(11/12/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Khabib Nurmagomedov - 94.8
2. Conor McGregor - 94.1
3. Frankie Edgar - 93.4
4. Raquel Pennington - 92.8
5. Jim Miller - 92.7
6. Joanna Jedrzejczyk - 92.5
7. Tim Boetsch - 92.4
8. Vicente Luque - 92.4
9. Yoel Romero - 92.4
10. Liz Carmouche - 92.1
UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor
Location: New York City, New York
Elevation: 33'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez
93.8
Fighters & Matches 91.7
Top 10 Fighters 93.0
TOTAL 92.4
90.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     They traded punches and leg kicks for the first half of the opening round, with Carmouche landing the heavier shots, and then she exploded into a takedown, driving Chookagian across the cage into the fence. Chookagian threw some decent elbows to the back of Carmouche's head, which allowed her to get back to her feet, but Carmouche continued to press her into the fence. Carmouche picked her up with a minute left in the round, and slammed the shit out of Chookagian. Chookagian mostly just tried to wrap her up on the ground to avoid damage. Carmouche finished the round dropping some heavy short elbows. Round one goes to Carmouche.
     Chookagian started the second round with a hard inside leg kick, but Carmouche fired back with some big punches, and then bullied Chookagian back up against the fence. They reset back in the center one minute into the round. Chookagian landed some decent punches, Carmouche caught a kick, and SLAMMED the shit out of Chookagian in the center of the cage, landing in side control this time. Carmouche grabbed Chookagian's head with a front choke, and continued to wrestle the shit out of her for a minute or so before Chookagian was able to pull guard. Chookagian had a really high guard, Carmouche picked her up off the ground and threw her into the fence for some more clinching. Chookagian landed some decent punches & kicks to finish the round, but I still have Carmouche ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Carmouche started the final round with some heavy leg kicks, and she was doing a good job staying just outside of range of Chookagian's punches. Chookagian then dropped Carmouche with a head kick 45 seconds into the round, and I thought the fight was over, but Carmouche was able to wrestle her way back into safety. They split up 90 seconds into the round. Carmouche shot for another takedown, and tripped Chookagian to the ground around the halfway mark of the round. Chookagian continued to work some elbows from the sitting position, while Carmouche continued to grind the shit out of her against the fence. Chookagian got back to her feet, and was able to pick apart Carmouche with some punches & kicks, but Carmouche was still firing back with heavy leg kicks as well, even knocking Chookagian down with a leg kick at one point. Carmouche shot for a final takedown with 30 seconds left in the round and pressed Chookagian against the fence, but wasn't able to finish the takedown. Chookagian clearly won that final round, but this fight SHOULD go to Carmouche, 29-28 for sure. Two of the judges agreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to Liz Carmouche. That fight as really good, and it was really historical as it's the first MMA fight in Madison Square Garden.
90.3
Decision
15:00
      Miller beat up Alves with big punches for the first 2 minutes of the opening round. Alves landed a knee and a head kick, but for the most part, Miller was in control of the striking exchanges. He then caught a kick, and took Alves down 2 minutes into the round, landing inside Thiago's guard. Alves moved back toward the fence, and Miller took his back in the process. Alves scrambled back to his feet quickly since Miller's legs weren't in the right position, and they reset back on their feet with 90 seconds left in the round. Miller landed a body kick with 45 seconds left in the round that almost brought a tear to my eye. Miller's striking looks BRUTAL tonight. Alves was able to work some decent Muay Thai with 30 seconds left in the round, but Miller pressured him enough to keep him under control. Round one goes to Miller.
     They continued to trade punches & kicks for the first 90 seconds of the second round, with Miller still landing more shots, but Alves hurt him with some heavy shots, so Miller shot for a takedown, and sort of failed, but it gave him enough time to recover. Alves threw a flying knee, and Miller shot into it, scoring a really clean takedown. Miller continued to wrestle the shit out of Alves, and he started working for some sort of front choke, but Alves was able to get back to his feet with a minute left in the round. I have Miller ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Alves landed a heavy body kick early in the final round, as they continued to trade some light punches. One minute into the round, and they started brawling heavily, and Miller got dropped, but I think he mostly just slipped. He then shot for a Goldberg style spear, planting Alves on the ground in the center of the cage. They stood back up halfway through the round, and went back to trading punches & kicks. Alves threw a heavy leg kick, and Miller timed it perfectly, taking Alves down again in really slick fashion, planting him back in the center of the cage. Alves gave up his back, they scrambled around for a few seconds, Miller grabbed a guillotine and used it to throw Alves back to the ground. Miller continued to dominate Alves with his grappling, and he went for a choke, but Alves pulled his head out, so Miller ended up on his back with 30 seconds left in the round as Alves rained down big punches. I scored that fight 30-27 for Jim Miller. All 3 judges agreed, with one judge giving one round to Alves, so Miller wins the fight via unanimous decision. That's also good since Alves missed weight by 7 pounds, so the fight was almost cancelled, but Miller was able to gain enough weight at the last minute to make the fight happen. So kudos to Miller for being a fucking monster!
90.3
KO
(Punches)
1:19
      These guys traded some punches, it was a decent little boxing match, and then Luque dropped Muhammad with a clean counter left hook, Luque jumped on him, unloaded with some brilliant punches on the ground, and Muhammad was knocked the fuck out, early in the first round. That was a huge win for Vicente Luque, and the first time Muhammad was ever finished, as this was only his second career loss. Vicente Luque is putting together a nice little winning streak in UFC's welterweight division.
89.9
KO
(Punches)
3:22
      These guys both move around like a couple of old men, but they were boxing at a decent pace for most of the first round. Boetsch eventually cornered Natal, blasted him with some heavy punches, Natal dropped, Boetsch continued to throw punches, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was a really strong win for Tim Boetsch. He has that Dan Henderson vibe about him now, where you always think he's too old to fight top level guys, and then he lands a big right hand and you're like "OH SHIT! HE'S A BEAST STILL!"
93.0
Submission
(Kimura)
12:31
      The first round was kind of embarrassing for Nurmagomedov, as Johnson spent the first 2 rounds picking him apart with his slick boxing, as Nurmagomedov looked like he had never been in a fight that included punches before. He got rocked early, but he was able to takedown Johnson halfway through the round, and he quickly secured the mounted crucifix, where he dropped some short elbows to the face of Johnson. He opened up with some heavy punches & elbows, as Johnson just floundered around on the ground. Nurmagomedov landed a LOT of big brutal punches & elbows, while absolutely dominating Johnson on the ground. Nurmagomedov landed countless brutal punches to Johnson's head there at the end of the round, leading to what could potentially be a 10-8 round for Nurmagomedov, which is really hard to score, since Johnson dominated him for the first 2 minutes. Either way, Nurmagomedov AT LEAST won that round 10-9, if not 10-8. Nurmagomedov is a fucking MONSTER on the ground!
     Johnson was able to work his boxing for a minute into the second round, Nurmagomedov shot for a takedown, and Johnson slipped out of it pretty easily. Nurmagomedov shot for another takedown, and Johnson slapped on a tight guillotine choke, but Nurmagomedov popped his head out, leaving Nurmagomedov back on top in the mounted crucifix again just 90 seconds into the second round. Nurmagomedov once again dropped countless big punches to the head of Johnson, while pressing his knee into Johnson's throat. In both rounds, he was able to tie up Johnson's arms, leaving him pretty much defenseless, as Nurmagomedov threw constant BRUTAL punches to Johnson's head. I honestly thought Nurmagomedov was going to cause Johnson's head to explode like a watermelon at a Gallagher show. Nurmagomedov AT LEAST won that round 10-8, so he's clearly going to win this fight by decision if something crazy doesn't happen in the final round.
     Nurmagomedov came out swinging with big punches in the final round, he landed some hard shots, and then he took Johnson down again with ease. Johnson turtled up against the fence, and Nurmagomedov continued to do the watermelon smash, as he slammed his sledgehammer fists into Johnson's head from a variety of angles. He tried to setup an arm-triangle choke 90 seconds into the final round, but Johnson was ALMOST able to roll out of it, but Nurmagomedov just landed back in side control again, where he continued to look for submissions. He cranked the shit out of a Kimura, and finished the fight by submission halfway through the final round. That was one of the most brilliant performances I've ever seen, and it should wash away any doubts that people have about whether or not Nurmagomedov deserves a title shot at this point. I think I still have Ferguson ranked above him, but if it's not one of those two, then NOBODY else in the division deserves a shot more than either of them. FANTASTIC win for Nurmagomedov.
91.7
Decision
15:00
      Stephens looks like he's twice Edgar's size. They traded strikes to start the fight, with Edgar being a little too fast for Stephens. Edgar then shot for a takedown halfway through the round, pressing Stephens into the fence, but Stephens did a good job staying on his feet for the most part. Edgar dumped him to the ground a couple of times, but Stephens was able to pop right back up immediately both times. Stephens finally broke free by throwing a knee from the clinch with 90 seconds left in the round. Round one goes to Edgar.
     The second round started with Edgar punching Stephens in the dick. When the fight started back up, Edgar continued to work around the outside while picking apart Stephens with his fast punches & kicks. Edgar sort of took down Stephens again one minute into the round, but Stephens got up again, so Edgar slammed the shit out of him, but Stephens got up AGAIN. Stephens is looking tired, and we're only 2 minutes into the second round. Stephens randomly kicked Edgar in the head halfway through the round, dropped him, followed it up with a big knee, and Edgar went back to looking for a takedown. We're halfway through the round, and Edgar is still having trouble standing up without falling over. Stephens is clearly stalking him looking for the finish. I have no idea why Stephens isn't going in for the kill though, he's just picking him apart with a couple of punches here & there. Edgar shot in for a slick takedown with one minute left in the round, slapped on a guillotine choke, mounted Stephens, they continued to scramble around, and Edgar switched to ground & pound with 30 seconds left in the round. Edgar beat the shit out of Stephens in those final 30 seconds, and he MIGHT have done enough to steal the round. That round is probably a draw I guess? I'm scoring it for Edgar, because he finished the round in control, and nearly finished Stephens at the end, but it's hard to ignore that head kick from Stephens. This fight is fucking awesome!!!
     Stephens threw a lazy kick, and Edgar took him down 45 seconds into the final round. Stephens went for a decent Kimura from the bottom, but Edgar escaped that and passed to back control two minutes into the final round. Stephens stood back up, and Edgar threw him back down again. They reset back in the center of the cage with half a round left on the clock. Stephens was stalking Edgar for the last half of the round, throwing big punches, but Edgar did a good job keeping his distance while picking apart Stephens with his counters. This fight could go either way to be honest, but I scored it 30-27 for Frankie Edgar, especially since the fight is in New York, you have to assume that he'll be the favorite. BUT... Stephens nearly knocked him out in the second round, and had to chase him for the last half of the final round, so I wouldn't be shocked if someone scores the fight 29-28 for Stephens. All 3 judges gave the fight to Edgar for the unanimous decision victory. This card is fucking awesome so far.
91.9
Decision
15:00
      Pennington was beating up Tate with her jabs & overall boxing for the first 2 minutes of the opening round, until Tate clinched and shot for a takedown. Pennington stuffed it, and cranked on a front choke that literally lifted Tate into the sky multiple times. She had Tate's head completely upside down against Tate's own stomach. That was a fucking BRUTAL choke, but Tate somehow escaped. Tate finally scored a takedown with around 90 seconds left in the round. Tate tried to take her back, but Pennington worked her way back to her feet and blasted Tate with some brutal elbows to the thigh. Tate worked some serious grappling there, but I thought that round went pretty clearly go Pennington for controlling the striking, as well as that fucking INSANE choke. So yeah, one round in the books for Pennington.
     The second round started with some solid boxing by Pennington again, and then Tate went back to the clinching 90 seconds into the round, as she started digging for another takedown, while Pennington continued to stuff the shit out of her shots. Pennington took control with the back clinch and threw Tate around a little bit, but Tate grabbed the cage a couple of times to stay on her feet. Tate threw some solid knees from the clinch, while Pennington tried to work some dirty boxing. By the end of the round, Tate was still clinching, and Pennington opened up on her with some big punches. Tate landed some good shots, but I have Pennington ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Tate started the final round by trying to pull guard, in an effort to avoid Pennington's boxing. Tate started working for armbars & triangles, but in the meantime, Pennington was destroying her with big punches from the sky while avoiding too much danger. Pennington escaped the danger of the ground game, went for a 10-Finger Guillotine choke from the mount, and Tate escaped by going for a heel hook, but she didn't really come very close to finishing it. Tate shot for another takedown, and Pennington stuffed the shot and went back to working for another front choke. Pennington threw Tate down with 30 seconds left in the round, and continued to beat her up with big punches. I've been a huge fan of Raquel Pennington since the first time I saw her fight, and I couldn't be happier to see her beat a former Champion, and also her mentor on the Ultimate Fighter, in Miesha Tate. That fight was fantastic, and it was easily the biggest win of Pennington's career, as all 3 judges scored the fight for Pennington, for the unanimous decision victory.
91.7
KO
(Flying Knee & Punches)
10:24
      The first round started kind of slow, with both guys bouncing around a lot, and trading the occassional body kick or random punch. Weidman shot for a takedown halfway through the opening round, and sort of took down Romero, but he immediately got back up, and they went back to trading the slow strikes. Weidman shot for another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, and he sort of took down Romero, but again, Romero reversed him and immediately got back up, and punched him in the face for his troubles. Weidman scored a solid takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, and took Romero's back, but Romero got back up to his hands & feet immediately. Weidman held onto a back clinch until the end of the round. That wasn't a very impressive round, but I scored it for Weidman based on the 3 "partial" takedowns.
     They had to towel off Romero to start the second round, since he poured water all over himself. When the fight started, Weidman shot for another takedown, and Romero basically stuffed the shot. Weidman continued to pick apart Romero with some basic punches, at a slow & steady pace for the first half of the round, and then he landed a hard knee, and then poked the shit out of Romero's right eye. They traded some takedown attempts, and then Romero tripped Weidman with a classy trip, and then spun around to take Weidman's back with 2 minutes left in the round. He used the back clinch to press Weidman into the fence. Romero took down Weidman with 30 seconds left in the round, and landed some decent punches from a variety of top positions, and in my opinion, that ending was enough to steal the round for Romero. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round started with Weidman shooting for a takedown, and Romero fucking SLAUGHTERED him with a flying knee to the side of the head that chopped Weidman's head open like an axe. Romero landed a few heavy punches on the ground, Weidman curled up like a dying baby, and the fight was stopped, as Romero hands Weidman his ass in Weidman's state of New York. That really sucks for Weidman, and I hope he didn't do any damage to his neck with that knee, but yeah, kudos to Romero, he's fucking LEGIT. And now he FINALLY gets his title shot. I've had Romero ranked #1 at 185 for a long time now, and FINALLY, he gets his shot. Bisping is going to get wrecked.
92.5
Decision
25:00
      Jedrzejczyk spent the first 3 minutes picking apart Karolina with slick punch & kick combinations, firing off 10 strikes for every one that Karolina threw. Karolina clinched, but not a lot happened before they reset back in the center. They clinched again with 45 seconds left in the round, and Jedrzejczyk threw Karolina against the fence, and threw a few Muay Thai knees. The clinchwork seems fairly even, but Jedrzejczyk is clearly on another level with her overall striking game. Round one goes to Jedrzejczyk.
     Karolina came out more aggressive in the second round, but Jedrzejczyk continued to fire at her with machinegun punches & kicks. Karolina landed a few decent shots here & there, but Jedrzejczyk was throwing FAR more frequently, and more accurately as well. Karolina shot in for a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, and Jedrzejczyk stuffed the shit out of that shot. Jedrzejczyk threw a head kick with a minute left in the round, and Karolina caught her leg on her shoulder, and tried to takedown the one-legged Jedrzejczyk, but she STILL couldn't get her down, as Jedrzejczyk slipped out of that and continued to slaughter Karolina with punches, elbows, and kicks. She kicked her in the face with 15 seconds left in the round. I have Jedrzejczyk ahead 2-0 going into the third round.
     Jedrzejczyk started the third round with some nice combinations, and then Karolina clinched again, pressing her against the fence, but Jedrzejczyk broke free and reset again. They continued with that same steady pace, with Jedrzejczyk landing crazy combinations, and Karolina looking to clinch, but she was showing no clear advantage in the clinch, and like I said earlier, Jedrzejczyk is on another level with her striking. They threw each other around in the clinch for a little while, with the difference being, Jedrzejczyk was doing damage in the clinch with her knees & elbows, while Karolina was mostly just trying to keep her under control. I have Jedrzejczyk clearly ahead, 3-0, going into the fourth round.
     Karolina opened up with a nice combination early in the fourth round, but Jedrzejczyk quickly got her back under control with some clinching against the fence. Jedrzejczyk continued to pick apart Karolina for a couple of minutes, and then Karolina rocked the shit out of Jedrzejczyk, and the fight turned into a wild brawl, as Jedrzejczyk was clearly on shaky legs. Jedrzejczyk magically recovered though, and grabbed Karolina's back, pulled her to the ground, but couldn't keep the fight on the ground, so they stood back up, and Karolina took control of the clinch. They traded control back & forth a few times, Jedrzejczyk threw a kick, Karolina caught it and punished Jedrzejczyk with some more punches. I thought Jedrzejczyk was going to make this a clean sweep, but Karolina is making this a pretty wild fight. Round four has to go to Karolina, but by the end of the round, it was looking pretty even. I have Jedrzejczyk ahead 3-1 going into the final round.
     The final round was a really competitive back & forth striking match, with both fighters landing some brutal punches, but Jedrzejczyk was still mixing it up at a higher level, as she continued to pick apart Karolina for most of the round. I feel like Karolina was landing with the harder shots, but Jedrzejczyk was delivering with a LOT more volume. By the end of the round, Karolina probably did more damage overall, but I scored this fight 49-46 in favor of Jedrzejczyk, and all 3 judges agreed, as she retains her belt. Jedrzejczyk is the most dangerous 115 pound fighter in the entire world as far as I'm concerned.
93.0
Draw
(Majority)
25:00
      This fight started REALLY slowly. Thompson landed 2 hard kicks in the first half of the round, Woodley caught the second kick and then took him to the ground in the center of the cage. Woodley squashed Thompson into the ground, while pounding him with short punches. Woodley was looking to setup an arm-triangle choke, but Thompson did a good job preventing him from passing to the correct side. Thompson pulled guard with 30 seconds left in the round, and didn't take TOO much damage, but at that point, Woodley was able to open up with some brutal punches to the body, and by the end of the round, Thompson's nose was busted up & bloody, and he clearly took some solid damage to his body as well. Round one goes to Woodley for sure.
     Thompson landed a few decent punches & kicks to start the second round, and then he got sucked into a clinch, where Woodley pressed him into the fence. Thompson did a decent job battling inside the clinch, and then he broke free halfway through the round, and picked apart Woodley with some clean striking all the way up until the end of the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the third round.
     The third round was basically a striking clinic with Thompson picking apart Woodley with his slick Karate skills. He pretty much dominated him for 4 minutes, but Woodley blasted him with a hard leg kick that dropped Thompson for a second, but he popped right back up, and continued to chip away at Woodley until the end of the round. I have Thompson ahead 2-1 going into the fourth round.
     Thompson continued to chip away at Woodley to start the fourth round, but Woodley blasted him with some BRUTAL shit, he nearly knocked out Thompson with an INSANE onslaught of punches & knees, Thompson was basically out on his feet, Woodley locked on a tight guillotine choke, PRETTY MUCH FINISHED THE FIGHT, but Wonder Boy refused to tap, and he eventually broke free, and ended the round on top inside Woodley's guard, as Wonder Boy unloaded some wild punches, looking to kill Woodley. That round was probably a 10-8 round for Woodley, but holy shit, I want to call it 10-9 based on Thompson's heart.
     The final round was all about Thompson picking apart Woodley with strikes again, and he even rocked him at the very end of the round, so I thought Thompson won this fight, with a clear 3-2 as far as rounds are concerned, but if that fourth round was scored 10-8, then I could see the fight being scored a draw. Two judges scored the fight 47-47, and one gave it to Woodley, 48-47, so they called it a split-decision for Woodley, but then during the interview after the fight, they corrected it, and declared it a "Majority Draw". Insane fight regardless of how you score it.
93.8
TKO
(Punches)
8:04
      McGregor dropped Alvarez three times in the first round with single punches. He also beat him up with some ground & pound near the fence. Alvarez was able to pop back up immediately after those knockdowns, but it still looked like McGregor was just toying with him for the duration of the opening round. Alvarez landed a few decent punches, but McGregor shrugged them off like he didn't even feel them. Round one goes to McGregor for sure, and it could even be a 10-8 round, depending on how you score multiple knockdowns.
      McGregor landed a left hand that looked like it could have broken a normal human being's jaw, inside the first 30 seconds of the second round. Alvarez fired back 90 seconds into the round, and McGregor dropped him again with another counter left hand. Alvarez shot for a deep double leg attempt, but McGregor was able to stuff it with his back against the fence. They reset back in the center halfway through the round. McGregor unloaded on him with some big punches, knocked down Alvarez again, continued to punch him on the ground, and the referee was forced to step in to stop the fight. That was one of the cleanest wins I've seen in a long time, and it was an absolutely perfect performance for Conor McGregor, as he becomes the first ever simultaneous Two-Division Champion. Conor McGregor is fucking LEGIT. 170 is pushing it, but as far as 145 & 155 are concerned, McGregor is the best in the world, hands down.
OVERALL 92.4
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