Biggest Winner: Frankie Edgar
Remember how ridiculous it was to think that a judge had scored every round for Edgar in his first fight with Penn? This time around, it would have been equally ridiculous to suggest that he didn't win all five rounds. Edgar took Penn down when he wanted, worked with impunity out of his once fearsome guard, and smashed him in the face at will. That's how you do it when you want to leave no doubt as to who the champ is.
Biggest Loser: James Toney
Not that we expected him to look like a seasoned MMA vet, but damn. He got taken down with a move that Couture admitted he wouldn't even bother to attempt on someone who knew what they were doing, and once on his back he resembled one of those hapless kung fu instructors in the old 'Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Action' videos. He simply had no clue what he was doing, and it showed. What I can't help but wonder is, did he realize he had almost zero chance in this fight, but felt the money was worth the beating and the embarrassment? Or is Toney so out of touch with reality that he really believed he'd knock Couture's head off his shoulders? It kills me to think we may never know the answer to that question.
Most Likely to Be Arrested for Assault: Joe Lauzon
I realize it was a professional athletic competition and all, but the beating Lauzon put on Gabe Ruediger seemed like something an especially sadistic older brother would do if you ratted on him for hiding Playboys under his mattress. Ruediger wasn't competitive in this fight for a second. He and Lauzon weren't exactly buddies before this, and you have to factor in Lauzon's added adrenaline from fighting in his home state, but still. That was the kind of throttling most of us reserve only for our true enemies.
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