(8/5/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Joseph Morales - 93.2
2. Humberto Bandenay - 93.1
3. Niko Price - 93.0
4. Jack Hermansson - 92.8
5. Dustin Ortiz - 92.1
6. Rani Yahya - 91.8
7. Alexa Grasso - 91.8
8. Jordan Rinaldi - 91.7
9. Jose Alberto Quinonez - 91.4
10. Alejandro Perez - 91.3
UFC Fight Night 114: Pettis vs. Moreno
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Elevation: 7,382'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Alexa Grasso vs. Randa Markos
90.3
Fighters & Matches 89.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.2
TOTAL 90.7
88.3
Submission
(Von Flue Choke)
2:01
     Rinaldi started this fight with a lot of leg kicks, and a few punches. Herrera looked like he was waiting to throw some counters. Rinaldi took down Herrera a minute into the round, Herrera caught him in a guillotine choke, Rinaldi immediately passed to side control, pressed his shoulder into Herrera's jaw, Herrera held onto the guillotine choke (which is a bad idea), and after a few seconds in that position, Herrera tapped out, the referee let them keep going for a while, so Herrera started tapping wildly, and the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a solid win for Jordan Rinaldi.
90.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:56
      Sanchez started this fight with a quick takedown inside the first 30 seconds of the opening round, and Morales tried to catch him in a guillotine on the way down. Sanchez scrambled past that, but was still stuck inside the guard of Morales. Sanchez postured up halfway through the round, to work some ground & pound against the fence, and Morales went for another guillotine attempt, and used that to stand back up. He then dropped Sanchez with a huge right hand. The referee ALMOST stopped the fight due to the dramatic way that Sanchez dropped, but he let them continue. Morales landed a few more strikes, he rocked Sanchez again, and then jumped on his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and Sanchez was able to defend for a little while, but Morales continued to dig deep for that choke, Sanchez's head started to turn purple, and he was eventually forced to submit. That was a solid submission victory for Joseph Morales in his UFC debut, as he hands Sanchez the first loss of his career, and he does it in highlight reel fashion.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      These guys spent the first half of the opening round trading some solid punches & kicks, with Quinonez throwing more combinations, and he was using his footwork to land more frequently without getting hit very often. They clinched hard halfway through the round, and it was a bit of a stalemate with Quinonez seemingly in control, so they split up and reset with 2 minutes left in the round. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace for the rest of the round, with Quinonez constantly moving forward, so I scored the first round for Jose Alberto Quinonez.
     The second round was another round of striking, with Quinonez moving a lot, and throwing a lot more offense, and he was landing at a higher percentage as well. Rivas only landed a few times, but when he did, he dropped Quinonez, but he didn't follow it up with much. Quinonez caught a body kick and tripped Rivas with 90 seconds left in the second round. Quinonez settled into Rivas's guard, and worked some ground & pound for a minute or so. Rivas was looking to setup some sort of submission from his guard, but Quinonez was able to pass to side control, after pounding on Rivas's head with big punches for a little while. Quinonez tried to step over for an armbar, but he couldn't quite get it, so he just finished out the round grinding out Rivas from a variety of top positions. Quinonez is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Quinonez continued to dance around a lot in the final round, he was picking apart Rivas by throwing a lot more volume, they clinched again halfway through the round, and after a wild scramble, Quinonez ended up on top inside Rivas's guard again. Quinonez continued to pound on Rivas with big punches, and Rivas turtled up with 2 minutes left in the round. Rivas went for an Anaconda choke, and Quinonez rolled out of it and stood back up. Quinonez threw a head kick, and continued to hop around a lot, and Rivas still looked like he was waiting for something magical to happen, and it just never worked out for him. In the end, I scored this fight 30-27 for Jose Alberto Quinonez, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
89.1
Submission
(Kimura)
2:01
      These guys traded a few light kicks, and then Yahya shot for a quick takedown, he clinched with Briones's back, and then dumped him to the ground 30 seconds into the opening round. Yahya rolled for a choke of some sort, that didn't work out, but after rolling for a few seconds, Yahya locked on a tight North-South choke, but Briones was able to defend against it, so Yahya switched to half mount. Yahya cranked on a Kimura, and forced Briones to submit. That was a fantastic one-sided display of grappling by Rani Yahya.
89.1
KO
(Punches)
0:15
      These guys both came out swinging, they both landed some bombs, they both seemed to get somewhat rocked, but Sandoval's legs gave out on him, as he collapsed, and Ortiz continued to pound on him, knocking him the fuck out in the opening seconds of the first round. That was an outstanding performance by Dustin Ortiz, as he breaks the record for the fastest finish in Flyweight history. That was pretty wild the way he wobbled Sandoval in just a few seconds.
90.3
TKO
(Punches & Elbows)
3:50
      The first round started with Scott standing in the center of the cage, while Hermansson bounced around a lot, circling around the outside, but neither fighter was throwing any actual offense at all in the first minute of the opening round. They traded a couple of leg kicks, and then Hermansson scored a quick takedown against the fence. Scott threw up a triangle attempt 2 minutes into the round, but he wasn't able to lock his knee over his ankle, so Hermansson popped his head free, passed to side control, and started working for a Kimura. He passed to full mount halfway through the round, Scott gave up his back, and Hermansson pounded on him with some big punches to the side of his head. Hermansson dropped some brutal short elbows, followed by some heavy punches, more elbows, and Scott was just getting slaughtered by Hermansson's ground & pound. The referee stepped in to stop the fight with around 90 seconds left in the round. That was a fantastic finish by Jack Hermansson.
88.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading strikes, with Perez landing mroe frequently with his punch combinations & leg kicks, but Soukhamthath dropped him with a straight left hand 2 minutes into the opening round, but he let him stand back up, instead of following him to the ground. They traded a few more strikes, Perez shot for a single leg takedown, but Soukhamthath stuffed the shot, and then Perez punched him in the head. Soukhamthath was clearly controlling the center of the Octagon, as Perez had his back close to the fence the entire time, but Perez was still being more active. Soukhamthath dropped him again with another clean punch with a minute left in the round, but he let him stand back up again. Perez clinched with Soukhamthath's back, threw a few strikes, and then reset with 30 seconds left in the round. That was an interesting round, because Perez was far more active, but Soukhamthath dropped him twice, so.... I'm not sure who won that round? I'm scoring it for Perez, based on overall activity, but I don't know what the judges are thinking.
     Perez landed a selection of clean punches to start the second round, and then Soukhamthath missed with a flying knee attempt. Perez threw a leg kick, and Soukhamthath dropped him again with a punch, and then Soukhamthath started talking him, holding up 3 fingers to show that he dropped him 3 times. Soukhamthath threw a hard punch to the body, followed by another hard punch that rocked Perez again. Perez threw some hard leg kicks, and then threw some wild punches, and Soukhamthath went flying to the ground, so Perez jumped on top of him, landing inside his guard, and started working some big punches, while Soukhamthath just tried to tie him up, I'm ASSUMING hoping for a standup. They moved toward the fence, and Soukhamthath walked up the wall to get back to his feet, and then Perez blasted him with a spinning back elbow from the clinch as they reset. This is another fight with split-decision written all over it, as I have no idea how people are going to score these first two rounds. I have Perez ahead 20-18, but more than likely, Soukhamthath won the first round. I think Perez knocking down Soukhamthath and beating him up on the ground was enough to win the second round for Perez, so I'm going to assume this fight is all tied up going into the final round.
     They traded a few strikes to start the third round, and then Perez shot for another takedown, but was stuffed again. They both basically met in the center of the cage, and traded some hard strikes, with Perez landing the more creative strikes, and probably throwing more frequently as well. When Soukhamthath lands, it's clearly with some power, but in my opinion, Perez is simply outworking him here. Perez shot for another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, and he dumped Soukhamthath to the ground, pressing him against the fence in the seated position. Perez let him back up with 90 seconds left in the round, and landed a few punches as they reset back in the center of the cage. Perez shot for another takedown, that shot was stuffed again, and they continued to trade some wild strikes, but they were both lacking in accuracy late in the round. Soukhamthath threw a kick and slipped in the final 15 seconds, he landed on his back, and Perez finished the round by standing above him, throwing kicks at his legs. In my opinion, this fight should go to Perez, probably 29-28. The fight went to a VERY close split-decision, and two judges agreed with me, giving the hard fought split-decision victory to Alejandro Perez.
85.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      They both started out looking pretty slow in the first minute of this fight, with only a couple of strikes being exchanged, and then Evans rushed in one minute into the round, looking for a takedown, but Alvey stuffed his shot against the fence. Alvey blasted Evans with a hard elbow from the clinch, and then Evans dropped down and tried for another takedown, and Alvey continued to stuff his shots. Evans continued to dig for takedowns, and Alvey continued to land big single elbows to the jaw of Evans. Alvey threw a knee to the body of Evans, and then Evans took him to the ground, positioning him in the seated position against the fence. Alvey never fully settled onto the ground, as he sort of popped back up, and Evans continued to smother him against the fence. Alvey blasted Evans with a big knee, and then took control of the clinch with 90 seconds left in the round, and then they reset back in the center. Alvey threw some big punches, but he looks like he's already breathing hard. I'm not sure if he's just pissed, or if he's having trouble with the altitude. Alvey threw some big strikes to finish the round, and Evans just clinched again. I'm giving that round to Alvey based on the hard strikes he landed, but I'm expecting the judges to give it to Evans, for the "half-assed" takedown, and his control against the fence (even though he absorbed more damage against the fence).
     Alvey is clearly waiting to throw some big counters, and Evans is doing his best Mayweather impression, as he's basically just running around in circles along the edge of the fence. Alvey threw a few big punches early in the second round, and Evans just danced around, doing a lot of shuckin' and jivin', without really throwing any significant offense of his own. We are clearly being treated to the infamous matchup of "two counterstrikers waiting for something exciting to happen". Alvey threw a big punch with 2 minutes left in the round, Evans shot for a takedown, he secured it, but Alvey immediately stood back up against the fence. Alvey blasted Evans with a big knee from the clinch, and then Evans continued to dig for another takedown, which he never got. Alvey landed a series of big knees from the clinch, as Evans continued to pressure him. Alvey continued to chase Evans while throwing big single punches until the end of the round, while Evans continued to run away. Evans is clearly exhausted after the second round, and Alvey just looks frustrated. I have Alvey ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but I have a feeling the judges are leaning in favor of Evans, even though he hasn't done ANYTHING significant yet.
     Alvey continued to pressure Evans at a plodding pace with his punches, and Evans continued to dance around, without really throwing any significant offense of his own. One thing I know for sure, is that I don't EVER want to hear Rashad Evans talk about how he's "looking to get a title at Middleweight", he's looked fucking terrible in this division so far. Alvey on the other hand, seems to have lost his killer instinct lately, I'm not sure what's going on with him, but I feel like it has to be a mental thing. Alvey continued to land more frequently in the final round, as Evans just danced around the outside. This fight is fucking terrible. Alvey is throwing big punches, but he looks slow. Evans looks fast, but exhausted. Evans shot for a final takedown with a minute left in the final round, and Alvey stuffed his shot again, and continued to chip away at him with knees from the clinch. That fight was fucking terrible, but Alvey SHOULD win, with at least 29-28, if not 30-27 in my opinion. Evans on the other hand, should retire, with his 4-Fight losing streak. The judges were split, and gave the win to Sam Alvey.
90.0
KO
(Head Kick)
0:26
      These guys both threw some brutal body kicks, they traded them back & forth for a few seconds, Bandenay threw a brutal head kick/knee to Bravo's chin, and knocked him the fuck out, flattening him out like a board. That was a fantastic UFC debut for Humberto Bandenay.
90.3
KO
(Punches)
1:44
      These guys both traded some hard punches & kicks for a couple of minutes, it was a close fight while it lasted, and then Price dropped Jouban with a brutal right hand, followed by a head kick while Jouban was on his way to the ground. Price jumped on him, unloaded with some big punches from back mount, and the referee stopped the fight. That was another fantastic performance by Niko Price, and probably the biggest win of his career so far.
90.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These girls both traded some wild punches to start the first round, and it looked like Markos had Grasso in trouble a few times with some of her combinations. It's also worth noting that Grasso missed weight by 4 pounds due to a urinary tract infection. Grasso started to chew up Markos with some heavy punches with 2 minutes left in the round, forcing Markos to clinch, but Grasso took control of the clinch, and pressed Markos into the fence. Markos tried to throw Grasso with a head & arm throw, but Grasso took her back in the process. Markos was able to pull half guard, and Grasso continued to chew her up with hard elbows on the ground. Markos worked her way back to her feet, they continued to clinch with Grasso in control, and they reset with 10 seconds left in the round. I'm scoring that first round for Alexa Grasso.
     Grasso threw a couple of head kicks to start the second round, Markos clinched, tried to take Grasso to the ground, and Grasso was able to reverse the shot on the way down, allowing Grasso to sort of end up on top, but Markos immediately stood back up, and continued to clinch, while Grasso peppered her with short punches. Markos finally secured a takedown one minute into the round, but Grasso immediately stood back up, and took control of the clinch. Markos caught a kick, and tripped Grasso in the center of the cage 2 minutes into the round. Grasso tried to buck out, but Markos did a decent job holding onto half mount, but she wasn't doing much of anything from the top position. Grasso worked her way back to her feet with 2 minutes left in the round, and they went back to trading strikes for a few seconds. Markos caught another kick, took down Grasso again, and Grasso swept her almost immediately, but Markos was able to resecure full mount with a minute left in the round, and she dropped a series of heavy elbows. Grasso tried to scramble out of the bad position, but Markos was able to maintain full mount until the end of the round. That round goes to Markos, and I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They both landed some heavy punches to start the third round, as Grasso controlled the center of the cage, and Markos worked her way around the outside. The striking was fairly even, and then Markos scored a nice takedown 2 minutes into the round, landing on top inside Grasso's guard. Grasso kicked Markos off of her with 2 minutes left in the round, and they stood back up. Grasso started to pick apart Markos a little bit, Markos shot for a final takedown with a minute left, Grasso caught her with a flying guillotine, so they both gave up on that, and reset. Grasso spent the final 30 seconds beating up Markos on the feet with her boxing. That was another close fight, but I scored it 29-28 for Alexa Grasso. The judges were split, but two of them agreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to Alexa Grasso.
89.9
Decision
25:00
      Moreno threw a few leg kicks, he then caught a kick, bent Pettis's leg in a funky direction, and drove him to the ground with a powerful takedown. Pettis tried to catch him in a guillotine, but Moreno popped his head free and settled into Pettis's guard. Moreno scrambled to pass Pettis's guard, and he took his back 90 seconds into the opening round. He locked on the body triangle, and started working for a rear-naked choke. Pettis pressed Moreno toward the fence, but Moreno still had the body triangle locked on, as he continued to dig for the rear-naked choke. Pettis did a fantastic job defending against the choke, but Moreno still dominated him for 4+ minutes, so I'm going to score that as a 10-8 round for Moreno.
      Pettis started the second round by pushing Moreno to the ground with a front kick, but he let him stand back up. Pettis's corner told him to limit the kicks, since that's how Moreno took him down, and Pettis basically ignored them, as he came out throwing almost exclusively kicks. Moreno threw a body kick, Pettis caught it, Moreno fell to the ground, and waved Pettis into his guard, but Pettis declined, so Moreno stood back up. Pettis threw a few more kicks, Moreno caught one, and then he took Pettis down again 2 minutes into the round, but after a wild scramble where Pettis tried to setup a triangle choke, they both ended up standing back up a few seconds later. Pettis landed a clean head kick with 90 seconds left in the round, but Moreno sort of caught the kick, so Pettis wasn't able to follow it up with anything. They continued to trade some awkward strikes until the end of the round, without either fighter really doing much of anything significant. That round probably goes to Pettis, but IF that goes to Pettis 10-9, then the first round would HAVE to be 10-8 for Moreno, based on the difference in the level of control.
      Pettis continued to pressure Moreno with his striking in the third round, and Moreno continued to dance around awkwardly, like one of those drunken Kung Fu guys from a videogame. Pettis landed a nice head kick 2 minutes into the third round, Moreno rushed forward for a takedown, but threw a big kick instead, and Pettis hit him with a hard punch. They continued to trade awkward strikes until the end of the round, leading to another 10-9 round in the books for Pettis. I have this fight all tied up going into the fourth round. Pettis opened a cut on Moreno's right eye with a kick at the end of the round.
      They traded some more awkward strikes to start the fourth round, and then Pettis poked Moreno in the eye. The doctor checked him out, but the fight will continue. Pettis continued to chip away at Moreno with his jabs, while Moreno was trying to find a good opening to rush in to drop some bombs. Pettis threw a silly cartwheel kick at the end of the round, and Moreno caught it and took him down as the buzzer sounded. Pettis is probably ahead 3 rounds to 1, this fight could be all tied up, some possible 10-8 rounds either way could make everything super confusing. In my opinion, this fight could come down to the final round, but Moreno really needs to make something happen.
      They spent 45 seconds in the final round trading awkward strikes, and then Moreno drove through with a desperate takedown, and he pinned Pettis one minute into the round, settling into Pettis's guard. Moreno tried to throw some short punches, but Pettis had him wrapped up pretty tightly. Moreno tried to scramble to pass the guard, but Pettis did a decent job keeping him under control. Moreno postured up halfway through the round, and tried to work some ground & pound, and Pettis was mostly just clinching on the ground. I have a bad feeling this fight could end up being a draw. Pettis tried to stand back up with 90 seconds left in the round, and Moreno took his back in the process. Pettis threw him off, and they reset back on their feet. Pettis landed some nice strikes, Moreno fired back, but had trouble connecting. This is going to be another hard fight to judge. I'm scoring this fight a draw, but I have no idea what to expect from the judges tonight. All 3 judges disagreed with me, giving the unanimous decision to Sergio Pettis.
OVERALL 90.7
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