Knocking out Barry doesn’t mean nearly as much now as it did a few years ago but it’s hard to deny Palelei’s talent at this point. His last loss came three years ago (to Daniel Cormier no less) and he’s scored strike-based stoppages in his ten tilts since the stumble. He’s not a title-contender at this point, but it’s time to see how he fares against an opponent who is a well-rounded threat and has the clout to boost his stock. Right away Roy Nelson comes to mind, as he’s widely respected and unlikely to get KO’d. Brendan Schaub is also worth considering as a heavy-handed striker with an improving ground game who is coming off back-to-back wins rather than losses like “Big Country”. (PHOTO CREDIT: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)
Every win in the Octagon is important. Of course, some are more notable than others. In the case of UFC Fight Night 33, a few up-and-coming youngsters exited the event with impressive debuts in tow, while seasoned veterans like Mauricio Rua and Ryan Bader dominated their respective rumbles. Here’s a look at what might be next for the evening’s biggest victors, as well as thoughts on what’s down the road for Antonio Silva-Mark Hunt after their jaw-dropping, edge-of-your-couch clash in the main event.
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