The UFC wrapped up 2014 from Brazil over the weekend, and not everything came nicely packaged.
An issue with the feed from the country through FOX Sports 1 just moments ahead of the co-main event left viewers watching previous UFC action.
Everything was corrected in time for fight fans to witness the return of former champions Lyoto Machida and Renan Barao to the victory column.
So, let’s close up the actual action for the year with a final look back at the three stars of UFC Fight Night 58:
Joe Rogan previously mentioned when Machida won the light heavyweight title that we were entering the “Dragon Era.” While that didn’t last long, he has shown a knack for stepping up when most needed.
Following a tough decision loss to Chris Weidman for the middleweight belt earlier this year, Machida rebounded in convincing fashion, demolishing C.B. Dollaway in just over a minute.
Where does Machida go from here? Luke Rockhold in a No. 1 contender match seems very likely for early 2015.
Did you know Rashid Magomedov is a perfect 3-0 since joining the UFC? And sports a record of 19-1 overall?
Not bad for the “other” fighter with a hard last name from a foreign country – Khabib Nurmagomedov being the other.
The 30-year-old ended Elias Silverio late in the third round after a good scrap Saturday night. That allowed him to close out 2014 with three Octagon wins after not competing in all of 2013.
Overall, Magomedov hasn’t lost since a 2010 split decision defeat to Magomedrasul Khasbulaev and has finished 10 of his 19 opponents.
Joe Silva, no relation, is going to have trouble finding Erick Silva an opponent to fight if they book him in Brazil.
Silva stopped Jason High via submission last year, dropped Takenori Soto earlier this year in just 52 seconds and finished off Mike Rhodes with a slick arm-triangle this past weekend – all in Brazil.
For Silva, it was a much-needed victory after falling to Matt Brown by TKO in the third round back in May.