100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Eddie Alvarez - 94.6
2. Gilbert Burns - 93.5
3. Joseph Duffy - 92.6
4. Alberto Mina - 92.5
5. Derrick Lewis - 92.1
6. Marco Beltran - 92.0
7. Pedro Munhoz - 91.7
8. Vicente Luque - 91.7
9. Alan Jouban - 91.7
10. Anthony Birchak - 91.3
UFC Fight Night 90: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Eddie Alvarez vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Fighters & Matches 89.8
Top 10 Fighters 92.4
TOTAL 91.1
(D'Arce Choke)
     These guys spent the first minute of the fight hopping around, doing nothing at all. Luque then kicked Herrera in the dick, but it didn't bother him. Luque threw a few leg kicks, and Herrera blasted him in the face with a big right hand. Luque took down Herrera with a single leg takedown, but Herrera popped right back up, as Luque pressed him against the cage. Luque was trying to a deep double leg, but Herrera did a decent job spreading his legs to stay standing. Luque eventually took him back down halfway through the round. Luque postured up, and dropped some decent elbows. Herrera tried to scramble back to his feet, while Luque continued to pound on him with elbows from half mount against the cage. Herrera stood back up with a minute left in the round, but he was clearly exhausted. Herrera landed a few decent strikes, before Luque took him down for a third time with 20 seconds left in the round. Luque landed a few more elbows before the round ended. Round one clearly goes to Luque.
     They traded a few strikes to start the second round, and then Luque shot for another takedown one minute into the round. Herrera landed some elbows on the way down, but Luque quickly stole those points with some hammerfists & elbows on the ground. They stood back up, Luque landed some decent shots, and then took Herrera down again with 2 minutes left in the round, and continued to throw short punches. Luque moved to side control, locked on a D'Arce choke, and finished the fight by submission in the last half of the second round. Another solid submission finish for Vicente Luque.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys traded some decent shots, and then Vieira shot for a takedown to get past Beltran's range, one minute into the first round, he got clipped with a knee on the way in, but he was still able to complete the takedown. Beltran popped back up though. Vieira shot for another takedown, and Beltran blasted him in the back of the neck with an elbow. The referee warned him for the shot. Vieira was back on top 90 seconds into the round, pressing Beltran into the cage. Beltran stood back up, got punched in the face a few times on his way up, and then Vieira took him down again, grinding him against the cage on the way down like a cheese grater. Beltran was able to get back up by grabbing the cage. Beltran jumped in and threw an awkward superman punch. Beltran blasted Vieira with a few more punches as Vieira was still shooting for takedowns, and Beltran blasted him with a brutal knee to the forehead that cut him open. Vieira took down Beltran one more time as the bell sounded. Vieira clearly won the wrestling, but Beltran clearly won the striking. I'm not 100% sure who won that round. I'd probably give it to Beltran, based on damage.
     Vieira blasted Beltran with some big punches, Beltran clipped him with a counter, Beltran waved him in, and they both clashed in an all out brawl. Vieira had Beltran up against the cage, he blasted him with a series of punches to the body, and then he lifted him up, carried him to the center of the cage, and dumped him to the ground. Strong start for Vieira in the second round. Beltran tried to use his butterfly guard to kick out, while Vieira blasted him in the face with some nice punches. Beltran finally kicked Vieira off of him halfway through the round, Beltran blasted him with a brutal upkick that rocked him, Vieira fell back for a leg lock, Beltran postured up, and blasted him with some heavy punches, before grabbed Vieira's back, and then he finished him with a rear-naked choke. That was a fantastic performance by Marco Beltran.
      These guys started the first round by floating around the octagon while trading hard punches & kicks. Burns shot for a takedown one minute into the round, but Sajewski was able to stuff it. Sajewski clipped Burns with some big punches, and it looked like Burns was hurt, but he recovered, and blasted Sajewski with a nice punch combination of his own. Burns then kicked Sajewski in the dick. When the fight started back up, they both went back to trading aggressive kicks. Sajewski got clipped by something, his legs did the chicken dance, and Burns slapped on a guillotine choke, they rolled around for a second, and Sajewski magically escaped. They clinched, and Burns attempted a few throws, but Sajewski did a good job staying on his feet. They split up, and Burns unloaded on Sajewski with some big punches & knees, before taking him down against the cage. Burns grabbed his back, and tried to find a rear-naked choke, but they were sitting awkwardly, so he had some trouble locking it on. Burns switched to an armbar from the back, and finished the fight inside the last 10 seconds. Gilbert Burns is a fucking beast on the ground.
      Arantes came out swinging, blasted Sanders with some hard punches, knees and kicks, Sanders fell down, and Arantes locked on an anaconda choke. He gave that up to grab the back of Sanders, and Sanders wrestled his way out of that, into top position. Sanders wrestled his way into full mount, and held down Arantes for a while. Sanders threw a few short punches, but for a guy that holds full mount for long periods of time, he sure doesn't do much damage. Arantes regained his guard, and started looking for an armbar. Sanders avoided any danger there, started to move toward side control, and landed a few short elbows & punches. Round one goes to Sanders.
     The second round started with Sanders looking for more takedowns, eventually getting Arantes to the ground 30 seconds into the round. Arantes kicked Sanders off of him, but Sanders just climbed right back into Arantes's guard. Arantes went for another armbar, and this time he forced the submission pretty quickly, by verbal submission. Sanders walked away clearly disappointed with the damage done to his arm. Great comeback victory for Felipe Arantes.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Doane came out swinging, and blasted Munhoz early with some hard kicks. Munhoz countered with a nice left hook though. They continued to trade, and Doane rocked Munhoz with a series of punches. They both landed some heavy punches, and then Munhoz shot for a takedown, and then took Doane's back, but Munhoz's forehead was already bleeding all over the place. Munhoz hooked on a guillotine choke with the quickness, pulled guard, and Doane was forced to submit. I'm not going to lie, that was a badass guillotine choke.
      Birchak kicked Lopes early, and Lopes immediately chased him to the ground, burning a lot of energy to try to get Birchak to the ground. Birchak threw some sharp elbows behind him to the side of Lopes's arm, which actually looked like it probably sucked for Lopes. There was a wild scramble, Lopes stayed on Birchak's back, and Birchak calmly walked over to his corner with Lopes clinging to his back. Birchak threw some hard elbows down at the thigh of Lopes. I'm liking Birchak's defensive elbows, but he needs to make sure he protects that neck. Birchak spun around, and slammed Lopes. Birchak then unloaded on him with some big punches from the sky. Lopes turtled up, and Birchak blasted him with a knee from the clinch. They both got rocked, Birchak by a punch, and Lopes by some knees from the clinch. There was another wild scramble, and Lopes took Birchak's back again. Birchak stood up, and Lopes couldn't cling to his back anymore. Birchak started looking for a Kimura, while Lopes clinched with his back. That was a crazy first round. Birchak won the striking, and Lopes won the grappling. I'm calling that round a wild ass draw. Birchak also cut his finger somehow, so hopefully the fight doesn't end due to that injury.
     Lopes blasted Birchak in the jaw with a big left hand in the first minute of the second round. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace, and Birchak clinched with Lopes against the cage. There was a wild exchange, they were both basically knocked out, but still standing, and they continued to swing wildly like two drunk animals. This fight is fucking crazy. I really like the elbows & knees that Birchak throws to the limbs of Lopes in the clinch. There was a wild scramble, Birchak ducked down, Lopes almost caught him in a guillotine, and they reset back in the clinch. I scored that round for Birchak, based on slightly better striking, as well as some really solid takedown defense. This fight could be all over the place on the scorecards at this point.
     They final round had some solid striking exchanges, with Birchak landing the better shots, and a few decent clinch grappling exchanges, with Lopes in control, but he still couldn't get Birchak to the ground again. Birchak blasted Lopes with a kick, followed it up with some punches, and they continued to trade wildly. Birchak blasted Lopes with a hard right hand to the chin. Birchak continued to pick apart Lopes on the feet, while stuffing takedowns like a pro. Lopes literally ran away for a few seconds. Birchak wanted to brawl in the center of the cage, but Lopes just wanted to run away. I scored this fight 29-28 for Birchak. One judge gave all 3 rounds to Lopes which is fucking retarded. The other two judges agreed with me, and gave the fight to Birchak. Good fight overall, but I'm disappointed that he didn't finish the fight.
      Baghdad threw a hard leg kick, and Makdessi caught it, and held onto his foot for a few seconds. Kicking Makdessi is like kicking quicksand. Baghdad is significantly taller than Makdessi, which seems to be causing problems for Makdessi as he can't get inside Baghdad's reach. Baghdad landed a few nice combinations, and then he threw a kick, which Makdessi caught, and countered with a big punch to the chin. Baghdad threw a head kick, but Makdessi is too short, so it basically just went over his head. Baghdad is really landing with some heavy leg kicks, causing the outside of Makdessi's left leg to show a clear bruise already. Round one goes to Baghdad for being a little more active with his striking.
     This fight is a lot slower than I expected it to be. They keep showing the numbers, and apparently they've both landed almost the same amount of strikes, but Baghdad is throwing more often, so Makdessi's accuracy is a lot cleaner. The second round didn't have many noteworth moments, but I'll score it for Makdessi, just so I can say it's all tied up going into the final round. Hopefully someone really has a standout performance in the final round.
     Baghdad dropped Makdessi in the opening seconds of the third round, with some BRUTAL punches, he nearly finished him, and then he fell to his back looking for a flying armbar. Makdessi easily avoided that, and ended up on top inside Baghdad's guard. Baghdad rubbed Makdessi's head a lot, while Makdessi was punching his body with short shots on the ground. Baghdad's fight IQ is pretty poor. Makdessi stood back up, and they reset in the center of the cage. Baghdad nearly knocked Makdessi's head off with a huge left hand, but it barely seemed to phase him. They continued to trade, and in my opinion, Makdessi is landing the better shots in the last half of the final round. Baghdad shot for some terrible takedowns, which Makdessi stuffed easily. Makdessi unloaded on Baghdad in the final minute of the fight, knocked him down, jumped into his guard, and continued to pound on him with short punches until the end of the round. In my opinion, Makdessi deserves to win this fight 29-28, but I won't be shocked by the decision going either way. Two judges agreed with me, giving the hard fought split-decision victory to John Makdessi.
(Flying Knee & Punches)
      2 minutes into the opening round, and all that's happened so far is Mina threw a few strikes, missed with most of them, landed a nice kick to the body, and the shot for a random takedown, landing inside Quicksand's guard. The referee stood them up a few seconds later due to inactivity. Mina blasted Pyle, knocked him down, it LOOKED like he pretty clearly knocked him out, but Pyle recovered quickly, and pulled guard. Mina landed some brutal punches to the body on the ground, but for the most part, Pyle had him tied up, so Mina couldn't do much. Mina stood up, and dove in with a bomb, and Pyle tied him up again. They stood up with 20 seconds left in the round, Mina shot for another takedown, and Pyle caught him in a guillotine, but Mina was saved by the bell. Round one goes to Mina.
     The second round was more of the same, with Mina winning the standup exchanges, he knocked Pyle down a couple of times, Pyle tried to work some upkicks, he stood back up, and then Mina knocked him out with a brutal flying knee, followed by some heavy punches on the ground, and Pyle went to sleep. That was a badass finish for Alberto Mina. As much as I love Mike Pyle, I'm thinking this might be it for him. He really makes me nervous in there at this point. Once you hit 40, if you aren't killing people, then you probably don't want to absorb TOO much more damage at that point. Pyle is still a really good fighter, but I just don't know what's left for him at this point.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      HOLY SHIT! Joe Duffy punched Clarke, dropped him in the first 10 seconds, blasted him with some more punches, he grabbed his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight in under 30 seconds. Fantastic finish by Joe Duffy, against a guy that hasn't fought in 15+ months. Clarke has a BJJ Brown Belt though, so that's a solid guy to finish that quickly with a choke.
      These guys traded a few strikes, Jouban dropped Muhammad with a big punch, he wildly jumped on him, and lost control. Muhammad used his guard to get back to his feet, and then he took down Jouban, but he couldn't hold him down. The first half of the round goes to Muhammad for sure. With 2 minutes left in the round, Jouban kicked Muhammad in the head, and dropped him HARD. Jouban then unloaded some brutal elbows on the ground, as the referee hovered above them, ready to stop it at any moment. Muhammad somehow magically recovered. That's fucking insane. Jouban stood up, and dove in with a massive bomb. They stood up, and they both looked a little tired. They clinched, with Muhammad in control, and Jouban threw a hard knee to his gut. Jouban finished the round with a hard leg kick. The fact that Muhammad survived until the second round is fucking insane. Round one goes to Jouban.
     Jouban looks exhausted going into the second round. Jouban was picking apart Muhammad with random strikes in the second round, and he stuffed a takedown attempt by Muhammad. Jouban landed a hard body kick, but he's leaving his chin exposed. Jouban knocked Muhammad down again with a hard punch. Muhammad magically stood back up again. This dude is a fucking zombie. Muhammad clinched, and pressed Jouban against the cage. Muhammad tried to score a takedown from the clinch, as he kept Jouban pinned against the cage, but Jouban showed some decent takedown defense. They split up, and Jouban continued to pick apart Muhammad with his punches & kicks. Muhammad finally scored a takedown with 10 seconds left in the round, Jouban stood back up, and Muhammad landed some punches on the way up. I have Jouban ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Jouban continued to chip away at Muhammad in the third round with strikes. Muhammad shot for a takedown, and Jouban sprawled the shit out of it. Muhammad clinched and pressed him against the cage again. They split up and continued to trade strikes. Jouban's striking still looks pretty crisp, and Muhammad is looking to land a head kick, but his kicks are a lot slower than Jouban's, so Jouban has been able to block most of them. Muhammad had Jouban in some trouble with some punch combinations against the cage, but Jouban broke free, and they continued to trade at a moderate pace. Muhammad really started to unload in the final minute of the fight, rocking the shit out of Jouban, and he nearly put him away, but Jouban was saved by the bell. The first round could have been 10-8 for Jouban, the final round was probably 10-8 for Muhammad, and I scored the second round for Jouban, so in my opinion, Jouban deserves to win this fight for sure. That was a crazy fight though, and a great UFC debut by Muhammad. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving the fight to Jouban, as he hands Muhammad the first loss of his career.
      Lewis started this fight by throwing a couple of hard body kicks. They clinched, and Nelson pressed him up against the cage. The referee split them up due to inactivity, and Derrick Lewis blasted Nelson with some hard shots, possibly rocking him. Lewis followed him toward the cage, and then Nelson finally scored a takedown halfway through the opening round. Lewis exploded back to his feet, and then he nearly knocked Roy's head off with some brutal punches & knees, while chasing him around the cage. Nelson shot for another desperate takedown, and Lewis stuffed this one. Nelson pressed him against the cage, and stalled again. The referee split them up due to inactivity again. Lewis unloaded on Nelson again with massive punches, he threw a head kick, landed some more punches, and Nelson took him down again in the final 10 seconds. Nelson landed a few takedowns, but Lewis CLEARLY won that round by basically beating the living shit out of Nelson for 4+ minutes.
     Lewis threw a flying knee early in the second round. Every time I think he's exhausted, he explodes and throws some crazy shit that looks brutal as fuck. Nelson spent a good portion of the round stalking Lewis, but he wasn't really throwing much. Lewis looked liek he was waiting to counter something, but there was nothing to counter. Nelson pressed him against the cage again, and stalled again. Nelson finally scored another takedown with 2 minutes left in the second round, and he landed in side control this time. Lewis powered his way back to his feet, Nelson tried to take his back, and then took Lewis down again, but Lewis popped right back up this time. Nelson scored one more takedown with 30 seconds left in the round. Lewis stood back up again, and finished the round with a couple of hard punches. I'm assuming Nelson won that round, but all he's doing is stalling. Lewis COULD be up by a round if the first round was 10-8, but more than likely, it's all tied up going into the final round.
     Lewis threw a head kick and a flying knee to start the final round. Nelson pressed him against the cage again. Nelson punched Lewis in the leg a few times, but this was all about the stall again. Nelson scored another takedown 90 seconds into the final round. Nelson laid on him for a minute or so, and then Lewis stood back up. Nelson continued to pressure him against the cage. Lewis landed some elbows to the side of Nelson's head, and then Nelson took him down again, but Lewis stood back up immediately. The referee split them up with 90 seconds left in the fight. Lewis went back to throwing bombs at Nelson's head. He landed another hard kick to the body as well. Lewis blasted Nelson with some brutal punches again, landed another knee, rocked Nelson, and then Nelson hugged him again with 30 seconds left in the fight. Lewis got some space, and continued to throw bombs at Nelson, and nearly knocked his head off with 10 seconds left in the fight. Nelson spent a lot of time on top, but he didn't do SHIT. Lewis on the other hand, spent a LOT of time looking for the kill, and he landed some BRUTAL shit. Hands down, Lewis wins this fight 29-28 in my opinion. If Nelson wins, I'm going to go punch the first bearded person with a mullet I see. Two judges agreed with me, and that's all I needed, giving him the split-decision victory. Lewis is The Black Beast for real.
      Alvarez started this fight with a hard inside leg kick. They spent the first 2 minutes of the fight with Alvarez throwing leg kicks, and RDA throwing punches. Alvarez got caught in a guillotine for a second, but broke free and stood back up. RDA shot for a takedown halfway through the round, but he couldn't get Alvarez to the ground. RDA landed a head kick, and Alvarez blasted RDA with some hard punches, rocking the fuck out of him. RDA was basically out on his feet. RDA backed up toward the cage, and Alvarez chased him across the cage, and threw a flying knee, and fell on his ass. RDA got on top, but Alvarez quickly stood back up, and blasted RDA in the face with some fucking BRUTAL punches. RDA was clearly out on his feet, so the referee had to stop the fight. Eddie Alvarez wins the fight by FIRST ROUND TKO. This dude is the fucking MAN, and I couldn't be more proud of the Underground King. Eddie Alvarez is the NEW UFC Lightweight Champion of the world.