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UFC Fight Night 89 results: Biggest winners, losers from 'MacDonald vs Thompson' last night in Ottawa

Let's run down the list of "Who’s Hot" and "Who’s Not" from UFC Fight Night 89: 'MacDonald vs Thompson' which took place yesterday (Sat., June 18, 2016), nominating the biggest winners and losers from the FOX Sports 1 event inside the TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to Canada yesterday (Sat., June 18, 2016) as the TD Place Arena in Ottawa played host to a thrilling UFC Fight Night 89: 'MacDonald vs Thompson' event, featuring a title eliminator bout between Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson.

In the end, "Wonderboy" earned his seventh straight victory and claimed his stake as the No. 1 contender with a dominant unanimous decision victory over MacDonald (highlights here).

The co-main event featured another classic performance from Donald Cerrone, as he put a beating on the notably durable Patrick Cote en route to a vicious TKO finish in the third round.

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 Ottawa.

Biggest Winner: Stephen Thompson

After a statement victory over former No. 1 contender Rory MacDonald in Ottawa last night, Stephen Thompson called for his shot at UFC gold.

With seven straight victories, he's more than earned it.

"Wonderboy" essentially shutdown the offense of MacDonald throughout the main event, hardly allowing the "Red King" to get off on his usually savage combinations.

While the fight wasn't the most entertaining, Thompson's performance was incredibly impressive, and proved once again he is an elite MMA fighter, and not just a decorated striker.

Expect to see "Wonderboy" fight for the UFC Welterweight Championship later this year.

Runners-up: Donald Cerrone

In his 17th UFC victory, Donald Cerrone put together arguably his greatest career performance against perennial Middleweight contender, Patrick Cote.

Not only did "Cowboy" halt Cote's two fight winning streak, he also became the first fighter to knock out the Canadian in 32 career fights.

Going into UFC Fight Night 89, there were still questions remaining whether or not Cerrone fit in the Welterweight division, but after his scintillating performance, it's clear he has a place among the contenders.

That means potential fights against Matt Brown, Nick Diaz, Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit, Stephen Thompson, Rory MacDonald and more.

My goodness.

In his post fight interview, "Cowboy" requested to be a late addition to UFC 200 (of course), so maybe it won't be long before Cerrone is back in the Octagon to put on a show for the fans.

Steve Bosse and Sean O'Connell

When UFC matchmakers announced Steve Bosse would be fighting Sean O'Connell at UFC Ottawa, most fight fans had a hunch the Light Heavyweight contest would be exciting, but nobody could have expected the instant classic both fighters delivered.

In a wild back-and-forth brawl, Bosse and O'Connell threw caution to the wind, slugging it out on the feet for 15 minutes of pure violent action.

Somehow, both men's chin stood strong, even after several powerful haymakers and combinations.

It was madness.

Bosse ultimately pulled out the unanimous decision victory -- which was even more impressive considering he was nearly knocked out in the first round -- but O'Connell certainly doesn't deserve an L in his column for his performance this past weekend.

"Fight of the Night" bonus well deserved.

Biggest Loser: Sam Alvey

Did Sam Alvey forget he was in a fist fight in Ottawa last night?

The usually exciting Welterweight fought extremely tentative in his return bout against Elias Theodorou following a 10-month layoff after getting brutally knocked out at the hands of Derek Brunson.

"Smile'n" Sam didn't throw a strike in the first two minutes of the fight, and ended the 15 minute bout with merely 24 total strikes landed.

Talk about low output.

Following his second straight loss, and considering it was a truly horrendous fight, Alvey really needs to get back on the horse for his next Octagon appearance, or he could find himself earning the dreaded pink slip.

Runners-up: Rory MacDonald

Rory MacDonald bet on himself, and unfortunately came up short.

In what was his final bout of his UFC contract, the former title challenger could have used a win as a bargaining chip on the free agent market.

While "Red King" will undoubtedly remain a highly sought after free agent, a two-fight losing streak isn't the ideal situation to be in.

After an 11-month layoff following his epic battle against Robbie Lawler at UFC 189, it was somewhat expected to see MacDonald a bit hesitant and rusty early on.

While the Tristar gym product did have his share of moments in the fight, he was clearly puzzled by Thompson's style, and was soundly defeated.

Now we wait and see how MacDonald handles the free agent market.

Valérie Létourneau

Never turn your back in MMA.

Late into the third round of her Flyweight contest against Joanne Calderwood, Valerie Letourneau turned her back following a brutal body shot, and "JoJo" made her pay for it with a violent spinning back fist to end the fight.

Returning to the Octagon following her defeat against Strawweight champ Joanna Jędrzejczyk, "Trouble" was desperately looking for a win in her home country, but simply could not put it together inside the Octagon.

Letourneau clearly has some major flaws in her MMA game that both Jędrzejczyk and Calderwood exposed and capitalized on, and if she doesn't fix her errors soon, she could find herself fighting in a different promotion,

For complete UFC Fight NIght 89 "MacDonald vs. Thompson" results, including play-by-play updates, click here.

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