ByMatt Juul, writer at
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Matt Juul

The title pictures for several divisions were impacted by what went down at in Dallas on Saturday night.

While no belts changed hands, and made statements with their impressive defenses against their top contender opponents. Meanwhile, welterweight veteran sought to secure a shot at champ with a win over Jorge Masvidal.

Let's take a look at how last night affected the championship pictures in the UFC.

Stipe Miocic and Junior dos Santos

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Photo by Jerome Miron / USA Today Sports

It didn't take long for Miocic to get his revenge over former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos.

After taking some brutal leg kicks, Miocic was able to quickly set up a vicious right hand that would end the Brazilian's night. The win is a big one for the champ, as it's his fifth straight finish over a top heavyweight since losing to JDS in their close Fight of the Night-winning bout in 2014.

For Miocic, the victory pretty much cements his status as a heavyweight superstar, as the only real challenge to his crown at this point would be an up-and-comer like Derrick Lewis or former title holder Cain Velasquez, although he may never get that shot due to injury. As for dos Santos, he's just 3-4 in his last seven fights, so he's going to have to do a lot of work if he wants to crawl his way back into contention.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade

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Photo by Jerome Miron / USA Today Sports

The baddest woman on the planet put on a nearly picture perfect performance against Jessica Andrade on Saturday night.

As she zeroes in on the records set by , Joanna Jedrzejczyk is slaying each and every challenger that the UFC puts in front of her. Now 14-0 as a professional mixed martial artist, the strawweight division is running out of women to test the champ.

Looking ahead, Rose Namajunas is likely the fight to make due to its buzz potential and for the fact that you know these two will throw down hard once they meet inside the Octagon. But aside from the Ultimate Fighter alum, there's not much for Jedrzejczyk out there, unless she wants to make a play at the soon-to-be-formed women's 125 lb. division. That may be a move Andrade could consider as well, considering that she previously fought at bantamweight.

Demian Maia

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Photo by Jerome Miron / USA Today Sports

He nearly lost it, but Demian Maia finally earned his welterweight title shot with his close decision win over Jorge Masvidal.

The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master for some reason couldn't secure the finish against Masvidal, despite getting him to the ground on several occasions throughout the fight. "Gamebred" was also owning Maia standing up, so it took the Brazilian everything he had to gut out this win.

Now that a date with Tyron Woodley seems to be on the horizon, Maia will have to step up his game if he wants to finally taste UFC gold.

Frankie Edgar

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Photo by Jerome Miron / USA Today Sports

Former lightweight champ and featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar showed why he's still one of the best in the world on Saturday night.

"The Answer" and his experience was just too much for the young gun Yair Rodriguez, who paid for his youthful inexperience with a swollen eye. Edgar pounded away at Rodriguez until the doctors decided to call this fight off, a testament to how deadly the ex-champ can still be.

Sine Jose Aldo and Max Holloway will be battling to unify the featherweight strap at UFC 212, Edgar could easily make the case to face the winner after this weekend's showcase.

Eddie Alvarez

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Photo by Jerome Miron / USA Today Sports

It was a tough night for Eddie Alvarez.

After losing the lightweight crown to Conor McGregor at UFC 205, the former champ took another beating against Dustin Poirier. Unfortunately, the bout would be ruled a no contest after Alvarez inadvertently blasted Poirier with a barrage of illegal knees, forcing officials to call an end to the action.

Prior to the controversial ending, Alvarez was getting beaten pretty badly by Poirier, which may mean that the ex- star is still feeling the effects of his last loss. Unless he does something spectacular in his next outing, don't expect to see Alvarez back in title contention any time soon.


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