UFC 110 featured some great bouts, with surprising, controversial, and astonishing finishes. The main event saw Cain Velasquez, an up-and-coming star in the UFC HW division upset the legend Antonio Nogueria, handing Big Nog only his second knockout loss ever.
So what does this mean for Cain? Well, it definetly solidifies him as a contender in the stacked division. Perhaps a match with Junior 'Cigano" Dos Santos to determine who gets the next shot at the belt after Mir/Carwin. As for Nogs, he has looked questionable in his last few fights, but is still competing with the top competition in the division. I don't see him becoming a gate-keeper anytime soon.
In the Middleweight division, W.Silva squeaked out a decision win over always hyped Brit, Michael Bisping. This gives Bisping his second loss in three fights, and Silva his second win in his last four. Silva lacks the consistency to be a contender right now, but if he can string a couple wins together, he might be able to earn himself one last chance at the title. As for Bisping, this is his second loss to a big name competitor in his last 3 fights. He is quickly turning into the Oscar De La Hoya of MMA, or worse, a gatekeeper in the stacked Middleweight division. Although it is unlikely, a fight between Bisping & Georges St Pierre would be an incredible draw, as well as present GSP with a solid intro fight to the Middleweight division.
George Sotiropolus and Ryan Bader both proved that they are the real deal by defeating tough fighters Joe Stevenson and Keith Jardine respectively. Although not directly in a title shot picture right now, one more win each and they very well could be. Potential fights include Gray Maynard v. Sotiropolus for a title shot, and Barder v. T.Silva. As for Joe Stevenson and Keith Jardine. Joe has won enough fights in his last couple bouts to feel safe about his employment with the UFC, but Jardine could very well be cut if Dana doesn't want to keep him around as the LHW Gatekeeper.
Finally, Cro Cop proved that although there have been some question marks around his performances recently, he is still fighting at a high level, and winning his bouts. He is 4-1-1 in his last 6, finishing all four of his fights.
In the Prelims, Chris Lytle decided to change his style up a bit, finishing his fight by KNEEBAR instead of his typical run-and-gun boxing style. Goran Reljic disappointed in his first fight back with the UFC, losing to C.B Dalloway by decision. Stephan Bonnar lost his third straight, albeit by an illigal headbut, and could very well be in risk of losing his job. Krzysztof the Canadian won his fourth UFC bout out of five with his win over Bonnar.
KO of the Night : Cain Velasquez
Submission of the Night; Chris Lytle
Fight of the Night: Joe Stevenson vs George Sotiropolus