The Surprises & Disappointments of UFC Fight Night 58

Rashid-Magomedov Surprises and Disappointments is a column featured on after every UFC event, highlighting three fighters who had surprising performances and three fighters who disappointed. Here were the three biggest surprises and the three biggest disappointments from UFC Fight Night 58. Surprises Rashid Magomedov — I was expecting Elias Silverio to give Rashid Magomedov a tough fight, but Magomedov make things look easy, dominating Silverio in the striking realm for nearly three full rounds before collecting a finish late in the third. Magomedov is now 3-0 in the UFC and absolutely deserves a step up in competition. I’m not sure if he’s a true contender yet, but he’s getting close. Leandro Issa — I really thought Yuta Sasaki would run through Leandro Issa, but it was the opposite way around. Right from the opening bell Issa took it to Sasaki, taking him down at will and controlling him on the floor until locking in a submission in the second round. Issa is now 2-1 in the UFC and after a win like this, it’s hard not to get excited about his next outing. Vitor Miranda — Most expected Jake Collier to get the better of Vitor Miranda in his UFC debut, but it wasn’t so as Miranda was able to come back after being down early to knock Collier out with a head kick and punches at the last second of round one. The win improved Miranda to 1-1 in the UFC and at 185lbs, I really think he could win a fight more fights in the Octagon. Disappointments Renan Barao — I know he won by third-round submission, but I was expecting more from Renan Barao against Mitch Gagnon. He just didn’t look like the fighter he was before losing the belt to TJ Dillashaw at UFC 173, and at this point I don’t know if he ever will return to his peak again. Barao is still a top-five bantamweight, but I don’t consider him a pound-for-pound great anymore, not after this performance. Elias Silverio — I was really expecting more from Elias Silverio against Rashid Magomedov, but clearly he isn’t as good as I thought he was as he was absolutely dominated by Magomedov en route to a third-round TKO loss. Silverio is now 3-1 in the UFC which is not a bad record, but the three fighter he’s beaten are at the bottom of the weight class and he really needs a signature win in his next fight if he wants to show he’s still a top prospect. Tom Niinimaki — For the third-straight fight, Tom Niinimaki was submitted with a rear-naked choke, this time by UFC newcomer Renato Carneiro. Niinimaki dropped to 1-3 with the loss and will be extremely lucky if he gets another fight in the UFC. He could try to cut down to 135lbs and try his luck there, but overall he just doesn’t seem like a UFC-caliber fighter.

Written by Adam Martin.

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