(2/19/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Paul Felder - 92.6
2. Thiago Santos - 92.6
3. Sara McMann - 92.3
4. Gerald Meerschaert - 92.1
5. Derrick Lewis - 92.0
6. Gavin Tucker - 91.7
7. Santiago Ponzinibbio - 91.7
8. Carla Esparza - 91.6
9. Aiemann Zahabi - 91.2
10. Randa Markos - 91.2
UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Elevation: 82'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne
91.9
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.7
89.4
Submission
(Armbar)
1:34
     These guys traded some clunky looking strikes, and then Janes took down Meerschaert inside the first minute of the opening round. It looked like Janes was about to dominate Meerschaert on the ground, and then Meerschaert threw up an armbar from his guard, and got the quick submission victory over the BJJ Black Belt. That was another really impressive showing for Gerald Meerschaert, as he earns his second UFC win in just 2 months. I'm really starting to like this guy!
90.3
TKO
(Spinning Wheel Kick & Punches)
7:21
      These guys started the first round by trading some heavy punch combinations, but Marshman was having trouble getting inside the range of Santos, so Santos clipped him with some good shots, and then took him to the ground one minute into the round. Marshman tied up Santos, but he wasn't able to avoid a series of heavy punches that Santos dropped on his head. Marshman finally got back to his feet halfway through the round. They traded a few strikes in the last half of the round, and then Marshman dropped Santos with a brutal right hand. They both turned the fight into a wild brawl, and Marshman continued to clip Santos with some really clean shots. I thought that round was going to go to Santos, but Marshman might have stolen that round with the big knockdown late in the round. We have ourselves a fight here!!!
     They continued to trade some heavy shots in the second round, with both guys throwing at a decent pace. Marshman was stalking Santos, backing him up toward the fence, where he was able to clip him with some hard shots to the chin, but Santos was still doing a good job keeping his distance for the most part, working his long kicks to the body. He then dropped Marshman with a spinning heel kick, knocking him on his ass, he jumped on him, threw some punches, and the referee jumped in to stop the fight. It looked like it COULD have been an early stoppage, but Marshman hit the ground in dramatic fashion, so you can't really blame the referee too much for stepping in on this one. That was a solid win for Thiago Santos, breaking his 2-Fight losing streak, against a guy that made his UFC debut 3 months ago, and was coming in with a lot of hype. I'm still looking forward to seeing both of these guys fight again in the near future though, I just wish the referee would have given Marshman a few more seconds to prove that he was defending himself on the ground.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      Zahabi mostly just stood there, just outside of Vieira's range for the first 90 seconds of the opening round, while Vieira threw some big bombs, and missed with almost all of them. Zahabi then unloaded on Vieira with some slick combinations, and started to pick apart Vieira against the fence with punchs & kicks. Vieira continued to rush forward, throwing big winging punches, Zahabi was staying just outside of range, and then Vieira finally took him down with 2 minutes left in the round, but he couldn't hold him down for more than a few seconds. They reset with 90 seconds left in the round. They traded a few more strikes, and then Vieira scored another takedown in the final 15 seconds. Round one probably goes to Vieira based on his wrestling, but as far as the striking exchanges are concerned, Zahabi kicked his ass, so the first round could go either way.
     The second round was more of the same, with Vieira throwing bombs, without a lot of accuracy (but still landing some solid shots), while Zahabi was still landing the cleaner combinations. Vieira shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Zahabi was able to stuff the shot. They traded some decent strikes, Vieira shot in for another takedown, and Zahabi stopped him by teasing him with a standing guillotine attempt, which he let go of pretty quickly. Vieira wasted a lot of energy trying to press Zahabi through the fence, but it still looks like Vieira is in control for the most part, so I wouldn't be shocked if the judges have him ahead 2-0 going into the final round. I'm personally going to call this fight all tied up going into the final round... wait... NEVERMIND... Zahabi stole that round by unloading on Vieira in the final seconds, dropping him, mounting him, and beating him up with shots on the ground. I have Zahabi ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The final round started with Zahabi unloading on Vieira with some clean punch & kick combinations. In my opinion, Zahabi should win this fight 30-27, but I won't be shocked if someone gives the fight to Vieira, 29-28 or something. Considering this is Zahabi's country, I'm going to assume he's safe here. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Aiemann Zahabi in his UFC debut.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      These girls circled around each other for a full minute without engaging at all. Markos was circling around the outside, posturing like she was about to do some shit, but she never did anything. Meanwhile, Esparza punched her in the face a few times. Esparza finally took down Markos with 90 seconds left in the round, and after a wild scramble, she secured side control. Markos tried to wrap her up with a reverse triangle choke, and she used that to get on top. Markos then secured the crucifix, and punched Esparza in the back of the head A LOT. Esparza finally broke free with around 10 seconds left in the round, she spun around, secured top control, and punched Markos in the face a few times before the end of the round. Considering this is Canada, Markos probably won that round, but this fight is awfully close so far.
     The second round started with a lot of slow circling for the first 90 seconds, but after that, they both traded some big punch combinations, and they both got clipped by some solid shots. Esparza took down Markos with one minute left in the round, securing side control, and then she passed to full mount, slapped on an arm-triangle choke, and nearly ripped Markos's head off. Esparza held the choke until the end of the round, while Markos puncched her repeatedly in the back of the head while trying to escape. That round goes to Esparza, and this fight is more than likely all tied up going into the final round.
     They clashed to start the final round with a takedown attempt, but neither fighter could complete the takedown, so they reset and went back to trading random punches. The round was fairly even for the most part, and Markos stuffed another takedown attempt 2 minutes into the round. Shit got reckless with 2 minutes left in the round, there was a wild scramble, Esparza blasted Markos with a big knee to the head that cut her eye open. She then swarmed Markos, grabbing her back for a few seconds, and then they reset back on their feet. They both traded punches wildly, and then Esparza took down Markos in the final 10 seconds, and finished the round by punching her in the face repeatedly. I scored this fight 29-28 for Carla Esparza. The judges were split, with two judges giving the win to Randa Markos, for the home cooked split-decision victory. Congrats to Markos for a huge win, and a really solid fight.
90.6
Decision
15:00
      Taleb spent most of the first round chewing up Ponzinibbio with heavy leg kicks, and some decent punches. Ponzinibbio was having trouble getting inside the range of Taleb, and when he hit Taleb with some kicks, Taleb caught his leg, and carried him across the cage, forcing him to hop around on one foot for a few seconds. Ponzinibbio looked frustrated in there, as Taleb was able to pick him apart for most of that round. Round one clearly goes to Taleb.
     For the most part, it looked like Taleb was winning this fight, but the area around Taleb's nose was really getting red in the second round, showing that he was clearly absorbing some damage to his face. Ponzinibbio was chopping up Taleb's nose with jabs, and Taleb was still chopping away at Ponzinibbio's leg with heavy kicks. Ponzinibbio dropped Taleb with 2 minutes left in the second round, after doing a significant amount of damage to the nose of Taleb. Once they hit the ground, Taleb just tied up Ponzinibbio and stalled for a while. Ponzinibbio spent his time on the ground dropping elbows whenever he could break his arms free. That round clearly goes to Ponzinibbio, and the cards should all be tied up going into the final round.
     The final round started, and Taleb received a stern warning for having his fingers out. Taleb continued to chew up the lead leg of Ponzinibbio with heavy leg kicks, and Ponzinibbio continued to chip away at the nose of Taleb with jabs. That round was a really even round, with both guys landing some hard shots, both guys were busted up, blood was all over the place, and both guys really gave this fight all they had. This could potentially be fight of the night. With that being said, I scored it 29-28 for Ponzinibbio, but wouldn't really be shocked by any scorecards at this point. All 3 judges agreed, giving Ponzinibbio the unanimous decision victory.
89.2
TKO
(Elbow & Punches)
4:44
      These guys both basically stood in the center of the cage and traded heavy punches & kicks for the duration of the opening round. That round looked like it was going to be a VERY close round, I had no idea how I was going to score the round, and then Felder dropped Ricci with a brutal elbow to the face, he followed it with a heavy knee while Ricci was on his way down, and then Felder pounded him out of the building with some heavy punches, while Ricci just curled up against the fence, waiting for the referee to stop the fight. That was a really solid win for Ricci, but it looked like he might have hurt his arm & leg in that final flurry, so hopefully he's ok, and he'll be able to fight again soon.
89.1
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
1:14
      McMann came out swinging, throwing some really tight punches, and then she took Mazany to the ground just 15 seconds into the opening round. McMann pressed her against the fence, and unloaded with some heavy left hands, before working for back control. Mazany stood back up, and McMann threw her to the ground again, this time landing in full mount. McMann quickly slapped on an arm-triangle choke, and finished the fight by submission. That was a pretty fantastic first round finish by McMann, but considering Mazany really had no business being in there, and she was just a late replacement for Liz Carmouche, and she came in 5 pounds overweight, McMann was the biggest favorite on the card, so this fight shouldn't really be surprising at all. I'm pretty disappointed that Liz Carmouche had to drop out though, because a fight between her & McMann is something that I'm REALLY interested in.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      Ferreira blasted Theodorou with a heavy left hand that nearly dropped him in the opening 10 seconds. Theodorou kept throwing his typical kicks, and Ferreira was countering all of them flawlessly, knocking Theodorou on his ass with a trip, blasting him in the chin with heavy counter punches, etc... Ferreira blasted Theodorou with a brutal kick to the body, Theodorou caught it, and tried to take him down, but just pressed Ferreira against the fence for some clinching instead. They spent the rest of the round trading strikes, with Ferreira landing most of the significant shots. Round one should clearly go to Ferreira.
     They traded a few random strikes to start the second round, Theodorou threw a flying knee, Ferreira caught him in midair, took his back, yanked him to the ground, and Theodorou spun out of it and stood back up, pressing Ferreira against the fence. Ferreira then took down Theodorou again, and took his back again, and Theodorou tried to muscle his way back to his feet again. Ferreira threw a punch, slipped, and Theodorou took him down, almost got caught in a guillotine choke, but he was able to slip his head out, and work some basic ground & pound against the fence. They stood back up, Ferreira pulled guard with another tight guillotine attempt, but his arm slipped a bit, and he had to let it go. Theodorou settled into Ferreira's guard, worked some short punches, and then Ferreira popped back up to his feet as soon as he saw an opening. They both looked pretty tired by the end of the second round, as they were both throwing sloppy wet strikes, and not really landing with much steam at all. You could argue that Theodorou won that round, but I'm scoring it for Ferreira, based on his submission attempts. This fight could be all tied up, or Ferreira could be ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The second round was a really slow round, with Theodorou throwing some long kicks, but not really doing much, and Ferreira mostly just looked like he was waiting for a good opportunity to shoot for another takedown, while also conserving his energy for the final minutes of the fight. Ferreira finally shot for a powerful takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, he immediately took Theodorou's back, Theodorou stood back up, but fell down against the fence, as Ferreira slapped on a rear-naked choke. Theodorou was able to defend against the choke, and he spun around, stood up, tried to throw Ferreira to the ground, and Ferreira landed on his feet. I'm giving that round to Ferreira, since the powerful takedown & rear-naked choke attempt was the only really significant thing to happen in that round. Ferreira should win this fight 29-28, if not 30-27. Fortunately for Theodorou, he spent a good portion of his time before this fight, sucking on some Canadian bacon underneath the judges' tables, resulting in a clean sweep for Elias Theodorou in his home country of Canada. Ferreira just got fucked by the judges.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      Gavin Tucker is making his UFC debut here, and he's showing a lot of speed, some really fast hands & feet, he appears to have a solid amount of power, and he throws his strikes at a variety of levels to keep things hard to predict. With that being said, he only throws single shots, so I feel like he could benefit by throwing some combinations. Sicilia on the other hand, was basically just doing his best impression of a punching bag for the duration of the opening round. Round one goes to Tucker for sure.
     The second round was a repeat of the first round. I have a bad feeling that Sicilia is well on his way to a 30-24 loss on the scorecards, if he doesn't start throwing his hands. He's going to need a finish in the final round, otherwise he's going to rack up his third loss in a row in the UFC, and that's never good for unranked fighters. His corner gave him that same advice for the most part, so let's see if he changes up his gameplan in the final round.
     Tucker was dancing around in the final round, talking all kinds of shit, and Sicilia was finally able to land some heavy hands. The final round was all about Sicilia plowing forward, throwing bombs, just praying that something magnificent would land. Tucker randomly shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, and took Sicilia down with ease, but Sicilia was able to scramble back to his feet without much of a problem. Sicilia landed some heavy punches on Tucker's chin, but Tucker just ate them, and then punched himself in the chin to prove that he's invincible. Sicilia really has no business fighting in the UFC anymore, so I fully expect him to lose his job after this terrible performance. Gavin Tucker on the other hand, proved that he's WAY more legit than I think most people gave him credit for going into his UFC debut. I'm halfway expecting a 30-20 scorecard or some ridiculous shit after this lopsided matchup. All 3 judges gave him the win, 30-27 across the board. That's weird, since a lot of those rounds could have been more lopsided, but maybe they saw a lack of finishing ability? Either way, Tucker looked outstanding tonight.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      This fight started pretty slowly. Lombard threw some big punches, Hendricks was mostly throwing leg kicks, Lombard caught a kick, pushed Hendricks across the cage, and punched him in the head several times. They clinched a few times, and things got clunky, but not a lot of damage was being dealt in either direction. Lombard caught another leg kick with 90 seconds left in the round, and he threw Hendricks to the ground, and then grabbed his back, but Hendricks stood back up. The round ended with some awkward exchanges, but for the most part, I think Lombard pretty clearly won that first round.
     Lombard controlled the clinch in the second round, and he landed some heavy punches at various points, while Hendricks still kind of looked like he was waiting for something to happen. Lombard then blasted Hendricks with a "thigh" to the groin, which caused Hendricks to drop to the ground. After a brief timeout, the fight continued. Lombard blasted Hendricks with some badass punch combinations, rocking Johny's head back & forth. Hendricks threw a nice knee halfway through the round, and they battled each other with some dirty boxing, and then reset again. Hendricks landed another nice knee, Lombard caught it again, and then he drove Hendricks into the fence for some clinching. The referee split them up and warned Lombard for grabbing the fence. By the end of the round, Hendricks was moving around a lot more, and it looks like he's going to be the fresher fighter going into the final round, but I still have Lombard ahead 2-0 going into the final round. That second round COULD go to Hendricks though.
     Lombard crushed Hendricks with a pair of hard punches to start the final round. Hendricks was mostly just working his jab, trying to keep his distance. Lombard spent the entire round moving forward, throwing single shots, while Hendricks was bouncing around, picking him apart with his boxing. Lombard took him down at one point, but Hendricks stood back up almost immediately. I would probably give that round to Hendricks, but since he LITERALLY ran away from Lombard at the end of the round, and Lombard finished the round by running up to him and punching him in the head, I'm going to go ahead and score this fight 30-27 for Lombard. AT LEAST 29-28, but I don't feel confident about the scorecards on this one at all. All 3 judges gave the fight to Hendricks, with two judges giving him all 3 rounds which is absolutely ridiculous. I would be ok with a split-decision or something, but 30-27 is fucking stupid.
91.9
KO
(Punches)
8:12
      Browne threw a brutal leg kick, and Lewis threw a big body kick. Lewis then threw a leg kick, and then Browne caused Lewis to fold over with some front kicks to the belly. Lewis recovered, and threw some wild high kicks, and then caught a kick and dropped Browne with some heavy punches, but Browne was able to scramble back to his feet before absorbing too much damage on the ground. Browne spent the rest of the round picking apart Lewis with kicks, Lewis looked frustrated, but he finished the round with some big punches. Round one clearly goes to Browne.
      Browne came out, tried to work his kicks in the second round, and then Lewis unloaded on him with King Kong punches, rocking the shit out of Browne, blasting him up against the fence, hammering him with uppercuts, and I thought he was going to finish Browne, but Browne recovered a little bit, threw some knees, tried to take Lewis to the ground, but Lewis reversed him, landed on top in full mount, and then smothered Browne. Lewis was clearly tired, but he postured up, and dropped some heavy punches & elbows, while continuing to lay all of his body weight on Browne. Browne stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round, but Lewis immediately dropped Browne with a massive right hand, and then he bounched Browne's head off the canvas with some brutal ground & pound. The referee told Browne to defend himself, but Browne was clearly unconscious as his head continued to bounce off the canvas. The referee finally stopped the fight, WAY too fucking late. That was a fantastic finish by Derrick Lewis, after fighting his way through some serious trouble in the first round. Derrick Lewis is a fucking beast!
OVERALL 90.7
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