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UFC Fight Night 74 results: Biggest winners, losers from 'Holloway vs. Oliveira' last night in Saskatoon

Let's run down the list of "Who’s Hot" and "Who’s Not" from UFC Fight Night 74: "Holloway vs. Oliveira," which took place last night (Sun., August 23, 2015), nominating the biggest winners and losers from the FOX Sports 1 event inside the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) put together a Sunday (August 23, 2015) edition of free mixed martial arts (MMA) action, as UFC Fight Night 74 went down live on FOX Sports 1 from inside the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

In one of the most anti-climactic fights in UFC history, Charles Oliveira fell victim to an apparent shoulder injury in the first round of his highly anticipated main event battle against Max Holloway. Ultimately, "Blessed" was given the (technical) knockout win, but it was hardly satisfying to say the least.

In the co-main event, Neil Magny outclassed a hefty and seemingly out of shape Erick Silva on just two weeks' notice, earning his eighth win in his last nine bouts. In a bogus split decision, one of the judges somehow saw the fight in favor of Silva 29-28.

Check out the recap here.

With that quick overview of the night's marquee bouts, here are your biggest winners, as well as the runners-up from Saskatoon.

Biggest Winner: Patrick Cote

In a night of countless oddities, Patrick Cote's star shined bright.

The Canadian once again showed off his lauded chin, eating haymaker after haymaker from Josh Burkman, only to storm back in the third round and viciously knock out "The People's Warrior."

When Jerin Valel finally pulled Cote off a limp Burkman -- about 25 punches too late -- the Canadian crowd in attendance roared in adoration of the former No. 1 Middleweight contender.

At 35-years old, Cote looked the best he had in years, earning his first finish via strikes in three years and his first finish inside the Octagon since 2008.

To top it all off, Cote also walked home with the "Fight of the Night" bonus, earning a hefty $50,000 check in the process.


Max Holloway

In what was easily the most anti-climactic fight of 2015, Max Holloway defeated Charles Oliveira via (technical) knockout due to injury just one minute and 39 seconds into the first round.

While Holloway's excessive celebration was a bit much as Oliveira lay on the Octagon floor clutching his collarbone, he ultimately will be moving up the ladder with his sixth consecutive win, and that is definitely something to be excited about.

While I would love to see a rematch, it seems "Do Bronx" may be out for quite some time, which means "Blessed" could very well find himself in a No. 1 contender's fight his next time out.

Although it was a disappointing end to what otherwise could have been an incredible main event, Holloway walked out of the Octagon unscathed and should be ready to battle in short order.

His opponent?

The Hawaiian wants to see former UFC Lightweight champion Frankie Edgar staring across the cage next.

Frankie Perez

In 54 seconds, Frankie Perez's career had ended courtesy of a violent knockout.

And he was the one celebrating the victory.

The 26-year old Ricardo Almeida product was a blossoming prospect in the stacked Lightweight division, and after a sensational win over 20 fight UFC veteran Sam Stout -- his first victory inside the Octagon -- many expected Perez to begin his ascent up the 155-pound ladder.

Instead, the progressive New Jersey native opted to hang up his gloves for good, citing that he had accomplished his dreams, and wanted to protect his body from further harm for both himself and his family.

Perez's sudden retirement is a stark reminder of what these fighters are willing to put themselves through inside the Octagon, and how truly dangerous and taxing this sport can be.

You have to commend Perez for being willing to go out on top, and make a decision for his own self-preservation.

Biggest Loser:

Charles Oliveira

Watching a fighter get carried out of the Octagon on a stretcher is not something a fight fan hopes to witness.

Unfortunately for Charles Oliveira, his night in Saskatoon ended quickly and painfully due to a shocking shoulder injury. Moments after Holloway stuffed the Brazilian's takedown attempt, Oliveira reached for his shoulder in pain, and Herb Dean called a stop to the fight.

Not only did the injury stunt a potentially outstanding fight, but it will likely also sideline one of the most exciting fighters on UFC's roster indefinitely.

While there is currently no word on how severe the injury is, we can only hope for the best.

As for his career prospects, as long as the injury heals properly, I wouldn't expect "Do Bronx" to drop far from his current No. 7 spot in the UFC Featherweight rankings.

Who knows? Maybe Oliveira and Holloway can run it back once the Brazilian heals up.


Sam Stout

"Hands of Stone" may as well change his name to "Chin of Glass" following his third straight knockout loss.

After not being stopped by strikes in 30 fights, Sam Stout has had his consciousness ripped away from him three times in the last 16 months.

The Canadian should follow suit with his competitor Frankie Perez, who opted to retire before he punishes his body further.

Considering Stout has been in the game for over a decade -- earning nine UFC victories in the process -- the 31-year old should really contemplate whether he has anything left in the gas tank to compete at the highest level.

While I'm not sure UFC brass will cut him, I would be shocked if Dana White didn't personally call for Stout to hang up his gloves for good.

Chad Laprise

After winning The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), many Canadian MMA fans had high hopes Chad Laprise would go on a major run inside the Octagon.

At 10-0, "The Disciple" got the opportunity to take a step up in competition to face off against Francisco Trinaldo on the main card in his home country.

Unfortunately for him, and his fans in attendance, Laprise was blasted by a left hand that had him seeing stars, and just moments later found himself on the wrong end of a (technical) knockout.

No longer undefeated, and certainly humbled, Laprise will need to go back to the drawing board and learn from his mistakes if he hopes to one day crack the 155-pound top 10.

For complete UFC Fight Night 74: "Holloway vs. Oliveira" results, including play-by-play updates, click here.

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