(4/21/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Rory MacDonald - 96.0
2. Jon Jones - 93.7
3. Travis Browne - 92.8
4. Matt Brown - 92.0
5. Michael McDonald - 91.9
6. Chris Clements - 91.0
7. Ben Rothwell - 90.9
8. Mac Danzig - 90.4
9. Marcus Brimage - 90.4
10. Rashad Evans - 90.0
UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Elevation: 1,050'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills
94.4
Fighters & Matches 89.6
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.8
88.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     This fight was ok, both guys kept going at a decent pace and stuff, but to be honest, I think the entire fight was overshadowed by what happened after the fight was over, when to show how much energy they still had, both fighters LITERALLY started doing flips in the octagon. And not just one to celebrate, but like... An Olympic Tumbling Showdown or some shit. Sort of weird. But yeah, I gave the fight to Brimage, and two of the judges agreed.
88.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was pretty good, but it got off to kind of a fucked up start. Wisniewski did a great job in the first round, after getting beat up on the feet, he took Clements to the ground, practically mounted him, was beating him up with elbows, and the referee stood them up because they weren't active enough. ARE YOU KIDDING!?! It was solid ground fighting. So yeah, Wisniewski got screwed in the first round. He had a nice slam in the second round too, but after locked on a rear-naked choke, Clements escaped with some brilliant elbows to the face, which allowed Clements to escape. The third round was all about Clements beating Wisniewski's ass. So yeah, I gave the fight to Clements, 29-28, and a couple of the judges agreed. So yeah, good fight overall by both guys.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Mac Danzig showed some solid boxing skills in this fight, and some AMAZING submission defense, as he was able to escape a heel hook that Escudero locked on in the first round, that literally might have broken his ankle. (by the end of the fight, that ankle looked like it had an egg inside it). But yeah, Mac Danzig is tough as hell, and I gave him all 3 rounds, and the judges agreed, so Mac Danzig wins, via unanimous decision.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      The crowd seemed really bored by this fight, and I can't say I feel much differently. The entire fight was pretty much a kickboxing match, with Njokuani's 7+ inch reach advantage really being the star of this show. He threw a lot of kicks, all of his punches kept Makdessi at range, and in the end, Njokuani wins via unanimous decision.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      This fight was basically one of those "MMA Fighter vs. Karate Guy" fights, where Matt Brown's Muay Thai combined with Jiu-Jitsu & Wrestling, was able to roll right through Thompson's quirky Karate skills. Thompson had some Lyoto Machida style shit going for a few seconds here & there, but ultimately, his narrow attack style wasn't enough to get him anywhere near winning this fight. Matt Brown wins via unanimous decision.
90.3
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
2:29
      This was an undercard fight that was added to the end of the PPV just as a bonus. Travis Browne basically threw a flying knee, grabbed Griggs, picked him up & slammed him onto the ground, got the full mount, locked on an arm triangle choke, and won the fight via submission in the first round. Travis Browne is someone to keep an eye on.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      This fight was the first fight on the live PPV, and it pretty much summed up my feelings about what this event was going to turn into. It was basically 2 guys that I couldn't really care less about, swatting at each other & wrestling their way to a 15 minute decision. Mark Bocek clearly controlled the fight, John Alessio did the most damage, in the end, Mark Bocek wins via unanimous decision.
87.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was quite the brawl. Eddie Yagin clearly won the first round, nearly knocking out Hominick, and busting up his face pretty badly. The second round was a closer fight, but I probably would have given that one to Yagin as well. By the end of the third round, Hominick clearly proved to be the better fighter overall, outlasting Yagin, but still, the fight was given to Yagin by split-decision, based on winning the first two rounds I guess. It's times like these I sort of miss the old Pride rules. Either way though, I guess I would have given the fight to Yagin. Too close to call really.
90.1
KO
(Punches)
3:18
      Alright! Finally, the show has begun! Both of these fighters came out swinging, ready to scrap, and Michael McDonald was clearly here to prove a point. After some solid scrapping from both guys, McDonald had the clear advantage during the majority of this first round, pinning Torres against the cage at one point with punch combinations. In the end, McDonald punched Torres in the face, Torres went down, and McDonald crashed down on top of him with his fists, securing the knockout victory in the first round. Great fight by Michael McDonald!
89.2
KO
(Punches)
1:10
      This fight ended up being more interesting than I expected. Both guys are big heavyweights, Rothwell has the power, Schaub has the speed. They both came in super aggressive, and Rothwell was off to the early lead, but Schaub clipped him with a spinning back elbow, which rocked Rothwell. Somehow, during a scramble right after that, Schaub got knocked the fuck out. Good show Ben Rothwell!
94.4
TKO
(Punches)
7:20
      Everybody was going off about how underappreciated Che Mills is (I honestly don't know who he is), so I was looking forward to watching him fight. Well, here he was, against Rory MacDonald, and he got COMPLETELY DOMINATED. Rory MacDonald took him to the ground, smashed his face in with huge elbows & punches, Che Mills face looked like sliced up bloody meat, and by the end of the fight in the second round, the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. I was kind of surprised the doctor didn't stop the fight between the first two rounds. Rory MacDonald is a beast!
93.5
Decision
25:00
      Jon Jones is the shit. I don't understand why people would ever boo him. But then again, I guess they boo Rashad as well, so it's all good I guess. This was basically a five round war, I gave the first round to Rashad for knocking Jones a bit loopy with a head kick. Beyond that, Evans stayed inside a box, and Jones continued to beat that box to a bubbled mess. Jon Jones has some crazy elbows, and wild strikes, as usual, and in the end, he wins via unanimous decision. Jones didn't look as good as he has before, but he still looked like a bull. Who's next!?!
OVERALL 90.8
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