Every single fighter on the UFC Fight Night 38 card earned his paycheck, with lots of entertaining finishes throughout the event. The fact there was an awesome crowd that treated every single fight like it was the main event made things even better.
Still, some fighters performed better than others did, so here are the biggest winners and losers from UFC Fight Night 38:
1. Dan Henderson
Duh! Henderson stole the show at UFC Fight Night 38, surviving a rough first two rounds before turning things around with a huge H-bomb during the third round. He even did the unthinkable, silencing a stadium packed with enthusiastic Brazilian MMA fans.
It’s was a huge win for Henderson, who had lost three consecutive bouts heading into his rematch against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and it likely saved his spot on the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s roster.
2. Fabio Maldonado
Fabio -- once again -- displayed his iron chin, eating several hard shots early in his UFC Fight Night 38 tilt with Gian Villante. He took over the fight during the latter rounds, handing Villante a vicious beating, and he made things even more entertaining with his showmanship and crisp combinations.
That's three consecutive victories for the Maldonado.
3. C.B Dollaway
For the second straight time, Dollaway was an underdog heading into a bout in Brazil, and “The Doberman” proved oddsmakers wrong again, pulling off the upset against The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil season one winner, Cezar Ferreira. His boxing skills looked better than ever – offensively and defensively – and the win against Ferreira earns him another shot at a top middleweight in my book.
Notable mentions: Jussier Formiga, Thiago Santos, and Godofredo Castro.
1. Scott Jorgensen
With his loss to Formiga, Jorgensen is now 0-2 in the UFC’s flyweight division despite the fact he feels he’s one of the strongest fighters in that division.
To be fair, an unintentional head butt lead to Jorgensen’s demise, and the things could have ended up differently if referee Wernei Cardoso was actually on top of things. At the end of the day, a loss is still a loss.
With five losses in his last six fights (most to top caliber opponents), Jorgensen’s days with the Ultimate Fighting Championship might be coming to an end.
2. Ronny Markes
Markes was the biggest favorite heading into UFC Fight Night 38, yet he fumbled under the bright lights. A hard shot to the liver, and Markes crumpled to the ground. Santos followed up with some ground-n-pound, but those were all academic. Markes was clearly immobilized the second Santos’ kick landed.
3. Anyone who missed the fights
The term “the greatest fight card in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s history” is often thrown around, but UFC Fight Night 38 is a true contender for that accolade. It was entertaining from the opening second of the first fight to the final second of the main event, making it the best MMA card ever aired on cable TV, and certainly one of the most entertaining cards in UFC history.
And it was free!
I don’t even want to look at anyone who missed the action. Go away!
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.
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