(10/28/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Pedro Munhoz - 93.4
2. Thiago Santos - 92.9
3. Vicente Luque - 92.5
4. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos - 92.3
5. Marcelo Golm - 92.2
6. John Lineker - 92.2
7. Francisco Trinaldo - 92.0
8. Antonio Carlos Jr. - 91.9
9. Derek Brunson - 91.8
10. Jared Gordon - 91.7
UFC Fight Night 119: Brunson vs. Machida
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Elevation: 2,493'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Thiago Santos vs. Jack Hermansson
91.4
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 90.9
87.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:08
     Golm is making his UFC debut here, against a guy that nobody is really taking very seriously at all. Golm backed him up early in the first round, unloaded with some big punches against the fence, nearly finished Colombo there, but he was able to hang on, so Golm took him down, took his back near the fence, continued to work him over with big punches, Colombo started bleeding from his head, and then Golm finished him off with a rear-naked choke just past the 2 minute mark of the opening round. That was a really solid UFC debut for Marcelo Golm. Colombo also retired after this fight. I'm looking forward to seeing where Golm goes from here.
87.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys traded a few random strikes to start the first round, and then they clinched, and traded some knees to the body against the fence, and then Brooks picked Figueiredo up in the air, and dumped him to the ground in the center of the cage, ending up on top inside Figueiredo's guard. Brooks tried to land a few punches, but Figueiredo did a good job scrambling back to his feet with 2 minutes left to work. Brooks shot in for another takedown with a minute left in the round, and he dumped Figueiredo to the ground again, this time pinning him against the fence. Round one goes to Jarred Brooks.
     Figueiredo threw a few big punches to start the second round, and then they clinched against the fence again, this time with Figueiredo in control. They split up, and Figueiredo blasted Brooks with some hard punches, a nice kick to the body, Brooks shot for another takedown, and Figueiredo caught him in a tight guillotine choke, but Brooks was able to pop his head free, 90 seconds into the round. Figueiredo kicked Brooks off again, and they stood back up and reset. Almost all of the time on the feet was spent with Figueiredo moving forward, picking apart Brooks with punches. Brooks scored another takedown though, Figueiredo caught him in another tight guillotine choke, and Brooks eventually popped his head free again. Brooks is spending a lot of time on top, but he hasn't had much success with his offense from the top. Figueiredo on the other hand, is winning with the striking exchanges, and the submission attempts. Figueiredo scrambled back to his feet, Brooks took him down again by grabbing his shorts, and the referee stood them up, and warned Brooks for grabbing his shorts. Figueiredo threw Brooks to the ground as the buzzer sounded. Brooks is probably winning this fight so far, but I have it all tied up, as I think Figueiredo's offense has been more effective so far.
     Brooks took down Figueiredo early in the third round, but Figueiredo sort of reversed him on the way down, he nearly took the back of Brooks, they scrambled around for a few seconds, and Figueiredo slapped on another guillotine choke. Brooks popped his head free, and then they reset back on their feet. Brooks picked up Figueiredo, carried him across the cage, but couldn't dump him, as Figueiredo landed back on his feet. Brooks picked him up again, dumped Figueiredo to the ground, and then Figueiredo stood back up immediately. Brooks pressed him against the fence, and threw a few knees to Figueiredo's thighs, but he was mostly just stalling. Brooks suplexed Figueiredo, and Figueiredo stood back up immediately. Figueiredo then dropped down for a Kimura attempt, but Brooks was able to twist his arm out of trouble, as he settled back into Figueiredo's guard. They reset again with 2 minutes left in the final round. Figueiredo continued to stalk Brooks, while throwing some big punches, but he wasn't connecting with most of them. Brooks spent the final minute or so just running away, while Figueiredo continued to chase him, while throwing bombs whenever he was able to get within range. Brooks scored a final takedown with 10 seconds left, and Figueiredo finished the round with one final guillotine attempt. I'm going to go against the grain here, and score this fight 29-28 for Figueiredo, even though Brooks wrestled the shit out of him for probably 10+ minutes of this fight. I just don't think he did anything at all, other than take him down repeatedly and lay on him. Two judges agreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to the hometown fighter, as he hands Brooks the first loss of his career.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      These guys started this fight by trading some wild strikes, they both threw flying knees at the same time, clashing in midair, they clinched for a few seconds, and then split up to trade some more punches. They both landed a few solid shots, and a cut opened up under Griffin's right eye. It looked like Santos rocked him with some punches, but when he followed that up with some punches, Griffin recovered, and it looked like he just lost his balance instead of getting rocked. They continued to trade punches, and then Griffin rocked the shit out of Santos, knocked him down, tried to work some ground & pound, and then reset back on the feet with around 90 seconds left in the opening round. Santos unloaded on Griffin with some big punches & knees with a minute left in the round, he took him down, took his back, continued to unload on him with a barrage of punches while riding his back, and Griffin just flailed around on the ground to try to defend himself. They stood up late in the round, and Santos blasted Griffin with a brutal knee that nearly killed him, Santos continued to blast him with huge punches, and then Griffin was saved by the buzzer. His coaches basically had to carry him back to his stool. I think this fight should have been stopped, but the referee let them continue. I'm giving that round to Santos, 10-8.
     They both landed some big punches to start the second round, but Griffin still looks a bit off due to the damage done in the first round. Griffin knocked down Santos with some big punches 2 minutes into the round, but Santos was able to recover and stand back up. Santos shot for a few takedowns, but Griffin was able to easily stuff all of his shots. They continued to trade some random strikes until the end of the round, with both guys looking somewhat rocked. The second round could probably go either way, with maybe a slight advantage going to Griffin? I still have him down going into the third round though, since I scored the first round 10-8 for Santos.
     The final round had both guys trading hard punches still, but they were both only throwing single shots. Santos clipped Griffin with some hard shots, and then pressured him toward the fence after rocking him with a few bombs. Santos landed a few hard knees from the clinch, and then they reset with 2 minutes left in the fight. Santos rushed in with some big combinations again, with 90 seconds left in the round, and he pinned Griffin against the fence for some more work from the clinch. This fight should be a clear 29-28 for Santos, if not 29-27. It was a solid showing by both fighters though. All 3 judges agreed, giving Santos the unanimous decision victory.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys spent the first round basically just brawling with each other, with Gordon moving forward the entire time, and he even took down Dias at one point, but Dias seemed to be landing the cleaner punches, and he opened up a big cut on Gordon's right eye. That was a close round, but based on damage, I'm going to have to give that first round to Dias.
     The second round had Dias putting some effort into some takedowns, but Gordon did a good job stuffing his shots. Gordon started beating up Dias with some big punches & knees against the fence in the last half of the round, and then he took down Dias with 2 minutes left in the round. Gordon worked some solid ground & pound for the rest of the round, and he even passed to full mount with 30 seconds left in the round. The first round was pretty close, but Gordon very clearly won the second round. Dias wasn't even able to stand up after the second round, so his corner came out and carried him back to his stool. For that reason, I'm giving that round to Gordon, 10-8.
     Gordon came out for the final round, and went right back to brawling, as Dias was mostly just standing there, absorbing shots. Gordon shot for a takedown a minute into the final round, but Dias was able to stay on his feet. There was a brief wrestling scramble with 2 minutes left in the fight, and Gordon ended up on top again, where he was able to drop some more short elbows. Gordon was well on his way to pounding out a decision, and then Dias slapped on a tight armbar with 10 seconds left in the fight, but he wasn't able to finish it. This fight should pretty clearly go to Jared Gordon, 29-28, if not 29-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Jared Gordon, as he ruins Dias's debut at Lightweight.
89.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:30
      Antonio Carlos Jr. took down Marshman early in the first round, he dominated him on the ground, beat him up with a few strikes, he mounted him, he took his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission with only 30 seconds left in the first round. That was another solid submission victory by Antonio Carlos Jr., as he completely outclassed Marshman in this fight..
90.0
Submission
(D'Arce Choke)
9:08
      The first round had both guys circling around each other, while Luque landed a few solid leg kicks, while Price was mostly picking him apart with jabs to the nose, leaving Luque looking a bit like Rudolph early on. Luque was moving forward for most of the round, and he turned it up a notch in the final minute of the round with some nice combinations, so the first round probably goes to Luque, but it was a really close round.
     The second round had Luque still chopping away at Price's lead leg, while also mixing in some nice punches. Price was sticking to his gameplan that revolved around jabs, and it looked like Luque was breaking him down just by being more aggressive. Price's lead leg was swollen, and his left eye was cut open by the end of the round. With a minute left in the round, Luque rocked Price, and then locked on a tight D'Arce choke, he flipped Price, and forced him to submit. That was a really solid win for Vicente Luque, as he gives Price the first loss of his career.
91.4
Decision
15:00
      This first round started very slowly, with Vera throwing a few random strikes, and Lineker looked like he was mostly just waiting for something. Lineker eventually landed some nice leg kicks, and then blasted Vera with a handful of power shots, causing him to back up against the fence a little bit. He exploded with a minute left in the round, and landed 8-10 power shots, while Vera continued to back up and circle away. Round one started slowly, but Lineker looked strong in the last half of the round, so I'm giving that first round to Lineker. Vera was complaining to his corner between rounds, saying he hurt his leg by checking a leg kick.
     Lineker continued to pound on Vera with some heavy punches to start the second round, and then Vera caught him in a Thai clinch, and hit him with a few solid knees, before they split up and reset 90 seconds into the round. Lineker continued to beat the shit out of Vera with big punches, while chasing him around the cage. He threw another leg kick, and knocked Vera down with it. Lineker then jumped into his guard, and pounded on Vera for the final 30 seconds of the round. Lineker is clearly ahead, 20-18, going into the final round.
     Vera threw some hard leg kicks early in the final round, and then Lineker opened up on him again, forcing Vera up against the fence with a barrage of heavy punches. Lineker caught a head kick, pushed Vera against the fence, and Vera blasted him with a brutal knee from the clinch, but Lineker just ate it, and pinned him against the fence for a few seconds, before resetting. Lineker continued to beat up Vera with his boxing, but Vera was at least keeping things competitive by mixing in a lot of knees, including some wild flying knees, but he wasn't connecting as often as Lineker was. That was a great competitive fight, but I scored it 30-27 for John Lineker. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
91.4
TKO
(Punches)
4:59
      These guys both started the first round by trading some wild strikes, but they weren't connecting with much. Santos blasted Hermansson with a big kick to the body, and then Hermansson pressed him against the fence for some clinching after Santos stuffed a takedown attempt. Santos broke out of the clinch, and then unloaded on Hermansson with some massive bombs, while chasing him around the cage, while Hermansson just covered up his head, and backed up, while trying to circle around out of danger. With the 10 second clicker hit, Santos kicked Hermansson in the body again, unloaded with some big punches, he chased Hermansson across the cage, knocked him down, punched him a million times in the face on the ground, and the referee stopped the fight as the buzzer sounded. That was another fantastic finish by Thiago Santos.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      Trinaldo threw some big punches early in the first round, Miller caught a kick, took down Trinaldo, and Trinaldo immediately swept him, and ended up on top, inside Miller's guard, as Trinaldo pinned him against the fence. Trinaldo let him stand back up 90 seconds into the round. They continued to trade some punches, Trinaldo was landing the better shots, and then Miller took him down quickly in the center of the cage. Miller mostly just smothered Trinaldo until the end of the round. I guess Miller probably wins the first round, based on top control? The referee stood them up with 20 seconds left in the round. Trinaldo threw a flying knee, and then Miller clinched.
     The second round was more of the same, with some sloppy boxing being delivered by both guys, but Trinaldo landed a few punches that looked like they nearly ripped Miller's jaw off his face. Miller sort of scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, but Trinaldo quickly reversed him when Miller went for a guillotine, which allowed Trinaldo to pass to side control. Trinaldo wrapped Miller's arm around his back, and then unloaded with some big elbows, as he punished Miller until the end of the round. This fight is probably all tied up going into the final round.
     Trinaldo started the final round with some big punches, he threw a flying knee, Miller shot for a takedown, Trinaldo sprawled all over him, he stood up, and then kicked Miller on the way up. Trinaldo did a good job mixing in some punches to the body, and some elbows from the clinch. He was also pressuring Miller the entire time, as Miller looked completely spent going into the final round. Trinaldo caught a leg kick with 90 seconds left in the fight, and he took down Miller. Trinaldo worked some ground & pound from inside Miller's guard, throwing a few short elbows, and some solid hammerfists. In the end, this is a pretty clear 29-28 decision for Trinaldo, and I wouldn't be shocked if someone scores it 30-27 either. Miller has a lot of heart, but I think he's lost his magic at this point. Trinaldo on the other hand, looked really solid, even at 39 years old.
91.1
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
4:03
      The first round had both guys trading hard punches & leg kicks, with Font dealing the better half of most of the exchanges, bloodying Munhoz's nose early. Font also took down Munhoz for a second, but Munhoz immediately rolled for a heel hook, so Font ran out of that and had him stand back up. Munhoz landed some big punches, but Font seemed faster, so he was able to throw some effective counters. Munhoz shot for a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, Font stuffed his shot and pushed Munhoz's face into the canvas. Munhoz then rocked the shit out of Font, Font shot for a takedown, Munhoz locked on a tight guillotine, rolled back, ended up with a mounted guillotine choke, and forced Font to submit near the end of the first round. That was a fantastic finish by Pedro Munhoz.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with a full minute of boxing, where Maia was actually beating up Covington with a lot of clean left hands, as he cracked Covington's jaw repeatedly while chasing him around the cage. Maia then shot for a takedown, but Covington was able to stuff the shot. Maia opened up a cut above Covington's right eye with all of those left hands. Covington's eye looks ALL fucked up, and there's still 2 minutes left in the opening round. Covington landed a lot of solid leg kicks, and he unloaded with a nice combination with a minute left in the round, but Maia just covered up, circled out, and reset. Maia shot for another takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, but Covington was able to stuff the shot without much of a problem. That was a close competitive round, but I'm giving that one to Maia, based on that brutal damage he did to Covington's eye.
     Maia started the second round by shooting for a takedown immediately, but Covington was able to stuff his shot again. Maia shot for a REALLY DEEP takedown 45 seconds into the round, but Covington continued to show fantastic takedown defense. Maia tried to catch a kick, shot for another takedown, and Covington sprawled all over him again. They both looked exhausted by the halfway point of the second round, but that didn't stop them from trading sloppy punches. By the end of the round, Covington's cut opened up again, so he continued to have blood flowing down the right side of his face. Maia also absorbed a decent amount of damage to his face in that round though. I'm going to assume this fight is all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round had Covington picking apart Maia with his boxing, they both looked tired, but Covington was clearly outworking Maia, as Maia had NOTHING left in the tank. Covington opened up Maia with his boxing, and Maia's face was COMPLETELY drenched in blood. By the end of the round, Covington was sprawling on top of Maia, while pounding on him with big punches. The referee nearly stopped the fight, but the 10 second clapper happened, so he let the fight go to a decision. I wouldn't be SHOCKED if the Brazilian judges gave this fight to Maia, but I think it's pretty clear that Covington deserves the 29-28 decision. All 3 judges agreed, giving Covington the unanimous decision victory in the biggest fight of his career. He seems like a douchebag. They had to rush him out of the arena, because the fans nearly started a riot.
87.8
KO
(Punches)
2:30
      I was pretty excited about this fight, until we got a minute into the fight, and I remembered who Lyoto Machida is. He's an expert counter-striker, meaning he isn't going to bring the fight to you at all, and instead, if you don't attack him, you'll just have full rounds of both guys circling around each other. Machida landed one slick looking punch, but it was soft. Brunson eventually blasted him with a huge left hook, Machida was wobbled, Brunson knocked him down with some more punches, and then he bounced Machida's head off hte canvas a few times with some big punches on the ground. That was a really nice win for Derek Brunson, and a piss poor return for Machida after being away for over two years.
OVERALL 90.9
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