UFC 99 wasn't for the weak of heart as the fighters didn't leave anything in the locker room. Here's what we learned.
Mirko Cro Cop was back in the octagon after struggling in the UFC in 2007. He looked well for the brief time he fought. He won his bout thanks to an accidental eye poke, but we can't tell if he improved. And according to Inside Fights, we won't as he's leaving the company.
One tough dude
Stefan Struve suffered one of the worst cuts I've ever seen, and still managed to win his match against Denis Stojnic by submission. Struve embodies what competitors are all about.
Not done yet
Wanderlei Silva isn't the fighter he once was, but he's not finished, either. Just ask Rich Franklin. Silva gave Franklin his money's worth in a close decision loss. Silva was able to get the crowd going in a thrilling main event and if the fight went a little longer, he might have been able to stop Franklin.
Don't forget about him
Don't take Rich Franklin out of the UFC middleweight title picture yet. He gave as good as he got against a bigger fighter in Wanderlei Silva and came out on top. If Anderson "The Spider" Silva leaves the division for good, Franklin could be champion again.
Needs some work
I know people are going to say Cain Velasquez dominated Cheick Kongo. True. Velasquez took Kongo's best punches and kept coming. True. But, in the heavyweight division you have to finish guys and Velasquez didn't do that. This is Velasquez's first fight that went the distance, but he couldn't get Kongo -- his sternest test -- out of there, even though he controlled most of the bout. This raises some red flags. -- Steve Bien-Aime