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The Real Winners and Losers from UFC Fight Nights 53 and 54

Bleacherreport.com  -  UFC Fight Nights 53 and 54 came and went, with 23 fighters now in the win column and 23 in the loss column as a result. But who were the biggest winners and losers on Saturday?The biggest winner by a mile was Rory MacDonald. Sure, every fight matters for every fighter. For an elite combatant like MacDonald, however, who has long been hovering just shy of title contention while battling off his bo 25 days

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The Good, Bad and Strange from UFC Fight Night 54

Bleacherreport.com  -  The welterweight division is one of the most talent-rich collectives in the UFC, and two of the top fighters in the 170-pound fold collided when Rory MacDonald and Tarec Saffiedine squared off at Fight Night 54.The 25-year-old contender has been labeled the future of the welterweight division since he made his promotional debut back in 2010. In the four years since he emerged onto the scene, Ares 25 days

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UFC Fight Night 54 Results: Winners, Scorecards from MacDonald vs. Saffiedine

Bleacherreport.com  -  Rory MacDonald ended a bland night of fights in Halifax with a bang. In the third round of his UFC Fight Night 54 main event bout against Tarec Saffiedine, MacDonald landed a huge left uppercut that dropped his opponent. Saffiedine fell to his knees, and MacDonald pounced until referee Herb Dean stepped in to halt the assault.After the win, MacDonald showed us an awkward chest-pounding demonstrat 26 days

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UFC Fight Night 54: Matches to Make for the Entire Fight Card

Bleacherreport.com  -  At UFC Fight Night 54, Rory MacDonald made a statement and showed he might be at the front of the line to challenge the winner of an upcoming championship bout between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.In the third round of his main event bout with Tarec Saffiedine, MacDonald landed a combination that floored his adversary. The knockout victory gave MacDonald a third straight win, giving him more 26 days

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UFC Fighter Josh Burkman: I Lost That Fight to Get out of My Contract

Bleacherreport.com  -  Last October, Josh Burkman, fresh off the biggest win of his career over former UFC contender Jon Fitch, lost a fight for the World Series of Fighting welterweight title to the relatively unknown underdog Steve Carl. A huge favorite, Burkman was caught in a triangle choke in the fourth round and ended the night unconscious rather than victorious.Burkman rallied with a win in a follow-up bout agai 26 days

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UFC Fight Nights 53, 54 Results: Burning Questions Heading into UFC 179

Bleacherreport.com  -  UFC Fight Nights 53 and 54 are in the books. The results are as follows:Fight Night 53 Results (h/t BloodyElbow.com's Mookie Alexander):Main Card Rick Story def. Gunnar Nelson via split decision (47-48, 49-46, 50-44)Max Holloway def. Akira Corassani via TKO (punches) at 3:11 of Round 1Jan Blachowicz def. Ilir Latifi via TKO (body kick and punches) at 1:58 of Round 1Mike Wilkinson def. N 26 days

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UFC Fight Night 54 Results: 3 Fights to Make for Rory MacDonald

Bleacherreport.com  -  All the pressure was on Rory MacDonald at UFC Fight Night 54 on Saturday. Fighting in his own backyard against a relatively unheralded opponent in Tarec Saffiedine, and with a title shot possibly on the line, the 25-year-old performed admirably, taking out his foe in the third round with a picture-perfect uppercut.It was a mature performance from the young Canadian. He may not be quite as ex 26 days

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3 Fights to Make for Raphael Assuncao Following UFC Fight Night 54 Win

Bleacherreport.com  -  Raphael Assuncao defeated Bryan Caraway at UFC Fight Night 54 to run his win streak to seven.The No. 4-ranked bantamweight contender has been seeking a title shot for some time, but did his decision victory on Saturday do enough to warrant one?Current champion T.J. Dillashaw recently defended the crown for the first time against Joe Soto after Renan Barao pulled out last minute. Meanwhile, former 26 days

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