On Saturday night, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler threw down and put on one of the best slugfests in recent memory. The fight had everything anyone could ask for, the fight had a story, and who doesn't love stories? With that said the card had many breakout performances and inspiring fights throughout the night, here are your overlooked men of UFC 171.
Making his second UFC appearance, Justin Scoggins was relatively unknown, but was a major favourite to beat the "seasoned" Will Campuzano. Scoggins lived up to the odds and put on a complete beat down, landing 7 takedowns and overall picking his opponent apart from bell to bell winning a dominate 30-27 on all cards. For what to do with Scoggins next? Josh Sampo seems to be a fitting opponent, and even though he’s coming off a loss could propel Scoggins up the Flyweight ladder. Another opponent would be Louis Gaudinot who is also coming off a dominate performance in his last outing.
Since his stint on the TUF, Dennis Bermudez has been quieting putting on barnburners down on the prelims. At UFC 171 Bermudez did it again, dismantling the durable Jimy Hettes in the third round of their featherweight bout. Overshadowed by being on the prelims, hopefully Bermudez gets the call to the main card and gets a step up in competition. A fitting opponent would be Jeremy Stephens, who is also looking to propel his way up the ladder.
Making his UFC debut, Sean Strickland came in on short notice and looked dominate against a seasoned guy in Bubba McDaniel, finishing him in the first round by Rear naked choke. Impressive in his debut, Strickland seemed very calm and did what he had to do to win the fight, something that isn't seen from most debuting fighters. Strickland will need more wins on the under card before making his main card debut, Andrew Craig would be the perfect match-up for Strickland and will add much needed name value to his record. Strickland is one to watch in the Middleweight division.