(7/22/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Chris Weidman - 92.4
2. Eryk Anders - 92.4
3. Shane Burgos - 92.4
4. Junior Albini - 92.1
5. Marlon Vera - 92.0
6. Jimmie Rivera - 92.0
7. Jeremy Kennedy - 91.4
8. Darren Elkins - 91.4
9. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos - 90.7
10. Dennis Bermudez - 90.4
UFC on Fox 25: Weidman vs. Gastelum
Location: Long Island, New York
Elevation: 300'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Jimmie Rivera vs. Thomas Almeida
91.7
Fighters & Matches 88.9
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.3
87.0
Decision
15:00
     These guys traded a couple of kicks, and then Wade clinched, and took Perez to the ground 40 seconds into the opening round. He beat up Perez for a couple of minutes, until Perez finally worked his way back to his feet around the halfway point. Perez eventually scored a takedown, but didn't do much with it. Wade stood back up, and Perez dumped Wade to the ground again with a minute left in the round. They stood back up with 30 seconds left in the round, and Wade threw Perez to the ground with a nice headlock throw. The round ended with Wade on top, and that will probably be enough to win the round for Wade in his hometown.
     Wade was walking down Perez to start the second round, and he landed a few decent punches while Perez was backing up. They traded a few kicks, and then Wade took down Perez 2 minutes into the round, landing in an awkward inverted triangle choke. Wade wrestled his way out of that and continued to press Perez against the fence. Perez basically sat in the seated position against the fence, SOMEWHAT stuffing the shot, while Wade continued to grind him against the fence until the end of the round. This fight could really be going in either direction at this point, but I personally have Wade ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Perez started the final round with some decent strikes, and then Wade clinched 45 seconds into the round, Perez kind of took control of the clinch and then reset. Wade threw a high kick, Perez ducked under it and took him down a minute into the round, and Wade used a guillotine to sweep Perez, allowing him to end up on top in the center of the cage, 90 seconds into the final round. Perez finally worked his way back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the fight, but they stayed pressed against the fence for some clinch stalling for a while. Wade shot for one last takedown with 30 seconds left in the fight, and Perez landed a nice knee to his shoulder on the way down. The round ended with Perez punching Wade in the back, while Wade kept him pinned against the fence. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving the unanimous decision to Chris Wade.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      Pepey came out swinging, throwing some wild punches, but Burgos was keeping his cool, as he landed some solid counterstrikes. Burgos knocked down Pepey 2 minutes into the opening round with a knee, and the told Pepey to stand back up. They continued to work their striking, and Burgos dropped Pepey again with some punches. He had him stand back up again, and Pepey shot for a takedown at the halfway point, but Burgos stuffed the shot, so Pepey just clinched with him against the fence. They reset with 90 seconds left in the round, and they continued to trade some wild strikes, with Burgos landing the most composed punches. Pepey was just flailing shit wildly, and not landing as cleanly. Round one goes to Shane Burgos for sure.
     They traded some strikes to start the second round, Pepey fell down a minute into the round, tried to get Burgos to come to the ground with him, and Burgos just laughed and stood there, waiting for Pepey to stand back up. Burgos continued to beat up Pepey, he fell down, tried to get Burgos to come to the ground with him again, and the same thing happened, as the referee made Pepey stand back up. They continued to trade strikes at a solid pace, with Burgos still clearly in control, but he was also leaving his chin out there, so Pepey was able to clip him a few times. Pepey pulled guard with 15 seconds left in the round, which was dumb, because Burgos just settled in on top of him to finish the round. That might have been worth something if he would have started the round with it. Burgos is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Pepey came out throwing bombs to start the final round, and Burgos just ate the shots, before firing back with a few jabs. Pepey shot for a takedown 45 seconds into the round, and Burgos stuffed the shot with ease. The rest of the round continued with the same gameplan, as Burgos picked apart Castro with clean punches, while Pepey was just throwing Hail Marys, hoping to land with something devestating, which just never happened. Burgos dropped Pepey with a body shot with a minute left in the fight, and he told him to stand up again. Burgos continued to blast Pepey with big punches in the final 30 seconds, dropping him one more time, he landed inside his guard, and punched him in the face A LOT, until the round finally ended. That was a fantastic performance by Shane Burgos, as he basically dominated Godofredo Pepey for 15 minutes.
88.8
TKO
(Punches)
2:51
      Timothy Johnson came out swinging, and pressured Albini quite a bit with some clinching against the fence. Albini was able to create some distance though, and they turned it into a big heavyweight boxing match. Albini dropped Johnson with some punches with around 2 minutes remaining in the opening round, he pounded on his face with some hammerfists, and the referee stepped in to stop the fight. That was a solid UFC debut by Junior Albini.
89.3
Submission
(Armbar)
2:18
      These guys traded strikes at a decent pace to start the first round, and then Kelleher shot for a takedown 90 seconds into the round, but Vera was able to stuff the shot against the fence. Vera looked like he wanted to setup a standing Kimura, and there was a wild scramble where Vera was able to throw Kelleher around a bit, Kelleher finally decided to just shove him to the ground, Vera immediately transitioned into an armbar from the Kimura, and he finished the fight by submission in the first round. That was a fantastic finish by the underdog, Marlon "Chito" Vera.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      Bochniak threw a punch to start the fight, Kennedy ducked under it, and took him down with the quickness, planting him in the center of the cage. Kennedy tried to pass Bochniak's guard, but Bochniak did a good job keeping him tied up. Bochniak tried to work his way toward the fence to get back up, but Kennedy did a good job maintaining top control for the duration of the round. Bochniak gave up his back with 2 minutes left in the round, and Kennedy blasted him with some hard elbows to the side of his face. Bochniak finally stood back up a few seconds later, but Kennedy continued to grind him against the fence from the clinch. Bochniak finally broke free with 90 seconds left in the round, Kennedy blasted him with some knees to the body, and then he took him down again. Kennedy continued to beat up Bochniak until the buzzer sounded. Round one clearly goes to Jeremy "Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger" Kennedy.
     The second round started with Kennedy pressing Bochniak against the fence, and he scored another takedown 30 seconds into the round. Bochniak worked his way back to his feet 90 seconds into the round, only to get tripped back to the ground again. Bochniak tried to setup a seated Anaconda choke or something, which failed, so Kennedy quickly took his back, and continued to beat the shit out of him against the fence. Bochniak stood up again halfway through the round, and Kennedy tripped him back to the ground again. Bochniak stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round, and then Kennedy ducked under some punches to take him down again. Kennedy is clearly ahead at least 20-18 going into the final round.
     Bochniak was finally able to pressure Kennedy in the final round, he landed a few clean punches, and it looked like he might have hurt Kennedy a bit with one of those right hands. Bochniak kicked Kennedy in the dick, and that gave him a few seconds to recover from the punches that Bochniak landed as well. When the fight started back up, they continued to trade punches for a few seconds, with Bochniak still looking more active on the feet. I'm not sure why Kennedy isn't taking him down anymore. As soon as I said that, Kennedy shot for a deep double leg halfway through the round, Bochniak slipped out of that, so Kennedy chased him, got the back clinch, and tripped him to the ground with 2 minutes left in the round. Kennedy pounded on Bochniak with some left hands to the face, and the round eventually ended with Kennedy still pounding on Bochniak with punches. Kennedy blasted Bochniak with a brutal elbow that cut his forehead in the final 10 seconds. That's pretty inconvenient for Bochniak. This fight should be a clear 30-27 decision for Jeremy Kennedy. All 3 judges agreed, with only one judge giving a single round to Kyle Bochniak.
86.6
Decision
15:00
      Grabowski started this fight by throwing some slow punches that looked like he was punching through peanut butter. Sherman landed a few clean jabs, and a decent head kick in the first minute of the opening round. Sherman landed some solid counter combinations, mixing his punches & kicks nicely. Sherman unloaded in the final 30 seconds of the opening round, with some big punch combinations, and he was chewing up Grabowski's legs with clean kicks too. Round one clearly goes to Sherman.
     The second round was more of the same, with Sherman slightly outstriking Grabowski, and then he opened up in the final 30 seconds, clearly looking to kill him at that point. Sherman is ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Sherman was clearly slowing down in the third round, but he was still picking apart Grabowski to a significant degree with his strikes. Grabowski shot for a takedown with 2 minutes left in the fight, but Sherman shrugged it off with ease. Sherman continued to beat up Grabowski on the feet, albeit at a slow pace, until the final buzzer sounded. This wasn't a great fight, but it was a clear 30-27 unanimous decision for Chase Sherman. Congrats to Grabowski for finally making it out of the first round, but with a UFC record of 0-3, you have to assume he's getting fired after this one.
88.0
KO
(Punch)
6:50
      Oliveira threw a few long strikes, and then LaFlare clinched and took Oliveira down one minute into the opening round, but Oliveira looked like he was immediately trying to setup an armbar, but LaFlare was able to pass through that, as he settled into side control 90 seconds into the round. LaFlare tried to setup a North-South choke, and he threw a few decent knees to the body in the process. That didn't work, so he settled back into side control. LaFlare continued to grind from side control, but he was mostly just holding down Oliveira, not really doing any damage or setting anything up. Oliveira was able to secure half guard with 90 seconds left in the round. He tried to kick out, but LaFlare did a good job keeping him flat on the ground. That was a boring round of wrestling, which clearly goes to LaFlare on the scorecards.
     They bounced around for 30 seconds to start the second round, and Oliveira tripped LaFlare with a leg kick. He blasted him with a couple of punches, and did a good job dancing around LaFlare to avoid any sort of wrestling. I took my glasses off for a second to clean them, and when I looked back up, LaFlare was laying flat on the canvas, as he got knocked the fuck out. Apparently LaFlare rushed in randomly, and Oliveira dropped him with a massive right uppercut. That was a big win for Alex Oliveira.
88.4
KO
(Punches)
2:54
      This fight started kind of slowly, with Anders walking down Natal, as Natal circled around with his back to the fence. Anders blasted him with some big punches a minute into the round, and Natal had to run away to escape. Anders continued to blast Natal with some big punches, he hammered him with a flying knee, chased him across the cage with some big punches, as Natal had his back turned to him, and Anders threw him to the ground 2 minutes into the round and continued to pound on him. Anders basically sat on Natal's face, and punched him repeatedly. They stood back up halfway through the round, Anders continued to unload on him with big punches, and Natal went unconscious, falling flat on his face. That was a fantastic UFC debut by Eryk Anders.
88.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Good started this fight with a body kick, Santos caught it, took him down, Good stood back up, and Santos clinched with his back, pressed him against the fence, went for a single leg takedown, that didn't work, so they just clinched for a few seconds. Santos almost tripped Good one minute into the round, but Good was able to stay on his feet, so they split up and reset. They traded a few punches with Good landing the better strikes, but Santos dropped him with a leg kick 90 seconds into the round, and then let him stand back up. Santos continued to land some hard kicks to the lead leg of Good, and then Good finally caught one and took down Santos halfway through the round. Good pressed Santos against the fence, and Santos used that to stand up and reset. Santos went back to chewing up Good's lead leg, they traded some punches from the clinch, and Santos continued to throw some wild combinations at him. Good rocked Santos with 30 seconds left in the round, but he seemed to recover quickly, and he fired back with some strikes of his own. That was a close back & forth round, with Santos doing more damage with his leg kicks, and Good doing more damage with his punchces. I don't know who won that round to be honest.
     They both traded some big punches to start the second round, with Santos appearing to be slightly more active with his combinations, and he almost took Good down against the fence, but Good was able to slip out and reset. Santos shot for another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, but that failed, so they went back to trading punches. Good was landing the cleaner punches, but Santos looked like he was throwing more frequently and more violently. Santos rocked Good with a spinning backfist, they traded some strikes from the clinch, and then split up to work some more back & forth boxing. Santos threw a flying knee, Good "ate it like a cookie" according to Dominick Cruz, and then Good fired back with some big punch combinations. Santos caught a kick and tripped Good to finish the round. I still have no idea where the scorecards are at, but I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They continued to trade some pretty wild strikes in the third round, with Good moving forward more, but Santos was chewing him up with big punches, that rocked Good's head back multiple times. This was a really close fight, it could have been anybody's game going into the final minute of the fight, and in the final 10 seconds, Santos unloaded on Good, rocked the shit out of him, Good did the chicken dance for a few seconds, and he was saved by the buzzer. I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Santos, but wouldn't be shocked with the New York judges going with their hometown boy, Lyman Good. The judges ended up giving the win to Santos via split-decision, which is a LITTLE bit crazy, considering the two judges that gave him the fight gave him all 3 rounds. I thought it was a LITTLE closer than that, but congrats to Santos for a solid split-decision victory over a tough opponent who hasn't fought in a couple of years.
91.7
Decision
15:00
      Rivera spent the first 90 seconds picking apart Almeida with clean boxing, Almeida wasn't being very active, and Rivera dropped Almeida with some big punches around the 2 minute mark. Almeida recovered, clinched, grabbed the cage to keep Rivera pinned against it, and the referee split them up to do a quick reset. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace, with Rivera clearly being more active, and he dropped Almeida again with another clean right hand with a minute or so left in the round. He landed a few punches on the ground, and then let him stand back up. Round one goes to Jimmie Rivera for knocking down Almeida multiple times, and being more aggressive.
     Rivera threw some big punches to start the second round, they clinched for a few seconds, reset, Almeida threw a big knee, and Rivera fired back with some more fast punch combinations. Rivera continued to knock Almeida's head back over and over again with big clean punch combinations. He stiffened Almeida with a clean straight right 90 seconds into the round, and they continued to box with each other, with neither fighter really backing down at all. Almeida finally dropped Rivera with some punches with 2 minutes left in the round, but he popped back up immediately. Almeida landed a nice head kick with a minute left in the round, and followed it up with a pair of punches, but Rivera still looked like he was doing just fine. Almeida MIGHT have stolen that round, but I gave it to Rivera for being more consistently active, so I have Rivera ahead 20-18.
     Rivera shot for a takedown to start the final round, he lifted Almeida into the air, and dumped him to the ground in the center of the cage. Rivera passed to side control, and pounded on Almeida a little bit, as Almeida was mostly trying to kick out to get back to his feet. Almeida stood up a minute into the round, Rivera continued to clinch with him, and he blasted him with a pair of hard knees to the face before they split up and reset 90 seconds into the round. They continued to trade punches at a rapid pace for a couple of minutes, and then Rivera clinched with 2 minutes left in the round, but that went nowhere, so they reset again. Rivera shot for a desperate looking single leg, and Almeida easily stepped out of it with 90 seconds left in the fight. Rivera grabbed him again, and sort of took him down with a minute left, but Almeida scrambled back to his feet quickly. This was a hell of a fight, a lot of back & forth action, but it SHOULD be a solid 30-27 decision for Rivera in my opinion. All 3 judges agreed, giving the hard fought unanimous decision victory to Jimmie Rivera, which means he's now on a 20-Fight winning streak, and in my opinion, he deserves a title shot. I've had him ranked as the #1 Bantamweight in the world for a while, so he definitely deserves his shot.
87.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys traded some sloppy looking strikes, Cummins shot in for a terrible takedown attempt, Villante punched him in the back of the head repeatedly, so Cummins finally gave up and reset. Villante then rocked Cummins with some big punches. Villante threw an accidental headbutt that cut the top of the head of Cummins, so the fight was paused for a few seconds to give Cummins a chance to recover. They continued to trade some sloppy looking punches, and Cummins kind of wobbled Villante with a clean right hand. Cummins clinched with 2 minutes left in the round, and pressed Villante against the fence. That was a close sloppy round of fighting, and I'm giving the round slightly to Cummins, based on controlling the grappling exchanges, since I thought their sloppy striking looked comparible. All of that blood pouring down the face of Cummins looks bad, but knowing it came from a headbutt cancels it out.
     They continued to trade sloppy punches in the second round, and Cummins clinched a few times, pressing Villante against the fence, but nothing was happening there either. I have Cummins ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but the fight is so sloppy, I have no idea where the scores are at, especially considering Villante is one of the New York fighters on this card.
     The final round had both guys still trading sloppy strikes, and Cummins was still failing with his sloppy takedowns. The exchanges on the feet though were pretty close, so this fight really could go either way. I think Cummins is showing a lot more heart, but I don't know if that necessarily means he'll win a fight against Villante in New York though. With 2 minutes left in the fight, the face & head of Cummins looked like dog food, but that didn't stop him from rocking Villante with bombs, before pressing him against the fence for some more clinching. In the end, I think Cummins definitely deserves to win this fight, 29-28, it not 30-27. The judges were split, and gave the split-decision victory to Patrick Cummins.
90.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys both came out brawling, throwing all kinds of wild shit at each other, Bermudez threw a kick and slipped 90 seconds into the opening round, and Elkins used that moment to take him down, press him against the fence for some clinch scrambling. Elkins took down Bermudez multiple times while clinching with his back, and he locked on a body triangle in the center of the cage with 90 seconds left in the round. Bermudez slowly stood up with a minute left in the round, and they went back to clinching, with Elkins still in control. He then picked up Bermudez, and slammed him to the ground. Round one clearly goes to Elkins based on his superior wrestling. I think Elkins definitely took Bermudez by surprise in that first round.
     Bermudez threw some big punches to start the second round, and he went for a takedown, but couldn't finish it, so they reset and went back to throwing wild punches at each other. Bermudez finally scored a takedown halfway through the second round, but he wasn't able to hold Elkins down for more than 15 seconds or so, and he did nothing while on the ground. They traded control of the clinch a few times, they traded some wild punches, and Bermudez pressed Elkins into the fence, while Elkins looked like he was trying to setup a guillotine choke of some sort, while blasting Bermudez with some big knees, which caused Bermudez to drop to his knees to avoid the strikes. After a brief scramble, Elkins clinched with Bermudez's back again, he lifted him into the air, and dumped him to the ground again, taking his back with 30 seconds left in the round. Bermudez popped back up almost immediately, but I think Elkins did enough with his scrambling to win that round. I have Elkins ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was a solid round of back & forth scrambling from the clinch, mixed with some wild striking, with neither fighter taking a very clear advantage in the final round. Going into this fight, I thought it had split-decision written all over it, and now that I've seen them fight for 15 minutes, I still think this fight has split-decision written all over it. The final round probably goes to Bermudez, the first round definitely goes to Elkins, and I scored the second round for Elkins, but it was close. I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Darren Elkins. Two judges scored the fight for Elkins, giving him the split-decision win, as a pretty decently sized underdog again.
90.5
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
13:45
      This fight started slowly, they traded a few jabs, and then Weidman grabbed a single leg, took down Gastelum 2 minutes into the opening round, and he quickly took his back, as Gastelum turtled up. Weidman worked some ground & pound, Gastelum stood up, and Weidman held onto a tight back clinch, threw him back to the ground, passed to side control, slapped on a Kimura, Weidman cranked for it, but Gastelum was able to struggle his way out of it, and they stood back up with a minute left in the round. They traded some light jabs and front kicks to finish out the round. Round one goes to Chris Weidman. WAIT! As soon as I said that, with 10 seconds left in the round, Gastelum knocked down Weidman with a massive right hand, and he nearly finished the fight, but Weidman was saved by the bell. I'm still giving that round to Weidman, but that one punch might have stolen the round for Gastelum.
      The second round started slowly again, Weidman blasted Gastelum with a clean right hand, and then they clinched. Weidman grabbed Gastelum's ankle and tripped him to the ground 90 seconds into the round, and then he took his back again. Weidman started looking for a rear-naked choke, but Gastelum was doing a decent job defending while he was pinned against the fence. They stood back up 2 minutes into the round, Weidman stayed glued to Gastelum's back, and he threw him down again. Gastelum sort of stood up again, and Weidman threw him down again, settling into Gastelum's guard with 2 minutes left in the round. Weidman worked some elbows to the face of Gastelum, and Gastelum looked like he was trying to setup an armbar, but he got pounded with some more elbows instead. Round two CLEARLY goes to Weidman, and I have him ahead 20-18 going into the third round, but the first round COULD have the scores pretty close at this point.
      They both came out swinging in the third round, and Weidman dropped Gastelum quickly with some clean punches. They both stood back up, and battled from the clinch for a few seconds. Weidman landed a series of clean powerful punches, and Gastelum was able to use his head movement to avoid TOO much damage, as they reset a minute into the round. Weidman shot for a single leg 90 seconds into the round, but Gastelum was able to slip out of it as they're both covered in sweat. Weidman took down Gastelum 2 minutes into the round, but Gastelum stood back up again. Weidman wrestled him down again, slapped on an arm-triangle choke, Gastelum tried to defend, but eventually he was forced to submit late in the third round. That was a much needed win for Chris Weidman, and the New York crowd goes insane as he breaks his 3-Fight losing streak against a guy in Gastelum that was rapidly climbing up the ranks.
OVERALL 90.3
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