100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Demetrious Johnson - 94.9
2. Tony Ferguson - 92.4
3. Lando Vannata - 92.4
4. Fabricio Werdum - 92.1
5. John Moraga - 92.0
6. Mara Romero Borella - 91.7
7. Brad Tavares - 91.7
8. Bobby Green - 90.9
9. Kevin Lee - 90.7
10. Poliana Botelho - 90.3
UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.7
     These guys traded some random punches to start the first round, Tavares rocked Leites halfway through the round, and tried to finish him, but Leites was able to clinch, to give himself some time to recover. They broke out of the clinch with around 90 seconds left in the round, and continued to trade some random punches at a slow pace, with Tavares still landing the better shots. Round one goes to Brad Tavares.
     The second round was more of the same, with Tavares chipping away at Leites with a lot of jabs, leaving Leites's face a bloody mess, while they both exchanged leg kicks at a similar pace. Leites finally shot for a takedown with around 2 minutes left in the second round, but Tavares stuffed his shot against the fence. I have Tavares ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Tavares continued to chop away at Leites, opening up a bad cut above his right eye, and Leites was limping around slowly due to the damage done from the leg kicks. Tavares is basically making Leites look foolish on the feet. He dropped him multiple times with some clean leg kicks. Tavares knocked down Leites at the end of the round, and then swarmed him, beating the shit out of him, leading to a clear 30-26 decision for Tavares in my opinion. All 3 judges agreed, giving Tavares the clean unanimous decision victory.
      These guys traded strikes at a decent pace to start the first round, they were both bouncing around quite a bit, and then Moraga blasted Bibulatov with a huge right hand, he followed it up with some violent punches, he knocked Bibulatov on his ass, and then he finished him off with some punches early in the first round. That was a HUGE upset, as Moraga hands Bibulatov the first loss of his MMA career. That was a fantastic performance by John Moraga.
      The first round had both fighters dancing around, trading strikes, with Schnell probably landing the better shots overall. Round one goes to Schnell. The second round was more of the same, with Schnell picking apart Beltran for the most part. Beltran threw a few hard shots, but he just didn't look confident enough to engage in any serious exchanges. I have Schnell ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Schnell clinched early to start the final round, he pressed Beltran against the fence, and then they reset 30 seconds into the round. They continued to trade strikes in the final round, and Beltran's right eye was completely swollen shut. Beltran scored a takedown with 10 seconds left in the final round, and found himself caught in a guillotine choke, which he popped out of as the buzzer sounded. I scored this fight 30-27 for Matt Schnell, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the somewhat lackluster unanimous decision victory.
      These girls traded a few random strikes, Gonzalez pressed Botelho against the fence for a takedown attempt, and Botelho stuffed her shot, and blasted her in the side of the head with some sharp elbows. You could give that round to Gonzalez for forward pressure I guess, but I'm scoring it for Botelho, based on all those elbows she landed. The second round was more of the same, with Gonzalez pressing Botelho against the fence, and Botelho continued to batter her with elbows to the side of the head. The referee reset them with 90 seconds left in the round. Botelho hammered Gonzalez with some heavy kicks & punches late in the round, and then Gonzalez pressed her against the fence again. I have Botelho ahead 20-18 going into the final round, even though Gonzalez has spent almost the entire round pressing her against the fence. The final round was another round full of Gonzalez pressing Botelho against the fence, while Botelho pounded on her with elbows & knees. This was a pretty terrible fight, due to Gonzalez's gameplan, but I'm giving this fight to Botelho, with a pretty clear 30-27. If any of the judges give this fight to Gonzalez, I'm going to be pissed. Botelho finally created some distance at the end of the final round, she landed some big strikes, and then took down Gonzalez with a trip. This fight for sure is going to Botelho. All 3 judges agreed, giving Botelho the unanimous decision victory.
      Lando threw a few punches, and a pair of hard leg kicks that nearly chopped down Green in the first minute of the opening round, and then Green clinched and pressed him against the fence. Lando broke free, and then kicked Green in the head. Lando then dropped Green with some big punches, he nearly finished him with punches on the ground, Green went face down and covered his head, Vannata beat the shit out of him, and then Green finally started to stand up, so Vannata threw a flying knee, but Green still had one knee on the ground, so the referee took a point from Vannata for the illegal knee. When the fight started back up, Lando locked on a guillotine choke, whipped Green around for a few seconds, and then Green pressed him against the fence. Lando broke free with 90 seconds left in the round, and continued to chip away at Green with punches & leg kicks. Vannata scored a takedown with 15 seconds left in the round. That round for sure goes to Vannata, but with the point loss, that makes it a 9-9 round. That's bullshit though, because the knee was actually just a "thigh" instead, and Green was ALMOST up, so it wasn't intentional at all. He shouldn't have lost a point there in my opinion, not to mention, the "no knees to a downed opponent" rule is fucking stupid to begin with. You COULD say that was a 10-8 round for Vannata too though, so he still might have won the round, 9-8, so that's how I'm going to score the first round.
     Lando looked like he was picking apart Green with punches & leg kicks in the second round, but Lando's nose was all fucked up, with a big gash across the bridge of his nose. Green tried for some takedowns in the second round, and Vannata did some crazy flips and shit, converting one of the takedowns into a takedown of his own. They stood back up, and Vannata hurt Green, he blasted him with some big punches in the final 90 seconds, and Green looked like he was in trouble again. Green landed some nice jabs, but Lando was hammering him with power punches & heavy leg kicks, so I'm giving that round to Lando as well. I have Vannata ahead 19-17 going into the final round.
     They both traded some clean punch combinations in the final round, Vannata shot for a takedown a minute into the round, but gave that up in favor of some more boxing. Vannata continued to pick apart Green with some clean boxing, as it looked to me like he was chipping away at Green for the duration of the fight, but Vannata's face is a bloody mess, so it's hard to predict how the judges are going to score this fight. Green blasted Vannata and rocked the shit out of him in the final 5 seconds, and with a few more seconds, he could have maybe finished him, but I was giving Vannata the round up until that point, so I have absolutely no idea what to expect from the judges. I'm going to score this fight 29-27 for Vannata, but I wouldn't be shocked by any scorecards at this point. The judges were all over the place, with scores of 29-27, 29-27, and 28-28, which leads to a draw? I don't see how Green could have possibly won 29-27 on anybody's scorecard, but whatever. Congrats to both guys for a hell of a performance, even though it ended in a draw. I'm personally giving the victory points to Vannata though, because fuck draws.
      These guys traded some strikes, Stamann sort of scored a takedown a minute into the round, but Duquesnoy popped back up immediately. Duquesnoy blasted Stamann with some clean punches & kicks, it looked like he had him rocked against the fence for a second, and then Stamann shot for a takedown, which Duquesnoy stuffed. Duquesnoy threw some more strikes, and then Stamann took him down again with 2 minutes left in the round. Duquesnoy worked his way back to his feet 30 seconds later. They traded strikes at a decent pace until the end of the round, with Duquesnoy landing the cleaner shots. I'm giving that round to Duquesnoy, even though Stamann scored a couple of takedowns, which he did absolutely nothing with.
     Duquesnoy continued to chip away at Stamann with clean punches & kicks in the second round, while Stamann kept looking up at the time clock, even in the first minute of the round. Stamann scored another takedown halfway through the round, and Duquesnoy immediately tried to setup a triangle choke from the bottom, but couldn't get his leg over the shoulder of Stamann. They eventually stood up, Stamann scored another takedown, and beat up Duquesnoy until the end of the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round basically had Stamann chasing Duquesnoy around the cage, while picking him apart with some random strikes. Duquesnoy just didn't look like he had much of any sort of interest in fighting in the final round. He sort of knocked down Stamann with 20 seconds left in the round, and he finished the round just pinning him. That wasn't a great fight overall, but I'm assuming Stamann is going to win the 29-28 decision. The judges were split, giving the decision to Stamann.
      These guys traded a few punches, Dariush landed a big leg kick, Dunham shot for a takedown, and Dariush stuffed his shot, so they reset a minute into the opening round. They traded a few more strikes, Dariush hit Dunham with a clean punch, a big kick to the body, Dunham tried to take him down, and Dariush dropped him with a hard elbow, and then he took Dunham's back for a second. Dunham rolled out of that, and Dunham stayed on top, where he continued to pound on him with some big punches. Dariush bounced Dunham's head off the canvas a few times with some big punches while standing above him, but the referee let them continue. Dunham tried to work his way back up the cage, and Dariush continued to hit him with heavy elbows, and knees to the body. Dunham grabbed for a leg lock with a minute left in the round, while Dariush was standing above him, but Dariush just settled into half mount, and continued to maul Dunham with heavy elbows & punches. Dunham finally stood back up with 25 seconds left in the round. You could make an argument that the first round was 10-8 for Beneil Dariush.
     Dariush came out throwing heavy strikes to start the second round, and then Dunham picked him up, and slowly dumped him to the ground 40 seconds into the round. Dariush tried to setup an Omoplata, but he was awfully close to the fence, so he had to really show off his flexibility on the ground. Dariush was able to scramble back to his feet, and Dunham pressed him against the fence. The spent most of the rest of the round trading strikes at a decent pace, with both guys looking like they were starting to gas a bit in the second round. Dunham applied more pressure in the second round, so I'm assuming this fight is all tied up going into the final round, but since I scored the first round 10-8 for Dariush, then I have this fight scored at 19-18 going into the final round, in favor of Beneil Dariush.
     They traded some random strikes in the final round, and then Dunham pressed Dariush against the fence 2 minutes into the round. Dariush broke free 30 seconds later, so they reset. The round was kind of a slow paced striking stalemate, but Dariush blasted Dunham with some hard shots in the final minute of the round. They both looked exhausted, but they were still swinging with some wild shit in the final 30 seconds or so, with Dunham taunting Dariush. I'm assuming Dunham won the last two rounds, but they were both close rounds, and since Dariush dominated him in the first round, I feel like this fight should be a draw, but I'm assuming the judges will score it 29-28 for Dunham. One judge scored the fight for Dariush, and the other two scored it a draw, for the "Majority Draw". I'm giving Dariush the victory points, but this fight was awfully close.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These girls traded a few strikes, and then Borella took down Faria with a tight body lock 15 seconds into the opening round. Borella worked her way into full mount a minute into the round. Faria squirmed around on the bottom, and Borella eventually took her back, staying tight the entire time. She locked on a rear-naked choke halfway through the round, and finished the fight by submission, pulling off a really slick upset. That was a fantastic one-sided performance by Mara Romero Borella, as she proves she's someone to keep an eye on in UFC's new Women's Flyweight Division. I, for one, am excited they're opening a new female weight class.
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Werdum clinched, took down Harris quickly, grabbed his back, slapped on an armbar, and finished the fight by submission in just over a minute. That was a fantastic performance by Fabricio Werdum, as he quickly takes out a late replacement in Walt Harris. Werdum was supposed to fight Derrick Lewis tonight, but he dropped out at the last minute due to some sort of ongoing back injury or something. Congrats to Werdum for the victory, but Harris was clearly fighting out of his league in this fight.
(Suplex Armbar)
      Johnson started this fight with a series of inside leg kicks, while they circled around each other. Johnson kicked Borg in the body 90 seconds into the round, he fell down, and Johnson took his back randomly in a seated position, and then after Johnson punched him in the face a few times, they stood back up. Johnson kicked Borg in the body again, Borg shot for a takedown, and Johnson sat on Borg's head. Borg continued to work for a desperate single leg takedown, and Johnson just took his back after a brief scramble. Johnson smothered Borg against the fence on the ground, with 2 minutes left to work in the first round. Johnson landed a few punches, and Borg looked like a lost puppy getting his ass kicked by an adult pitbull. Johnson tried to setup a submission from the top, but Borg was able to squirm around to avoid any REAL danger, but Johnson still absolutely dominated him in that round. Round one clearly goes to Demetrious Johnson. That was probably a 10-8 round for Johnson, just based on absolute domination, even though he never came THAT close to finishing Borg.
     Johnson started the second round with an inside leg kick, Borg jumped up in the air, and then shot for another takedown, which Johnson stuffed with his back against the fence. They clinched for a few seconds, Johnson threw some knees, and Borg tried to find a standing guillotine choke. Borg took down Johnson 90 seconds into the round, and tried to pin him against the fence, but Johnson quickly stood back up, and then Borg took him down again. Johnson stood back up, Borg jumped on his back, and Johnson shook him off, and spun around into Borg's guard. Johnson threw some short punches while trying to pass to full mount. Johnson tried to crank on a Kimura, and Borg quickly spun out of that, but sort of gave up his back in the process. Johnson threw some hard knees to Borg's body while keeping him smothered against the fence, and then Borg stood back up, and pressed Johnson against the fence. Borg went for another guillotine choke, Johnson took him down, landed in side control, and then after they scrambled around for a few more seconds, Johnson pinned Borg against the fence again. Johnson is CLEARLY the better fighter here, but Borg is at least doing JUST ENOUGH to keep this fight interesting. I have Johnson ahead 20-17 going into the third round.
     The third round started with some fast exchanges, where Johnson was basically beating up Borg, and then Borg caught a kick and shot for a single leg, but Johnson just sat on his head again. Johnson worked his way back into the mounted crucifix, and continued to pound on Borg with random short strikes. Borg was able to pull guard halfway through the round, but Johnson continued to pound on him with short punches & elbows. Borg eventually tried to scramble back to his feet, and Johnson quickly passed to mount instead, and then took Borg's back with a minute left in the round. Borg tried to scramble to find another guillotine choke, but Johnson just smothered him against the fence instead, and continued to pound on him. They spent the final 15 seconds brawling, and then Borg locked on a guillotine choke in the last 5 seconds, but Johnson held on until the buzzer sounded. Johnson is far enough ahead on the scorecards now, that Borg HAS to finish him if he wants a shot at winning. I have Johnson ahead 30-26 going into the Championship rounds.
     Borg threw a big punch, picked up Johnson, and slammed him to start the fourth round. This time he had him pinned in the center of the cage, so Johnson couldn't use the cage to get back up, but he stood back up anyway. Borg continued to dig for a single leg, Johnson pinned him against the fence, and unloaded with some fast punches & elbows. Borg continued to try to dig for a random guillotine choke, but he's really not coming close to finishing any of those, so he should probably find a new strategy. They stood back up 2 minutes into the round, and Johnson continued to chip away at him with punches, elbows and knees. Borg tried to setup another standing guillotine choke, and Johnson used that moment to take his back standing. Johnson slammed Borg with a hard trip from the clinch that caused his head to make a loud thud when he hit the ground. Borg worked his way back to his feet with 30 seconds left in the ground, and then Johnson threw him down again with a loud thud. Whether you think Borg deserved this shot or not, Johnson is once again proving that he's one of the most flawless fighters in the game. Johnson is probably ahead 40-34 going into the final round.
     The final round started with some wild strikes, and then Johnson took down Borg again, after shrugging off another guillotine attempt. Johnson blasted Borg with some clean elbows and punches while keeping him smothered against the fence. Borg fought his way back to his feet a minute into the final round. Johnson took him down again, and Borg was still looking for that desperate guillotine choke, which he still never came close to finishing, as Johnson is just too fast with passing to side control. He passed to full mount 2 minutes into the round. Borg did a wild flip on the ground, and almost stood up, but Johnson continued to wrestle the shit out of him while keeping him pressed against the fence. Borg stood up again with 2 minutes left in the round, and Johnson continued to clinch with his back, and then he slammed the shit out of him, and locked on a flying armbar on the way down, Johnson cranked the shit out of it, Borg tried to tough it out, but eventually he was forced to submit. That was an AMAZING performance by the greatest fighter of all time, Demetrious Johnson. He just broke Anderon Silva's record for the most consecutive title defenses.
(Triangle Choke)
      Kevin Lee is walking into this interim title fight with a staph infection on his chest, after nearly dying at the weigh-ins yesterday. These guys traded some random strikes, things started slowly, Lee dropped Ferguson with an eye poke, and then Ferguson popped back up and dropped Lee with a clean punch. There was a wild scramble halfway through the round, Lee took down Ferguson, Ferguson almost reversed him on the way down, and then ended up going for a triangle instead, but Lee stepped through that, and Ferguson tried to hold an Omoplata, which didn't quite work, and then Lee settled into Ferguson's guard again. Ferguson's right eye (the one that was poked) is bleeding, so hopefully that isn't coming from his eyeball. Lee passed to full mount with 30 seconds left in the round, and dropped some brutal punches & elbows. Ferguson was able to defend until the buzzer sounded, and then Lee continued to throw punches after the buzzer, so Herb Dean gave him a stern warning. That round still goes to Lee though, 10-9.
      The second round started with both guys trading some aggressive looking punches, Ferguson was mixing in some front kicks, and they continued to circle around each other. The second round was a pretty close round of striking, but I thought Ferguson landed the more interesting strikes, so I scored that round for Ferguson, and have it all tied up going into the final round. Lee shot for a takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, but Ferguson was able to stuff the shot. I have the fight all tied up going into the third round. Lee also got wobbled as the buzzer sounded.
      Ferguson started the third round with a few strikes, and then Lee picked him up, and slammed him 30 seconds into the round. Lee was just kind of stuck on top, so they eventually stood up around the 90 second mark. They traded a few random tired looking strikes, and then Lee scored another takedown halfway through the round. Ferguson locked on an armbar from his guard, it looked like it was all over, and then Lee stepped over, and settled back into Ferguson's guard. Ferguson threw a few hard elbows at Lee's head, and then he locked on a tight triangle choke, finishing the fight by submission. That was a really good fight, and a fantastic finish by Tony Ferguson. I've been saying for a while that I think Tony Ferguson is the best lightweight in the world, and here he is, the new (Interim) UFC Lightweight Champion.