(2/11/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Wilson Reis - 92.5
2. Ronaldo Souza - 92.1
3. Belal Muhammad - 92.0
4. Jim Miller - 91.8
5. Anderson Silva - 91.7
6. Dustin Poirier - 91.4
7. Germaine de Randamie - 91.3
8. Glover Teixeira - 91.3
9. Islam Makhachev - 91.2
10. Yuta Sasaki - 90.9
UFC 208: Holm vs. De Randamie
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Elevation: 59'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Wilson Reis vs. Yuta Sasaki
91.5
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.5
87.3
Decision
15:00
     These guys both came out trading kicks, with LaFlare applying a little more forward pressure. Carneiro clipped LaFlare with a punch to the chin, and LaFlare dropped for a takedown attempt, but that went nowhere, so they reset. Carneiro sort of shot for a takedown with around 2 minutes left in the round, and LaFlare ended up on top, but I think Carneiro was technically just pulling guard there. They eventually stood back up, and finished out the round still trading kicks. That was a close round, but I scored it for LaFlare, mostly based on pressure.
     LaFlare sort of dropped Carneiro one minute into the second round, but it also looked like Carneiro just slipped, and then he pulled guard, so again, LaFlare ended up on top, but I'm not really clear who "won" that exchange, since that's probably where Carneiro wants to be anyway. The eventually stood back up, and then LaFlare dropped Carneiro again with a heavy left hand, this time it was legit, and LaFlare jumped on top of him, to continue grinding Carneiro against the fence. LaFlare worked a little bit of ground & pound for the rest of the round, but Carneiro did a good job keeping him tied up to avoid too much damage. I have LaFlare ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     LaFlare continued to pressure Carneiro in the final round, landing some decent punches, while also working in his offensive wrestling some more. Carneiro just looks old at this point, he isn't aggressive at all, and he spends too much time just backing up, while LaFlare was able to use him like a punching bag. LaFlare tried to trip Carneiro from the clinch with 90 seconds left in the final round, but Carneiro reversed him on the way down, allowing Carneiro to end up on top in half mount. Carneiro smothered LaFlare until the end of the round, but didn't really do much damage on the ground. Carneiro passed to full mount to finish out the round, which was probably enough to win the round for Carneiro, but LaFlare should pretty clearly win this fight at least 29-28. All 3 judges agreed, giving the win to Ryan LaFlare via unanimous decision.
87.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Nover started this fight with a nice combinations with a couple of punches and a head kick. They continued to trade strikes for a couple of minutes, and Nover landed a clean head kick, and Glenn just ate it, without seeming phased at all. Glenn spent most of the rest of the round moving forward, throwing punches, while Nover tried to work around the outside, using his kicks a lot. The round ended with Nover literally running away, running in a circle around the cage, while Glenn continued to throw punches, and then Glenn clinched in the final 20 seconds and pressed Nover against the fence. I was going to give that round to Nover, but I think Glenn stole it at the end. Nover's corner had to spend their time fixing his left eyelid which was cut a little bit.
     Glenn continued to plow forward in the second round, tucking his chin while throwing combinations of punches. Glenn looks slow, but I feel like he's being more active. Nover dropped for a takedown 90 seconds into the round, and Glenn sprawled all over him, so they reset back on their feet. Glenn clinched, pressed Nover against the fence, and started working for a trip takedown. Nover did a good job staying on his feet, and even landed a few decent knees to the head of Glenn from the clinch. Glenn finished that exchange with a hard knee to the body of Nover, before they reset with a minute left in the round. Nover threw another head kick, kind of whiffed with it, and then Glenn rocked him with a hard left hand. Nover continued to run around the outside, while Glenn continued to pound on him at the end of the round. I have Glenn ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but it could be all tied up depending on how you scored the first round.
     They both looked aggressive at the start of the final round, and Nover was probably dealing the better strikes in most of the exchanges, so Glenn clinched 2 minutes into the round, and pressed Nover against the fence, still looking for that takedown, which Nover was defending well against. The referee reset them with 2 minutes left in the round. Glenn rushed in with some punches, clinched again, and continued to work for that takedown, while working some knees as well. Nover escaped the clinch with one minute left in the fight. Glenn continued to plow forward, still throwing punches, and then he clinched again, and pressured Nover against the fence to finish out the round. I gave AT LEAST the last two rounds to Glenn, based on pressure, and he even took down Nover for a split second with 15 seconds left in the final round, but Nover stood back up, just to get beat up some more on the feet. This fight could potentially go either way, but in my opinion, it should be a clear 29-28 for Glenn, if not MAYBE a 30-27. One judge gave all 3 rounds to Nover, and the other two scored it 29-28 for Glenn, giving Glenn his first UFC win via split-decision.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      These guys clinched 20 seconds into the round, and Makhachev pressed Lentz against the fence. Makhachev tripped Lentz to the ground one minute into the opening round. Lentz slapped on a guillotine choke, but Makhachev was able to pull his head free a few seconds later. Makhachev continued to plow forward, grinding the shit out of Lentz with his wrestling. Lentz almost kicked him off at one point, but Makhachev's wrestling is relentless. Makhachev controlled that entire first round, but did zero damage on the ground, he mostly just tried to press Lentz through the ground the entire time. Lentz stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round, only to get taken down again. Lentz slapped on another guillotine choke with around 30 seconds left in the round, and Makhachev just kind of laid there until the end of the round. Round one goes to Makhachev, but he really didn't do much other than try to drain Lentz with his grinding style of wrestling.
     Lentz was a little more aggressive at the start of the second round, as he came out swinging, and working over Makhachev with his striking. Makhachev fired back with some heavy kicks. Makhachev clinched again, and then tripped Lentz to the ground 90 seconds into the round again. Makhachev continued to grind all over Lentz, while working some basic ground & pound, Lentz tried to find another guillotine choke, but Makhachev was basically in full mount, so that went nowhere. Makhachev BASICALLY locked on a Von Flue choke, even though Lentz wasn't holding onto a guillotine, but Makhachev was forcing his head into the armpit of Lentz, so it almost kind of worked. He eventually gave it up, and just finished out the round wrestling the shit out of Lentz still. Makhachev is clearly winning this fight, 2-0, those rounds could potentially be 10-8 rounds with the new scoring system, and Lentz is going to need a finish if he has any interest in winning this fight going into the final round.
     Lentz came out swinging in the final round, Makhachev hurt him with a body kick, and Lentz went for a takedown, but Makhachev threw him to the ground instead, landing back in half mount. Makhachev continued to grind the shit out of Lentz, and he started working for a Kimura with 2 minutes left in the round, and then gave that up, in favor of dropping some short elbows. Makhachev took Lentz's back with a minute left in the fight, and dropped some heavy punches, finally delivering some serious damage late in the final round. He went for a rear-naked choke with 30 seconds left in the round, but Lentz just used that opportunity to scramble back to his feet, only to get whipped back to the ground again to finish out the round. Makhachev is pretty clearly going to win this fight, probably 30-24. All 3 judges agree, obviously, giving Makhachev the unanimous decision victory.
91.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys both traded some heavy strikes for the first minute of the opening round, and then Reis took down the much taller Sasaki, and tried to grab his back, but Sasaki was able to stand back up, resetting for more striking. Sasaki uses his range well, as he was able to pick apart Reis from way on the outside, but Reis took him down again with a driving double leg halfway through the round. Every time they hit the ground, Sasaki immediately goes for a Kimura, but he hasn't really come close to securing it yet. Reis secured a strong half mount, where he was able to drop some heavy elbows to the head of Sasaki. Reis finished the round still working some basic ground & pound, while mostly just grinding all over Sasaki. Round one goes to Reis.
     Reis scored another fast takedown 30 seconds into the second round. Reis took Sasaki's back one minute into the round, but they were in an awkward position, where Sasaki was close to being able to take top position, and he finally shook Reis off him and stood back up 90 seconds into the round. They traded a few punches, and then Reis took Sasaki down again 2 minutes into the round. Reis took his back again 3 minutes into the round, and he slapped on a rear-naked choke, but Sasaki was able to escape. Reis continued to work for those chokes, and he had one locked on that looked like he was going to break Sasaki's spine with the way he was cranking his hips up. They stood back up with 30 seconds left in the round, they traded a few punches, and Reis took down Sasaki again to finish the round. Reis is clearly winning this fight, but Sasaki is proving to be extremely durable.
     They mostly stood and traded with each other to start the third round, and Reis clipped Sasaki with some HARD punches, knocking his head back in the process, before taking Sasaki to the ground again 2 minutes into the round. He tried to take Sasaki's back again, and Sasaki was able to stand back up against the fence, while still trying to figure out a way to apply a Kimura. Reis took down Sasaki again with 90 seconds left in the round. After a wild scramble, Sasaki took Reis's back with a minute left in the round, and he blasted him with some brutal elbows to the side of the head. Sasaki probably stole that round with the wild attacks at the end of the round, but this fight should still clearly goes to Reis for dominating the first two rounds. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision to Reis, 29-28 across the board.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      Brown started this fight by throwing a lot of really long kicks & punches. Muhammad was throwing some heavy leg kicks, while Brown was mostly targeting the body & head of Muhammad. That was a really close round, with both guys throwing some really aggressive strikes, but Muhammad's damage dealt to Brown's legs will probably be enough to win the round for Muhammad.
     They continued to trade kicks to start the second round, and then Muhammad clinched and pressed Brown against the fence one minute in. He tried to take him down, but Brown was able to stuff the shot, and he blasted Muhammad with some punches that turned Muhammad's face red. I was scoring that round for Brown, until Muhammad took him down and took his back with around a minute left in the round. Muhammad threw some decent punches while riding Brown's back late in the round. Muhammad landed a lot of heavy punches there, clearly securing another round on the scorecards. Muhammad should be ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     They continued to trade strikes to start the third round, and then Muhammad shot for another takedown one minute into the round, but the shot was stuffed, for a few seconds, but Muhammad eventually took him down, and landed inside a really awkward triangle choke/armbar position. Muhammad took his back with 2 minutes left in the final round, and he went back to slamming him with heavy punches while riding his back. Muhammad locked on the body triangle, and continued to hit Brown with short punches for most of the round. Brown broke free and finished the round strong, landing some decent punches in the final seconds, but I scored this fight 30-27 for Belal Muhammad, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Muhammad the unanimous decision victory.
90.8
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
      These guys both traded some hard punches to start the opening round, with Miller being slightly more aggressive. Miller shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Poirier stuffed the shot and pressed Miller against the fence in the clinch. They quickly split up, and went back to trading heavy punches. Miller did a good job on several occassions, forcing Poirier to back up due to Miller's aggressive striking. Poirier kind of knocked down Miller for a second, but Miller immediately popped up, took down Poirier, and took his back, digging for a rear-naked choke with 45 seconds left in the round. Poirier was able to spin out of danger, taking the top position, before standing up to finish the round back on their feet, brawling like a couple of insane people. That was a pretty great round, and it could go either way, but I scored it for Miller, based on his grappling, but Poirier was laying it on strong in the final seconds of the round, so who knows where that one will end up on the scorecards?
     The second round had both guys throwing wild punches, Poirier rocked Miller early, and had him in some serious trouble against the fence, forcing Miller to shoot for a bad single leg, which didn't work out. Poirier continued to pick apart Miller with his boxing. Miller landed a few solid counters, but for the most part, Poirier was really unloading on Miller, scaring him off a little bit. Miller shot for another takedown with around 90 seconds left in the round, but Poirier was able to stuff the shot. Miller pressed him against the fence, but he was looking tired, so Poirier was able to reverse him, scoring a takedown of his own. Poirier decided to stand back up with 40 seconds left in the round, and they went back to trading wild punches. Poirier is breathing hard too though. The first round is up in the air, and the second round clearly goes to Poirier, so I have no idea what to expect in the final round.
     Miller landed some heavy punches to start the final round, and then he dropped Poirier with a series of heavy leg kicks. Poirier tried to fight through it, but Miller continued to chew up his legs with heavy kicks. Poirier caught a kick and tripped Miller to the ground with around 3 minutes left in the fight, so Poirier jumped into Miller's guard. Poirier was clearly just trying to run out the clock at this point, not wanting to have to stand back up on that leg. After a brief scramble, Miller stood back up, and pressed Poirier against the fence. Poirier sort of scored another takedown, Miller went for a Kimura from his back, it looked like it was getting close, but Poirier was able to shake his arm free. Poirier wasn't even able to walk back to his corner. I'm personally scoring this fight 29-28 for Miller, giving him the first & third rounds. One judge scored the fight a draw, one judge gave all 3 rounds to Poirier, and the other scored it 29-28 for Poirier, giving him the majority decision.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few random punches, and then Glover scored a single leg takedown one minute into the opening round, landing inside Cannonier's guard. Glover passed to half mount 2 minutes into the round. Glover locked on a guillotine choke, pulled guard with it, Cannonier escaped, but gave up top control again in the process, so Glover is back on top in half mount. Glover worked some basic ground & pound, but wasn't doing a lot of damage. Glover passed to full mount with 45 seconds left in the round, and threw a few decent punches, but Cannonier was able to shake him off, they stood back up, and Cannonier rocked Glover with a few seconds left in the round. Glover clearly won that round, but Cannonier looks like he might have better conditioning going into the second round.
     They traded a few strikes to start the second round, and Glover scored another single leg takedown, one minute into the round, landing back in half mount. Glover tried to work some basic ground & pound, but Cannonier was still doing a good job tying up Glover's arms, to avoid taking too much damage. The referee randomly decided to stand them up with 90 seconds left in the round. That was a bad standup, and it could cause problems for Glover. They traded a few punches to finish out the round, and Glover finished the round with a heavy combination of punches. I have Glover ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     They traded a few punches to start the final round, and Glover took down Cannonier again, 30 seconds into the round. Glover continued to work his slow paced ground & pound, Cannonier cut Glover with an elbow from his back, Glover passed to full mount, and then took Cannonier's back. Cannonier was able to scramble back to half guard, but Glover was still grinding the shit out of him, while working short elbows, and then Glover mounted him again with 90 seconds left in the round. The fight ended with Glover still controlling Cannonier, they stood back up in the final seconds, and Glover threw a kick, and that's about it. This fight SHOULD be a clear 30-27 for Glover, but the crowd seemed bored, so hopefully they won't have any impact on the way the judges scored this fight. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Glover Teixeira.
89.6
Submission
(Kimura)
3:41
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Jacare shot for a sloppy takedown one minute into the round, and Boetsch sprawled all over him. They both threw some heavy strikes 2 minutes into the round, and then Jacare scored a fast double leg takedown, passing immediately to side control. He passed to full mount with 2 minutes left in the round. Jacare threw some punches, cranked on a violent looking Kimura, and nearly ripped Boetsch's arm off, securing the first finish of the night. I was starting to think we were going to go through this entire card with no finishes. That was another really solid performance by Jacare, as he once again shows an insanely dangerous ability to finish fights with his submission skills. I really like Jacare, and I'm still a little surprised that hel doesn't seem to be very close to an actual title shot. He's high up there in the rankings, but he's still fighting guys that aren't even in the Top 10? At least he got the quick first round finish.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight started very slowly, with Silva landing a few nice counterpunches, but neither fighter wanted to engage. Silva opened up a little bit a couple of minutes into the round, forcing Brunson to shoot for a takedown, which Silva easily stuffed. They both traded some wild strikes, they both got clipped a few times, Brunson shot for another takedown, Silva stuffed it, and countered with some solid knees from the clinch. Shit got crazy, Silva went in for the kill, threw a spinning wheel kick, they clinched, Silva clinched, threw a few knees, and Brunson unloaded with a million uppercuts from the clinch. Silva slipped in the final few seconds of the round after throwing a flying knee, and Brunson ended the round on top. I scored that round for Silva, but I'm on the edge of my seat, I have no idea what to expect from the next two rounds.
     Brunson shot for a takedown early in the second round, and Silva sprawled the shit out of it. Silva continued to chop away at Brunson with a wide variety of punches & knees & kicks, Brunson scored a takedown 2 minutes into the round, and then Silva stood back up with ease. Brunson continued to press him against the fence in the clinch. They reset with 90 seconds left in the round, and Brunson shot for another takedown, and the shot was stuffed again. Silva worked some wild Capoeira shit, and landed a few more strikes to finish out the round. I have Silva ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but it's a very close fight.
     Brunson shot for a few more takedowns to start the third round, and Silva was sprawling all over him, and tossing him to the side. Brunson continued to plow forward, and Silva was picking him apart with counter strikes. Brunson scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the fight, and landed inside Silva's guard. Silva blasted him with a hard elbow to the chin from his back. Silva continued to land elbows from his back, and Brunson tried to land some punches, but he was missing with most of his shots. I personally am scoring this fight for Anderson Silva, but I don't feel confident that the decision will go his way. OH SNAP! All 3 judges gave the fight to Anderson Silva, and one judge even agreed with me, giving him all 3 rounds. I'm pretty excited about this, since I really feel like Silva NEEDED this win. Pretty solid fight overall, with a lot of weird exchanges.
89.8
Decision
25:00
      The first round was basically just a striking match, where Holm spent the entire round yelling, while throwing Karate punches or some shit. Randamie on the other hand, was throwing BRUTAL counter punches, and heavy kicks. Holm tried to take down de Randamie late in the round, but Randamie stuffed the shot, was able to stay standing inside the clinch, and the round ended with a stalemate clinch. I scored the first round for de Randamie.
      Holm looks more active from a distance, but when you factor in that she's throwing 4 punch combinations, only to land a single shot, while de Randamie is blasting her with heavy single shots that are almost all connecting, I think de Randamie is pretty clearly winning the majority of the exchanges. Holm clinched halfway through the round, and stalled for a while against the fence. Holm spent a lot of energy looking for a takedown, but de Randamie refused to budge, and she eventually took control of the clinch and blasted Holm with some clean knees. Holm continued to push de Randamie around the cage, while de Randamie continued to blast her with knees to the body. The round ended with de Randamie landing a two punch combination, where the second punch landed just slightly after the buzzer, and she nearly knocked out Holm with it. I have de Randamie ahead 2-0 going into the third round.
      Holm continued to bounce around the outside in the third round, constantly circling TOWARD de Randamie's power side, and every time Holm rushed in, de Randamie would clip her with hard right hands. Holm continued to work for takedowns, and continued to look foolish in doing so, as de Randamie was able to shake her off every time with ease. Holm clinched hard with 90 seconds left in the round, and she really gave a takedown attempt everything she had, and de Randamie was still able to shake her off, allowing de Randamie to take control of the clinch. Holm rocked de Randamie in the final few seconds of the round with a pair of head kicks, de Randamie recovered, fired back, and landed a couple more punches after the buzzer. The referee gave her a stern warning this time. I have de Randamie ahead 3-0 going into the fourth round, but that third round might have gone to Holm for the head kicks, but since I thought de Randamie won at least 4:30 of that round, then I gave it to de Randamie.
      Holm started the fourth round by pressing de Randamie against the fence, and she just held her there, clearly stalling. The referee split them up 2 minutes into the round. Holm continued to rush forward for most of the round, throwing those lame looking punch combinations, while shouting out before every strike, making it easy for de Randamie to avoid most of the strikes. Meanwhile, de Randamie was still clipping her with hard counters. That round will probably go to Holm for applying a lot more pressure, but she didn't do any damage, and de Randamie was still working her over with short knees to the body from the clinch, so...? I guess I'm going to score this fight 39-37 going into the final round.
      The final round was more of the same, with Holm rushing forward, missing with a ton of punches while screaming, and de Randamie was still clipping her with heavy single shots to the chin. Holm clipped de Randamie 90 seconds into the round, and then instead of finishing her, she just clinched and pressed her against the fence. The referee split them up with 2 minutes left in the fight. They traded a few strikes, and Holm hugged her again and stalled some more against the fence. I know that inside Holm's head, she's winning this fight, by being loud, throwing random strikes at the sky, and pressing de Randamie against the fence, but her clinching isn't doing her any favors in my opinion. They finally broke apart with 15 seconds left in the round, and de Randamie clipped Holm with a pair of hard punches to finish out the final round. I feel like de Randamie should win this fight, 48-47, but I have absolutely no idea what to expect from the judges here. All 3 judges agreed, giving her the unanimous decision victory, as Germaine de Randamie becomes the first ever, UFC Women's Featherweight Champion. I'm really happy that shit won this fight, since she was fighting, and Holm was mostly just clinching. Pretty good fight overall though.
OVERALL 90.5
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