The UFC Fight Night 26 event came to us from Boston, Massachusetts last night, and history will look back at the event as one that saw several fighters take losses that likely signal the start of or the continuation of a slide. In the main event, Chael Sonnen snapped a two fight losing streak by taking out fading former champion Mauricio Rua. The co-main event featured Heavyweight Travis Browne deliver a KO of Alistair Overeem in a match that puts Overeem at risk of being cut.
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Sonnen will likely be seen next against Vanderlei Silva or Vitor Belfort, as the UFC plays up the rivalry between Sonnen and the Brazilians. A pair of wins could send Sonnen back to title contention on the Middleweight division.
Alistair Overeem is likely done with the UFC. When the fighter contract pay outs are published, Overeem will be making considerably more than most fighters, and he just is not performing anymore. Browne looked tough and resilient in the win, and it will be interesting to see what the UFC does with him next. A showdown with fellow rising heavyweight Stipe Miocic is not out of the question.
Like Sonnen, aging Uriah Faber maintained his spot with a decisive win over Iuri Alcantara. Faber is in a hard spot in his career, as he continues to win but another title shot isn’t appealing.
Local talent Joe Lauzon was unable to score a victory over Michael Johnson. Lauzon, who is still a dangerous Lightweight, has no dropped 2 in a row and 3 of 4, meaning he is no longer a contender. Lauzon has a lot of fight and submission of the night awards and will likely stick withe company, but he is no literally 24 months and a win streak of at least 3 fights away from having any relevance in the title picture.
Last night’s UFC probably signaled the end for former WEC title holder Mike Brown. Brown, in his first fight in more than a year and at 37 years old, never got off in his match and was KO’d in 50 seconds. The man who ended Uriah Faber’s dominance in the WEC looks to be at the end of the road with his performance last night.