It should come as no surprise, but Cody Garbrandt again entered the octagon and decimated yet another strong opponent in the first round. He has hands of lightning and hits like a truck for the weight class. He feels he is ready to take on Dominick Cruz, and Cruz seems game. He is likely the biggest threat in the division to Cruz, and could be his toughest challenge to date. 2. Johnson rumbles through Texeira
In the co-main event of the evening, Anthony Johnson and Glover Texeira faced off in what was supposed to be the UFC Chicago headliner. This was no doubt a #1 contender fight for the light heavyweight crown with likely Jon Jones on yet another suspension, and "Rumble" made the most of it. Taking only 13 seconds, he showed why he has arguably the heaviest hands in mixed martial arts. He solidified his bid for a rematch against Daniel Cormier, a matchup that will certainly test the chin of the champion. 3. The King is back.
Ever since Conor McGregor was defeated at UFC 196, people wondered how he would bounce back after skyrocketing to the top of the sport before faltering at the peak of his popularity. Now, people wonder no longer. The featherweight champion again came up to welterweight to fight Nate Diaz in one of the best fights of the year. In a five round war, Conor and Diaz showed the crowd both their stamina and chins. In the end, however, McGregor won by majority decision. Although a trilogy rubber match is not likely happening right away, one must hope that the UFC sees the marketability of this fight. This fight was a must-win for McGregor and his legacy. Showing that he can avenge his lone UFC loss proved that he is truly the undisputed face of the UFC. Up next for Conor is likely a return to 145 lbs. to face rival and interim champ Jose Aldo again.