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UFC 138′s Three Stars: Terry Etim, Renan Barao and Che Mills

Maggie Hendricks
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UFC 138 was overlooked. Sandwiched between Nick Diaz at UFC 137 and the UFC's first foray into network television, it's no surprise that a tape-delayed card without a title fight would not get the same love as those events, but the fighters still delivered with exciting performances. Here are Cagewriter's Three Stars. Tell us your in the comments or on Facebook.

No. 1 star -- Terry Etim: The British fighter's last trip to the Octagon was a loss at UFC 112. He must have spent the past 19 months thinking about that loss, and how to get back on the right foot in his next fight. He did that by submitting Edward Faaloloto in just 17 seconds, causing the crowd in Birmingham to erupt in joy. He was awarded a $70,000 Submission of the Night bonus for his work, which eased the frustration of a 19-month layoff.

No. 2 star -- Renan Barao: How do you quiet a crowd full of Brad Pickett supporters? By knocking him down, beating him up, and then jumping on his back and securing a rear-naked choke, all in the first round. Barao and Pickett both won Fight of the Night bonuses for their efforts. Barao may want to use that money to take some gymnastics lessons, as his one misstep was a fall on his celebration aerial.

No. 3 star -- Che Mills: While watching the fights, my internet suddenly went out during Chris Cope's walk in. It took barely two minutes to get my internet working again, and I was ready to start watching Cope's woo-filled fight. I was too late. In his UFC debut, Mills took less than a minute to take out Cope with a brutal knee and ground and pound. He, too, earned an extra $70K for his trouble for the Knockout of the Night. Not a bad way to start out with the UFC.