mike Pyle went back to his hotel room to find that the cleaning staff had set all his stuff on fire?

-Yuri Alcantara looked fantastic for the first two rounds. Dude needs to train for three-round fights, though.

-God I missed Gabriel Gonzaga’s “crazy face”.

-Upon watching the replay, I think Sam Stout outpointed Thiago Tavares. What’s frustrating, though, is it was clear that the Canadian could’ve put his opponent away if he’d just homed in on Tavares’ standup openings sooner.

-Honestly, up until that knockout, Terry Etim didn’t look that bad. He was getting chopped down like a cherry tree, but he was still in the fight.

-I have no problem with Erick Silva getting penalized for those punches to the back of the head. Remember, if an intentional foul is assessed, that’s a point deduction; however, if the foul results in a stoppage, that’s a disqualification. Referee Mario Yamasaki made the call. We have to respect that.

-A Rousimar Palhares heelhook is a thing of beauty. It’s a damn shame fighters have to get messed up from them.

-If Anthony Johnson’s agent is quick, he can still secure “Rumble” a slot in Bellator’s next light-heavyweight tournament.

-Right now the only Jose Aldo fight that makes sense is a 150-pound catchweight bout with Frankie Edgar. Yup, that matchup would be huge.