The UFC 158 main card had its dull moments, but Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit made up for it by putting on an entertaining show that earned them “Fight of the Night” honors and an extra $50,000 apiece.
Here are the three biggest winners and losers from UFC 158:
1. Johny Hendricks
Hendricks made it clear he’s the number one contender in the UFC’s welterweight division with his unanimous decision victory against Carlos Condit. Hendricks landed many hard shots during the fight, an impressive feat, considering the fact Condit is a technically savvy striker — who enjoyed a seven-inch reach advantage against “Bigg Rigg.” Johny’s ability to take Carlos down with ease was just as impressive, much like his ability to eat big shots. At this point, it couldn’t be any clearer that Hendricks is good enough to defeat anyone in the 170-pound division, including Georges St. Pierre.
UFC president Dana White stated Hendricks will get the next shot at the welterweight title during the post-fight press conference.
2. Jake Ellenberger
Ellenberger took a few steps up the welterweight rankings with his first round knockout of Nate Marquardt at UFC 158, reestablishing himself as a force to be reckoned with at 170 pounds. The finish earned him the “Knockout of the Night” award and the accompanying $50,000. He’s now in a position to challenge top contenders like Demian Maia and Rory MacDonald.
3. Carlos Condit
“The Natural Born Killer” has lost his last two fights, but that won’t really affect his standing in the welterweight division much. He landed his share of vicious shots during his UFC 158 encounter against Hendricks, and he fought his way back to his feet every single time his back hit the canvas. Carlos is clearly still one of the best welterweights in the UFC, and it’s only a matter of time before he fights his way back to title contention.
1. Nate Marquardt
Marquardt looked awesome during his welterweight debut against Tyron Woodley, but he’s now lost consecutive fights. His spot on the UFC’s roster isn’t secure at the moment, and there’s a decent chance he’ll find himself without a job if he loses his next fight.
2. Patrick Côté
Côté walked away with a unanimous decision victory at UFC 158, but his performance was far from impressive during his welterweight debut. I personally scored the fight 29-28 in favor of his opponent, Bobby Voelker, who overwhelmed the Canadian in the second and third rounds. Patrick’s record ever since his return to the UFC is 2-1, but given the way he’s fought, it really should be 0-3.
3. Nick Diaz
Diaz’ guard-game didn’t look as good as it’s looked in the past against GSP at UFC 158. The Stockton native never really came close to securing any submissions off his back, he had a hard time fighting his way back to his feet, and he didn’t do much when both fighters were upright either. It was arguably Nick’s worst performance in years.