100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Myles Jury - 92.7
2. Charles Oliveira - 92.6
3. Cynthia Calvillo - 92.0
4. Daniel Cormier - 91.7
5. Kamaru Usman - 91.7
6. Gregor Gillespie - 91.5
7. Shane Burgos - 91.4
8. Gegard Mousasi - 91.3
9. Thiago Alves - 91.3
10. Desmond Green - 91.2
UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2
Location: Buffalo, New York
Elevation: 600'
-Fight of the Night-
Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson
Fighters & Matches 89.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.4
     The first round had both guys dancing around, trading strikes, with Bibulatov throwing the better strikes for the most part. Bibulatov really started to land some solid shots in the final 90 seconds of the round, but he accidentally blasted Lausa with a knee to the groin which brought the fight to a screeching halt. When the fight started back up, Bibulatov continued to pick apart Lausa with his strikes, and then took him down in the final seconds of the round, and then landed a knee that was just SLIGHTLY late. Round one clearly goes to Bibulatov.
     The second round started the same way, and Bibulatov threw a spinning back kick to the top of Lausa's cup, but the referee told them it was all good, so they kept fighting. They traded a few more strikes, and then Bibulatov kicked Lausa in the dick again. The referee took a point from Bibulatov this time. When the fight started back up, Bibulatov took down Lausa with the quickness, and after a brief scramble, he settled into Lausa's guard halfway through the round. He spent the last half of the round beating up Lausa a little bit from inside his guard. Round two would go to Bibulatov, but since he lost that point for the groin strikes, that round was a draw.
     The final round started with Bibulatov looking aggressive, he quickly picked up Lausa, dumped him to the ground, pinned him from a loose side control, and pounded on him with punches & elbows. The rest of the round had Bibulatov beating the shit out of Lausa on the ground, leading to what could be a 10-8 round for Bibulatov. In the end, this fight should be 29-26 for Bibulatov. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      Chookagian started this fight with some nice leg kicks, while Aldana was dancing around the outside, looking for moments to work her boxing. They continued to exchange at a fairly even pace for the duration of the round, and they both landed some great shots in the final minute of the round, with Chookagian capping off the round with a quick takedown, which in my opinion secured the round for Chookagian, since the round was close otherwise.
     The second round was more of the same, with both girls trading strikes at a rapid pace, without either fighter really showing a clear advantage. Chookagian knocked down Aldana at one point (more of a slip on Aldana's part), so I guess if I had to pick a winner, I'd give that round to Chookagian, but this fight could easily be all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was more of the same, with both fighters swinging for the fences, trying to knock each other's heads off, and Aldana probably pulled ahead just a little bit in the final seconds of the round. Overall, I think it's fair to give the fight to Chookagian, but I wouldn't have been shocked if the judges gave the win to Aldana. Two judges gave the split-decision victory to Katlyn Chookagian.
      These guys were both moving around pretty well, trading some decent strikes at a competitive pace, and then Emmett kicked Green in the dick which paused the fight with 2 minutes left in the opening round. The rest of the round had both guys still trading strikes, with Emmett throwing the bigger shots, so I thought Emmett might have stolen that round, but it was close, so probably could have gone either way.
      Emmett was clearly having trouble getting inside the reach of Green in the second round, which caused Emmett to rush in, throwing wild looping punches, without connecting, while Green was picking him apart with his jab, and stuffing all of his takedown attempts. The first round was close, but the second round pretty clearly goes to Green.
      Emmett came out swinging in the final round, and Green quickly grabbed him and threw him to the ground, landing in an awkward half mount. Emmett scrambled around wildly on the bottom, and stood back up 45 seconds into the round. They continued to bounce around, they accidentally clashed heads, and a cut opened up on the left side of Emmett's head. Emmett seemed more aggressive in the final round, but Green was landing the cleaner shots, and he also scored some big points with the early takedown, so in the end, I feel like Green should win this fight 29-28, if not 30-27. Two judges agreed with me, giving Green the split-decision victory in his UFC debut, as he hands Emmett the first loss of his career.
      This fight started with both guys swinging, Gillespie was throwing some nice tight punch combinations, he knocked down Holbrook with a left hook, pounced on him, continued to unload with punches, and the referee was forced to stop the fight 21 seconds into the opening round. That was a fantastic first round knockout delivered by Gregor Gillespie, and it was also the first official knockout of his career.
      These guys danced around for a few seconds, Blachowicz rocked Cummins early, he unloaded on him with some big punches, Cummins was dropped, Blachowicz looked like he was going to secure the early finish, but Cummins was able to recover, and he knocked down Blachowicz, but fucked up when he attempted an Anaconda choke, which Blachowicz was able to slip out of. They reset back on their feet 90 seconds into the round, and Blachowicz continued to chew up the face of Cummins with hard punches, all while leaving his chin high up in the air. They clinched halfway through the round, and Cummins tried to trip Blachowicz, but was unsuccessful. They both slowed down quickly, but Blachowicz continued to chip away at the head of Cummins with hard shots. Cummins was finally able to trip him to the ground with 90 seconds left in the opening round. Cummins was mostly just grinding on him for the rest of the round. Round one goes to Blachowicz, based on the damage done on the feet.
     Blachowicz started the second round with some hard punches, but Cummins quickly clinched and pressed him against the fence. They traded a few more punches, and then Cummins scored a takedown 90 seconds into the round, landing inside Blachowicz's guard in the center of the cage. Blachowicz tried to find an armbar from his guard, and then he went for an arm lock, but Cummins was able to pound his way out of it with some hard punches to the face of Blachowicz.They stood back up with around 90 seconds left in the round, and Blachowicz shot for a takedown of his own, and he tried to grab Patrick's back in the process. They reset back on the feet again with a minute left in the round, and Blachowicz landed some decent punches & kicks. He rushed in with a nice combination, nearly taking Patrick's head off, but he was too exhausted to finish it. Cummins ended the round stuffing a takedown, and beating up Blachowicz's body with punches from the sprawl. That round was close, but I'm giving that one to Cummins.
     They traded a few decent strikes to start the final round, and then Cummins scored another takedown around the one minute mark. Blachowicz slapped on another armbar from his guard, but Cummins pulled his arm free without too much trouble. Cummins postured up a little bit halfway through the round, and landed some hard punches. Blachowicz went for another armbar, Cummins broke free again, and Blachowicz finally stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round. Blachowicz blasted Cummins with a series of hard kicks, including one to the head, but Cummins grabbed him, and blasted him in the head with a series of hard knees, but was warned for throwing a few to the back of Blachowicz's head. Cummins took him down again, and continued to grind him against the fence until the end of the round. One judge scored the fight a draw, and the other two gave the fight to Cummins for the majority decision.
      Rosa was dancing around the outside, while Burgos was controlling the center of the cage. Rosa was trying to take out Burgos's legs with kicks, while Burgos was just hammering him with hard punch combinations. Rosa was more creative with his movements, and the variety of his attacks, but Burgos looked like he was landing with the harder shots overall. Burgos eventually absorbed a hard kick to the groin. When the fight started back up, Burgos came out swinging, and knocked Rosa to the ground, but refused to follow him down. That was a competitive round, but I scored it slightly in favor of Shane Burgos, based on landing the harder strikes.
     The second round was more of the same, with Rosa looking more active, but Burgos was stalking him, pushing forward the entire time. Fighting Burgos is like fighting a rock, he absorbs damage without showing any real pain, and he just keeps rolling forward, while hammering you with heavy hands. They both landed some hard strikes in the second round, it was a close back & forth matchup, so I'll score that one for Rosa, based on the fact that I feel like this fight should be all tied up going into the final round.
     They traded strikes for a minute or so to start the final round, and then Rosa shot for a sloppy takedown, and Burgos stuffed the shit out of it. They continued to trade some wild strikes, and Burgos knocked down Rosa, Rosa stood back up, they continued to trade, Burgos continued to hammer on him with hard punches, and the referee eventually stepped in to stop the fight, as Rosa was absorbing unnecessary damage. Normally I would question a stoppage where the losing fighter is still standing, but I felt pretty good about this stoppage. That was a great win for Shane Burgos.
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Usman clinched and pressed Strickland against the fence, ready to work the lengthy grind. Usman held the back clinch for a couple of minutes while working some basic knees, and Strickland looked like he was just glued to the wall the entire time, but he was doing a good job staying on his feet at least, until Usman took him down halfway through the round. Strickland immediately tried to setup a leg lock, as Usman was standing above him. Usman pulled his leg free and dropped some heavy punches to the head of Strickland. Usman's top control is pretty ridiculous, but for having THAT MUCH top control, he didn't do a ton of damage. Strickland tried to find an armbar from his guard, but that went nowhere. That was probably a 10-8 round for Usman, using the new scoring system.
     Usman came out boxing to start the second round, and he had Strickland in some trouble against the fence, as he chased him around the cage while throwing some decent punches. Strickland was having some trouble keeping his left eye open. Usman dropped Strickland with a huge right hand halfway through the round, and he jumped on him, pinned him down, and unloaded with some sharp elbows to the side of Strickland's body. Usman tried to crank on a Kimura, Strickland went for a leg lock, and Usman took his back as Strickland turtled up. The second round was another 10-8 round for Usman. At this point, Strickland needs to finish if he wants any chance of getting anything out of this fight.
     Usman came out faking takedowns in the final round, while working some solid boxing, but Strickland was staying JUST OUTSIDE of distance, avoiding most of the shots that Usman was throwing, but Usman was still clearly being the aggressor. Usman scored another takedown 90 seconds into the round. Strickland stood back up with 2 minutes left in the fight. They showed the strike count with a minute left in the fight, and Usman had landed 120, and Strickland had landed 20. The final minute of the round was no different. This fight is more than likely going to be a 30-24 decision for Kamaru Usman. It's still bizarre how he only has one finish in the UFC, when he dominates most of his opponents like this, and he had a 100% finishing rate going into The Ultimate Fighter. Either way, this was another solid one-sided performance by Kamaru Usman.
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Jury scored an easy takedown 30 seconds into the opening round. After scrambling around for a few seconds, Jury took Torre's back with ease, and he started digging for the rear-naked choke 90 seconds into the round, while squeezing with the body triangle. Torre rolled to his stomach, Jury postured up with the back mount, and unloaded with a lot of punches to the back & side of Torre's head. Torre continued to try to spin out of danger, but Jury's body triangle was ridiculous, and he unloaded with some brutal elbows from the top, chopping Torre's head into pieces. That was an outstanding one-sided performance by Myles Jury after being out of action for 16 months.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Oliveira started this fight with some hard kicks, followed by a nice trip takedown from the clinch, around the one minute mark of the opening round. Brooks tried to stand up against the fence, while Oliveira kept him clinched hard, and as soon as Brooks stood up, Oliveira slammed him, took his back, and slapped on a rear-naked choke. Brooks stood up, wearing Oliveira like a back pack, but that choke was on TIGHT, and after Brooks held on for a while, he eventually was forced to submit. That was a fantastic submission victory for Charles Oliveira, against a guy who has never lost by submission. Charles Oliveira's offense is fucking awesome.
      The first round had both guys trading punches & kicks at a moderate pace, until Alves caught a kick with a minute left in the round, he punched Cote with a counter, dropped him, and then pinned him down with half mount. That was a close round, but Alves clearly pulled ahead in the final minute, so I'm scoring that round for Thiago Alves.
     The second round started with a quick clinch, followed by Alves chewing up Cote with some hard & fast punches, ending his combinations with some brutal leg kicks. By the end of the round, Alves looked like he was basically just beating Cote's ass with his superior striking skills. I'm still not sure why Cote hasn't tried to take him down yet.
     The final round was more of the same, with Alves beating up Cote, and he even took him down a couple of minutes into the round. He settled into Cote's guard, worked a little ground & pound, and Cote tried to setup an armbar from his guard. They stood back up with 2 minutes left in the fight. Cote's face was a bloody mess with a minute left in the fight, and he turned up the tempo several notches, as he finally unloaded on Alves with some big punches. That was probably too little too late, but it still made for an exciting ending to an otherwise entertaining fight. I scored this fight 30-27 for Alves, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the much needed win after going over two years without a win. I thought about commenting on how Cote looked like he was going downhill after his recent string of wins, but I guess I'll skip that commentary, since Cote retired after this fight. Good show by both fighters, and a strong 15 year career for Patrick Cote.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Gonzalez covered her face, and walked forward, while she let Calvillo unload like a buzzsaw with a lot of big punch combinations. They both kept up that pace for the duration of the round, with Gonzalez constantly moving forward, as she was letting Calvillo wear herself out with a lot of movement, and a lot of punches, with 80% of them being blocked. Gonzalez shot for a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, but the shot was stuffed. Calvillo went for a standing guillotine, which she used to hammer Gonzalez with a few clean knees. Gonzalez finally scored a takedown with 20 seconds left in the round, and Calvillo took her back immediately. She finished the round by slapping on a tight triangle choke with 10 seconds left, but Gonzalez was saved by the buzzer. Round one goes to Calvillo, but I can't help but feel like Gonzalez has some sort of extended gameplan going on here.
     The second round was more of the same, with Calvillo clearly being more aggressive with her striking, until Gonzalez took her down aggressively 90 seconds into the round, Gonzalez immediately secured full mount, slapped on an armbar, and Calvillo was able to escape, sweeping her, and ending up in side control. After a brief scramble, Calvillo took her back, and started digging for a rear-naked choke, while controlling Gonzalez with a tight body triangle. Gonzalez tried to spin out of it with a minute left in the round, but Calvillo just went straight to mount, so Gonzalez gave up her back again to finish the round. Calvillo is clearly winning this fight at this point, so Gonzalez is going to need to finish in the third if she wants to win her debut.
     The final round was more of the same, with Gonzalez trying to put up a fight, but she was just getting outclassed by Calvillo on the ground. Calvillo locked on another rear-naked choke with a body triangle with 2 minutes left in the round, but Gonzalez was able to survive. Calvillo locked it on even tighter one more time, and this time, Gonzalez was forced to submit. That was another solid submission victory for Cynthia Calvillo.
      We're one minute into this fight, and already Mousasi's long arms are causing Weidman some problems with the boxing. He was having a hard time closing the distance to land punches, so he just shot for a takedown instead. Weidman nearly caught him in a brutal looking guillotine, but he just gave it up for some reason and they stood back up. Mousasi landed a few more strikes, and then Weidman took him down again, with half the round remaining to work. After a brief scramble, they both stood back up. Weidman ducked down for another takedown attempt, he pressed Mousasi against the fence, and Mousasi locked him into a clinch to avoid getting dumped to the floor. They broke apart, Weidman blasted Mousasi with a series of hard punches, he had him rocked for a second, and then shot for a takedown, which he sort of completed, but Mousasi basically did the splits, and stood back up. The round ended with Mousasi slipping, and Weidman pinning him again. That was a clear 10-9 round for Weidman.
     Mousasi came out like a rabid wolverine in the second round, he destroyed Weidman's face with some brutal punch combinations, he had him hurt against the fence, but then he shot for a takedown for some reason, which Weidman easily stuffed against the fence. They split up, Weidman scored another takedown, and Mousasi hit him with some elbows from his back. Weidman passed to full mount halfway through the round, and Mousasi gave up his back. Mousasi nearly swept him, but Weidman used some expert control to end up on top, and then they both stood back up. They exchanged a few strikes, Weidman complained about a groin shot, he ducked down, Mousasi grabbed him, blasted him with a couple of hard knees to the head, there were some questions about whether one of the knees was legal, so they gave Weidman time to recover, everybody got super confused, nobody knew what the fuck was going on, so they gave the TKO stoppage victory to Gegard Mousasi. I appreciate that they "modified" the knees to a grounded opponent rules to make them more lenient, but JUST LEGALIZE THEM ALTOGETHER, THIS SHIT IS FUCKING RETARDED. Congrats to Mousasi for a weird win. As for Weidman, that makes 3 losses in a row, and he remains 0-2 in his home state of New York. This shit is fucked up, and the crowd is about to riot. Mousasi was on the verge of a title shot here, and Weidman is on the verge of getting fired. So... A rematch would make sense based on the way this fight ended, but both of these guys are getting screwed right now. Weidman by his 3-Fight Losing streak, and Mousasi by the lack of a title shot. Where do we go from here?
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Johnson threw some big punches, and a few odd kicks, before pressing Cormier against the fence. Cormier looked like he kind of wanted to setup a guillotine, but his arm was around Johnson's forehead, instead of his neck. Cormier threw some sharp elbows to the side of Johnson's head, while Johnson continued to work for a takedown. Cormier sprawled all over him, and then pressed Johnson against the fence. They traded some random knees from the clinch, and Cormier tried to control Johnson with a front head lock, and they continued to just grind all over each other against the fence. Johnson threw some wild shit, including a head kick from the clinch, which was just awkward, and then the referee split them up because Cormier was grabbing the fence to keep Johnson under control. As soon as they split up, Johnson unloaded on Cormier, he rocked the shit out of him with some brutal punches & a head kick, and then Johnson pressed him against the fence for more clinching for some reason, and then he scored a takedown as the buzzer sounded. I'm giving the first round to Johnson.
     Johnson threw some solid shots to start the second round, and the Cormier clinched and pressed him against the fence 45 seconds into the round. In between rounds, it became clear that Cormier's nose is VERY crooked. Johnson spun him around and pressed Cormier against the fence 2 minutes into the round, and then he took down Cormier. They immediately stood back up, Johnson blasted Cormier with a knee, and then Cormier took him down and took his back. Cormier punched him with a lot of short shots, he postured up on his back, and threw some heavy hammerfists. Cormier locked on the rear-naked choke, and finished this fight the same way he finished their previous fight. Johnson is a monster, but his gameplans against Cormier have been terrible so far. Congrats to Cormier for another huge win.
     SIDE NOTES: What the fuck? Anthony Johnson just retired after this fight. I can't say I blame him, since he had two title shots, and lost them both, but I mean... Dude is still one of the Top 3 in the division. He apparently found another job doing something unrelated to MMA, so... Congrats to him I guess? Man that sucks though, I always look forward to his fights. Also, on the list of "What the Fuck?"s, Cormier called out Jimi Manuwa, looking to give him a title shot. I think Manuwa is RIGHT UP THERE, next in line for a title, AFTER JON JONES. If Cormier fights Manuwa before fighting Jones, then that's a fucking travesty. Either way, congrats again to D.C. for retaining his belt against one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet.