(6/13/2009)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Cain Velasquez - 93.2
2. Paul Kelly - 92.5
3. John Hathaway - 92.4
4. Terry Etim - 92.1
5. Stefan Struve - 91.8
6. Rick Story - 91.6
7. Dan Hardy - 91.5
8. Roli Delgado - 91.5
9. Mike Swick - 91.2
10. Cheick Kongo - 91.2
UFC 99: The Comeback
Location: Cologne, Germany
Elevation: 299'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Stefan Struve vs. Denis Stojnic
92.2
Fighters & Matches 90.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 91.2
91.0
Decision
15:00
     This was a pretty solid fight between two guys I couldn't care less about. Both guys offered excellent wrestling skills, especially in the first round, with a lot of back & forth grappling. Both guys showed decent striking & submission skills, etc... In the end, I wasn't really sure who to give the fight to, but I had Hathaway ahead on the scorecards just a LITTLE bit by the end of the third round, and all 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to John Hathaway via unanimous decision.
92.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:37
      That fight was fucking wild! The first round consisted of Denis Stojnic destroying Struve with some pretty hardcore ground & pound, including an elbow that cut a 4 inch vertical gash in Struve's forehead near the end of the first round. Everybody was sure the fight would be stopped due to the severity of the cut, but somehow, they were allowed to continue. The second round started with Struve going out there, taking the fight to the ground, mounting Stojnic's back, and he then spent about 2 minutes with a body triangle, eventually finishing the fight via rear-naked choke. AMAZING fight, especially considering the heart shown by Stefan Struve.
91.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight was crazy! The first round was 100% Roli Delgado, breaking out his Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt skills on Kelly's ass. Kelly was on top for most of the round, but Delgado had complete control of the entire round, with some advanced transition skills, and great defensive skills. The second round was pretty close, with both guys scoring plenty of points. The third round however, featured Paul Kelly beating Delgado's ass, finishing the round on top, throwing big punches. In the end, the fight maybe could have gone either way, but I gave the fight to Kelly, and so did all 3 judges.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      This fight was ok, but I'm getting tired of watching fights go to decision. Paul Taylor basically wanted to stay on his feet the entire fight, and with his improved wrestling skills, he was able to keep most of the fight standing, and when they did go to the ground, he was able to get on top more often than not as well. In the end, Taylor basically dominated Sobotta, and walked away with the unanimous decision victory.
89.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:23
      Finally! A relatively quick fight! Both guys came out to the center of the octagon, Hartt went for the takedown, Siver went for an armbar from the guard, Hartt stood up and escaped, Siver got onto Hartt's back, locked on the rear-naked choke, and BOOM, Dale Hartt taps. Good quick fight, and solid victory for Denis Siver.
91.5
Submission
(Brabo Choke)
7:38
      This was a good fight, with lots of back & forth action. The first round went to Justin Buchholz for basically taking Etim to the ground, and pounding on his face (breaking his nose). Etim was able to attempt several submissions (mostly leg locks) but was unsuccessful. The second round started, and Terry Etim gave Buchholz the Anderson Silva treatment, with knees to the face, until Buchholz took him down again, but that proved worthless, because as soon as the fight went to the ground, Etim locked on the D'Arce choke for the submission victory.
89.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was a pretty bad ass way to start off the first UFC event in Germany. Marcus Davis came out in the first round like a train, pretty much blowing over everything Dan Hardy could come up with to defend himself. The second round was more of a fair fight, and the third round was highlighted by Dan Hardy smashing Davis's face in on the ground, with huge elbows and punches. Once the fight was over, Marcus Davis looked like he had been shot in the face by a shotgun, and Dan Hardy looked clean. The judges gave the fight to Dan Hardy via split-decision, and I agreed with that.
91.1
Decision
15:00
      This fight was pretty good, from a technical standpoint, but it wasn't THAT exciting. Spencer Fisher tried to stand & strike the entire fight, Uno tried to take the fight to the ground the entire time. The first 2 rounds probably could have gone either way, and I gave the last round to Caol Uno due to his ability to control Fisher on the ground, but the judges disagreed, and all 3 judges gave the fight to Spencer Fisher.
88.7
TKO
(Punches)
8:47
      This fight was one that I was pretty excited about, but it started off a lot slower than I had expected. The first round started with Mike Swick taking Saunders to the ground (sort of), and Saunders just held on for a long time, so not much happened (except they talked shit to each other on the ground which was fun). The second round started, and seemed like it'd be more of the same, until Swick landed a great punch combination that sent Saunders to the ground, giving Swick the second round TKO victory.
89.0
TKO
(Punches)
3:06
      Well, damn. I was REALLY excited about this fight, especially once Cro-Cop started to pick up the pace near the end of the fight, where he basically destroyed Al-Turk during the final 20 seconds or so. Cro-Cop won via TKO, but after watching the replay, we realized that he poked Al-Turk in the eye really badly (so the "fatal blow" was actually an eye poke, and not a "fatal punch"). So, Cro-Cop still looked pretty good, but that kind of killed the momentum once they played that replay.
92.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight was pretty incredible. I was fully expecting Cheick Kongo to win, and get a title shot, but he got completed dominated in this fight. The first 30 seconds of each round, consisted of Kongo nearly knocking out Velasquez, but the other 4:30 of each round, consisted of Velasquez slamming Kongo all over the octagon, and pounding on his face with his fist. In the end, Velasquez earns the unanimous decision victory.
91.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight was a pretty crazy brawl. The first round was slow, the second round started to speed up, and the third round had both guys throwing wild & crazy punches & kicks, and they both looked like they were going to get knocked the fuck out multiple times. In the end, I scored the fight a draw, but the judges gave the fight to Rich Franklin via unanimous decision. Good solid main event overall though.
OVERALL 91.2
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