UFC’s debut on Fox Sports 1 did not disappoint, as the world saw several veterans upset atop the card, and the future of the company on display in Boston.
Chael Sonnen, a middleweight mainstay, faced light heavyweight legend ‘Shogun’ Rua, in what seemed to be a fight in which Chael Sonnen needed to ‘put up or shut up’. Coming off of two consecutive losses, Sonnen most certianly ‘put up’, landing an early takedown before choking ‘Shogun’ out in the first round with a guillotine choke. After the bout, Sonnen’s future was in question, with Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, and Lyoto Machida all being rumored opponents for Sonnen.
The co-main event saw a major upset, as Travis Browne weathered an early storm from Alistair Overeem to land a huge front kick. Browne looked completely lost even in the opening exchange, but would perservere, capitalizing on Overeem’s poor conditioning, and shocking the world with his win.
A glance into the UFC’s immediate future was shown, in the form of Conor McGregor. Given a main event entrance treatment in only his second UFC fight, McGregor absolutely fits the ‘tough Irish bastard’ stereotype. Following his one sided victory over Max Holloway, McGregor had one of the most colorful post fight- press conference interviews of all time.
Former Bantamweight contenders Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald also picked up victories over Iuri Alcantara and Brad Pickett, respectively. The two seem poised to face each other if Faber remains in the UFC’s bantamweight division. Despite being longtime friends, McDonald says he’ll do whatever it takes to reach another shot at the UFC Bantamweight title.
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