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VCURamFan 01-02-2013 10:41 PM

Signal to Noise: UFC 155's best and worst


From the thrilling main event between two combatants pushing the limit of what people in society are legally allowed to do to one another to the predictably abysmal judging, there was much to love and hate at Saturday's UFC 155. Let's take a closer look at the good and bad, the winners and losers as we separate the signal from the noise.

Best Destroyer of Faces: Cain Velasquez

As a friend said to me after seeing this GIF, "apparently Cain Velasquez has meth in his fists."

Best Demonstration of the Growth of the Heavyweight Division: Velasquez vs. dos Santos
Think about this: two of the best five-round bouts in mixed martial arts this year were heavyweight contests. When was the last year you could say that, if you ever could? First there was Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett in Strikeforce. Now there's the rematch between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.

For all of the nostalgia and romanticism surrounding Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia, that fight was very much a reflection of the limitations of heavyweight fighting in 2007. By today's standards, that bout featured a reasonably talented if athletically limited champion versus a blown-up light heavyweight coming off of a knockout loss looking to ply his trade a division up because of perceived athletic deficiencies at heavyweight. I can't even fathom such a scenario taking place among the elite of MMA's heaviest division today and we're only six years removed from that fight. That's welcome