(4/9/2005)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Rich Franklin - 94.7
2. Forrest Griffin - 94.6
3. Stephan Bonnar - 93.8
4. Josh Koscheck - 93.7
5. Chris Leben - 93.0
6. Nate Quarry - 92.9
7. Mike Swick - 92.4
8. Diego Sanchez - 91.4
9. Ken Shamrock - 91.0
10. Alex Karalexis - 90.8
UFC The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar
94.5
Fighters & Matches 90.3
Top 10 Fighters 92.8
TOTAL 91.6
88.3
TKO
(Punches)
1:40
     This was a pretty fast win, where Rafferty didn't really stand much of a chance. Rafferty tried to grab a standing guillotine early in the fight, but he slipped and fell to the ground, where Karalexis was able to pound on his face, until he eventually knocked him out. I thought it was interesting that this fight started with only 3 minutes on the clock... That's kind of lame, but I guess these guys didn't need more than 3 minutes anyway, so it's all good. Nice debut by Karalexis.
89.5
KO
(Punch)
0:20
      That was pretty fast. Schoenauer started the fight with some soft front kicks, to sort of test the distance, and within 20 seconds, Swick threw a ton of punches at the face of Schoenauer, knocking him out REALLY quickly. So yeah, awesome debut by Mike Swick.
90.2
TKO
(Punches)
3:17
      Holy shit, Nate Quarry is a beast! He won pretty much every minute of this fight, eventually landed a HUGE right hand to the body of Sincaid, and from that point forward, he fucking DESTROYED him with huge punches and kicks, both to the body & the head, and eventually the referee was forced to stop the fight, because even though Sincaid didn't fall to the ground, he wasn't doing a good enough job defending himself, and it looked like Quarry was going to kill him. Awesome fight!
90.9
KO
(Punch)
4:21
      BOOM! This fight was pretty great. Koscheck took Sanford to the ground pretty easily, and once they were on the ground, he pounded the shit out of him, eventually knocking him unconscious with a big right hand, and then he punched him 5 more times before the referee was able to stop the fight. Pretty great debut by Josh Koscheck!
90.2
TKO
(Punches)
1:35
      Jason Thacker came into this fight, as an Olympic Gymnast? Or an Olympic Wrestler? With basically ZERO Pro MMA fights under his belt? And Leben came in with a record of 16-1? Well, the result was pretty predictable with those credentials being compared. Leben took him to the ground without a problem, Thacker had no idea how to defend himself at all, and Leben fucking DESTROYED him with big punches & elbows while pinning him against the cage. Chris Leben looked awesome in this fight, and Thacker will probably never fight MMA again.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      I wasn't really looking forward to this fight at all, I have absolutely no interest in watching Sam Hoger fight. With that being said, I gave the first round to Southworth, for showing slightly better striking, but I thought it was close. The second round I gave to Hoger for showing more active striking. The third round mostly had Hoger taking Southworth to the ground, and beating the crap out of him, so in the end, I gave the fight to Hoger, 29-28 and all 3 judges agreed.
89.3
TKO
(Punches)
2:49
      Diego Sanchez was a beast on this season of the Ultimate Fighter, so I wasn't that surprised to see him dominate the much smaller Kenny Florian. Diego started the fight by taking Florian to the ground, and after a bit of wrestling & grappling & etc... Diego eventually got the full mount, and started raining down punches on the face of Florian, and Florian basically just turtled up, and the referee stopped the fight. Solid showing by Diego, but whatever love I might have had for the guy, fell apart during his "THANK YOU JESUS! THANK YOU JESUS!" speech with Joe Rogan. Still, he definitely deserved to win the TUF tournament, so kudos to him.
94.5
Decision
15:00
      I think everybody basically knows how this fight turned out. I'm not even going to try to give a play by play on this one. It was a 100% brawl for 15 minutes, nonstop action, both guys literally left it all in the octagon, and it really could have gone either way. TECHNICALLY I think Bonnar should have won, but I like Forrest more, so I was happy to see the fight go to Forrest via unanimous decision. Badass fight overall though, regardless of who you were cheering for.
92.7
TKO
(Punches)
2:42
      I remember after the first time I watched this fight, I was disappointed, because Ken Shamrock failed pretty miserably on several different accounts. With that being said, going back and watching this fight again years later, I have to admit it was a pretty cool fight, and it was a great way for Rich Franklin to make an impression on the mainstream fans. Rich Franklin is a badass, and this was pretty much the beginning of his rise towards the middleweight championship (even though this fight was a Light Heavyweight fight). Excellent show by Franklin!
OVERALL 91.6
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