(9/2/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Zabit Magomedsharipov - 94.9
2. Mairbek Taisumov - 93.8
3. Marion Reneau - 93.3
4. Alexander Volkov - 93.1
5. Darren Till - 92.9
6. Aleksandar Rakic - 92.8
7. Abdul-Kerim Edilov - 92.7
8. Siyar Bahadurzada - 92.3
9. Michel Prazeres - 91.9
10. Leon Edwards - 91.3
UFC Fight Night 115: Struve vs. Volkov
Location: South Holland, Netherlands
Elevation: 1,059'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Mike Santiago
92.7
Fighters & Matches 89.8
Top 10 Fighters 92.9
TOTAL 91.4
86.8
TKO
(Punches)
4:28
     Holbrook threw some decent punches to start the first round, but he was mostly just testing the distance, without really landing with a lot of power. He shot for a couple of early takedowns, and Gouti stuffed them all with ease. Holbrook finally tripped Gouti 90 seconds into the opening round, but he wasn't able to keep him down at all. They both traded some wild punches, with Gouti kind of picking apart Holbrook with punches, and then he kicked him in the head, Holbrook dropped, Gouti grabbed his back and tried to finish him with strikes, and Holbrook just kind of turtled up. They eventually stood back up, Gouti continued to unload on him, and the referee eventually had to stop the fight. Congrats to Gouti for securing his first win in the UFC. As for Holbrook, that was a terrible performance.
88.7
TKO
(Punches)
7:32
      Edilov came out throwing brutal kicks with his insanely long legs. Edilov threw some big punches & knees, and Mihajlovic just backed up against the fence. Edilov battered Mihajlovic with some heavy knees from the clinch, and then took him down 90 seconds into the opening round. Edilov dropped some short punches & elbows from inside Mihajlovic's guard. Mihajlovic's face was bleeding early, and Edilov continued to chip away at him with some solid punches & elbows from the top. He bounced Mihajlovic's head off the canvas a couple of times. Edilov continued to beat the shit out of Mihajlovic until the end of the round. Round one could possibly be a 10-8 round for Abdul-Kerim Edilov.
     Mihajlovic threw some bombs early in the second round, but he wasn't able to connect at all. Meanwhile, Edilov continued to pick him apart with crisp punches & heavy knees & kicks. Edilov took down Mihajlovic again, one minute into the second round. Edilov continued to chip away at the bloody face of Mihajlovic with a lot of punches & elbows from inside his guard. Edilov continued to beat the living shit out of Mihajlovic until the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a fantastic one-sided performance for Abdul-Kerim Edilov in his UFC debut. I like this guy a lot, and I'm looking forward to seeing who he fights next.
92.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
9:22
      Magomedsharipov threw some wild kicks to start the first round, but they didn't LOOK wild, they LOOKED cool & calculated. Santiago backed him down against the fence, and then went for a takedown 40 seconds into the round, but they ended up just clinching against the fence. Magomedsharipov clipped Santiago with a clean uppercut, and then blasted him with some crazy spinning kicks, capped it off with a Showtime kick off the fence, and then Santiago clinched again to try to slow him down. Magomedsharipov broke out of the clinch with a knee, and then Santiago blasted him with a hard kick to the body, which caused Magomedsharipov to back off a little bit, allowing Santiago to clinch again. Magomedsharipov broke out of the clinch with 30 seconds left in the round, and then threw some wild spinning shit, to the head & body of Santiago. Santiago tried to throw him down at the end of the round, but Magomedsharipov basically sprawled all over him. That was an insane round, and one of the best first rounds I've ever seen from a fighter's UFC debut. Magomedsharipov looks fucking legit, but Santiago is tough too.
     They traded a few random strikes early in the second round, they clinched a little bit, Santiago finally scored a takedown, and Magomedsharipov used magic to escape and take Santiago's back a minute into the round. Magomedsharipov continued to pound on him with some short punches, as he tried to open up Santiago for a possible rear-naked choke against the fence. He wasn't able to find the choke, but he continued to punch Santiago in the head, while wrestling the living shit out of him. Santiago went for a Kimura with 2 minutes left in the round, but Magomedsharipov did a fantastic job keeping him under control with his insane grappling skills. Magomedsharipov ALMOST locked on a rear-naked choke with a minute left in the round, but Santiago slipped out of it, so Magomedsharipov blasted him with a BRUTAL elbow, and then locked on the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission late in the second round. Zabit Magomedsharipov might be my new favorite fighter, especially at Featherweight, this guy is a fucking monster!
89.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys spent the first couple of minutes trading single shots, but they were both throwing with everything they had, so when they would land, you could hear that shit crack across the arena. Rakic was moving forward the entire time, but Barroso was landing some solid counters as well, so the round was competitive. They spent the final 20 seconds clinching. That was a back & forth round of striking, but I scored it slightly for Rakic, based mostly on forward movement, since I thought they both landed at a similar rate.
     Rakic clipped Barroso early in the second round with a clean overhand right to the face that rocked his head back for a second. They traded some leg kicks, and Rakic clearly landed the harder kicks. Barroso caught a kick and tripped Rakic, and then rushed in, but Rakic immediately clipped him with some more punches, so Barroso was forced to back off. Rakic is a VERY clean striker, and he doesn't seem to waste much energy on empty strikes, which makes every shot that lands, look like a potential death blow. Barroso clinched and slowly took Rakic down with 2 minutes left in the second round. Rakic peppered him with a lot of short punches, while Barroso slowly tried to pass Rakic's guard. Rakic used some magic to work his way back to his feet, he unloaded on Barroso with some big punches & kicks, he had Barroso rocked, and he continued to follow him around the cage, but Barroso saved himself by scoring another takedown in the final 10 seconds. I'm giving that round to Rakic, even though Barroso scored two takedowns, since Barroso really didn't do anything on the ground, and Rakic beat the shit out of him with all of the striking exchanges.
     Rakic continued to pick apart Barroso with clean punch & kick combinations in the final round, while also stuffing all of Barroso's takedown attempts. Rakic continued to beat the shit out of Barroso with big strikes in the final round, so Barroso got desperate and kicked him in the dick. After a brief pause, the fight continued, and Rakic continued to take the fight to Barroso all the way up until the final buzzer. That was a fantastic UFC debut for Aleksander Rakic. HAHAHA... After the fight ended, Barroso ran and jumped up on the cage, and started flexing like he won the fight. I scored the fight 30-27 for Aleksander Rakic, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
89.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded some hard punches early, Green clinched, and Khabilov suplexed him, but I'm not entirely sure who took the worst half of the throw. They stood back up immediately and reset. Khabilov shot in for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, he picked up Green, and slammed the shit out of him, which is impressive, since Green is a wrestler. Khabilov tried ot suplex him, it didn't work, so he whipped him to the ground to the side. Khabilov was throwing Green around with the back clinch for a solid minute or so, before they split up and reset with 2 minutes left in the round. Khabilov clipped Green with a head kick with 45 seconds left in the round. Green shot for a takedown in the final 20 seconds, and Khabilov stuffed the shit out of his shot. Round one clearly goes to Rustam Khabilov.
     Khabilov caught a kick and knocked Green down with a punch to start the second round. Green popped back up and fired back with some punches. Khabilov continued to pick apart Green with punches for the first couple of minutes of the second round, and then Green sort of rocked him, Khabilov shot for a takedown, couldn't get it, so they reset. They continued to trade punches at a decent pace, and Khabilov continued to look for some random takedowns, but he didn't really follow through with any of them, so Green was able to stay on his feet. Khabilov grabbed Green's leg with a minute left in the round, and he put a decent amount of effort into a takedown, but Green once again, stayed on his feet. That round was close, but I gave it to Khabilov for being more aggressive. Green's defense looks solid though. I have Khabilov ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     They clinched early in the final round, but neither fighter could take the fight to the ground, so they reset. They continued to trade some punches at a decent pace, but neither fighter was really connecting, as they were both standing about a foot too far apart, so they kept whiffing with their feints & punches. Khabilov continued to come forward for the duration of the round, he continued to throw punches, and shoot for takedowns. Green showed some excellent takedown defense in those last two rounds, and some solid counter punches, but in the end, I scored this fight 30-27 for Rustam Khabilov, and would be a little shocked if the judges don't give him the decision. Green scored a solid trip takedown in the final 10 seconds of the fight, but I think that should be considered too little too late. I can see a 29-28 scorecard or something, but either way, Khabilov should still win this fight. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving the hard fought unanimous decision victory to Rustam Khabilov.
88.7
Submission
(North-South Choke)
11:26
      Burnell took this fight on short notice, and Prazeres missed weight by 4 pounds. They traded a few punches, clinched, and then Prazeres scored a takedown in the first minute of the opening round. Prazeres did a fantastic job controlling Burnell from side control, while working a little bit of ground & pound here and there. They stood up with 90 seconds left in the round, and Prazeres scored another quick takedown against the fence. Round one clearly goes to Michel Prazeres.
     They traded some decent punches to start the second round, and then Prazeres scored another takedown one minute into the round, pinning Burnell against the fence. Prazeres continued to smother Burnell for the duration of the round, leading to a clear 20-18 lead for Prazeres going into the final round. The European crowd was getting a bit irritated with the smothering offense of Prazeres, but that doesn't mean he's losing this fight by any means. He finished the second round holding onto a front choke.
     They both came out brawling to start the third round, and Prazeres clipped Burnell with some hard combinations before taking him down again, 45 seconds into the round. Prazeres passed to North-South position, locked on the choke, and finished the fight by submission. That was another solid finish by Michel Prazeres, as he continues to build a pretty solid winning streak in the UFC.
90.2
KO
(Punch)
1:24
      These guys circled around each other for a full minute without any real action, and then Taisumov landed a hard leg kick. They were smiling at each other, Silva rushed in to attack Taisumov, Taisumov blasted him with a brutal counter right hand, and Silva face planted on the canvas, 100% knocked the fuck out. That was another fantastic first round finish by Mairbek Taisumov. This dude is fucking legit, and he clearly has KO power in that right hand. That knockout was fucking brutal.
90.3
Decision
15:00
      This fight started kind of slowly, with Velickovic throwing single shots, and Till was mostly just taunting him. Till then dropped Velickovic with a brutal right elbow, and he unloaded with some heavy punches on the ground, as Velickovic's head was chopped into pieces. I thought the referee was going to stop the fight, but he let them continue. They eventually stood back up and gave each other a hug. They continued to trade strikes at a moderate pace until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Till, maybe even 10-8, as he nearly finished Velickovic halfway through the round, and personally, I thought the fight should have been stopped.
     They continued to trade strikes to start the second round, and then Till caught a kick, tripped Velickovic, and then threw a brutal elbow down at him. He settled into his guard, Velickovic threw a series of punches up at him, and Till just taunted him, while smiling, while getting punched in the chin. That was fucking stupid, but he's still clearly beating the shit out of Velickovic in this fight. Velickovic sort of went for a one armed guillotine choke, but Till popped his head out, and stood back up to work some more kickboxing. Velickovic landed a few solid leg kicks, while they circled around each other for a while. Till's lead leg looked pretty nasty by the end of the round, but I still scored that round for Till, but his stupidity in the cage might have been enough to allow Velickovic to steal the round. I still have Till ahead going into the final round though regardless, since I scored the first round 10-8 for Till. I'm going to say the score is 20-17 for Till, going into the final round.
     Velickovic continued to work his leg kicks to start the final round, and Till continued to catch his kicks, and blast him with big counter punches. They traded strikes at a decent pace, until someone initiated the clinch a minute into the round, as Till pressed Velickovic against the fence, but they quickly reset in favor of more range striking. They were both throwing mostly single shots, but they were both throwing with a lot of power, so every time a shot would land, the crowd would react. Till dropped Velickovic again with 2 minutes left in the final round, and the fight was nearly stopped again, he unloaded with some punches on the ground, and then he told Velickovic to stand back up. They traded strikes at a decent pace until the final buzzer. That round could be considered a 10-8 round for Till as well. In the end, Till wins the clear unanimous decision victory, as he showed atrocious fight IQ, but some solid technical striking skills at the same time.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      Barberena started this fight with a few solid leg kicks, and Edwards fired back with a head kick, a body kick, and a solid leg kick of his own. The first 2 minutes were VERY slow paced, but all of the kicks that were landing from both fighters, were landing with a solid thwack. Edwards caught a kick, punched Barberena, and then took him to the ground halfway through the opening round. He quickly took Barberena's back near the fence, and he did a good job working to secure a rear-naked choke, but Barberena was doing a decent job defending. It looked like Edwards had the rear-naked choke locked on in the final 30 seconds, but Barberena was able to survive until the buzzer sounded. Round one goes to Leon "Rocky" Edwards.
     They clinched early in the second round, Barberena threw a few decent knees to the body of Edwards, and they eventually broke out of the clinch 90 seconds into the round. They landed some solid strikes, Edwards caught another kick, and then took Barberena down again, 2 minutes into the second round, and he immediately took Barberena's back against the fence again. Barberena was able to work his way back to his feet, but Edwards continued to press him against the fence in the clinch. Edwards dropped down for a takedown, and Barberena threw some hard elbows to the side of his head to defend against the takedown. They reset with 90 seconds left in the round. They traded some hard punches, and Barberena dropped Edwards, the referee ALMOST stopped the fight, but Edwards was able to recover just enough to stay in the fight. Barberena ended the round on top, inside the guard of Edwards. Barberena wins the second round 10-9. You could make an argument for 10-8, but since I was going to give that round to Edwards before he got dropped, I'm scoring it 10-9 for Barberena, meaning the fight should be all tied up going into the final round.
     They both came out swinging to start the final round. Edwards blasted Barberena with some hard punches & kicks, and then they clinched, and after a brief struggle, Edwards was able to throw Barberena to the ground. Barberena's corner was begging the referee to stand them back up, but Edwards was punching him in the face repeatedly, so I don't see the referee standing them up. As soon as I said that, Edwards took his back again, and started working for the rear-naked choke. It looked like he locked on the choke halfway through the round, but Barberena was able to pop his head free again. Barberena worked his way back to his feet with a minute left in the round, but Edwards was still clinging to his back like a leech. Edwards took him down one more time with 30 seconds left in the round, after Barberena hit him with a few elbows to the side of the head, Barberena went for a Kimura, Edwards took his back again, and they stood up one final time as the buzzer sounded. This fight should be a pretty clear 29-28 for Leon Edwards, as he pretty handedly won the first & third rounds. All 3 judges agreed, giving the hard fought unanimous decision victory to Leon Edwards.
91.2
TKO
(Elbows)
14:54
      Reneau landed a few decent strikes, and then Bernardo took her down 45 seconds into the opening round. Reneau threw a few decent upkicks, and then Bernardo settled back down into her guard. Bernardo kept standing up, and Reneau kept blasting her with upkicks. Reneau tripped her, got on top, there was a wild scramble, Bernardo went for a kneebar, it looked tight, Reneau escaped, locked on a triangle, transitioned into an armbar, they continued to scramble around wildly, and Bernardo settled into top control, and she took Reneau's back with 90 seconds left in the opening round. Reneau spun out of that, and pulled guard again. Bernardo is a Jiu-Jitsu fighter, so I wasn't surprised by her ground skills, but I was a bit shocked by how good Reneau looked on the ground. Round one probably goes to Bernardo, but Reneau had a good showing for herself on the ground with the BJJ black belt.
     Reneau came out swinging in the second round, working some fast punches & leg kicks, and Bernardo looked like she was already slowing down, which makes sense, since she took this fight on short notice. Reneau clipped Bernardo with some hard combinations, with a few punches that snapped Bernardo's head back. Bernardo shot for another takedown 90 seconds into the round, and Reneau stuffed the shit out of the shot and reset back on her feet. Reneau was mixing in the body shots, with her fast punch combinations to the head, as she was picking apart Bernardo, who looked like a sitting duck in the second round. Reneau knocked down Bernardo with a combination, but it looked like it was mostly just Bernardo falling down from exhaustion. As soon as I thought Reneau would run away with the round, Bernardo scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the second round. Reneau quickly worked her way back to her feet, and continued to beat the shit out of Bernardo with her crisp boxing. Round two clearly goes to Reneau, and I wouldn't be shocked if Bernardo doesn't come out for the final round. She looks absolutely exhausted.
     Reneau unloaded like a machinegun with fast punches to start the final round. Bernardo clinched, and took Reneau down 30 seconds into the round. Bernardo landed a solid elbow, which opened a cut above Reneau's left eye. Reneau slapped on another triangle choke a minute into the round, but Bernardo was able to escape, sort of, but Reneau resecured another triangle choke. Bernardo struggled to pass to side control, and Reneau sat up, and used a guillotine to stand back up, and then she took Bernardo's back, and started beating the shit out of her with 2 minutes left in the round. Bernardo almost got out of danger, and then Reneau reset on her, took her back, and slapped on a neck crank. Reneau postured up and unloaded with some big punches, transitioned to full mount, and continued to unload with brutal strikes, as Bernardo flopped around trying to stay alive. Reneau bounced Bernardo's head off the canvas repeatedly with some brutal elbows, and the referee stopped the fight with less than 10 seconds remaining in the final round. Marion Reneau looked fucking amazing in this fight, both with her striking, as well as her grappling. She appears to be the total package at this point.
89.4
TKO
(Punches)
8:10
      Wilkinson started this fight by throwing a few random strikes, Bahadurzada caught a kick and threw him to the ground. Wilkinson scrambled back to his feet, and they went back to trading some random strikes. Bahadurzada landed a few hard punches, Wilkinson continued to pressure him with forward movement & jabs, and then Wilkinson scored a takedown halfway through the opening round, but he wasn't able to hold Bahadurzada down for more than a few seconds. Wilkinson continued to clinch, pressing Bahadurzada against the fence for a while. Wilkinson continued to dig for a takedown, but Bahadurzada did a great job staying on his feet, so they reset for some more boxing. Bahadurzada blasted Wilkinson with a brutal kick to the body, Wilkinson shot in for a takedown, and Bahadurzada slapped on a D'Arce choke. Wilkinson somehow escaped that shit, stood back up, and pressed Bahadurzada against the fence again. Wilkinson finally dumped Bahadurzada to the ground with 25 seconds left in the round, and he took his back as Bahadurzada worked his way back to his feet. Wilkinson finished the round by blasting Bahadurzada in the mouth with a powerful knee. I'm giving that first round to Wilkinson, but it could probably go either way. Bahadurzada landed the better strikes, but I think Wilkinson's pressure was too much for Bahadurzada. I don't know though, I guess I'll call that round a draw.
     They both clipped each other with some solid punches in the first 2 minutes of the second round. Bahadurzada dropped Wilkinson with some big punches halfway through the round, Wilkinson tried to create some distance to recover, but Bahadurzada continued to chase him, while throwing bombs, he knocked him down several times, and eventually the referee had seen too much, especially after Bahadurzada threw one final wind-up power punch, resulting in a second round stoppage, as Bahadurzada becomes the first man to ever defeat Rob Wilkinson. That was a decent short notice debut for the undefeated Australian prospect, Rob Wilkinson, but Bahadurzada was just too much for him, which is saying something considering Bahadurzada normally fights at welterweight.
91.4
TKO
(Punches)
13:30
      These guys traded some random punches & kicks to test the distance at the start of the first round. These guys are both massive, at over 7 feet tall. Volkov landed a nice uppercut against the fence, and then took down Struve after catching a kick. Struve clipped Volkov with a series of hard punches, and Volkov just ate them, came forward, clinched, and pressed Struve against the fence again. They reset, and Volkov blasted Struve with a hard kick to the body. Struve had some success with his jabs & knees, and Volkov had some success with a few counters. Struve threw a flying knee that opened a massive cut on Volkov's left cheek bone, and then Volkov took him down, and beat the living shit out of Struve for the final minute of the round. I'm giving that round to Volkov, based on the ground & pound at the end of the round, but the crowd is behind Struve, so I'm not sure who will win that round on the scorecards.
      The second round started with both guys trading strikes at a decent pace, and then Struve poked Volkov in the eye with his index finger. When the fight started back up, they both blasted each other with some really powerful jabs, and Volkov rocked Struve's head back. Volkov rocked Struve a few times, Struve was clearly rocked, and Volkov unloaded on him halfway through the round, but Struve was able to eat the shots and reset. Struve poked Volkov in the eye again, and the referee SHOULD have taken a point, but he didn't for some reason. He gave Struve a stern warning. When the fight started back up, Volkov chipped away at Struve's legs with kicks, and then they went back to trading some more punches, and Volkov rocked Struve back with some nice combinations. Volkov nearly knocked Struve's head off with 15 seconds left in the round, and he chased him down, continued to blast him with big punches, and finished the round with a nice knee from the clinch. The second round goes to Volkov for sure, and it was almost a 10-8 round with all of those eye pokes from Struve.
      Struve poked Volkov in the eye again early in the third round, so the referee warned them both (again) for putting their open palms out. When the fight started back up, Volkov beat the shit out of Struve with some clean punch combinations, and he wobbled his head a few times while moving forward. Volkov continued to pound on Struve while walking him down, he blasted him with some hard shots against the fence, Struve collapsed, and the referee stepped in to stop the fight. That was a really strong performance by Alexander Volkov, and it makes him look like a scary guy, considering nobody else is going to be able to match his height or reach the way that Struve did. Volkov is becoming a legit contender for the heavyweight Championship. Especially considering Struve was the only person in the UFC to finish the current Heavyweight Champion, Stipe Miocic.
OVERALL 91.4
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