Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) capped off a historic three-event weekend last night (Sat., Dec. 12, 2015), as the MGM Grand Garden Arena hosted the highly anticipated UFC 194: "Aldo vs. McGregor" pay-per-view (PPV) event, featuring two massive title fights in the Middleweight and Featherweight divisions.
In the main event, Conor McGregor became the UFC Featherweight Champion when he stunned the mixed martial arts (MMA) world, knocking out the legendary Jose Aldo just 13 seconds into their title fight. McGregor's finish was the fastest in UFC Championship history, landing a mere three strikes before knocking Aldo out cold.
KNOCKOUT! To watch Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo full fight video highlights from last night click here!
In the co-main event, former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold savagely beat down the formerly undefeated Chris Weidman, earning the UFC strap via TKO in the fourth round of an exhilarating battle.
HIGHLIGHTS! To watch Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold full fight video highlights from UFC 194 last night click here.
With that quick overview of the night's marquee bouts, here are your biggest winners, as well as the runners-up from "Sin City."
Biggest Winner: Conor McGregor
Back in a 2008 interview -- long before Conor McGregor was a household name -- the brash Irishman promised he would one day become a UFC Champion, and last evening "Mystic Mac's" premonition came true.
The new undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion has been making bold claims since his very first appearance inside the Octagon, and he has achieved each one in nearly the exact fashion he predicted it.
Doubters scoffed at "The Notorious," especially when he predicted he would knock out Aldo in the very first exchange of their Featherweight title affair.
I mean, how could you believe him?
Sure McGregor predicted finishes over Dustin Poirier, Diego Brandao, and Dennis Siver, but Jose Aldo hadn't lost a fight in ten years. Not only had the Brazilian won 18 straight battles, he was winning decisively and often very violently.
But, alas, "Mystic Mac" struck again, knocking out Aldo just 13 seconds into their highly anticipated grudge match.
Even when you consider the earth-shattering head kick knockout delivered to Ronda Rousey courtesy of Holly Holm just a few weeks ago, McGregor's lightning quick knockout over Aldo will go down as the most stunning finish in UFC history.
There are simply not enough superlatives to describe the true uniqueness and greatness of the Irish UFC champ. McGregor is a bonafide superstar, perhaps the biggest UFC and the sport of MMA has ever seen, and it has been an absolute treat to watch it all unfold.
The most exciting part of it all? The McGregor era may have only just begun.
Long overlooked during his dominant reign as the Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Luke Rockhold showed the world that he is undoubtedly the best 185-pound fighter on the planet at UFC 194.
Earning the UFC title in sensational fashion, Rockhold battered and beat down former undefeated UFC Champion Chris Weidman en route to a fourth round (technical) knockout victory.
Rockhold and Weidman put together a riveting affair, exchanging momentum in the first two rounds before Rockhold began to get the better of the UFC champ in the third.
After an ill-advised wheel kick from Weidman, Rockhold became the first man to take "The All American" down, and began pounding away as Herb Dean watched the onslaught in what must have been some sort of haze.
Any rational referee would have stopped the fight after the 40 or so consecutive concussive blows to Weidman's head, but instead the bell was the one to save Weidman from any further punishment.
Weidman showed massive heart in answering the bell in the fourth round, but Rockhold simply proved to be too much to handle.
Rockhold now sits atop the 185-pound throne, and joins Robbie Lawler, Daniel Cormier, and Fabricio Werdum as the four Strikeforce veterans currently holding UFC gold.
One thing is for sure: no one is overlooking Luke Rockhold anymore.
Yoel Romero may have earned a title shot at UFC 194, but his controversial victory over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza was not even close to as impressive as Demian Maia's exceptional performance against Gunnar Nelson on PPV.
Fight fans were ecstatic when UFC matchmakers announced the Welterweight pairing a few months ago, hoping for an incredible bout pitting two of the best grapplers in MMA against one another.
What we ultimately found out was that Nelson is a very good black belt, while Maia is an absolute master of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
The Brazilian completely controlled Nelson at every turn in the 15-minute affair, always maintaining the dominant positions while fishing for chokes and a handful of other submissions.
Nelson was simply outclassed on the mat, which is just mind boggling when you realize just how good the Icelandic native is in his own right.
After the fight, Maia pleaded with UFC brass to give him the winner of the Carlos Condit vs. Robbie Lawler Welterweight title fight next month, noting he is on a four fight winning streak over some of the division's toughest competition.
While it is hard to predict whether or not UFC brass will give Maia exactly what he wants, there is no question the Welterweight contender has at the very least earned a No. 1 contender fight.
Biggest Loser: Jose Aldo
After going undefeated for 10 years, not having lost a single fight in 18 straight bouts, Jose Aldo's epic and legendary title reign came to a screeching halt after only 13 seconds.
That's all it takes in this crazy game of MMA.
Regardless of the outcome at UFC 194, Aldo is unquestionably a UFC Hall of Famer, and is without a doubt one of the best fighters to ever grace the Octagon.
Even still, seeing the once dominant king of the 145-pound division crumble in such fashion in the biggest fight of his life was staggering to say the least.
Many expected Aldo to make McGregor pay for his unrelenting trash talk over the last year, but alas it was not meant to be. Instead, it was the Brazilian who found himself unconscious on the Octagon floor after the first exchange, just as the newly minted Irish champ predicted.
The loss will be a very tough pill to swallow for Aldo, his team, and all of his Brazilian fans, but at 29-years old, the former champ will absolutely return to the Octagon.
Whether or not Aldo returns to his violent championship form remains to be seen, as a loss of this magnitude will definitely weigh heavily on him.
With the incredible thrill of victory, also comes the agonizing pain in defeat.
Chris Weidman was incredibly confident heading into his UFC title defense against Luke Rockhold at UFC 194, and after never losing a fight, beating Anderson Silva twice, and holding the UFC strap for two years, how could you blame him?
After the first round, the champ likely maintained his confidence heading into the second after getting the better of Rockhold early on, but the final three rounds were not good to "The All American."
The fight was very close in the second round, with both men having their bright spots, but after the poorly executed wheel kick, Rockhold completely took over the fight.
Herb Dean should have stepped in and saved Weidman from unnecessary damage late in the third round, and while a ton of people will disagree due to it being a championship fight, an unanswered barrage of punches like that absolutely will cut a fighter's career short in the long run.
Even with the loss, Weidman is among the top two or three best Middleweights in the world, and he will probably tango with Rockhold in the future after taking some significant time off to lick his wounds from UFC 194.
While I don't suspect UFC to book an immediate rematch, nothing is out of the realm of possibility for the former UFC champion.
First things first: heal up, spend the holidays with family, and then get back to the drawing board.
While it would be hard to call it a "robbery," I certainly don't believe the judges got the decision right in the Ronaldo Souza vs. Yoel Romero fight.
In my estimation, Souza won the No. 1 Middleweight contender bout 29-28, winning the final two rounds decisively after nearly getting finished in the first round.
The only other possible outcome I would have accepted would have been a draw, due to Romero earning a 10-8 round in the first.
Unfortunately, the judges opted to give the fight to Romero via split decision, likely earning him the next crack at Luke Rockhold and UFC gold.
To make matters worse, Romero illegally grabbed the fence in the second round to not only thwart a takedown from "Jacare," but to actually take down his opposition and land on top.
Everyone praised referee Marc Goddard for stopping the fight and restarting the duo on their feet due to Romero getting the position off an illegal move, but everyone should have been screaming for a point deduction instead.
If blatant fence grabs go unpenalized, fighters will be going into the Octagon thinking they have at least one grab to use at their disposal because they will only get a warning instead of a deduction.
Even stranger was that Goddard restarted the fight on the feet, instead of giving Souza double underhooks on the fence -- which is where the fence grab took place.
Overall, the fence grab alone isn't what lost Souza the fight, but the loss for the former Strikeforce champion will definitely set him back in the Middleweight division.
Who knows? Maybe "Jacare" will return to battle Weidman in a No. 1 contender bout in 2016.
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