(6/7/2008)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Matt Wiman - 93.7
2. Nate Marquardt - 93.6
3. Kevin Burns - 93.1
4. Antoni Hardonk - 91.9
5. Thiago Tavares - 91.8
6. Thales Leites - 91.7
7. Michael Bisping - 91.4
8. Mike Swick - 91.2
9. Eddie Sanchez - 90.4
10. Roan Carneiro - 90.4
UFC 85: Bedlam
Location: London, England
Elevation: 115'
Elevation: 115'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
92.4
Fighters & Matches 89.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.8
91.6
TKO
(Punches)
9:15
     FUCK YEAH! I'm starting to like this Antoni Hardonk guy... This was a bad ass fight from beginning to end, especially for heavyweights... I gave the first round to Eddie Sanchez for his aggressive striking attacks, HEAVY punches, lots of umph behind his attacks, etc... Hardonk was able to defend himself from the ground & pound decently using his defensive Jiu-Jitsu skills though... Sanchez came out in the second round obviously a bit fatigued, and Hardonk let loose with the leg kicks, almost causing Sanchez to buckle, but Sanchez hung in there, until Hardonk unleashed some of the heaviest punch combinations I've ever seen, literally turning Sanchez's face into pudding... Hardonk is the man, and he won near the end of the second round with a hard fought TKO...
87.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was an ok fight, but it seemed kind of sloppy. Jess Liaudin controlled most of the fight, taking Taylor down at will, and also doing a good job launching punch, kick, knee & elbow combos throughout the entire fight. In my opinion, Jess Liaudin should have won this fight, and after it was over, the referee raised Liaudin's hand & pointed at him, and then got a weird look on his face, and then raised Taylor's hand, so I'm assuming the referee agreed with me. Either way, Paul Taylor walks away with the split-decision victory.
88.0
TKO
(Punches)
2:07
      Last time I saw Luiz Cane, he lost by DQ for an illegal knee early in his fight against, I THINK, James Irvin? Anyways, the point is, he's a pretty solid striker, and he showed that tonight by beating up Lambert's face like a punching bag, knocking him out several times in the first 2 minutes of round one... Lambert got his ass whipped... Luiz Cane is good, but I won't know how GREAT, until he fights a more solid opponent...
92.0
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
7:53
      Hell yeah! Another excellent undercard fight that should have been on the main card... Kevin Burns makes his UFC debut on short notice, by beating Roan Carneiro's ass (a pretty impressive feat)... The first round consisted of Carneiro shooting for the takedown, and getting hammer fisted all to hell for a while, and then once Carneiro finally secured the takedown, Burns showed some of the most impressive defensive Jiu-Jitsu I've seen in a while (yes, even more impressive than Antoni Hardonk...) The second round started and it looked like it was going to be more of the same, but out of nowhere, Burns locked on a triangle choke, forcing the Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Roan Carneiro, to submit... Awesome debut for Kevin Burns...
92.4
KO
(Punches)
6:57
      This fight was pretty cool... I honestly can't remember what happened during the first round, because the second round was such an explosion that it rocked my memory!!! Basically, all that matters is that both guys put up a hell of a fight, both guys had moments of excellent striking, both guys showed that they had great ground grappling skills, but in the end, Matt Wiman pulled a combination of punches out of nowhere, that ended up knocking Tavares clean unconscious... GREAT ending to an otherwise, pretty solid fight...
87.5
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
2:44
      This was sort of a slow fight, even though it ended in under 3 minutes of the first round... Basically, Kampmann took Rivera to the ground with a trip from the clinch, and then worked his ground game, transitioning from Rivera's back, to a side choke attempt, eventually finishing the fight with a guillotine choke... Not much else to say really, solid performance by Kampmann I guess, and Rivera didn't do anything impressive at all...
87.8
TKO
(Punches)
4:40
      This fight sucked... It started off pretty decently, with the obvious strengths showing for both fighters... Brandon Vera was scoring on the feet, and Fabricio Werdum was scoring with his takedowns & Jiu-Jitsu... With only 20 seconds or so left in the first round, Werdum took Vera to the ground, got full mount, and started punching Vera in the face, and Vera was doing a good job covering up... The referee stopped the fight anyways (early)... So yeah, sucks that it ended like this, because I was really looking forward to this fight...
92.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was pretty close... Leites rocked Marquardt with a hard punch early in the fight, but Marquardt recovered quickly... The round ended with Marquardt almost knocking out Leites... So, very close fight during the first round, but I gave it slightly to Marquardt... The second round was pretty much all Marquardt, he completely dominated Leites, beating the shit out of him with some hard punch combinations & some vicious ground & pound... Evening out the fight once again though, was the illegal knee by Marquardt, causing him to lose a point from the referee, making the overall scorecards hard to judge at this point, VERY close fight going into the third round... The third round was also pretty much all Marquardt, pretty much destroying Leites in my opinion, BUT, Marquardt got ANOTHER point deducted for an illegal strike to the back of the head (which was a bad call in my opinion)... In the end, Thales Leites won the fight by split-decision... BULLSHIT!!! Leites got his ass kicked, and Marquardt got screwed... FUCK THAT...
89.6
Decision
15:00
      This was a good fight... It was fairly one-sided, with Swick winning most of the standup exchanges, and also dominating with the ground game, due to his ground control, and wrestling skills... By the end of the fight, Marcus Davis's face was covered with blood, and he had a GIANT gash under his left eye on his cheek bone, BRUTAL!!! But yeah, Swick beat his ass, and won by unanimous decision...
89.7
TKO
(Punches)
3:42
      This was a quick little fight, and quite a bit of fun to watch... Jason Day called out Bisping, so Bisping answered, and beat his ass... The entire fight consisted of Bisping punching Day, throwing Day around the octagon, ALL DAY LONG!!! PUN INTENDED!!! HA HA HA!!! Anyways, Michael Bisping beat his ass, and won via first round TKO...
88.2
TKO
(Flying Knee & Punches)
6:02
      Well, this was a fairly predictable fight... Thiago Alves couldn't make weight (came it at 174 pounds, for the 170 pound fight...) I think everybody knew ahead of time that Thiago Alves would win this fight due to strikes, and that's exactly what he did... The first round was somewhat uneventful in my opinion, and the second round was ok, especially when Alves threw that flying knee and knocked out Hughes... So, yeah... Whatever... Ultimately, kind of a lame main event... Hughes looked like a gnome compared to the giant Alves though... AND, after the fight was over, Hughes called out Matt Serra for his last fight, and that's one I'd like to see, so hopefully Hughes fights Serra, and then Hughes retires...
OVERALL 90.8
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