UFC 173 Biggest Winners: The ‘Deep V’ Edition

Posted: May 27, 2014 in Biggest Winners/Biggest Losers, Commentary/Opinion
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deepvSometimes dominant performances aren’t due to mismatches. Sometimes, they can be attributed to one guy putting on an incredible show. That was the case for all three of the top fights at UFC 173. Dillashaw, Cormier and Lawler all won one-sided affairs. But I honestly think it had nothing to do with their opponents being unworthy of the fight; and everything to do with each guy looking incredible. Let’s look at the biggest winners of the night.

TJ Dillashaw. I really doubt this one needs much explaining. Dude just tooled the guy Dana White claimed was the best fighter in the world. Major kudos to TJ. Everything else on this card—which had a number of noteworthy moments—pales in comparison.

Daniel Cormier. DC’s post-fight promo was right on. He is actually getting better and better. Since a lot of people didn’t feel that beating top 10 contenders at heavyweight was a good reason to give him a shot at light heavyweight, he went out and fought a couple of “tune-ups.” Those tune-ups might as well have been light sparring sessions because he never even broke a sweat. With Jon Jones clearly next on his agenda, we’re about to see a unique test for the long-reigning champ. In case you’re still on the fence, get off…DC deserves the title shot.

Jamie Varner. What the fuck did I just see? This guy was falling all over the cage like the douche at the sports bar who thought he could shotgun a bottle of Smirnoff. Spoiler alert…he couldn’t. His DEEEEEEP V must have throw off his equilibrium. Anyway, despite the fact that Varner couldn’t stand upright, he still managed to fire off some haymakers and finish the round. At one point, Varner even braced his broken leg and took a leg kick from James Krause. God damn that must have hurt. As for the deep V guy at the bar…I hope I never see that again.

Uriah Faber? Hmmm, interesting. As Duane “Bang” Ludwig pointed out, Faber and Dillashaw fight twice a week. Why not fight for real with a belt on the line? Faber treats title opportunities like Lennie Small treats puppies. He’s lost only 7 times in his career and remarkably ALL of them were with a belt on the line. He’s perhaps the biggest “star” in the division and the back story would certainly be compelling. Could Faber take advantage of the unexpected title chance and photobomb Dillashaw’s new championship run?

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