100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Jessica Andrade - 94.4
2. Gokhan Saki - 93.9
3. Jussier da Silva - 93.3
4. Teruto Ishihara - 92.3
5. Claudia Gadelha - 91.9
6. Daichi Abe - 91.3
7. Shinsho Anzai - 91.3
8. Keita Nakamura - 91.3
9. Dong Hyun Ma - 90.9
10. Syuri Kondo - 90.9
UFC Fight Night 117: St. Preux vs. Okami
Location: Saitama, Japan
Elevation: 52'
-Fight of the Night-
Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
Fighters & Matches 89.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.2
TOTAL 90.7
     The first round had both of these guys standing near the center of the cage, while trading hard punches, with both fighters landing some solid shots throughout the first round. Even though they were standing right in front of each other for most of the round, neither fighter was throwing a LOT of strikes, but when they would throw, you could tell there was some snap behind their shots. They both looked like they were dropped with 30 seconds left in the round, but they both recovered quickly, and continued to trade punches & kicks at a moderate pace until the end of the round. I really have no idea who won that round.
     The second round started with both guys trading a few random strikes, and then Lim apparently poked Abe in the eye, and Abe ran away screaming. After a brief timeout, Abe wanted more time, the referee told him he doesn't get anymore time, so the fight started back up, and he was pissed. They continued to trade random strikes for the duration of the round, with Lim probably landing the cleaner shots overall, so I scored the second round for Hyun Gyu Lim... WAIT! OH SHIT! Abe dropped Lim with 3 seconds left in the round, but Lim was saved by the bell. I'm still giving that round to Lim, but this fight is still up in the air, since that knockdown scored some points, and the first round was pretty even.
     The final round was another 5 minutes of the same thing, with both guys standing inside the inner circle of the octagon, while trading hard punches at a moderate pace. Lim was well on his way to winning another round, and then Abe dropped Lim with a brutal right hand that broke his nose, causing blood to pour all over his face. Abe went wild to try to get the finish, but Lim was able to recover, and then Abe took him down in the final seconds of the round to cap off a solid 30 second flurry. This entire fight was close, and I think that final 30 seconds might be enough to win the fight for Daichi Abe in his UFC debut. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the 29-28 unanimous decision victory. That fight started kind of roughly, but by the end of the fight, I'm left wanting to see Daichi Abe fight again soon.
      These guys traded some random strikes at a similar pace for the first half of the opening round, and then Anzai cracked Jumeau with some hard punches that had him rocked halfway through the round. They clinched, and Anzai pressed Jumeau against the fence. They eventually split up, and continued to trade strikes at a decent pace until the end of the round. Round one goes to Anzai.
     Anzai started the second round with a big takedown attempt, but Jumeau was able to stuff his shot. Anzai then landed some hard punches. Anzai got sloppy, chasing Jumeau, and he slipped and fell down after throwing (and whiffing) a head kick. They traded a few random strikes, and then Anzai scored a slick takedown 2 minutes into the second round. He mostly just smothered Jumeau for the rest of the round, and then they reset back on their feet with 30 seconds left in the round. Jumeau landed a few solid punches late in the round, but I still have Anzai ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had both guys wrestling around in the clinch, as they both tried to take each other down. Anzai rocked Jumeau, and continued to chase him around the cage halfway through the final round, but Jumeau was able to recover enough to clinch. Anzai looked exhausted, but he continued to plow forward for the most part. Jumeau was picking him apart with clean strikes, but he wasn't really landing with much power at all. Anzai shot for another takedown with a minute left in the round, and Jumeau reversed him, and finished the round by clinching with Anzai's back. This fight was competitive, but I think Anzai should win, AT LEAST 29-28, if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving Anzai the unanimous decision victory.
      The first round was a pretty even kickboxing match, with both girls landing some solid strikes, but neither fighter really did much significant damage. I have no idea who won the first round. The second round was another competitive kickboxing match, where both girls put up a decent fight, but there still wasn't a clear winner by the end of the round. I guess it all comes down to the third round? The final round was a pretty great scrap, with both fighters giving it their all, and by the end of the round, I guess Kondo was probably slightly ahead on the scorecards? This fight really could go either way though. The judges were split, with two judges giving the decision to Syuri Kondo, based mostly on pressure I'm sure.
      Morono came out and immediately whiffed with a MASSIVE right hand. They both danced around for a few seconds, and then Morono landed a hard right hand 90 seconds into the round. Nakamura hurt Morono with a toe kick to the stomach that caused Morono to back off, and Nakamura followed it up with some decent punches. They reset with 2 minutes left in the round. There was a decent sized cut above Morono's right eye. Morono threw some nice combinations in the final 10 seconds. That round should probably go to Morono based on pressure, but Nakamura clearly did more damage with that cut above Morono's right eye.
     Morono continued with the forward pressure in the second round, pumping a lot of jabs, without really connecting with much of anything. Nakamura was landing the cleaner strikes, and he wasn't wasting any shots due to his accuracy. Morono unleashed a nice combination with around 2 minutes left in the round, but he wasn't able to make much of anything happen with it. They both picked up the pace near the end of that round, but I still don't think there is a clear frontrunner going into the final round. Morono is more than likely ahead with his pressure, but if Nakamura has a strong third round, I think he can still win this fight.
     Nakamura started the second round with a pair of hard body kicks. Nakamura took down Morono a minute into the round, and he quickly passed to side control. Morono was able to work his way back to his feet 30 seconds later. Nakamura continued to land some clean single punches & head kicks, while Morono was throwing more volume still, but not landing very frequently. Morono opened up a big cut on top of Nakamura's head around the halfway point of the final round. Nakamura scored another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, Morono tried to catch him with a guillotine choke, but Nakamura was able to slip his head out, and they both stood up and reset. They continued to hammer each other with some hard shots in the final minute or so. In the end, I'm leaning toward a 29-28 scorecard in favor of Nakamura, but I'm halfway expecting the judges to give the fight to Morono based on pressure, or maybe we'll have a split-decision? The judges were split, with two judges giving the victory to Keita Nakamura.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys spent the first 3 minutes of the opening round trading some heavy punches & kicks, at a fast pace, and then Formiga took down Sasaki, and pinned him in the center of the cage. Formiga passed to full mount, Sasaki gave up his back, Formiga locked on the body triangle, and Sasaki tried to shake him off with a minute left in the round. Formiga locked on the rear-naked choke, cranked the shit out of it, and finished the fight by submission. That was a fantastic performance by Jussier "Formiga" da Silva.
      Ishihara came out and threw some fast strikes, and he dropped Dy 30 seconds into the opening round with a clean left hand. He unloaded with some wild ground & pound, while pinning Dy against the fence. He cut him open with an elbow, Dy worked his way back to his feet, and then Ishihara took him down again, and continued to pound on Dy with some vicious punches & elbows. Some of those elbows he was dropping made me want to cry. Round one could have been a 10-8 round for Ishihara.
     Ishihara was pressuring Dy early in the second round, he threw some big strikes, they clinched, and then Dy threw a knee to his groin. After a brief pause, the fight continued. Ishihara threw a big left hand, Dy blasted him with a clean head kick, neither fighter seemed phased by the exchange, Ishihara shot for a takedown, and Dy stuffed his shot, so they reset a minute into the round. They continued to hammer each other with some heavy punches, without either fighter really concerning themselves with defense at all. That round could have gone to either fighter. Either way, I still have Ishihara ahead going into the final round, based on the 10-8 first round.
     The final round started with Dy blasting Ishihara with a knee, Ishihara dropped to the ground, and shot for a desperate takedown, which Dy stuffed, but Ishihara still pressed him against the fence for a few seconds, buying himself some time to recover. They reset, and then Dy dropped Ishihara with a hard knee to the groin. Dy tried to say it was a clean shot, but after watching the replay, it looked like it was a pretty clear knee to the groin to me. When the fight started back up, they traded a few strikes, and then Ishihara blasted Dy with a clean head kick, but Dy just ate the shot and kept coming forward. Dy blasted Ishihara with a head kick, and Ishihara scrambled to avoid any follow up damage. Dy then blasted Ishihara with one of the hardest kicks to the groin I've ever seen in my entire life. That was a BRUTAL shin to the groin. The referee HAS to take a point for this one, and if Ishihara can't continue, I'm going to assume he'll win on the scorecards. The referee took a point, and Dy said "WHAT!?! THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME!" It was the THIRD LOW BLOW MAN! When the fight started back up, Ishihara shot in for an aggressive takedown, and pinned Dy against the fence with 2 minutes left in the final round. Dy was able to kick his way back to his feet, but Ishihara kept him smothered against the fence. They reset, and Ishihara blasted Dy with a brutal inside leg kick. Dy landed a nice head kick with 10 seconds left in the round, but Ishihara just ate it. This fight is going to a decision, and it 100% has to go to Ishihara. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
      Silva rushed in, got blasted with some hard punches to his face, a kick to the head, Saki was backing up, throwing counters, and then he dropped Silva 30 seconds into the opening round with a punch, Silva asked him to join him on the ground, Saki refused, so Silva stood up, and shot for a takedown. Saki continued to shred Silva with fast & powerful punches. I think he broke Silva's right orbital bone or something, Silva tried to cover it, and Saki continued to pound on him with sledgehammer style hooks. Silva has a hell of a chin, but he's getting mauled in this fight. Silva shot for another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, and Saki stuffed his shot, and threw Silva down. Silva stood back up, and blasted Saki with a series of nice knees from the clinch. Saki clearly started to slow down after the first 3 minutes, but he was still hammering Silva. Silva started to score some points, it looked like Saki might be in trouble with 30 seconds left in the opening round, and then he blasted Silva with a left hook that dropped him, and the referee stopped the fight immediately. That might have been an early stoppage, since you don't normally stop a fight for just getting dropped, but considering the way Silva got slaughtered up until that point, I'm not going to argue with the stoppage. That was a really solid UFC debut for Gokhan Saki, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing who they pit him against next. He doesn't look like his cardio will last much beyond one round though.
      This fight started very slowly, not a lot was happening, and then Kim dropped Gomi with a right hand, he jumped on him, pounded on his face with some big punches, and the referee stepped in to stop the fight. That was a nice quick win for Dong Hyun Kim, against a 100% washed up version of Takanori Gomi, who is now on a 5-Fight losing streak. Congrats to Kim, especially considering that he took out Gomi in Pride's main arena, but... PLEASE Gomi, retire... This shit is getting depressing. The ONLY fight I would be interested in at this point, would be Takanori Gomi vs. B.J. Penn. Otherwise, I'd like to see them both retire.
      Gadelha started this fight by cracking Andrade with a series of BRUTAL punches. Gadelha spent the first half of the round throwing some of the most violent punches & elbows I've ever seen in Women's MMA, and she opened up a gash on Andrade's forehead. Andrade picked up Gadelha and slammed the shit out of her with 2 minutes left in the round, Gadelha scrambled up, and pulled guard with a guillotine choke, but Andrade stayed standing, slipped her head free, and then worked some ground & pound from inside Gadelha's guard. The forehead of Andrade is pouring blood all over the place. Andrade finished that round strong, but I still think Gadelha did enough in the first 3 minutes to win the round. That round could probably go either way though.
     Once the second round started, it became apparent that Andrade had that big cut high up on her forehead, and Gadelha had a cut on the outside of her left eye. Gadelha blasted Andrade with some big punches to start the second round, and then she took her down, but Andrade quickly scrambled back to her feet. Gadelha shot for another takedown 90 seconds into the round, and Andrade reversed her, and ended up pinning Gadelha against the fence. Andrade worked some nice punches to the body of Gadelha, while mixing in some random hard elbows to her eye. They're both bleeding like crazy at the halfway point of the second round. Andrade was chasing Gadelha around the outside of the cage, while hammering her with massive punches. Andrade pinned Gadelha against the fence, and pounded her with a lot of punches. They reset with a minute left in the round. They both blasted each other with some brutal strikes, with Andrade constantly moving forward. Gadelha slapped on another hanging guillotine choke, and Andrade was saved by the buzzer. This fight is fucking insane! I really have no idea who is winning this fight going into the final round. I think the first round goes to Gadelha, and the second round probably goes to Andrade. Either way, this fight should be all tied up going into the final round.
     They traded some hard strikes to start the final round, and then Gadelha clinched, and Andrade pressed her into the fence, picked her up, and slammed the shit out of her. Andrade pounded on Gadelha's stomach with some heavy punches to the body from side control. Andrade was throwing some of the heaviest ground & pound to the body I've ever seen in MMA. Gadelha pulled guard halfway through the round, and Andrade continued to pound on her with big punches. Andrade passed to side control with 90 seconds left in the fight, and continued to pound on her with brutal ground & pound. Gadelha started to walk up the fence with a minute left in the round, and Andrade took her back, while still pounding on her with big punches. Gadelha went for one more standing guillotine choke with 30 seconds left in the round, but Andrade pulled her head free, they traded some wild punches, and the round eventually ended. That was an outstanding performance by both fighters, and probably the best performance of Andrade's career as she absolutely dominated Gadelha for the final 10 minutes of that fight. This fight will 100% be Fight of the Night. Congrats to Andrade for winning one of the best fights I've seen this year.
Technical Submission
(Von Flue Choke)
      This fight started with Okami immediately shooting for a takedown. OSP stuffed his shot, and tried to setup a guillotine choke. OSP gave that up, and secured half mount instead. He tried to setup his Von Flue choke, Okami went for a guillotine, which was fucking retarded, and OSP put him to sleep. That was a solid quick finish for OSP, but that was the dumbest gameplan I've ever seen, from Okami, he was fighting 2 weightclasses above his normal weightclass, and he took the fight on short notice. This fight was fucking stupid, and it was a terrible main event. Why wasn't Gadelha vs. Andrade the main event? Ths UFC is falling apart. Still, congrats to OSP for having the "Most Successful Von Flue Chokes in UFC History", as this marks his third.