UFC 156′s Three Stars are all Strikeforce vets

Maggie Hendricks

Though not every fight at UFC 156 lived up to its hype, the ones that delivered really came through. Former Strikeforce fighters went 4-0 and really stood out among the crowd.

No. 1 star — Antonio Silva: Heading into the fight with Alistair Overeem, "Big Foot" was 2-2. While he beat up on Travis Browne and MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko, he also lost big to Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez. He definitely didn't have the same invincible aura as Overeem, but that didn't matter once they were in the cage. Silva's heavy hands and Overeem's gameplan meant Silva was the one who earned the big knockout, and the Knockout of the Night bonus.

No. 2 star — Tyron Woodley: With a strong wrestling background honed at the University of Missouri, Woodley is quite skilled at grinding out opponents for decision wins. He hasn't had a stoppage win since 2010, but that changed quickly on Saturday night. Woodley's overhand right took out Jay Hieron in just 36 seconds. Even UFC president Dana White admitted Woodley had the Knockout of the Night bonus until Silva's KO of Overeem.

No. star — Bobby Green: His third-round ground and pound led to a rear naked choke of Jacob Volkmann. Green was able to control a Division I All-American wrestler, which is not an easy task. With Saturday's win, he is on a five-fight win streak and showed he is ready for the UFC.

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