UFC 169 Provides Some Surprises

Published on February 2nd, 2014 5:53 am EST

Sure, there weren't any megastars on tonight's UFC 169 card, but the list of fighters appearing at the event was tantalizing to many.

After all, you had arguably two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world appearing on the card (Jose Aldo, Renan Barao). You had a rejuvenated Urijah Faber that was looking for a return to the top. You had Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir fighting for their jobs.

In the end, UFC 169 posted some surprises - surprises that left many disappointed.

Alistair Overeem crushed Frank Mir in a one-sided affair that may send the former UFC Heavyweight champion out of the promotion. Overeem looked to have the fight won in the first round but decided to play things safe, choosing not to unload his gas tank like he did in the Travis Browne fight (to disastrous effect). Instead, Overeem conserved his energy and controlled Mir in the second and third rounds of the fight. A decision victory for Overeem in which he didn't look gassed for a single second? Not too many people expected that.

Jose Aldo put on a clinic against Lamas, easily besting his opponent on the judge's scorecards. Aldo's performance was beautiful, but he was unable to put away the scrappy Lamas. After the fight, Dana White announced that Pettis vs Aldo (at 155) will be next.

In the main event, Renan Barao defeated Urijah Faber via first round TKO. Barao landed two crushing blows on Faber, though there was a great deal of controversy when referee Herb Dean stopped the fight. Faber was blocking Barao's punches with his arm and indicated to Dean that he was OK, but Dean stopped the fight anyways, likely swayed by Barao's questioning why the fight wasn't being stopped. In the end, the result would have likely been the same, as Faber was getting crushed by Barao. A disappointing end to a fight that many figured would be a five round brawl.

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UFC 169 was one of those events that looked good on paper but ended up underwhelming. You just never know with the UFC, which is why we keep on tuning in.


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