100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Corey Anderson - 93.2
2. Gian Villante - 93.2
3. Francis Ngannou - 92.4
4. Gerald Meerschaert - 92.4
5. Randy Brown - 92.4
6. Andrew Sanchez - 92.4
7. Justine Kish - 92.1
8. Ryan Janes - 91.8
9. Shane Burgos - 91.8
10. Ashley Yoder - 91.5
UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov
Location: Albany, New York
Elevation: 312'
-Fight of the Night-
Gian Villante vs. Saparbek Safarov
Fighters & Matches 89.6
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 91.0
     The first 90 seconds had a few random strikes, and then Lima clinched, and blasted Aldrich with some heavy knees to the body before they reset. Aldrich landed a nice body kick 2 minutes into the round, and then Lima shot for an aggressive takedown, but Aldrich was able to stay standing for a few seconds, until Lima tripped her halfway through the round, allowing Lima to land in half mount. Lima worked some basic ground & pound for the rest of the round, while Aldrich mostly just laid there, not showing much concern from her back. They stood back up with 45 seconds left in the round, and Lima continued to work over Aldrich with some knees to the body & legs. Round one clearly goes to Lima.
     They both traded some heavy kicks to start the second round. The round started fairly even, but Lima quickly started to increase her output of strikes, they clinched, and Lima pressed Aldrich into the fence, and then tripped her to the ground again halfway through the round. Aldrich popped back up to her feet, but Lima continued to pressure her with a tight clinch against the fence. Lima tripped her again with around 90 seconds left in the round. Aldrich threw some elbows to the side of Lima's head, and then worked her way back to her feet again, but Lima continued to press her into the fence with that tight clinch. Aldrich finished the round in control of the clinch, working some basic knees to the body, but I still have Lima ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Aldrich came out looking aggressive in the final round, as she pressed Lima into the fence with the clinch, but they reset 45 seconds into the round, and Lima continued to chip away at Aldrich on the feet. Lima clinched 90 seconds into the round, pressed Aldrich into the fence, and continued to work her over with some more knees to the body. Lima really started to open up with some aggressive striking halfway through the round, and then dumped Aldrich to the ground with a double leg with 2 minutes left in the round. Lima then landed a groin shot, so Aldrich was given a few seconds to recover. The final minute of the round featured some crisp boxing from Lima. I scored this fight 30-27 for Lima, and all 3 judges agreed, giving her the unanimous decision victory.
      These guys both look a little clunky on the feet, but that didn't stop them from having a fairly active boxing match in the opening round. As the round continued, Janes started to pick apart Berish on the feet, showing a fairly aggressive (but clunky) striking game, for a BJJ fighter. Round one goes to Janes.
     In between rounds, it sounded like Berish might be complaining about a broken ring finger on his left hand. The second round was another similar round of boxing, with both guys looking fairly aggressive, both guys looking clunky, and Janes was landing more frequently while using his range pretty decently. He has an awkward upright stance though, that makes me think he'll get knocked the fuck out if he ever fights a power puncher at 185. Janes is clearly ahead 2-0 going into the final round, with the first round being the only close round so far.
     The second round started with Janes pressing Berish into the fence, he threw a knee, accidentally hit Berish's groin, and Berish made a big fuss about it. When the fight started back up, they both started swinging for the fences. Janes had a cut open up over his left eye, but he was still pretty clearly beating Berish's ass on the feet, but Berish took him down 90 seconds into the round with a quick trip. Janes immediately stood back up, took control of the clinch, they grappled for a little while on the feet, and then Berish scored another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round. Berish tried to grab the back of Janes, but Janes shook him off with ease, and ended up on top with 90 seconds left in the round. Janes beat the shit out of Berish until the end of the round, avoiding the one armbar attempt that Berish threw up at him late in the round. In my opinion, Janes should win this fight, 30-27. All 3 judges gave the fight to Janes, 29-28, and the crowd was pissed that their hometown boy lost, but I mean, dude clearly lost, so...
      These guys traded some wild strikes, and then Diakiese took Perez down 90 seconds into the first round. Diakiese mostly just laid on top, having trouble getting any ground & pound going from inside Perez's guard, while Perez worked a fairly active guard. They stood back up, and Diakiese threw Perez to the ground again with a mini-suplex. They scrambled around like wild, stood back up, and Diakiese threw Perez to the ground again. Diakiese won that round, but he spent a lot of energy working his wrestling, so I'm curious how he'll look in the next 10 minutes.
     The second round started with some striking, and then Perez took Diakiese to the ground around the halfway mark, landing inside Diakiese's guard. Perez landed a big elbow with 2 minutes left in the round, and he opened up a gash above Diakiese's left eye. Perez blasted him with some additional elbows to that same side, and then it looked like he was trying to setup an arm-triangle choke, but they were too close to the fence. They stood back up with around 30 seconds left in the round, but Perez stayed inside with a tight clinch, while pressing the bloody Diakiese against the fence. This fight is all tied up going into the final round, but that cut looks pretty bad, and it's in a terrible spot.
     Diakiese scored a takedown 90 seconds into the final round, and then pressured Perez up against the fence for most of the round, while working some basic ground & pound. Not a lot of damage was happening, but Diakiese was clearly running away with this fight in the third round with his surprise wrestling skills. Perez tried hard to get back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round, but Diakiese continued to work a back clinch, and then threw Perez down again. This fight should be a clear 29-28 win for Diakiese, unless you gave the second round to Perez 10-8 due to that cut he opened up, but even then, it's just a draw, so... This was a surprisingly good performance by Diakiese, as he clearly frustrated Perez with his grappling. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Diakiese, after 3 hard fought rounds.
      Santos clinched early, tried to take Burgos to the ground with a back clinch, but Burgos stayed on his feet for the most part, while throwing punches behind him to hit Silva in the face. They reset, and traded some strikes, with Burgos moving forward the entire time, but he was having some serious trouble connecting, as Silva was doing a good job controlling the distance. I scored the first round for Silva, based mostly on the way he controlled the pace and direction of the round.
     Burgos's corner told him he needed to cut off the cage, by moving to his left, so he did that to start the second round, and he blasted Silva with some heavy punches that dropped him to his knees for a few seconds. After the first minute though, Burgos went back to just chasing Silva instead of cutting off the cage, which allowed Silva to work his counterstriking some more. Burgos landed some big shots still, but he gave up on cutting off the cage for some reason. It doesn't really matter though, because he dropped Silva with some heavy punches again, around 2 minutes into the round, and then he unloaded with some ground & pound, and then told him to stand back up. Burgos continued to chase him, threw some big punches, and got blasted by some heavy counters, and then Silva shot for a takedown, but Burgos was able to stuff the shot. Burgos landed a leg kick, and Silva slowly laid down, for no apparent reason. Burgos clearly won that round, but I believe he would have finished the round if he would have stuck to the "cut off the cage" gameplan, instead of just chasing Silva with his hands down. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, with the momentum clearly on the side of Burgos at this point.
     Burgos's corner cut off his ponytail in between rounds for some reason. Burgos continued to throw power shots at Silva in the final round, and Silva continued to lay down for seemingly no reason, doing the bullshit "Come down here and fight me, because I'm tired" move. The referee kept forcing him to stand back up, and Burgos continued to chip away at him with his boxing. The last half of the round turned into a pretty wild & competitive boxing match. Burgos scored a slow takedown with a minute left in the round, and beat up Silva with a few shots on the ground, and then stood back up with 30 seconds left in the round. The final 30 seconds was a wild brawl. You could make an argument for either fighter in that final round, but I have to believe that Burgos will win this fight, 29-28 across the board. All 3 judges agreed, with a wide variety of scores, all in favor of Shane Burgos in his badass UFC debut.
      Sanchez started the fight with some solid strikes, and then Smith dropped him while Sanchez was a little off balance, but he popped right back up. Sanchez kicked Smith to the ground with a front kick to the body, Smith stood back up, they clinched, and Sanchez unloaded with some fast combination boxing. Sanchez wobbled Smith with a clean left hook halfway through the round. Sanchez threw a spinning back kick to the body, Smith clinched, and Sanchez worked his dirty boxing, before resetting. Sanchez rocked the shit out of Smith with some big punches, he threw a head kick, and a big overhand right. Sanchez continued to chip away at Smith until the end of the round. I'm a little surprised he didn't finish him in that first round, but round one clearly goes to Andrew Sanchez.
     Sanchez continued to batter Smith with some heavy punches & kicks in the second round, Smith landed some nice knees from the clinch, and then they reset again. Sanchez continued to work over Smith with his power boxing skills, and then Smith beat him up with some body shots from inside the clinch. Smith blasted Sanchez with a huge body kick with around 2 minutes left in the round, but it didn't seem to have much of an effect on him. Smith's left eye opened up, causing some blood to paint his cheek a little bit. The last portion of the round was a bit sloppy, but I have Sanchez ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Sanchez threw some strikes, and then Smith took him down 15 seconds into the final round, but they stood back up immediately, and Sanchez dropped Smith with a series of right hands, as Smith's left eye was almost entirely swollen shut. Smith shot for another takedown one minute into the round, but Sanchez stuffed the shot, and then took control of the clinch against the fence. Sanchez continued to work the face of Smith with strikes, and then he threw a right head kick, but he slipped, and then immediately got back to his feet. Smith's left eye looks mangled. Sanchez is clearly slowing down in the final round, and Smith is clearly going for the kill, but Sanchez still seems to be winning most of the striking exchanges. That was a really good fight, and I scored it 30-27 for Andrew Sanchez. Smith's left eyelid has multiple cuts on it, that looks like it's really going to suck in the morning. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Andrew Sanchez.
(Anaconda Choke)
      These guys traded some random strikes, Gigliotti shot for a takedown halfway through the round, he was bleeding on Meerschaert, they scrambled around wildly for a few seconds, Meerschaert took his back, transitioned to an anaconda choke, and finished the fight by submission in the final minute of the opening round. That was a fantastic UFC debut for Gerald Meerschaert.
(Knee & Punches)
      Brown basically beat the shit out of Camozzi in the first round, using his range to his advantage, while throwing long punches, some kicks, and then he took down Camozzi 90 seconds into the round. Camozzi rolled for an armbar halfway through the round, but Brown was able to escape by throwing some knees to Camozzi's arm and body. Camozzi continued to scramble around from his back, looking to setup a submission or something, while Brown just threw big punches from the sky while standing above him. That was a close round, but I scored it for Brown.
     The second round started as a basic boxing match, with both guys landing some decent shots, Camozzi pressured Brown into the fence, Brown blasted him with some hard elbows to the side of the head, Camozzi continued to drive for a takedown, Brown blasted him with a big knee to the head, Camozzi dropped, Brown unloaded with some big puinches, and the fight was stopped around the 90 second mark of the second round. That was another solid performance by Randy Brown. Camozzi on the other hand, didn't really have much to show for himself in his UFC debut, other than a decent submission game from his guard.
      This fight started with some aggressive knees going both ways from inside the Muay Thai clinch. They broke apart, and slaughtered each other with some heavy punches & kicks. I thought Kish was winning the striking exchanges for the most part, but Yoder took Kish to the ground halfway through the round, and secured side control. Yoder went for an armbar, but Kish swept her, and went for a weird backward armbar or something, Yoder scrambled to full mount, but was way too high, so Kish slid out the back, stood up, and went right back to throwing strikes. That was a competitive round, that could probably go either way, but I'm tempted to lean slightly in favor of Yoder, but I want Kish to win, so... I have no idea who won that round.
     Kish pressured Yoder to start the second round, threw some heavy strikes, Yoder fired back, they clinched, and then Kish threw a body kick as they broke apart. Kish dropped Yoder with a leg kick 90 seconds into the round, and then smothered her against the fence, while she tried to setup an anaconda choke. They rolled around like maniacs, Yoder took control for a second, she could go for the Von Flue Choke? Nope, Kish transitioned to an armbar attempt, but again, it was at a weird angle, so it failed. Yoder secured top control with 90 seconds left in the round. Yoder scrambled into full mount, and then landed a few decent punches, while Kish continued to try to buck her off. I think I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but Yoder could potentially be ahead 2-0 at this point.
     The second round started with some solid striking, with Kish in control for the most part, and then she took down Yoder with a bulldog choke. Kish tried to secure top control with a mounted crucifix, but Yoder scrambled back to top control somehow, and they scrambled around like wild, trading positions a few times. Yoder passed to full mount again, but the same as last time, she didn't really do any damage from the top. They stood back up, and Kish slaughtered Yoder with some heavy strikes, forcing Yoder to pull guard with a minute left in the round. Kish stood back up, landed some leg kicks while Yoder was laying on the ground, and the round ended with Kish still looking to kill Yoder on the feet. I feel like Kish deserves to win this fight, 29-28, but I also feel like this fight has split-decision written all over it. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving the unanimous decision victory to Kish, but the crowd didn't seem very excited about that result. I'm pretty excited about it though, and that's all that matters to me I guess. It's also worth noting that Kish missed weight by half a pound, but you can't really complain too much about that, since Yoder missed weight for her fight in Invicta 3 weeks ago by a pound as well.
(Punches & Elbows)
      These guys started by trading some heavy strikes, Villante rocked Safarov early with a big left hand, but Safarov recovered and fired back with some big shots. Villante dropped Safarov, jumped on him, and unloaded with some big punches from the sky, before telling him to stand back up. They continued to trade wild strikes, but Villante looked like a giant compared to the slightly flabby looking Safarov. Safarov's left cheek was busted up pretty badly halfway through the round, and it was clearly bothering him. They continued to trade wild strikes, and Safarov kicked Villante in the dick. When the fight started back up, Safarov threw a left kick, and he tweaked his knee in the process, Villante rocked him with some punches, Safarov fired back, knocked down Villante, and shit continued to get wild all the way up until the end of the round. Both guys look exhausted, but that round was fantastic. I'm calling that round a draw, with maybe a slight advantage going to Villante, based on the huge gash on Safarov's cheek, and the fact that Safarov can barely walk on his left leg, but Villante took some serious damage too.
     Villante came out in the second round, clearly targeting that left leg with heavy kicks. Their boxing exchanges were fairly even, but Villante has the clear advantage with kicks at this point. Villante clipped Safarov with some clean punches, he had him rocked, he knocked him down with another leg kick, and at this point, I'm starting to feel bad for Safarov. He scrambled for a takedown, but Villante was able to easily walk out of it, while Safarov was being pulled across the canvas. Villante opened up with some big punches, Safarov absorbed some more damage against the fence, Villante unloaded with some elbows, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic win for Villante in his home state of New York.
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Anderson took down O'Connell 30 seconds into the opening round, but they popped back up immediately. Anderson continued to press him into the fence, and then he scored another takedown a minute into the round. They popped back up, and Anderson threw O'Connell to the ground after lifting him into the sky. Anderson secured side control, they eventually stood up, Anderson threw O'Connell to the ground again, and elbowed the fuck out of him. Round one clearly goes to Anderson. I'm curious if he can keep up this pace for another 10 minutes though.
     Anderson took O'Connell down again in the second round, smothered him, and beat the shit out of him with some heavy punches & elbows from a variety of top positions. Anderson secured full mount, postured up, and unloaded with some really violent looking punches, and O'Connell was forced to just curl up in a ball, while Anderson beat the shit out of him until the referee stopped the fight. That was the best performance I've seen from Anderson. This dude looked PISSED tonight for some reason. Maybe it's the new "Overtime" nickname?
      This fight started slow. Ngannou threw one leg kick a minute into the opening round, Hamilton caught it, took him down, they stood back up, and Hamilton tried to secure back control from the clinch, while Ngannou cranked on a standing Kimura. Ngannou brought Hamilton to the ground, continued to crank from knee on belly, and Hamilton was forced to submit, around the halfway mark of the first round. That was a shocking submission victory by Francis Ngannou. I'm really starting to get hyped for Ngannou's future in the UFC.
      Lewis threw a head kick 30 seconds into the first round, Shamil caught it, and took him to the ground, landing in side control. He setup a keylock, Lewis defended, Shamil cranked it again, and Lewis just randomly stood up without even trying. I thought he was in serious trouble there, but Lewis looks like he just woke up from a nap. Shamil pressed Lewis up against the fence. Shamil threw a few knees to Lewis's legs, but not a lot was happening, so they reset back in the center of the cage. Shamil worked some more clinching, not a lot was happening, they reset again, Lewis threw another silly kick, Shamil caught it, punched him, and took Lewis down again to finish the round on top in full mount. Round one clearly goes to Shamil Abdurakhimov.
      They clinched to start the second round, Lewis landed a decent knee, Shamil tried to take him down, but that didn't work, so the referee reset them, but Shamil immediately clinched again. Lewis is having some trouble with his right eye, he seems to think he was poked, but apparently it was just the glove of Shamil that scraped his eye. Lewis threw another bad kick, and Shamil caught it again, taking him to the ground again without any trouble whatsoever. Lewis randomly went for a shocking leg lock attempt, but Shamil escaped, and then took him down again. Lewis landed some big punches during that brief scramble, but I still have Shamil ahead 2-0 going into the third round.
      Lewis threw a knee to start the third round, Shamil caught it, took him down again, but Lewis sort of stuffed the shot, stood back up, and blasted Shamil with some heavy punches. Lewis landed some more punches, and Shamil just circled around him slowly on the outside edge of the cage. The crowd is clearly falling asleep here. Lewis clinched 2 minutes into the round, and then ducked down for a takedown, but Shamil easily stuffed the shot. Shamil threw a spinning back fist, Lewis fired back with some big punches, Shamil ducked under them, and scored another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round. Shamil went for that keylock again, Lewis pulled guard, and they just kind of hung out there for a while. This fight so far has been a surprisingly terrible fight. The referee stood them up with a minute left in the round, and Lewis chased Shamil, throwing wid punches, but he wasn't connecting, as Shamil was literally just running away. The referee just shocked me, by warning Shamil that he would take a point away if Shamil doesn't start fighting. Lewis threw some wild punches in the final 15 seconds. Shamil is probably ahead 3-0 going into the fourth round, but you could make an argument that Lewis won that round, by being a lot more aggressive. Shamil seems absolutely exhausted.
      Lewis threw another bad head kick to start the fourth round, Shamil caught it, threw him to the ground, Lewis stood back up, and started throwing some bombs, with a few of them connecting. I'm starting to think that he was starting slow to conserve energy for the 5 round fight. Shamil clinched though, and pressed Lewis into the fence 90 seconds into the fourth round. They broke apart, Lewis blasted Shamil with some heavy punches again, and then they just stood there and stared at each other for a while. Lewis shot for an aggressive takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, he pinned Shamil against the fence, he blasted him with a LOT of the heaviest punches of the fight so far, as he was caving Shamil's head into the ground, Lewis secured full mount, unloaded with some extremely violent punches, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That fight was terrible, but that finish was pretty badass, as usual. I'm glad to see Lewis's winning streak is still intact.