(7/8/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Alexey Oleynik - 92.8
2. Rob Font - 92.8
3. Thiago Santos - 92.8
4. Chad Laprise - 92.4
5. Trevin Giles - 92.1
6. Robert Whittaker - 92.0
7. Anthony Pettis - 91.8
8. Cody Stamann - 91.2
9. Belal Muhammad - 90.8
10. Alistair Overeem - 90.0
UFC 213: Whittaker vs. Romero
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero
92.4
Fighters & Matches 89.1
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.5
88.2
KO
(Punches)
7:54
     Bochnovic spent the first minute picking apart Giles with kicks, until Giles got the body lock, and dumped him to the ground, landing inside Bochnovic's guard. Giles beat up Bochnovic for most of the round on the ground, while Bochnovic was rolling around, hoping to find a submission, but Giles was riding Bochnovic's back for a while, which made it nearly impossible for Bochnovic to work any real offense. Giles landed some brutal ground & pound in the final 30 seconds of the round. Round one clearly goes to Giles.
     Giles dropped Bochnovic with a shot to the body in the first minute of the second round, and then Giles continued to grind all over Bochnovic. He locked on a North-South choke 90 seconds into the round, but let that go in favor of side control. Bochnovic tried to scramble back to his feet halfway through the round, but Giles quickly threw him to the ground again. He passed to full mount, Bochnovic gave up his back, and Giles unloaded with some big punches. He continued to pound on him with some massive punches, until he knocked Bochnovic unconscious. That was a really solid UFC debut for Trevin Giles.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      Ware started this fight with a few leg kicks, Stamann fired back with some punches, and then took down Ware 90 seconds into the round, but he wasn't able to hold Ware down for more than a few seconds. Ware landed some nice punches while backing Stamann up toward the fence, and then he kind of ducked down for a takedown, but failed, so he hit Stamann with a glancing knee to the groin. When the fight started back up, they traded a few more strikes, and then Stamann scored another quick takedown. Stamann beat up Ware on the ground with some decent ground & pound until the end of the round. Round one goes to Stamann.
     The second round started with some interesting exchanges of strikes, both guys started taunting each other, and then Stamann shot in for another slick takedown, pinning Ware in the center of the cage again. Ware tried to scramble back to his feet, and gave up the back clinch in the process. They split up, and both started teeing off on each other 90 seconds into the second round. Stamann dumped Ware to the ground again with 2 minutes left in the round. Stamann has a pretty click ability to shoot for strong double leg takedowns. They stood back up with a minute left in the round, and Ware finally stuffed a takedown, but Stamann just backed out, and shot in for another takedown, and pinned Ware again, until the end of the round. I have Stamann ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Ware really needs to work on his takedown defense.
     The final round had Stamann circling around the outside, while picking apart Ware with hard punches & kicks. Ware finally started to score with some punches halfway through the round, but Stamann quickly dumped him to the ground again. Ware tried to stand back up, and Stamann grabbed him, and whipped him back to the ground again with an awkward back clinch. Stamann is a hell of a wrestler, but he hasn't shown any sort of ability to do any real damage on the ground at all. Stamann emptied his gas tank in the final 30 seconds, and basically beat the shit out of Ware, but for the most part, this was just a wrestling clinic, without a ton of damage being done in either direction. Still, that was a pretty clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Cody Stamann in his short notice UFC debut.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      Muhammad started this fight with some decent boxing, and then he tried to work some wrestling, but Mein threw him to the ground. He stood back up a few seconds later and they reset for some more kickboxing. They were both trading strikes at a decent pace, and then Muhammad shot for another takedown halfway through the opening round, but Mein stuffed the shot, and they reset again. Muhammad landed some really solid shots with 90 seconds left in the round. He was having some trouble getting inside the reach of Mein, but Muhammad was still more aggressive, so I scored the first round for Muhammad. He clinched in the final minute of the round, and beat up Mein with some short shots while pressing him against the fence. In between rounds, I got a decent look at a nice sized cut above Mein's left eye.
     Muhammad applied a lot of pressure to start the second round, he landed some decent shots, and then lifted Mein into the air to try to dump him to the ground, but Mein did a good job staying on his feet, so they went back to trading random strikes. Mein landed some nice leg kicks, but Muhammad was chewing him up with his boxing, and that cut is bleeding down into the left eye of Mein. Muhammad continued to pressure Mein for the duration of the round, but he was never able to fully complete a takedown. He dumped Mein down with 30 seconds left in the round, but he wasn't able to do much beyond a few short elbows before the buzzer sounded. I have Muhammad ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had Muhammad still pressuring Mein, he finally took him to the ground, and then he took his back, locked on a tight body triangle, and started working for a rear-naked choke while punching Mein in the face from back control. Mein stood up with a minute left in the final round, but Muhammad continued to grind all over him while hitting him with hard punches all the way up until the final buzzer. I scored this fight 30-27 for Belal Muhammad, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Muhammad the unanimous decision victory. This also marks 3 losses in a row for Jordan Mein.
90.9
TKO
(Punches)
7:04
      Santos landed some nice strikes, and then Meerschaert took him down 30 seconds into the round, but Santos quickly kicked out and stood back up. Meerschaert took him down again with a body lock a minute into the round, but Santos stood back up immediately, as Meerschaert landed a few short punches to his face. Santos stood up, threw some bombs, dropped Meerschaert, and unloaded with some violent hammerfists. They stood back up, and Santos poked Meerschaert's left eye. Santos also has a bad cut on the right side of his head. When the fight started back up, Santos continued to chip away at Meerschaert with some hard kicks & knees. Meerschaert looks exhausted, and Santos still looks fresh, even with the big cut on his head. Santos went in for the kill in the final minute of the round, but Meerschaert did a good job staying just outside of distance. I scored the first round for Thiago Santos.
     The second round started with Meerschaert scoring a quick takedown, but Santos popped right back up. Meerschaert shot in for another takedown, Santos stuffed the shot, unloaded with some violent punches, while Meerschaert turtled up, and then Santos crushed his shoulder into the throat of Meerschaert. Meerschaert turtled up again, Santos continued to unload with heavy punches, they stood back up 90 seconds into the round, and Santos blasted him with a heavy knee, Meerschaert dropped again, and Santos continued to crush him with sledgehammer style punches. The referee finally stopped the fight 2 minutes into the second round. That was a fantastic performance by Thiago Santos.
89.3
TKO
(Knee & Punches)
11:27
      Camozzi started this fight by throwing some lanky kicks, and Laprise blasted him in the face with a hard punch. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace, with Camozzi moving forward constantly, but Laprise was blasting him with really fast hands, while bouncing around the outside. Camozzi was still landing some clean shots from far away, but Laprise's offense appeared to be way more active for the most part. Laprise caught a kick, and then took Camozzi down with 30 seconds left in the round. Round one goes to Laprise.
     Camozzi was active with his striking in the second round, but he was having trouble keeping up witih the speed of Laprise, as Laprise continued to bounce around the outside, while working his boxing. They both continued to work at a solid pace for the rest of the round, but I have Laprise ahead 20-18 going into the final round, without any real questions at this point.
     They continued to strike with each other in the third round, Laprise hurt Camozzi with some hard shots to the body, Camozzi backed up, and Laprise went in for the kill, nearly blasting a hole through Camozzi's body with brutal punch combinations, he hit him with a hard knee that dropped him, and then he continued to unload with violent punch combinations, finishing the fight in brutal fashion. That was a fantastic performance by Chad Laprise.
89.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:44
      These guys both traded some hard strikes early, and Browne rocked Oleynik with a big left hand, and then dropped him with some additional punches, but he let him back up a few seconds later. They continued to trade some sloppy strikes, and Oleynik dropped Browne with a huge right hand. Browne stood back up, and Oleynik pressed him against the fence. There was some awkward clinchwork going on, with Oleynik in control for the most part. Oleynik backed out with 90 seconds left in the round, and unloaded with a few big punches, and Browne still looked rocked. Browne threw a big knee as he was backing up, and Oleynik continued to plow forward, before taking down Browne with a minute left to work from side control. Oleynik worked his way into back control and nearly ripped Browne's head off in the final seconds of the opening round. That was a pretty crazy back & forth battle, and I think Oleynik pretty clearly won the round with his performance in the last half of the round.
     Oleynik came out throwing bombs to start the second round, and Browne was backing up. Browne looked like he was going to land some big knees, but he didn't look like he had very good control over his legs, like they were asleep or something. He still landed some decent knees, but nothing with the power that I would have expected from old school Travis Browne. They clinched, and Browne threw some slow knees, while Oleynik landed countless uppercuts to the gut of Browne. Oleynik tried to throw him, but Browne stayed standing, and then slammed Oleynik. Oleynik beat up Browne with a lot of punches to his head from Oleynik's back, while Browne just kind of sat there inside Oleynik's guard, before passing to side control with half the round left to work. Oleynik stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round, and he quickly took Browne's back after throwing him to the ground. Browne turtled up, and Oleynik hit him with some hard punches, before working for the rear-naked choke. Browne held on for a few seconds, but Oleynik eventually applied too much of that squeeze, and Browne was forced to submit. That was a fantastic finish by Oleynik, and that's Browne's fourth loss in a row.
89.8
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
9:36
      Font beat up Andrade with some slick striking to start the first round, and then he took down Andrade a minute into the round, and pressed him against the fence. Andrade pulled guard, and Font beat him up with some elbows, before standing up and locking on a standing guillotine choke. Andrade pulled away, and Font threw some kicks as they broke apart. They continued to trade strikes at a high pace, Font unloaded with a really slick combination, including a massive knee to the chin, and he had Andrade rocked, but Font poked him in the eye by accident, so the fight was paused, and Andrade was given some time to recover. When the fight started back up, they continued to trade strikes at a rapid pace, with Font landing the better strikes in most exchanges. He locked on a guillotine choke in the final 10 seconds. Round one clearly goes to Rob Font, as he pretty much controlled the fight in every position.
     The second round was a fairly even round of striking, with both guys landing some decent shots, but Font hammered Andrade with some big knees halfway through the round, he rocked him with some big punch combinations, and then he took down Andrade, and quickly passed to side control. Font locked on a brutal looking guillotine choke, and finished the fight by submission with less than 30 seconds left in the second round. That was a fantastic performance by Rob Font, as he continues to climb the Bantamweight ladder.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      The first half of the opening round had both guys trading hard strikes at a decent pace, but once the halfway mark hit, Pettis opened up, and blasted Miller with a series of heavy kicks & punches that had him hurt. Miller is backing up way too much, as Pettis is clearly becoming more & more confident as this fight progresses. Round one goes to Anthony Pettis.
     The second round started with some even exchanges, and then Miller caught a kick and took Pettis down. Miller jumped into his guard, and started bleeding ALL OVER THE PLACE. Pettis was looking to setup a submission, while Miller just poured blood all over Pettis's face & body. Miller beat up Pettis a little bit, and then took his back, but Pettis was able to scramble out of that, and he ended up on top inside Miller's guard. Pettis worked some decent ground & pound, before passing to side control with a minute left in the round. Miller gave up his back with 30 seconds left in the round, Pettis tried to control him, but Miller was able ot stand up, only to get taken down again with 10 seconds left in the round. I have Pettis ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Miller came out working his leg kicks in the third round, and Pettis looked like he was kind of coasting, while looking for openings to throw head kicks, while letting the clock drain. Miller shot for a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, but Pettis stuffed the shot, and pressed Miller into the fence for some clinch stalling. They broke apart and unloaded on each other with around a minute left in the round, and even though they both landed some serious shots, Anthony Pettis should win this fight with a clear 30-27 decision. All 3 judges agreed, giving Pettis the unanimous decision victory.
85.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with both guys throwing some strikes, and then Blaydes clinched, and threw a couple of knees at Omielanczuk's groin, so they fight was paused for a few seconds. When the fight started back up, Blaydes continued to pressure Omielanczuk, but he wasn't really doing much outside of clinching and walking forward. He shot for a takedown halfway through the round, and Omielanczuk stuffed the shot against the fence. Blaydes shot for another takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and Omielanczuk stuffed the shit out of it again. The round ended with Blaydes still pressing Omielanczuk against the fence. Blaydes won that round, but only based on pressure, since he barely did any damage at all.
     The second round started with Blaydes clinching again, and pressing Omielanczuk against the fence. They split up a minute into the round, and traded a few punches. We're 90 seconds into the second round, and this fight is going nowhere. Omielanczuk threw a head kick, Blaydes slipped, so it looked bad for Blaydes, but nothing really happened there. Omielanczuk then hit Blaydes with a knee to the chin, and Blaydes clinched again. Omielanczuk threw some hard punches, and then Blaydes clinched again, after failing another takedown attempt. Blaydes then kicked Omielanczuk in the balls, so the referee gave him a VERY stern warning. When the fight started back up, Blaydes shot for a terrible takedown, and Omielanczuk stuffed the shot with ease. This fight sucks, but I feel like the fight is all tied up going into the final round, considering Blaydes is being more aggressive with his takedown attempts, but Omielanczuk has stuffed EVERY SINGLE SHOT so far, so... Omielanczuk is also landing the better strikes in my opinion.
     Omielanczuk came out swinging in the final round, and he hit Blaydes with some hard shots, but then backed off, as Blaydes pumped a few jabs in his general direction. Blaydes shot for another takedown 45 seconds into the final round, and Omielanczuk stuffed the shot again. They continued to trade some very slow tired shots for the rest of the round, with neither fighter looking like a UFC caliber fighter at all. Blaydes was complaining about the lack of respect that people are showing him going into this fight, and I have to say, he did NOTHING to give people a reason to give a shit about him after this fight. Omielanczuk landed some hard punches, and then shot in for a silly looking single leg takedown, and he actually completed the takedown, sort of, but they quickly stood back up with 50 seconds left in the fight. This fight was terrible, Blaydes will probably win the decision, but I HOPE Omielanczuk wins, based on his takedown defense, and more interesting attempts at ending the fight. I'm going to score this fight 29-28 for Omielanczuk just to be a dick. All 3 judges scored the fight 30-27 for Blaydes. That fight was fucking terrible, and I don't really want to see these guys fight again. This is 3 losses in a row for Omielanczuk, and the third win in a row for Blaydes, but that performance was fucking terrible.
89.6
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
      The first round started with Werdum throwing some wild strikes, and not really landing with much. Overeem wasn't as active, but he landed the harder strikes, and stuffed a takedown attempt from Werdum. That round was basically a draw, but I scored it slightly for Overeem, based on landing the better strikes.
     Werdum pulled guard a minute into the second round, and Overeem flattened himself out like a blanket, before standing back up. They continued to trade strikes at a VERY slow pace, until Overeem dropped Werdum with a hard left hand. He then laid on top of him again for a few seconds, and then stood back up. They traded a few slow strikes, they both looked tired already, and then Overeem suddenly exploded, and blasted Werdum with some brutal lightning fast strikes. They both landed a few more hard shots, and then the round ended. I scored that round for Overeem, and have him ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but the scores could be all over the place.
     Werdum picked up the pace in the final round, but his accuracy is garbage. Overeem is still landing the cleaner strikes, but he's throwing less often than Werdum. Werdum dropped Overeem with a knee 2 minutes into the final round, and he jumped on him, but Overeem quickly took top control and stood back up. Overeem was almost out on his feet, and then Werdum dumped Overeem to the ground with half a round left to work. Werdum threw some hard punches to the body of Werdum, while smothering him against the fence. Werdum continued to beat up Overeem from inside his guard for the rest of the round, leading to a very clear round in the books for Werdum. I'm going to assume Werdum is going to win this one, based on his performance in the final round, but I still wouldn't be shocked if Overeem wins a split-decision, or maybe a draw happens. One judge scored the fight a draw, and the other two gave the fight to Overeem, 29-28, for the majority decision. I have to admit that I'm a LITTLE bit shocked, but I'm glad that Overeem won.
92.4
Decision
25:00
      Whittaker started this fight by throwing some decent punches, but Romero was staying just outside of his range. Romero kicked Whittaker's leg at the same time that Whittaker slipped, which caused him to fall down, but he popped right back up. Whittaker landed some hard jabs, and then there was a wild scramble, where Romero threw Whittaker to the ground, but he wasn't able to hold him down for more than a couple of seconds. Romero threw a flying knee, and yanked Whittaker around for a few seconds in the clinch, but he still wasn't able to properly take down Whittaker. Whittaker threw a few more clean shots, Romero shot for another takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, and Whittaker stuffed the shit out of it. Whittaker clipped Romero just slightly with a head kick at the end of the round. I have no idea who won that round.
      Between rounds we learned that Whittaker's lead leg was torn up by a kick from Romero, so Whittaker is having some trouble moving around. That didn't stop him from throwing an early head kick though. Whittaker rushed in 90 seconds into the round, and Romero ducked under his punches and took Whittaker to the ground, landing inside his guard. Whittaker was holding on for dear life, while Romero threw some very short punches to the head of Whittaker from inside his awkward guard. Whittaker nearly swept Romero, but Romero took his back in the process. They stood up, and Romero kept ahold of the back clinch. Romero tripped Whittaker with 90 seconds left in the round, but Whittaker popped back up immediately. Romero hugged Whittaker for most of the rest of the round, Whittaker hit him with a decent knee to the thigh, and then the referee reset them. Whittaker landed some wild strikes, and then Romero punched him and clinched again with 30 seconds left in the round. Romero threw Whittaker down in the final 5 seconds of the round, Bully Beatdown style. Romero is probably ahead 20-18 going into the third round.
      Whittaker came out and threw some decent kicks to start the third round, and he landed some nice punch combinations as well. Whittaker landed a nice body kick, and almost landed a head kick, as he continued to chase Romero around in the third round. Whittaker continued to land some big punches, and kicks for most of the round, while Romero was clearly just taking the round off. Round 3 goes to Whittaker, and this fight could potentially be all tied up going into the Championship rounds.
      They continued to bounce around to start the fourth round, and Whittaker nearly dropped Romero with a kick to the chest. Romero then grabbed Whittaker and whipped him around for a few seconds, while trying to take control of his back. Whittaker escaped the tight clinch 90 seconds into the round, and blasted Romero with a knee to the body. Romero shot for another takedown, and Whittaker stuffed the shit out of it. Romero threw his flying knee halfway through the round, but Whittaker did a good job avoiding much contact. Whittaker blasted Romero with a brutal head kick with 2 minutes left in the round, and he followed it up with a wide variety of strikes. Whittaker continued to hammer Romero with big punch combinations in the final minute, nearly getting the finish, as Romero looked a bit lost. Romero shot for a couple more takedowns, and Whittaker continued to stuff the shit out of all of his shots. Round 4 goes to Whittaker for sure, as he's clearly won at least two rounds, and the first round is up in the air. Romero looks absolutely exhausted going into the final round.
      Whittaker landed some fast strikes to start the final round, but Romero is still throwing some heavy kicks back at him. They continued to throw everything they had at each other, but they were both clearly running out of gas in that final round. Whittaker cut the top of Romero's head with a knee, and he continued to chip away at him with combinations. Romero is still plowing forward, but he's not throwing much offense. Whittaker dropped Romero with a left hand with 90 seconds left in the fight, and then he jumped into his guard. Whittaker threw some short elbows, and Romero threw up a few decent punches from his back. Whittaker passed to half mount with 30 seconds left in the round, and he threw some brutal elbows at Romero, chopping up his face in the final seconds. That round goes to Whittaker, as he earns the biggest victory of his career, and becomes the UFC Middleweight Champion (interim). As far as I'm concerned, this was a legit Championship fight, since I feel like both of these guys have been ranked above Bisping for a long time now.
OVERALL 90.5
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