(10/8/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Gegard Mousasi - 93.8
2. Iuri Alcantara - 93.8
3. Mike Perry - 93.4
4. Mirsad Bektic - 93.3
5. Stefan Struve - 93.2
6. Jimi Manuwa - 92.5
7. Marc Diakiese - 92.5
8. Michael Bisping - 92.4
9. Damian Stasiak - 91.4
10. Dan Henderson - 91.3
UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2
Location: Manchester, England
Elevation: 125'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Gegard Mousasi vs. Vitor Belfort
91.7
Fighters & Matches 90.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.8
TOTAL 91.5
86.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     The first round had both guys circling around each other, basically doing the "hard sparring" thing, where they both trade shots, one for one, without really going for the kill, but not really pulling their shots either. I thought the first round was close and could have gone either way. I'm scoring the first round as a draw.
     The second round was basically a repeat of the first round, with both guys circling around each other, trading hard sparring shots, and leading to another round that probably could have gone either way. I'm hoping for a finish in the third round, because fights that go to a Draw, suck. Santos more than likely won the second round for landing the harder slapping kicks, but I mean... I feel like we're 10 minutes into the fight, and neither fighter has gotten out of first gear yet.
     The third round was the same thing. Both guys circling around each other, trading shots one for one. In my opinion, this fight should probably go to a draw, but if I had to pick a winner, I'd probably give it to Santos, but I really don't think he did enough to win the fight definitively, so... I don't really care what happens at the end of this fight. The fight went to a split-decision victory for Leonardo Santos.
91.3
KO
(Knee & Punches)
14:40
      Mike Perry has quickly become one of the biggest heels in MMA, due to his UFC debut against Hyun Gyu Lim 6 weeks ago, where he knocked him the fuck out, and then his corner shouted a bunch of racist shit. He's making his second appearance here, working his brawling style against the technical striking of Roberts. For the most part, Roberts spent the first half of the opening round picking apart Perry with clean strikes, but Perry rocked the shit out of him with some big punches & a knee halfway through the round, took him down, and continued to beat up Roberts on the ground with 2 minutes left on the clock. Roberts passed to full mount, Roberts gave up his back, tried to slip out the back door, but Perry immediately started digging for a rear-naked choke. They stood back up with a minute left on the clock, but that exchange was enough to win the round for Perry in my opinion. Roberts landed a nice head kick with 20 seconds left in the round, but Perry unloaded on him at the end of the round, and nearly finished him with big punches, but Roberts was saved by the buzzer. Round one clearly goes to Perry, maybe even 10-8 due to being seconds away from a finish at the end of the round.
     Roberts started the second round with some nice leg kicks, and he rocked Perry with a punch. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace in the second round, even though they were both clearly getting a little tired. I thought Roberts was winning the first half of the round again, but Perry came back strong, and really started to hurt Roberts with some big shots in the last half of the round. Roberts fired back with some clean shots that had Perry backing up in the final 90 seconds, but every time it looked like Perry was hurt, he would fire back and rock the shit out of Roberts. I was seconds away from giving the round to Roberts, but Perry rocked him in the final 30 seconds, threw Roberts to the ground, mounted him, grabbed his back, and finished the round with some massive elbows on the ground. Perry stole that round for sure. Roberts could barely stand up at the end of the round.
     Roberts continued to pick apart Perry with his crisp striking in the final round, but again, every time Perry connected, Roberts went crooked. The face of Roberts was also pretty busted up with a big cut under his left eye. Roberts landed a perfect head kick with 90 seconds in the final round, but Perry just ate it again and continued to come forward. Roberts was clearly looking for that head kick KO, but Perry just kept pushing forward like a tank. Perry unloaded with some big punches, a knee, and finally knocked Roberts 100% unconscious with some brutal ground & pound in the final 20 seconds of the fight. Another fantastic finish for Mike Perry. Whether you like the guy on a personal level or not, Mike Perry is a beast of a brawler.
88.7
TKO
(Knees & Punches)
9:40
      Diakiese is making his UFC debut here with a record of 9-0. He rushed out, he looked like he was going to kill Sajewski with something, but before he could throw any offense, Sajewski got the body locked, and whipped Diakiese to the ground. Sajewski worked his way from side control into full mount, and basically just held Diakiese down while the referee warned him that he needed to continue to advance. Diakiese stood up halfway through the round, he immediately lifted Sajewski into the sky and threw him down on his head, and then unloaded with some wild punches. That one exchange made up for Sajewski laying on top of him for half a round. Sajewski got back up and tried to land some punches, before clinching again. He tripped Diakiese to the ground with 2 minutes left in the round. Sajewski threw some knees to the body from half mount, and then Diakiese dropped back for a leg lock, stood back up, and threw some hard strikes with 45 seconds left in the round. Sajewski already looks like he's getting tired, and Diakiese still looks relatively fresh. Sure Sajewski spent most of the round on top, but I thought Diakiese did far more damage, and he looked like he was in better shape at the end of the round. I'm giving that round to Diakiese.
     Sajewski was doing a lot of flinching & gasping in the second round, while Diakiese was picking him apart with clean punches & kicks. Diakiese connected with a flying knee 90 seconds into the round, but Sajewski was still standing. Sajewski clinched halfway through the round, but Diakiese shrugged him off and went back to picking him apart with strikes. Sajewski landed a few decent strikes throughout the round, but for the most part, that round was all about Diakiese beating the shit out of him. He unloaded with 45 seconds left in the round, cornering Sajewski and beating the fuck out of him with big punches & knees against the fence. The referee stopped the fight as Sajewski was still standing, but not really defending himself. Solid UFC debut for Marc Diakiese.
89.0
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
13:01
      Edwards landed some clean strikes, and took down Tumenov one minute into the round, but Tumenov quickly got back to his feet. Edwards clinched, and tripped Tumenov to the ground again. Edwards worked his way to side control, and then full mount with 2 minutes left in the opening round. Edwards looks like he might be working to setup an arm-triangle choke or something, but Tumenov is doing a decent job avoiding damage. He scrambled back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round, and Edwards continued to dig for another takedown. Edwards had Tumenov's back, and Tumenov basically just tied up his arms and held on until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Edwards for his grappling, but not a lot of damage was done by either fighter.
     Tumenov landed some HARD punches & kicks to start the second round. Edwards looked a little more timid in this round. Tumenov was stalking Edwards for the first 90 seconds, Edwards shot for a takedown, and Tumenov shrugged it off. Edwards spent most of the round just circling around the outside, avoiding contact, while Tumenov was stalking him, and beating him up with random punches & head kicks. Tumenov nearly knocked Leon's head off with a minute left in the round with a massive left hand. Tumenov unloaded with 15 seconds left in the round, doing a decent amount of damage at the end of the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The third round was basically a repeat of the second round, with Tumenov picking apart Edwards with some clean boxing, and then when Edwards shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, Tumenov easily stuffed it. Edwards shot for another takedown a few seconds later, this time a single leg, and he tripped Tumenov to the ground, and tried to grab his back. Edwards worked his way into a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission around the halfway mark of the final round. That was a really big win for Leon Edwards.
89.7
Submission
(Armbar)
13:56
      Grant threw a kick, Stasiak caught the kick, and took Grant to the ground 20 seconds into the first round. Grant went for a triangle choke, and Stasiak looked like he was trying to position Grant's legs for a powerbomb. Grant just stood back up instead. Grant threw some big punches & wild kicks, and then pressed Stasiak against the fence, and then he took Stasiak down. Grant landed a punch and then Stasiak stood back up. They continued to clinch, Stasiak tried to trip Grant, but Grant reversed it, ending up on top when they hit the floor, but Stasiak quickly reversed that again, and they just ended up in an awkward kneeling clinch against the fence for a while. Grant continued to beat up Stasiak on the feet for a little while with some decent boxing, and then he shot for a takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, but Stasiak swept him and ended the round on top in half mount. I scored that round for Grant, but you could make an argument for Stasiak.
     Grant beat the shit out of Stasiak in the second round with some massive punches & kicks that rocked Stasiak a few times. Stasiak took him down with around 2 minutes left in the round, but Grant immediately popped back up and continued to chip away at Stasiak with big punches, knees & kicks. Stasiak took him down again with 90 seconds left in the round and Grant started cranking for an awkward armbar from sort of a back mounted triangle or something, Grant threw some elbows, and Stasiak slowly worked his way into full mount with a minute left in the round. Grant kicked off the fence and grabbed Stasiak's back with 30 seconds left in the round. After a wild scramble, Stasiak ended up back on top in side control. I'm scoring that round for Grant for sure, but Stasiak kept it competitive once the fight hit the ground.
     Grant continued to pressure Stasiak with his striking in the final round. They wrestled around for a little bit, and Grant ended up on top with half a round to go, but he was inside Stasiak's guard, Stasiak threw up an armbar, it looked like he basically broke Grant's arm, but Grant continued to try to roll out of it, and he showed a ton of heart in that exchange, but Stasiak eventually forced the submission for the awesome finish. That was a badass submission victory for Damian Stasiak against a really tough opponent.
91.2
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
1:59
      A fan stole Pickett's hat on the way to the cage, so that clearly threw him off his game and out of focus. Once the actual fight started, Alcantara basically beat the shit out of Pickett with big punches, and knees, and sharp strikes from all sorts of different directions, Alcantara knocked him down 90 seconds into the round, and brutally beat the shit out of him on the ground, he then went to a mounted triangle, he transitioned to an armbar, and then another triangle choke, and finished the fight by submission in under 2 minutes. That was a fantastic one-sided performance by Iuri Alcantara.
90.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:22
      These guys traded some really hard strikes to start the first round, and then Bektic took Doane to the ground one minute into the opening round, landing inside his guard. Bektic worked some hard punches to the body, and then he took Doane's back while Doane tried to work his way back to his feet. Bektic slammed Doane, and Doane continued to try to stand back up. There was some heavy back clinch grappling from Bektic, as he was whipping Doane around, but Doane did a good job staying out of too much trouble for the most part. Bektic officially took his back on the ground with 90 seconds left in the round, but Bektic's back was pressed against the fence, so he didn't have the best position to finish a choke. He locked it on anyway, and it looked like Doane was in pain, but he somehow broke free. They rolled toward the center of the cage, Bektic locked on the choke again, and finished the fight by submission late in the first round. Fantastic finish for Mirsad Bektic after being away for nearly 17 months due to an ACL injury. This loss marks 4 in a row for Doane, but since he took the fight on short notice, he might get another shot in the UFC? I kind of hope he does.
90.5
Submission
(D'Arce Choke)
6:41
      Struve appears to be about 1,000 pounds heavier than Omielanczuk, mostly due to the insane height difference. Omielanczuk rushed in a few times and landed some decent punches, but Struve's head kicks look supernatural. Omielanczuk threw some heavy inside leg kicks, and Struve continued to blast him with big head kicks and long punches. Omielanczuk shot for a takedown halfway through the round, and Struve stuffed it for the most part, and then tripped Omielanczuk, allowing Struve to take top control with half mount. Struve went for an arm-triangle choke, but Omielanczuk refused to let Struve control his arm. Struve passed to full mount, and then took Omielanczuk's back with a minute left in the round. Omielanczuk rolled to his back again, and then gave up his back again, and Struve continued to prove to be the far superior grappler. He locked on a body triangle with 30 seconds left in the round, while he continued to dig for a rear-naked choke. It looked like Struve wanted to setup a Twister, but he kind of failed. Still, round one goes 100% to Stefan Struve, both on the feet and on the ground. I would be willing to consider that a 10-8 round for Struve.
     Omielanczuk clinched with the body lock early in the second round, and it looked like he wanted to take Struve to the ground. Struve spun him around and blasted him with a big knee from the clinch. Struve then threw Omielanczuk to the ground with a nice trip, and he started working for a D'Arce choke 90 seconds into the round. Omielanczuk tried to do a flip off the cage to escape, but Struve had that shit locked on, and he forced Omielanczuk to submit, as Struve becomes the first fighter to ever finish Omielanczuk.
91.2
KO
(Punches)
7:38
      These guys clashed with some hard strikes to start the first round, and then OSP pressed Manuwa against the fence 30 seconds into the round. They traded some knees from the clinch, and then Manuwa threw a big knee to the head as OSP broke free. Manuwa continued to blast OSP with some big knees from another clinch, but OSP rushed in, teased with a guillotine, and then worked to take Manuwa's back halfway through the round. Manuwa worked his way back to his feet, slapped on a guillotine choke, held that for a little while, and then OSP passed to back control again. OSP just kind of hung out there with back control, didn't really accomplish much of anything, and Manuwa stood back up with 10 seconds left in the round. Manuwa blasted OSP with a big knee to finish out the round. That was a close round, OSP probably won it for holding the better positions with the grappling, but I thought Manuwa did more damage, and he technically had more submission attempts as well. I'm giving the round to Manuwa, but I would assume most people gave that round to Ovince St. Preux.
     Manuwa started the second round with some heavy punches that rocked OSP's head back & forth, OSP shot for a takedown, and Manuwa shrugged it off with a brief front choke attempt. OSP looks exhausted already, just 90 seconds into the second round. Manuwa blasted him with some heavy kicks, both to the head & legs. Manuwa blasted OSP with some more heavy punches, and a flying knee. OSP has his hands down, and is just kind of walking around, taking deep breaths. Manuwa clocked him with a right hand, followed it up with a left hook to the temple, and OSP got knocked the fuck out, causing OSP's leg to curl up under the back of his body as he collapsed by the fence. FANTASTIC win for Jimi Manuwa, as he delivers what even Jon Jones wasn't able to do, knocking out OSP in the second round.
91.7
TKO
(Punches)
7:43
      The first round mostly had Mousasi controlling the center of the cage, walking down Belfort, and hammering him with big kicks to the body & legs, and he rocked him late in the first round with a combination of punches up against the fence. Mousasi went for a couple of takedowns, but only completed one, at the very end of the round as the buzzer was sounding. Round one clearly goes to Mousasi. Belfort had some fast counterstriking, but not enough to come close to winning the round at all. Mousasi's "calm" attitude has me cracking up a little bit.
     Belfort landed a hard body kick early in the second round, but after that, Mousasi unloaded on him, brutally beat the shit out of him with all kinds of wild strikes, Belfort was in some serious trouble up against the fence after Mousasi rocked him with a head kick, Mousasi clinched, threw Belfort to the ground, mounted him, Belfort tried to roll out of danger, Mousasi continued to dominate him with his grappling, he unloaded with some brutal punches & elbows from full mount, and the referee eventually had to stop the fight when Belfort gave up his back one last time, and got punched in the head really really hard. That was another fantastic finish by Gegard Mousasi, more than likely ending the career of Belfort.
91.1
Decision
25:00
      Bisping was picking apart Henderson for most of the first round, but Henderson caught him with a right hand in the final 30 seconds of the round, Bisping went down, Henderson opened up with some brutal ground & pound, beat the living shit out of Bisping on the ground, nearly finished the fight, but Bisping recovered, stood back up, and continued to attack at the end of the round. Bisping's face is busted up after the first round, but he deserves credit for surviving. Round one goes to Henderson.
      Bisping spent the duration of the second round beating the shit out of Henderson on the feet, opening up with some clean boxing, he landed several hard kicks, and some flying knees. He rocked Henderson, there might have been a groin shot in there somewhere, Bisping went in for the kill, and Henderson dropped him again with another counter right hand. Henderson jumped on Bisping, but didn't do as much damage as he did in the first. I scored that round for Bisping for sure, but Henderson fans could argue that the knockdown was worth something. This is a really close competitive fight going into the third round.
      The third round was more of the same from the second, with Bisping picking apart Henderson with his crisp boxing, and he also landed some powerful kicks. Henderson looked like he couldn't breathe at all when he walked back to his corner after that round. I have Bisping ahead 2-1 going into the fourth round, but that first round could have been a 10-8 for Henderson, and the second round was close, so I don't feel confident about the scorecards at all at this point. Great fight so far though.
      Bisping spent most of the fourth round beating up Henderson with his punches & kicks, and his footwork looks good tonight. Bisping kicked Henderson in the dick, and received a stern warning for it. Bisping spent the rest of the round picking apart Henderson with punches & kicks. Henderson just doesn't have enough offense in this fight, and he is really sucking hard for wind at this point. I have Bisping ahead 3-1, maybe 3-2 if you count the first round as a 10-8 for Henderson.
      Henderson came out for the final round looking aggressive, but Bisping was still using his footwork to avoid damage, while picking apart Henderson with shots. Bisping won the first half of the round with his striking, but Henderson tripped him and took him down halfway through the round, and he also landed some decent punches throughout the round. Bisping stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round. Henderson shot for another takedown with 45 seconds left in the round, but Bisping stuffed it. Bisping rocked Henderson with a flying knee in the final 10 seconds of the round, and then took Henderson down, sort of, after Henderson tried to do some sort of ridiculous flip kick that left him laying flat on the floor. Regardless of how you scored the first two rounds, Bisping HAS to win this fight. He clearly won at least 3 rounds, if not 4, PLUS we're in England, so... All 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Bisping for the unanimous decision victory. That was an awesome first title defense.
OVERALL 91.5
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