Signal to Noise: UFC on FUEL TV 9, Invicta 5's best and worst
In the UFC's return to Stockholm, Sweden, and Invicta's fifth event of its existence, there was much to love and plenty to hate. As far as the UFC is concerned, losing their main event wasn't fortuitous. Their hectoring of fans who felt the card wasn't worth their time is also regrettable. Yet, plenty of fighters put on sensational performances, an Irish featherweight made an incredible UFC debut and the Swedish crowd showed up in support.
Invicta had a banner event as well. Known fighters returned with sensational performances, a new champion was crowned and a controversial figure returned to dominance.
It's time to separate the good from the bad, the winners from the losers and the signal from the noise...
Jessamyn Duke appeals controversial Invicta FC 5 KO loss to Miriam Nakamoto
Jessamyn Duke thought at the time she might be getting the short end of the stick, but she wasn't quite sure.
Immediately after eating a second knee from Miriam Nakamoto (2-0) at Friday's Invicta FC 5 event, Duke (2-1) thought there was a good chance she was grounded, making the knee illegal.
But with veteran referee John McCarthy running the action, she also second-guessed herself in the heat of the moment. It wasn't until later, in the back after the knockout loss, that she and her team were sure they had a pretty good reason to be upset at how things went down...
ONE FC 8 weigh-in results: Champ Boku, challenger Aoki official
-Champ Kotetsu Boku (70 kg/154 lbs.) vs Shinya Aoki (70.1 kg/155 lbs.) *for ONE FC 7 lineup
-Brock Larson (83.9 kg/185 lbs.) vs Melvin Manhoef (83.9 kg/185 lbs.)
-Jens Pulver (60.9 kg/134 lbs.) vs Masakatsu Ueda (61 kg/135 lbs.)
-Thanh Vu (61 kg/135 lbs.) vs Kevin Belingon (61.1 kg/135 lbs.)
-Arnaud Lepont (69.9 kg/154 lbs.) vs Eddie Ng (69.9 kg/154 lbs.)
-Yusup Saddulaev (61.1 kg/135 lbs.) vs Leandro Issa (61.1 kg/135 lbs.)
-Rene Catalan (56.1 kg/124 lbs.) vs Alex Silva (56.5 kg/125 lbs.)
-Bashir Ahmad (65.7 kg/145 lbs.) vs Shannon Wiratchai (65.8 kg/145 lbs.)
-Swain Cangco (92 kg/203 lbs.) vs Jake Butler (92.9 kg/205 lbs.)
-Chen Yun Ting (56.3 kg/124 lbs.) vs Ronald Low (56.4 kg/124 lbs.)