1. Lyoto Machida: It didn’t have fireworks, but Lyoto showed off his technical brilliance against one of the best strikers in the world.
2. Nick Marable: Marable snapped Jordan Burroughs’s international undefeated streak with a narrow, narrow victory via points at the Grand Prix of Paris.
3. Erick Silva: Took care of business in his home crowd, dispatching Sato in violent form as he should’ve.
4. Josh Berkovic: In an upset, Berkovic submitted Anthony Avila in the first round of Westcoast Fighting Championship 8, taking the featherweight belt that was last held by Andre Fili.
5. Tyson Fury: Yes, he came in rusty and absurdly heavy. He still looked great and battered a game Joey Abell all over the ring.
6. Chris Algieri: In front of his hometown crowd on Friday Night Fights, Algieri took a big step up in competition in Emanuel Taylor and took home the decision in a spirited bout.
7. Ronaldo Souza: Yes, I’m happy Jacare took down that fraud Carmont, but Francis was game enough to stop any chomp chomp from happening.
8. Sam Alvey: Smilin’ Sam made his WCK Muay Thai debut in the main event and took home a stoppage win over Sergio Pique.
9. Derek Chisora: Well, it wasn’t pretty, as Kevin Johnson fights seldom are, but Chisora took care of business to keep his winning streak alive.
10. Fidel Maldonado Jr.: On the ever-rare Monday televised card, Maldonado got a fourth-round stoppage on Fox Sports 1 over John Nater.
11. Errol Spence: In the co-main event of the Monday Fox Sports 1 card, Spence scored a fourth-round TKO over Peter Oluoch.
12. Charles Oliviera: In the main card of UFC Fight Night, Do Bronx pulled out a triangle choke over Angle Ogle to keep himself in the picture at 145.
13. Sam Alvey: Took a fight outside of his comfort zone and beat his opponent to where he couldn’t answer the bell in the third round.
14. Jeremy Bryan: In a rather dull co-main of FNF, Bryan pulled a modest upset over Issouf Kinda.
t15. Ernest James: Thanks to a 3-0 heavyweight bout, Edinboro’s James took down PJ Tasser in an upset of #6-ranked Pitt.
t15. Cory Tait: In the main event of Cage Warriors 64, Tait took home a first-round guillotine victory over James Pennington.
1. Lyoto Machida – Sure, Machida didn’t add another clip to his highlight reel of knockouts against Gegard Mousasi on Saturday, but he still impressed with by out-striking Mousasi through five rounds in enjoyable, technical bout.
2. Erick Silva – How bad was last week in the world of combat sports? A win over Takenori Soto earned Erick Silva the number two spot on my list.
3. Iuri Alcantara and Wilson Reis – Both fighters take my third place vote because they provided the single bout on the preliminary card of Fight Night 36 that didn’t make me question what I am doing with my life.
4. Nick Marable – Marable wowed by breaking Jordan Burroughs’s 69 match international win streak at the 2014 Grand Prix of Paris with a 4-4 win on criteria.
5. Josh Berkovic – Berkovic rose up my featherweight prospect board with an impressive submission victory against Team Alpha Male product Anthony Avila. Berkovic, the new WFC champ, is a name to keep an eye on.
6. Charles Oliveira – Oliveira blessed us with one of the two finishes on the Fight Night 36 card. Thank-you sir.
7. Ronaldo Souza – The win itself left more to be desired, but Souza still got his hand-raised, without question, against a top ten middleweight.
8. Zubaira Tukhogov – Out of all the fighters on the prelims not named Iuri Alcantara, Tukhogov looked the most promising. He looked a bit raw against Douglas Andrade, but he showcased quite a bit of potential in all areas of the game.
9. Gegard Mousasi – While Mousasi lost, he didn’t get blown out of the water, and that still says something against a tough opponent in Lyoto Machida. Honestly, Mousasi impressed more with what he showed against Machida than he did with his win over Ilir Latifi.
10. Felipe Arantas – I fully anticipated Maximo Blanco to run through Felipe Arantas. As usual, I was wrong. Arantas looked solid and was able to win a close decision.
Charles Oliveira [defeated Andy Ogle, R2 Submission, UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi]
Ronaldo Souza [defeated Francis Carmont, UD, UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi]
Josh Berkovic [defeated Anthony Avila, R1 Submission, Westcoast Fighting Championship 8]
Nick Marable [defeated Jordan Burroughs, PTS, Grand Prix of Paris 2014]
Erick Silva [defeated Takenori Sato, R1 KO, UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi]
Lyoto Machida [defeated Gegard Mousasi, UD, UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi]