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UFC Fight Night's winners and losers

Travis Browne celebrates defeating Chad Griggs by tap

Travis Browne celebrates defeating Chad Griggs by tap out from an arm triangle during their heavyweight bout for UFC 145 at Philips Arena. (April 21, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Referees elevated 13 victorious arms into the air Saturday night at TD Garden in Boston as UFC Fight Night debuted on the new Fox Sports 1. But that was inside the octagon.

Who were the biggest winners and losers outside the octagon based on the happenings inside it? Let's take a look.


Travis Browne -- Ranked No. 8 among the heavyweights heading into Saturday night, Browne boosted his profile by showing he can take a beating and then deliver one in the same round. That he knocked out Alistair Overeem only makes it bigger.

Chael Sonnen -- Of course the main event winner winds up here, right? Well, Sonnen reminded people that he's a very good fighter still, regardless of weight class. In the days leading up to the fight, UFC president Dana White said he thinks Sonnen is "still the No. 1 contender at 185 pounds."

Urijah Faber -- Faber showed that he's still among the best in his class after surviving the initial onslaught from Iuri Alcantara, then dominating him for the remaining two rounds. There's no upward mobility in terms of bantamweight rankings for the No. 2 Faber, who must keep beating whatever opponents the UFC puts in front of him until champion Dominick Cruz returns from injury and unifies the belt with interim champ Renan Barao.

Iuri Alcantara -- He's the only losing fighter to make it to this winners list. Alcantara boosted his profile by fighting Faber, and then boosted it more by taking it to Faber in the first round. It was one of the most exciting single rounds of the entire night.

Matt Brown -- "The Immortal" needs to change his nickname to "Fox." Every time he's on one of the network's station, he gets the finish. Four straight knockouts for Brown on Fox stations as he extended his win streak to six.

Michael Johnson -- He picked apart hometown hero Joe Lauzon and looked the best he ever has inside the octagon. One judge even gave Johnson a pair of 10-8 rounds. "This was definitely my best performance, not just because of how I performed but who I performed against," Johnson said. "This training camp was push, push, push because I was the underdog from the moment we signed to fight Lauzon. I got booed at weigh ins and that's all the motivation I needed to come out here in his hometown and do it right."


Alistair Overeem -- What happened to this guy? There will be the obvious tweets and snickers and commentary about performance-enhancing drugs, as there always are with Overeem, whether he wins or loses. But after coming over to the UFC and destroying Brock Lesnar at the end of 2011, Overeem has been suspended once and knocked out twice. What will become of Overeem in the coming months will be interesting.

Uriah Hall -- Hall, from Manhattan, entered the UFC with more hype than any previous "Ultimate Fighter" contestant thanks to his series of devastating knockouts on the show. Hall has called them both a blessing and a curse, but White's comments after Hall lost to John Howard were a bit stronger.

"I love Uriah Hall," White said after the fight. "I have a great relationship with this kid. He's one of the nicest human beings you can ever meet. He's not a fighter, man."

Added White: "Because Uriah Hall has all the physical attributes to be amazing. He's got speed, he's got power, he's unbelievable. He doesn't have what it mentally takes to fight here. You know what I mean?"

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua -- Before we cast off Rua, know this: that was the first time the former UFC and Pride Grand Prix champion ever lost back-to-back fights. But, he has lost three of his last four and four of his last six. All but one of those six fights were absolute battles.

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