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UFC Vegas 17 Scorecard

See which fighters made the most out of their opportunity on UFC Vegas 17.

Saturday’s UFC Vegas 17 event is in the books, and now that the dust has settled in the “Fight Capital of the World,” it’s time to go to the scorecard to see who the big winners were at the UFC Apex.

1 – Stephen Thompson

UFC Vegas 17: Stephen Thompson Post-Fight Interview
UFC Vegas 17: Stephen Thompson Post-Fight Interview
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Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson talks about his unanimous decision win in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Neal.


Stephen Thompson has delivered plenty of impressive performances over the years, but I don’t think I enjoyed a “Wonderboy” effort quite like I did his win over Geoff Neal on Saturday. In my eyes, that fight showed why we watch combat sports, from the technique of both men, the heated exchanges and the grit each had to show to get through those five rounds. When it was over, Thompson had scored back-to-back wins over two of the top rising stars in the welterweight division, setting up what should be an interesting 2021 campaign for the pride of Simpsonville, SC.

2 – Rob Font

UFC Vegas 17: Rob Font Earns TKO Against Moraes
UFC Vegas 17: Rob Font Earns TKO Against Moraes
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Rob Font gets the TKO stoppage win at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Neal.


When talking to Rob Font before his Saturday bout against Marlon Moraes, he wasn’t worried in the slightest that he was taking on one of the bantamweight elite after a year-long layoff. Guess that’s the difference between fighters and the rest of us, because Font not only scored the biggest win of his career, he shook off an early takedown to pick apart and finish a top contender in the first round. That’s one in the books for the New England Cartel. Next up is Calvin Kattar against Max Holloway in January.

3 – Marcin Tybura

UFC Vegas 17 Highlight: Marcin Tybura Gets TKO Over Hardy
UFC Vegas 17 Highlight: Marcin Tybura Gets TKO Over Hardy
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Marcin Tybura earns the TKO win at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs Neal.


After going through a rough 1-4 stretch in 2017-19 like Marcin Tybura did, a lot of fighters would have started to wonder whether their best days were behind them. But not the Poland native, who regrouped and put together the best year of his career in 2020, as he went 4-0. Last Saturday night, “Tybur” weathered an early storm from Greg Hardy and roared back in the second round to become the first fighter to stop the former NFL star. It was an impressive show of resilience from Tybura, who set himself up for some big fights next year.

4 – Jimmy Flick

UFC Vegas 17 Highlight: Jimmy Flick Submits Durden
UFC Vegas 17 Highlight: Jimmy Flick Submits Durden
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Flyweight Jimmy Flick Submits Durden Via Flying Triangle.


Jimmy Flick gave us a taste of what he could do with his grappling game when he beat Nate Smith on Dana White’s Contender Series in September, and while his UFC debut against Cody Durden started off shaky, the Oklahoman quickly rebounded and finished his foe with a flying triangle that suddenly became a late add to the top submissions of 2020 list. Flick is a fun addition to the flyweight division, and it’s going to be interesting to see what he does in 2021. I can already picture the chaos a fight between Flick and Tim Elliott would produce. Yes, that’s on my list for Santa.

5 – Jose Aldo

Jose Aldo of Brazil reacts after his victory over Marlon Vera of Ecuador in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)
Jose Aldo of Brazil reacts after his victory over Marlon Vera of Ecuador in a bantamweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)

Apparently rumors of the demise of Jose Aldo are greatly exaggerated. After a rough night against bantamweight boss Petr Yan, Aldo was written off by many who believed his best years were behind him. But on Saturday, the “King of Rio” showed enough glimpses of his prime form to beat a hungry up and comer in Marlon Vera and remind people that he’s still a threat to anyone on any given night.