100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Cub Swanson - 94.3
2. Lando Vannata - 94.0
3. Misha Cirkunov - 93.7
4. Max Holloway - 93.4
5. Doo Ho Choi - 93.4
6. Donald Cerrone - 93.0
7. Kelvin Gastelum - 92.4
8. Emil Meek - 92.4
9. Dustin Ortiz - 92.4
10. Olivier Aubin-Mercier - 92.1
UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis
Location: Ontario, Canada
Elevation: 1,000'
-Fight of the Night-
Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi
Fighters & Matches 90.4
Top 10 Fighters 93.1
TOTAL 91.8
     These guys traded a few punches, Ortiz clinched, Makovsky tried to throw him to the ground, but they stood back up immediately and continued to clinch with Ortiz pressing Makovsky against the fence. They reset 90 seconds into the round, and Ortiz had a cut on his right eye. Makovsky threw a big knee, and Ortiz took him down, and took his back. After a brief scramble, Makovsky ended up on top inside Ortiz's guard. They scrambled back to their feet, and Ortiz took down Makovsky, but Makovsky was sort of in control, as he was looking to setup a Kimura from a sitting position against the fence. They stood back up, Ortiz threw a knee, Makovsky caught it, and almost took him down, but Ortiz kept his balance, and continued to control the clinch. They reset with a minute left in the round. Ortiz threw a kick, and Makovsky caught it, took him down, and went for an armbar from back control. Ortiz shook him off, and ended the round on top inside Makovsky's guard. That was a really close round, that I would probably score for Ortiz.
     The second round had some more heavy clinching, with Ortiz in control, until he took Makovsky down, Makovsky sort of went for the back crucifix, he tried to go for an arm lock of some sort, and Ortiz spun out of it, ending up on top. Makovsky rolled for a leg lock, Ortiz punched his way out of it, and Ortiz hit him with some short punches & elbows to try to open him for the rear-naked choke, while squeezing him with the body triangle. Makovsky broke free with 90 seconds left in the round, and they stood back up. Makovsky took down Ortiz with 45 seconds left in the round, Ortiz reversed him, and landed some heavy knees to the body against the fence. They stood back up, and Ortiz continued to hammer Makovsky with knees to the body from the clinch. I have Ortiz ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Makovsky scored an early takedown in the third round, but he was immediately caught in a guillotine choke. Ortiz continued to grind the shit out of Makovsky, while Makovsky continued to look for random armlocks, but he never really came close with any of them. Ortiz shot for a takeadown halfway through the round, Makovsky stuffed it, and then took down Ortiz, Ortiz tried to setup a Kimura, hit Makovsky with an elbow, and then scored a takedown of his own, this time almost passing to full mount. Makovsky scrambled to his knees, Ortiz tried to setup some sort of choke, Makovsky stood up, blasted Ortiz with some knees to the body, they fought for another takedown, and Ortiz yanked Makovsky to the ground, to secure a seated back control. They stood back up with 30 seconds left in the round, and reset back in the center of the cage. Ortiz threw a head kick, Makovsky slammed the shit out of him, tried to take his back, and Ortiz ended the round back on top beating up Makovsky with some decent punches. This fight should be a 30-27 decision for Ortiz. That was one of his best performances so far in the UFC. The judges were split for some reason, which was a bit silly, but Ortiz still won the fight on two scorecards.
      These guys traded some hard strikes in the first round, with Khabilov throwing mostly punches, while Saggo was mostly throwing kicks. The striking was fairly even, until Khabilov slammed the shit out of Saggo with around 2 minutes left in the round. Saggo locked up Khabilov using his rubber guard, but he wasn't really going for submissions from his back. Khabilov did another mini-slam on the ground to try to break free from the guard. Saggo's guard proved to be really effective as a defensive tactic, but I would still score that round for Khabilov, based mostly on the slam, and top control, since Saggo didn't do anything offensive from his back.
     The second round started the same way, with Khabilov throwing some big punches, and Saggo was throwing some big kicks. The striking was very even on the feet, so Khabilov took down Saggo again with around 90 seconds left in the round. Saggo tried to setup an omoplata, but Khabilov pulled free, stood up, and then unloaded on Saggo with some massive punches, rocking him across the cage. Saggo shot for a takedown with 20 seconds left in the round, but Khabilov stuffed the shot, and then threw Saggo to the ground. I have Khabilov ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
     The third round had some more striking, the same as the first two rounds, and then Khabilov scored another strong takedown 2 minutes into the round, landing inside Saggo's guard again. I feel like it would be a really good idea for Khabilov to try to pass his guard, I'm not sure why he's just hanging out there, even though he's clearly winning the fight, it just doesn't seem like the place to stop if you're going to have a wrestle-heavy offense. They stood back up with a minute left in the round, Khabilov threw some punches, shot for another strong takedown, Saggo almost caught him in an armbar on the way down, but Khabilov easily slipped passed that, finished the takedown, and then stood back up. Khabilov then took Saggo down again with 20 seconds left in the round. This should be a clear 30-27 for Khabilov. All 3 judges agreed, giving Khabilov the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
(Spinning Wheel Kick)
      Makdessi landed some decent jabs in this fight, but for the most part, that first round was all about Vannata's funky footwork, he hammered Makdessi with some heavy punches, some slick kicks, and then he knocked him the fuck out with a badass highlight reel worthy spinning wheel kick to the jaw. Lando Vannata is fucking LEGIT!!! His fight against Ferguson was insane, and here he is with his second UFC performance, and he knocked Makdessi the FUCK OUT in just over 90 seconds of the first round.
      These guys both traded some wild strikes, Gagnon shot for a takedown a minute into the first round, but Lopez did a good job staying on his feet, and he reversed the shot, taking Gagnon down for a second, but they immediately stood back up. They continued to trade some wild punches, and Gagnon dropped Lopez with a clean left hook 2 minutes into the round, he jumped on him, hammered him with some brutal elbows, Lopez tried to spin to safety, Gagnon continued to unload with some brutal ground & pound while Lopez turtled up, and then Gagnon took his back. Gagnon went for the neck crank, and Lopez scrambled to top position, inside Gagnon's guard. They continued to scramble around, and Gagnon went for a heel hook late in the round, but Lopez held on until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Gagnon.
     Gagnon shot for a takedown to start the second round, but again, Lopez stuffed the shot against the fence. They clinched for a few seconds, and Lopez whipped Gagnon to the ground with an awesome throw. Lopez beat up Gagnon a little bit with some short punches to the head & body, while Gagnon mostly just tied him up in his guard. Gagnon looked like he was trying to setup a triangle choke, but the fight really slowed down to a crawl. They scrambled around for a few seconds, and Lopez unloaded some big punches with 2 minutes left in the round, while Gagnon turtled up near the fence. Lopez took his back, and locked on a rear-naked choke, but Gagnon was somehow able to escape. Lopez continued to pound on him until the end of the round, leading to the scorecards being all tied up going into the third round.
     The third round started with Gagnon immediately kicking Lopez in the dick. When the fight started back up, Lopez immediately took down Gagnon, and took his back. Lopez basically just smothered him, as Gagnon had zero offense from the ground at this point. They scrambled around for a few seconds, and finally reset back on their feet 2 minutes into the round. Gagnon shot for another takedown (which seems like a bad strategy, since he's been losing the wrestling exchanges for the duration of this fight so far). Lopez stuffed the shot, and then took Gagnon down with ease, grinding him against hte fence for a while again. Lopez took his back again, Gagnon tried to shake him off, but failed, so the round ended with Lopez still grinding the shit out of Gagnon on the ground. Lopez clearly won the last two rounds, so now it comes down to whether or not you scored the first round a 10-8 round (which I would be perfectly ok with). I feel like this fight should probably be a draw, MAYBE a win for Lopez, but there's no way Gagnon wins this fight, other than the fact that he's Canadian. All 3 judges scored the fight for Lopez.
      Letourneau missed weight by a couple of pounds, and she looks like an absolute giant compared to the 5'0" Pereira. They traded a few strikes, with Pereira having some trouble closing the distance. Letourneau caught a kick, took her down, mounted her, and beat the shit out of Pereira with big punches against the fence. They stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round, and Pereira pressed Letourneau against the fence. They traded control of the clinch until the end of the round, but nothing else noteworthy happened. Round one goes to Letourneau.
     The second round was pretty boring, with Letourneau picking apart Pereira with random strikes, using her range, and some decent footwork, while Pereira mostly just stood there, like she had no idea what she was supposed to do. Pereira clinched, and took Letourneau to the ground with 90 seconds left in the round, landing inside her guard. They stood back up with 30 seconds left in the round, and Letourneau continued to pick apart Pereira on the feet with basic strikes. That round kind of sucked, but I have Letourneau ahead 2-0 going into the final round, since Pereira didn't really do anything with that takedown, and Letourneau won most of the striking exchanges.
     The third round was another pretty boring sparring match, with neither fighter really looking to deal any sort of serious damage. Pereira pressed Letourneau against the fence with a minute left in the final round, nothing really happened, and then they kind of brawled in the final 10 seconds, but neither fighter really landed anything. I guess Letourneau should probably win this fight, since the first round was the only significant thing that happened in the fight, but I wouldn't be shocked if Pereira stole the last two rounds. Either way, I don't have any interest in seeing either of them fight in the UFC again, especially when you factor in that Letourneau missed weight pretty significantly. Two of the judges gave the fight to Pereira for the lackluster split-decision victory, and that marks 3 losses in a row for Letourneau.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Both guys started the first round by bouncing around a lot, while trading random punches. Dober's striking appeared to be more active, but Mercier was shredding Dober's face with hard jabs. Dober's face looked mangled 2 minutes into the round, and all Mercier was hitting him with were punches. This reminds me of I THINK it was GSP vs. Koscheck, where GSP destroyed Koscheck with jabs. Dober looks like he was hit in the face with a hammer. Round one clearly goes to Mercier.
     Dober snapped Mercier's head back with a hard left hand in the first 10 seconds of the second round, as he knocked him to the ground and then jumped into his guard. Mercier went for an omoplata, and then a kneebar, and he used that moment to sweep Dober, allowing Mercier to end up on top, inside Dober's guard, 90 seconds into the second round. Mercier passed to back control with a body triangle, he locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission with around 2 minutes left in the second round. That was a fantastic performance overall by Olivier Aubin-Mercier.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Both guys traded some decent kicks to start the first round, I thought Krylov was landing the slightly better shots, but Cirkunov ducked under a kick and took down Krylov 90 seconds into the round. Krylov slapped on a guillotine choke, sort of, and they stood back up and reset, while Cirkunov continued to press Krylov against the fence. They officially reset halfway through the round. Krylov landed some solid strikes, Cirkunov caught a kick and scored another takedown. Krylov stood back up, and they reset with a minute left in the round. Cirkunov scored another takedown, sort of, but Krylov immediately scrambled back to his feet. Cirkunov then dropped Krylov with a clean left hand, and slapped on a tight guillotine choke, forcing Krylov to submit with around 30 seconds left in the opening round. That was a fantastic performance by Misha Cirkunov, ending Krylov's 5-Fight winning streak.
      These guys both traded some hard leg kicks, Meek landed some decent punches, Mein took Meek down, and then they both stood back up immediately. Mein shot for another takedown, Meek went for a guillotine choke, but Mein secured side control, so Meek had to let go. Mein switched to north south position, and Meek scrambled back to his feet. Meek opened up with some heavy hands, and rocked Mein. Mein shot for a takedown, Meek stuffed it, and clipped Mein with some additional punches and a solid body kick. Mein fired back, Meek fired back, Mein shot for a takedown, and Meek screamed for a second, due to some sort of possible rib injury? He stood back up, avoiding damage on the ground, Meek landed some more strikes, and Mein landed some more strikes, Meek rocked Mein, threw a flying knee from across the cage, but Mein dodged it, and then Meek finished the round by pressing Mein against the fence. That was a pretty wild back & forth round. I guess Mein probably won that round? Because Meek got injured? But I don't know man, Meek rocked him multiple times.
     Meek came out looking strong in the second round, as he beat up Mein with heavy punches for the first minute of the round, and then he picked up Mein and dumped him to the ground near the fence. Meek dropped some elbows, passed to half mount, and then started to setup an arm-triangle choke. Meek landed some short shots on the ground, and then he locked on another arm-triangle choke, but he was still on the wrong side, so he let that go, and unloaded with some big punches in the final minute of the round. The first round was very close, but the second round was 100% Meek.
     The third round started with some close exchanges, but Meek continued to land the better shots, and then he took down Mein 90 seconds into the final round. It didn't look like a lot was happening on the ground, as Meek was hanging on in Mein's guard, but Meek was landing some pretty brutal shots to the body of Mein. Mein sort of started to look for a triangle in the final 90 seconds, but Meek passed that easily, and continued to grind him, with short punches, and a lot of pressure. Mein went for a late Kimura, but Meek just taunted him, stood up, lifted Mein with one arm, and then slammed him with one arm. Meek should win this fight pretty clearly, 29-28, if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving him those last 2 rounds across the board, for the unanimous decision victory in his UFC debut. I'm a huge fan of this guy.
      Kennedy landed a lot of kicks, rushed in for the clinch, and then tripped Gastelum to the ground. They stood back up, but Kennedy held the back clinch, while ramming his knee up Gastelum's ass. He threw him to the ground again, took his back, and beat up Gastelum with some decent punches from back control. They stood back up, and Kennedy continued to ram that knee up Gastelum's ass. Gastelum broke free from the clinch with 90 seconds left in the round, and then landed some decent punches. Kennedy threw some awkward punches, and then clinched again. Gastelum rocked Kennedy in the final seconds of the round with some hard strikes. Kennedy kind of looks like a fool on his feet, so he really needs to take this fight to the ground if he wants to keep winning. I'll still give him that round, but Gastelum won some solid points in that final minute.
     They clinched early in the second round, and Kennedy shot for another takedown, Gastelum stuffed the shot, and took Kennedy's back early in the round. Kennedy spun around, and took Gastelum's back 90 seconds into the round, pressing him back against the fence for some more clinching. Gastelum spun out of that, and unloaded with some hard punches 2 minutes into the round. Kennedy tried to fire back, but he looks totally lost on his feet. Gastelum continued to land some crisp punches, and then Kennedy took him down, but Gastelum reversed him and ended up on top, pressing Kennedy against the fence. They stood back up, traded some more random strikes, Kennedy is walking through mud, and Gastelum is still bouncing around at a decent pace. Gastelum rocked Kennedy with a left hook with 30 seconds left in the round, but he didn't follow it up with much. Realistically, Gastelum is probably ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Gastelum started the final round with some punches, Kennedy looked lost, he kept throwing wild punches, but he's way too slow for Gastelum. Gastelum had him clearly rocked 30 seconds into the round. Kennedy looked like an old drunk, while Gastelum was absolutely destroying him with his boxing. Kennedy shot for a final takedown halfway through the round, but Gastelum easily stuffed the shot. Gastelum dropped Kennedy with some additional punches, and finished the fight with around 2 minutes left in the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Kelvin Gastelum, and an extremely embarrassing performance by Kennedy. I'm not sure if anyone will ever be able to take Kennedy seriously again after this fight.
      Choi threw a hard punch, and then followed it up with some heavy knees from the clinch. Swanson sort of shot for a takedown, and Choi easily stuffed the shot. Swanson landed a heavy right hand one minute into the round, but for the most part, Swanson looked like a normal dude, fighting a giant scorpion. They both landed some really clean strikes, and then Choi clinched, pressing Swanson against the fence. Swanson took control of the clinch, threw some heavy knees to Choi's thighs, and then they split up. Swanson landed some really big strikes in that round, but it's hard not to feel like Choi is winning this fight after the way the first round went. His striking is insanely accurate, and the power behind it is shocking. Round one goes to Choi.
     Swanson came out looking really aggressive in the second round, as he blasted Choi with some really hard shots, and showed some solid movement. Swanson rocked the shit out of Choi, he nearly knocked him the fuck out, Choi just kind of smiled, and then unloaded on Swanson, Swanson looked like he was about to get knocked the fuck out, and then Swanson threw Choi to the ground to save himself, and he beat up Choi with some shots on the ground, before letting him back up with 2 minutes left in the round. Swanson blasted Choi with a cartwheel kick, he taunted him, and then punched him in the face some more. Choi stuck to his crisp striking, and then Swanson unloaded with some INSANELY violent punches, rocking Choi back into the fence. That round was fucking insane, but I'm scoring that round for Swanson. I have this fight all tied up going into the third round. This fight is fucking insane!!!
     Swanson came out and cracked Choi in the opening seconds of the final round with a massive overhand right. There was some sloppy clinching going on from both guys, Choi landed some punches, took down Swanson, and Swanson reversed him, landing inside Choi's guard. Choi nearly swept him, but Swanson stayed on top. Choi landed some elbows from his back, to the top of Swanson's head. Swanson tried to pass Choi's guard, and landed some heavy punches, and then they stood back up. Swanson continued to unload with heavy punches, he rocked the shit out of Choi again, and then he threw him to the ground with a headlock hip toss. They scrambled back to their feet, and clinched some more. Swanson continued to drive heavy punches into the head of Choi, Choi clinched, they went to the ground, Swanson ended up on top and stood back up. Choi tried to trip Swanson from the clinch, but he couldn't get him down. The final minute of the round had both guys throwing all they had, and Swanson ended up beating the shit out of Choi, knocking him down in the final seconds, and he finished the round on top, pounding on Choi's head with punches. This might have been the fight of the year, and in my opinion, it should be a 29-28 decision for Swanson. All 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Cub Swanson for the unanimous decision victory. Both of these guys are fucking insane, and that fight was easily one of the best fights I've ever seen.
(Head Kick)
      Brown threw some hard punches, and Cerrone blasted him with some heavy kicks to the body, and he rocked him with a massive head kick that wobbled Brown. Brown blasted Cerrone with some hard combinations, and then Cerrone kicked him in the head again, rocking the shit out of him, but again, Brown somehow recovered. Brown threw a head kick, slipped, Cerrone jumped into his guard, and Brown caught him in a tight triangle choke. Cerrone eventually escaped, they stood back up, and Brown attacked Cerrone, dropping him at the end of the round. That was a really close round, but I guess I'm going to score it for Brown?
     Brown came out and landed some strikes in the second round, while stuffing Cerrone's shots. They continued to trade some strikes, Brown dropped Cerrone with a clean right hand, but he stood back up, and Brown continued to chop away at him with violent punch combinations. Cerrone kicked Brown in the head and dropped him 2 minutes into the round, but Brown stood back up immediately. They both traded some hard punches, and Brown kicked Cerrone in the head, but it didn't seem to phase him at all. Brown's face is a fucking mess, with blood coming out of every spot possible. This is a very even fight so far, with both guys landing some great strikes, both guys have been rocked, and I have no idea who won either round, so I guess I have this fight all tied up.
     Brown took down Cerrone to start the final round, but they popped back up immediately and reset. They traded a few more punches, and then Cerrone kicked Brown in the jaw and knocked him the fuck out. That was a BRUTAL knockout delivered by Cerrone, after battling his way through a really hard fought 10 minutes. That fight was pretty insane. Not as insane as Swanson vs. Choi a few minutes ago, but it was definitely a fantastic fight by both fighters, and I'm really hoping that even though this makes 3 losses in a row for Brown, I hope the UFC gives him another shot, unless he decides to retire or something. Brown is still a great fighter though, he's just had some really tough fights as of late. This was a huge win for Cerrone as he continues to climb the ladder at 170.
(Kick to the Body & Punches)
      The first round started with Pettis throwing a wide variety of kicks, but by the end of the round, Holloway was beating him up with punch combinations. In the final seconds of the round, Pettis shot for a takedown, and Holloway easily stuffed the shot, and caught him in a standing guillotine as the round ended. I scored that first round for Holloway. Pettis's right eye looked jacked up after his corner worked on it in between rounds.
      Holloway dropped Pettis 30 seconds into the second round. He let him stand back up, and Pettis suddenly became really aggressive. Holloway blasted Pettis with a right hand, a knee, they clinched, and then reset. Pettis threw a cartwheel kick, and fell down. Holloway continued to beat up Pettis on the feet, Pettis shot for a takedown, and Holloway stuffed it again with another front choke. They broke apart, and Holloway continued to chip away at Pettis with strikes. Pettis clinched with a minute left in the round, he pressed Holloway into the fence, he ducked down for a takedown attempt, and Holloway threw a knee at his face. Pettis tried really hard to secure that takedown in the final 30 seconds, but Holloway did a fantastic job stuffing the shot. I have Holloway ahead 2-0 going into the third round. Pettis told his corner that he broke his right hand in between rounds.
      Pettis came out throwing a lot of kicks to start the third round, Holloway blasted him with a heavy combination, and then he threw a knee at Pettis's dick, so the fight was paused. He recovered quickly, and they both came back out swinging. Holloway tripped Pettis and threw him to the ground, but he didn't bother following him to the ground, so he let him stand back up. Pettis cilnched, pressed Holloway into the fence, and Holloway hit him with some hard elbows to the jaw, so they reset. Holloway continued to pick apart Pettis on the feet, and then he tripped him again with a minute left in the round. Holloway got on top in side control for a few seconds, but he decided to let Pettis back up again. Holloway continued to blast Pettis with some heavy strikes, he dropped him with a body shot, unloaded with some punches to the head, Pettis curled up in a ball, and the referee was forced to stop the fight with only a few seconds left in the third round. I couldn't be more proud of Holloway, as this brings his winning streak up to 10 fights, as he becomes the interim UFC Featherweight Champion, and since I've had him ranked as #1 in the division for a while now, I'm pretty stoked about this moment.