(1/11/2010)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Evan Dunham - 92.2
2. Rory MacDonald - 91.7
3. Rafael dos Anjos - 91.7
4. Amir Sadollah - 91.4
5. Chris Leben - 91.3
6. Rick Story - 91.0
7. Gerald Harris - 90.8
8. Gray Maynard - 90.8
9. Thiago Tavares - 90.7
10. Tom Lawlor - 90.7
UFC Fight Night 20: Maynard vs. Diaz
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Elevation: 312'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Evan Dunham vs. Efrain Escudero
91.5
Fighters & Matches 89.2
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 90.2
87.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     Well, this fight was ok I guess, but I didn't really have much interest in either fight going into it, so it was kind of hard to get excited about. I think Forbes won the first round by breaking Catone's nose, and Catone probably won the next 2 rounds, with a couple of takedowns, and just a little more activity. Not really an interesting fight in my opinion though. Catone wins via split-decision.
88.5
TKO
(Punches)
13:24
      This fight was ok. The first round was probably a draw, I was going to give it to Salter for landing more strikes, but Harris landed a bomb that I thought evened the score. The second round was all Harris, because Salter was too tired. And the third round, Harris got the fight to the ground, and threw some slow but steady punches at Salter, and some hard elbows, until the referee eventually stopped the fight. Decent UFC debut for Gerald Harris.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      Rafael dos Anjos looked good in this fight, taking Bradley to the ground in all 3 rounds, controlling him, attempting submissions, outstriking him, and just overall, outworking him. Kyle Bradley is a decent fighter, but he's clearly not on the level of Rafael dos Anjos, and Rafael proved that tonight, by taking all 3 rounds for the unanimous decision.
90.1
Submission
(Armbar)
4:27
      This was a pretty good UFC debut for Rory MacDonald, the youngest fighter currently in the UFC at 20 years old. Guymon looked like he was off to a good start, by showing some solid striking while standing, in my opinion winning most of the first round. Eventually the fight went to the ground though, and Rory MacDonald showed some really solid grappling skills, eventually faking an Americana, and switching to an armbar, for the quick submission victory at the end of the first round. Rory MacDonald is solid!
89.0
Draw
(Majority)
15:00
      This was a really close fight, sort of. I personally gave all 3 rounds to Tavares, except in the third round, Lentz got kicked in the nuts, so a point was taken away from Tavares, which would have made that round a tie. I guess ultimately, this fight being declared a draw is probably a pretty accurate way to score the fight, but since we don't generally do draws here, I'm going to go ahead and give the fight to Tavares, because without that nut shot, I really think this fight would have gone to Tavares.
89.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty good brawl, with it really being left in a position where it could have gone either way. I scored the first round a draw, gave the second round to Story for dominating Lennox, and I gave the third round to Lennox for beating up Story. It was a 3 round war, like I said, it could have gone either way, and the judges gave it to Rick Story via Majority Decision? I think? I'm sort of unclear on how the fight was scored, because they didn't say who each scorecard was for. 30-27, 30-27, 29-28... Sounds to me like Rick Story won via unanimous decision, but Bruce Buffer mentioned a majority decision, so whatever. Good fight either way.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight, I couldn't care less about Jay Silva though. Really, this entire fight was a one sided ass kicking, where Leben took Silva to the ground, beat his ass, took him to the ground, beat his ass, stomped on his feet, beat his ass, etc... Chris Leben clearly won this fight via unanimous decision, and all 3 judges agreed. Silva had no real offense whatsoever.
88.6
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight, but it was disappointing that it went to decision, especially since Sadollah rocked Blackburn multiple times, and was never able to finish. Regardless, rounds 1 & 3 were both Sadollah kicking Blackburn's ass, and the 2nd round was like a Rock'em Sock'em Robots event, where both guys were throwing strikes, but again, Sadollah won that round as well. So yeah, Sadollah wins all 3 rounds, and wins via unanimous decision.
88.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      I disagree with the decision for this fight, and the crowd seemed pretty split on it as well. Lawlor DESTROYED Simpson in the first round, the second round was close (I maybe would have given it to Simpson?) And the third round, Simpson won that round, because Lawlor was clearly tired, but Lawlor came close to finishing the fight multiple times, and Simpson never came anywhere close to finishing it, and based on the dominant performance by Lawlor in the first round, IN MY OPINION, he should have won, but I guess based on the current UFC rules, Simpson probably won 29-28. Still, that sucks, I don't really care enough about either fight to dispute it though.
91.5
Submission
(Armbar)
11:59
      Finally! Someone came to finish a fight! Evan Dunham's Jiu-Jitsu was REALLY impressive in this fight. The first round started with Dunham getting his ass kicked by the much more aggressive Efrain Escudero, so I gave the first round easily to Efrain. The second round, Dunham started to make his comeback, showing an enhanced grappling game. The third round ended pretty quickly, with both guys going to the ground, and Dunham transitioned from a body triangle on Efrain's back, to a triangle choke, to a BRUTAL armbar, and I think he might have broken the arm of Efrain? I'm not entirely sure about that. Either way, Efrain tapped, and then curled up in pain. So yeah, Evan Dunham looked like a badass in this fight, especially in the later rounds.
90.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty big fight going into it, since both guys are Top 5 Fighters in my opinion. With that being said, I was really disappointed to see the fight go to decision. I gave the first 2 rounds to Maynard, and called the third round a draw. So yeah, I'll agree that Maynard deserved the victory, I still think they should have stepped it up a notch though, and one of them SHOULD have finished the other guy.
OVERALL 90.2
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