Originally written on hov-mma  |  Last updated 4/29/13

Sure, things did get a little messy this past weekend in Jersey. Eye pokes, broken thumbs and toes, technical decisions - basically it was just one of those nights in MMA that no one could possibly prepare for. However, three fighters did stand out about the rest in terms of performance, and ultraviolence. Let's start from the top. 1st Star - Pat 'Bam Bam' Healy  It's almost becoming the tale of two careers with Pat Healy. Always the active fighter, Healy started his pro career in 2001 just after his 18th birthday. By 2006, he was already sporting a record of 11-11 having fought future UFC stars in Chris Lytle, Dan Hardy and Paul Daley. Since then Healy has gone 20-5, and this weekend he got the biggest win of his career in Jim Miller's backyard. Miller put it on Healy right from the opening bell of this contest nearly finishing him before the end of the first frame. Healy started doing some battering of his own towards the end of the second, and looked to have a rear naked choke sunk in with just over a minute remaining in the round, but the always crafty Miller was able to escape. You could argue that this one was all tied up after two rounds, and with plenty of blood spilling out of the faces of both men we entered the final frame knowing that no matter the outcome, both of these men would be receiving a fight of the night bonus check, and neither of these grinders would likely be finished. In regards to the former, yes, but for the latter - that just wouldn't be the case.  Miller seemed to maintain the striking advantage early on in the 3rd. The tide would turn when Healy got his opponent against the cage, and eventually to the ground. From there Healy was able to smother Miller and land his trademark short punishing punches at will. Healy could've coasted if he wanted to from here. He was likely up two rounds to one but for all we know the judges could be somewhere off in space during any given fight. To avoid any controversy, Healy sunk in a another RNC on Miller, and this time he'd worn him down enough to put him away. Of course, warrior that he is, Miller refused to tap and was forced to take a short nap.  Pat Healy has now won seven in a row in the big leagues. What's next for 'Bam Bam' ? How about giving him that Gilbert Melendez fight that's been ripped from him on more than one occasion. I think he's done enough to earn it.  Sara McMann takes a bow after a perfect UFC debut (Brad Penner - USA Today) 2nd Star - Sara McMann Here is my statement maker of the week. There are a lot of people that think McMann could be the one to eventually dethrone Ronda Rousey. I was one of those people that initially believed she should've been given the first crack at Rousey on that historical night back at UFC 157. In hindsight, I'm glad to see things playing out how they are now.  McMann was able to show her dominance in a fight that was so nice, they had to show it twice during the FX preliminary broadcast. The U.S. Olympic silver medalist looked every bit the part of future champ by turning in what has been by far the most dominant performance in the infant stage of the UFC Women's bantamweight division. McMann hit both of her takes downs on Sheila Gaff and landed 72 out of 73 of her strikes before referee Gasper Oliver had seen enough. McMann said following the fight that she's in no hurry for a title shot. So sit back and enjoy the ride because it's no longer a matter of if, it's just a matter of when.  Never count 'Big Country' out of the title hunt (Ed Mulholland - ESPN) 3rd Star - Roy Nelson  "A shadow is cast wherever he stands, stacks of green paper in Big Roy's right hand." Chalk another one up on the board for the Roy Nelson. That right hand is beginning to reach mythical H-Bomb status. Don't look now but this 'Kung-Fu fighter' is now 2nd all-time in UFC Knockout of the Night bonuses right behind Anderson Silva. After starting off his UFC career with a record of 3-3, he's now put together three W's  in a row (counting his time and TUF he's 9-3 as a UFC fighter) and could be looking at a title eliminator against Daniel Cormier. We all know about Nelson's one punch knockout power but with a wicked ground game to boot, Nelson could be just the man to spoil Cormier's title plans.  Honorable Mentions - Bryan Caraway, Jon Jones' big toe

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