Matches to Make: UFC 170

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Ronda Rousey (pictured) defended her UFC title for a third time with a first round stoppage of Sara McMann. Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

You can’t win with some people – last week, fans were complaining about too many decisions on UFC cards, with the record broken at UFC 169 and matched at UFC Fight Night 36 a week later. Now, with an event containing five finishes, all of the attention is on an alleged bad stoppage in the main event. Granted, the stoppage was questionable, but fighter safety has to come first.

In the main event, Ronda Rousey was able to pull of a first round (T)KO and get the tenth finish of her ten fight career, which consequently was her first non-armbar win. A liver kick dropped Sara McMann and Herb Dean mercilessly stepped in, but many fans and fighters have gone on to question the decision. Mixed martial arts will always be a subjective sport, but from my point of view Dean can’t catch a break at the moment.

After fans complained about Dean’s stoppage in the UFC 169 main event between Renan Barao and Urijah Faber, the man renowned for good stoppages had another difficult night. The Mike Pyle vs. TJ Waldburger fight was, admittedly, a very late stoppage by Dean and at one point was brutal to watch. Then, in the main event, Dean stepped in too soon to some.

In the co main event, Daniel Cormier despatched UFC newcomer Patrick Cummins with relatively ease, while Rory MacDonald scored a come-from-behind decision over Demian Maia. Mike Pyle got back in the win column, and Stephen Thompson continued his promising turn of fortune with an impressive first round stoppage over Robert Whittaker.

On the preliminary card, Alexis Davis got the split decision nod over Jessica Eye in a close and entertaining affair, while Raphael Assuncao, Erik Koch and Zach Makovsky scored impressive wins.

This article will look at potential matches for the prelim card winner, main card losers, and each of the men and women victorious on the pay-per-view main card. Click “next” to begin.

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