(10/21/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Darren Till - 94.8
2. Jan Blachowicz - 92.4
3. Karolina Kowalkiewicz - 92.4
4. Brian Kelleher - 92.0
5. Oskar Piechota - 92.0
6. Aspen Ladd - 91.7
7. Josh Emmett - 91.7
8. Marcin Held - 91.7
9. Andre Fili - 91.3
10. Warlley Alves - 90.2
UFC Fight Night 118: Cerrone vs. Till
Location: Gdansk, Poland
Elevation: 10'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Darren Till vs. Donald Cerrone
92.0
Fighters & Matches 89.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.6
88.7
Decision
15:00
     Arantes started this fight with a nice spinning back kick to the body, followed by a nice punch, and then Emmett dropped him with a massive right hand. He decided not to follow him to the ground, so they reset a minute into the opening round. Emmett dropped Arantes again with another big punch, and this time he settled on top to work some ground & pound. Emmett decided to let Arantes stand up again, and then he unloaded on him with some bombs, while Arantes stood with his back against the fence, just absorbing a lot of big strikes. Emmett dropped him again with another big punch, and unloaded with some wild ground & pound, and then he let Arantes stand up again. Emmett dropped Arantes AGAIN, and continued to pound on him with some big punches on the ground. He let him stand up again with 90 seconds left in the round. Arantes came out swinging at this point, and threw some wild flying knees, and some decent punches of his own. Arantes then dropped down, and did some more butt scooting, and Emmett ended the round on top. That was a clear 10-8 round for Emmett, but I'm not entirely convinced that Arantes wasn't just trying to force Emmett to empty his gas tank for the later rounds. We'll see how Arantes reacts in the second round.
     Arantes came back a little bit in the second round, as he was able to pick apart Emmett with some faster strikes, while Emmett was still throwing bombs, but not connecting as much as he was in the first round. Arantes landed several clean knees in the second round, making Emmett look a bit like Rudolph. Even though Arantes got absolutely dominated in the first round, he still didn't look like he had any damage on his face at all by the end of the second round. Emmett on the other hand had a cut on the bridge of his nose. Emmett scored a takedown in the final 15 seconds, and beat up Arantes on the ground, so that might have been enough to steal the round, but I'm still going to give that round to Arantes. I have Emmett ahead, 19-18, going into the final round.
     Emmett continued to throw bombs to start the final round, and Arantes continued to chip away at him with brutal knees, and some wild kicks. Emmett beat up Arantes against the fence a minute into the round, and Arantes just covered up, trying to weather the storm. Arantes landed some really nice strikes in that final round, but he spent too much time backing up, and absorbed too many power shots from Emmett. I'm giving the first & third rounds to Emmett, with a 10-8 round in the first round, resulting in a 29-27 scorecard, in favor of Emmett. This was a really solid Featherweight debut for Josh Emmett, as he pulls off the unanimous decision victory against a pretty decent striker, by outstriking him for 15 minutes.
90.0
TKO
(Punches)
7:33
      Ladd walked forward like a zombie at the start of the first round, they traded a few random punches, Ladd walked into the clinch, and then pressed Lansberg against the fence like a truck. Lansberg took control of the clinch a minute into the round, and landed a few decent knees to the body, while pressing her against the fence. Ladd took control of the clinch halfway through the round, and they continued to trade knees to the body, while struggling to control each other against the fence. The referee split them up with 30 seconds left in the opening round, and Lansberg continued to chip away at Ladd until the end of the round. Round one goes to Lansberg.
     Lansberg continued to beat up Ladd for 30 seconds to start the second round, and then Ladd shot for a much needed deep double leg takedown, and she pinned Lansberg in the center of the cage, landing in half mount. She passed to full mount 90 seconds into the round, while working some punches in between transition attempts. She postured up and unloaded with some wild punches halfway through the round, her ground & pound was relentless, and the referee finally decided to stop the fight after a large number of unanswered bombs were dropped on Lansberg's head. That was a questionable first round, but a fantastic finish for Aspen Ladd's UFC debut. She now has the longest active winning streak in the Bantamweight Division I think? TITLE SHOT!?! hahaha... Maybe not, but she's still someone to keep an eye on.
87.2
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few random strikes to start the first round, and then Alves clinched 15 seconds into the round, and pressed Touahri against the fence. He took his back (standing), and tried to climb on him, but Touahri was able to shake him off almost immediately, so they ended up clinching, with Alves pressing Touahri against the fence again. They eventually split up, and traded some aggressive strikes, Alves picked up the pace with around 2 minutes left in the round, he blasted Touahri with some heavy shots, and then he took him down, but Touahri was able to quickly scramble back to his feet, just to get pushed against the fence in the clinch again. Round one clearly goes to Warlley Alves.
     The second round started with some random striking exchanges, with Touahri backing down Alves a bit with his pressure, and then Alves unloaded and it looked like he rocked Touahri a bit, 90 seconds into the round. Touahri recovered, and went back to pressuring Alves with forward movement, but not a lot of strikes at all, outside of random jabs & feints. Alves landed a few decent shots late in the round, and then clinched and pressed Touahri against the fence again. I might give that round to Alves? Maybe Touahri? Honestly, that round could have gone either way probably.
     The final round started with 90 seconds of random striking, and then Alves kicked Touahri with a hard shot to the dick, which dropped him immediately. After a brief timeout, the fight continued, and they went back to trading random kicks while chasing each other around the cage. The crowd suddenly went crazy, as Conor McGregor entered the arena, so there was a huge eruption, and the two random fighters currently in the cage just looked confused. Alves sort of scored a takedown in the final 30 seconds of the round, and in the end, I think that was enough to lead to a 29-28 decision for Alves, maybe even 30-27? It was a close fight though, and a very even matchup, even though Touahri was making his UFC debut. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Warlley Alves.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading some hard punches, with Fili sort of picking apart Lobov, and he cut up his face, but Lobov landed some massive shots of his own, including some heavy kicks to the body of Fili. Fili spent the entire first round circling around the outside, while Lobov was mostly just marching forward like a zombie. Lobov's entire face was covered in blood by the end of the opening round, and Fili dropped him with a big head kick with 20 seconds left in the round, he landed a few punches on the ground, it looked like it was over, and Lobov recovered somehow, and stood back up. That was a pretty awesome first round, and it pretty clearly goes to Andre Fili, but it's still anybody's game with two rounds left to work.
     Lobov continued to pound on Fili with power shots in the second round, while Fili continued to circle around the outside. They clashed a few times, where they both landed some significant strikes, but it seemed like all of the really hard shots that landed, were being delivered by Artem Lobov. As soon as I thought Lobov was about to run away with the round, Fili shot through him with a takedown, pinning him near the fence, and then the referee paused the fight, literally to tell Conor McGregor to settle down outside the cage, as he wasn't Lobov's official cornerman. When the fight started back up, Lobov popped back up, and then continued to chase Fili until the end of the round. I'm giving that round to Lobov, just to keep things interesting, so I'm calling this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They traded a few strikes to start the final round, and then Fili scored another takedown 45 seconds into the round, landing back inside Lobov's guard. Fili sort of tried to stand up, Lobov went for an ankle lock, Fili pulled away, Lobov jumped up and blasted him with some big punches, and then Fili took him down again, 2 minutes into the final round. They stood back up, and then Fili scored another takedown. At this point, it looks like Fili is planning on laying & praying his way to a decision. They stood back up and reset with 90 seconds left in the round, and then Fili took down Lobov again. Fili continued to just lay on top of Lobov, without working any real offense at all on the ground. This fight should be a clear 29-28 for Andre Fili, if not 30-27.
85.7
Decision
15:00
      Emeev shot for his first takedown attempt a minute into the opening round, and he almost took down Alvey, but Alvey was able to do the tripod thing by putting one fist on the ground, and then he worked his way back to an upright position. They traded a few random strikes, with Emeev pressuring Alvey toward the fence the entire time. Emeev landed a few clean punches, and for the most part, Alvey was just trying to defend against takedowns, without really showing much effective offense at all. Emeev went deep for a takedown with a minute left in the round, and he basically brought Alvey into a seated position, where Alvey was able to hit him with a few random elbows. Alvey stood back up with 30 seconds left in the round, and Emeev cracked him with a series of brutal punches, that caused Alvey to walk away looking awfully wobbly. It's worth noting Alvey took this fight on short notice, but he looks like shit tonight. Round one clearly goes to the newcomer, Emeev.
     Alvey looked like he was still napping at the start of the second round, and Emeev hit him a few times, took him down again (down to a seated position), and then they stood back up and reset. Every time Alvey would throw a single punch, Emeev would fire back with 6 or 7. Alvey was wobbling around like he was going to do some drunken Kung Fu master shit or something, but I'm not sure if it was his gameplan, or if he was still rocked from the first round. The referee paused them with 90 seconds left in the second round, and told them they need to start fighting, because this shit is boring. When the fight started back up, Emeev shot for a takedown, and Alvey slapped on a standing guillotine choke, but let it go with a minute left in the round. They both landed a few nice elbows from the clinch in the final 5 seconds. This fight sucks, but I have Emeev ahead, 20-18, going into the final round.
     The final round started with Emeev clinching again, and he pressed Alvey against the fence. Alvey threw a few knees, and tried to break out of the clinch to throw some punches, but Emeev just went back to chewing him up with punches & elbows, while keeping him smothered against the fence. Alvey broke out of the clinch 90 seconds into the round. They both just stood there staring at each other for a while, and then Emeev clinched again, and then reset. Emeev is controlling this fight, but it really feels like one of those fights where both guys are looking to counter, and neither fighter wants to initiate any real offense. They continued to stare at each other aimlessly until the end of the round. This is a clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Ramazan Emeev in his UFC debut, and Sam Alvey needs to stop accepting short notice fights, ESPECIALLY outside of the United States.
89.8
TKO
(Punches)
13:39
      These guys traded some fast strikes early in the first round, and it looked like Stasiak rocked Kelleher a little bit, and then he chased him, clinched, and pressed him against the fence, but that went nowhere, so they reset 90 seconds into the opening round. Kelleher then came back, beat up Stasiak for a little while, they continued to trade at an even pace, and then they hit the ground, Kelleher slapped on a tight guillotine choke, he rolled to full mount, and then let it go to punch Stasiak in the face. Round one was competitive, but it should pretty clearly go to Kelleher.
     Kelleher came out swinging in the second round, and then Stasiak took him down against the fence a minute into the round. Kelleher punched him a few times from a seated position, and blood started to drip from Stasiak's nose. They continued to trade some strikes at a decent pace, there were a few more scrambles, and with a minute left in the round, Kelleher took Stasiak's back against the fence, and then they stood back up with 10 seconds left in the round, and they unloade on each other, with Kelleher landing the better shots. I have Kelleher ahead, 20-18, going into the final round, as he's clearly outworking Stasiak.
     The final round had both guys trading some hard strikes, and then Kelleher blasted Stasiak with a massive knee, and then wrestled him to the ground again. Kelleher tried to reach for a guillotine choke, but Stasiak slipped right out of it, and then took Kelleher's back. They continued to scramble around, and then Kelleher took Stasiak's back against the fence around the halfway mark of the final round. They stood back up a few seconds later, Stasiak landed a pair of clean punches, and then Kelleher went back to chasing him around the cage. Kelleher blasted Stasiak with a MASSIVE right hand, Stasiak went down like he had been shot in the face by a cannon, Kelleher unloaded on him with some big punches on the ground, the referee gave Stasiak plenty of time to recover, but it wasn't happening, so he stopped the fight. That was a great fight, and a solid finish by Kelleher.
89.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys both spent the first half of the opening round trading wild punches & kicks while chasing each other around the cage. Held finally shot for a takedown (halfway through the round), and Haqparast did a good job stuffing his shot against the fence. Held eventually took him down, settled into his guard, and tried to work some ground & pound, but Haqparast tied him up with an awkward guard. Held landed a few nice short elbows before the end of the round. Round one goes to Marcin Held.
     They continued to trade some heavy punches to start the second round, and then Haqparast dropped Held with a clean left hand, Held almost caught him in a triangle, Haqparast stood back up, and had a giant string dangling down his leg, so they had to pause the fight to cut it. When the fight started back up, Held tried to take Haqparast to the ground, but Haqparast did a good job stuffing his shots, while pounding on him with big heavy punches. There was a wild clinch, Haqparast dumped Held on his head, and then Held immediately started scrambling for a leg lock, and used that scramble to end up on top in side control. I don't know why Held ever stands with anybody, considering his ground game is vastly superior to his striking. He spent the rest of the round wrestling the shit out of Haqparast, but didn't really do much damage on the ground. I have Held ahead, 20-18, going into the final round.
     Held started the final round by shooting for a deep double leg, bringing Haqparast to the ground almost immediately. Held rolled for a leg lock, but Haqparast was able to pull away from it, so Held just scramble back into Haqparast's guard. Held continued to scramble around, looking for submissions, he almost went belly down with an armbar, but Haqparast was able to pull free, and he stood back up with 2 minutes left in the fight. Haqparast pressed him against the fence, and then Held pulled guard. They stood up with a minute left in the fight, and Haqparast continued to pressure Held until the end of the round. I'm going to assume Held will win this, 30-27, but that was a pretty decent debut for Nasrat Haqparast as well. All 3 judges agreed, giving Marcin Held the much needed unanimous decision victory, ending his 3-Fight losing streak since coming to the UFC.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      Piechota is coming in here, making his UFC debut, with a lot of hype behind him. With that being said, absolutely nothing happened in the first 2 minutes of this fight. They just circled around each other, poking at each other with light leg kicks, but neither fighter seemed very interested in engaging. Piechota randomly scrambled for a takedown with 2 minutes left in the opening round, he quickly took Wilson's back, jumped up into the backpack position, locked on the body triangle, tried to secure a rear-naked choke, Wilson defended against it, so Piechota punched him in the head repeatedly while clinging to his back, and Wilson looked lost, but was still standing with a minute left in the round. Wilson finally fell down with 45 seconds left in the round, and Piechota continued to punch him in the head. I'm surprised that Wilson was able to survive those submission attempts, and he nearly ripped Wilson's jaw off in the final 10 seconds, but yeah, we're going to a second round, so we'll see if Piechota still has anything left in his arms & legs after clinging to Wilson for a couple of minutes. Round one clearly goes to Piechota though.
     The second round had both guys wobbling around, trading random strikes, without either fighter taking a clear lead in the round. I don't know who won the second round, but the first round MIGHT have been a 10-8 round for Piechota, so I'm going to assume he's ahead, 20-18, going into the final round. As soon as I said that, without knowing for sure who would win the round, Piechota dropped Wilson with a massive right hand, a couple of seconds before the end of the round. Soooo, yeah, Piechota is clearly winning this fight, maybe even 20-17 going into the final round.
     The final round had both guys still trading some random strikes, at a somewhat slow pace, and then Piechota shot in for another wild takedown halfway through the round, and he took Wilson's back against the fence. He pounded on him with punches from back control & full mount, while Wilson just rolled around, trying to stay out of submission trouble. Piechota setup a slick arm-triangle choke with a minute left in the round, but Wilson did a good job rolling out of that as well. Piechota finished the round chipping away at Wilson with short elbows, while trying to open him up with an armbar. Piechota converted it to a tight triangle choke, and then converted that to an armbar as the buzzer sounded. That was a fantastic UFC debut by Oskar Piechota, showing off an outstanding ground game, even though there was quite a bit of "nothing" going on, when they were standing with each other. I'm still looking forward to seeing who they match Piechota up with next.
90.3
Submission
(Standing Rear-Naked Choke)
8:02
      Clark whiffed with a fast right hand, and then shot for a takedown, which Blachowicz stuffed against the fence. Blachowicz spun him around in the clinch, and pressed Clark against the fence. The referee split them up 90 seconds into the round. Clark seems like he has a clear speed advantage, but most of his strikes are from too far out, so he's not connecting like he should. Blachowicz on the other hand seems slower, but stronger. They both landed a few decent leg kicks, and then Blachowicz blasted Clark with a clean left hand, before pressing him against the fence for some more clinching. Clark blasted Blachowicz with a punch, knocked him off balance with a front kick to the body, Blachowicz recovered, and fired back with a big punch of his own. Blachowicz landed a nice kick to the body with 20 seconds left in the round. I could see an argument for Clark, but I'm giving the first round to Blachowicz.
     The second round started with a few random strikes, and then Blachowicz blasted Clark with a pair of brutal kicks to the body, one right after the other, and Clark whiffed with a punch as he attempted ot defend himself to create some distance. Clark shot for a takedown 90 seconds into the round, and Blachowicz stuffed the shit out of him, and then took down Clark, pinning him against the fence. Blachowicz threw some heavy left hands, while squashing Clark against the fence from half mount. Clark finally kicked out halfway through the round, they both stood up, and Blachowicz poked Clark in the eye, and immediately apologized. Clark shot in for a takedown, Blachowicz stuffed his shot again, slapped on a standing rear-naked choke, nearly ripped Clark's head off, and Clark tapped out pretty quickly. That was a solid performance by Blachowicz, and a fantastic submission finish.
90.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round took place 100% on the feet, with both girls trading strikes at a rapid pace, but for the most part, it was all about Kowalkiewicz picking apart Esquibel with a lot of clean combinations, while she chased her around the cage. Round one clearly goes to Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
     The second round started the same way, with Kowalkiewicz beating the shit out of Esquibel with a lot of slick combinations, and she started mixing in some big knees as well. Every time Esuibel would duck her head down to change levels, Kowalkiewicz would blast her in the jaw with a brutal knee. Halfway through the round, Kowalkiewicz rocked her with a big knee, and then followed up with a hundred punches to the face, while chasing her into the fence. It happened again 30 seconds later. Esquibel clinched and pressed Kowalkiewicz against the fence, just to try to buy herself some time to recover, and Kowalkiewicz blasted her with a hard elbow to the jaw. They reset again, with 90 seconds left in the round. Kowalkiewicz tripped Esquibel with 30 seconds left in the round, she slapped on a quick armbar, and then blasted her with a few elbows from her back, but Esquibel was able to stack her enough to survive until the end of the round. I'm scoring that round 10-8 for Kowalkiewicz, so I have her ahead 20-17, going into the final round.
     The final round was more of the same, with Kowalkiewicz absolutely dominating Esquibel on the feet, turning the fight into a striking clinic, while chasing Esquibel around the cage the entire time. Esquibel had a good showing for herself, surviving 3 rounds with the #3 strawweight in the UFC, but she was completely outclassed by Kowalkiewicz in this fight. It was a good fight overall, and an awesome unanimous decision victory for Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
92.0
TKO
(Punches)
4:20
      Cerrone shot for a takedown 20 seconds into the opening round, and Till stuffed the shit out of his shot. He then punched Cerrone in the jaw with some fast punch combinations. Cerrone landed a nice leg kick, and then Cerrone ducked under a punch and took Till down, but Till popped back up immediately, so Cerrone clinched and pressed him against the fence. They eventually reset, and Till went back to punching Cerrone in the face with some fast combinations, while Cerrone worked a few more snapping leg kicks. Till continued to pick Cowboy apart with slick striking, he then dropped him with a massive right-left combo, Cerrone turtled up against the fence, Till continued to unload on him with brutal punches, a few nice elbows, Cerrone curled up in a ball, and Till continued to beat the living shit out of him until the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Darren Till, and it's clearly the biggest win of his career so far.
OVERALL 90.6
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