Most Surprising Mode of Victory: Ronda Rousey by 1st round armbar, again. It’s quite clear Ronda is just operating on different level of savagery than her contemporaries. She has a potent mix of great technique and just manhandling bitches that no one seems equipped to handle.
Best Comeback: Meisha Tate. After getting absolutely housed in the stand-up by Julie Kedzie, Meisha fought her way back to earn a sweet 3rd round armbar victory. It was also her 36th birthday, and the camera zoomed in on her enjoying a celebratory cupcake of which a little frosting got in her hair and reaffirmed my sick fantasy that women with frosting on them is awesome.
Best Confirmation of Dana White Feelings That MMA Officiating Sucks: Herb Dean. Normally a phenomenal ref, ole Herb committed a huge blunder when he stepped in to stop the Adlan Amagov/Keith Berry fight after Berry knocked Amagov down with a kick to the knee and commenced with some ground and pound. Dean told Amagov that because he was talking to him he thought he wanted out of the fight. I get it, it’s like when a girl tells me to fuck off and I read that as keep coming, but my misread only makes me look like a loser, it doesn’t cost a fighter money and a win.
Best Kill Shot: Ovince St. Preux: After winning the first two rounds, apparently OSP got tired of dicking around and figured he best end it before something crazy happened. So he came out in round three and blasted TJ Cook with about as perfect a punch as we’ll ever see in MMA. That was like Deebo knocking out Red for having the temerity to ask for his bike back.
Easiest Payday: Jacare Souza. It only took 41 seconds and a well placed counter right hook for Jacare to collect $94,000. If only it were that easy for all of us.
Worst Nickname Change: Meisha Tate. Her original moniker of “Takedown” was never all that cool to begin with, and you’re basically advertising a strategy that isn’t exactly the most fan friendly, so a change wasn’t out of order. But “Cupcake?” Sick fantasies aside, this isn’t the strip club, it’s the cage, and “Cupcake” doesn’t exactly fit. Just goes to show that nicknames are like hair pieces, better to not have one at all than to have a bad one.
Best Beard: Referee Mike Beltran. Sporting facial hair that resembles living room drapes is not an easy thing to pull off. Making it look cool is ever harder. Beltran pulled it off and then some, and showed why he’s a bush magnet at the Daytona Harley rallies.