(3/11/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Michel Prazeres - 93.3
2. Edson Barboza - 93.2
3. Kelvin Gastelum - 92.9
4. Mauricio Rua - 92.5
5. Paulo Henrique Costa - 92.2
6. Alex Oliveira - 91.7
7. Kevin Lee - 91.7
8. Jeremy Kennedy - 91.3
9. Beneil Dariush - 91.2
10. Joe Soto - 90.8
UFC Fight Night 106: Belfot vs. Gastelum
Location: Ceara, Brazil
Elevation: 69'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush
92.1
Fighters & Matches 89.6
Top 10 Fighters 92.1
TOTAL 90.9
88.1
TKO
(Punches)
1:17
     Costa started the fight with a hard leg kick, a lot of forward movement, and some heavy punch combinatinos. McLellan looked terrified, as the crowd was clearly against him. McLellan fired back with a few decent punches, but his back was against the fence, so he didn't have much room to breathe. Costa unloaded on him early, caused McLellan to crumble to the ground, and he finished him off with some hammerfists to the side of the head. That was an outstanding debut for Paulo Henrique Costa.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few random strikes to start the fight at a fairly even pace, and then Jason clipped Kennedy with some hard shots, and knocked him down 2 minutes into the round, pinning him against the fence, in an awkward seated half mount. Kennedy quickly scrambled back to his feet and pressed Jason against the fence. Kennedy eventually took Jason to the ground, and grabbed his back, but Jason stood back up, and then Kennedy took him down again. Kennedy opened up with some hard punches to the face of Jason, while pinning him against the fence. Jason stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round, and Kennedy hammered him with knees against the fence. Kennedy tripped him to the ground with a minute left in the round, and landed inside Jason's guard. Jason started that round strong, but Kennedy clearly stole the round with the ass beating he delivered with his ground & pound in the last half of the round.
     Jason landed some clean punches to start the second round, Kennedy fired back, turning it into a brawl, and then Jason dropped him with a flying knee, and then slaughtered him with some ground & pound from inside Kennedy's guard. Kennedy tied up Jason in his guard for a while, avoiding damage for a couple of minutes, but he wasn't making any progress with submissions or anything, so Jason was clearly winning the round just by holding top control. The referee stood them back up with a minute left in the round, and Jason nearly lost his pants. It looked like they were going to trade some strikes, and then Kennedy blasted Jason with a huge kick to the dick that sounded like a car window getting hit by a baseball bat. That round goes to Jason, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Jason was taunting Kennedy to start the final round, by putting his hands behind his back and sticking his chin out. Kennedy just looked at him for a second, and then took him down against the fence. Jason stood back up, but Kennedy continued to grind him against the fence. They reset 90 seconds into the round. Jason threw a punch, and then Kennedy took him down quickly, this time in the center of the cage. Jason threw a few elbows from his back, while Kennedy was throwing punches down at him from inside his guard, mixing in some hard elbows as well. Jason complained to the referee about something, and then threw up an omoplata attempt, but Kennedy slipped out of it and took his back, and then pounded on his head with some hard punches against the fence. Jason stood back up with a minute left to work, but Kennedy tripped him to the ground again. They reset back in the center a few seconds later. Kennedy shot for one more takedown, and took Jason's back as he turtled up. Kennedy then picked him up and dumped him to the ground again. This fight SHOULD be a very clear 29-28 win for Jeremy Kennedy. All 3 judges agreed, with one judge giving the fight to Kennedy, 29-27. That was a good win for Jeremy Kennedy in his second UFC fight.
89.9
Submission
(North-South Choke)
1:42
      Prazeres came out and absolutely mauled Burkman with a barrage of heavy punches, Burkman looked like he was in some serious trouble in the opening seconds of the first round, Prazeres threw him to the ground, continued to throw big punches, and then he finally slowed down after the first minute, as he pinned Burkman in the center of the cage, positioning himself in side control. He spun around, slapped on a North-South choke, and finished the fight by submission. That was an outstanding finish by Michel Prazeres, in his best UFC performance to date.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      Yahya came out swinging to start this fight, throwing some big kicks and wild punches. Soto knocked him down with a punch, but it was mostly due to Yahya being off balance from throwing a kick a second before the punch. Yahya took down Soto with a minute left in the round, and Soto caught him in a tight guillotine choke, but Yahya was able to wrestle his way out of it. Yahya ended the round in control, and in my opinion, won the round with his aggressive striking. I just hope he didn't burn himself out with those wild attacks.
     Yahya continued to chip away at Soto to start the second round, they clashed heads, and Yahya dropped, and a massive cut opened up on Soto's head, which POURED blood all over the place, like an actual faucet. The doctor checked it out, and said it was fine, but Soto's entire head was covered in blood at that point. There was a wild scramble on the ground, which ended in a stalemate, so they stood back up and continued to trade. Yahya shot for a few takedowns, but Soto was doing a good job staying on his feet for the most part. They continued to trade strikes in a wild brawl, there was another scramble on the ground where Soto tried to setup a choke, but Yahya rolled out of it and stood back up. At this point they're both completely covered in blood, 100% coming from the cut on Soto's head. They continued to brawl wildly, Yahya was clearly exhausted, Soto was running out of blood, they were both still giving it all they had though, and the round ended with Soto on top in side control, beating up Yahya with punches. This fight is pretty insane at this point, and I have the score all tied up going into the final round. I'm still shocked that they're not stopping the fight from that cut though.
     Yahya is clearly exhausted, but he still came out for the third round throwing wild strikes. He shot for a sloppy takedown, Soto tried to setup another choke, Yahya settled underneath him, and Soto poured blood all over the back of Yahya, while Yahya just kind of turlted up. I have NEVER seen this much blood come out of a fighter's head in a single fight. Soto secured side control, and then dropped some short elbows on the head of Yahya, while Yahya just kind of laid there, waiting for the fight to end. Soto tried to setup a rear-naked choke halfway through the round, but Yahya continued to roll around awkwardly, staying out of submission trouble, but Soto was still spending the entire round throwing soft punches to the head of Yahya. Soto went for an armbar, fucked it up, and Yahya used it to get on top, and then stand back up with a minute left in the round. Yahya landed a few tired looking strikes, and then Soto took him down again to finish the final seconds on top. This fight was a fucking mess, but it should probably go to Soto 29-28. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Joe Soto.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      These guys are both submission masters, so they decided to just trade wild strikes for the duration of the first round. The fight slowed down halfway through, with both guys just kind of staring at each other, but when they DID throw punches, they were generally bombs, as they were swinging for the bleachers. I have no idea who won that round to be honest. I'm leaning in favor of Moraes, but it was a close round.
     They continued to trade strikes in the second round, with Ramos moving forward a lot, landing some really heavy punches. The round was another fairly slow round, with some hard shots thrown, but a lot of dead space in between offensive exchanges. This is a close fight so far, I would probably give that round to Ramos, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     To be honest, I was pretty excited going into this fight, but by the time the third round had started, I completely lost interest. They're still trading strikes, following each other around the cage, but there is WAY too much "standing around & staring" going on, and only a few exchanges of strikes mixed in between long periods of silence. I guess I would give this win to Ramos if I had to pick a winner, especially considering he took the fight on short notice, and he was able to pretty much make the fight a draw. All 3 judges gave all 3 rounds to Sergio Moraes for the boring unanimous decision victory, and his ridiculous winning streak continues.
91.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:12
      Trinaldo threw some big punches, Lee shot for a takedown, and Trinaldo overpowered him, and threw him up against the fence in the clinch. Lee finally secured a takedown 90 seconds into the opening round, landing inside his guard. Trinaldo looked like he wanted to throw up an armbar from his back, while Lee tried to work some basic ground & pound. Lee pressed Trinaldo into the fence, and Trinaldo stood back up, and then locked on a Ninja choke, but Lee was able to fight out of it. They split up, and Trinaldo rocked Lee with a big left hand, forcing Lee to shoot for another takedown, which Trinaldo was able to stuff against the fence. Trinaldo continued to clip Lee with some hard punches & short elbows from a variety of standing positions. He then dropped Lee with a punch to the body, and then he hammered the side of his head with elbows. They stood back up, and Trinaldo threw a few more strikes, and had Lee rocked against the fence as the buzzer sounded. Round one clearly goes to Trinaldo.
     Lee was able to use his speed to pick apart Trinaldo a little bit in the second round, but Trinaldo was still firing back with some solid shots. Lee shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, and Trinaldo stuffed the shit out of it. Lee then kicked Trinaldo in the head, forcing Trinaldo to shoot for a takedown, but Lee was able to reverse it, ending up in full mount halfway through the round. Lee locked on a tight body triangle, followed by a rear-naked choke, he cranked that shit, and forced Trinaldo to submit, ending one of the longest active winning streaks in the lightweight division. That was a really big win for Kevin Lee.
89.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:38
      Oliveira threw some big kicks to start the first round, Means fired back, they both looked sloppy, and then they clinched 30 seconds into the round, with Oliveira pressing Means into the fence. Oliveira picked up Means, and dumped him to the ground "gently". Oliveira tried to work some basic ground & pound, while Means tried to setup an armbar from his guard. They scrambled around quite a bit, while they continued with those same gameplans. Means finally stood up 2 minutes into the round, but Oliveira continued to press him against the fence. Oliveira had the back clinch, and then he threw Means to the ground, but Means immediately stood back up, while Oliveira continued to cling to his back. Oliveira threw him to the ground again, Means stood up again, and Oliveira threw him to the ground again, and Means stood up again. Oliveira threw him to the ground again, but failed this time, as Means reversed him on the way down, landing in side control. The referee warned Oliveira for grabbing the cage repeatedly with his toes, while Means was grinding his elbow into the jaw of Oliveira. Oliveira probably won that round with his wrestling in the first half of the round, but Means definitely ended the round in the best position of the round, but he didn't do a ton of damage, other than some really hard elbow grinding on the face of Oliveira. I'm scoring that round for Oliveira, but it was awfully close by the time the round ended.
     Oliveira started the second round with a spinning wheel kick, Means ducked under it, and shot for a takedown, which lead to both guys scrambling for a takedown from the clinch against the fence. Oliveira scored a takedown one minute into the second round, landing back inside the guard of Means against the fence. Means tried to roll around to scramble out of the bottom position, and he stood back up 2 minutes into the round, but Oliveira was clinging to his back again. Oliveira was able to drag Means to the ground, and Means looked a little lost on the bottom this time, as Oliveira had the body triangle locked on. Oliveira locked on the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission. That was a really solid win for Oliveira, and some solid retribution for the way their previous fight ended 10 weeks ago, when Means basically finished Oliveira with an illegal knee.
89.3
Draw
(Majority)
15:00
      Reneau threw a kick to start the fight, Correia caught the kick, and hammered Reneau with some punches to the face while she was hopping around on one leg. Reneau was keeping her distance, trying to throw long strikes, while Correia was giving her the most evil looks known to man, while waiting to turn the fight into a close range brawl. They clinched 2 minutes into the round, and Correia pressed Reneau against the fence. Reneau threw a few short knees to the body of Correia, but for the most part, Correia was smothering her against the fence using her fire hydrant stature to control the fight. Correia worked some leg kicks, while Reneau chased her down with punches. Correia took down Reneau with 15 seconds left in the round and ended the round inside her guard. That round could probably go either way, so since this is Brazil, I'm giving it to Bethe.
     They traded some sloppy strikes to start the second round, and then Correia pressed Reneau against the fence again. They reset a minute later in the center of the cage. Correia threw some big overhand punches, and Reneau looked like she was slowing down some. Correia clipped Reneau with a pair of hard punches, and Reneau looked like she was rocked. Reneau landed a few hard strikes of her own, and Correia's legs looked a bit wobbly, so Correia took her down with 90 seconds left in the round. Reneau threw up a triangle choke with 30 seconds left in the round, but Correia just stood up out of it, and then worked some ground & pound, while Reneau was throwing strikes up from her back. I scored that round for Correia, so I have her ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but the scores could be close at this point.
     Reneau rocked the shit out of Correia with a head kick to start the third round, forcing Correia to shoot for a takedown. Reneau stuffed the shot, and threw some short punches & elbows to the head of Correia. Reneau passed to full mount, unloaded with some big punches, and Correia looked like she was still in serious trouble, but she nearly used her wrestling to escape 2 minutes into the round, but Reneau threw her back down and continued to drop elbows. Correia continued to dig deep for a takedown of her own, but Reneau did a good job holding on to a variety of top positions. Reneau took her back, and started working for a rear-naked choke, but Correia continued to roll around wildly, trying to find a way to escape. Correia ended the round grinding the back of her head against the chin of Reneau. That round clearly goes to Reneau, probably a 10-8 round, so this fight COULD be a draw, Reneau COULD win it, MAYBE the fight will go to Correia, 29-28? I seriously have no idea what to expect from the scorecards for this one. Overall, Reneau won this fight, but Correia won the first 2 rounds in my opinion, just slightly, so...? One judge gave the win to Reneau, and the other two scored it a draw, for an official majority draw. What a waste of time as far as the rankings are concerned.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      These guys both traded some hard strikes in the first round, at a fairly even pace, until Borg was kicked in the dick a couple of minutes into the round. Once the fight started back up, Formiga pressed Borg against the fence for some basic clinch stalling. They threw a few decent strikes to finish out the round, but overall, it was a hard round to score, since neither fighter really did anything highlight reel worthy. The final 5 seconds were fucking insane, but other than that, it was kind of a slow paced round (especially for a flyweight fight). I don't know who won that round.
     The second round started with Borg pressing Formiga into the fence, and then Formiga spun him around to take control of the clinch. They traded some hard strikes as they broke apart. Borg threw a nice flying knee, but he missed by a couple of inches. There was a weird scramble, Borg tried to slam Formiga, but Formiga landed on his feet, so Borg pressed him against the fence. They spent WAY too much time with Borg just pressing Formiga into the fence, so the referee finally split them up with 2 minutes left in the round. Formiga shot for a fast takedown, but Borg easily stepped out of it. Formiga nearly dropped Borg with a hard leg kick, but Borg immediately fired back with a few really slick combinations that landed hard. That was another close round. I still have no idea who is winning this fight.
     Formiga quickly took down Borg at the start of the third round, and then Borg escaped using some sort of slick transition, which left him pressing Formiga against the fence for some more stalling. That was ALMOST exciting for a few seconds. Borg ended up on top inside Formiga's guard, dropping some heavy elbows for the last half of the round, and I thought that ground & pound was probably the most significant offense in the fight, so I'm hoping that the judges give this win to Borg, based on an effort to finish the fight in the final round. Borg sliced Formiga's head open with a minute left in the round, and then he took his back, and ended the round in half mount. That was a great way to end the final round for Borg. All 3 judges scored the fight 29-28 for Ray Borg, which I'm happy about.
92.1
KO
(Flying Knee)
8:35
      Dariush landed some heavy punches to start the first round, and then Barboza unloaded on him with some fast combinations. They were both trading leg & body kicks at a decent clip as well. They continued to trade some serious strikes, with Dariush landing a lot of dangerous looking punches, but Barboza fired back with a hard head kick, which was partially blocked by Dariush. They continued to exchange really aggressive combinations for the duration of the round, with Dariush probably landing the better shots, but Barboza was still landing some serious shots as well. Round one probably goes to Dariush.
     They continued to trade brutal punches & kicks to start the second round. Dariush grabbed for a single leg takedown, but Barboza used his excellent wrestling defense to yank his leg free, to keep the fight standing. They were both landing badass shots, but I thought Barboza was landing the slightly better shots for most of the round, until he threw an uppercut to Dariush's nuts. When the fight started back up, they continued to trade strikes, and then Barboza knocked Dariush the fuck out with a highlight reel worthy flying knee. That was a fantastic fight, and another outstanding finish by Edson Barboza. When Barboza is on his game, he's hands down one of my favorite fighters to watch. He nearly decapitated Dariush with that flying knee.
90.4
TKO
(Punches)
10:59
      Shogun was beating up Villante with some clean strikes for the first 90 seconds or so of the opening round, and then Villante rocked the shit out of him with a heavy punch, but he wasn't able to finish him off. Shogun recovered, and fired back with some heavy punches that rocked Villante. Shogun continued to clip Villante with some clean boxing, and he dropped him with around 2 minutes left in the round, but Villante was able to stand back up, but he looked super groggy, and the crowd went insane. Round one most definitely goes to Shogun Rua.
     The second round was another round with both guys throwing bombs at each other, with Rua beating up Villante for the first half of the round. Villante still fired back hard though, and when he connected, he was able to hurt Rua, but Rua continued to plow forward, dropping Villante at one point. Villante scored one takedown in the round, but Rua immediately stood back up. This fight has been fairly close so far, but I have Shogun ahead 2-0 going into the final round, which shouldn't be an issue for the Brazilian Legend, fighting in Brazil.
     The second round looked like it was going to be more of the same, until Shogun rocked Villante, and it was REALLY obvious this time, so Shogun rushed forward, unloaded on Villante, he still couldn't quite finish him, but Villante was barely able to stand, so Shogun emptied his gas tank while setting Villante on fire, causing him to crumble to the ground against the fence due to Shogun's old school violent barrage of punches. That was a FANTASTIC finish by Shogun Rua in front of his hometown crowd.
90.3
TKO
(Punches)
3:52
      Vitor was doing a fantastic job for the first half of the opening round, as he blasted Gastelum with some really hard & fast punches & a few decent kicks. Gastelum seemed to have trouble finding his range, until he dropped Belfort halfway through the round. He nearly finished him with some ground & pound, but the referee let the fight continue, and Belfort was able to fight his way back to his feet. Belfort's face was busted up, and after another exchange, Gastelum was able to drop Belfort again, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was another huge win for Kelvin Gastelum, as he once again proved that he deserves a spot in the Top 10 at Middleweight. On that same note though, he basically retired Tim Kennedy, and at this point, I can't help but feel like Vitor should consider retiring as well. He looked pretty decent at the start of this fight, but I just don't think he has what it takes any more to fight his way to another title shot. He had a decent performance here though while he lasted.
OVERALL 90.9
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