Though the popular opinion about UFC 119 is that it was an awful event, there were plenty of good performances on the card. Unfortunately for the fans at home, much of the best was on the undercard.
No. 1 star -- C.B. Dollaway: The former Arizona State wrestler showed what a good base can do for a fighter. He rolled Joe Doerksen into a guillotine at the start of the fight. When it was clear that the submission wasn't going to happen in that position, he Granby rolled to better his position. Doerksen had no choice but to tap.
No. 2 star -- Thiago Tavares: It's a shame that Tavares' win was on the same night as Dollaway's submission, because he lit Conseco Fieldhouse up with his standing guillotine choke of Pat Audinwood. His first-round submission shouldn't be overlooked.
No. 3 star -- Chris Lytle: The firefighter came through on the promise he made to his city. As 15,000 people chanted his name, Lytle put on a striking show for his hometown, beating Matt Serra and his iron chin in a unanimous decision.
Honorable mention -- Evan Dunham: It seems that the only people who thought that Dunham lost were the judges. However, Dunham was classy in defeat, pointing out the things he should have done differently in the bout.
Dishonorable mention -- Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic: Along with Frank Mir, Cro Cop put on one of the most boring main events of the year. Mir is only spared the dishonorable mention because he was able to end the fight with a killer knee.
- Joe Doerksen
- Thiago Tavares