We may not have got a history making Demetrious Johnson moment we were all hoping for, but last night we witnessed yet another fine night of mixed martial arts as the UFC Octagon descended on Edmonton, Canada.
Here are the lessons we learned last evening from an interesting night at Rogers Place.
8. Kyle Cardinal is a disgrace and should never be allowed to referee another fight
The fight between Rick Glenn and Gavin Tucker went on for at least 7-minutes too long and it was obvious very quickly that the fight was only going one way.
Glenn used Tucker as a punching bag for the majority of the second half of the fight and the referee stood there and let the young Canadian take punishment.
Tucker’s team aren’t blameless and could have thrown in the towel to save their man, but it was a horrifying and uncomfortable scene to watch unfold, especially given the events that played out in the Edmonton just months before with Tim Hague.
Cardinal should never referee another fight and it’s a simple as that.
7. Gilbert Melendez is also too tough for his own good
Whilst we are on the subject of fighters being too tough for their own good, what about Gilbert Melendez?
The Skrap Pack man sustained hefty damage to his leg very early on his fight with Jeremy Stephens and was dropped close to ten times throughout the 15-minute battle.
Melendez showed great heart, but he was proving nothing we didn’t already know and like Tucker he took an unnecessary beating given the fight was only going one way.
This one wasn’t quite as glaringly obvious as the Tucker stoppage that never happened, but someone could’ve saved ol’ Gil from an uncomfortable few weeks walking around with his legs in pieces.
6. Amanda Nunes was savage
The champion kept a decent pace throughout and unlike her first contest with Shevchenko it was her that ended the fight in the stronger position after capitalising on a mistake from the challenger to take her down to the mat.
Nunes was a different beat and hats must be tipped in the direction of her team at American Top Team for preparing her in the right way and giving her the right gameplan to beat Shevchenko over five rounds.
Many may not have liked her post-fight where she said she didn’t want to finish Shevchenko because she wanted to prove she could go five rounds, but nonetheless it was a different type of performance from the champion and she proved to everyone she can go the distance and sustain a good a pace.
5. Henry Cejudo shouldn’t be written off yet
The Olympic silver medallist was beaten soundly by Demetrious Johnson in his first attempt at the title last year, but last night he was on a different level.
Cejudo got into his rhythm very early on and quickly set about his work punishing Reis time and time again with solid left hook counters.
The way he finished the fight was sublime. The left hand that sent Reis to the mat was fast as lightening and the Brazilian is probably still wondering where he is.
His celebration afterwards as he gave a nod to Johnson was also on-point and it reminded everyone that he’s still a big player at 125-pounds.
4. Ilir Latifi is back in business
3. Dos Anjos looks great at 170-pounds
It was one way traffic from the off and once the fight hit the mat dos Anjos looked in total control.
His transition from side control into mount was impeccable and the speed at which he sunk in the arm-triangle choke will send shivers down the spines of the rest of the welterweight division.
It looks like the former 155-pounds champion will now be the next man to challenge Tyron Woodley for the welterweight title.