100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Rose Namajunas - 95.1
2. Paulo Henrique Costa - 93.0
3. Georges St. Pierre - 92.9
4. Curtis Blaydes - 92.3
5. Walt Harris - 92.1
6. Ricardo Ramos - 91.9
7. Stephen Thompson - 91.9
8. James Vick - 91.8
9. T.J. Dillashaw - 91.8
10. Ovince St. Preux - 91.7
UFC 217: Bisping vs. St. Pierre
Location: New York City, New York
Elevation: 33'
-Fight of the Night-
Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Fighters & Matches 90.5
Top 10 Fighters 92.5
TOTAL 91.5
(Spinning Back Elbow)
     These guys both came out throwing some wild shit, they clinched hard, they threw each other to the ground, rolled around wildly, there were tons of transitions & reversals, and then they stood back up, and Ramos started destroying the lead leg of Zahabi with brutal leg kicks. They continued to exchange strikes at a decent pace for a while, Ramos shot for a takedown, Zahabi stood up almost immediately, and then they went back to trading strikes, with Zahabi looking heavy on his lead leg, and then he cracked Ramos with a clean punch, they clinched, and they just kind of hung out against the fence until Ramos tripped Zahabi and took him down to finish out the round. Round one goes to Ricardo Ramos.
     The second round started with Ramos picking apart Zahabi with his long punches & kicks. Zahabi threw a few decent punches, but for the most part, Ramos looked a lot more comfortable out there. Zahabi caught a kick 2 minutes into the round, and threw Ramos to the ground, but let him stand back up, and then Zahabi blasted him with some hard combinations. I thought Ramos was going to breeze into the final round with a 20-18 lead, but I could see an argument for giving that second round to Zahabi. Ramos is still probably ahead by two rounds, but it could potentially be all tied up going into the final round.
     Ramos came out aggressively in the final round, throwing a lot of strikes, but he wasn't landing with much of anything significant, but he was still a lot more active than Zahabi. Zahabi blasted Ramos with some hard punches 2 minutes into the round, it looked like Ramos was hurt, Zahabi had him against the fence, and then Ramos spun around and knocked Zahabi the fuck out with a perfectly timed spinning elbow. That was a brutal knockout by Ricardo Lucas Ramos.
(Doctor Stoppage)
      These guys both came out, threw a few random punches, and then Blaydes took down Oleynik, and then stood back up. They traded some heavy punches & kicks, while stomping around the octagon with heavy sounding footsteps. They threw some random strikes, and then Blaydes scored another takedown, Oleynik tried to catch him in a triangle choke, so Blaydes stood back up and reset. They threw a few more punches, and Blaydes scored another takedown, wrestling his way past another triangle attempt, ending up in side control. Oleynik worked his way back to his feet, and they reset with 90 seconds left in the opening round. They both started slinging some big heavy punches, they worked some dirty boxing from the clinch, and then Blaydes dropped Oleynik, but he didn't finish him, so Oleynik had time to stand back up. They finished the round with Blaydes teeing off on Oleynik, and he nearly finished him, but Oleynik was saved by the buzzer. Oleynik was barely able to walk back to his corner on his own. Round one might have been a 10-8 round for Curtis Blaydes.
     They both came out looking slow in the second round, but they kept swinging wild winging punches at each other. They both landed some solid shots, and then Blaydes scored another takedown a minute into the second round, plopping down into Oleynik's guard. Blaydes stood back up, threw a soccer kick at Oleynik's head, clipped his ear just barely, and then the referee paused the fight, had the doctor check him out, Oleynik said he couldn't continue (from getting his ass kicked in the first round), but Oleynik said it was because of the soccer kick, which just BARELY CLIPPED HIS EAR. They ended up giving the TKO win to Curtis Blaydes. That was a weird sloppy fight, but congrats to Blaydes for earning the win. You can't throw soccer kicks though.
      Brown came out early and blasted Gall with some long punches, while Gall was mostly just backing up. Gall clinched a minute into the round, but Brown spun him around and blasted him with a knee to the gut. Brown took down Gall, landed in side control, and then Gall scrambled around for a few seconds, and then Brown blasted him with a big punch on the ground. Gall tried to work his legs into a triangle setup or something, and Brown didn't seem afraid of Gall's ground game at all, but Brown's corner was begging him to stand back up. Brown blasted Gall with some heavy elbows, bouncing his head off the canvas a few times. Brown split open Gall's forehead with some elbows with around 20 seconds left in the round. Round one was a lopsided ass kicking delivered by Randy Brown, as he dominated Gall both standing and on the ground.
     Brown came out throwing some wild shit, he blasted Gall with some hard shots, Gall shot for a desperate takedown, and Brown stuffed his shot and ended up on top, but Gall was able to sweep him 45 seconds into the round, ending up inside Brown's guard. Brown tried to setup a Gogoplata, but that failed, so Gall passed his guard, and they both scrambled around quite a bit on the ground, with Gall maintaining top control the entire time, but Brown's guard looks surprisingly dangerous. Gall passed to side control 2 minutes into the round. He tried to throw some short elbows, but Brown did a decent job covering up. Gall kept trying to work elbows from the mounted crucifix, but Brown did just enough to scramble out each time. Gall tried to rip Brown's head off with 30 seconds left in the round, but Brown was able to survive until the end of the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Brown knocked down Gall early to start the third round, it almost looked like Gall went out, Brown pounded on him with some big punches, Gall's blood was flowing heavily from that cut on his forehead, and Brown just pinned him against the fence, while settling back into Gall's guard. Brown continued to pound on Gall for a while, and then Gall locked on a tight guillotine choke, but Brown was able to slip his head free, and then he continued to pound on Gall, basically until the end of the round. This was a clear 29-28 unanimous decision victory for Randy Brown, as he hands Mickey Gall the first loss of his career.
(Head Kick)
      OSP landed some big punchs early in the first round, and then Anderson ran through him like a truck, flipping OSP to the ground, OSP stood up, and Anderson slammed him again, and then took his back while OSP was trying to stand up near the fence. They eventually stood up, and Anderson continued to grind OSP against the fence, looking to take him down again. Anderson threw a slick spinning back elbow, and then shot for another takedown, but OSP just ate the shot and continued to stuff the shots against the fence. They finally reset with 45 seconds left in the round, and OSP chased him around the cage, looking to land some big shots, but he wasn't throwing anything. The round ended with Anderson pressing OSP against the fence again... WAIT! NO IT DIDN'T! OSP unloaded with some big punches, rocked Anderson, and knocked him down as the buzzer sounded. That round still has to go to Anderson, but the momentum might be shifting in OSP's favor.
     The second round started with OSP blasting Anderson with a big head kick, Anderson's mouthpiece went flying, so the referee paused the fight and gave him back his mouthpiece (instead of letting OSP try to finish the fight). When the fight started back up, Anderson clinched and pressed OSP into the fence. Anderson took down OSP halfway through the round, dumping him to the ground near the fence. OSP kind of turtled up, and Anderson pounded on him with some punches & elbows, while trying to control his back. OSP worked his way back to his feet with 2 minutes left in the round, but Anderson continued to hold onto a tight bodylock, and then he took him down again. Anderson is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had a minute or so of striking, and then OSP blasted Anderson with a brutal head kick to the jaw that knocked him the fuck out. It's been a while since I've seen a guy get dropped that hard. OSP took this fight on short notice, and after getting dominated by Anderson's wrestling for 10 minutes, OSP breaks out the highlight reel head kick KO. That was a really nice win for OSP.
(Kick to Head After Referee Paused Fight Due to Low Blow)
      These guys traded a few big punches, and then Harris took down Godbeer. Harris beat him up on the ground for most of the round, and then they stood back up with around a minute left in the round. Harris clipped Godbeer with a knee to the groin, the referee tried to pause the fight, Harris kicked Godbeer in the head for good measure, and THEN realized the referee was pausing the fight, so he backed off. Godbeer said he couldn't continue, so... Walt Harris loses by DQ. Fuck that, I'm giving Harris the victory points, because he CLEARLY won that round, and I'm pretty confident he would have knocked out Godbeer in the second round if they wouldn't have had this weird situation with the low blow & head kick.
      These guys traded a few solid punches, and then Duffy caught a kick and threw Vick to the ground, but let him stand back up. They were both mostly trading jabs, but they were keeping the fight going at a pretty decent pace. Duffy took down Vick against the fence in the final minute of the round, and then let him stand up again. Vick threw some nice punches at the end of the round, but it was too little too late. I scored that round for Duffy.
     The second round was another solid round of back & forth striking, with both guys landing some solid punches & low kicks. Vick landed a nice head kick, but Duffy just ate it. As the round was winding down, Vick blasted Duffy with an uppercut, he dropped him, punched him a lot on the ground, and the referee stopped the fight as the buzzer was sounding. That was a fantastic finish by James Vick, taking out a worthy opponent.
      Costa is fucking massive. The first round started with both guys trading punches, while Hendricks was backing up, and Costa was using his reach to pick apart Hendricks while moving in on him. Costa picked up the pace a bit halfway through the first round, and he blasted Hendricks with some brutal punches & knees, and Hendricks looked like he had no business being in there with this guy. If Hendricks wants to continue fighting, he really needs to drop back down to 170, because he's WAY too small for middleweight. Hendricks landed some solid punches late in the round, but Costa fired right back at him. Round one goes to Costa, but I'm curious to see if he'll slow down in the next two rounds, and maybe give Hendricks a chance to comeback? I doubt it, but... Maybe?
     The second round started with Costa poking Hendricks in the eye, but Hendricks didn't want much of a pause, because he didn't want to give Costa a chance to rest. When the fight started back up, Costa unloaded on Hendricks, chased him around the cage, and it looked like he was just seconds away from taking out a former Champion. As soon as I said that, Costa dropped Hendricks, continued to unload on him with some big punches, the referee stopped the fight, and then Hendricks scored a single leg takedown. That was still a good stoppage, and Hendricks showed a lot of heart, but like I said, Hendricks really needs to go back down to 170 if he wants a chance to win any serious fights. Costa on the other hand, is a beast, and I'm looking forward to seeing who they match him up with next.
      The first round started with about 3 minutes of Thompson hopping around with his Karate stance, and Masvidal was standing there with a Muah Thai stance, but neither fighter was doing much beyond a few random kicks. Masvidal landed some heavy leg kicks in that round, but when "explosive" things happened, they were all coming from Thompson, mostly late in the round, where he worked some solid combinations, and knocked down Masvidal with a front leg side kick. Round one should probably go to Thompson.
     Thompson landed a few decent strikes to start the second round, and then Masvidal shot for a takedown, Thompson stuffed the shot, and Masvidal gave it up in favor of landing some solid shots while he was inside the distance, but Thompson quickly circled out and reset. Thompson dropped Masvidal with a big right hand, and then told Masvidal to stand back up. From there, Thompson spent the rest of the round picking apart Masvidal with a lot of really slick combinations. Thompson planted a heavy left hand on the cheek of Masvidal, that sounded like he cracked open a melon. Masvidal clipped Thompson with a hard left hand of his own with a minute left in the round, but Thompson just ate it and circled around to keep his distance. Masvidal landed some nice shots in that round, but Thompson is very clearly ahead, 20-18, going into the final round.
     Masvidal shot for a takedown to start the second round, and then gave it up again, in favor of throwing some punches while he was inside, but Thompson quickly created some more distance again. Thompson continued to chip away at Masvidal with a lot of slick combinations while circling around him, while Masvidal was mostly throwing single power shots, which kept things somewhat competitive, but Thompson has pretty clearly been in control of this entire fight, with 2 minutes left in the final round. Masvidal proved that he's tough in this fight, and he has some heavy leg kicks, but this should be a clear 30-27 decision for Thompson. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
      These girls both traded some solid strikes to start the first round, and then out of nowhere, Namajunas dropped Jedrzejczyk with some punches, and then jumped on her, but Jedrzejczyk was able to work her way back to her feet against the fence. They continued to exchange some hard strikes, and then Namajunas dropped Jedrzejczyk again, in BRUTAL fashion, Jedrzejczyk curled up in a ball against the fence, and Namajunas continued to unload on her until Jedrzejczyk tapped out due to strikes. That was an AMAZING win for Rose Namajunas, the new UFC Straweight Champion. Rose Namajunas is fucking awesome.
      The first round was basically a boxing match, with Dillashaw moving around like a snake, trying to be elusive, while Garbrandt beat the living shit out of him with brutal punch combinations, and expert counterstriking. With 10 seconds left in the round, Garbrandt rocked the shit out of Dillashaw, he knocked him down, tried to finish him, but Dillashaw was saved by the buzzer. Dillashaw was barely able to walk back to his corner. That was a clear 10-8 round for Garbrandt.
     Garbrandt looked like he was still in control at the start of the second round, but Dillashaw dropped Garbrandt with a head kick 90 seconds into the round, but Garbrandt popped back up immediately and fired back with some combinations. They continued to fight at a solid pace, until Dillashaw dropped Garbrandt again with a huge right hook this time, and then he unloaded on him with some big punches on the ground, forcing the referee to step in to stop the fight. That was a huge win for T.J. Dillashaw, the new UFC Bantamweight Champion, but it was a hell of a performance by Garbrandt as well, while it lasted.
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      The first round started with both guys boxing with each other. They both landed some solid counter punches, neither fighter really wanted to come forward, but they were both staying fairly active with their striking. GSP scored a takedown with a minute left in the first round, but Bisping was able to work his way back to his feet. Bisping looked a big wobbled by the end of the round, but he was able to survive until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to GSP, who looks huge after taking 4 years off.
      The second round started with 3 minutes of boxing, with both guys landing some big shots, they traded some leg kicks, and then GSP score a takedown, landing in half mount, but Bisping did a fantastic job working his way back to his feet before GSP could do anything on the ground. GSP was clearly slowing down, and Bisping spent the rest of the round picking apart GSP on the feet. I'm giving that round to Bisping. Bisping's cup broke and fell out in that round, so they had to swap it out with something in between rounds.
      GSP started the third round by immediately shooting for a takedown. Bisping blasted him with some elbows from his guard, chopping up GSP's face, causing some blood to flow. GSP was mostly just laying on him, trying to land short punches, meanwhile, Bisping left GSP's face looking like it had been chopped up by a carving knife. Bisping worked his way back to his feet halfway through the round. GSP dropped Bisping with a punch with a minute left in the round, and unloaded with some brutal elbows on the ground, nearly finishing Bisping with ground & pound, Bisping did a good job defending, and then GSP took his back, slapped on a rear-naked choke, and put Bisping to sleep. That was a fantastic win for GSP, as he becomes the new UFC Middleweight Champion.