Mac Danzig kept his job and earned No. 1 star honors for UFC 124 with his first-round knockout of Joe Stevenson. Photo by Ken Pishna/MMAWeekly.com
We all know Georges St. Pierre was the standout at UFC 124 on Saturday, but here are the night's three stars from outside the main event:
1) Mac Danzig: With his job on the line, Danzig responded with the biggest win of his career with a 1:54 knockout of Joe Stevenson in a battle of "Ultimate Fighter" winners. Having lost four-of-five coming into this bout, the pressure was on Danzig and he knew it. He shored up his technique, watched the tape and caught Stevenson coming forward with a nice shot that put "The Ultimate Fighter 2" winner to sleep, something only one other man, Jens Pulver, has done to Stevenson in his 43-fight career.
2) Jim Miller: Many expected Miller to be a stepping stone for rising prospect Charles Oliveira. Instead, Miller spoiled the party, tapping the 21-year old with a kneebar at 1:59 of the first round. With the impressive win, Miller (19-2-0 overall) moves to 8-1 in the UFC and currently is riding a six-fight win streak. His lone UFC loss is to Gray Maynard and his only other loss was to current champion Frankie Edgar. Miller currently is one of the most overlooked fighters in the company and figures to get a big step-up in competition for his next fight.
3) Mark Bocek: Bocek was impressive, submitting a slick grappler in Dustin Hazelett in only 2:33 with a triangle choke he locked in from top position before switching it over and forcing the tap from his back. Bocek has amassed a 5-3 record in eight UFC fights and has won four of his last five. His losses have come to Edgar, Danzig and Miller. Following the fight, he challenged George Sotiropoulos to meet him at UFC 131 in late April in Bocek's hometown of Toronto. Although ambitious, Sotiropoulos has to get past Dennis Siver in late February before that can even remotely be discussed.