If this wasn't the best night in the short history of the UFC on FOX franchise, I don't know what is. Certainly the first event had bigger stakes, but from top to bottom tonight's fight card at the Staples Center in Los Angeles delivered in every way.
Redemption wasn't meant to be for Brandon Vera, but he turned in a more than honorable performance. Lyoto Machida dispatched with Ryan Bader and earned a title shot in the process. Joe Lauzon and Jamie Varner put on an incredible performance in a back and forth war. And Mike Swick battled back from illness and a tough DaMarques Johnson to get his UFC career on track again.
It's not clear what kind of ratings the night will earn, but what we do know is there was enthusiasm shared by all kinds of MMA luminaries through the sensational night of action. Here are some of their Tweets during the evening's festivities.
Thank u very much— Brandon Vera (@Verafied) August 5, 2012
@shogunrua I had a great time meeting u in Te middle of the octagon. Hope u all the best and see u soon!!! Oussssss
This has got to be one of the best cards overall!!— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) August 5, 2012
Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) August 5, 2012
I'll do everything in my power to achieve my goals no matter what obstacles I have to fight through— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 5, 2012
Left hook, overhand right, left hook...Vera grabs his jaw/mouthpiece & gets his maw filled wlShogun's knuckles! He's down & out!— Josh Barnett (@JoshLBarnett) August 5, 2012
Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) August 5, 2012
Tweeps...I challenge any of you to fight "gassed" Shogun!! 4 sick fights and still some haters...peace— Mike Goldberg (@MFG16) August 5, 2012
Great fight great show!!!— Wanderlei Silva (@wandfc) August 5, 2012
Amazing— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) August 5, 2012
@ufc fights. Best part was sitting behind the Machida family. Mr. Machida was gangsta. Total composure for all of Lyoto's fight.
Obrigado Brasil! Thank you! twitter.com/lyotomachidafw…— Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) August 5, 2012
"fungus killer" across Machidas crotch kinda awkward placement ya think?— George Roop (@GeorgeRoop) August 5, 2012
Vinny Magalhaes (@VinnyMMA) August 5, 2012
Urijah Faber (@UrijahFaber) August 5, 2012
Oh my GOD!!!! Big congrats to— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 4, 2012
@mannygamburyan 's amazing fight and win!! My mom and I had 57 heart attacks