Makdessi’s power has been on display before but his finish of Forte was on another level entirely. “The Bull” set up the stoppage by brushing the Brazilian’s temple with a punch rather than completely connecting with a stiff shot. The blow was enough to send Forte down and Makdessi mopped up the rest of his consciousness with some ensuing ground and pound. Two minutes into the match-up, Makdessi’s hand was raised and Forte was sleeping. It’s always interesting to watch a young prospect come into the UFC after obtaining a certain level of mastery in a single discipline without much experience in any other field of combat. Such was certainly true of Thompson, a decorated kickboxer whose wrestling/BJJ was rudimentary at best when he made his Octagon debut. Rather than wilt under the pressure or stick with what he was most comfortable with, Thompson did his best to grow as a Mixed Martial Artist and showed off some real improvement on the grappling front in his fight with Chris Clements. For the most part Reis was written off after losing back-to-back bouts in Bellator and getting released from the organization’s roster. However, the stint with adversity turned out to be a good thing for the submission specialist who went on to win four fights on the regional scene. Though he wasn’t expected to beat Ivan Menjivar at UFC 165, MMA is a tough sport to predict and Reis turned in perhaps the finest performance of his career en route to a decision nod. Based on the outing it is clear Reis should make an excellent addition to the UFC’s bantamweight roster now that he’s facing foes his size rather than larger opponents as was the case in the majority of his past stumbles. Though Mitch Gagnon’s submission of Dustin Kimura was impressive and netted him a performance-based bonus, Schaub’s Brabo Choke of Mitrione was an equally amazing result. Schaub managed to avoid eating too many strikes during the bout’s initial exchanges before eventually getting into position to lock the hold up. Mitrione attempted to assure the referee he was fine, offering a “thumbs up”, but it only took a few seconds for Schaub to fully secure the technique and turn Mitrione’s lights out. Also notable, the submission was the first of the TUF 10 finalist’s career. Nurmagomedov may not have gotten a “gimme” opponent since signing with the UFC but that hasn’t kept the Russian phenom from excelling in the Octagon. “The Eagle” snatched his fifth win in the infamous eight-sided cage over the weekend by outpointing Pat Healy in a lopsided scrap. Nurmagomedov not only out-grappled Healy but he also beat him up. Still, no moment in their match-up was more impressive than Nurmagomedov’s slam of “Bam Bam” in the final stages of the showdown, drawing cheers from fans in attendance and watching in awe at home.
Anyone who missed
may be under the impression there was only a single scrap on the card based on the amount of chatter surrounding the sublime showdown between light heavyweight champion UFC 165 Jon Jones and sensational Swede Alexander Gustafsson. And, even if an individual went so far as to simply scan the results or look at the list of bonus-winners, chances are more than a few match-ups would likely go unnoticed. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up a handful of the storylines worth discussing that have seemingly slipped through the cracks since Saturday night’s show. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)