Cain Velasquez made the most immediate impact at UFC 110, with his first-round knockout of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. But he was already on the rise in the heavyweight division, with a title fight almost assuredly on the way shortly.
So it is the belief of Fightin' Words that the biggest winner at UFC 110 in Australia was hometown hero George Sotiropoulos. He completely dominated Joe Stevenson, who happens to be quite a talented fighter and grappler.
It was his fifth straight win in the UFC, and this one game against a big step up in competition. With all due respect to Jason Dent, George Roop, Roman Mitichyan and Billy Miles, none of them can compare to the skills of Stevenson (36-11)
Sotiropoulos, a Season 7 contestant on "The Ultimate Fighter," beat Stevenson both on the ground and on their feet. And by doing so, he fought his way onto the scene in the 155-pound division. More importantly, he caught the eye of UFC president Dana White.
How much of what Sotiropoulos accomplished at UFC 110 was because he fought in front of his home crowd will be determined in his next fight. We'd like to see Sotiropoulos (12-2), who trained for a while with Long Island's Matt Serra, go up against Gray Maynard or Jim Miller or Kurt Pellegrino, then perhaps advance to fight Frankie Edgar.
Below are UFC 110 fight highlights and post-fight quotes from White and Sotiropoulos.