UFC Vegas 78 went down last night (Sat., Aug. 12, 2023) inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring a Welterweight bout that saw Vicente Luque grind out a unanimous decision win over Rafael dos Anjos (recap here). In the co-main event, Cub Swanson also took home a unanimous decision win over Hakeem Dawodu, though it wasn’t without controversy.
Biggest Winner: Khalil Rountree
Don’t look now, but Rountree has now won four straight fights after stopping Chris Daukaus in the first round via technical knockout, spoiling the former Heavyweight’s debut at 205 pounds (highlights). Rountree’s recent resurgence is a drastic difference from the slump that saw him go 1-3 from 2018-2021. Now, “War Horse” will look to build on this momentum to hopefully get him into the Top 10. In the meantime, he will enjoy the “W” and the extra $50,000 he banked for the “Performance of the Night.”
Runner (s) Up: Terrance McKinney and Vicente Luque
We are going to go all the way down to the “Prelims” for our next biggest winner because Terrance McKinney earned himself a new lease on his combat life by knocking out Mike Breeden via first round technical knockout. It’s a fight “T Wrecks” took on short notice just three weeks removed from his first round submission loss to Nazim Sadykhov, his second straight defeat. Indeed, McKinney was staring down the barrel of a potential three-fight losing streak and sliding to 1-4 in his last five fights. Instead, the young contender got back on track and saved his spot on UFC’s roster in the process.
While it wasn’t a feast for the eyes, Luque did what he had to do to against dos Anjos to get himself back on track after dropping his previous two contests. More important, however, Luque is clearly back to full health after suffering a brain hemorrhage almost one year ago. With a win in his back pocket, Luque now has some newfound confidence moving forward knowing he’s back in the win column and his health is in great standing.
Biggest Loser: Chris Daukaus
While Rountree kept on rolling with his fourth straight win, his latest victory led to Daukaus losing his fourth in a row, all via technical knockout (three in the first round). Daukaus was looking for a fresh start after dropping his previous three bouts in the Heavyweight division, but now finds himself at a crossroads after dropping his debut fight at 205 pounds. It’s a drastic downfall for the big man who started off his UFC career with four straight technical knockout wins, which saw him win three straight “Performance of the Night” bonuses in the process. There is no telling where Daukaus is at mentally after getting stopped in his fourth consecutive bout, but he will definitely have to get back into the war room with his team to see how he can fix his slump.
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