(10/24/2009)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Pat Barry - 94.3
2. Anthony Johnson - 92.9
3. Cain Velasquez - 92.4
4. Ryan Bader - 92.3
5. Jorge Rivera - 92.2
6. Joe Stevenson - 91.9
7. Stefan Struve - 90.6
8. Gleison Tibau - 90.5
9. Chael Sonnen - 90.3
10. Mauricio Rua - 89.6
UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun
Location: Los Angeles, California
Elevation: 233'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Pat Barry vs. Antoni Hardonk
92.3
Fighters & Matches 89.9
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.8
88.6
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
4:04
     Stefan Struve won submission of the night, by capturing Gormley in a triangle choke. Most of the fight consisted of both guys rolling around on the ground, trading leglocks, but ultimately, Gormley had no answer for Struve's submission skills. Good way to open the night, even though this fight was just slapped onto the end of the PPV as a bonus fight.
88.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty close fight. Ultimately, I guess I didn't really care too much who won this one. I think Kingsbury won the first two rounds, I gave the next two rounds to Hassan, but I wasn't paying THAT much attention, to where I could really comb through the scorecards with a fine toothed comb, so in the end, Kingsbury walks away with the split-decision victory, and I guess that's fine. Next fight!
90.8
TKO
(Punches)
11:53
      The first round was sort of close, with both guys landing some decent strikes, but ultimately, Rivera started pulling away with the better boxing skills, and ended up dominating all 3 rounds, until eventually in the third round, he got Kimmons on the ground against the cage, hit him with a sharp elbow, CUT THE SHIT out of his forehead, blood started pouring out all over the floor, they almost had the doctor stop the fight, but he let them continue for another minute or so, while Rivera beat the shit out of him with his fists on the ground, eventually forcing the referee to stop the fight.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty impressive fight, especially considering the fact that Chael Sonnen usually bores the shit out of me. Yushin Okami looked pretty bad though, but I'll give most of that credit to Chael Sonnen's insane pressure, and his wrestling dominance over Okami. Okami got slammed several times, he got hit several times, and he just got outclassed overall. Chael Sonnen wins via unanimous decision.
92.3
TKO
(Punches)
7:30
      Yeah! I like this Pat Barry guy. Antoni Hardonk is known for his leg kicks, and he chopped away at Barry quite a bit in the first round, but Barry came back in the second round, and started to chop away at the Anton-tree Hardonk, until eventually he crumbled, Barry finished him off with a GIGANTIC right hook on the ground, and then after accepting the victory, Barry did a backflip in the cage. That guy is wild.
90.1
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight, with Ryan Bader coming out like a bull, knocking Schafer on his ass, and beating the fuck out of him in the first round. Schafer came back and scored some points in the second round, since Bader was tired. The third round was similar to the first, with Bader almost knocking out Schafer, and then eventually pounding away at him on the ground, cutting his head open with an accidental headbutt, and then winning the fight as a whole, via unanimous decision. Pretty solid showing by Ryan Bader.
90.7
TKO
(Punches)
0:41
      This was an excellent way to start the show. Both guys walked towards each other, Anthony Johnson threw some shotgun blasts from both hands, completely overwhelming Yoshida, and eventually knocked him the fuck out with a clean shot to the chin. Anthony Johnson is one of the best strikers in the UFC in my opinion, and if I remember correctly, he's supposed to be a good wrestler too. Anthony Johnson for the win!
90.0
Submission
(Elbows)
9:03
      This fight was pretty alright. The first round was kind of slow, with Stevenson cutting Fisher early, and then Fished tried to hold on for the remainder of the round so he could get patched up. The second round basically looked like it'd be the same story, but Stevenson was able to take Fisher to the ground, got him in the crusifix position, and then threw HARD elbows down at Fisher's head (fast too), until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Joe Stevenson is a little bad ass.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      Gleison Tibau took Josh Neer down around 100 times or so. Josh Neer just didn't have any defense for those takedowns. Neer was always able to get back up, and scored a bit more while on their feet, but ultimately, Gleison Tibau's takedowns were the story of the fight. Neer got dominated, Tibau won via unanimous decision.
90.8
TKO
(Punches)
5:58
      Cain Velasquez is a beast. He took Rothwell down at will, beat the living shit out of him with HARD punches, and BIG elbows, and he basically made Bed Rothwell look like an amateur. Early in round 2, Velasquez took Rothwell down again, and punched him in the face a lot, and as Rothwell was standing up, the referee stopped the fight. So, yes, the fight was stopped prematurely, but it was pretty clear that Rothwell wasn't going to win this fight, he should have thanked the ref.
89.4
Decision
25:00
      Shogun got screwed. Shogun spent the entire fight chasing Machida, and kicking his legs like a lumberjack, and I'd say that Shogun won AT LEAST 3 out of the 5 rounds, maybe even 4. The judges however, gave the fight to Machida, unanimously, the crowd booed, and I can't blame them, because I gave a boo or two as well. Shogun is back, Machida got luckily.
OVERALL 90.8
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