(11/5/2005)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (14 Total):
1. Josh Burkman - 94.4
2. Melvin Guillard - 93.3
3. Keith Jardine - 92.0
4. Diego Sanchez - 91.9
5. Rashad Evans - 90.1
6. Joe Stevenson - 90.0
7. Brad Imes - 89.5
8. Nick Diaz - 89.5
9. Marcus Davis - 88.8
10. Kenny Florian - 88.5
UFC The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Josh Burkman vs. Sam Morgan
91.5
Fighters & Matches 89.2
Top 10 Fighters 90.8
TOTAL 90.0
88.9
TKO
(Leg Kicks)
8:28
     This was a pretty wacky fight. Sort of taking on a David vs. Goliath theme, Schall is at the top end of the Heavyweight scale, and Jardine should be fighting at 205. Jardine was running in kind of weird, throwing sloppy punches for most of the fight, and Schall looked like a slower version of Tank Abbott, tired from the beginning of the fight. In the end though, Jardine landed 3 HARD leg kicks in a row, eventually causing Schall to collapse. Great (but wacky) UFC debut for Keith Jardine.
90.4
TKO
(Cut)
7:55
      FUCKING OUCH! That cut that ended this fight was brutal looking. Melvin Guillard looked fucking insane in this fight, slamming Davis, throwing him around, beating his ass with HARD kicks, hard punches, brutal elbows, and even locked on a tight guillotine choke in the first round. Melvin Guillard is like a rabid animal, and he's a TON of fun to watch. Davis was able to hang in there, and tried to put up a fight, but he just wasn't any kind of match for Guillard. Great debut by Melvin Guillard though. Fucking AWESOME ground & pound ending.
91.5
KO
(Slam)
0:21
      KABLAM! That was fucking brutal. There really isn't much to say about this fight... They both threw a few strikes, Burkman got a body lock, slammed Morgan on the ground, and his head sort of smashed Morgan's head into the ground, knocking him unconscious instantly, and then he followed that up with 3 BRUTAL elbows to the chin, bouncing Morgan's head off the mat repeatedly. Josh Burkman looked like the most brutal fighter of all time in this fight. AWESOME UFC debut for Josh Burkman.
85.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
5:37
      This really wasn't that cool of a fight. Kenny Florian later in his career is pretty badass, but back in 2005, he wasn't much to get excited about. Kit Cope was supposed to be "the most amazing Muay Thai fighter we'll ever see!!!" but he pretty much got schooled by Florian. Cope did a decent job while standing, but had no defense for Kenny on the ground. At the end of the first round, Florian locked on an armbar, Cope tapped, but was saved by the bell. The second round started, Florian took him down quickly, locked on the rear-naked choke, and that's all she wrote.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      Everybody freaked out like this was Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar, but "on the ground". That's sort of what it was I guess, but not nearly as entertaining. I was pushing for Luke Cummo on the show, since he was the huge underdog, but I've also been a fan of Joe Stevenson ever since I first saw him fight in King of the Cage, so I was kind of split on who I wanted to win this fight. Both guys gave it their all, but in the end, it felt a lot like 2 tired guys rolling around with each other, with no real direction. Cummo rocked Stevenson with a punch (I think in the second round?) Other than that, nobody really came close to finishing the fight at all, but Stevenson controlled the ground game, so yeah, he deserves to win. All 3 judges agree.
88.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was the final fight for the Heavyweight Ultimate Fighter season finale. Brad Imes came out like a lumbering giant, and Rashad Evans came out looking to have the fast footwork & boxing skills. I gave the first 2 rounds to Rashad Evans, and the last round I sort of lost interest, but figured I might give that one to Imes. In the end, the judges gave the fight to Rashad Evans via split-decision, and I would agree with that outcome. So there you have it, Rashad Evans is your Heavyweight Ultimate Fighter.
90.5
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty great fight, even though it was almost entirely one sided. Diego Sanchez took Diaz down in all 3 rounds, and pretty much dominated him on the ground, staying way more active, always keeping the top position, and he basically just controlled the entire fight with his insane aggressiveness. Diaz showed some solid defensive Jiu-Jitsu, but ultimately, Diaz had a pretty poor performance here. Still a solid main event for the night though.
OVERALL 90.0
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