Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) put on a historic pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas, Nevada last night (Sat., May 23, 2015) with UFC 187: "Johnson vs. Cormier," featuring title fights in both the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions respectively.
In the main event of the evening, Daniel Cormier wore down and choked out Anthony Johnson en route to becoming the new UFC light heavyweight champion (highlights here). While his performance inside the cage was magnificent, his post-fight call out of Jon Jones was definitely the highlight of the night.
That's not all.
The co-main event saw Chris Weidman retain his middleweight title in just under three minutes, as "The All American" survived an onslaught from Vitor Belfort before finishing "The Phenom" with vicious ground and pound en route to a (technical) knockout victory.
With that quick overview of the night's marquee bouts, here are your biggest winners, as well as the runners-up from the MGM Grand.
Biggest Winner: Chris Weidman
Don't doubt Chris Weidman anymore.
Those were the very words from the UFC champ, who gave his naysayers one last chance to hop on his bandwagon after defeating his third straight Brazilian MMA legend in successive title defenses.
As if defeating Anderson Silva two times in a row wasn't incredible enough, "The All American" has now beaten Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort in back-to-back fights as well.
Surviving an early onslaught from "The Phenom," Weidman proved that he has the chin and grit to survive in tight spots, which is a vital attribute for a UFC champion.
With a murderer's row of contenders at 185 pounds for Weidman to look forward to facing, a few more wins and title defenses will quickly have the former NCAA Division I wrestler in the "greatest of all time" conversations.
For now, Weidman can hope to see Luke Rockhold staring across the cage from him at UFC 194 in Madison Square Garden in New York.
There is no asterisk.
Daniel Cormier is the one who showed up to fight at UFC 187, not Jon Jones.
It isn't Cormier's fault the former champ in embattled in legal troubles following a hit-and-run last month in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Just four months after his loss to "Bones," the Olympian stepped back into the cage in Las Vegas and choked out a very tough Anthony Johnson to become the new UFC light heavyweight champ -- and he survived through "Rumble's" devastating punching power to boot.
Cormier capped off his electric performance with a legendary post-fight promo calling out Jon Jones (watch it here), that really put a cap on a fantastic night of fights in "Sin City."
At 36 years old, and after 21 years of top-level competition, Daniel Cormier is a champion.
Is Andrei Arlovski the heavyweight Robbie Lawler?
At 36 years old, and a decade after being crowned UFC heavyweight champion, "The Pitbull" put on an inspiring performance by knocking out good friend and former training partner Travis Browne in an absolutely sensational fight.
Not only did Arlovski pick up his fifth straight victory -- three of which have come inside the Octagon -- but the Belarusian notched an extra $50,000 in bonus money after earning "Fight of the Night" honors.
Currently ranked No. 8 in the world, it may not be long before Arlovski completes his career resurgence by fighting for UFC gold once again.
Anyone want to see him fight Junior Dos Santos or Stipe Miocic in a No. 1 contender bout next?
Biggest Loser: Jon Jones
Jon Jones didn't get punched or kicked in the face last night, but there is no question he was the biggest loser at UFC 187.
Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion and arguably the best fighter in the world, missed out on his scheduled title defense against Anthony Johnson in Las Vegas because he was arrested following the hit-and-run accident.
That incident was the straw that broke the camel's back, and forced UFC brass to strip the longtime champ of his title.
In the last year alone, Jones has lost just about everything he possibly could without ever losing a fight inside the Octagon.
To make matters worse, "Bones" arch rival Daniel Cormier now sits atop the throne that Jones has dominated for four years.
Time to get it together Jon.
It was all downhill for Vitor Belfort once the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).
19 months after kicking Dan Henderson's consciousness into oblivion, a supplement-less "Phenom" gassed badly after a mini-assault on UFC champ Chris Weidman early in the first round.
If the fight had occurred during the TRT-era, Belfort may very well have earned his fourth straight stoppage.
Instead, the Brazilian was put on his back and punished by the champion -- as promised -- before the referee mercifully called a stop to the bout just about three minutes in.
At 38 years old, Belfort will likely never get another chance to fight for UFC gold, but "The Phenom" is still unquestionably a UFC Hall of Famer whenever he does decide to retire.
Rough night for the Blackzilians...
Moments after watching his teammate get abused by Chris Weidman, Anthony Johnson stepped into the cage against Daniel Cormier with the opportunity to put a cap on an incredible career turnaround, but "Rumble" fell drastically short.
After nearly sending "DC's" head into orbit after the first punch of the fight, Johnson was outwrestled and outworked by a better conditioned athlete in Cormier.
Johnson's woes at welterweight that saw the muscle bound fighter gas far too easily reared its ugly head once again in Vegas, at the worst possible time in Johnson's career.
While the Blackzilians product failed to earn the title at UFC 187, you can expect to see his violent stylings back inside the cage relatively soon as he looks to climb back up the ladder.
With Jon Jones out, and very few top contenders in sight, "Rumble" can get right back into the mix with a big victory his next time out.
For complete results from UFC 187: "Johnson vs. Cormier," including play-by-play updates, click here.