UFC 163 was a decent fight card with a few mixed martial artists using the exposure to propel themselves up the rankings in their respective divisions, while others weren’t so fortunate.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from UFC 163:
1. Anthony Perosh
Perosh was the underdog heading into his UFC 163 encounter against Vinny Magalhães, but that clearly didn’t affect the Aussie’s confidence. Anthony came out swinging against Vinny, knocking the Brazilian out cold 14 seconds into the fight. The performance earned him the “Knockout of the Night” award and an extra $50,000.
2. Jose Aldo
Aldo couldn’t have fought any better at UFC 163, dominating his encounter against Chan Sung Jung from start to finish. He showcased his well-rounded skills throughout the bout, finishing Jung — after the Korean dislocated his shoulder — during the fourth round, maintaining his status as one of the pound-for-pound best in MMA.
3. Phil Davis
I personally scored Davis’ bout against Machida 29-28, n favor of the latter, but I was impressed with “Mr. Wonderful” nonetheless. His striking was significantly improved at UFC 163, and he landed his share of decent shots during their three-rounder. Davis also managed to complete a couple of takedowns against Machida — something many wrestlers who have faced “The Dragon” were unable to do.
Notable Mentions: Cezar Ferreira, Sergio Moraes, Amanda Nunes, and Viscardi Andrade.
1. Vinny Magalhães
Magalhães was dismissive of Perosh’s abilities as a mixed martial artist heading into UFC 163, saying he deserves to be cut from the UFC if he loses to the Australian. Perosh apparently didn’t appreciate Vinny’s comments, knocking the Brazilian out cold 14 seconds into their bout. With the loss, Vinny has now lost two straight fights, and his stock as a light-heavyweight continues to drop.
2. Ednaldo Oliveira
Oliveira’s struggles in the Ultimate Fighting Championship continued at UFC 163, losing his light-heavyweight debut to Francimar Barroso, barely getting anything done during the bout. Ednaldo is now 0-2 in the UFC, and a third consecutive loss will pretty much guarantee his dismissal from the promotion. That is, if he even gets a third chance.
3. Chris Watts
You’ve probably never heard of him before and you likely won’t ever hear about him again if the UFC cares about having fights properly scored. While all three Octagon-side judges deserve criticism for scoring the Machida vs. Davis bout in favor of “Mr. Wonderful,” Watts (R1:10-9 Machida, R2: 10-9 Davis, R3: 10-9 Davis) was the most egregious. I can understand wrestling lovers giving Davis the first two rounds due to the late takedowns, but there’s no excuse for scoring the final round, which Machida clearly dominated, in Davis’ favor.