Payan actually appeared to have the bout in hand before Peralta swarmed him in the third round and sealed the deal with a few well-placed punches. Fortunately for fans of Payan, he seems likely to get another shot in the Octagon despite having suffered back-to-back defeats based on toughness mixed with a modicum of technique. An opponent like Godofredo Pepey would work well for Payan’s next opponent as an aggressive competitor who is also coming off consecutive stumbles. Their fight would undoubtedly involve fireworks and give the UFC an opportunity to trim some fat from the roster. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
Losing is part of the game when it comes to a career in Mixed Martial Arts. However, there’s no question some defeats have a greater impact on a fighter’s future than others. Such was certainly the case this part Saturday night regarding UFC 168 where eleven athletes stumbled, some of which suffered particularly brutal finishes, were completely outclassed, or couldn’t afford another check in the loss column.
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