Great Expectations: What we expected versus what we learned from UFC 170

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

UFC 170: "Rousey vs. McMann" took place this past weekend (Sat., Feb. 22, 2014) from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and we saw a champion retain her title in dominant and brutal fashion. We also saw an accomplished mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter put a beating on a part-time barista, part-time fighter. What do we make of all of this? Check it out below.

I remember when UFC President Dana White once said that his promotion needed to put on good fights, because there is a lot of stuff to do on Saturday nights.

In fact, he's right.

We could spend our evening going to see B-list movies; we could score tickets to our respective underachieving sports teams and get blackout drunk while we watch them lose; we could even storm a nightclub and uninvitingly make our way to a circle of girls and make them feel incredibly awkward by dancing next to them.

With the global expansion in effect and the fact that there are more fight cards per year than there are channels on our cable providers, they still need to count.

UFC 170 didn't really count (full results here). It wasn't the greatest or worst card ever, but if it weren't for the lopsided fights, it would have stunk the bag.

Anyhow, here's our "Great Expectations," fresh off the stands:

Main Event

What We Expected: A tough fight for "Rowdy," who would have eventually submitted Sara McMann.

What We Learned: Now, besides the hoopla that surrounds Herb Dean for either looking terrible in his second PPV main event screw-up in a row, or acting accordingly, I'm not too sure anyone expected Rousey to look that good on the feet.

She did fight impressively and improved against Miesha Tate at UFC 168, but her one-trick pony skills were pretty much the difference afterwards.

There were absolutely no submission attempts on her part against McMann, and she kept the fight standing -- drilling McMann a few times, too. Her Olympian counterpart was no slouch in slugging either, but McMann getting dropped by a body shot was totally unexpected.

It was downright shocking.

Rousey has become almost unbeatable in terms of matching her up with the current crop of bantamweights in her division, and unless her "daddy" Dana White, as "Cyborg" likes to put it, calls Cristiane Justino's people and sets this up by the end of the year, we're looking at the best female fighter on the planet for a very long time.

Questions arose at the post-fight press conference about the boatload of terrible decisions on the previous two cards, and that maybe White was upset that the main draws of the card finished their fights so quickly.

It was a senseless inquiry since some fight fans love quick stoppages; however, the main and co-main events were promoted in such a way that we knew we were going to get one-sided beatdowns. To top it all off, that's what we got on the rest of the card, too.

We at least expected McMann to tough it out for three rounds, and some even went far enough to say her wrestling would outdo Rousey's judo.

Did anyone predict that we'd see neither and the fight would have ended in just over a minute, courtesy of strikes?

Me neither.

Co-Main Event

What We Expected: For Daniel Cormier to throw Patrick Cummins outside of the Octagon, into the nosebleeds of the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

What We Learned: Some feel the criticism to have Daniel Cormier fight a guy who was going to get squashed faster than Barry Horowitz was unfair. Those people accused us of being stupid because, after all, it's better that Cormier was on the card, rather than not.

I'll go with leaving him out after what I saw on Saturday night.

Cormier understandably wanted to fight, however that scrap didn't help his light heavyweight title chances, and it made UFC look like they're shifting toward the minor leagues.

We would have criticized Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia for being in the co-main event, but we would have been pleasantly surprised. Their "Performance of The Night" fight was solid, and it surprised us because that fight had all the possibilities to be a stinker.

That fight in itself was a perfect example of expectations being shifted. We expected it to be either a decent fight, or a snoozer. It wasn't an instant classic, but it turned out to be a pretty great.

Seriously, did we need that co-main event on the card?

With Cormier's absence, "Ares" and Maia would have been a great co-main event (even though it's after the fact), and the fight between Alexis Davis and Jessica Eye would have been promoted to the main card -- thoroughly entertaining the masses. Mike Pyle would have still almost murdered TJ Waldburger, and Stephen Thompson would have still came out to Tenacious D.

Not much would have changed.

It was a stupid fight, and enough with the "Rocky" story in our faces. It was a squash story, and to make matters worse, we could have seen Mr. Cup of Joe ruin UFC's reputation by coming off the street and beating arguably one of the top three light heavyweights in the world.

In conclusion, UFC 170 could have been a little better in terms of significant fights, but there wasn't really a boring fight on the main card, either. It makes you wonder if as a fight fan, would you rather tune in knowing someone is going home in an ambulance, or that there are a number of chess matches you can't predict?

Or both?

Here's a better question: which out of the two sell better when promoting events?

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