Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) took a break from the pay-per-view (PPV) business and returned to free TV last night, as UFC on FOX 21 went down from inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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The man event saw Demian Maia take it to Carlos Condit, choking him out early in the first round thanks to his world class jiu-jitsu skills that gave "The Natural Born Killer" no choice but to tap if he didn't want to take a nap (see it again here).
In the co-headlining act, Anthony Pettis also showed off his submission skills, as he submitted Charles Oliveira in round three with a slick guillotine choke (watch it).
Biggest Winner: Demian Maia
Maia not only picked up his sixth straight win in the welterweight division, but he did it against one of the best the weight class has ever seen. The win pretty much erased any question as to who should get next dibs at the division strap (after Stephen Thompson) as Maia made it look easy against "The Natural Born Killer" with his air-tight rear-naked choke.
On top of that, he backed up his words that though some may not think he's the not the most "exciting" fighter on the roster, he gets the job done with his dominant ground game.
Runner Up: Anthony Pettis.
Going into his fight against Oliveira, "Showtime" was looking to turn a new page in his career in a new division. Thankfully, he managed to do just that and stop the bleeding from a rare three-fight win streak in the Lightweight division. Now, not only can Pettis breathe easy knowing he'll have a job come Monday morning, but he can look forward to the new challenges the 15-pound division brings.
Biggest Loser: Carlos Condit.
Trust me, I'm not kicking a man when he's down. Especially not in this case, as Condit himself admitted after his loss to Demian that perhaps he no longer has the chops to compete at the highest level. It's a rather eye-opening statement to hear from a world class fighters who has always been near the top of the division.
That said, it's also refreshing to hear at the same time, as many fighters either have too much pride or ego to know when enough is enough. Some fighters stick around too long and won't bring themselves to admit that maybe their number is up in the fight game.
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