100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Josh Neer - 93.8
2. Joe Lauzon - 93.5
3. Cain Velasquez - 91.8
4. Nick Catone - 91.5
5. Anthony Johnson - 91.4
6. Gleison Tibau - 91.4
7. Jeremy Stephens - 91.4
8. Matt Veach - 91.1
9. Matt Grice - 90.7
10. Matt Riddle - 90.6
UFC Fight Night 17: Lauzon vs. Stephens
Location: Tampa, Florida
Elevation: 48'
-Fight of the Night-
Josh Neer vs. Mac Danzig
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.6
     This was a decent fight. Matthew Riddle basically took the fight to the ground in all 3 rounds, and pounded out a unanimous decision victory, dominating the majority of the fight, with his high level wrestling skills. Steve Bruno scored some points at the end of the first round, by landing a few decent strikes, and securing a takedown, but 20 seconds out of a 15 minute fight isn't going to earn any victories anytime soon. Good show by Matthew Riddle.
      This was a pretty impressive ass kicking, delivered by Nick Catone. Downey started both rounds trying to take Catone down, and then he ended up getting reversed, and dominated by Catone's wrestling skills. By the end of the first round, Downey had a giant hematoma on his head, and everyone thought it would explode into the audience. The second round started the same way, Catone quickly got the side mount, and then finished Downey off with a Keylock submission. To be honest, Downey tapped out before the lock was even applied, so I have no idea what exactly happened, but the assumption is that he hurt his shoulder somehow. Awesome fight for Catone though.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Good fight! This was the third fight of the night, where the superior wrestler (Tibau) pretty much dominated his opponent. Clementi escaped one takedown, and Tibau tried to give him a high five, Clementi tried to act like a badass, and refused to return the high five, so Tibau beat his ass, locked on a guillotine choke, and Clementi tapped the fuck out. Gleison Tibau is pretty awesome, and he has gigantic arms for a 155 pound fighter.
      This fight was weird. Matt Veach came out and was very aggressive, and looked like he might win the fight early, but Grice was able to come back and really put the hurtin' on Veach, locking on a tight anaconda choke (but it somehow failed), and Veach got back in the driver's seat. Veach eventually threw a punch that rocked Grice, and Grice fell to the ground, Veach followed it up with a couple of hammerfists on the ground, and the referee stopped it. I think everybody agrees the fight was stopped a little bit early, but eh, whatever, too late to change the call now. Matt Veach wins via TKO.
(Guillotine Choke)
      This fight was quick & to the point. Jake Rosholt attacked early, taking Miller to the ground. Miller went for a leglock, Rosholt escaped, but Miller used that to sweep & get on top. They started to stand back up, but Miller threw on a solid guillotine choke forcing Rosholt to tap almost immediately.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      This was a pretty good fight. Robert Emerson actually surprised me by taking down Pellegrino several times in the first round, surprising because Pellegrino SHOULD have been the superior grappler. Well, the second round started, and Pellegrino proved that his grappling skills ARE pretty far beyond Emerson. Pellegrino took the fight to the ground, got the full mount, Emerson rolled over onto his stomach, Pellegrino locked on a rear-naked choke, and that's all she wrote. Solid win for Kurt Pellegrino.
      This fight was somewhat lackluster for the majority of the round that it lasted, but near the end with about 45 seconds left, Johnson rocked Fioravanti with a heavy punch, and followed it up with a somewhat insane attack that left Fioravanti laying on the ground tapping out to a series of punches via ground & pound. Anthony Johnson is a beast.
(Triangle Choke)
      This fight WAS AWESOME! The first round was pretty close for the most part, and I might have even given it to Danzig, if it wasn't for the last minute or so where Josh Neer really turned it up and started beating the shit out of Danzig. The second round was basically more of the same, but this time, Josh Neer pretty much controlled the round, eventually getting the fight to the floor, he locked on a triangle choke which was impossible to escape, and Mac Danzig was forced to tap. This fight was brilliant though, and Josh Neer's skills have improved ten fold since the last time I saw him fight.
      Denis Stojnic made his UFC debut in this fight, and basically proved that he is a fat bomb. And what I mean by that is, he's a fat guy, that basically got the shit kicked out of him for over 5 minutes, and kept coming forward, and the entire time, I couldn't help but feel like he was about to knock out Velasquez with some sort of explosive backfist or something. In the end, Cain Velasquez pulled off the victory via TKO, but Stojnic has a chin from hell, and some heavy hands, so I'm looking forward to seeing both of these guys fight again in the future.
      This fight was pretty great. The first round had Lauzon taking Stephens to the ground (sort of pulled guard), and he went for a leglock, followed by a whole bunch of crazy shit. Lauzon dominated the first half of the first round, but Stephens came back near the end of the first round with a big slam & some heavy ground & pound. The second round had Stephens showing some excellent striking (albeit a bit chaotic), but Lauzon got it to the ground again, and he was able to control most of the ground game eventually locking on an AMAZING armbar for the submission victory in the second round. Great fight by both fighters.