(12/3/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Sara McMann - 93.1
2. Demetrious Johnson - 92.5
3. Rob Font - 92.4
4. Henry Cejudo - 92.0
5. Tim Elliott - 91.8
6. Ryan Hall - 91.7
7. Jorge Masvidal - 91.5
8. Jamie Moyle - 91.4
9. Jared Cannonier - 91.2
10. Brandon Moreno - 91.2
UFC The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Demetrious Johnson vs. Tim Elliott
92.1
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.6
86.9
Decision
15:00
     These guys traded a few random strikes, and then they clinched, with Clark pressing Stansbury into the fence. They broke apart 90 seconds into the round, Clark blasted Stansbury with some hard punches, and then Stansbury fired back with a cannon of a right hand. Stansbury threw a few more punches, and then Clark took down Stansbury in the center of the cage. Not a lot happened on the ground before Stansbury kicked Clark off of him. Stansbury scrambled back to his feet, Clark clinched, and pressed him into the fence again. Stansbury slapped on a tight guillotine choke with 30 seconds left in the round, and that MIGHT have been enough to steal the round for Stansbury. I don't really know who won that round, you could make an argument for either fighter.
     Clark started the second round with an aggressive front kick, but he didn't follow it up with anything. Stansbury crowded him, clinched, pressed Clark against the fence, and hit him with a few decent knees. Clark punched his way free, but Stansbury clinched again, and pressed him back against the fence again. They eventually split up, Stansbury landed some hard punches, Clark landed some hard punches, Clark shot for some sloppy takedowns which were stuffed, and Clark landed some hard shots in the final 30 seconds or so. Both of these rounds have been really close so far, and they both could go either way, so I feel like this fight comes down to who wins the final round.
     Stansbury landed some hard punches to start the final round, and then he clinched again, pressing Clark back into the fence. Neither fighter really appears to be that interested in winning this fight. They continued to spar at a slow pace, and then they eventually just sat down, with Clark holding Stansbury's back from the seated position until the end of the round. Clark should win this fight, at least 29-28 if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving the win to Clark via unanimous decision after a somewhat lackluster performance by both fighters.
89.2
TKO
(Elbow & Punches)
3:27
      Smith threw some hard strikes to start the fight, but he kind of slipped, and Mutapcic got on top of him inside the first minute of the round, where he unloaded some heavy punches & elbows, bullying Smith with his ground & pound. Smith went for an armbar, and Mutapcic slammed the shit out of him. Mutapcic landed some really hard elbows, but Smith continued to look for submissions from his back. Mutapcic continued to bully Smith all the way up until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Mutapcic.
     The second round had both guys trading strikes for a while, and Smith rocked Mutapcic 90 seconds into the round, causing him to wobble around the cage for a few seconds. A big cut opened up on the left hairline of Mutapcic, causing blood to paint the side of his face. Smith continued to chip away at him with crisp punches & kicks. Mutapcic landed a few decent strikes, but for the most part, that round was all Anthony Smith, until he dropped Mutapcic with a huge elbow, and then he finished him with some heavy hammerfists from the sky while standing above the downed Mutapcic. That was a really solid comeback finish for Anthony Smith.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      Curran threw some big punches, and then Moyle took her down 10 seconds into the round, landing inside Curran's guard. Curran stood back up one minute into the round. Moyle threw some sloppy strikes, clinched, and then pressed Curran into the fence, where she started working for a single leg. She gave that up, and blasted Curran with some heavy knees. Curran slapped on a tight looking standing front choke of some sort, but Moyle pulled her head free. Curran then pressed her into the fence for some more clinching, but Moyle blasted her with knees, nullifying any offense Curran had going. Moyle pressed Curran into the fence to finish out the round. I scored that round for Moyle.
     Moyle beat up Curran with some decent strikes to start the second round, and then she tried for another takedown 30 seconds into the round, but Curran stayed standing, so Moyle pressed her into the fence instead. When they split up, Curran tried to work her jab, landing some crisp strikes, while Moyle just threw wild winging punches with low accuracy. Moyle had a huge lump forming above her left eye from an accidental headbutt in the first round. Moyle lifted Curran into the sky and slammed the shit out of her with around a minute left in the round. I have Moyle ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Moyle pressed Curran into the fence, looking for another takedown in the third round, but she had some serious trouble getting Curran to the ground. She still controlled Curran from the clinch for the most part though. Curran took down Moyle, and beat up Moyle with some heavy ground & pound, but she ended up landing a "potentially" illegal knee, so the referee paused the fight for a few seconds, had the doctor check the cut on her eye, and then the fight continued. Moyle took down Curran, and beat the shit out of her for the final 90 seconds or so of the round. In my opinion, Moyle won all 3 rounds, but I can see this one being scored all kinds of weird ways. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving Moyle the win via unanimous decision in her UFC debut.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded some punches, and then Kim clinched, pressing O'Reilly into the fence. O'Reilly spun him around, landed an elbow, and they continued to trade control of the clinch. O'Reilly threw a knee, and Kim took him down with ease. Kim slowly took O'Reilly's back, landed some knees, including an illegal knee, and the ref just kind of shrugged it off since Kim doesn't speak English. Kim continued to beat up O'Reilly, O'Reilly tried to spin into Kim's guard, but Kim did a good job holding top position, where he continued to beat up O'Reilly for the rest of the round. Round one clearly goes to Kim.
     Kim took O'Reilly down early in the second round, beat him up for a while, O'Reilly scrambled to back control for a few seconds, and then Kim took top control again, where he continued to beat up O'Reilly for most of the rest of the round. O'Reilly finally got back to his feet, and took control of the clinch with a minute left in the round, he blasted Kim with a heavy elbow, and then threw some light knees to Kim's thighs. O'Reilly landed some decent shots in that final minute, but not enough to steal the round. I still have Kim ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The final round had O'Reilly controlling the clinch, as Kim looked pretty exhausted. O'Reilly landed a lot of solid elbows, while pressing Kim into the fence. Kim broke free and shot for a takedown with around 2 minutes left in the round, but O'Reilly stuffed the shot. Kim finally took O'Reilly down again with a minute left in the round, he took his back, transitioned to full mount, and ended the round on top, smothering O'Reilly. I'm still tempted to give that round to O'Reilly, but Kim should pretty clearly win this fight on the scorecards. O'Reilly swept him with 30 seconds left in the round, so yeah, let's give that round to O'Reilly. All 3 judges scored the fight 29-28 for (the other) Dong Hyun Kim.
89.5
KO
(Knee & Punches)
3:47
      Schnell looks significantly faster than Font on the feet, as he was able to pick him apart with some punches early. Font took him down with ease, as he's quite a bit larger than Schnell, and he setup a Kimura one minute into the opening round. He gave that up in favor of back control, where he tried to setup a rear-naked choke with the body triangle. They eventually stood back up, Font slaughtered Schnell with brutal strikes, I thought Schnell was about to go out, and then he fired back with some big punches of his own, proving he was still in the fight, sort of. Font landed a big knee with around 90 seconds left in the round, Schnell collapsed, Font mounted his back, punched the shit out of him, and knocked out Schnell. That was a violent ass beating, and a horrible way for Schnell to make his short notice UFC debut in a weightclass above where he would normally compete.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Hall started this fight working some light kicks, and then he shot for his first flying heel hook attempt 20 seconds into the round, but Maynard easily walked away from it. He shot for another one 20 seconds later. Maynard rushed in, threw some strikes, Hall looked like he was running away, but he grabbed Maynard's leg, tied him up, switched to a guillotine attempt, and Maynard stood up and reset back on the feet. Hall took Maynard down, sort of went for a banana split, went for another heel hook, pulled guard for a flying triangle, turned into a unicorn and flew around like a majestic animal, and then they reset back on their feet again, where Hall kicked Maynard some more. Maynard looked frustrated, and the crowd seemed confused. I scored that round for Hall, based on dealing more damage with his kicks, he had far more submission attempts, and more takedowns. That was a good round for Hall in my opinion.
     The rest of the fight was full of the same tactics, with Hall throwing a ton of crazy kicks at a variety of angles, he kept trying to trick Maynard into going to the ground with him, and Maynard mostly just stood there staring at him, getting kicked, getting frustrated, and barely delivering any offense at all. By the end of 3 rounds, I scored the fight 30-27 for Hall, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory. Hall's kicks looked more impressive than I expected, and obviously his ground game is ridiculous. Maynard on the other hand, was mostly just used as a heavy bag for Hall to practice his kicks on.
88.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Moreno spent the first minute of the fight stalking Benoit, and then he took him down with a slick takedown, but he couldn't hold Benoit down for long. Moreno scored another takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Benoit stood up again. Moreno dumped him to the ground again, and Benoit stood up again. Moreno beat him up with some knees to the thighs from back clinch against the fence. Benoit threw some heavy strikes in the final 30 seconds, but I still scored the round for Brandon Moreno.
     Benoit immediately shot for a takedown to start the second round, and Moreno stuffed the shit out of him. Benoit landed some hard strikes in that round, but Moreno ended up taking him down with 2 minutes left in the round, and beat him up on the ground for the last half of the round, leading to a 2-0 advantage for Moreno going into the final round.
     The final round was another round of Moreno grinding on Benoit, while throwing wild shit that wasn't really landing. Benoit just wasn't aggressive enough though, so I ended up scoring the fight 30-27 for Moreno, but wouldn't be shocked by a 29-28 scorecard or something. One judge actually gave the fight to Benoit which is a bit silly, but the other two had enough common sense to give the split-decision victory to Moreno.
91.4
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
7:52
      McMann landed some big heavy punches early in the first round, while Davis fired back with some fast punches of her own. McMann blasted Davis with some heavy combinations, and then scored a takedown one minute into the round. Davis threw up a triangle choke, and hammered away at McMann with some heavy elbows from her back. Davis's rubber guard looks ridiculous, due to her insane flexibility. McMann tried to work some basic ground & pound, but Davis did a good job tying her up, preventing her from doing much damage from the top. McMann blasted Davis with some HEAVY punches with 90 seconds left in the round, while Davis continued to look for submissions. Davis locked on a triangle choke with 30 seconds left in the round, as she continued to hammer McMann with elbows from her back. The obvious winner of that round was McMann, based on top control, but I scored the round for Davis, based on submission attempts, and damage dealt from her guard.
     They traded some wild punches to start the second round, and then McMann threw Davis to the ground with a violent throw. In between rounds, McMann mentioned that she couldn't feel half of her face, and she seemed to be panicking, so I'm curious what that was all about. Once they hit the ground in the second round, Davis immediately started working for submissions from her back again, this time from half guard. McMann slowly worked her way into an arm-triangle position, but she only had half mount from the wrong side. She passed to the proper side, cranked that shit, and Davis was forced to submit around the halfway mark of the second round after taking almost 20 months off due to having a baby. Solid performance for Davis, and a great win for McMann, especially after her ridiculously boring performance against Jessica Eye 6 months ago.
89.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded some REALLY violent looking strikes in the first round, with Cutelaba delivering the best highlight reel style strikes. He then threw Cannonier to the ground 2 minutes into the round, where he continued to beat the shit out of Cannonier from a variety of wild top positions. Cannonier kicked Cutelaba off with 90 seconds left in the round, but Cutelaba continued to beat him up on the feet, and then he threw Cannonier to the ground again. Round one clearly goes to Cutelaba.
     Cutelaba looked solid early in the second round, as he was beating up Cannonier with big punches, while scrambling out of bad positions on the ground. Cannonier then destroyed Cutelaba with some heavy Terminator punches 2 minutes into the round, as he was walking down Cutelaba, and rocking his head back with every strike, but Cutelaba just took him back down again, and continued to beat up Cannonier from inside his guard. Cannonier ended up getting on top, where he was able to finish the round, beating up Cutelaba from side control. The tides are clearly turning here at the end of the second round, as I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Cutelaba looked kind of tired in the third round, and Cannonier was still dancing around, picking him apart with his boxing. Cutelaba shot for an aggressive takedown one minute into the round, but he couldn't hold Cannonier down at all. Cutelaba landed some decent strikes in that round, but every time I heard a strike that made me go "OH SHIT!", more often than not, it was being delivered by Cannonier in that final round. He was also able to grind Cutelaba against the fence a little bit. In the end, I scored this fight 29-28 for Cannonier, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory against a really tough opponent.
88.5
TKO
(Toe Caught in Fence)
4:05
      Masvidal came out looking to kill Ellenberger, as he pretty much destroyed him with his strikes, dropping Ellenberger, and the referee ALMOST stopped the fight as Masvidal continued to slaughter Ellenberger with strikes, but Ellenberger somehow recovered, and they reset halfway through the round. Ellenberger spent the last half of the round picking apart Masvidal with his boxing, and then he rushed him, slipped, Ellenberger's toe got stuck in the fence, and the fight was stopped via TKO. WHAT!?! TKO by "toe in fence"? WHAT!?! WHAAAAT!?! In my opinion, the referee should have given him a few seconds to free his toe from the cage, and then the fight should have continued, BUT, nope... That fight was bullshit. Congrats to Masvidal for the win I guess, but I mean... Ellenberger's fucking TOE was caught in the FENCE. This fight should have either continued, or maybe just been declared a no contest.
91.0
Decision
15:00
      Cejudo came out swinging, and after a few violent exchanges, Cejudo rocked Benavidez, dropped him for a second, and then blasted him with a knee. Benavidez recovered fairly quickly, tried to fight back, Cejudo hit him with some hard kicks to the body, and then a kick to the "upper thigh" which Benavidez treated like a groin strike, so he was given time to recover. When the fight started back up, they both traded with violent strikes, and then Cejudo kicked Benavidez in the dick again (this time it was a clear groin shot). The referee took a point from Cejudo, which I think is a little ridiculous, since Benavidez doesn't really even have legs at all, so to try to hit him with a leg kick, if he squats at all, he's going to rest his balls on your foot, so... Cejudo continued to beat up Benavidez on the feet, and he also took him down and controlled him for a few seconds with some clinching. Round one goes to Cejudo in my opinion, or I guess it's a draw, since the ref took a point from Cejudo. Fuck that though.
     Benavidez threw a lot of strikes in the second round, and barely connected with anything at all. Cejudo continued to blast him with some violent punch combinations. Benavidez landed a few decent strikes, and showed some decent footwork, but Cejudo knocked Benavidez halfway across the octagon with some of his punch combinations, so I'm giving that round to Cejudo as well. In my opinion, this should be two clear rounds for Cejudo so far, he looks better than I've ever seen him tonight. I really hope that point for the groin shot isn't going to haunt him in the last round.
     Cejudo continued to beat up Benavidez with his slick striking in the final round, and then he grabbed his leg and tripped him 30 seconds into the round. The rest of the round was basically just a wild brawl, that in my opinion, Cejudo won, by landing more combinations, and showing WAY more pressure throughout the fight. This fight should be a clear 30-27 for Cejudo in my opinion, but 29-27 due to the point deduction. I won't be shocked by a draw, but if Benavidez somehow wins this fight, then I'll have to call it a robbery. Cejudo looked great tonight. The judges are fucking retarded. One judge gave the fight to Cejudo, and the other two gave Benavidez almost every round. Benavidez had his ass handed to him.
92.1
Decision
25:00
      Elliott threw some slick combinations to start the first round, and then Johnson took him down, went for an armbar, and Elliott continued to roll until he ended up on top in half mount. Elliott slapped on a tight guillotine choke, turned it into a tight D'Arce choke, he cranked that shit, but eventually had to let it go. The first half of the round was close to a 10-8 round for Elliott, but Johnson was able to scramble away, and get him back under control around the halfway point. They traded some wild strikes, Elliott beat up Johnson's body against the fence, and then dropped him with some heavy punches. Johnson recovered, and then Elliott took him down again, and then finished the round by grinding his elbow into Johnson's face. That was a badass round for Elliott, a clear 10-9, if not 10-8.
     The second round started the same way, with Elliott throwing wild strikes, and going for another guillotine, but Johnson ended up taking him down, and controlling him from a variety of top positions for the duration of the round. He didn't do a ton of damage on the ground, but he clearly controlled Elliott for the duration of the round, so I guess you could say this fight is all tied up going into the third round, but if you compare the first two rounds, I'm leaning toward calling the first round a 10-8 for Elliott.
     The third round started with some wild scrambling, with Johnson getting back control for a few seconds, he then went for a guillotine, and then Elliott ended up on top, where he was able to beat up Johnson with some heavy punches & elbows to the side of the head. Johnson swept him, and beat up Elliott with some short punches, while Elliott just hung out on the ground, without really mounting much offense of his own. He went for a triangle choke with 90 seconds left in the round, but Johnson scrambled past it. Elliott tied him up in a bizarre position, so Johnson couldn't really mount much more offense for the rest of the round. Johnson is probably ahead 2-1 going into the fourth round, maybe 2-2 if anyone gave Elliott the first round 10-8.
     Elliott started the fourth round with some slick dance moves, he beat the shit out of Johnson with a wild barrage of strikes, and then Johnson took him down again, immediately grabbing side control, preventing Elliott from getting that guillotine position. Johnson locked on a rear-naked choke, and Elliott slowly worked his way out of the choke. Johnson worked some ground & pound from the mounted crucifix, and Elliott bitch slapped him from the bottom. Johnson locked on a tight Kimura, turned it into an armbar, and Elliott rolled right the fuck out of that shit. This fight is fucking insane. Johnson is clearly ahead 3-1 at this point, going into the fifth round, but Elliott is making this an INSANELY competitive fight.
     Elliott chipped away at Johnson with some funky strikes to start the final round, and then he shot for an explosive takedown, he tried to setup a guillotine choke, and Johnson found himself back on top. Johnson spent most of the round just grinding out top position, without doing any damage, he was just wrestling the shit out of Elliott. Elliott scrambled for a Kimura late in the round, but Johnson was still able to end the round on top, in side control. In the end, Johnson should probably win this fight 49-46 across the board. That was the best Flyweight title fight I've seen so far though. All 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Johnson via unanimous decision.
OVERALL 90.6
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