Sicilia’s win was not only big in that it came against a regional star in his proverbial backyard or because it involved a brutal strike-based stoppage but rather due to the fact it saved his job. The Ultimate Fighter 15 alumnus had fallen in consecutive clashes entering the effort and would have almost certainly been cut if he’d lost to “Pepey”. He’s obviously not in position to make a main card but Sicilia’s brand of slugging and willingness to engage should earn him a good fight. Jeremy Stephens would be fun based on his similar traits, though a lesser-known competitor along the lines of Steven Siler or Max Holloway is probably a more realistic option.
It’s hard to know where to begin when it comes to the evening’s biggest winners at UFC Fight Night 32. After all, nine of the eleven efforts involved finishes including Vitor Belfort’s historic knockout of Dan Henderson in the main event. There was also an upset or two as well as the emergence of names to watch in 2014 like Brandon Thatch and Jeremy Stephens. It was an excellent show from top to bottom, giving fans in Brazil and tuning in at home plenty to cheer about on Saturday night. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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