Posted 03/30/2014 by Mike Fagan in Untethered MMA
 
 

Catching Up With the Cast of UFC 112

The UFC’s next event comes live from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The UFC last visited Abu Dhabi in April of 2010 for UFC 112, which featured a triple main event of Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia, B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar, and Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie. Let’s find out what each of the fighters on the card have been up to since.

Mostapha al-Turk – Al-Turk’s loss to Jon Madsen ran his UFC record to 0-3. The UFC cut him, and he hasn’t fought professionally since.

Jon Madsen – Madsen would go on to win two more fights in the UFC before losing to Mike Russow in March of 2011. The UFC cut him despite a 7-1 MMA record. Madsen went nearly three years without a fight. He returned earlier this month, defeating someone named Matt Foster.

Matt Veach – Not to be confused with Matt Grice. The UFC cut Veach after his loss to Paul Kelly. He’s gone 5-3 outside the UFC in the interim, though he last fought March 9 of last year.

Paul Kelly – Kelly would fight four more times in the UFC, going 1-3, before being cut by the UFC. After losing his first fight outside the UFC, Kelly won two fights at welterweight in England. He was then sentenced to 15 years in prison for trafficking heroin.

Brad Blackburn – The UFC cut Blackburn following his loss to DaMarques Johnson. He lost two fights outside the UFC, and hasn’t fought since.

DaMarques Johnson – Fought a miraculous seven more times in the UFC, going 2-5. The UFC cut Johnson after a loss to Gunnar Nelson in September of 2012. Johnson hasn’t fought since losing his only fight outside the UFC on November 2, 2013.

Nick Osipczak – Osipczak took two more fights in the UFC, both losses, before being cut. He never fought again.

Rick Story – Story rattled off three more wins, including decision victories over Johny Hendricks and Thiago Alves, and became a contender in the welterweight division. He then lost back-to-back fights against Charlie Brenneman (yes, that Charlie Brenneman) and Martin Kampmann. Story has alternated wins and losses over his last six fights, and his ceiling is starting to close as he stares down 30.

Alexander Gustafsson – After being submitted by Phil Davis, Gustafsson won six straight fights, including a win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua that earned him a title shot against Jon Jones. The fight with Jones won most outlets “Fight of the Year” award, and the UFC followed it up by feeding Gustafsson Jimi Manuwa on Fight Pass.

Phil Davis – Davis won three more fights after Gustafsson before losing his undefeated record to Rashad Evans in the headline of the first “official” UFC on Fox show in 2012. He’s currently won three straight, including a very controversial decision over Lyoto Machida, and finds himself back in title talk.

Kendall Grove – Grove stuck around for three more fights in the UFC, and losses to Demian Maia and Tim Boetsch finally send him packing. Groves been active since his UFC release. He went 6-4 on the regional circuit before splitting his first two fights in Bellator.

Mark Munoz – Munoz’s win over Grove put him at 3-0 in the UFC’s middleweight division, then Yushin Okami beat him before he had a chance at becoming a serious contender. He rattled off four more wins before Chris Weidman stuck him with a standing elbow. In his last fight, Munoz looked every bit the passive friend in a KO loss to teammate Lyoto Machida.

Terry Etim – Etim fought three more for the UFC, going 1-2 in the process, before the promotion cut him. Etim won his debut fight in Bellator back in November.

Rafael dos Anjos – Dos Anjos dropped two of his next three – to Clay Guida and Gleison Tibau – before a five fight winning streak (Shalorus, Njokuani, Bocek, Dunham, Cerrone) positioned him quietly toward the top of the lightweight division.

Renzo Gracie – Currently at 47 years of age, Renzo Gracie has not fought since losing to Matt Hughes at UFC 112. He did, however, live tweet his revenge on two would-be muggers.

Matt Hughes – Hughes fought three more times in the UFC. He surprisingly beat Renzo protege Ricardo Almeida before dropping two fights by KO to B.J. Penn and Josh Koscheck. Hughes officially retired on January 24, 2013, and the UFC named him Vice President of Athlete Development and Government Relations, a position which seems to require that Hughes shows up at UFC events and watch them.

B.J. Penn – Penn erased whatever decision surrounded the first fight when he showed up flat and uninspired in the rematch against Edgar. He moved back up to welterweight after the rematch, knocking out Hughes and earning a fortunate draw against Jon Fitch. Penn retired after embarrassing performances against Nick Diaz and Rory MacDonald. Shockingly, Penn will return from retirement to coach the Ultimate Fighter opposite Edgar, and the two will fight at featherweight (shockingly, but not really considering B.J. Penn) at the end of the season.

Frankie Edgar – Edgar would move on from the Penn Saga to the Maynard Saga. Edgar earned a draw in his first title defense against Maynard after battling back from three knockdowns in the first round. In the rematch, Maynard dropped Edgar again in the first. Edgar returned fire in the fourth, finishing Maynard by TKO. Edgar dropped the title to Benson Henderson, and lost the rematch, before moving down to featherweight and dropping a title fight with Jose Aldo. He bounced back with a dominant win over Charles Oliveira.

Demian Maia – Maia went 3-2 at middleweight following the loss to Silva, including losses to Munoz and Chris Weidman. He moved down to welterweight and won three straight fights, and sent Jon Fitch packing out of the UFC. He followed that with decision losses to Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald, and Maia now looks like permanent gatekeeper material at middleweight.

Anderson Silva – Despite the UFC threatening to cut him, Silva continued his epic UFC run, defending the middleweight title four more times, including two wins over Chael Sonnen and the Front Kick of Doom against Vitor Belfort. After gently rearranging Stephan Bonnar’s insides at light heavyweight, Silva dropped the middleweight title and his first fight in over seven years when Chris Weidman caught him clowning. In the rematch, it was Weidman’s knee that proved powerful, snapping Silva’s left shin clean in half. Silva, which at the time seemed like it would be miraculous, plans on making a UFC return sometime in 2015.

Mike Fagan is a weekly contributor to MMA Owl. He also hosts Untethered MMA every Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Follow him on Twitter


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