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What a night it was for mixed martial arts at Staples Center. Good enough to wipe the stain of UFC 149 from our collective chins? Hey, I think so.
Hopefully the fourth UFC on Fox card prompts critics to take a step back and collect themselves. Every event can't be amazing, but much more often than not, MMA delivers. It was only a matter of time before things fell into place for Zuffa on national television. Each of the four fights brought action worth remembering. And for the most part, so did the undercard, which ushered in festivities with quality action.
Watch out for John Moraga, who was nails in his UFC flyweight debut against Ulysses Gomez. Big power in Moraga's 125-pound frame.
Manvel Gamburyan walked away with a points win against Michihiro Omigawa (now 1-6 in the UFC) to end a three-fight losing streak.
Rani Yahya capped another lesson in humility for Josh Grispi by systematically maneuvering for and applying a north-south choke. (Has anyone fallen further faster than young Grispi?)
Nam Phan's left hand paid huge dividends against Cole Miller, who valiantly tried but fell short of victory.
There was also heartbreak, particularly the no decision between Phil Davis and Wagner Prado. Davis hoped to leave an impression on a night when light heavyweights were the focus, but instead he pawed at the Brazilian's face with an open hand.
Energy was high in Los Angeles. The crowd loved it. This was a perfect night of fights at a moment when UFC needed something along those lines.
And, to everyone's benefit, the undercard paled in comparison to the main card.