Thatch’s finish of Thiago was a submission as much as a knockout based on the Brazilian’s reaction to eating a vicious knee to the midsection. Regardless, Thatch moved himself a few rungs up the divisional ladder by taking out such a game adversary in such sensational fashion. If Dan Hardy gets cleared to compete in the near future fans could see a meeting of the Mohawks, though in truth “The Outlaw” is unlikely to return any time soon if ever while dealing with a heart condition. As such, Martin Kampmann would be an intriguing opponent. He’s technically sound and hungry for a win after two straight stumbles, but he also has a questionable chin and enough name value to serve as a stepping stone for Thatch if “Rukus” is indeed a star in the making.
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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