(9/16/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Kamaru Usman - 94.4
2. Gregor Gillespie - 93.7
3. Mike Perry - 93.4
4. Anthony Smith - 92.4
5. Luke Rockhold - 92.4
6. Gilbert Burns - 92.2
7. Uriah Hall - 91.3
8. Justin Ledet - 91.3
9. Sergio Moraes - 90.9
10. Olivier Aubin-Mercier - 90.8
UFC Fight Night 116: Rockhold vs. Branch
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Elevation: 1,365'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Kamaru Usman vs. Sergio Moraes
93.7
Fighters & Matches 90.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 91.3
89.3
KO
(Punch)
9:55
     These guys spent the first half of the opening round trading punches & leg kicks, and then Burns shot for a takedown, but Saggo did a good job stuffing his shot. Saggo caught a couple of body kicks, and he used one to take Burns to the ground with 90 seconds left in the round. Saggo mostly stood above him while throwing leg kicks, while Burns just laid on his back for a while. Burns popped up and took down Saggo with 30 seconds left in the round, and he beat up Saggo against the fence, before taking his back, but the round ended a few seconds later. Round one probably goes to Gilbert "Durinho" Burns.
     Saggo started the second round with some nice kicks, and a few decent punch combinations. Burns shot for another takedown a minute into the round, and Saggo stuffed the shot with ease. Saggo caught another body kick, and then tripped Burns again 90 seconds into the round. Burns threw some decent strikes halfway through the round, and then he picked up Saggo and slammed him to the ground with 2 minutes left in the round. He pressed Saggo against the fence, and mostly just held him there, as Saggo worked his way back to his feet, and then they reset with a minute left in the round. The 10 second clicker eventually hit, and then Burns blasted Saggo with a clean overhand right that knocked him the fuck out. That was a solid win for Gilbert Burns.
90.4
TKO
(Punches)
7:25
      Jotko pressured Hall early with a lot of punches, and a lot of forward movement, which forced Hall to stay on the outside where his back was near the fence. Jotko blasted Hall with a massive uppercut 90 seconds into the round, he knocked down Hall, the fight was nearly stopped, but Hall was able to get back to his feet, Jotko continued to destroy him with punches, and then Jotko clinched and took Hall to the ground. Jotko continued to pound on Hall with big punches, and he passed to full mount halfway through the opening round. Hall gave up his back with 2 minutes left in the round, and Jotko continued to ride him like a bull. Hall stood up with 90 seconds left in the round, and Jotko was still clinging to his back doing the backpack thing. Jotko went for a rear-naked choke, Hall fell down, and Jotko let go of the choke, so Hall rolled over, Jotko was back in full mount again, and he continued to beat the shit out of Hall. Hall forced his way back to his feet with 45 seconds left in the round. Hall landed a clean left hand, but he still looked rocked, and Jotko looked like he was gassing out as well. That was a 10-8 round for Jotko, but this could be an interesting fight if he comes out exhausted in the second round.
     Hall looked like he was starting to wake up in the second round, he landed some nice punches, he threw some wild kicks, he wasn't landing with much, but he was definitely pressuring Jotko a lot more than he was in the first round, and he eventually blasted Jotko with a huge overhand right that knocked Jotko on his ass. Hall stood above him, unloaded with some big punches, and the referee stepped in to stop the fight. That was a great display of heart by Hall, a fantastic stoppage, and a much needed win for Hall, considering he entered this fight on a 3-Fight losing streak.
87.2
TKO
(Punches)
0:24
      This fight sucked. They both came out swinging, Spitz connected with a clean right hand, Hamilton hit the ground face first, Spitz punched him a few more times in the side of his head, and the referee stopped the fight, and Hamilton got back to his feet immediately and said he wasn't out. I don't know what to think to be honest. Hamilton was getting pounded on, but I think the stoppage might have been a couple of seconds early. Either way, congrats to Spitz for getting his first win in the UFC. As for Hamilton, HOLY SHIT, he sure is inconsistent.
88.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight started slowly, with both guys trading punches & kicks at a somewhat slow, single shot pace, with neither fighter landing much of anything significant in the first half of the opening round. Martin landed a nice uppercut, and then Aubin-Mercier shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, but he ended up just pressing Martin against the fence for some clinching instead. Aubin-Mercier was finally able to throw Martin to the ground with a minute left in the round, and he landed on top in side control. Aubin-Mercier threw a few strikes, and then Martin scrambled back to his feet with 30 seconds left in the round. They traded some decent punches to finish out the round. Round one goes to Aubin-Mercier.
     They traded some strikes to start the second round, with Aubin-Mercier landing the better punches & kicks, and then he clinched, and took Martin down a minute into the round. Aubin-Mercier beat up Martin on the ground for the first half of the round, and then they stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round, but Aubin-Mercier continued to press Martin against the fence, and then he tripped him to the ground again. Aubin-Mercier spent the rest of the round pounding on Martin with short punches against the fence. I have Aubin-Mercier ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but the first round was close.
     Martin started the final round by landing some big punchesd, and then Aubin-Mercier scored another takedown 30 seconds into the round, but Martin caught him in a tight Anaconda Choke, and Aubin-Mercier somehow popped his head free a minute into the round. Martin ended up on top, and he beat up Aubin-Mercier for a couple of minutes, before taking his back around the halfway point of the final round. They were caught in a stalemate for a while, with Martin holding onto the body triangle, while Aubin-Mercier was mostly just defending his neck to avoid the rear-naked choke. You could make an argument for a 10-8 round for Martin in the third round, but I'm still scoring this fight 29-28 for Aubin-Mercier. Two judges agreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to Olivier Aubin-Mercier.
88.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had Ledet circling around Anyanwu while picking him apart with a lot of jabs. Anyanwu rocked Ledet with one big punch halfway through the round, but Ledet immediately started taunting him, and went back to picking him apart with more jabs. It's pretty clear that Anyanwu is waiting to land that perfect bomb, but in the meantime, Ledet is picking him apart with a significantly higher quantity of punches. Anyanwu landed another big punch with 45 seconds left in the round, and then Ledet continued to pick him apart until the end of the round. Round one was a 10-9 round for Ledet.
     Anyanwu threw some big punches to start the second round, the crowd cheered, and then Ledet blasted him with some fast combinations. Anyanwu is clearly throwing with the more powerful punches, and he looked more active in the second round, when compared to the first round, but Ledet is doing a good job staying calm, and outboxing Anyanwu with his technical striking. Anyanwu landed some solid shots in that round, but I still think Ledet should be ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Anyanwu came out throwing bombs in the final round. Anyanwu's right eye was completely swollen shut at the start of the final round. Anyanwu clearly landed the bigger shots in that round, but Ledet was still outworking him with his movement & his jabs. It's worth noting that Anyanwu took this fight on short notice as well. I'm giving that final round to Anyanwu, but I'm still scoring the fight 29-28 for Justin Ledet. The judges were split, but two of them agreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to Justin Ledet.
93.7
KO
(Punch)
2:48
      Moraes landed some nice punches to start the first round, Usman landed some hard calf kicks, and then dropped Moraes with some punches, but let him stand back up. They both continued to trade wild punches at a rapid pace, basically turning the entire first round into a brawl, they both got clipped a few times, and Usman eventually dropped Moraes with a massive right hand that flipped him upside down, and then he blasted him with one more punch on the ground before the referee could stop the fight. That was a fantastic first round KO finish by Kamaru Usman, as he breaks their tie, resulting in the longest active winning streak in the UFC's Welterweight Division. At this point, I feel like Kamaru Usman deserves a title shot, even though he's sort of been flying under the radar as far as big names are concerned.
91.7
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
7:11
      Gonzalez threw some fast punches, and a pair of hard head kicks, and Gillespie shot for a takedown, but Gonzalez stuffed the shot, they clinched for a second, and then Gillespie dropped Gonzalez with a huge right hand. He went in for the kill, but Gonzalez was able to recover enough to pull guard. Gillespie worked some ground & pound, and then Gonzalez worked his way back to his feet, they both traded some wild punches, Gonzalez looked rocked, but he continued to fire back none-the-less. Gillespie shot for another takedown 2 minutes into the round, and pinned Gonzalez against the fence. Gillespie passed to full mount halfway through the round. Gillespie threw some big punches, and then Gonzalez scrambled back to his feet like a maniac. Gillespie scored another takedown with 2 minutes left in the opening round. Gonzalez worked his way back to his feet, fired back with some big punches & another head kick, and then Gillespie shot for another takedown. Gillespie ended up back in full mount with 30 seconds remaining in the round. Round one clearly goes to Gillespie, but Gonzalez is definitely making this a competitive fight.
     Gonzalez started the second round with another brutal head kick, some big punches, and then Gillespie scored another takedown 15 seconds into the round. Gillespie secured full mount again, and this time he just put a lot of emphasis into hanging on to top control, instead of working toward delivering damage. Gillespie tried to setup an arm-triangle choke, Gonzalez did a good job defending for a few seconds, but eventually he was forced to submit. That was an awesome fight, and a really nice finish for Gregor Gillespie.
90.3
KO
(Punches)
12:33
      Smith landed some hard clean strikes early, and Lombard was firing back by just winging bombs. Lombard landed some hard kicks to the body of Smith, and they both landed some decent leg kicks. Smith was fighting back, and landing some solid shots, but for the most part, the first round was all about Lombard chewing up Smith with big punches & heavy leg kicks. Round one goes to Hector Lombard.
     The second round started with both fighters brawling at a decent pace, with Lombard still landing the harder shots, while Smith was being a bit more selective with his shots. Lombard clinched with Smith's back halfway through the second round, and Smith walked over to his corner, while fighting with Lombard's grip around his waist. Smith dropped Lombard with a clean right hand with 20 seconds left in the round, and then Lombard took him down. Lombard is probably ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but you could make an argument that it's all tied up, since Smith dropped Lombard at the end of the round.
     Anthony Smith was talking shit in between rounds, yelling "Do you know my name yet!?!" The final round had Lombard still picking apart Smith for the most part, Smith looked like he was running out of steam a bit, and then he blasted Lombard with a series of clean punches that dropped Lombard, he finished him off with a few extra punches on the ground, and the referee stopped the fight. That was a fantastic win for Anthony Smith, and that might be the biggest win of his career.
90.3
KO
(Knee)
1:19
      These guys were basically brawling for the duration of this fight, with the clear power advantage going to Mike Perry. Reyes took this fight on 3 days notice, and he moved up a weight class to take the fight, so kudos to him for hanging in there for a couple of minutes, but ultimately, Perry's power & knees proved to be way too much for the debuting Alex Reyes. Congrats to Perry for the quick first round finish.
91.9
TKO
(Punches)
9:00
      Branch came out throwing some big punches, Rockhold fired back with some hard kicks to the body of Branch, they clinched for a few seconds, and then they reset. Branch blasted Rockhold with some big punch combinations, and he bounced Rockhold's head off the fence a few times before taking him down, but Rockhold popped back up a few seconds later. They traded control of the clinch a few times, and then reset halfway through the round. Branch clinched again, and tried to trip Rockhold near the fence. They traded control of the clinch again, and then reset with 90 seconds left in the round. Rockhold poked Branch in the eye, and then threw a flying kick, which Branch blocked. The round ended with Rockhold clinching with Branch against the fence, and then he dumped him to the ground with 20 seconds left in the round. I'm giving that round to Branch for his striking offense, but I could see some judges giving it to Rockhold for ending the round on top.
      They traded some hard strikes to start the second round, Rockhold was trying to keep his distance with kicks, while Branch was basically plowing forward, as he pressed Rockhold against the fence for some more clinching. Rockhold took control of the clinch, and pressed Branch against the fence, for a couple minutes of clinch stalling. Rockhold took down Branch with a body lock with 2 minutes left in the round. Rockhold landed in full mount, unloaded with some big punches, and Branch was trying to do just enough to stay in the fight, by covering his head. Branch eventually ended up tapping out due to getting punched in the head too many times. Congrats to Rockhold for the much needed win.
OVERALL 91.3
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