100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Max Holloway - 93.2
2. Claudia Gadelha - 93.0
3. Luan Chagas - 92.7
4. Matthew Lopez - 92.6
5. Paulo Henrique Costa - 92.3
6. Antonio Carlos Jr. - 92.2
7. Brian Kelleher - 91.7
8. Deiveson Figueiredo - 91.6
9. Yancy Medeiros - 91.4
10. Marlon Moraes - 90.2
UFC 212: Aldo vs. Holloway
Location: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Elevation: 1,675'
-Fight of the Night-
Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.1
TOTAL 90.8
(Referee Stoppage)
     These guys traded a few hard strikes, and then Figueiredo shot for a takedown, Beltran stuffed the shot, Figueiredo continued to dig, and finally brought Beltran to the ground 90 seconds into the opening round. Beltran wasn't absorbing much damage, but he was also getting squashed against the fence, as Figueiredo was grinding all over him. Figueiredo slapped on a guillotine choke from half mount, but Beltran kicked off the fence, and swept Figueiredo, landing on top, still stuck in the guillotine choke, but at least he was on top with around 2 minutes left to work. Figueiredo continued to crank on that choke, but Beltran eventually popped his head free, landed some strikes, and then stood back up to end the round. Round one should probably go to Figueiredo, but it was a fairly close round by the time it ended.
     The second round started with Beltran chopping away at Figueiredo's legs with brutal kicks, and then he got a little too wild, with a flying knee, which Figueiredo used to take him to the ground a minute into the second round, almost immediately passing to full mount this time. Beltran scrambled into half guard, Figueiredo stood up, Beltran hit him with some wild upkicks, and then Figueiredo jumped on him, and took Beltran's back around the halfway mark. Figueiredo locked on a tight rear-naked choke, but Beltran scrambled out of that, giving up full mount in the process. Figueiredo tried to land some punches, but Beltran continued to do a decent job scrambling around from the bottom to avoid damage. Figueiredo stood up again, Beltran blasted him with some upkicks, Figueiredo slapped on a tight heel hook, Beltran was wincing, but he fought his way out of it, stood back up, blasted Figueiredo with some big punches, Figueiredo fired back, rocked Beltran, and nearly stopped the fight, but Beltran was saved by the buzzer. The referee still decided to stop the fight in between rounds though. That was a solid UFC debut for Figueiredo, as he continues his 12-0 undefeated streak.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Wallhead's strategy was to plow forward and throw bombs, while Chagas was mostly landing crisp punch combinations as counters, along with a few hard kicks. Chagas hurt Wallhead 2 minutes into the round, forcing him to shoot for a sloppy takedown, which Chagas stuffed with ease. Wallhead has that skin tone where his entire body turns red when he gets hit. Chagas on the other hand looks SUPER calm, and calculated, and it's paying off, as he's picking apart Wallhead at a pretty decent clip. Chagas really started to pound on Wallhead with 45 seconds left in the round, but Wallhead ate the shots and kept coming forward. Round one clearly goes to Luan Chagas, as he pretty much beat up Wallhead with superior technical striking.
     They both came out swinging in the second round, and Wallhead clipped Chagas with a few hard punches, before getting kicked in the dick. The fight started back up a few seconds later. Wallhead seemed to be getting the better of Chagas for the first 2 minutes with his boxing, which forced Chagas to shoot for a takedown, but Wallhead stuff the shot, and they went back to trading hard strikes. Chagas never stopped firing back with hard punches & kicks though, so every time Wallhead looked like he was pulling ahead, he'd get blasted by a hard combination from Chagas. Chagas poked Wallhead HARD in the left eye halfway through the round. I almost thought Wallhead was waving off the fight, but he decided to continue a few seconds later. When the fight started back up, Chagas chewed up Wallhead's legs with hard kicks. By the end of the round, they were back to trading punches at a rapid pace, and then Chagas knocked down Wallhead with 30 seconds left in the round, he jumped on him, took his back, slapped on a rear-naked choke, and forced to submission, as he finally earned his first UFC victory after 3 fights, and Wallhead moves on to an 0-2 record in the UFC. That was a fantastic victory for Luan Chagas though, so I'm looking forward to seeing who the UFC matches him up with next.
      These girls traded a few strikes, and then Pereira clinched and pressed Moyle against the fence a minute into the opening round. Moyle landed a few solid knees to the body, and then broke free halfway through the round. Pereira landed a few solid punches, as Moyle was having some trouble finding her range. Pereira fired off some fast punches in the final 30 seconds, and then clinched, pressing Moyle against the fence again. Moyle threw a few more knees to the body, and Pereira landed some punches as they split up and reset. The round ended with Pereira chasing Moyle like a piranha, throwing wild punches until the buzzer sounded. Round one clearly goes to Pereira.
     The second round started with Pereira still working her boxing, and Moyle finally shot for her first takedown attempt one minute into the round, but she shot from WAY outside, so Pereira didn't have any trouble avoiding it, so she continued to work her boxing. Pereira clinched and pressed Moyle against the fence again 2 minutes into the round, and Moyle ducked down to attempt another takedown, and Pereira stuffed the shot again, and reset for some more boxing. Pereira really started to unload with some bombs with 2 minutes left in the second round. Moyle was still basically running away, just waiting for the fight to end. I'm not sure what is wrong with Moyle, but her offense looks terrible tonight. Pereira caught a kick, and threw Moyle to the ground with 30 seconds left in the round, and then hit her with some strikes, while standing above Moyle. Pereira is clearly winning this fight 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round started with half a round worth of Pereira beating up Moyle with big power punches, and Moyle finally started to look aggressive halfway through the round, but after failing with another takedown attempt, she just went back to defensive mode, while Pereira continued to beat her up with big punches. Moyle looked pretty terrible in this fight, and Pereira's boxing was on point, leading to a very clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Vivane Pereira.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Alcantara came out throwing long clean punches & kciks, and he knocked down Kelleher in the first 30 seconds of the opening round, but he let him stand back up a few seconds later. Kelleher fired back with some hard shots of his own, and then Alcantara shot for a takedown, Kelleher wrapped him up in a guillotine choke, and finished the fight with a quick submission. Alcantara tapped almost immediately after Kelleher slapped on that choke. That was a fantastic UFC debut by Brian Kelleher, a guy I haven't seen fight in over 4 years, since his decision loss to Jimmie Rivera in Bellator. Alcantara looked good in this fight, but the way he tapped super quickly, made his ground game suddenly look like dog shit.
      These guys both came out swinging, with Eduardo showing a speed & accuracy advantage, but when Lopez landed, you could tell he was throwing with some solid power as well. Lopez took Eduardo down 90 seconds into the opening round, and Eduardo scrambled around, slapped on a heel hook, Lopez blasted him with some clean punches & elbows to the face, and then he postured up, unloaded with some huge punches, and bounced Eduardo's head off the canvas a few times, as he wasn't even trying to defend himself anymore, so after Eduardo absorbed WAY too many shots to the head, the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a solid win for Matthew Lopez, via brutal ground & pound.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Carlos threw a kick early, Spicely took him to the ground even quicker, Carlos hammered him with some elbows from his guard, and they found themselves in a wild leg lock battle, all inside the first minute of the opening round. Spicely threw some punches to the face of Carlos while they were stuck in the 50/50 position. Spicely was digging for leg locks, and throwing a lot of punches, and Carlos was mostly just hanging out. Spicely rolled for a kneebar with 90 seconds left in the round, and they continued to flop around in that 50/50 position for most of the round. They stood back up with a minute left in the round. Carlos shot for a takedown, pressing Spicely against the fence in the clinch, and then they flopped to the floor again, and this time, Carlos tried to take his back. The round ended with Carlos hanging on with the body triangle, while digging for a rear-naked choke. That was a solid back & forth round of grappling. I thought Spicely won most of the round, but since Carlos finished the round in the dominant position, he'll probably win the round on most scorecards.
     Spicely shot for an early takedown to start the second round, and he ended up on the bottom in half guard. Carlos looked like he was trying to setup a D'Arce choke, and then Spicely spun around and grabbed Carlos's leg to work for some more leg lock attempts. Carlos spun around and took Spicely's back again, this time 90 seconds into the round, so he had plenty of time left to work. Spicely punched Carlos in the face a LOT, while Carlos spent most of the round hanging onto back control, with the body lock. He slapped on a rear-naked choke with 90 seconds left, and finished the fight by submission. That was a pretty crazy display of Jiu-Jitsu by both fighters, and a disappointing loss for Spicely, considering he just got his BJJ Black Belt.
      The first round had both guys trading strikes, and Moraes looked like lightning out there, throwing ultrafast punch combinations, and heavy leg kicks. He slipped at one point, and got kicked in the dick, but other than that, round one mostly consisted of Moraes dodging Assuncao's attacks, while he picked appart Assuncao with his quick striking game. Assuncao landed a pair of big punches in the final seconds of the round, but round one should still go to Moraes.
     The second round was another back & forth boxing match, without a lot of highlight reel moments, so at this point, I'm going to say this fight is probably all tied up going into the final round. I thought the first round was a better round for Moraes, and the second round was probably a slightly better round for Assuncao. Either fighter could have won either round though, so I have no idea what to expect from the judges.
     Assuncao dropped Moraes with a massive right hand 30 seconds into the final round, but Moraes popped right back up and continued to fire back. They continued to box with each other at a moderate rate for the rest of the round, with Moraes probably dealing the better shots for most of the round, but you have to factor in that Assuncao dropped him early too. Moraes shot for a takedown with a minute left in the final round, and Assuncao did a great job stuffing the shot and staying on his feet. This fight has split-decision written all over it, but I have the fight scored 29-28 in favor of Marlon Moraes. The judges were split, and the final judge gave all 3 rounds to Assuncao, ending the insane 13 fight winning streak for Marlon Moraes. Welcome to the UFC...
      These guys traded some random strikes, and then Medeiros dropped Silva with a left hook 90 seconds into the opening round, and he followed it up with some punches on the ground, but Silva was able to get back up and reset. Silva started to chew up the body of Medeiros with around 2 minutes left in the round, while Medeiros continued to head hunt. Silva dropped Medeiros with a knee with 10 seconds left in the round, resulting in what I believe should be a round for Erick Silva.
     The second round was another back & forth round of striking, with Silva beating up Medeiros for a couple of minutes, and then Medeiros dropped Silva hard with a huge overhand right, followed by a left hook, and then he jumped on him, unloaded with some big punches, and the referee jumped in to stop the fight. Silva immediately complained about an early stoppage, but that was still a solid win for Yancy Medeiros.
      Bamgbose landed some big puncehs to start the first round, and then he shocked the world by taking down Costa against the fence, and then he jumped on his back, but Costa was able to shake him off and reset. Bamgbose continued to blast Costa with power shots, and then he took him down again, but let him right back up. Bamgbose started to slow down after the first 2 minutes. After 3 minutes of Bamgbose beating up Costa, Costa blasted him with some powerful kicks to the body, he pressed him against the fence, and then unloaded on him with some massive punches, as Costa won the fourth minute of the round, and then Bamgbose clinched, and pressed Costa against the fence to stall for a few, while digging for another takedown. Bamgbose took him down with 30 seconds left in the round, and they just kind of hung out there until the end of the round. Bamgbose won 4 minutes of the round, but Costa might have done enough in his one minute to steal the round. You would have to assume the Brazilian judges will give that round to Costa, if by some miracle this fight goes to a decision.
     Bamgbose came out looking surprisingly strong in the second round, he landed some big shots, and then he threw a body kick, knocked himself down, and then Costa unloaded on him, finishing the fight with punches, while Bamgbose just laid there. That was a ridiculous fight, another really solid finish for Paulo Henrique Costa, and another ridiculously embarrassing gassed out loss for Oluwale Bamgbose.
      Marquardt clinched early, and tripped Belfort to the ground one minute into the opening round, landing inside Belfort's guard. Belfort tied him up, so all Marquardt could do is throw shoulder strikes. The referee stood them up a minute later due to inactivity. Belfort threw some punches, caused Marquardt to back up, and then he threw a big head kick, which was partially blocked. They both slowed down significantly at the end of the round. Marquardt scored with that takedown, but the rest of the round probably goes to Belfort, so I scored the round for Belfort.
     Marquardt threw some big punches early in the second round, but Belfort unloaded on him with some wild shit 90 seconds into the round, and nearly finished Marquardt against the fence, but Marquardt was able to weather the storm. Marquardt started picking apart Belfort in the last half of the round, as he found his range, and was able to land some big shots, while avoiding damage. That was a close round, but I'm going to give it to Marquardt to keep it interesting, so I think whoever wins the final round will win the fight.
     The final round was another close round, but Belfort landed the better strikes overall, and when Marquardt shot for a takedown with a minute left, Belfort stuffed the shit out of it. In the end, this fight should go to Vitor Belfort, 29-28 in my opinion, but I can see the scorecards being all over the place. This is probably Belfort's last fight in the UFC, so the UFC would want Marquardt to win, but it's Brazil, so everyone else wants Belfort to win, and most doctors probably want them both to retire, so...? All 3 judges agreed with me, giving the unanimous decision victory to Vitor Belfort. It's also worth noting that this is Belfort's first decision in nearly a decade.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      The first round had both girls trading some hard strikes, with Gadelha landing the shots that looked like they hurt the most. She clinched and threw Kowalkiewicz to the ground halfway through the round, and immediately took her back. Gadelha locked on a tight rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission in the first round, against a fighter that went 25 minutes with Joanna Jedrzejczyk. That's a pretty huge win for Claudia Gadelha, and it will probably put her really close to another title shot. If Jedrzejczyk doesn't fight Namajunas next, then I wouldn't mind seeing a fight between Rose Namajunas & Claudia Gadelha.
      Nothing really happened in the first half of the opening round. Aldo unloaded with some violent strikes halfway through the round, and rocked Holloway a couple of times, but Holloway recovered quickly, and fired back. That entire round was basically just a "testing the range" round, but when the highlight reel moments happened, they were being delivered by Aldo, so I scored the first round for Jose Aldo.
      The second round was the first REAL round of the fight, as both guys came out swinging. Aldo blasted Holloway late in the round, and Holloway started taunting Aldo heavily, and then blasted him with some wild shit at the end of the round, only to get clipped again. They both landed with some heavy punches, but I thought Holloway was significantly more active in that round, so I scored the second round in favor of Holloway.
      Aldo looked like he was slowing down in the third round, as Holloway started to pick up the pace, throwing some fast combinations, while Aldo was mostly just looking to land the one big power punch. Holloway knocked down Aldo halfway through the round, and mounted him in an awkward mount, but Aldo was still scrambling around. Holloway landed a lot of punches on the ground, he nearly finished Aldo several times, he blasted him with countless bombs on the ground, he went for a rear-naked choke, but gave that up in favor of some additional punches. Aldo gave up his back again, Holloway continued to unload on him, Aldo said he was fine, but he probably took over a hundred shots to the head on the ground, so the referee finally decided to stop the fight. That was a FANTASTIC finish by Max Holloway, as he officially wins the UFC Featherweight Championship. Now you have to wonder, is Conor ever going to come back to defend HIS Featherweight title? Or are we going to go ahead and admit that Max Holloway is the #1 Featherweight in the world, which is what I've been saying for a while now.