(6/20/2009)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Diego Sanchez - 94.4
2. Clay Guida - 94.2
3. Joe Stevenson - 93.4
4. Tomasz Drwal - 93.2
5. James Wilks - 93.0
6. Nate Diaz - 92.3
7. Jason Dent - 92.2
8. Nick Osipczak - 92.1
9. Edgar Garcia - 91.4
10. Chris Lytle - 91.2
UFC The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida
93.8
Fighters & Matches 90.5
Top 10 Fighters 92.7
TOTAL 91.6
89.4
Submission
(Anaconda Choke)
4:46
     I love the anaconda choke, it's one of my personal favorite submissions. This fight was a decent boxing match, which I was actually scoring in favor of Dollar, until he shot for a takedown, got caught in a headlock, Dent turned it into an Anaconda Choke almost immediately, started rolling around on the ground, and forced him to submit with only a few seconds left. Awesome submission victory.
88.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:40
      This fight was pretty quick. There was some clinching against the cage, Lester showed poor technique on almost everything he did, and eventually went for a sloppy takedown, got beat up by Osipczak on his way in, Osipczak managed to get on his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and that's pretty much the story of this fight.
90.7
TKO
(Knee & Punches)
4:48
      This was a pretty one-sided ass kicking, with Drwal taking the fight to the ground early, beating up Ciesnolevicz against the cage for a few, they kept fighting, Drwal kept kicking his ass, and eventually he knocked him down again with a big knee to the chin, and finished him off with a series of punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Good win for Tomasz Drwal.
90.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight. Blackburn had the lead early, but Garcia made a comeback at the end of the first round, throwing some hard shots, so I declared that round a draw. Blackburn won the second round. The third round was pretty close, but again, Garcia started throwing bombs at the end, and nearly finished Blackburn seconds before the end of the round, so personally, I gave the fight 29-28 to Garcia, and so did the crowd, and one of the judges, so it was a really close fight, but I think Garcia kind of got screwed.
88.2
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      That was kind of odd. I think most people will agree that Gleison Tibau won at least 2 of these rounds, with his takedowns, as well as his ground & pound. Some might argue that the one round Guillard won, is round two, because he had some decent striking, and was able to defend a little better against the takedowns. Ultimately, most people agree that Gleison Tibau won this fight, but the judges gave the fight to Guillard via split-decision, but they didn't announce the judge's actual scorecards, so I have no idea what went wrong here. As far as I'm concerned, Tibau should have won this fight.
92.8
Decision
15:00
      This fight was an incredible grappling battle. The fight started with Stevenson taking Diaz to the ground, and Diaz countered with a TIGHT guillotine choke. Stevenson was able to escape, and locked on a guillotine of his own. The grappling went back & forth for all 3 rounds, but ultimately, Joe Stevenson controlled the fight, and walked away with the unanimous decision victory.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      This was one of the "Final Fights" from this season of the Ultimate Fighter, and even though it was a decent scrap, I didn't really enjoy the fight that much. I wanted Ross Pearson to win the fight, but I gave the first & second rounds to Andre Winner, and the third round probably could have gone either way, so I gave the fight to Andre Winner. Somehow, the judges gave the fight to Ross Pearson, and HEY! I'm cool with that, because I wanted him to win, but I still don't understand HOW he won.
91.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight was awesome. The first round started out pretty even, but Burns almost knocked out Lytle at the end of the first round, Lytle was able to keep his composure though. The 2nd round was closer, but Lytle started to make his comeback, and Burns was tired. The third round had Lytle beating the shit out of Burns while Burns was backing away, and Lytle hit him with a punch to the eye that busted Burn's eye open. In the end, I gave the fight to Lytle, and was glad that the 3 judges did the same.
91.6
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:54
      This fight was pretty incedible. James Wilks started the fight like Anderson Silva, throwing Muay Thai knees to Johnson's face, and beating him up against the fence. Johnson went to the ground with Walks, but Wilks went crazy with submission attempts (I had no idea he had those), and he looked VERY skilled on the ground, eventually locking on the rear-naked choke for the submission victory. If Johnson could have held on for 6 more seconds, he would have been safe, but James Wilks is the new "Ultimate Fighter" champion or whatever.
93.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was fuckin' crazy! The first round had Diego Sanchez acting like Anderson Silva, beating the living shit out of Clay Guida with HUGE flying knees, HUGE head kicks, HUGE uppercuts, he basically knocked out Guida, and Guida kept coming. The second round had Guida taking Sanchez to the ground & controlling him, but Sanchez was able to defend himself by throwing elbows from the guard, to the top of Guida's head. The third round was back & forth for the entire 5 minutes, leaving the fight in the hands of the judges. In the end, Diego Sanchez pulled off the split-decision victory.
OVERALL 91.6
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