(6/21/2008)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Dustin Hazelett - 96.2
2. Matt Brown - 92.4
3. Josh Burkman - 92.4
4. Rob Kimmons - 92.0
5. Amir Sadollah - 90.7
6. Diego Sanchez - 90.5
7. Drew McFedries - 90.5
8. Matt Arroyo - 90.5
9. Matt Riddle - 90.0
10. Kendall Grove - 89.9
UFC The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Dustin Hazelett vs. Josh Burkman
94.4
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.5
90.2
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
3:58
     This was a nice undercard fight between 2 relatively unknown guys... The fight started with Yundt picking Kimmons up off the ground for a slam, but Kimmons locked on a guillotine choke in the air, and then got slammed anyways... Once they were on the ground, Kimmons went for an armbar, a kimura, swept Yundt to get the mount, and eventually finished the fight after out-wrestling Yundt, by locking on another EXTREMELY tight guillotine choke... If Yundt wouldn't have tapped when he did, his head could have snapped off...
87.1
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
3:52
      Well, I expected a lot out of this fight, but I have no idea why my expectations for these guys are still high... Dean Lister was the man back in the day, and Jeremy Horn was also pretty excellent back in the day... Both guys are great grapplers, both guys have tons of experience, and both guys have empty gas tanks, and both guys are boring as shit to watch... The fight started with Dean Lister shooting in for the takedown, missing, and then he sat on the floor for a while cussing at himself for missing the shot... That sort of sums up the vibe of the whole fight, and luckily it didn't last past the first round, because Lister was able to eventually secure the guillotine choke for the submission victory near the end of the first round... I don't like either of these guys though, and I think they'd both be better off in an organization other than the UFC...
91.2
TKO
(Punches)
8:40
      Damn son! It looks like all of the good fights were on the undercard of this event... Matt Brown vs. Matt Arroyo was a rematch, and Matt Brown beat Arroyo's ass (basically), both times... The first 3-4 minutes of the first round consisted of Matt Arroyo beating up Brown with some really solid striking skills, and some solid grappling, but Brown came back with a vengeance at the end of the first round, just about destroying Arroyo... The second round was mostly Brown, with lots of striking attacks (punches, elbows, kicks, etc...) and eventually Arroyo pulled guard, and then got pounded in the face with Brown's heavy hands, until the referee was forced to stop the fight due to strikes... Great showing by both Matt Brown AND Matt Arroyo... I just think it sucks that the video was cut off abruptly when Matt Brown mentioned Tito Ortiz... What was that all about?
88.8
TKO
(Punches)
1:08
      This fight was kind of stupid, since Marvin Eastman has no business fighting in the UFC (maybe WEC, but NOT UFC)... It was easy to predict this one... Drew McFedries started the fight with the flying knee, and Eastman caught him, and slammed him to the ground... McFedries escaped, and then beat the shit out of Eastman, while Eastman wobbled all over the octagon, and eventually the referee stopped the fight, because Eastman got dominated... So, yeah... McFedries wins via first round TKO...
94.4
Submission
(Armbar)
9:46
      This was an awesome undercard fight that should have been shown on the live telecast... Josh Burkman spent the entire fight throwing grenades & lifting Hazelett up into the air for the big slams... Josh Burkman is a beast, and his submission escapes were very impressive in the first round, especially considering the fact that he was able to escape a laundry list of submissions from the Jiu-Jitsu wizard, Dustin Hazelett... Hazelett on the other hand, is one of the best Jiu-Jitsu fighters I've ever seen, and he has some pretty wild striking skills too, so even though Burkman looked like a monster out there, I think Hazelett actually won the first round due to his long chain of submission attempts... The second round was more of the same, with Hazelett almost getting slammed again, but he was able to transition the entire fight into the absolute sickest armbar I've ever seen, almost like an upside-down flying armbar thunder kick machine of destruction (insert a bunch of other really cool random words here)... So yeah, Hazelett wins by amazing armbar...
88.2
Decision
15:00
      This was a decent fight, even though I didn't really care too much about either fighter at the start of the fight (and still don't)... They both came out swinging, throwing bombs, they kept getting in the clinch, and they both threw tons of knees at each other... The first round was close, but I gave it SLIGHTLY to Riddle... The second round was pretty much all Riddle, because he started to control Rivera by taking him to the ground, and the third round was even more in the favor of Riddle... So, after a pretty decent 3 round fight, Matthew Riddle wins by unanimous decision...
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This was another decent fight, but I'm ready to see somebody get finished!!! COME ON DIEGO!!! (for the next fight)... Anyways, both of these guys put up decent fights, but Spencer Fisher won all 3 rounds in my opinion, pretty much controlling the fight the entire time, taking Stephens to the ground multiple times, and controlling on the feet... Near the end of the third round, Stephens knew he had to do something special to win, so he locked on a guillotine choke and squeezed as hard as he could, but Fisher hung in there, and won via unanimous decision...
89.2
TKO
(Knee & Punches)
14:07
      Well, this fight lasted quite a bit longer than I wanted it to, but it still ended with a definitive ending, so that was a good thing... I think Diego Sanchez basically won all 3 rounds anyways, but he was so sloppy & overly aggressive, I thought Luigi would catch him & knock him out eventually... With less than a minute left in the third round, Diego caught Luigi with a kick to the head, knocking him backwards, and then he jumped on him, and pounded away until the referee stopped the fight... Good ending, and decent fight overall, but I really hope the last 2 fights of the night are more exciting, otherwise this will be a failed event...
89.5
Submission
(Armbar)
3:02
      AW YEAH!!! I really disliked CB Dollaway during the season, and I was blown away when Sadollah finished him with an armbar during the season... Well, since Jesse Taylor got kicked off the show, CB Dollaway took his place in the finals, to get a quick rematch with Sadollah, AND LOST AGAIN DUE TO THE EXACT SAME ARMBAR!!! Amir Sadollah is the man, CB Dollaway still gets on my nerves, and I'm extremely happy that Amir Sadollah is this season's Ultimate Fighter... AWESOME!!!
87.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Well, this wasn't a very good main event in the first place, but after watching it, MEH, IT WAS OK, but it wasn't anything special... Evan Tanner is washed up and needs to retire again, and Kendal Grove used to be one of my favorite fighters, but he's just too tall & lanky & seems to have trouble controlling his body at times... In the end, after beating Tanner's ass for all 3 rounds, Kendal Grove won via SPLIT decision (which was weird, since 2 of the judges scored the fight, 30-26)... So yeah, whatever...
OVERALL 90.5
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