UFC Hidalgo: Stars of The Night

Texas never seems to disappoint. May it be pure unadulterated violence or some 'in the cage' weirdness, when the fights go down in sunny ol' Texas you leave on a full stomach.

The night's main event was a lightweight match-up between Dustin Poirier and Michael Johnson, who fought to be potentially next in line for a title shot. The co-main event was a middleweight scrap between Uriah Hall and Derek Brunson, who both shared their dislike for one another leading up to their meeting. Texas was as weird as it always seems to be with only a few of the fighters involved coming out to fight, making the list of outstanding performances a short one.

Michael Johnson

Well, I think it's safe to say that the Menace is back. The emotions were high prior to the main event and it showed when the two met in the cage, but it was Johnson's speed, power and counter punching that got the job done. Coming off two straights losses and shoulder surgery that kept him out since December, Johnson was in need of an impressive performance. Boy did he deliver in a big way, knocking the streaking Dustin Poirier out in the first round.

What many consider to be an upset victory, Johnson re-announced himself as being one of the world's best lightweight fighters.

Derek Brunson

Just when the card was in dire need of some excitement, Derek Brunson put on his cape and came riding to the rescue thanks to a huge left hand. Taking on the ever dangerous but seemingly gun shy Uriah Hall in the co-main event, Brunson made it four KO/TKO victories in-a-row after landing that huge left hand.

The win marks Brunson's fifth straight, and being the first man to stop Uriah Hall inside the octagon certainly makes a case for future title contention.

Chas Skelly

After having a four-fight win streak snapped in March, 31-year old Texas native Chas Skelly needed just 19-seconds to put away Maximo Blanco. Both men ran out toward one another and met in the center of the octagon. It was Skelly who, with the help of a jumping front push kick, ended up in dominant position. With the position Skelly managed to sink in a very deep and very nasty Anaconda choke, forcing the referee to stop the fight at the 0:19 mark of round 1.

Having won 5 of his last 7 Skelly (16-2) moves himself even closer to that elusive top 10 and with more performances similar to the one he put on on Saturday, some big-name fights may come his way.

Nick Strickland

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