(7/7/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Justin Gaethje - 95.3
2. Jesse Taylor - 92.6
3. Jared Cannonier - 92.4
4. Michael Johnson - 92.4
5. Angela Hill - 91.3
6. C.B. Dollaway - 90.9
7. James Krause - 90.9
8. Tecia Torres - 90.8
9. Drakkar Klose - 90.8
10. Brad Tavares - 90.7
UFC The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson
94.3
Fighters & Matches 89.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.8
TOTAL 90.4
85.8
Decision
15:00
     Maynard started this fight by taking Ishihara to the ground 40 seconds into the first round, and he absolutely smothered Ishihara against the fence for a while. Ishihara eventually worked his way back to his feet, threw a flying knee, and got taken down again. Maynard worked for an arm-triangle choke, that didn't work, so he went for a guillotine, and Ishihara stood back up with 40 seconds left in the opening round. Ishihara landed a big kick to Maynard's chest, and then Maynard took him down again, smothering him against the fence until the end of the round. Round one goes to Maynard for being a blanket.
     Maynard took Ishihara down with ease again to start the second round, and he continued to smother him against the fence, while looking to take his back. Ishihara finally stood back up with a minute left in the round, and then landed a nice knee, but Maynard took him down again 15 seconds later, and continued to grind all over Ishihara. This fight is pretty boring so far, but Maynard is doing a good job grinding his way to a top control victory. I have Maynard ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Maynard took down Ishihara to start the final round, and continued to grind on him, and then he went for a Kimura from side control, but Ishihara was able to pull his arm free. Maynard continued to dominate Ishihara, and then he locked on a tight guillotine choke from half mount with more than 2 minutes left in the final round. Ishihara was able to hang on, and then he popped his head free. Ishihara threw an illegal upkick, so he got a stern warning, and then the fight continued with Maynard still on top. Maynard continued to grind all over Ishihara until the end of the round. Congrats to Maynard for the obvious unanimous decision victory over a scrappy opponent, but I'm still not really impressed with Maynard's wet blanket style of victory.
89.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
5:53
      Lima scored an early takedown, and then Torres stood back up. Torres went for a takedown from the clinch 2 minutes into the round, and Lima grabbed the cage, clearly saving herself from the takedown, so the referee gave her a stern warning. Torres continued to press Lima against the fence for a few more seconds, and then the referee reset them due to inactivity with 2 minutes left in the opening round. Torres went for a trip takedown with a minute left in the round, but Lima was able to stay on her feet, while Torres continued to press her against the fence. I'm tempted to give that round to Torres for controlling the clinch, but Lima scored that early takedown, so I'm not sure how the judges will score that round.
     The second round started with both girls trading some strikes, and then Lima shot for a takedown, Torres sprawled all over the shot, she grabbed Lima's back with a wild scramble, almost immediately locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight with a really slick rear-naked choke. That was a fantastic win for Tecia Torres, as she earns the first finish of her career.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      Herman started this fight with a massive right hand that rocked Dollaway, but then he clinched, and Dollaway beat him up with some big knees to the body, and then Dollaway threw Herman to the ground, and worked some ground & pound, while Herman tried to find an armbar from his guard. Dollaway continued to grind all over Herman, while Herman tried to figure out a way to get back to his feet. Dollaway cranked on a Kimura while sitting on Herman's face with around 90 seconds left in the round, but that didn't work out, so Herman was able to use that moment to sort of scramble to his knees, but Dollaway did a good job keeping top control, while pressing Herman against the fence. Herman stood up with 30 seconds left in the round, but Dollaway just took him back down again. Round one clearly goes to Dollaway.
     Dollaway threw an early head kick to start the second round, and then Herman dropped him with a big right hand, but Dollaway stood back up and they reset one minute into the round. They traded a few more sloppy strikes, and then Herman dropped Dollaway again with some wild punches. He then jumped down into half mount, and continued to grind on Dollaway for a while. Dollaway cranked on a random heel hook, but Herman was somehow able to scramble free, and then he pinned Dollaway again, for some more ground & pound. Herman finished the round by chopping up Dollaway's face with some hard elbows. Round two clearly goes to Herman, and I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Dollaway started the final round with a quick takedown, and Herman caught him in a loose guillotine choke. Herman cranked on a Kimura, and used that to sweep Dollaway, but Dollaway somehow held onto top position, resecuring half mount after basically doing a flip. Dollaway then tried to setup a Kimura of his own, but gave up on that, in favor of dropping some elbows on Herman's jaw. Dollaway spent the rest of the round beating the shit out of Herman with brutal elbows. Herman dropped back with one final submission attempt (kneebar) with 30 seconds left in the fight, but that didn't work out, so Dollaway should coast on to a solid 29-28 decision. All 3 judges agreed, giving Dollaway his first win in 3 years.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      Gallicchio took down Krause early in the first round, and got wrapped up in Krause's guard. Gallicchio almost took Krause's back, and then they stood back up and reset. Gallicchio shot for another takedown halfway through the round, and Krause stuffed the shot, but then slipped. They traded a few random punches, and Krause ended up beating up Gallicchio at the end of the round. Round one goes to Krause.
     The second round started with both guys trading some strikes, and they both landed a few decent shots, while Gallicchio was still clearly looking to score another takedown, with little success. I feel bad for Gallicchio, because he ALWAYS looks rocked, whether he is or not, so it's hard to tell how badly he's hurt. They both traded some decent shots, but Krause is clearly the more technical striker, so I have Krause ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was another sloppy round of boxing, with Gallicchio plowing forward like a tank, but Krause was chopping up his face with sharp punches. Gallicchio is super tough, but his offense just isn't there. If he can't get the takedowns, he's very limited. Krause clearly outclassed him here, resulting in a clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory for James Krause.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      These girls traded a few random strikes to start this fight, and then Yoder took down Hill one minute into the round, but Hill quickly stood back up, and Yoder went into a wild spider monkey guard, but Hill was able to shake her off. Hill started picking apart Yoder in the last half of the round with some fast punch combinations that were all capped off with a hard leg kick. Hill landed a hard head kick with 30 seconds left in the round. Yoder started off looking crazy in the opening minute or so, but I scored the first round for Hill, based on her striking in the last half of the round.
     The second round started with Yoder shooting immediately for a takedown, and she wrapped up Hill 10 seconds into the round. HIll tried to scramble back to her feet, but Yoder did a good job putting her weight on Hill from half mount, while holding onto a single arm guillotine. Yoder kept her pinned for a while, as Hill worked to regain guard. Yoder stood up randomly, Hill jumped back up to her feet, Yoder jumped on Hill's back like a maniac, but Hill was able to shake her off, allowing Hill to work some ground & pound from inside Yoder's guard. They reset back on their feet with a minute left to work. Hill spent the rest of the round picking apart Yoder with some fast strikes. I have Hill ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but that was a close round.
     Hill danced around a bit to start the third round, and then she blasted Yoder in the face with a hard right hand, Yoder shot for a takedown, and Hill basically sat on the back of Yoder's neck to defend the shot. Yoder eventually brought Hill to the ground a minute into the round, but Hill was still sort of halfway stuffing the shot. Hill stood back up 90 seconds into the round, and hit Yoder with a few hard strikes before creating some distance again. Hill pressed Yoder against hte fence, and dumped her to the ground halfway through the round. Hill let her stand back up with 90 seconds left in the fight. Hill continued to chip away at Yoder with some punches & kicks until the end of the round. Yoder probably won the second round, but Hill should win at least the first & third rounds, if not all 3 rounds. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving Angela HIll all 3 rounds.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      Johnson caught a kick, and punched Fortuna in the face, knocking him off balance in the first 30 seconds, but Fortuna quickly popped back up to his feet. Neither fighter seemed very active for most of the first round, but Johnson landed a few nice combinations, and then lifted Fortuna in the air, and dumped him to the ground, but Fortuna sort of stopped the takedown by grabbing the top of the cage, so they reset. Fortuna landed a nice uppercut late in the round, but for the most part, Johnson won most of the exchanges, so I scored the first round for Johnson.
     The second round started with Fortuna landing some fast punches. Mostly single shots, but when he threw his punches, they were landing quickly. Johnson looked like he was having trouble getting inside for some reason, mostly throwing jabs, but not really connecting with much of anything noteworthy. They both unloaded with some bombs halfway through the round, with Fortuna probably landing the cleaner shots. Fortuna kind of slipped late in the round, Johnson moved in on him, and Fortuna unloaded with some wild punch combinations. The round ended with Johnson clinching, and pressing Fortuna against the fence, and then he dumped Fortuna to the ground with 20 seconds left. Fortuna popped back up a few seconds before the buzzer sounded. I gave that round to Fortuna, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was another fairly even round, with Johnson mostly just clinching and pressing Fortuna against the fence. They traded some sloppy strikes at the end of the round, but for the most part, they both looked like they were losing interest by the end of the fight. Johnson seemed more confident after the final buzzer sounded, so I guess I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Johnson. All 3 judges agreed, giving Johnson the unanimous decision victory.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with Theodorou landing some heavy leg kicks, while dancing around a lot, but Tavares was able to take him down one minute into the first round, and he worked his way around into sort of a halfway back control. Theodorou scrambled back to his feet, and then reset 90 seconds into the round. Theodorou threw a head kick, and then Tavares clinched and pressed him against the fence. Theodorou backed out and landed some strikes before resetting again. Tavares threw some solid punches, but I don't think they were scoring as much as Theodorou's kicks were. Theodorou finished the round with a pair of hard body kicks. I scored the first round for Theodorou.
     They traded some wild strikes to start the second round, and then Theodorou grabbed Tavares, tried to suplex him, threw him down for a second, Tavares popped back up, and Theodorou pressed him against the fence, looking for another takedown, but Tavares was able to stay standing, and even nearly dumped Theodorou at one point. They clinched for a while, worked some dirty boxing, split up, and Theodorou tried to press Tavares against the fence again. Tavares threw a kick, Theodorou caught it, took down Tavares, Tavares tried to stand back up, and Theodorou threw a series of knees to Tavares's head, while Tavares was touching the ground with one hand. They split up with 90 seconds left in the round, and Theodorou landed some hard strikes. This is a pretty close fight so far, but I have Theodorou ahead 20-18, but it could be all tied up going into the final round.
     Theodorou took down Tavares to start the final round, but Tavares stood back up 90 seconds into the round. After some scrambling around, Tavares took Theodorou's back with 2 minutes left in the round. He tried to find a rear-naked choke, but he had some trouble getting his arm under Theodorou's chin. Theodorou tried to break free, but Tavares continued to work for a submission by grabbing Theodorou's arm. Theodorou stepped over, almost took control, and Tavares scrambled to quickly take his back again. Theodorou stood back up with 20 seconds left in the fight, they exchanged a few strikes, and we're going to another decision. I scored this fight 29-28 for Elias Theodorou, but all 3 judges gave the unanimous decision victory to Brad Tavares.
89.6
TKO
(Elbows)
12:08
      The first round started with Cannonier basically beating the shit out of late replacement, Nick Roehrick. Cannonier's boxing looks strong tonight, as he's landing a lot of clean punch combinations. Roehrick landed some solid punches of his own, but he was backing up a bit too much. Cannonier reminds me of a slightly more aggressive King Mo Lawal. Cannonier landed a huge right hand on Roehrick's chin with 30 seconds left in the round, but Roehrick was able to clinch with him after that. Nothing happened there, so they reset, and then nothing else happened in the final 10 seconds. Round one clearly goes to Cannonier.
     The second round had Cannonier showing off his fancy footwork, while holding his hands down at his hips. Cannonier continued to chip away at Roehrick, and then he knocked him down halfway through the round. Roehrick turned and ran away, and Cannonier continued to hammer him with heavy punches. Roehrick is clearly looking to land that one big right hand, while Cannonier is spending his time picking apart Roehrick with a ton of volume. Cannonier is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round, if not 20-17.
     The final round was more of the same, with Cannonier picking apart Roehrick with punches, but he also started to mix in some high kicks, and then he dropped Roehrick halfway through the round, he unloaded with some brutal short elbows, and the referee jumped in to stop the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Jared Cannonier, and another excellent TKO victory.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      Klose started the first round with some brutal kicks to Diakiese's calf. Klose then scored an easy takedown, and pinned Diakiese against the fence, but Diakiese quickly stood back up with his back still against the fence. Klose worked some foot stomps, and then Diakiese timed it perfectly, as he whipped Klose around and threw him to the ground, and then beat up his body with some hard elbows. They stood back up, and Diakiese tried to take Klose's back. He then ragdolled Klose to the ground, but Klose quickly scrambled back to his feet. They clinched for a few seconds, and then traded some hard kicks. Diakiese threw a high kick, and then Klose threw another brutal calf kick, that knocked Diakiese to the ground. Klose jumped into half mount, and started working some ground & pound with 90 seconds left in the opening round. Diakiese went for a heel hook, Klose started showboating, and Diakiese was able to end the round on top inside Klose's guard. That was a wild round, with a lot of back & forth action, but Klose probably won the round with those brutal leg kicks.
     Diakiese came out throwing bombs to start the second round, Klose threw another leg kick, but Diakiese jumped over it, and literally kicked Klose in the face while in midair. Klose clinched, and pressed Diakiese against the fence. Diakiese broke free & reset 90 seconds into the round. Diakiese threw a wild kick, Klose caught it, and they both went into a leg lock battle for a few seconds, before resetting again halfway through the round. They traded a few more strikes, they clinched, and then Diakiese dropped Klose with a knee to the groin. When the fight started back up, they both traded some hard strikes, and then Klose clinched and pressed Diakiese against the fence. Diakiese worked some nice strikes from the clinch, and then reset again. Klose is clearly starting to slow down, but he was still able to trip Diakiese one more time at the end of the round, resulting in a clear 20-18 lead for Klose going into the final round.
     Diakiese started the final round with a nice kick to the body, followed by a clean kick to the jaw of Klose. Klose attempted a takedown 45 seconds into the round, but Diakiese was able to stuff the tired shot. Diakiese continued to look for openings for a head kick. Klose shot for a takedown 90 seconds into the round, and Diakiese nearly caught him in a tight guillotine choke. Klose flipped out of it, so they stood back up, and Diakiese grabbed Klose's back from the clinch. Diakiese tried to throw him to the ground, but Klose grabbed the fence to stay on his feet, so the referee gave him a stern warning. They reset again with 90 seconds left in the round. Diakiese blasted Klose with some hard shots, and then went for a flying guillotine choke in the final 30 seconds, but he wasn't able to lock it on. Round 3 definitely goes to Diakiese, but the fight should go to Klose 29-28. I'm halfway expecting a split-decision though, based mostly on the fact that Klose was stalling & talking shit in the final round, while Diakiese was basically beating the shit out of him. One judge gave the fight to Diakiese, but the other two gave the win to Klose, for the split-decision. Klose then started talking all kinds of shit, and pissed off everyone in the arena. That was a crazy fight overall.
89.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
5:43
      Taylor immediately shot for a single leg takedown, and Lima punched him in the side of the head repeatedly while stuffing the shot. Taylor was all over Lima though, as he worked to clinch with Lima's back against the fence. Taylor finally threw Lima to the ground 90 seconds into the opening round, landing inside his guard in the center of the cage. Taylor landed some big clunky punches & elbows, while Lima continued to try to wrap him up with his guard. Taylor locked on a rear-naked choke with 2 minutes left in the round, but Lima somehow escaped. Taylor continued to smother him against the fence, he took his back again, locked on a rear-naked choke, and Lima somehow escaped again. Taylor cut Lima's right eye with some elbows, he passed to full mount, and continued to pound on Lima while looking for a way to secure back control. Taylor continued to do the gorilla smash thing until the buzzer sounded. Round one was a 10-8 round for Taylor.
     Lime dropped Taylor immediately with a left hand to start the second round, and then he jumped on his back, but he went too high, so Taylor snuck out the back door, and took Lima's back in the center of the cage. He locked on the rear-naked choke, it was insanely tight, Lima tried to find Taylor's hands, but failed, so he was forced to submit. That was an insane one-sided victory by Jesse Taylor, even showing some serious heart after getting knocked down early in the round. Jesse Taylor is a scary dude, if you can't avoid his takedowns, and so far, he doesn't seem to have any trouble at all taking most of these guys down.
94.3
TKO
(Punches & Knees)
9:48
      These guys both came out swinging, and it looked like Gaethje was hurt in the opening seconds, but he just smiled and came back swinging with some wild punches. Gaethje landed with a nice combination, capped off with some hard knees from the clinch a minute into the round. Johnson looked fantastic in the opening minute, but everything after that had Gaethje walking him down, while tearing him up with heavy punches & leg kicks. They both landed a TON of heavy punches, some big knees, and then Johnson rocked Gaethje hard in the final 30 seconds, and nearly finished him up against the fence, but Gaethje was saved by the buzzer. That round was fucking insane, and Gaethje looked great for most of it, but Johnson stole that round in the final 30 seconds.
      They both slowed down significantly at the start of the second round, but they were still throwing everything they had at each other. Johnson rocked Gaethje again 90 seconds into the round, and instead of going for the finish, he clinched. They both looked absolutely exhausted halfway through the second round. Gaethje rocked Johnson with 90 seconds left in the second round, Johnson was backing up, on wobbly legs, and Gaethje walked forward, blasted Johnson with some big shots, Johnson fell down, laid there for a few seconds, and Gaethje told him to stand back up. Johnson could barely stay on his feet. He sat down multiple times, Gaethje kept plowing forward, and eventually he dropped Johnson with a flying knee, some punches and a pair of big knees, and the referee stepped in to stop the fight. That was one of the best fights I've ever seen, and Gaethje showed an unbelievable amount of heart, before going in for the kill, late in the second round. That fight was fucking insane. WELCOME TO THE UFC JUSTIN GAETHJE!!!
OVERALL 90.4
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