(9/3/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Josh Barnett - 93.3
2. Ryan Bader - 92.8
3. Ashlee Evans-Smith - 92.2
4. Peter Sobotta - 92.2
5. Alexander Gustafsson - 92.0
6. Jack Hermansson - 91.7
7. Ilir Latifi - 91.7
8. Taylor Lapilus - 91.5
9. Scott Askham - 91.2
10. Rustam Khabilov - 90.8
UFC Fight Night 93: Arlovski vs. Barnett
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Elevation: 72'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Josh Barnett vs. Andrei Arlovski
92.4
Fighters & Matches 88.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.4
88.1
Decision
15:00
     This fight started slow, with a lot of bouncing around, but not a lot of actual action. Silva landed a body kick 45 seconds into the first round, and Khabilov countered with a punch. They continued to bounce around for a while, as Khabilov maintained control of the center of the cage. They finally started winging some big punches halfway through the round, and Khabilov landed some nice leg kicks. Khabilov shot for a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, but Silva easily stuffed it, so they reset back in the center. Khabilov shot for a single leg with 90 seconds left in the round, but Silva stuffed that one as well. Khabilov threw a flying knee with a minute left in the round, but Silva easily stepped to the side to avoid it. Silva then rushed forward, rocked Khabilov with a punch, and then took him to the ground, moving immediately to full mount. Silva went for some sort of submission, and Khabilov swept him, ending the round on top inside Silva's guard. Khabilov landed a few short punches before the round ended. That round could probably go either way.
     They traded some decent punches in the first minute of the second round, and Silva took a knee at one point, but I think he was mostly just knocked off balance. Khabilov is still controlling the center of the cage. The round was another fairly slow round, with some nice shots being exchanged, but neither fighter was really putting much effort into finding a finish. Khabilov started to pick apart Silva with punches & kicks around the halfway mark of the round. Khabilov shot for another takedown attempt with 90 seconds left in the round, and after a bit of a clinch battle, he tripped Silva to the ground, landing back inside his guard again. Silva tried for an armbar, and then a triangle, Khabilov avoided both submission attempts, and dropped some short punches & elbows until the end of the round. Silva went for another armbar with 20 seconds left, but Khabilov escaped by dropping a big elbow on his face. Khabilov clearly won the second round, and the first round PROBABLY went to Silva.
     They traded some more punches in the third round, Silva landed a nice body kick, Khabilov went for a clinch takedown, he sort of brought Silva down for a second, but they quickly stood back up, and continued to box with each other. Khabilov shot for another takedown around the halfway mark of the final round, but Silva continued to show some solid takedown defense, staying on his feet with his back pressed against the fence. Silva landed a couple of elbows to Khabilov's spine, and then Khabilov finally finished the takedown with 90 seconds or so left in the fight. He landed a few strikes on the ground, but Silva quickly stood back up. Silva clearly wanted to stay standing, as he landed a couple of punches, Khabilov shot for another takedown which was stuffed again. Khabilov shot for another takedown with 30 seconds left, and was stuffed again. Silva shot for a takedown in the final 20 seconds, Khabilov blasted him with an uppercut on the way in, stuffed the shot, and ended up beating up Silva for a few seconds at the end of the round. I think Khabilov won this fight, at least 29-28 if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving Khabilov the somewhat lackluster unanimous decision victory.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with some solid back & forth action, with both guys landing some decent strikes, but Askham seemed to be a little more aggressive with his punches & kicks, while Hermansson was mostly looking to counter. Hermansson shot for a takedown around the halfway mark, but Askham stuffed that shot, and then blasted Hermansson with an uppercut when the separated. Hermansson blasted Askham with a brutal body kick with a minute left in the round, and Askham countered with a brutal leg kick. Askham threw a superman punch and then clinched with 30 seconds left in the round. Askham landed some knees to the thighs of Hermansson until the round ended. That was a close round, but I scored it for Askham.
     Askham started the second round with a nice body kick. Hermansson countered with a body kick of his own. They traded some decent punches, and Askham landed some nice knees and some more kicks. Hermansson clipped Askham with a nice right hand, as he started to back him up toward the fence, but Askham continued to fire back with some punches & kicks of his own. Askham shot for another takedown attempt around the halfway mark, the shot was stuffed, so he turned it into some knees to the body, and then Hermansson rocked him with some punch combinations, so they clinched, and tried to throw each other around for a few seconds. Hermansson really started to land with some nice punches in the last half of that round, including some nice dirty boxing. Askham tried to work some Muay Thai, but Hermansson's boxing was too much for him as he continued to rock Askham with big punches. There was a wild scramble in the final seconds of the round that lead to Askham going for a heel hook, and nearly ripping Hermansson's leg off, but Hermansson probably still won that round with his striking. Another really close fight so far. I have it all tied up going into the final round, with maybe a slight advantage going to Askham.
     They traded a few strikes to start the final round, they clinched, they went to the ground in another awkward scramble, and Hermansson was able to power his way into a top position of some sort, but Askham grabbed one of his legs, and immediately started working for a submission. Hermansson pounded his way out of it with punches, they continued to scramble, and Askham continued to look for submissions from the bottom. Askham looked like he was close to grabbing a leg lock, but Hermansson was able to slip out of it and get back to his feet. Hermansson worked some more dirty boxing, rocking Askham again. They continued to clinch, and Hermansson tried to take him to the ground again for some reason. Askham landed some heavy uppercuts from the clinch, Hermansson continued to drive forward, they clinched, and Hermansson rocked Askham with some more punches. They continued to battle it out in the clinch, there was another brief scramble that Askham controlled with a front choke, that didn't really go anywhere. The round ended with both guys just brawling. That was a pretty decent fight, that Hermansson will more than likely win, 29-28. I wouldn't be shocked by a split-decision though. All 3 judges gave the fight to Hermansson for the unanimous decision victory in his UFC debut.
85.8
Draw
(Majority)
15:00
      Danho looked pretty terrible in his UFC debut 6 months ago. Here hs is, fighting some new guy that is basically just here to make him look good. Colombo is a pretty massive guy though. Danho started this fight by throwing some heavy punches, but he wasn't able to connect very cleanly with most of his shots. Danho cracked Colombo's jaw 90 seconds into the opening round with a massive right hand. He continued to throw that same punch, clearly setting it up over and over again, and Colombo was able to duck under a few of the punches. These guys clinched a lot, but not a lot happened inside the clinch. When they split up, Danho continued to wing wild punches. Colombo went for a standing guillotine with 90 seconds left in the round, and blasted Danho with some knees. They split up, Colombo rushed forward with some big punches, but Danho quickly pressed him back against the fence again. Danho rushed in with some crazy punches with 30 seconds left in the round, Colombo tried to grab him with another front choke, and then landed an illegal knee to the back of Danho's head which cut him open. Colombo lost a point for the illegal knee. I probably would have scored that round for Danho, so I guess he won the round, 10-8 on my scorecard.
     Danho rushed in again with some big punches to start the second round, and Colombo used his size to bend Danho over, and punched him in the back or something. Colombo stumbled, Danho chased him to the ground, and beat the shit out of him with some big punches, while he tried to hold Colombo down. Colombo scrambled back to his feet, but almost fell down while standing up, due to his poor overall balance. These guys are both sloppy as shit, and neither fighter has any business fighting in the UFC. They're both clearly exhausted, and we're not even halfway through the second round yet. Colombo looked like he was setting up Danho for a piledriver, but Danho backed out and reset. They clinched, and Colombo continued to club away at Danho with elbows to the back of the head, and knees while Danho was bent over. I REALLY don't want to watch these guys fight anymore. They continued to wing slop at each other until the end of the round, with Colombo in control. This fight should probably be scored a draw at this point going into the third round, but since Colombo lost that point in the first round for the illegal knee, then Danho is probably ahead by one point going into the final round, even though he can barely walk back to his corner.
     They continued to throw slop at each other for the duration of the final round, they stumbled around, fell all over each other, threw some big punches & knees, and then shit FINALLY started to get exciting in the final 90 seconds of the round, as they both opened up and tried to destry each other. This fight has draw written all over it. If I had to pick a winner, I would give the fight to Colombo, but since the first round was probably 10-8 for Danho, then it's going to have to be a draw. One judge gave Colombo the fight, and the other two declared it a draw, so this fight goes to a long winded majority draw. I'm giving Colombo the victory points for this one, because Danho REALLY sucks.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      Lapilus came out swinging to start the first round, and Issa immediately grabbed him, took him to the ground, clinched the shit out of him, and continued to drive him to the ground, while Lapilus kept looking for openings to land some elbows to the side of Issa's head. Issa refused to give up the takedown offense, as 3 minutes in, Issa was STILL pressing forward, trying to drive Lapilus through the fence. Lapilus is showing some outstanding takedown defense. They finally split up with 90 seconds left in the round, and Lapilus unloaded with some big punches, rocking Issa against the fence, but Lapilus slipped or something, as he fell to the ground, Issa recovered, and then kicked Lapilus in the body on his way back up. Lapilus continued to beat up Issa on the feet, and the round eventually ended with Issa hanging from Lapilus's ankle with another failed takedown attempt. Round one goes to Lapilus.
     Issa started the second round with some decent kicks, but Lapilus clinched with him, pressed him against the fence, and then they split up again. Issa shot for another takedown a minute into the second round, and Lapilus sprawled, stuffing the shit out of it, so Issa just pressed him against the fence again with some desperate clinchwork. Lapilus punched Issa in the face with a big left hand, and Issa ran away. Lapilus continued to throw big punches, and Issa continued to run away. Lapilus spent the rest of the round beating up Issa with big punches, and Issa continued to fail miserably with his one-dimensional offensive takedowns. Issa went for a random guillotine choke with a minute left in the round, but Lapilus escaped and just ended the round on top inside Issa's guard. I have Lapilus ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Issa shot for a desperate takedown to start the third round, and pressed Lapilus against the fence again. Lapilus spun him around, landed some decent punches, and then failed miserably with a spinning back elbow that caused him to trip over himself. Issa couldn't capitalize though, so they just went back to Issa running away, while Lapilus continued to throw random punches at him. There was an ugly scramble at the end of the round which lead to Issa landing on top for a few seconds, but the referee eventually split them up, and Lapilus continued to beat him up on the feet. Lapilus clearly won this fight 30-27. This was a terrible performance by Issa.
88.9
TKO
(Punches & Elbows)
13:14
      Macedo hopped around the outside for a minute or so, and then blasted Smith with a hard spinning back kick to the body, which made Smith wince. Smith clinched, and tried to whip Macedo to the ground, but Macedo stayed standing, and broke away with a series of punches. Macedo threw a couple of kicks, and Smith just kind of looked lost in there. Smith clinched again around the halfway mark of the opening round, and just pressed Macedo against the fence, not really doing any damage or anything. Macedo spun her around, and then Smith finally whipped Macedo to the ground with 90 seconds left in the round. Smith grabbed her back, flattened her out, and tried to land some punches, but Macedo spun around so that Smith was on top in full mount. Smith went for an Americana, Macedo spun out of it, Smith tried to turn it into an armbar, Macedo slipped out, and then grabbed Smith's back and held her for the final 30 seconds of the round. Smith had some decent ground work there, but I gave that round to Macedo based on beating up Smith for most of the round, and she also ended up in the better position after all the grappling was over.
     Macedo blasted Smith with a head kick to start the second round, Smith tried to rush her again, she tried to whip her to the ground, and Macedo stayed standing. Macedo rolled for a kneebar, Smith escaped and punched her in the head a few times, and then they stood back up, with Macedo still controlling the clinch. They broke apart around the halfway mark, and Smith blasted Macedo with some hard punches. The reset with 2 minutes left in the round. Macedo landed a pair of heavy leg kicks, and then Smith clinched with her again, pressing her against the fence. Macedo rolled for another kneebar attempt, and Smith punched her way out of it again. They stood up, continued to trade some punches, and then Smith whipped her to the ground with a hip toss in the final seconds of the round. That round goes to Smith, and I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They traded a few strikes to start the third round, and Smith landed a nice front kick to the body. Smith clinched again, Macedo rolled for another kneebar 90 seconds into the round, and Smith just pinned her against the fence, and unloaded with some big punches & some of the most brutal elbows I've ever seen from a female, forcing the referee to stop the fight with around 90 seconds left in the final round. I think Macedo would be a killer if she could make 115 or so, but at 135, she's just way too small to hang with some of the bigger girls. Decent UFC debut though, and a solid win for Ashlee Evans-Smith.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      These guys moved around a lot to start the first round, while trading some pretty fast punches. One minute into the round, Sobotta dropped Dalby with a big right hand, he chased him to the ground, and he unloaded with some big punches on the ground. Sobotta continued to beat the shit out of Dalby on the ground for most of the round, and he even passed to side control around the halfway mark. Sobotta spent most of the time just trying to control Dalby, but he still blasted him with some massive punches here & there. With a minute left in the round, Sobotta spun around and grabbed Dalby's back, and locked on a body triangle. Sobotta locked on a neck crank, but Dalby was basically saved by the bell. Round one could potentially be a 10-8 round for Sobotta.
     Dalby looked like he was in panic mode in the second round, so he poked the shit out of Sobotta's right eye. When the fight started back up, Dalby came out swinging, but Sobotta quickly grabbed his back, and whipped Dalby to the ground. Dalby punched him in the face a few times, but Sobotta maintained his control, as Dalby worked his way back to his feet. Sobotta then tripped him again, and continued to pound on Dalby on the ground. Sobotta's ground control is on point tonight. He passed to side control with 90 seconds left in the round. Sobotta unloaded some big punches in the final 20 seconds. Dalby needs a dramatic finish in the third round if he wants any chance at winning this thing. I have Sobotta ahead 20-17 going into the final round.
     The final round started with a full minute of NO action. Dalby finally started to land some decent punches, but Sobotta kept him at bay with a series of jabs. They both looked pretty sloppy in the third round, but it was a decent back & forth round of striking. Sobotta shot for a takedown with 2 minutes left in the fight, and Dalby had this look of "Fuck, I'm going to lose" on his face. Sobotta mostly just smothered him for the rest of the round, but by the end of the fight, this should be a very clear 30-26 decision for Peter Sobotta. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Peter Sobotta.
86.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Wallhead spent the first round picking apart Ayari's lead leg with decent kicks. Wallhead knocked down Ayari with around 2 minutes left in the round, but Ayari quickly stood back up. That wasn't a very exciting round, but Wallhead pretty clearly won the round.
     The second round started slow, but Wallhead blasted Ayari with a beautiful 2 punch combination that nearly knocked his head off. Ayari has spent most of this fight so far, just running backward, trying to keep his distance, while Wallhead is chasing him, while throwing big punches. Ayari continued to run backward, with his chin high up in the air, and Wallhead clipped him with some heavy punches that made Ayari's eyes roll back for a second. If Wallhead isn't up 2-0 going into the final round, then I'm going to throw some rocks at the judges. This isn't a great fight overall, but Wallhead is landing all the best shots, and Ayari is just running away.
     Ayari has some decent counterstrikes, even though he's running away almost 100% of the time, he's still landing some decent uppercuts when Wallhead rushes in. The third round had Wallhead chasing him, and throwing big punches, Ayari finally started to fight back in the final 2 minutes, but that just opened him up to get hit, so Wallhead dropped him with some big punches, and then tried to finish him, but Ayari quickly stood back up. Wallhead shot for a takedown with a minute left in the fight, but it was easily stuffed. The final minute had both guys winging big punches at each other, and Wallhead nearly knocked out Ayari in the final 10 seconds, causing him to fall flat on his face. I scored this fight 30-27 for Wallhead, but the commentators seem to think this is Ayari's fight, so I have no idea what to expect. The judges gave the fight to Ayari by split-decision, with one judge giving him all 3 rounds, even though he nearly got knocked out twice in the final round. Congrats for being the German fighter in Germany. Fuck these judges, Wallhead got screwed.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      This was another fight that started pretty slow for both fighters. Hein clipped Bang with something while rushing him around the halfway mark of the opening round, and Hein used that momentum to take Bang to the ground. Hein landed a couple of decent strikes on the ground, and then Bang stood back up. The rest of the round was another lackluster couple of minutes, with a few strikes exchanged, but not much of anything noteworthy. Hein wins the first round.
     These guys traded a few strikes to start the second round, Hein got clipped, and then he grabbed Bang's back, tripped him to the ground, and they stood back up immediately. The rest of the round had both guys trading punches at a fairly slow pace. A few decent shots landed, but for the most part, this fight is putting me to sleep. This whole card so far has been pretty boring. Hein tripped Bang to the ground with a minute left in the round, but Bang stood up immediately again. I have Hein ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The final round started with an accidental clash of heads that opened up a bad cut on Bang's right eyelid. When the fight started back up, they traded a few punches, and Hein rocked Bang with a big combination. They spent the rest of the round trading at a slowish pace. I thought Hein pretty clearly won this fight, 30-27, but I wouldn't be too shocked if it's closer than that. I WOULD be shocked if the judges gave the fight to Bang though, since Hein is German. All 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Hein by unanimous decision. Decent win, but semi-shitty fight overall.
92.1
KO
(Knee)
7:06
      Bader landed some good kicks in the first round, and showed some solid takedown defense, but Latifi blasted him with some heavy shots near the end of the round that knocked Bader to the ground, with a massive right hook being the cleanest punch of the round. Latifi pounced on him and tried to finish him, but Bader recovered quickly and got back to his feet before the end of the round. Round one goes to Latifi, based mostly on that knockdown.
     Bader landed a nice right hand to start the second round, and then Latifi knocked him halfway across the cage with a couple of massive punches of his own. Bader shot for a takedown one minute into the second round, Latifi stuffed the shit out of it, caught him in a front choke, they stood up, and Latifi punched the shit out of him, before pressing him against the fence. Bader blasted Latifi with a massive right hand, and they clinched again for a few seconds. Latifi shot for a takedown, Bader blasted him with a massive knee on the way in, and knocked Latifi the fuck out, flooring him with the walkoff KO. This was a huge win for Ryan Bader. That was the hardest knee I've seen, since MVP knocked out Cyborg in Bellator.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      They both came out swinging to start the first round, and they both connected with some serious shots, but for the most part, I thought Blachowicz was beating up Gustafsson on the feet with his boxing. Gustafsson shot for a couple of takedowns, and Blachowicz stuffed them, but Gustafsson finally got the fight to the ground with 90 seconds left in the round. Gustafsson dropped some elbows from inside Blachowicz's guard. Blachowicz tried for a couple of armbars, but didn't make much progress with any of them. Round one goes to Gustafsson based on his ground & pound, but it was a really competitive round overall.
     Blachowicz came out swinging in the second round, he blasted Gustafsson with some heavy punches, and Gustafsson quickly took him to the ground in under 30 seconds. Gustafsson picked up where he left off in the first round, with some heavy elbows from inside Blachowicz's guard. The referee warned Gustafsson for not doing enough, even though he was chopping up Blachowicz with elbows, Blachowicz was doing a decent job avoiding too much damage. He tried for a few armbars from his guard, but it's pretty obvious that he's not going to get the armbar, so he should probably focus on getting back to his feet. Gustafsson stood up, and then tried to pass Blachowicz's guard, but he just ended up falling into it again. Gustafsson is clearly ahead 2-0 going into the final round, if not 20-17. Blachowicz needs a finish in the third round if he wants to win this fight.
     The second round had both guys throwing big punches & kicks, with Blachowicz probably delivering the most damage, so Gustafsson took him down again one minute into the final round. Gustafsson threw some more elbows, but Blachowicz still had him locked down pretty well, so not a lot was happening, which caused the referee to warn them again for the lack of action on the ground. The referee finally stood them back up with around 90 seconds left in the final round. Gustafsson took him down again with a single leg, and picked up where he left off, with short elbows from inside the guard. Nice win for Gustafsson, but considering he was a -700 favorite going into this fight, you would have thought he'd come closer to finishing Blachowicz. Blachowicz is super tough though, so good fight by both fighters. Nice safe win for Gustafsson, breaking his 2-Fight losing streak against a Top 20 opponent.
92.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
12:53
      These guys both came out swinging, and they both got dropped to their knees from some punches, but they both got back up, and continued to fight. They clinched, and Barnett pressed Arlovski against the fence. They traded places a few times, and then split up 90 seconds into the round. They traded a few shots, and Barnett pressed Arlovski against the fence again. Barnett stomped on some feet, and then Arlovski tripped him to the ground, landing in half mount. Arlovski stood up, and mostly just stalled while they traded leg kicks with Barnett laying on his back. The referee let Barnett stand back up with 90 seconds left in the round. Arlovski rocked Barnett with some punches, but Barnett just smiled and charged forward, pressing Arlovski against the fence again. That was a wild way for the fight to start, but round one goes to Arlovski, based mostly on the takedown, since the standup was pretty even.
      Barnett started the second round with an overhand right, and then pressed Arlovski against the fence again. Arlovski spun him around, and the referee split them up 90 seconds into the round due to inactivity. Barnett landed some more punches, they clinched, and they both landed some wild punches. These guys are both getting rocked often in between the lengthy clinching sessions. Arlovski tripped Barnett to the ground with 2 minutes left in the round, but Barnett continued to roll, immediately sweeping Arlovski, which allowed Barnett to pass to full mount with 90 seconds left in the round. Barnett dropped some elbows, and some punches, chopping up Arlovski's face on the ground. He postured up with 30 seconds left in the round, and really unloaded on Arlovski, Arlovski gave up his back, and Barnett continued to pound the shit out of him. I'm scoring that a 10-8 round for Barnett.
      They both came out swinging in the third round, they both landed some brutal punches, Arlovski poked Barnett's eye with a thumb, the referee didn't see it, so the fight continued, Barnett went for a Kimura, rolled to the ground, and landed in half mount near the fence. Barnett threw some elbows to Arlovski's jaw, while working for another Kimura attempt from half mount this time. Barnett passed to full mount, unloaded some big punches, Arlovski gave up his back, Barnett locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission a couple of minutes into the third round. That fight was pretty awesome, and a great way to cap off a pretty shitty card. I couldn't be happier with the fact that Barnett (Pride) just beat Arlovski (UFC). Especially since Arlovski hit him with that eye poke, and still got submitted. Great win for Barnett.
OVERALL 90.4
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