(6/17/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Walt Harris - 92.7
2. Russell Doane - 92.1
3. Alex Caceres - 91.9
4. Jon Tuck - 91.8
5. Yuta Sasaki - 91.8
6. Naoki Inoue - 91.8
7. Rafael dos Anjos - 91.8
8. Jingliang Li - 91.4
9. Justin Scoggins - 91.0
10. Marcin Tybura - 90.7
UFC Fight Night 111: Holm vs. Correia
Location: Kallang, Singapore
Elevation: 27'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Yuta Sasaki vs. Justin Scoggins
90.2
Fighters & Matches 88.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.2
88.9
Decision
15:00
     These girls both came out swinging, throwing hard punches directed at their faces. That was a very active round for both fighters, with a lot of even striking exchanges, making it hard to score. Since Pudilova's face looked like it absorbed more damage, I'm giving the first round to Kim, who still looked unscathed.
     The second round started with both girls still throwing bombs, and Kim busted up Puidilova's face quite a bit early, causing Pudilova to clinch, and stall against the fence for a while. They traded a few more hard shots, but for the most part, Pudilova was stuck in clinch mode at that point. I personally have Kim ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but it could be all tied up depending on how you scored the first round. I really do feel like damage to the face matters in a fight like this, and if that's what you're basing the score on, Kim is destroying Pudilova.
     Pudilova immediately clinched to start the third round, and pressed Kim against the fence. The referee split them up 90 seconds into the round, and Pudilova unloaded with some punches, before initiating the clinch again. Pudilova looked like she was trying to setup a standing guillotine choke, and out of nowhere, she cranked on that shit, making it look like she was going to rip Kim's head off. She used that to take Kim to the ground, allowing Pudilova to secure side control, and then she pulled guard, still clinging to the guillotine attempt. Kim popped her head free with 90 seconds left in the round, and then reset back on her feet with a minute left to fight. Kim tried to throw some strikes, but Pudilova clinched again, and pressed her against the fence to stall until the end of the round. Pudilova went for one more standing guillotine attempt in the final seconds, but didn't have enough time to finish it. That round definitely goes to Pudilova, but I still scored this fight 29-28 for Kim. I have a feeling this fight might go to a split-decision. All 3 judges gave the fight to Pudilova, and Kim's hometown crowd booed.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      Tomas started this fight by throwing some massive punches & brutal kicks, and then he picked up Inoue and dumped him to the ground a minute into the opening round. They stood back up almost immediately, and Inoue took control of the clinch. They traded some knees from the clinch, and then Inoue sprawled all over another takedown attempt, and after a wild scramble, Inoue took Tomas's back 2 minutes into the round, securing the body triangle. He locked on a rear-naked choke, and Tomas threw some big punches over his head to try to convince Inoue to loosen his grip. Tomas spun around into top control with around 90 seconds left in the round, and almost found himself caught in a triangle armbar, but he passed that to side control, and then stood back up, still pressing Inoue against the fence. Inoue ended up back on top in half mount, and he sort of cranked on a mounted can opener or something, but that didn't last for long. The round ended with Inoue on top, throwing some strikes down at Tomas. That was a pretty crazy back & forth round, but I'm scoring it for Inoue, based mostly on control, and his submission attempts.
     The second round started with Inoue throwing some nice kicks, until Tomas knocked him off balance with a hard right hand. They spent the next couple of minutes trading strikes, until Inoue kind of dropped Tomas with some punches, Tomas shot in for a takedown, Inoue sprawled all over him, and took his back in the process. He teased another rear-naked choke with 90 seconds left in the round, mounted Tomas, and then switched to back control, and then slapped on a mounted triangle choke with a minute left. He attempted an armbar, continued to scramble around, Tomas turtled up, and Inoue continued to pound on him with punches. Inoue locked on a tight rear-naked choke with 30 seconds left, switched to another armbar, continued to show off some slick chain grappling, he locked on a brutal armbar in the final seconds of the round, and Tomas was saved by the buzzer. I have Tomas ahead 20-17 going into the final round.
     Inoue still looks like a ball of energy going into the third round, and Tomas is looking defeated already. Inoue shot for a takedown one minute into the round, and Tomas slaughtered him with some hard elbows, that dropped Inoue for a second, preventing him from finishing the takedown. There was another wild scramble, and Tomas found himself back on top with another mounted triangle, which he used to beat up Tomas with punches as they continued to roll around. Inoue slapped on another rear-naked choke halfway through the round, with the body triangle locked on, and Tomas continued to do a good job defending against the choke. They continued to wrestle around, and Tomas finally locked on a rear-naked choke of his own with a minute left in the round, but Inoue was able to turn into it, ending up back on top inside Tomas's guard. That last round was closer, but I think Inoue should win this fight 30-26. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Naoki Inoue in his UFC debut.
88.7
KO
(Punches)
4:09
      Kwak nearly dropped Doane with an early leg kick, and then he caught a kick and tripped Doane, but he let him up before anything really happened on the ground. They spent the rest of the round trading strikes, with Kwak landing all of the good shots, as Doane looked a little too timid, almost like he was pulling his punches, afraid to follow through with anything significant. As soon as I was ready to chalk that round up to a win for Kwak, Doane randomly unloaded on him, caused Kwak to crumble against the fence, and Doane knocked him the fuck out with a barrage of punches. That was a huge win for Doane, considering he was on a 4-Fight losing streak going into this fight. He really NEEDED this win, and that's exactly what he got, by first round stoppage.
89.1
Decision
15:00
      Li looked like he was going to control this fight early, but Camacho landed a massive right hand one minute into the round, and knocked Li halfway across the octagon. Camacho then started stalking him, and unloaded with some big punches, as Li looked a little lost out there. Li was spending way too much time with his back against the fence, as Camacho just stood there, throwing big punches at him. Li tried a couple of times to score a takedown, and then Camacho whipped him around, and ended up on top inside Li's guard. They stood back up, traded a few more strikes, and Camacho rocked Li again with some heavy bombs. There's one minute left in the opening round, and it looks like Camacho might be running out of energy. Li landed a few clean punches, and then got the back clinch and threw Camacho to the ground. He stood back up immediately, but Li was clinging to his back "like a leech". Li slapped on a rear-naked choke in the final 5 seconds, and it looked like Camacho was about ready to tap, but he was saved by the buzzer. Camacho won that round, but Li won the final minute for sure.
     Li shot for an early takedown in the second round, and Camacho landed a lot of short punches while he stuffed the shot. Li continued to pressure Camacho against the fence, but couldn't get the takedown, so they reset. They spent the next couple of minutes trading big punches & kicks, with Camacho looking tired, but he was still landing with some heavy shots. Li was rocked a few times, but his cardio still seemed to be doing fine. Li turned it up a few notches in the final minute, and landed a lot of shots. He attempted another takedown, and failed again. The second round should go to Li, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round started with both guys throwing bombs at each other, with Li taking a clear advantage around the halfway mark of the round. Camacho did the Robbie Lawler growl, and plowed forward, only to get punched in the face really really hard again. Camacho appeared to be completely gassed, as Li continued to pick him apart with hard punches & big leg kicks. With a minute left in the round, Camacho looked like he was ready for the referee to step in to save him. Li continued to work his boxing mixed with heavy leg kicks until the end of the round. The first round was close, but this fight SHOULD go to Li, with a clear 29-28 decision after he basically schooled Camacho in those last two rounds. All 3 judges agreed, with some weird scores (due to a draw in the first round I'm assuming?), but they all gave the unanimous decision victory to Jingliang Li.
90.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:19
      Scoggins started this fight with a back body lock, and a beautiful suplex, but he let Sasaki stand back up immediately. Scoggins clinched, pressed Sasaki against the fence, and Sasaki tripped Scoggins to the ground. They continued to scramble around for a while, with Scoggins ending up on top, pressing Sasaki against the fence. Sasaki stood back up, and Scoggins rushed in with a few punches, and continued to press Sasaki against the fence. Scoggins threw some slick strikes, and dropped Sasaki with some punches with 90 seconds left in the round. Scoggins worked some ground & pound, while Sasaki tried (and failed) to setup a triangle choke. Round one goes to Scoggins.
     They traded a few strikes to start the second round, and Scoggins dropped Sasaki with a spinning back kick to the body. Scoggins dropped some heavy punches & elbows, as Sasaki struggled to pull guard. Scoggins dropped a lot of heavy elbows, and Sasaki continued to flop around on his back, struggling to find any sort of offense from his guard. They both scrambled around wildly halfway through the round, as Sasaki tried to grab a leg lock or something, and then he mounted Scoggins with 2 minutes left in the round. Scoggins gave up his back, Sasaki slapped on a tight rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission. That was an awesome performance by Scoggins, up until the point where he got choked the fuck out. That was a FANTASTIC comeback finish for Yuta Sasaki, who was one of the biggest underdogs on the card.
89.0
TKO
(Eye Injury)
10:00
      Caceres came out and threw a lot of kicks to start the first round. Caceres landed some slick punch combinations, and Dy looked a little lost, with his back close to the fence. Caceres kicked him in the head, unloaded with some big punches, Dy threw a kick, Caceres knocked him down with a big counter punch, Caceres jumped on him, slapped on a guillotine, transitioned to back control, locked on the body triangle, and started working for the rear-naked choke with 2 minutes remaining in the opening round. Dy tried to roll out of it, Caceres blasted him with some more punches, and then slapped on the rear-naked choke again. Dy somehow stood up with a minute left in the round, but Caceres quickly took control again with the clinch, and then they reset. Caceres threw some nice kicks, and then Dy clinched, with 30 seconds left in the round, but he wasn't really able to do anything with it. Round one clearly goes to Caceres, probably with a solid 10-8.
     The second round started with a few random strikes, and then the referee paused the fight because Dy's eye was bothering him (from something that happened in the first round). When the fight started back up, Caceres beat the shit out of Dy with some slick combinations, and then Dy scrambled into a back clinch 90 seconds into the round. Caceres spun around into him, and threw some knees at Dy. They eventually split up, and continued to trade strikes at a decent pace. Dy might have done enough to steal that round, but I have Caceres ahead going into the final round, especially since I scored the first round 10-8 in his favor. So, I guess this fight might be at 19-18 going into the third round? Nevermind, it doesn't matter. The referee stopped the fight in between rounds, due to Dy's eye problems. That was a solid win for Alex Caceres.
89.7
TKO
(Punches & Elbows)
1:44
      These guys traded some clunky looking strikes to start the first round, and Asker rocked Harris with a short right hand. Harris dropped Asker 90 seconds into the round, and then he pounced on him, and threw a series of heavy punches on the ground from inside Asker's guard. Harris continued to unload on him with brutal punches & elbows, and the referee jumped in to stop the fight. That was a fantastic first round finish by Walt Harris, after getting rocked early by a punch.
87.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:12
      This fight started with Tuck folding Gomi with some big shots in the first 30 seconds, and he quickly took Gomi's back. He locked on a rear-naked choke a minute into the round, and Gomi tapped out, showing absolutely zero submission defense. Gomi's career is depressing me at this point. Tuck on the other hand, broke his 2 fight losing streak, just in time to avoid a potential pink slip. Gomi has lost 6 of his last 9 fights, and I feel like at this point he's clearly just there to collect some sort of paycheck.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      Saffiedine started the fight with a head kick, and Anjos fired back with a hard kick to the body. Anjos slipped, and Saffiedine took top control with half mount. Anjos hammered him with a few elbows from his back, and then cranked on a Kimura from half guard, but Saffiedine was able to pull his arm free. Saffiedine got sloppy with his top control, and Anjos was able to stand back up 2 minutes into the round. They clinched, and traded some knees before resetting. They traded some sloppy strikes, and then Anjos worked some knees from the clinch before dumping Saffiedine to the ground. Saffiedine was going to try for an armbar, but Anjos stacked him, and attempted a Kimura from side control, but Saffiedine was able to stand back up and reset. Anjos landed a flying knee, Saffiedine clinched, and Anjos continued to hit him with knees to the body. Round one goes to RDA.
     They both traded some hard strikes to start the second round, with RDA stalking Saffiedine for the most part. They clinched, and RDA hammered Saffiedine with a couple of illegal knees, which went unnoticed. They continued to trade some sloppy strikes until the end of the round, with RDA controlling most of the round, and showing more offense. Saffiedine looked pretty exhausted by the end of the second round. I have RDA ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had RDA throwing bombs at Saffiedine, while mixing in some nice leg kicks. Saffiedine was mostly throwing jabs, and it wasn't really doing him any favors. They continued to trade strikes at a solid pace for the duration of the round, with RDA constantly moving forward, and landing the heavier shots. I don't see any reason anyone would score this anything other than 30-27 for RDA. That was a really solid debut at Welterweight for Rafael dos Anjos. All 3 judges agreed, giving RDA the unanimous decision victory, with only one judge giving a single round to Tarec Saffiedine.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      Kim swept Covington to the ground to start the first round, but Covington quickly recovered and took down Kim. Kim stood back up, and Covington continued to press him against the fence from the clinch. Covington struggled to take Kim's back from the clinch, and he was basically controlling Kim, but he wasn't doing much damage, or making much progress. He took Kim down 2 minutes into the round, forcing Kim to sit down against the fence, and Kim quickly stood back up. Covington continued to smother him against the fence, still not doing any damage, but clearly controlling him. Kim stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round, and Covington finally started to throw some strikes from the clinch. They finally broke apart with a minute left in the round, and Kim plowed forward, looking to land some punches, but Covington took him down again with 20 seconds left in the round, and continued to smother Kim until the end of the round. The first round clearly goes to Covington, based on his blanket wrestling.
     Covington shot for an early takedown in the second round, and Kim sprawled all over him, and planted his balls on the back of Covington's neck. Covington eventually pressed Kim against the fence, Kim stood back up, landed a few decent strikes, and then Covington threw a flying knee, and some big punches, rocking Kim, before he took him down against the fence again. Covington continued to beat up & smother Kim until the end of the round. I have this fight 20-18 for Covington going into the final round.
     The final round started with 2 minutes of slap boxing, with Covington landing the cleaner strikes, and then he took down Kim, pinning him against the fence again. They stood back up, and Kim looked like he was trying to setup a Kimura while Covington clinged to his back, but that went nowhere, so Covington just took him down again, and continued to smother him. Kim stood up again with 90 seconds left in the fight, as the crowd was clearly getting restless. Kim finally scored a takedown with a minute left in the final round, but Covington just stood back up, and continued to grind all over Kim until the end of the round. That was a solid one-sided grappling victory by Colby Covington, even though it was pretty fucking boring.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys started with a few strikes, and then Tybura caught a kick and took down Arlovski. Arlovski gave up his back for a few seconds halfway through the round, and then gave up full mount. Tybura unloaded with some heavy hammerfists, as Arlovski scrambled around from the bottom, trying to avoid taking too much damage. Tybura landed a LOT of big punches, but Arlovski was doing a surprisingly good job defending as Tybura maintained full mount for most of the round. Arlovski gave up his back again in the final minute of the round, and Tybura continued to pound on him with big punches. Arlovski finally swept him in the final 20 seconds, he stood up, and landed some big punches, rocking Tybura while chasing him across the cage. I was going to score that a 10-8 for Tybura, but Arlovski's offense in the final 20 seconds makes it a 10-9 round in my opinion.
     Arlovski came out swinging in the second round, and he rocked Tybura early, pressing him against the fence for some clinch recovery time. After 2 minutes of stalling, Arlovski backed out, unloaded with some big punch combinations, and then he threw Tybura to the ground, but couldn't hold him down, so they went back to clinching again, with Arlovski still in control. The referee split them up with a minute left in the round, they traded some sloppy strikes, and Arlovski clinched again, pressing Tybura against the fence to finish out the round. Round two goes to Arlovski.
     They both looked exhausted in the third round, but Arlovski still came out swinging. Tybura ducked under a spinning backfist, and then pressed Arlovski against the fence with some more clinch stalling. Tybura was digging for a takedown, and he almost took Arlovski down, but Arlovski did a good job jumping over Tybura's trip attempt. Tybura finally took him down 90 seconds into the final round. Arlovski was mostly just trying to hang on, stalling, and Tybura tried to pass to full mount, but Arlovski held onto half guard. Arlovski gave up his back again with 90 seconds left in the round, and Tybura started working for a rear-naked choke. Arlovski tried to spin into his guard, but Tybura slid safely into full mount with a minute left to work. Arlovski gave up his back again, Tybura threw a few more punches, and went back to working for the rear-naked choke. Arlovski ALMOST spun into his guard with one last attempt, but Tybura kept him pinned with half mount. This fight should be a 29-28 decision for Tybura. All 3 judges agreed, giving Tybura the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
87.1
KO
(Head Kick & Punch)
11:09
      The first round was pretty fucking boring. Holm landed a few strikes, Correia might have landed a couple, I'm not sure... I guess the first round goes to Holm? That was a shitty round for both fighters though, and the crowd was getting pretty irritated by the feints & near zero offense from both fighters.
      The second round was another shitty round of boxing, with almost zero offense being delivered by either fighter. A lot of feints, a lot of jerky nervous looking motions from both fighters, and only a handful of basic punches being thrown in either direction. This fight sucks, and neither of these fighters should ever fight on a main event again. Holm is more than likely ahead 20-18 on the scorecards going into the third round, but I wouldn't be shocked if the fight was scored a draw at this point, based on neither fighter doing anything significant for the first 10 minutes. The referee actually stopped them with 90 seconds left in the second round, and told them they need to start fighting, because this strategy is bullshit.
      The third round started with the same bullshit, until Holly Holm kicked Correia in the head, Correia went down hard, held up her hand like "Ok, I'm done..." Holm punched her in the face, and the referee stepped in to save her. That was a fantastic finish by Holly Holm, that really should have happened in the first round. Congrats to Holm for ending her terrible losing streak, but I mean... 10+ minutes to finish Bethe Correia in a boring ass boxing match isn't exactly what the doctor ordered, if Holm wants any chance at getting another title shot in the future.
OVERALL 90.2
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