(9/19/2009)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Paul Daley - 94.3
2. Junior dos Santos - 94.1
3. Josh Koscheck - 93.5
4. Vitor Belfort - 93.5
5. Tyson Griffin - 93.2
6. Jim Miller - 92.9
7. Efrain Escudero - 92.5
8. Rafael dos Anjos - 92.3
9. Vladimir Matyushenko - 92.0
10. Rick Story - 91.7
UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort
Location: Dallas, Texas
Elevation: 430'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Junior dos Santos vs. Mirko Filipovic
93.4
Fighters & Matches 90.3
Top 10 Fighters 93.0
TOTAL 91.7
89.1
Decision
15:00
     This was a pretty sad fight for Emerson. He showed he has tons of heart, but he got completely out-kickboxed, by a Jiu-Jitsu guy, which sucks, since Rob Emerson is a kickboxer. All 3 rounds though, basically consisted of Dos Anjos throwing leg kicks to the inside of Emerson's lead leg, which by the end of the fight, like Rogan said, "Looked like hamburger". So yeah, Emerson got slayed, Dos Anjos wins via unanimous decision.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight was decent. Most of the fight had Matyushenko beating up Pokrajac on the feet with punches, and then taking him to the ground, mounting him, and punching him. It was a pretty one sided fight for the most part. Pokrajac secured a takedown late in the third round, but Matyushenko was able to flip him over and get back on top, so Matyushenko clearly won this fight, 30-27 on all 3 scorecards.
87.2
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Meh, this fight was kind of slow paced and boring. I feel like both of these guys had a lot to lose, going into this fight on 2 fight winning streaks, but that doesn't mean you can just coast your way to a decision. With that being said, I gave the fight to Eliot Marshall, all 3 rounds, and 2 of the judges agreed. One judge was smoking crack though, and gave the fight 30-28 to Brilz, so whoever that guy is, probably shouldn't be given a pencil or paper in the future.
90.4
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
6:09
      This was a pretty badass undercard fight. The first round started with both guys throwing crazy bombs, looking like a couple of Lightweights with the speed & intensity there at the start. Most of the round though, consisted of Story on top of Foster in his half guard. The second round looked like it would be more of the same, with Story taking Foster to the ground, but this time he quickly locked on an arm-triangle choke, which forced Foster to submit. The cool part was, Foster had Story in his guard during the submission, which means that Story's upper body strength is nuts.
87.2
Decision
15:00
      I'm not really sure why they decided to show this fight at the end of the PPV, out of all the other options available, but yeah, decent fight for the most part. Oliveira started out strong, taking Lentz to the ground a few times, but Lentz was able to counter all of that with 9,000 guillotine choke attempts. Lentz was also able to show some decent defensive wrestling, as well as some solid Jiu-Jitsu, and ok striking. In the end, I gave all 3 rounds to Nik Lentz, and so did all 3 judges, therefore, Lentz wins via unanimous decision.
90.7
TKO
(Shoulder Injury)
5:48
      Jim Miller beat the living shit out of Steve Lopez in the first round, just crushing him no matter where the fight went. Lopez looked bad, Miller looked like a badass. The second round started, and I assumed it would be more of the same, but Lopez threw a punch, which somehow knocked his own shoulder out of socket or something, and he just turned around and walked away, waving off the rest of the fight. I don't know if Lopez will be coming back after this fight, but Jim Miller is ready to step it up a notch in competition!
88.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:03
      Drew McFedries was one of my favorite fighters there for a while, because it was fun watching him completely smash people with his powerful striking. I think he's pretty much lost it though, because he didn't look like he was into this fight at all. Drwal won the first round by ducking out of the way of all of Drew's strikes, and being more aggressive overall. The second round started, McFedries looked half asleep, and Drwal took him to the ground, locked on a rear-naked choke, and McFedries didn't even attempt to fight it. So yeah, Drwal looked solid, McFedries looked pretty poor.
90.1
TKO
(Punches)
3:36
      This fight started out like your standard boxing match, with both guys kind of keeping their distance and throwing jabs. Miller had a HUGE reach advantage, so Efrain closed the distance, picked Miller up off the ground and dropped him on his head. Miller stood up, looked a bit out of it, Efrain chased him down, knocked him down with a punch, and then landed a few strikes on the ground, forcing the referee to pull him off. Excellent show by Efrain Escudero.
92.8
TKO
(Punches)
8:26
      This was a pretty good scrap. Tyson Griffin won the first round, by basically keeping his distance, and outboxing Franca. The second round started, and Franca went crazy, throwing some WILD punches (and connecting with a lot of them). Griffin's counters were impressive though, and he was able to knock Franca to the ground with a solid punch. Once Franca was laying on the floor, Griffin unleashed some REALLY badass punches, most of which connected directly with Franca's chin, eventually finishing the fight via referee stoppage due to strikes. Tyson Griffin looked awesome in this fight.
91.5
TKO
(Punches)
1:25
      Frank Trigg is making his return back from fighting in other organizations! Josh Koscheck is back from his foot injury! Koscheck broke his foot again, but this time, he broke it off in Frank Trigg's ass! The fight started slow, but about a minute in, Koscheck connected with a HUGE right hand, knocking Trigg on his ass, Koscheck then followed that with some POWERFUL and expertly timed punches to the chin of Trigg, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Trigg thought it was a bad stoppage, BUT COME ON, if he would have continued, Koscheck would have broke Trigg's jaw. So yeah, good stoppage, and excellent show by Koscheck as he climbs back up the ranks.
93.2
TKO
(Punches)
2:31
      This was a BADASS fight. Hell of a show so far. Kampmann tried to trade strikes with Daley, and that was a bad idea, and I think the further into the fight they got, the more he realized that. Eventually, he tried to take down Daley, but he wasn't successful at all. Daley ended up BRUTALLY beating Kampmann in the corner, and Kampmann was PRETTY MUCH out on his feet, so the referee stopped the fight. Some people thought it was an early stoppage, but I mean come on, Kampmann almost had his head removed. Good call by the ref, and excellent UFC debut by Paul Daley!
93.4
Submission
(Punch)
12:00
      This fight was crazy, based on the fact that it was basically the #1 (or #2?) Heavyweight from Pride, taking on (who currently several years after this event took place) the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Mirko was able to land a few decent straight left hands during the fight, but for the most part, he looked like he was constantly on the run. Junior dos Santos on the other hand, has hands like trucks, and he ran over Cro Cop, with some HEAVY HEAVY punches. Especially once the third round started, Dos Santos started landing huge knees, punches, brutality, etc... Cro Cop was forced to basically just give up randomly, because he could no longer see out of his busted up face. Dos Santos is a brutal Heavyweight.
90.7
TKO
(Punches)
3:02
      This was a pretty huge main event, but the actual fight sucked. It basically went 3 full minutes without anybody making a move, eventually Franklin went in with a sloppy attack, Belfort countered, threw a few punches, looked like he missed most of them, and Franklin collapsed and fell asleep. Huh? Whatever... Still, Belfort is a legit contender for Silva, and I've been saying for a while, that he COULD POSSIBLY be the guy to take out Silva, but yeah, Franklin didn't put up much of a fight here at all.
OVERALL 91.7
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