Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) traveled to Monterrey, Mexico last night (Sat., November 21, 2015) for The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 (TUF) finale, as the Arena Monterrey played host to UFC Fight Night 78: "Magny vs. Gastelum."
Neil Magny pulled off the upset in the main event of the evening, outlasting Kelvin Gastelum in a thrilling back-and-forth five round affair, en route to a razor close split decision victory (highlights here).
In the co-main event, Ricardo Lamas bullied Diego Sanchez en route to a much-needed unanimous decision victory in a relatively banal affair.
Check out the highlights here.
With that quick overview of the night's marquee bouts, here are your biggest winners, as well as the runners-up from Monterrey.
Biggest Winner: Neil Magny
How impressive is Neil Magny?
In the last two years, Magny has fought an incredible 10 times, going 9-1 in that span.
Last night, Magny eked out a split decision in a "Fight of the Night" caliber main event against Kelvin Gastelum in a bout that will likely put him right on the cusp of the Welterweight top 10 (see the rankings here).
A win over Gastelum is impressive nonetheless, but for Magny to pull off the victory on short notice in a five round fight is something truly special. Of course, the TUF 17 winner didn't make it easy on Magny, hurting him badly in the fourth round en route to two knockdowns.
In the end, the fight could have very well been scored a draw, but not a single judge scored round four 10-8 in the favor of Gastelum, giving Magny the win after his strong start to the 170-pound contest.
Magny continues to prove doubters wrong every time he steps into the Octagon, and it is evident he improves leaps and bounds in each successive performance.
Remember, it was not all that long ago Magny was facing the axe after losing two straight to Sergio Moraes and Seth Baczynski.
From being an unheralded fighter on TUF 16, to a legitimate Welterweight contender, Magny's rise is currently one of the best stories in the sport, and there is a lot to look forward to in the 28-year old's fighting future.
Runners-up: Henry Cejudo
It wasn't the most exciting victory, but Henry Cejudo got the job done in Mexico last night.
Taking on his stiffest test to date in Jussier Formiga, Cejudo completely controlled the Brazilian from start to finish utilizing his improved striking and unrelenting pressure.
Once again, the Olympic Gold medalist relied more on his striking than his wrestling game, and he was able to procure his fourth straight UFC victory.
The fight lacked the intrigue many had hoped for, without any major exchanges or significant strikes throughout the 15-minute affair.
"The Messenger" called out UFC champ Demetrious Johnson in his post-fight interview with Jon Anik, and UFC brass will likely oblige the rising contender.
Could Cejudo follow in Holly Holm's footsteps and pull off a massive upset when he gets his opportunity to fight for UFC gold?
We will likely find out sooner rather than later.
In a night of uninspiring, but important victories, Ricardo Lamas' decision victory over Diego Sanchez may have been the most disappointing of them all.
Lamas -- the former No. 1 Featherweight contender -- welcomed the ridiculously durable Sanchez to the 145-pound weight class last night with a decent slugfest that pleased the masses, but ultimately fell short of expectations.
"The Bully" once again lived up to his nickname, battering Sanchez early and often, but refused to get into a wild brawl that could cost him the ever important victory.
Sanchez did his best to hang around, landing his fair share of powerful shots throughout the 15 minutes, but he never quite had Lamas in trouble.
Midway through the fight, it was clear Sanchez would have to finish Lamas in order to take home the victory, while "The Bully" was content to coast over the remaining 8 or so minutes.
Lamas badly hurt Sanchez's leg with several nasty kicks, but for some reason decided to not follow up and search for the finish in the final frame. While you have to give credit to Sanchez's unbelievable durability and heart, you have to question Lamas' killer instinct and fight IQ for not earning the stoppage in Monterrey.
While Lamas is in the winner's circle for UFC Fight Night 78, I still believe he could have done more to make an even bigger statement to the 145-pound elite.
Biggest Losers: TUF Latin America Finalists
Bad fights are bound to happen every once in a while, but forcing fight fans to sit through 30 dreadful minutes of TUF: Latin America finales smack in the middle of the UFC Fight Night 78 main card is inexcusable.
TUF: Latin America never aired on FOX Sports 1, so why does UFC brass feel obligated to feature four mediocre fighters on a main card when the Mexican fans in attendance would have been just as happy to have the bouts on the undercard?
Instead of having the always exciting Andre Fili or the returning Erik Perez on the main card, UFC opted to showcase Erick Montano and Enrique Barzola win in uninspiring fashion.
The two fights were absolutely dreadful from start to finish, and really put a damper on an otherwise exciting main card.
Runners-up: Kelvin Gastelum
Kelvin Gastelum had a major opportunity to burst into the Welterweight top 10 with a victory in Monterrey last night, but Neil Magny had plans of his own.
Gastelum was initially planning for an all-out brawl against Matt Brown, but was thrown a curveball just two weeks ago when "The Immortal" one bowed out of the main event affair due to an injury.
Gastelum didn't hesitate to accept the short notice replacement in Magny, but that decision could come back to haunt him in the long run.
Early on in the fight, Magny was using his distance to keep Gastelum on the outside and pick him apart. When the fight hit the mat, Magny simply out-grappled the TUF champ, continually earning the more dominant positions.
To his credit, Gastelum never gassed as many expected, but instead dug deep in the latter rounds to turn the fight on its head.
Gastelum knocked Magny down twice in the fourth round, and undoubtedly won the fifth as well, but the split decision reasonably went to his opposition.
While this loss is nowhere near the end for Gastelum, it will be a tough pill to swallow having the former TUF champ go 1-2 in his last three.
Maybe it is time for UFC brass to give Gastelum an easier opponent to build him up once again.
Scott Jorgensen's UFC career likely came to an end last night in the most disheartening way possible.
Coming into UFC Fight Night 78, "Young Guns" was on the chopping block having gone 1-5 in his last six bouts. Considering the WEC veteran always puts on a good show, UFC brass gave him one more opportunity to keep his UFC roster spot in Mexico.
After looking strong early on, Alejandro Perez's leg kicks began to wear on Jorgensen, and ultimately led to the unfortunate injury that forced the Bantamweight contender to bow out of the fight.
Unbelievably, Jorgensen fought on basically one leg for nearly the entire second round, with the completely inept referee somehow allowing the fight to continue with "Young Guns" clearly injured.
Even if UFC brass were to give Jorgensen yet another opportunity to fight inside the Octagon, it may be quite some time before the 33-year old will be able to return to the cage.
For complete results from UFC Fight Night 78: "Magny vs. Gastelum," including play-by-play updates click here.