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UFC 123's Three Stars -- Penn, Davis and Sotiropoulos

Maggie Hendricks
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No. 1 star -- B.J. Penn: In just 21 seconds, Penn took out UFC Hall-of-Famer Matt Hughes. In that short time, Penn looked incredibly comfortable at welterweight. His next test will be Jon Fitch at UFC 127. There, we will truly see if Penn's new home is at 170 lbs.

No. 2 star -- Phil Davis: In just 25 months, the NCAA Division I wrestling champ has become one of the hottest prospects in MMA. He has rattled off eight wins, half of them in the UFC. With the spotlight on him Saturday, he brought some old-school wrestling to the cage and submitted Tim Boetsch with a move that will now be known as the "Mr. Wonderful."

No. 3 star -- George Sotiropoulos: When talking about fighters on a hot streak, Sotiropoulos goes to the top of the list. In 2010, the Australian beat Kurt Pellegrino and Joe Stevenson, and now added Joe Lauzon to the list with a slick second-round kimura. Next, he'll face Dennis Siver at UFC 127 in the Land Down Under.

Honorable mention -- Edson Barboza: Training with Jose Aldo, you're going to learn how to kick. Barboza showed those off, whipping Mike Lullo's leg with kicks until the referee ended the fight in the third round. Add his name to the list of exciting prospects in the already-loaded lightweight division.

Dishonorable mention -- Gerald Harris: In his first bout on the main card, Harris wilted under the lights. He barely engaged Maiquel Falcao throughout their bout, earning well-deserved boos from the crowd in suburban Detroit.

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