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Top 3 Performers From UFC Fight Night 37

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UFC Fight Pass provided a great card on its first day of being a non-trial service. Even with a lack of superstars, the card was home to some of the year’s best performances. Who made the cut for SciFighting’s Top 3 Performers from UFC Fight Night 37? Take a look below to find out.

3. Vaughn Lee

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Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Vaughn Lee dominated Nam Phan from bell to bell in Macao. Phan simply had no answer for Lee’s aggressive gameplan. What made Lee’s performance so great was that he was able to soundly outstrike a great boxer like Phan. Phan usually comes out on top in bouts that primarily stay standing, but Lee was too quick for the Ultimate Fighter veteran. Even though Lee pitched a perfect shutout in his win, he was unjustly robbed of a post-fight “Performance of the Night” bonus. Still, Lee’s performance alone should be good enough for the English based fighter. If he continues to show growth like he did against Phan, he could be a top bantamweight for years to come.

2. Yui Chul Nam and Kazuki Tokudome

Photo via the UFC's Facebook page.
Photo via the UFC’s Facebook page.

While you were sleeping,Yui Chul Nam and Kazuki Tokudome had a fight of the year candidate in Macao. Nam and Tokudome slugged it out for three rounds before Nam was declared the winner by split decision. The first round consisted mostly of Nam knocking Tokudome around the Octagon and nearly finishing the bout on multiple occasions. The second round was far different. Tokudome landed an early takedown and proceeded to punch Nam in the face for the next five minutes of their lives. With Nam likely scoring a 10-8 in the first round and Tokudome possibly scoring a 10-8 in the second round, the fight could have very well been tied up going into the third frame. The third round was so closely contested I scored the round 10-10 on my card. At the end of the day, two of the three judges gave Nam the third round and the victory. The sheer brutality and number of near finishes made this easily the best fight of 2014. It’s hard to see another bout coming close to it. This fight made UFC Fight Pass worth $9.99 this month.

1. Dong Hyun Kim

Photo via the UFC's Facebook page.
Photo via the UFC’s Facebook page.

If you’re unable to tell, the photo above shows the carcass of John Hathaway after he was brutalized by a Dong Hyun Kim spinning back elbow. For a guy who was known as a grinder just a few months ago, Kim has put together back to back highlight reel knockouts. His October knockout of Erick Silva was originally thought to be an anomaly, but after watching him put Hathaway to sleep, I think it’s safe to say that Kim’s finishing power is here to stay. That’s not to say that Kim had an easy fight leading up to the finish. I had Kim up two rounds to nothing but Hathaway was rapidly gaining ground on the South Korean. Kim’s ability to bounce back and not risk the fight going to the judges was impressive. If Kim can keep up the spectacular finishes, he could be challenging for the title by the end of the year.

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Daniel Reveles
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Daniel Reveles' interest in Mixed Martial Arts began at the age of fourteen while attending a Fantasy Football draft at a Friend's house. That day Daniel's buddies ordered UFC 88 on Pay-Per-View featuring lauded striker and hometown hero Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squaring off with Division One Wrestler “Suga” Rashad Evans. After seeing “the wrestler” Rashad Evans put the Ice Man out cold with an overhand right, Daniel became instantly hooked by the unpredictability of the sport. Since that moment Daniel has become well versed in Mixed Martial Arts History and has yet to miss an event. Daniel is currently studying at the University of California Santa Barbara to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Communications with hopes of becoming the next big media mogul. When he is not watching MMA or studying you can find Daniel hanging out with his family and friends or taking in a game at the lovely Dodger Stadium.