Last week featured a ton of free (for the price of cable) MMA, and while WEC 52 was reliably fantastic, UFC 122 was not the best collection of fights. Still, both cards featured fighters who were a step above.
No. 1 star -- Urijah Faber: It turns out the new Faber is the same as the old Faber. In his debut at bantamweight, the former featherweight champ submitted Takeya Mizugaki, a fighter who had only lost by a stoppage once before in his career.
No. 2 star -- Joseph Benavidez: Faber's teammate and training partner had his own big win. He had to try three times, but finally, Benavidez was able to submit one of MMA's best jiu-jitsu players, Wagnney Fabiano, with a guillotine.
No. 3 star -- Dennis Siver: Fighting in front of his home crowd at UFC 122 in Germany, Siver delivered. He dominated "The Ultimate Fighter" star Andre Winner, and ended the bout with a beautiful rear-naked choke. He earned a $60,000 Submission of the Night bonus for his work.
Honorable mention -- Demetrious Johnson: "Mighty Mouse" executed a perfect game plan for beating Damacio Page, a fighter who won his last two fights by highlight-reel KOs. Johnson moved well, cut angles and used takedowns to avoid Page's lethal punches, then won with a guillotine. Thought he would be perfect for a flyweight division, Johnson has staked a claim on bantamweights, as well.
Who are your stars from the extended MMA weekend?