UFC 221 gave us a couple new fighters to get excited about, but does the UFC’s breakneck pace make it difficult to spotlight them, or is there something else going on that prevents the creation of new stars? MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes and retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes discuss in this week’s Trading Shots. * * * * Fowlkes: This is going to shock you, Danny, but here we are in the aftermath of UFC 221, and I find myself reeling from a bout of sudden, unexpected optimism. It was a lineup that many fans complained about, and seemingly not that many actually paid for . (In their defense, $65 for zero title fights and a couple Aussie-leaning mismatches is a little steep.) And yet, while I was sitting there watching exciting new talents like Israel Adesanya and Tai Tuivasa , I felt like, finally, here are some future prospects worth getting excited for.

UFC 221 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

February 11, 2018

UFC 221 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

February 11, 2018

Champ Robert Whittaker got his wish when ‘seriously crazy’ Yoel Romero won at UFC 221

February 11, 2018

UFC 221 loss didn’t halt Mark Hunt’s afterparty

February 11, 2018

Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Luke Rockhold and UFC 221′s other losing fighters?

February 11, 2018

Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for Yoel Romero and UFC 221′s other winning fighters?

February 11, 2018

UFC 221′s Tyson Pedro wants new bonus for ‘Walkout of the Night’

February 11, 2018

UFC 221 post-event facts: Is Yoel Romero the best third-round finisher of all-time?

February 11, 2018

Thanks to Yoel Romero’s hellacious left hand, middleweight is right back where it started

February 11, 2018

Thanks to Yoel Romero’s hellacious left hand, middleweight is right back where it started

February 11, 2018

UFC 221 video highlights: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy – with gunshot-like ground and pound

February 11, 2018

Shoe-beer drinker Tai Tuivasa really, really thinks he deserved $50,000 bonus

February 11, 2018

UFC 221 video highlights: Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen – with a brutal ending

February 11, 2018

UFC 221 winner Curtis Blaydes wants top-5 opponent in Chicago – and spot in UFC video game

February 11, 2018

Video replay: UFC 221 post-event press conference

February 11, 2018

UFC 221 Athlete Outfitting pay: Yoel Romero’s pay downgraded after missing weight

February 11, 2018

Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 221, including a key return to form for Tyson Pedro

February 11, 2018

UFC 221 video highlights: Curtis Blaydes vs. Mark Hunt

February 11, 2018

UFC 221 video highlights: Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold

February 11, 2018

Luke Rockhold reacts to UFC 221 knockout loss: Yoel Romero ‘made of steel’

February 11, 2018
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