The UFC delivered again in Brazil thanks to some spirited efforts from fighters and a generally raucous crowd. The show opened up with six straight stoppages and featured some epic knockouts including Vitor Belfort’s finish of Dan Henderson. A few quick thoughts: Jeremy Stephens went from “meh” at 155 pounds to “must watch” at 145 / Brandon Thatch’s height and striking make him one of the most interesting prospects at welterweight in some time / Paulo Thiago’s time is over / Rafael Cavalcante needs to beat a legitimate opponent before I’ll buy back into his hype / Daniel Sarafian needs to get Mike Dolce on the phone / Dan Henderson will recover fine from the loss but needs to look at retiring in 2014 before his legacy is tainted / Any doubts about how big an impact TRT has on Belfort’s career should have been erased by the muscle-bound beast in the Octagon last weekend.
Welcome back to the 10-Point Must! Every week I’ll give my thoughts on ten topics from the past seven days with hopes the readership will contribute their takes as well in the Comments section. This time around, subjects range from UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis’ health-related woes to a Hall of Famer calling out a few peers to a quick look at this weekend’s epic lineup for UFC 167. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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