(11/26/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Robert Whittaker - 95.0
2. Alexander Volkanovski - 92.7
3. Jenel Lausa - 92.4
4. Jason Knight - 92.3
5. Ben Nguyen - 92.1
6. Daniel Kelly - 92.0
7. Tyson Pedro - 91.9
8. Omari Akhmedov - 91.8
9. Andrew Holbrook - 91.8
10. Marlon Vera - 91.7
UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson
Location: Victoria, Australia
Elevation: 75'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Robert Whittaker vs. Derek Brunson
95.3
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.4
TOTAL 90.9
89.7
Decision
15:00
     These guys both started the first round throwing some hard punches & kicks, with Lausa rocking Yao a few times early. They continued to throw everything they had into every strike, Lausa dropped Yao with some heavy punches late in the round, and he nearly got the finish, but Yao was barely able to recover enough to survive until the end of the round. Round one goes to Lausa in his UFC debut. That was a fantastic first impression delivered by Jenel Lausa.
     Lausa picked up where he left off to start the second round, he dropped Yao with a massive right head kick, he jumped on him, beat him up with some punches, and then slapped on a tight guillotine choke, but Yao was able to pull his head out 2 minutes into the round. Lausa continued to beat him up for a little while, they stood back up, Lausa threw another kick, and Yao caught the kick and took him to the ground. Yao ended the round on top, pressing Lausa into the fence on the ground, dropping big punches from inside Lausa's guard, but I still have Lausa ahead 2-0 going into the final round. This has been a crazy fight so far, and Lausa looks exhausted, so we'll see what happens in the final round.
     The final round was a little slower paced, but Lausa was still picking apart Yao with strikes for most of the round. Yao landed some decent strikes, but he never came close to a finish at all, and since Lausa was so far ahead on the scorecards after the first two rounds, Yao really needed a finish in that last round. I scored this fight 30-27 for Lausa, but wouldn't be shocked if someone gives Lausa a 30-26 scorecard. That was a great fight overall, and all 3 judges agreed with me, giving the fight to Lausa by uanimous decision in his UFC debut.
90.1
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with some slow paced striking, with both guys throwing with a lot of power, but not throwing with much volume. Vera ended up catching a kick, he lifted Ning's leg high up in the air, pushed him across the cage, clinched, grabbed his back, jumped on him, slapped on a rear-naked choke, kicked off the fence to get to the center of the cage, and he continued to work for that choke, with Ning stuck in the center with nowhere to go. Ning did a good job with the hand fighting though, which allowed him to hang on until the end of the round. Round one goes to Vera, mostly for the submission attempt in the final minute or so.
     The second round mostly took place on the feet, with Ning picking apart Vera with some thick sounding leg kicks. Vera caught another kick halfway through the round, which allowed him to press Ning against the fence again, where he tried to take his back again, but Ning shook him off and ended up on top, where Ning was able to unload with some big punches & elbows, but Vera escaped by grabbing for a leg lock. Vera went for a calf slicer, but Ning yanked his leg out, and secured side control again. Ning landed some short elbows, while Vera scrambled around on the bottom trying to find a way to escape. Ning passed to full mount, and continued to drop elbows, but Vera was able to defend himself JUST enough to prevent the stoppage. That round goes to Ning, and I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Ning started the second round with some more of those heavy leg kicks, followed by some slick punch combinations. Vera tried to fire back with his leg kicks of his own, but Ning really looks like he's pulling ahead with a clear lead with the striking in this fight. Vera dropped Ning with a big left hand, and continued to unload with some wild punches on the ground, but Ning was able to recover enough to try to stand back up, but Vera jumped on his back and started working for the rear-naked choke again, 90 seconds into the third round. Vera stood up, threw some leg kicks while Ning was still on the ground, Ning tried to stand up, and Vera jumped on him with a front choke attempt, but Ning pressed him into the fence, and the fight slowed down with some clinching, before they reset halfway through the round. Vera blasted Ning with a head kick, but it barely seemed to phase him. The final 90 seconds of the fight had Vera walking down Ning, but neither fighter was throwing much more than a couple of strikes at a time. In the end, I scored this fight 29-28 in favor of Vera, and can't imagine anyone will score it any other way than that. All 3 judges agreed, giving Vera the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
90.2
Decision
15:00
      Hooker came out with his hands down, and Knight came out looking aggressive, as he was able to drop Hooker with a punch inside the first 45 seconds of the opening round. Hooker recovered, but Knight continued to walk him down, as Hooker looked a bit timid. Hooker landed some long jabs, busting up the boney face of Knight due to some damage done in Knight's previous fights. They both fired off some solid shots, turning the first round into a competitive boxing match, until Knight scored a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, but Hooker stood back up 30 seconds later, and went back to picking apart Knight with his jabs. Knight scored another takedown with one minute left in the round, and he pinned Hooker against the fence this time. Knight locked on a mounted body triangle, and then locked on a side naked choke, Hooker spun out of it, and Knight threw up a triangle choke from his back, but Hooker passed that without much of a problem. That round was really competitive, and you could easily score it for Knight based on the grappling, but since Hooker won the boxing exchanges, and ended the round on top dropping punches, I scored the round for Hooker. It could have probably gone either way.
     Hooker continued to chip away at Knight's red face with his jabs to start the second round, until Knight shot in, and threw Hooker to the ground, immediately taking his back with a body triangle, followed by a rear-naked choke attempt. There was a lot of hand fighting going on, Knight looked like he had the choke completely locked on several times, but Hooker was somehow able to escape over and over again. Knight locked that shit on TIGHT with a minute left in the round, and Hooker escaped, AGAIN!!! Hooker somehow survived until the end of the round, and that round clearly goes to Knight. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but more than likely, Knight is ahead 2-0 at this point.
     The final round started the same way, with Hooker chipping away with his jab & some kicks, until Knight shot for another takedown one minute into the round, but Hooker stuffed this one, and then went back to hammering away at Knight with his rangey strikes. Knight landed some hard punches of his own, but for the most part, the third round was full of Hooker moving forward, while clipping Knight more frequently with his boxing. He even threw Knight down a couple of times, as Knight was shooting for sloppy takedowns. Hooker spent the final 30 seconds of the round RUNNING toward Knight, blasting him with huge punches, and then Knight shot for a last second takedown, and Hooker reversed it, ending the round on top. I scored this fight 29-28 for Hooker, but I wouldn't be shocked if some of the judges give the fight to Knight instead. It's worth noting Hooker is the local favorite though. Huh?!? The judges were all over the place with the scorecards, giving the fight to Knight via unanimous decision, 29-28, 30-27 & 30-26. 30-26!?! WHAT!?! 30-27!?! WHAT!?! I'm so confused. That was a solid fight, but the crowd didn't agree with that decision at all, and I won't argue with the decision, I just think the lopsided scorecards are fucked up.
89.7
Decision
15:00
      Herrera started the fight with a jumping side kick that dropped Nguyen, and then he grabbed him, whipped him to the ground, and then they reset back on their feet. That was an explosive start for Herrera. Nguyen fired back with some slick boxing and some decent leg kicks. They continued to trade at a rapid pace, and Nguyen dropped Herrera with a barrage of punches, Herrera recovered, and then took a kick to the dick. When the fight started back up, they continued to trade strikes at a rapid pace, with both guys showing some clean striking & some fast footwork. That was a close round, but I scored it for Nguyen.
     Nguyen came out throwing heavy punches & kicks to start the second round, and Herrera was mostly just hopping around like a mobile punching bag. They both landed some really strong combinations in that round, but Nguyen was far more active with his offense, leaving Herrera's face bruised & beaten. Herrera scored a takedown in the final 10 seconds, but it served no real purpose. I still scored that round for Nguyen, and have him ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Nguyen came out swinging in the final round, Herrera shot for an early takedown, and Nguyen stuffed it with ease. Nguyen continued to pick apart Herrera with a wide variety of strikes, and he stuffed another shot 90 seconds into the round. The rest of the round had Nguyen picking apart Herrera, throwing a lot of volume, while Herrera was throwing far less, but still landing with some decent shots. In the end, I thought Nguyen pretty clearly won this fight, at least 29-28, if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, with one judge even giving Nguyen a 30-26 round for some reason. That was a really solid win for Nguyen. (no pun intended)
87.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round was sort of an average striking match, with neither fighter really shining at all, until Meunier landed a beautiful spinning back fist with a minute left in the round, and then he followed that up with a takedown to cap off the round, resulting in the first round being scored in favor of Meunier.
     The second round was another lackluster round of striking, with Meunier probably landing the better strikes, but Walsh threw him to the ground with one minute left in the round, but he couldn't hold him down at all. Meunier capped off the round with some wild kicks & flying knees. I have Meunier ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but I'm still feeling underwhelmed by both of these fighters.
     Walsh shot in for a quick takedown to start the final round, but he still couldn't hold down Meunier at all. Walsh pressed him against the fence, and they clinched for a while, but neither fighter was dealing any real damage. Meunier landed a nice knee from the clinch 90 seconds into the round, but that just opened him up for another takedown attempt from Walsh, but he couldn't complete it. They reset in the center 2 minutes into the round, Meunier shot for a takedown, Walsh went for a guillotine choke, Meunier passed to side control, and Walsh had to let it go. They stood back up, and Walsh dropped Meunier with an overhand right, but he stood back up immediately. Walsh shot for a takedown with a minute left in the final round, which Meunier stuffed, but Walsh continued to aggressively clinch until he was able to secure that final takedown with 30 seconds left in the fight. I gave that round to Walsh, but I scored the fight 29-28 for Meunier. All 3 judges agreed, with two of them giving all 3 rounds to Meunier. Solid way to get his first win in the UFC, but still an underwhelming performance overall for both fighters until that final round.
88.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Tuck walked forward, pressuring Brown to back up toward the fence, Tuck shot in for a violent takedown early in the round, and Brown caught him in a tight guillotine choke. I thought at one point Tuck might have tapped, but I think maybe I just blinked rapidly while Tuck touched Brown's arm or something. Either way, Tuck eventually popped his head free, and unloaded some short punches while he continued to press Brown against the fence. Brown threw some decent strikes from his back, Tuck unloaded on him with some violent strikes from the top, and then Brown worked his way back to his feet with around 2 minutes left in the round. Tuck dropped Brown with a big punch, it looked like Brown could be out for a second, Tuck pounced on him, grabbed his back, and started working for a choke. Brown was bleeding all over the place from that punch. His nose was FUCKED UP. Round one clearly goes to Tuck.
     Brown came out throwing leg kicks to start the second round, he was picking apart Tuck with his strikes, and then Tuck kicked him with a brutal fight ending kick to the dick... BUT! Brown decided to continue fighting less than 10 seconds later? That's some insane recovery time for a hard groin shot. Brown continued to pick apart Tuck with some solid boxing and some decent leg kicks. Brown rocked Tuck halfway through the round, and he gave him a smile. Tuck looked worried, and Brown was building confidence, as the crowd was clearly behind Brown in this fight. Brown continued to beat the shit out of Tuck for most of the rest of the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Brown continued to pick apart Tuck for the first minute of the final round, but Brown slipped, Tuck went for a front choke, they scrambled back to their feet, and reset back in the center. Brown continued to unload some slick punch & kick combinations, while his face continued to look smashed in from the first round damage to his nose. Brown spent most of that round beating up Tuck on the feet. Tuck sort of shot for a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, but that went nowhere as Brown easily shrugged him off and continued to beat him up with strikes. The first round was scary, but I thought Brown pretty clearly won this fight 29-28 after pretty much dominating the last two rounds. He got knocked down in the final second of the final round though, so... We'll see what the judges have to say about it. The first judge gave the fight to Tuck, and the last two judges gave the fight to Brown for the hard fought split-decision victory.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      Kelly was plodding forward like a tank, with his chin down, as he was feeling his way forward with constant overhand rights. Camozzi was circling around the outside, while clipping Kelly with some long jabs. Kelly tried to clinch a few times, but Camozzi did a good job keeping his distance. Kelly clipped Camozzi a few times, rocking him pretty hard, and he finally had him clinched up against the fence with around 90 seconds left to work in the opening round. They reset a few seconds later, and Kelly continued to pick apart Camozzi with punches. Camozzi threw a huge elbow with 45 seconds left in the round and opened up a massive gash on Kelly's forehead. Camozzi went for some flying bullshit with 20 seconds left in the round, and Kelly threw him to the ground, grabbed his back, and started looking for a choke, but he didn't have enough time left in the round to work on it. Round one clearly goes to Kelly, and it looks like the cut is high enough on his head to not matter too much, so hopefully the doctors will ignore it.
     Kelly clinched a minute into the second round, and then tripped Camozzi near the fence, allowing Kelly to land in half mount. Kelly landed a lot of short punches on the ground, while he continued to grind Camozzi into the canvas. It looked like he was trying to setup a possible arm-triangle choke, but he was on the wrong side, and in half mount. Kelly continued to chip away at Camozzi's jaw with short punches, while Kelly's forehead was pouring blood all over Camozzi's face. Kelly postured up and dropped some heavier punches halfway through the round, before passing to side control, and then he dropped his balls on Camozzi's face. Camozzi tried to kick off the fence to escape, but Kelly did a fantastic job maintaining top control for the duration of the round. Once again, Kelly is a massive underdog, and once again, I have him ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     They both traded some heavy winging punches to start the final round, Kelly tried to clinch again near the fence, but Camozzi circled away, still trying to keep his distance. Kelly continued to plow forward, continued to land the heavier punches, and he continued to try to clinch with Camozzi, as Camozzi just kept moving backwards. Kelly finally found a solid clinch, and took Camozzi down with around 90 seconds left in the round. Kelly continued to drive his shoulder into Camozzi's throw, while peppering him with short punches to the head & body on the ground. Kelly passed his guard, and continued to pound on Camozzi until the end of the round. I THOUGHT Herb Dean stopped the fight with only a few seconds left in the round, calling it a stoppage, which would have been ridiculous, but I'm pretty sure he stopped it because he thought he heard the buzzer, so...? YES! Daniel Kelly wins the unanimous decision victory, in one of the best performances I've seen of his, as he once again proves that his constant underdog status is ridiculous. Daniel Kelly is tough as hell, and he's about as gritty as a 39 year old can be.
89.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had Taylor circling around the outside, practically running away from Ham's left hand. Ham continued to pound that left hand into Taylor's head, causing her head to lump up like some sort of bizarre vegetable. Taylor landed some decent strikes in that round, but Ham spent the entire round moving forward, while drilling Taylor with those heavy counter left hands. Taylor also scraped Ham's eye early, but Ham recovered fairly quickly after a brief timeout. Round one goes to Ham for sure.
     Taylor came out swinging with some big punches, while she continued to back up and circle around the outside. Ham continued to punish her with her aggressive forward pressure & clean punches. Taylor started to land some heavy right hands in the first 90 seconds of the round, but that didn't stop Ham from moving forward. Taylor drilled Ham with some of the heaviest punches of the fight so far, with that heavy right hand, but she only throws single shots, and then runs away, while circling around. Taylor shot in for a wild takedown with 10 seconds left in the round, and Ham quickly flipped her, causing Ham to end the round in full mount. I was going to give that round to Taylor, but Ham made her look foolish with that slick takedown reversal, so Ham COULD be up 2-0, but more than likely, this fight is all tied up going into the final round.
     Taylor spent the first half of the final round backing up, while just throwing those single counter punches, while Ham continued to plod forward, not throwing as much offense, but still clearly being more aggressive. In the last half of the round, Taylor finally started to move forward some, landing some of her best punches of the fight. Still though, Ham never stopped coming forward. Ham tried for a trip takedown, Taylor stuffed it, Taylor poked Ham in the eye, Ham tried to call for a timeout, the referee ignored her, Taylor had free reign to throw some bombs while Ham was 100% defenseless, and then once Ham realized she had to keep fighting, she made the end of the fight, a FIGHT. So yeah, in my opinion, Ham should win this fight, 29-28, since most of the damage she took was from eye pokes, and Taylor running away. Taylor landed some legit strikes though, so I wouldn't be shocked by this being a split-decision, or maybe even going to Taylor, but I definitely feel like Ham deserves to win this fight based on aggression, and the multiple eye pokes from Taylor. One judge gave the fight to Ham, and the other two judges gave the fight to Taylor via running away & eye pokes. Congrats to Taylor for earning her first UFC win, even though it's a bit controversial in my opinion.
87.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:07
      The first round started slow, until Rountree dropped Pedro with a massive left hand one minute into the round, but Pedro immediately recovered and scored a takedown to slow down Rountree's momentum. Rountree tried to stand up, but Pedro tripped him, and continued to grind him into the canvas. Pedro landed some short punches, but for the most part, was only holding down Rountree. Rountree tried to buck him off, and Pedro took his back, looking to setup a rear-naked choke by opening up Rountree's defense with some punches. Pedro flattened him out and won the fight by submission with less than a minute left in the opening round. That was a pretty solid UFC debut for Pedro, other than the fact that he got dropped by the first punch he was hit with. Congrats to Pedro for being the only guy on this card to get a finish so far.
88.3
TKO
(Punches)
7:06
      Kasuya landed some decent strikes, Volkanovski tried to pressure him, Kasuya shot for a takedown, but Volkanovski was able to quickly get back to his feet, as he pressed Kasuya against the fence in the clinch. Kasuya almost tripped Volkanovski again, but Volkanovski tripped Kasuya instead. There was a lot of back & forth clinch grappling going on, and then Volkanovski dumped Kasuya to the ground again. Volkanovski opened up with some heavy punches & elbows from the top while pressing Kasuya against the fence on the ground. Kasuya looked like he was in some serious trouble, until he spun around for a leg lock, and used that moment to sweep Volkanovski, resulting in Kasuya securing half mount in the center of the cage. Kasuya went for a leg lock in the final 10 seconds, but Volkanovski just postured up and pounded on Kasuya with some heavy punches. Round one goes to Volkanovski.
     They both traded some sloppy strikes to start the second round, and then Volkanovski scored a takedown 20 seconds into the round, pressing Kasuya into the fence again. Kasuya continued to look for his desperate leg locks, while Volkanovski dropped some heavy punches & elbows from the sky. Kasuya had that one track mind, as he kept digging for those leg locks that he was nowhere close to finishing, and Volkanovski just opened up with some massive right hands, forcing the referee to step in to stop the fight. Solid UFC debut for Alex Volkanovski.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      The first round started kind of slow, but Akhmedov rocked Noke a minute into the round, and then unloaded with some heavy punches, eventually ending the attack with a trip takedown from the clinch. Akhmedov controlled Noke on the ground for most of the round, Noke threw up a triangle choke halfway through the round, Akhmedov stood up to escape, and then unloaded a divebomb punch from the sky that busted Noke's face open. Noke continued to work for a triangle, but Akhmedov was clearly beating his ass. Akhmedov continued to grind the shit out of Noke until the end of the round, busting open his face some more with some heavy right hands that was smashing Noke's head into the fence. Round one clearly goes to Akhmedov.
     Akhmedov continued to pressure Noke in the second round, Noke landed a hard kick to the body, and then Akhmedov dumped him to the ground again with a heavy takedown. Noke continued to work for a triangle choke from his guard, while Akhmedov continued to hit Noke with short punches on the ground. The referee stood them up with around a minute left in the round. Noke landed a leg kick, and then Akhmedov nearly dropped Noke with some heavy punches. Akhmedov continued to hammer Noke with heavy right hands in the final minute of the round. I have Akhmedov ahead 2-0 going into the final round, and the first round could have been a 10-8 round as well.
     Noke looked more aggressive in the final round, as he clearly needed a finish if he wanted to win, but Akhmedov continued to slaughter him with some heavy counter punches. The third round was creeping along at a snail's pace for most of the round, with a few good exchanges happening, but for the most part, they both just looked bored. Noke stuffed one takedown attempt, but he was quickly taken to the ground with 45 seconds left in the round. That should be a clear 30-27 win for Akhmedov, if not 30-26. All 3 judges agreed, giving Akhmedov the unanimous decision victory over the hometown hero Kyle Noke.
88.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had some pretty even striking exchanges, with both guys landing some decent strikes, but when Matthews landed punches or kicks, they would knock Holbrook's head back, or cause his leg to flop around wildly, whereas Matthews was able to eat Holbrook's shots without much trouble. Matthews yanked Holbrook to the ground at one point while looking for a choke around the 2 minute mark, but nothing really came from it. Holbrook shot for a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and sort of slowly placed Matthews on the ground, where he tried to grab his back. Matthews stood up, and Holbrook hit him with some elbows while clinging to him in sort of an awkward side clinch. Matthews went for a standing Kimura, but Holbrook just grabbed his back a little tighter and tried to find that rear-naked choke at the end of the round. That round was close, but I would probably score it slightly for Holbrook.
     Matthews was complaining about his right foot being fucked up in between rounds. The second round started with a few strikes, and then Holbrook clinched and tried to take Matthews down again, while Matthews stuffed the shot for the most part. Matthews blasted Holbrook with some heavy punches, and then scored a slick takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Holbrook grabbed his leg and went for a heel hook on Jake's fucked up foot. Matthews pulled his foot free, and spun around to take Holbrook's back. They stood back up, Matthews was clinging to Holbrook's back, Holbrook threw some decent elbows behind him at Matthews, and then Matthews flung him to the ground, only to find himself on top, defending against a Kimura. Matthews slowly broke free, and then Holbrook went for another leg lock. Holbrook was cranking the shit out of that toe hold, but Matthews was able to hang on until the end of the round. I have no idea where the scorecards are going into the third round. I guess I have the fight all tied up?
     Matthews kicked Holbrook in the face early in the final round, and he landed some nice brawling punches. The right foot of Matthews is clearly fucked up, but he's doing a good job moving around still, and that's even the foot he used to kick Holbrook in the face. Holbrook landed some nice shots from the clinch, and then Matthews shot for a strong takedown, which allowed him to take Holbrook's back, but Holbrook went for another leg lock, which Matthews had to slowly defend against. Matthews continued to control Holbrook's back, while Holbrook continued to dig for another Kimura. Matthews basically just hugged Holbrook for the final minute of the round, while Holbrook peppered him with light punches, and continued to dig for a variety of submissions. To be honest, Holbrook should win this fight based on his high level of submission activity, but we're in the home country of Matthews, and he also held top control for a good portion of that fight, AND landed the better strikes for the most part. This fight could go either way, but I'm leaning toward Holbrook. Two judges gave the fight to Holbrook for the split-decision victory, which is noteworthy since he was the biggest underdog on the card.
95.3
TKO
(Head Kick & Punches)
4:07
      These aren't the two biggest names in the Middleweight Division, but they do have two of the longest active winning streaks going into this fight, so it's a big deal. Whittaker blasted Brunson with some clean punches, while stuffing his shots. Brunson landed some big punches as well, and then Brunson went into full on rabid bull mode, as he just charged forward, throwing everything he had in the first 2 minutes of the round, swinging wildly, while chasing Whittaker. Whittaker did a great job stuffing shots, landing clean punches, and hammering Brunson's body with knees, but Brunson's offense was literally insane. Brunson weathered that early storm, and then he fucking dismantled Brunson with brilliant boxing, a head kick, all kinds of violent offense, Brunson was practically out on his feet, Whittaker dropped him, continued to unload with big punches, and the fight was stopped in the first round, as Whittaker ends Brunson's insane winning streak, and Whittaker continues to climb the rankings, positioning himself awfully close to a title shot in my opinion. That was possibly the most insane fight of the year so far, and that was a HUGE win for Robert Whittaker. This dude is fucking legit!!!
OVERALL 90.9
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