100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Rose Namajunas - 94.7
2. Robert Whittaker - 93.7
3. Demetrious Johnson - 93.4
4. Tim Elliott - 93.3
5. Zak Cummings - 93.0
6. Tom Duquesnoy - 92.1
7. Louis Smolka - 91.9
8. Ketlen Vieira - 91.8
9. Anthony Smith - 91.4
10. Michelle Waterson - 91.4
UFC on Fox 24: Johnson vs. Reis
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Elevation: 910'
-Fight of the Night-
Rose Namajunas vs. Michelle Waterson
Fighters & Matches 90.0
Top 10 Fighters 92.7
TOTAL 91.4
     Ketlen Vieira spent most of the first round throwing bombs, clearly using her range to propel her punches forward in ways that looked like her punches could break bricks. Smith landed a few solid shots throughout the round, but that first round should pretty clearly go to Vieira. Her striking is violent, aggressive, her punches come in big combinations, and even from the clinch, she was able to overpower Smith. I'm not sure what Smith is going to have to do to win this one, but so far, Vieira is clearly ahead by one round.
     Smith was clearly looking to take the fight to the ground in the second round, but Vieira didn't have much trouble overpowering her, beating her up with big punches still, and Vieira even took down Smith 90 seconds into the round and took her back, but Smith stood back up. Vieira continued to throw Smith around with her back clinch control, and Smith looked a little lost out there. They reset 2 minutes into the round. Vieira spent the rest of the round beating up Smith with huge punch combinations. Smith is going to need a finish in the final round if she wants any chance of winning this one.
     Smith finally started to land some big shots in the final round, and she knocked down Vieira in the first minute, and nailed her with a big knee, but Vieira popped right back up, clinched, and pressed Smith against the fence. Vieira threw a few knees from the clinch, and then the referee reset them halfway through the round due to a lack of significant activity. The rest of the round had both girls exchanging strikes at a rapid pace, but in the end, I'm scoring this fight 30-27 for Vieira, and I WANTED Smith to win, so I'll be shocked if the judges give the fight to Smith. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving the unanimous decision victory to Ketlen Vieira.
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
      The first round had Cummings looking like a boxing superstar, as he was able to chew up the head of Coy with his slick punch combinations, and his clear speed advantage. The few times Coy tried to clinch, Cummings threw him away like a ragdoll. Coy shot for a takedown with a minute left in the round, Cummings caught him in a guillotine choke, rolled him over, mounted Coy, and put him to sleep. That was a FANTASTIC performance by Zak Cummings. Coy isn't exactly the toughest competition out there, but that might have been the best Zak Cummings I've seen so far.
(Head Kick)
      These guys traded a few decent shots, Sanchez rocked Smith, and then took him down one minute into the round. Sanchez beat up Smith for a couple of minutes, and then Smith swept Sanchez halfway through the round, ending up on top in half mount. The referee stood them back up with around 90 seconds left in the round. They spent the rest of the round trading violent strikes, with both guys landing some big shots, but I'm going to have to give that round overall to Sanchez.
     Smith came out swinging and blasted Sanchez with some good shots to start the second round, and then Sanchez took him down again, pinning him against the fence. Sanchez spent the rest of the round beating the shit out of Smith with some solid ground & pound. I have Sanchez ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The final round looked like two chainsaws that were nearly out of gas, buzzing away at each other with wild punches & kicks. Both guys looked pretty tired, but they were still landing significant shots on each other. Sanchez shot for a terrible takedown halfway through the round, and gave it up after failing miserably. They continued to trade strikes at a solid pace, until Smith unloaded on Sanchez late in the round, he had him rocked, he blasted him with a MASSIVE kick to the head that knocked Sanchez out, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic finish by Anthony Smith, as he hands Sanchez the first loss in the UFC.
      Collier came out throwing big punches & kicks, and he had Clark rocked in the first 30 seconds, but Clark was able to clinch, to slow down the fight. Collier took control of the clinch and pressed Clark against the fence. They split up, traded some strikes, and then Clark scored a big takedown halfway through the round. Clark was wrestling the shit out of Collier while throwing big knees, and then Collier used a Kimura setup to stand back up. Clark unloaded on him, pressed him against the fence again, and started working for another takedown with a minute left in the round. I'm giving that first round to Clark.
     The second round started with Clark throwing a lot of wild spinning shit, and then he went back to wrestling Collier, controlling him from the clinch against the fence. Clark beat up Collier with some big punches, they continued to look sloppy, but they were both showing some decent heart, and then by the halfway point, Collier was controlling the clinch, and holding Clark against the fence. With 90 seconds left in the round, Clark took down Collier, they stood back up, Clark tried to control Collier with some back clinching, and then they split up, and threw wild ugly punches at each other again. The round ended with Collier back on the ground, with Clark on top, digging for back control. I have Clark ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but I really have no idea how the judges are scoring this one.
     The final round was another round of wild sloppy shit from both fighters, with Clark proving to be slightly better with the striking, and significantly better with the wrestling. Halfway through the round, he was on top of Collier in full mount, Collier kept trying to roll out of danger, but Clark kept transitioning between mount & back control. Clark continued to beat up Collier against the fence on the ground, while looking to setup chokes for the rest of the round, leading to a pretty clear unanimous decision victory for Devin Clark.
      Sterling started this fight by working some slick punch combinations & kicks, and then he took down Mendes 90 seconds into the opening round. Not a lot happened on the ground, until Mendes started looking to setup a leg lock, but Sterling grabbed the fence to stay standing, and then pulled his leg free. Mendes stood up, rocked Sterling, the fight went to the ground, and Mendes started working for a wide variety of submissions. Sterling was able to hold top position for most of the round, but you could argue that Mendes was the more dangerous fighter, so I'm going to score that round for Mendes, even though Sterling was still on top when the round ended, throwing short punches.
     The second round was a clinchfest, with Mendes holding Sterling against the fence for most of the round. With 90 seconds left, Sterling broke free, and then unloaded with some fast footwork & decent boxing, but he still wasn't doing a lot of damage. He took down Mendes with 30 seconds left in the round, and landed enough ground & pound to steal the round. I have this fight all tied up, but the scorecards could be all over the place at this point.
     The final round started with Sterling working his boxing again, until he shot for a sloppy takedown, Mendes nearly snatched him in a choke, so they stood back up, and Sterling pressed Mendes against the fence to work some foot stomps. They traded control of the clinch for a few seconds, and then the referee split them up to reset back in the center. Mendes rushed in, clinched, and pressed Sterling against the fence. Sterling took control of the clinch wtih 90 seconds left in the fight, but for the most part, both guys were just stalling at this point. They split up with 30 seconds left in the round, and Sterling continued to beat up Mendes with his boxing, leading to what SHOULD be a decision victory for Aljamain Sterling. All 3 judges agreed, giving Sterling a much needed unanimous decision victory.
      This fight started with Elliott taking down Smolka immediately, and from that point forward, the entire first round consisted of wild scrambles, with both guys fighting for dominant positions. Elliott clearly landed the better strikes, he also looked like the slightly better wrestler, and Smolka seemed like he had a slightly more effective submission grappling game. The round ended with Elliott on top in side control, where he was able to chop up Smolka's right eye with elbows, Smolka reversed positions with 30 seconds left in the round, took Elliott's back for a few seconds, and shit continued to get wild until the horn sounded. I would probably score that round in favor of Elliott, but it really could go either way.
     The second round started the same way, with Elliott taking down Smolka, Smolka caught him in a guillotine choke, he pinned him down against the fence, and Elliott somehow scrambled out of it again, stood back up, and then took down Smolka. They stood back up, and Elliott took down Smolka again, taking his back immediately, and he tried to slap on a rear-naked choke, but Smolka had his arm in place to defend, so Elliott transitioned to a back crucifix position, which allowed him to land some strikes, before passing to mount. Smolka grabbed Elliott's foot, and tried to break Elliott's leg off, but Elliot scrambled free, secured side control, they stood back up, and they both traded some solid punch combinations. Elliott blasted Smolka with a hard punch, and then took him down again with 2 minutes left in the round. Smolka tried to find a guillotine choke, but Elliott just pinned him down from side control, and crushed his shoulder into Smolka's throat while pinning him down hard. There was another wild scramble, Elliott slapped on a mounted guillotine choke, and then finished the round in that position, while using his free hand to land some body shots. This fight is fucking wild, but I have Elliott ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The final round started with another wild takedown from Elliott. They stood back up, Elliott continued to work over Smolka with his boxing, and then he took him down a few more times, and eventnually ended up in full mount with half a round left to work. Elliott had a body triangle from the mount to keep Smolka under control, which allowed Elliott to blast Smolka with some heavy elbows, while Smolka had nowhere to go. As soon as I said that, Smolka swept him, and tried to setup a D'Arce choke. That shit looked tight, but Elliott somehow escaped, stood back up, and then Smolka dumped him on his head, and tried to work some ground & pound of his own. Every time I thought Smolka was about to steal a round, Elliott would scramble out of danger, and then turn into the bully again. Elliott scored one more takedown with 30 seconds left in the fight, but Smolka stood back up a few seconds later. I stand corrected, because Elliott scored one more takedown after that, and then the fight ended with Smolka trying to setup a North-South choke. This fight is more than likely going to be fight of the night, that was a FANTASTIC display of grappling from both fighters. I scored the fight 30-27 for Elliott, but both fighters deserve to climb up in the rankings after this tremendous performance.
      These guys traded a few strikes, clinched, and then Magomedov threw a knee that hit Green in the cup, so they paused the fight for a few seconds. They continued to trade strikes, with Green moving forward on offense, while Magomedov was mostly hanging back, waiting to land counter strikes, which he was doing with some pretty good success, even dropping Green at one point halfway through the round with a punch. The round ended with Green pressing Magomedov against the fence for some basic clinch stalling. He tried hard for a late takedown, and even tried to slam Magomedov, but Magomedov has INSANE takedown defense, so he was able to stay standing the entire time, even after being picked up into the air for a second. Round one could probably go either way, so I'm scoring it for Magomedov since he dropped Green once.
     The second round was a pretty good boxing match, with both fighters on the offensive. Magomedov hit Green with a clean strike that cut his left eye, and Green was able to call a timeout, claiming it was a finger, but it wasn't, so... The fight continues, and they both continued to trade strikes at a moderate pace. Magomedov threw Green to the ground with a minute left in the round, but Green did a fantastic job scrambling back to his feet, almost grabbing Magomedov's back in the process. They continued to trade strikes until the end of the round. I have Magomedov ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but I'm curious how the judges are scoring this one so far.
     Most of the third round had both guys trading strikes, with Magomedov still outworking Green while in the center of the cage. There were a few moments where Green was able to control the clinch up against the fence, but I really didn't think he was landing anything significant, so I ended up scoring this fight 30-27 for Rashid Magomedov. One judge disagreed, but the other two judges gave the split-decision victory to Rashid Magomedov.
(Elbow & Punch)
      This fight started with a few strikes, and then Williams took down Duquesnoy, and beat him up a little bit while Duquesnoy was trying to stand back up. They both traded some solid shots, and then every time Duquesnoy looked like he was about to make some magic happen on the feet, Williams would take him down again. I thought I was going to score that round for Williams based on his wrestling, but Duquesnoy landed some interesting strikes, including a perfectly timed uppercut when Williams shot for a takedown, and when you blend that with his kicks & knees, I think Duquesnoy might have done enough to steal that round in the last 90 seconds or so. Duquesnoy landed an excellent combination in the final seconds of the round, including a hard knee to the body, followed by an elbow that basically knocked out Williams as the horn sounded, but the referee let the fight continue, even though he probably could have stopped the fight in between rounds, the way that Williams crumbled to the ground. He's clearly exhausted going into the second round, and I'll be shocked if Duquesnoy doesn't finish him early.
     Yup... Called it! Williams could barely stand when the second round started, so Duquesnoy just unloaded on him, beat the living shit out of him, Williams tried to fire back, but he was eventually dropped by another big elbow, and then Duquesnoy nearly ripped his head off with an uppercut that forced the referee to stop the fight. I didn't know who Duquesnoy was going into this fight, even though he was a MASSIVE favorite on the betting odds, but now that I've seen him fight, his striking is legit, and I'm definitely looking forward to his next fight in the UFC.
      Volkov started this fight with a head kick, a body kick, some basic clinching, and then they reset. They traded a few more strikes, clinched for a while against the fence, and then Big Country took down Volkov, and pinned him against the fence. Nelson tried to pin down one of Volkov's arms with his leg, but Volkov did a decent job scrambling around to avoid absorbing too much damage. Nelson was still grinding all over Volkov though, so I thought that round was in the bag for Nelson, but the referee stood them up with 30 seconds left in the round, and Volkov unloaded on Big Country with some brutal combinations, forcing Nelson to fire back with wild overhand rights. Volkov might have stolen that round with his offense in the final 30 seconds.
     They traded strikes for a minute or so in the second round, and then Nelson pressed Volkov against the fence for some more clinching. They split up, traded a few more strikes, and then Nelson shot in for a hard takedown, but it was stuffed, so he backed out and reset again. Volkov was keeping Nelson at bay with his jabs, while Nelson was hammering him with big overhand punches while rushing forward like a tank. This fight is probably going to be all over the place on the scorecards. Volkov is clearly outlanding Nelson with volume, but they're all jabs. Nelson is winging wild punches, and probably rattling Volkov's head a bit more, but he looks ridiculous with the way he's rushing in. I have no idea who is winning, going into the final round.
     The third round was more of the same, with Nelson rushing forward doing the tank thing, while Volkov was picking him apart with his reach advantage. Nelson shot for one last big takedown attempt with 90 seconds left in the fight, but Volkov stuffed the shit out of it, and punished him with strikes. Volkov ended the round by literally running away from Nelson, and Nelson just chased him, looking to land that one last big shot, which he did, but it didn't seem to do much to Volkov. Volkov should more than likely win this fight on the scorecards. All 3 judges agreed, giving him all 3 rounds, and the crowd was pissed.
      Carneiro circled around the outside, while chewing up the lead leg of Stephens with hard leg kicks. Stephens was trying to setup some sort of big punches, but he was having trouble with the range of Carneiro. I feel like we're almost watching Big Country vs. Volkov again. Carneiro scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the opening round, and landed inside the guard of Stephens, where he was able to hit him with some short shots. Stephens tried to crank on a Kimura from half guard, but it just turned into a stalemate as Carneiro grabbed his own shorts. Round one probably goes to Renato Carneiro.
     The second round was a pretty competitive striking match, with Carneiro basically running away, while Stephens was throwing bombs at him, JUST outside of range. I'm not a fan of Mayweather, so for that reason, I'm hoping Stephens knocks out Carneiro in the final round, since Carneiro is PROBABLY winning this fight, but I feel like he's being a little TOO evasive, without dealing enough legit offense.
     The final round started with Carneiro getting the body lock takedown, which landed him inside the guard of Stephens in the center of the cage. Stephens stood back up one minute into the round. The rest of the round had Carneiro running away, while Stephens chased him, swinging wildly, without connecting at all. Carneiro had a few decent counter punches, and threw some nice leg kicks, but I have to admit, I want nothing more than for Stephens to win this fight, since Carneiro is barely even fighting at all, he's just running. If aggressiveness has anything to do with winning, Stephens has this one in the bag. If it's all about being evasive, and not getting hit, then Carneiro wins. Two judges apparently like watching people run around in circles, so they gave the split-decision victory to Renato Carneiro.
(Punches & Elbows)
      Whittaker landed some good punches early in the first round, and then Jacare took him down 2 minutes into the round. Whittaker did a great job defending the takedown, and after a wild scramble, Whittaker was able to get back to his feet with half the round left to work. Whittaker blasted Souza with a nice combination that knocked Souza down with 2 minutes left in the round, but he popped right back up. Jacare landed some hard punches with 90 seconds left in the round, while Whittaker was moving around the outside, still looking for openings. That was a VERY close round, but I'm scoring it slightly for Whittaker, based on the fact that he was able to defend against Souza's grappling, and I thought he landed more shots on the feet, but it was a VERY close round and could have gone either way.
     Whittaker opened the second round with some punches, he nearly knocked out Jacare, he went in for the kill, landing inside Jacare's guard, and then decided to stand back up and reset. He blasted him again with some heavy hands one minute into the round, and then he blasted Jacare with a clean head kick. Whittaker continued to land with some clean hard punches, and Jacare looked a little lost out there. He landed another head kick, continued to beat the shit out of Jacare, he knocked him down, jumped into his guard, unloaded with huge punches & elbows, chopped up Jacare's face, and forced the referee to stop the fight. That was another fantastic performance by Robert Whittaker, as he's quickly becoming one of my favorite middleweight fighters.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      They traded a few solid punches, Waterson hammered Namajunas with a side kick, and then got her in a headlock, and dragged her to the ground. Rose eventually pulled her head free, and then took Waterson's back. After another brief scramble, Rose ended up on top inside Waterson's guard, 2 minutes into the round. It looked like Waterson was trying to setup a submission from her guard, but Rose blasted her with a hard elbow in the process. Waterson continued to dig for an armbar or something, and Rose hit her with another hard punch & a big elbow. Waterson stood back up against the fence with one minute left in the round, and Rose continued to hit her with hard strikes. Waterson landed some nice kicks, and then Rose took her down in the final seconds of the round. Round one goes to Rose Namajunas.
     Waterson blasted Namajunas with some clean kicks to start the second round, and then Namajunas dropped her with a MASSIVE head kick, that I thought might have knocked out Waterson, but Waterson seemed to sort of recover. Rose postured up, unloaded with some big punches & elbows, while Waterson just tried to take control from her guard. There was a wild scramble, Rose took Waterson's back again, slapped on a tight rear-naked choke, blood started squirting out of Waterson's face, and she tried to fight out of it, but eventually she was forced to submit. That was a badass performance by Rose Namajunas, against one of her toughest opponents to date, and this should secure a title shot (or AT LEAST a #1 contender fight) for Rose Namajunas. This fight was awesome, and both girls deserve a lot of credit for excellent performances.
      The first round started with some very even striking exchanges, but once Reis started working for takedowns, and Johnson stuffed the shit out of multiple shots and then blasted Reis with knees & punches on the way back up, it became pretty clear that Johnson was still in control of that round. I scored the first round for Johnson.
      Johnson continued to outclass Reis for the duration of the second round, picking him apart with lightning fast strikes, while moving out of range far faster than Reis could keep up with, and then Johnson dropped Reis late in the round, he jumped on him, unloaded with some violent hammerfists, and then he capped off the round with a big punch to the face on the ground. You could argue that was a 10-8 round for Johnson, since he nearly finished Reis in the final minute.
      The third round was another dominant round for Johnson, as he continued to beat up Reis on the feet, and he took him down, and dominated him on the ground as well with his ground & pound. He mounted him with around 30 seconds left in the round, he unloaded with some punches, grabbed an armbar, dropped back, and nearly snapped Reis's arm, forcing him to submit. Demetrious Johnson is a fucking legend at this point, and clearly he cements his position as the #1 Pound for Pound fighter on the planet.