100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk - 93.9
2. Tatiana Suarez - 92.8
3. Doo Ho Choi - 91.8
4. Kevin Lee - 91.7
5. Joaquim Silva - 91.4
6. Gray Maynard - 90.9
7. Will Brooks - 90.8
8. Claudia Gadelha - 90.7
9. Jingliang Li - 90.4
10. Ross Pearson - 90.4
UFC The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha
Fighters & Matches 88.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.0
     Zafir landed a hard leg kick to start this fight. He then clipped Li in the chin with a hard right hand. Zafir continued to hit Li with single shots, before catching a kick and then taking Li down. Zafir landed in half mount. Li used an awkward guillotine from half guard to sweep Zafir. He then stood up, but Zafir took him down again immediately. Li stood up again, Zafir tried to find a guillotine, Li took him down though, landed in half mount, and blasted Zafir with some brutal punches to finish the fight halfway through the first round. Nice win for Jingliang Li against a guy that really has no business fighting in the UFC.
      Matthews started this fight with a leg kick. He threw a couple more kicks, and then Lee shot for a takedown, lifting Matthews up into the air, and then he slammed Matthews. Lee moved toward a mounted crucifix, and then blasted Matthews with some decent elbows, before Matthews could regain his guard. Matthews locked on a tight guard, but Lee continued to punch him, before scrambling to grab his back, but Matthews stood up to avoid it. Matthews seems to be having trouble dealing with Lee's power in the clinch. They split up, traded some punches, Matthews grazed Lee with a head kick, and they continued to hop around. Matthews threw a punch, Lee ducked under it, took Matthews to the ground, grabbed his back, punched him in the head a few times, started working for a choke, and then just postured up, dropped some more puinches, Matthews wasn't doing enough to defend himself, and the referee stopped the fight. In my opinion, that could have been an early stoppage, but it was still a solid one-sided performance by Lee, regardless of whether the ref should have given Matthews a few more seconds or not.
      These guys traded some pretty hard shots to start the first round. Ferreira scored a takedown, but the referee stood them up due to inactivity. They traded a few more strikes, Ferreira rocked Smith with a hard punch, and then took him down again. Ferreira dropped a couple of hard elbows, as Smith was working toward a triangle. Round one goes to Ferreira.
     Ferreira was keeping his distance in the second round, working his kicks, while Smith was trying to find a clinch, but Ferreira took him down again before Smith could do anything. They stood back up, and Smith nearly dropped Ferreira with some hard punches to the jaw that made some loud thud noises. Ferreira then took Smith down again. Ferreira landed a few more hard elbows on the ground from inside Smith's guard. The referee stood them up with a minute left in the round. Smith finally found his clinch, and blasted Ferreira with some hard punches & elbows, and nearly put him down again. Ferreira scored some points with his takedowns, but I'm giving that round to Smith based on damage. I have this fight all tied up going into the third round.
     Smith landed a few decent shots to start the third round, but Ferreira quickly ducked under a punch and took Smith down again. Ferreira beat up Smith with some short strikes on the ground, while Smith just clinched with him, trying to stall for another standup. The referee stood them back up halfway through the round. Ferreira immediately shot in for another takedown, this time he was caught in a tight guillotine choke. Ferreira eventually popped his head out, and then went back to throwing short punches on the ground. I guess I would score this fight 29-28 for Ferreira, but they both could benefit from some improved cardio, as shit slowed down to a crawl in that last round. All 3 judges agreed, giving Ferreira the unanimous decision victory.
      These guys spent the first half of the opening round throwing punches & kicks at each other, with Hendricks probably landing the better shots. Stansbury shot for a takedown halfway through the round, but it was stuffed. With one minute left in the round, Hendricks landed a big head kick, and followed it up with some punches. Stansbury looked like he could be in trouble, but he did a decent job recovering. Round one clearly goes to Hendricks.
     Hendricks continued to win the striking exchanges in the second round, but Stansbury took down Hendricks 90 seconds into the second round, landing in half mount. Hendricks regained guard, as Stansbury mostly just laid on top of him. The referee eventually stood them back up with 90 seconds left in the round. Hendricks took a long time to get back to his feet. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace, but Hendricks looks exhausted. That was a close round, but I'm scoring it for Stansbury, based on the takedown, as well as his overall energy level. I wouldn't be shocked if Hendricks doesn't answer the bell for the third round due to exhaustion or something weird like that.
     Stansbury took down Hendricks in the opening seconds of the final round. Stansbury spent most of the round beating up Hendricks with some basic ground & pound from side control. Stansbury was nowhere near getting a finish, but he very clearly controlled Hendricks for the duration of the entire round. In the end, I scored this fight 29-28 for Stansbury in his UFC debut. Two judges agreed, and one called it a draw, giving Stansbury the "majority" decision.
      The first round was a really slow paced round, with Nicolau clipping Moraga with a few decent punches & kicks. Moraga seemed like he didn't really want to engage at all. Moraga shot for a takedown in the final 30 seconds, but it was stuffed. I scored that first round for Nicolau, but it wasn't a great round for either fighter.
     Moraga was more aggressive with his striking to start the second round, but Nicolau clipped him with some hard punches to the chin. What's worth more points? 4-5 random shots? Or one crisp clean shot to the chin? The second round was another close round, but Nicolau really started to open up in the final minute, so I have Nicolau ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but this fight could go either way at this point. I really have no idea what the judges are thinking going into the third.
     The third round was more of the same, with the crowd getting bored. Nicolau spent pretty much the entire fight moving forward, he seemed to land the better shots in most exchanges as far as I could tell. Moraga would land a decent punch, and then Nicolau would counter with 2-3. This fight has split-decision written all over it, but I'll be pretty irritated if Nicolau loses, since I really feel like he was the only one trying to get a fight going. Nicolau scored a takedown in the final minute of the fight. He landed a few decent punches on the ground, Moraga scrambled back to his feet with 15 seconds left in the round, and Nicolau took him down again, and nearly grabbed his back before the round ended. Nicolau definitely won this fight. Two judges agreed with me, giving the fight to Nicolau via split-decision.
      Bruno came out swinging to start this fight, clearly headhunting, looking for the early finish, but Maynard clipped him, and then they spent a good portion of the opening round brawling like maniacs. Maynard wrestled Bruno to the ground for a few seconds, but they didn't stay on the ground for long. Maynard seemed to be landing the better shots, but Bruno was landing some serious shit too. During the clinch exchanges, Maynard seemed to have SLIGHTLY more control, but as soon as I said that, Bruno took down Maynard. Bruno then took Maynard's back with 30 seconds left in the round. Maynard stood back up with 20 seconds left, Bruno shot for another takedown, and it was stuffed. I'm giving that first round to Maynard, but it could have gone either way.
     The second round started with a few wild punch exchanges. Bruno is winging wild punches, and not landing with much. Bruno shot for another takedown 90 seconds into the second round, Maynard let him take him down, but used some sort of slick wrestling reversal to end up on top. Bruno tried to stand back up, and Maynard took his back, yanking him to the ground again. Maynard tried to pull guard with a guillotine choke, but he didn't quite have it, so he let it go, and grabbed Bruno's back again. Bruno got back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round. Both guys looked tired, as Maynard tried to drag Bruno to the ground again with another back clinch. Bruno fell to the ground, and went for a Kimura, but he was too close to the cage, and couldn't get proper space to finish. Maynard took him down again closer to the center of the cage, he grabbed his back, and wrestled the shit out of him for the final seconds of the round. I have Maynard ahead 2-0 going into the final round. Bruno was barely able to walk back to his corner after that round, due to pure exhaustion.
     Bruno came out winging wild punches again to start the third round, Maynard whipped him to the ground, and bullied him against the cage. Maynard postured up inside Bruno's guard, and dropped some decent punches & elbows. Maynard's gameplan is all about the old school bully style. Every time Bruno would try to get back to his feet, Maynard would drag him back down like quicksand. Bruno locked on a random guillotine choke with 2 minutes left in the round, and they rolled around for a few. That was a crazy shoke attempt, but Maynard broke free with 90 seconds left in the fight. Bruno clinched with Maynard against the cage, shot for a takedown of his own, and Maynard bullied him to the ground again. Maynard sort of went for a guillotine of his own, but I think it was mostly just to keep Bruno under control. Bruno broke free, threw a few wild punches, gassed, and collapsed. Maynard pinned him against the cage for the final seconds. This has to be a 30-27 victory for Maynard in my opinion. All 3 judges agreed, and personally, I would like to see him retire off this win. I like Gray Maynard, but dude walked out of the cage looking like a 50+ year old Mark Coleman.
      Both of these guys are undefeated. They hopped around for 30 seconds or so, Holbrook threw a kick, Silva caught it, lifted it into the air, Holbrook fell down, Holbrook tried to stand back up, Silva blasted him in the chin with a big right hand on his way up, Holbrook collapsed, Silva blasted him with a series of hammerfists, and the fight was stopped due to Holbrook falling asleep. That was a badass finish for Silva, ending Holbrook's 11-Fight undefeated record.
      Tavares shot for a takedown early, Choi clipped him with a flying knee, and Tavares pinned him against the cage. Choi stood up, and Tavares sucked him back down again. Choi finally got back to his feet 90 seconds into the round. Tavares took him down again as soon as I said that. Choi got back to his feet halfway through the round. He then dropped Tavares with a right hand, and the fight was stopped. That shit was kind of funny. Choi got the shit wrestled out of him for half a round, and then finished the fight with a single punch. Congrats to Choi for going 3-0 in the UFC so far. This also brings him to 11 knockouts out of 14 wins. Doo Ho Choi is a badass.
      The first round started with both guys throwing some pretty hard punches & kicks. Brooks shot for his first takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Pearson stuffed it. They went back to trading hard strikes with 2 minutes left in the round. Brooks shot for another takedown with one minute left in the round, and Pearson stuffed that one too. The striking is pretty even so far, and Brooks is trying to work his wrestling, but Pearson is doing a good job controlling him inside the clinch. That first round could go either way, but I'm scoring it for Pearson. Are we going to have another Ross Pearson split-decision?
     The spent the first 90 seconds of the second round trading strikes at a fairly even rate, and then Brooks finally took Pearson down in the center of the cage. Pearson scrambled back to his feet, and gave up his back in the process. Brooks started looking for a rear-naked choke, but Pearson punched him in the face and tried to stand up again. Brooks pressed Pearson against the cage, and then Pearson spun him around. They both landed some hard shots near the end of the round, and then Pearson knocked down Brooks in the final seconds. I think Brooks just slipped, but it was still a nice way for Pearson to finish the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the third round, but it really could go either way at this point, depending on what the judges are looking for.
     Pearson rocked Brooks to start the third round, with a hard left hand. They continued to exchange, and Pearson continued to blast Brooks with hard shots. Brooks shot for a desperate takedown and it was stuffed. They continued to trade hard strikes, and then Pearson clipped Brooks in the dick from the clinch. After a few seconds, the fight continued. Pearson continued to rock Brooks with some hard boxing. Pearson had Brooks up against the cage halfway through the round, and he unloaded on him with some nice combinations that included body shots & some hard shots to the head. Brooks was basically just standing there, while Pearson was unloading on him with great combinations. Pearson kicked Brooks with a brutal shot to the body, and then Brooks violently threw him to the ground. Pearson immediately stood back up. They clinched wildly, Brooks landed some hard shots, Pearson landed some hard shots, random college students took a lot of shots while playing UFC drinking games, and the fight ended with several seconds of wild brawling. I scored this fight 29-28 for Pearson, but I won't be shocked if the judges give the fight to Brooks. All 3 judges gave the fight to Brooks for the unanimous decision victory in his UFC debut.
(D'Arce Choke)
      Cooper landed a couple decent strikes, and then Suarez caught her leg and took her to the ground. Suarez beat the shit out of her with some punches, Cooper threw up an armbar from her guard, and nearly broke Suarez's arm, but Suarez was able to escape, and get back on top. Suarez continued to beat up Cooper on the ground, and Cooper continued to look for random submissions. Suarez spun around, locked on a D'Arce choke, and finished the fight by submission late in the first round. Great way to win this season of The Ultimate Fighter for Tatiana Suarez. She reminds me a lot of a 115 pound Julianna Pena.
      These guys traded some hard strikes, and then Sanchez shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the round, but Rountree easily stuffed it. Sanchez finally got Rountree to the ground 90 seconds into the first round. Rountree stood up, and Sanchez yanked him down again. Sanchez slowly worked his way to back control, while throwing short punches to Rountree's head against the cage. Rountree got up for a few seconds, and Sanchez took him down again. Round one goes to Sanchez, for controlling Rountree with his wrestling. He looked exhausted walking back to his corner though.
     Sanchez shot for a takedown early in the second round, and Rountree blasted Sanchez with some brutal punches while stuffing the shot. Sanchez eventually took him down again, and pressed him against the cage. Sanchez is a great wrestler, but this is boring as shit. Sanchez landed a lot of short punches, but they didn't have much power behind them at all. You know your punches suck when you're punching a guy nonstop, and the referee warns you that he might stand you up if you don't get to work. Sanchez is clearly ahead 2-0 going into the third round, and that second round might even be a 10-8 round. Khalil needs a finish in the third if he wants to win this fight.
     Sanchez started the third round with a silly head kick, followed by a shitty takedown attempt. Sanchez shot for another shitty attempt, and got punched in the head a lot on the way in. Sanchez pressed Rountree against the cage and hugged him, clearly stalling for a decision. He tripped Rountere 90 seconds into the round. Sanchez continued to work JUST enough ground & pound to prevent the referee from standing them up. Sanchez grabbed Rountree's back halfway through the round, and continued to pound on him with punches & elbows. The crowd spent 10+ minutes of this fight booing the strategy of Sanchez. I mean, he's beating the shit out of Rountree, a VERY one-sided fight, probably 30-25 on my scorecard, but that wasn't a very exciting fight for a TUF finale.
      Gadelha knocked down Jedrzejczyk in the opening seconds of the first round, and then pinned her down in the center of the cage. Jedrzejczyk stood back up, and Gadelha pressed her against the cage. Jedrzejczyk broke free, and blasted Gadelha with some nice combinations, but Gadelha pressed her against the cage again. Gadelha whipped her to the ground halfway throug the round, landing in the center of the cage again. Jedrzejczyk fought her way back to her feet again, but Gadelha continued to press her against the cage. They split up, and they traded strikes for the rest of the round. Jedrzejczyk has the clear speed advantage, and Gadelha has the clear power advantage. Round one goes to Gadelha.
      Jedrzejczyk started the second round with several nice combinations, before Gadelha pressed her against the cage in the clinch again. Gadelha whipped her to the ground again one minute into the second round. Jedrzejczyk tried to stand up, but Gadelha had her leg wrapped up, which allowed Gadelha to hold her down while punching her in the face repeatedly. They were standing again halfway through the round. Jedrzejczyk landed some decent elbows from the clinch, but Gadelha still had her under control, pressing her against the cage. Gadelha continued to crank for a takedown, and Jedrzejczyk blasted her with some brutal elbows from the clinch. Gadelha almost finished another throw, but Jedrzejczyk ended up on top this time, and blasted Gadelha with some hard elbows on the way back up. I'm assuming Gadelha won that round with her wrestling, but I'm going to give it to Jedrzejczyk because I love elbows. Very close round though, and it could have gone either way. Gadelha took some deep breaths while walking back to her corner.
      Jedrzejczyk blasted Gadelha with some smooth combinations to start the third round, and then Gadelha shot for another strong takedown, but Jedrzejczyk popped right back up this time. Gadelha threw her down again, but Jedrzejczyk stood up again. Jedrzejczyk broke free with a nice knee to the body and an elbow to Gadelha's face. Jedrzejczyk spent a minute or so picking apart Gadelha with some beautiful combinations, and then Gadelha took her down again, but Jedrzejczyk sort of sprawled, and almost grabbed Gadelha's back. Instead, Jedrzejczyk stood up, and told Gadelha to stand back up. Gadelha was barely able to get back to her feet. Jedrzejczyk landed some more combinations, and then Gadelha dropped her with a big elbow, but Jedrzejczyk got right back up again, and unloaded on Gadelha's face with elbows. Round 3 definitely goes to Jedrzejczyk.
      Gadelha spent the fourth round doing her best impression of a heavy bag. For every slow power punch Gadelha landed, Jedrzejczyk returned fire with 10-20 crisp strikes. This fight is probably all tied up going into the final round. Jedrzejczyk is killing it right now, and Gadelha looks absolutely exhausted. The fourth round might have been a 10-8 round for Jedrzejczyk.
      Jedrzejczyk started the final round by spending a minute on the feet, picking apart Gadelha with combinations. Gadelha then shot for another takedown, but Jedrzejczyk stuffed the shit out of it. Jedrzejczyk broke free from the clinch a minute later. Jedrzejczyk spent another minute beating the shit out of Gadelha on the feet, and then Gadelha shot for another takedown, and Jedrzejczyk stuffed it again. Jedrzejczyk then threw Gadelha to the ground, and pounded on her with some elbows before standing back up. Jedrzejczyk spent the final 90 seconds of the round beating the living shit out of Gadelha with her ultra-crisp striking. Jedrzejczyk has been one of my favorite fighters for a long time, and I couldn't be happier with the way she won this fight. Joanna Champion is STILL the Champion. That fight was easily fight of the night.