(10/18/2008)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Jim Miller - 94.3
2. Chris Lytle - 92.9
3. David Baron - 92.6
4. Paul Taylor - 92.3
5. Shane Carwin - 91.9
6. Per Eklund - 91.6
7. Michael Bisping - 91.1
8. David Bielkheden - 90.8
9. Dan Hardy - 90.7
10. Marcus Davis - 90.5
UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben
Location: West Midlands, England
Elevation: 889'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Jim Miller vs. David Baron
93.2
Fighters & Matches 89.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.9
90.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
11:47
     This was a hell of an undercard fight, between 2 guys that most people probably don't care about. Samy Schiavo sort of reminds me of Manny Gamburyan, short & stocky, and ready to throw big bombs. I gave the first round to Schiavo, for attacking more on the feet, and overpowering Eklund with his wrestling. The second round went to Eklund though, because his Jiu-Jitsu skills really started to shine, holding Schiavo in a rear-naked choke for most of the round, and transitioning into a beautiful armbar (which Schiavo escaped fairly easily). The third round started with Eklund taking Schiavo to the ground, he got the mount, Schiavo rolled over, Eklund locked on the rear-naked choke, and Schiavo was finally forced to submit. Good solid action packed fight.
93.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
13:19
      I normally don't like fights that go all the way into the third round, but this fight was incredible. The entire fight consisted of Jim Miller slamming Baron to the ground, and then working his Jiu-Jitsu skills to try to submit Baron, and when that didn't work, Miller would just pound on him. What really made this fight interesting though, was Baron's ability to defend against submissions & transition out of impossible scenarios so that he could get himself back into the fight. This was a really great fight, possibly fight of the night in my opinion, and Miller ended up finishing Baron in the third round via rear-naked choke.
86.6
Decision
15:00
      This entire fight took place on the feet, with both guys showing decent striking skills, but neither fighter was very aggressive at all. I gave the first 2 rounds to Terry Etim, and the third round might have been given to Sam Stout. In the end, the judges basically agreed, and Terry Etim wins via unanimous decision.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a decent fight, even though it went to a decision. The first round consisted of David Bielkheden taking Liaudin to the ground at will, and then pretty much controlling him. The second round was more of the same, but Liaudin's guard became more active. The third round was more of the same, basically. In the end, David Bielkheden wins via unanimous decision. I would have liked to see a submission victory in this fight (regardless of the winner), but Bielkheden still looks pretty tough at 155, and Liaudin's guard is pretty interesting as well.
90.4
TKO
(Punches)
1:31
      This was a funny fight I guess. Not really funny, but mostly just a fat man getting his ass kicked. The fight started, Shane Carwin started beating up Neil Wain, Neil Wain got his ass kicked, was taken to the ground, got his ass kicked some more, and the referee was forced to stop the fight, giving the TKO victory to the monster, Shane Carwin. Is this guy legit or not? He seems tought (and buff), but I'm still not sure, since I don't know who the fuck Neil Wain is.
89.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Dan Hardy makes his UFC debut against the Pride veteran, Akihiro Gono. I sort of expected Gono to win this fight, but without knowing much about Dan Hardy, I really had no idea. In the end, this was a pretty decent striking battle, where Hardy won via split-decision. I would have given the fight to Hardy fairly easily, but Gono really started to pick up the pace near the end of the fight, but didn't quite pull off enough offense to really push the judges in his favor. Good debut by Dan Hardy.
88.7
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
7:16
      This was a decent fight. The first round consisted of both guys boxing with each other, and Marcus Davis showing that he was the slightly better boxer. Near the end of the round, Davis took Kelly to the ground with ease, and wrestled around for a while, securing the first round for Davis. The second round was more of the same, but Kelly took Davis down with an explosive takedown, but Davis was quick to secure the guillotine choke for the submission victory in the second round.
92.6
Decision
15:00
      This was a hell of a fight, with both guys going 200% the entire 3 round fight. Chris Lytle was throwing HUGE bombs the entire time, Taylor was throwing nice crisp short punches, both guys were aggressive in the clinch, Lytle with knees, Taylor with elbows. Lytle took Taylor to the floor a couple of times, Taylor took Lytle to the floor once. It was a very even fight, and as far as points are concerned, I think Lytle won, but since he looked gassed & Taylor didn't, then I'm not really sure how to score the fight. I was leaning towards a draw, but the judges gave it to Lytle, which I'm fine with, so kudos to Chris Lytle, and Paul Taylor put up a hell of a fight as well.
88.3
TKO
(Punches)
9:15
      If I ever feel the need to draw a picture of "Hype", I'll probably draw a character that looks like Sokoudjou. He looks like he should be the best fighter in the entire world, with huge muscles, CRAZY aggression, tons of speed, TONS of power, he's just a HUGE man, with HUGE skills. And he's a 2nd Degree Judo Black Belt! He's the fuckin' man! RIGHT!?! Meh, he gets his ass kicked often, because his gas tank is small. Sokoudjou destroyed Cane during the entire first round, and then the second round was basically more of the same, only Sokoudjou was obviously tired. Near the end of the second round, Cane punched him, knocked him down, and then finished him with punches. Cane is a pretty alright fighter, but the fact that Sokoudjou ended up getting demolished was a bit disappointing.
89.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Man, I was a bit disappointed in how this fight ended up, because Brandon Vera used to be one of my favorite fighters, but he seems to be having more trouble than necessary getting back into the game at 205. Keith Jardine did a good job standing with Vera though, and was able to bully him around against the cage at a few moments during the fight. Overall, both guys put up a good fight, and I was tempted to give this fight a draw as well, but the judges gave it to Keith Jardine via split-decision. I can't say I disagree, but I still wish Vera would have won.
90.2
Decision
15:00
      I'm glad Bisping won. With that being said, this was a very close fight, and again, it could have probably gone either way. Leben was throwing bombs, Bisping was dancing around & boxing like a technician. I was really hoping somebody would finish somebody in this fight, but they both stood strong, and it went to a decision. Bisping is cool, but he's not ready for Anderson Silva, and he said that much himself after the fight, so it's good that he at least understands that. I have no suggestions for where Leben should go from here.
OVERALL 90.9
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