100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Donald Cerrone - 93.7
2. Joanne Calderwood - 93.2
3. Ali Bagautinov - 92.9
4. Steve Bosse - 92.9
5. Stephen Thompson - 92.3
6. Misha Cirkunov - 92.2
7. Olivier Aubin-Mercier - 91.8
8. Krzysztof Jotko - 91.7
9. Joe Soto - 91.3
10. Geane Herrera - 91.2
UFC Fight Night 89: MacDonald vs. Thompson
Location: Ontario, Canada
Elevation: 1,000'
-Fight of the Night-
Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote
Fighters & Matches 89.8
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 91.1
     Bagautinov came out like a demon in the opening round, blasting Herrera with countless bombs, both heavy punches and devestating kicks. Halfway through the round he took down Herrera against the cage. Herrera was looking for a leg lock or something, but Bagautinov unloaded on him with some heavy ground & pound, dropping bombs from the standing position. Bagautinov is well on his way to a 10-8 round, but Herrera deserves some credit for his chin. Herrera threw a few solid upkicks as well, but yeah, that round goes to Bagautinov easily.
     Bagautinov landed some heavy shots to start the second round, Herrera threw a big right punch, but missed, as Bagautinov ducked under it, took Herrera down, and found himself caught in an inverted triangle choke. It looked tight, but he pulled his head out and stood back up, tried to mount Herrera, and went back to his ground & pound strategy. Herrera went for another heel hook, but Bagautinov pounded his way out of that one as well. Herrera stood up, and then dumped a tired Bagautinov to the ground, and grabbed his back in the process. Herrera went for a body triangle, but he couldn't get it locked on, so Bagautinov spun out of it, and ended up back on top. Bagautinov stood up, and dropped some INSANE punches, nearly putting Herrera's head through the canvas. Like I said, Herrera is tough as hell, and he's survived 10 minutes so far, but Bagautinov is pretty clearly ahead on the scorecards going into the final round. Herrera stood back up at the end of the round, and landed a nice flying knee, but yeah, I have Bagautinov ahead, 20-18, going into the third.
     The final round started really slowly, with Bagautinov throwing a few strikes, but Herrera wasn't doing anything. Bagautinov eventually went for a single leg takedown, Herrera stayed standing, and threw a few flying knees in the process, but Bagautinov eventually got him down with 2 minutes left in the round, and almost immediately moved to full mount against the cage. Bagautinov continued to look for a takedown, Herrera locked on a TIGHT Kimura, and cranked the shit out of it, nearly ripping Bagautinov's arm off, but Bagautinov was able to escape, and get back into top control. Herrera rocked Bagautinov in the final 30 seconds with something, but he wasn't able to finish. Bagautinov got back on top in the final 10 seconds and punched Herrera in the face a lot. That was a fantastic fight, but it's a pretty clear victory for Bagautinov. Herrera MIGHT have won that final round with that Kimura, but he also got his ass kicked for a while, so... Just to be nice, I'll score this fight 29-28 for Bagautinov. All 3 judges gave all 3 rounds to Bagautinov. Great fight overall though, and Herrera continues to improve with every fight.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Covington started the fight with a wacky tornado kick, followed by a takedown attempt, which Meunier was able to stuff. Covington grabbed his back, and then dumped him to the ground, but Meunier stood back up again. He's showing some pretty fantastic takedown defense, but Covington was finally able to get him down one minute into the round. Covington tried to grab his back, and Meunier was throwing some elbows back at Covington's head. Covington continued to ride Meunier like a giant turtle, while throwing punches to the side of Meunier's head. Covington dumped Meunier to the ground, landing inside his guard with 2 minutes remaining in the opening round. The referee stood them up with 30 seconds left in the round. Nothing really happened in those 30 seconds. The first round goes to Covington.
     The second round had Covington still looking to win the fight by taking Meunier to the ground, and controlling him with his wrestling. Meanwhile, Meunier was looking for submissions from his guard. They sort of went into a heel hook battle, Covington tried to sit up, and Meunier blasted him with a hard back elbow. Covington eventually spun out of the leg lock danger, and grabbed Meunier's back again, going for another turtle ride. Meunier kept looking for submissions, but his blue belt wasn't making much progress for him.Covington really started to grind the shit out of him in the final 20 seconds of the round. I have Covington ahead, 20-18, going into the final round.
     The third round looked like it could be more of the same, until Covington blasted Meunier with a spinning back fist, he dropped Meunier, jumped on him, grabbed his back, and put him away with a rear-naked choke. Really nice finish for Colby Covington, against a dude I've never heard of, that took the fight on short notice. Covington is building quite the record in the UFC, I just wish it was against fighters I've heard of. Anying Wang? Wagner Silva Gomes? Jonathan Meunier? I mean, Mike Pyle is legit, but other than that, his other 3 wins leave me with a question mark above my head. Congrats to Covington for getting another win. And... Did he just call out GSP? In Canada? Hahaha... Take this dude's mic away from him. WAIT! Hahaha... AND THEN he called out Demian Maia? And said that Maia isn't a real grappler? GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE.
      These girls are both sloppy strikers. They're both fairly aggressive, but neither fighter seems to have very sharp striking at all. There was a decent amount of grinding, some basic grappling, Markos had a minute or so where she was looking for a heel hook near the end of the round, and the round ended with Markos on top, in an awkward position, raining down punches to the head of Lybarger. Round one goes to Markos.
     The second round started as a bit of a brawl, with Markos landing the heavier punches, and Lybarger using her range to pick apart Markos from distance. 30 seconds in, and they're already clinching again. They continued to trade random strikes. They both have very flat footed styles, pretty terrible movement, and they throw awkward arm punches. That was a close round, but I guess I'll score it for Markos, since her hair is red and she looks like a pastry. This isn't a very good fight so far though. So everyone agree? Markos is up 2-0 going into the final round?
     The third round started with the same shitty striking, until Markos grabbed Lybarger's back and tried to drag her to the ground 2 minutes into the round. Lybarger was able to stay standing though, so now we're back to clinching against the cage. They split up, continued to trade ugly punches for a little while, and then Markos shot for another takedown, and failed again. The final minute of the fight sort of turned into a bit of a brawl, with Markos moving forward for the most part. So... Easy 30-27 decision for Markos in my opinion. All 3 judges agreed for the most part, giving her the unanimous decision victory.
      The first round started off at a slow pace, with Theodorou throwing some random kicks, mostly "jab kicks", while Alvey just stood upright, with a smirk on his face, waiting to unload that left hand of his. We're halfway through the first round, and I'm not sure if Alvey has even thrown a single jab yet. Wait! Alvey threw a punch! It didn't land, but he threw one at least. The most action in this fight so far, has been Big John McCarthy repeatedly telling Theodorou to close his fingers, and Theodorou saying "Sorry..." Theodorou wins round one with his movement and Karate point striking. These guys really need to engage though.
     Theodorou continued to pick apart Alvey with his point striking for the first half of the second round, until Alvey blasted him with a massive uppercut, but Theodorou recovered quickly, and got control of the clinch. They traded places a few times against the cage in the clinch, until the referee decided to just randomly split them up. Theodorou threw a nice high kick once they separated, and then they went back into the clinch battle against the cage. That round could maybe go either way, but I have Theodorou ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
     The crowd was clearly bored in the third round, so Alvey started taunting, clearly waiting for Theodorou to attack, so he could counter, but Theodorou was playing it safe, staying on the outside, using his point striking Karate. There was an awkward scramble, Theodorou grabbed Alvey's back and ran across the cage, pressing him against the fence for a second, and then they split up again. Alvey finally landed a decent punch with 2 minutes left in the round, but Theodorou clinched with him, pressing him against the cage again. With 30 seconds left in the fight, the referee split them up, and told them to fight. They didn't... I scored this fight 30-27 for Theodorou. The crowd was an ocean of "BOOOOOOO" when the fight ended. These guys should both go to Bellator.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Beal spent the first round picking apart Soto with some hard punch combinations. Soto tried for a single leg takedown at one point, but Beal easily slipped out of that. With 2 minutes left in the round, Soto tried to pull guard, sort of, but Beal stayed standing and punched him instead. In the final minute, Beal really unloaded with some killer boxing, showing some slick footwork, and some extremely hard punch combinations. Round one easily goes to Beal.
     Beal continued to work that crisp striking in the first half of the second round, but Soto eventually turned it into a brawl, he rocked Beal, took him down, went for a guillotine, Beal rolled out of that, and then Soto took his back, looking for a rear-naked choke. Soto finished the round by moving to side control. Beal looks exhausted at this point. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Beal seems to have recovered at the start of the third round, as he's back to the crisp boxing that he showed earlier in the fight, and he's rocked Soto a few times with some of the punches. Beal hurt Soto a few times, but halfway through the round, Soto grabbed Beal's back again, looking for that rear-naked choke. Soto locked that shit on tight, squeezed the shit out of Beal's jaw, and Beal was forced to submit late in the third round. Congrats to Soto for FINALLY getting his first win in the UFC. Beal on the other hand, is now on a 3-Fight losing streak. That might not mean too much though, since Soto was also on a 3-Fight losing streak, coming into this fight.
      Well then... McCrory came out there, looking like he was super calm, ready to take a nap. After circling each other for a few seconds, Jotko blasted McCrory in the jaw, and knocked him the fuck out. There you go McCrory, enjoy your nap. That sucks, because I like McCrory, and I really wanted to see him do big things in the UFC, but he got knocked out cold, and it didn't take long either. Jotko is a fucking beast, and his left hand is brutal. Congrats to Krzysztof Jotko for a pretty big KO victory over a tough opponent.
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      These guys are both swinging for the fences, with some really crisp boxing. Every punch that lands, looks like it could stop a train. Both guys got clipped early too. Cutelaba was supposed to have the advantage on the feet, and Cirkunov the advantage on the ground, but it looked like Cirkunov was landing the better strikes. He tried to take Cutelaba down, failed miserably, and Cutelaba mounted him. They stood back up. This fight is extremely even so far. I'm going to score that round 10-10. It's worth noting that Cirkunov looks like he's slowing down significantly. If I HAD to pick a winner, I'd probably say Cirkunov won that round, but Cutelaba looks a little more fresh going into the second round.
     Cirkunov continued to pick apart Cutelaba with his boxing in the second round, blasting him with some big combinations, and rocking him a few times. Cutelaba seems to be having a lot of issues with Cirkunov's southpaw stance. This fight is slowing down significantly at the end of the second round, and I have Cirkunov ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. It COULD be all tied up, but I think the crowd is on Cirkunov's side, so I doubt the judges are feeling any different. This is the first time Cutelaba has ever seen the third round.
     Cirkunov cut Cutelaba with a superman punch in the final round, and then finally took him to the ground. Cirkunov hopped over for an arm-triangle choke, and finished the fight by submission pretty quickly. Ion "The Can Crusher" Cutelaba has officially met piece of metal that he can't crush, as Cirkunov beat him up for 2 rounds on the feet (Cutelaba's own game), and then fook him down and finished him with the quickness in the third round with his grappling. Strong performance by Misha Cirkunov.
      Silva landed some solid kicks, and then got sloppy, sort of slipped, and Saggo took him to the ground, landing in sort of a modified side control. Saggo looked like he was maybe looking for an arm-triangle, but he was on the wrong side of Silva. Silva tried to sweep Saggo, and nearly ripped his leg off in the process. Saggo is showing some solid flexibility, as well as top control. They stood back up with a minute left in the round, but nothing really happened before the buzzer. Round one goes to Saggo.
     Silva landed some really nice punches & kicks to start the second round, and Saggo looked a bit awkward with his striking. Silva shot for a takedown 90 seconds in, but Saggo stuffed it. You can see Saggo's punches coming from a mile away. Saggo was still able to land with a few things, but Silva did a good job moving out of the way, and keep him under control for the most part. Silva also dropped Saggo with a leg kick halfway through the round. Saggo shot for a takedown with 90 seconds left, but Silva stuffed it. Silva continued to beat up Saggo on the feet, and then caught a kick at the end of the round, slammed Saggo to the ground, and it looked like Saggo's leg was going to fall off with the way he was slammed. Fortunately for Saggo, he's not actually built like an action figure. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They continued to trade strikes at a fairly even pace for the most part in the third round, but Saggo rocked Silva, and then shot for a takedown, but Silva stuffed it. Saggo really started to pick apart Silva with his kicks halfway through the final round. In the final minute of the round, Silva really started to outwork Saggo, and even caught a kick, taking Saggo to the ground with 30 seconds left. Silva dropped an elbow and tried to pass Saggo's guard, and finished out the round with a series of hammerfists, that in my opinion, were just enough to steal the round. Saggo was well on his way to a decision victory, but I ended up scoring the fight 29-28 in favor of Silva. I smell a split-decision coming though. Yup... And the Canadian judges screwed Silva in my opinion, ending his 4-Fight winning streak. Congrats to Saggo for getting the split-decision victory though.
(Body Kick & Punches)
      These girls traded a few strikes, and then went into a clinch battle against the cage. Calderwood tripped Letourneau, landing inside her guard. Letourneau was looking for an armbar, while Calderwood was dropping big punches from the sky. They stood back up, and Calderwood blasted Letourneau with some hard punches, she nearly knocked her unconscious with a spinning backfist, and then went crazy with punches on the ground, but Letourneau was able to recover quickly. I honestly thought she was out there for a few seconds. They stood back up, Calderwood kicked Letourneau in the boob, and her top came down for a second, but she recovered quickly. They both traded some heavy punches at the end of the round. Round one goes to Calderwood.
     Letourneau started the second round with a nice kick to the face. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace for half of the round, before Calderwood secured another takedown, this time landing in half mount. They eventually stood back up, and continued to trade strikes at a decent pace. Letourneau threw a kick, and Calderwood took her down again. Letourneau landed some nice elbows from her guard, before Calderwood stood back up. This is a good competitive fight, and I have Calderwood ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
     They continued to trade strikes at a good pace in the final round, until Calderwood kicked Letourneau in the ribs, and Letourneau almost went down. Calderwood attacked her, looking for the finish, and then Calderwood kicked Letourneau in the chest, and her shirt nearly came off. I THOUGHT the referee was going to stop the fight, because Letourneau walked off with frustration, but the referee told them to keep fighting. Letourneau looks like she wants to punch Reebok in the face. Calderwood kicked her in the stomach again, Letourneau turned her back and walked away, clearly in pain, and Calderwood absolutely fucking mauled her with punches and knees, and then a spinning backfist before Letourneau fell to the ground and the fight was stopped. Outstanding finish for Joanne Calderwood, in the first ever UFC Women's Flyweight Fight.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      The first round started with some hard strikes, both guys throwing head kicks, Mercier threw a nice flying knee, Gouti clipped him with an uppercut, and halfway through the round, Mercier was finally able to complete one of his takedown attempts, pressing Gouti against the cage on the ground. Mercier blasted him with a few heavy punches on the ground, before spinning around to try to take his back. Gouti scrambled out of that bad position, and got on top of Mercier, and blasted him with some really heavy punches, rocking the shit out of Mercier. They stood back up, and Mercier looked wobbly. They traded a few more heavy strikes before the end of hthe round. Gouti nearly put away Mercier with his final barrage of punches in the final 10 seconds or so. That round was competitive as hell, but I'm going to have to score that one for Gouti. I can see the Canadian judges maybe leaning in favor of Mercier though.
     The second round had Mercier beating up Gouti on the feet for a little while, but then he got clipped, so he shot for a takedown, Gouti tried to stop him with a guillotine, and Mercier slammed him, ending up half mount, avoiding the choke. From there, Mercier was able to drop a few elbows before Gouti regained his guard. Mercier continued to drop some pretty decent elbows from inside Gouti's guard. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but I wouldn't be shocked if Mercier is ahead, 2-0 on the scorecards.
     The final round started with Mercier clinching with Gouti's back, he threw him to the ground, latched on with the body triangle, and now he has 4 minutes to work for the rear-naked choke. Gouti rolled around for 90 seconds or so, doing a great job defending against the choke, but he eventually tried to sit up, Mercier finally got under his chin, and got the quick submission halfway through the final round. Mercier's record in UFC fights that take place in Canada, is quickly catching up to the #1 guy, Georges St. Pierre. To be honest, I kind of hope they keep Mercier in Canada, and don't bother sending him to other countries at this point.
      This fight is fucking chaos, hahaha... Both guys are swinging for the fences, all 4 fists are like rocketships, flying straight for their faces. Every time that I thought Bosse hurt O'Connell, he would get blasted by a counter, and everything would reset. At one point, O'Connell basically knocked out Bosse, followed him to the ground, continued to pound on him, and Bosse STILL somehow recovered, and got back to his feet. They continued to brawl wildly, with Bosse probably taking the most damage from the majority of the exchanges. Halfway through the round, it turned into a bit of a clinch battle while they both tried to refuel. By the end of the round, it looked like Bosse was slightly in control, but you still have to give that round to O'Connell for practically knocking out Bosse earlier in the round.
     The second round started, and Bosse fired off a few more rocketships at O'Connell's head, rocking the shit out of him in the first 15 seconds. O'Connell then slowed things down again by clinching. They switched places several times in the clinch, as O'Connell was looking to takedown Bosse, and Bosse was looking to break apart to return to striking range. Bosse broke free 90 seconds into the round. They both clipped each other with some heavy punches, they were both clearly rocked, O'Connell threw a kick, but was off balance, and Bosse caught the kick and threw him to the ground, where he tackled him and beat him up for a little while. Bosse pretty much mauled O'Connell with heavy punches on the ground. Bosse moved to side control, unloaded some brutal punches, and still couldn't put away O'Connell. O'Connell turtled up, Bosse continued to punch him in the face, and they eventually stood back up with 30 seconds left in the round. This fight is fucking insane, and I have the score all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was a wild brawl. O'Connell's face looks like it's been hit by a sledgehammer, and Bosse still looks surprisingly fresh. Bosse is moving a lot more, and landing the better shots, showing a little more creativity with his boxing. O'Connell on the other hand is hanging in there, and trying for takedowns and stuff, but Bosse has this one in the bag in my opinion. With 10 seconds left in the round, they did the high five thing, and then kept the brawl going until Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight, out of fear that the crowd might be too loud to hear the buzzer. Outstanding performance by both fighters, and this has to be a 29-28 win for Bosse. All 3 judges agreed, with one judge even giving the fight to Bosse, 29-27. That fight was crazy as fuck.
      Cote started this fight by blasting Cerrone in the jaw with a big right hand, and then Cerrone took down Cote. Cote used an omoplata to flip his way out of the bottom position, and they stood back up. They traded a few strikes, Cerrone landed a decent head kick with his lead leg, and then shot for another takedown when Cote tried to rush him. This time Cerrone landed in half mount. Cote tried to roll out of that, and Cerrone took his back. Cerrone slapped on a rear-naked choke, but Cote somehow escaped it. Cerrone still had the body triangle though, with a minute left in the round. Cerrone gave up position, they scrambled around wildly, and Cerrone stood up with 15 seconds left in the round. Round one goes to Cerrone.
     The second round had a lot of back & forth action, with both guys throwing some hard punches & kicks, and I was SLIGHTLY leaning toward Cote in that round, but Cerrone clipped him with 90 seconds left, nearly knocking him out, but Cote somehow survived, and Cerrone let him back up. Cerrone is also chewing up Cote's lead leg with brutal kicks. This has to be killing the Canadian judges, but Cerrone is pretty clearly ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. If Cote wants to win this fight, he needs to find a finish somehow. How do you finish this massive version of Cerrone? I have no idea. Unless Cote can hit that perfect body shot, and finish him off with a follow up, I don't see this fight going Cote's way.
     Cerrone nearly knocked out Cote again, 20 seconds into the final round. Cote looks like he still wants to brawl, but Cerrone is beating the shit out of him at this point. COME ON COTE! THIS IS CANADA! WHERE'S YOUR HEAD AT!?! Cote is throwing some pretty solid combinations, but Cerrone's brutal kicks are doing some serious damage on a variety of levels. Halfway through the round, Cerrone blasted Cote with a massive left hook, Cote dropped, Cerrone mounted him, and then mauled him with punches on the ground, forcing the referee to stop the fight. This was the first time Cote has been stopped due to strikes in his entire career, unless you count the "TKO" against Anderson Silva, which was basically just a knee injury. But yeah, Donald Cerrone is legit as fuck, and he's 100% more dangerous than I expected him to be at welterweight. I wonder where he's going to fight next?
      This fight started off kind of slow, with Thompson throwing a single side kick, and MacDonald looking for a flying heel hook, all in the first 90 seconds of the fight. Other than those 2 moves, this fight was all about bouncing around and waiting to see what would happen, like a game of Chess. After another minute or so, MacDonald went for the same heel hook attempt, and Thompson just stepped out of it and walked away. They clinched for a little while at the end of the round, which I thought Thompson controlled slightly. They broke apart and traded a few strikes. There wasn't a ton of action in the first round, and it could maybe go either way. I scored it for Thompson though, based on landing more strikes. MacDonald's heel hook attempts looked flashy, but he didn't get close to finishing any of them.
      Thompson continued to chip away at MacDonald with some punches & kicks in the second round. MacDonald tried that heel hook thing again, and failed again. He also shot for a straight up takedown, and Thompson stuffed that as well. Thompson continued to chip away at MacDonald for the rest of the round at a relatively slow pace. I have Thompson up, 20-18, going into the third round.
      MacDonald landed some decent punches in the third round, but Thompson was still outworking him on the feet in my opinion. They clinched, MacDonald fell to the ground, went for another leg lock, and Thompson stepped out of it again, but this one was closer than the ones earlier in the fight. That was the most even round so far, with MacDonald landing more power shots than the previous rounds, but I still feel like Thompson won that round as well, landing a lot more kicks, and the cleaner punches. He also looks significantly faster. I have the score 30-27 going into the fourth round, all rounds going to Thompson so far.
      This are looking a little more wild in the fourth round, with MacDonald still moving forward, while Thompson is blasting him with violent combinations. It looked like MacDonald hurt Thompson 2 minutes into the round, but he slowed down instead of going for the kill, and that allowed Thompson to blast him with some brutal combinations. The round ended with Thompson still chipping away at MacDonald with punches & kicks. So far, this is looking like Thompson is going to win this fight with a clean sweep. MacDonald is always super dangerous, but he isn't bringing enough offense in this fight yet. 40-36 for Thompson, going into the final round.
      The final round was an insane brawl, with both guys getting rocked a little bit, and after a brutal exchange, MacDonald's nose was busted open, Thompson almost caught him with a spinning wheel kick, and then MacDonald sort of tried to take him down or something, and Thompson ended up on top in side control. After controlling him on the ground for a few seconds, Thompson stood back up. They continued to trade, with Thompson beating up MacDonald for the most part. In the end, I scored this fight 50-45 in favor of Thompson, and I'm going to be irate if Canada screws him on the scorecards. All 3 judges got it right, and gave the fight to Thompson by unanimous decision. If this doesn't earn him a title shot, I have no idea what possibly could.