(11/25/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Yadong Song - 92.4
2. Zabit Magomedsharipov - 92.3
3. Jingliang Li - 92.0
4. Kelvin Gastelum - 91.9
5. Cyril Asker - 91.8
6. Shamil Abdurakhimov - 91.8
7. Xiaonan Yan - 91.8
8. Alex Garcia - 91.6
9. Kenan Song - 91.5
10. Rolando Dy - 91.4
UFC Fight Night 122: Silva vs. Gastelum
Location: Shanghai, China
Elevation: 52'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Sheymon Moraes
91.3
Fighters & Matches 88.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.4
88.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:33
     Asker took down Hu immediately, Hu worked his way back to his feet, locked on a tight standing guillotine choke, and Asker kicked off the fence to create enough distance to escape. Asker then took down Hu again, and took his back this time around 2 minutes into the opening round. Asker threw some solid punches to the side of Hu's head, and then blasted him with a big knee to the body. Hu worked his way back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round, and Asker took him back down immediately. Asker continued to pound on Hu while riding his back until the end of the round. That was a pretty one-sided beatdown delivered by Cyril Asker, other than the standing guillotine Hu went for early in the round.
     They both traded some hard punches and kicks to start the second round, and then Asker took down Hu again, 45 seconds into the round, and continued to pound on him with punches while smothering him against the fence. Asker worked his way around into back control, locked on a tight rear-naked choke, and forced the submission halfway through the second round. That was a dominant performance by Cyril Asker, against a guy I've never heard of, who has only fought 3 times, in organizations I've never heard of.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Dy blasted Wu with some BRUTAL left hooks that knocked him on his ass, but instead of going in for the kill, he just let him stand back up. Li took down Dy with a single leg a minute into the round, but Dy quickly popped back up to his feet. Li grabbed his back during a scramble, and yanked Dy to the ground again, this time securing back control on the ground. Dy eventually stood back up, and Li rushed him across the cage and smashed him against the fence as Dy was trying to get his legs under him, They reset halfway through the round and went back to trading strikes. Dy probably won that round with his striking, but it was a competitive round.
     Wu aggressively worked for a takedown to start the second round, and Dy ended up on top in side control after a wild scramble. Dy threw some knees to Wu's shoulder & body on the ground. Wu scrambled back to his feet 2 minutes into the round. Dy threw some big bombs, and then Wu fired back with some softer but extremely fast punches. This has been a pretty fun fight so far, but I'm going to score it 20-18 for Dy going into the final round.
     Wu shot for the aggressive single leg to start the final round, and he took down Dy 45 seconds into the round. From there, he was just locked in on top, grinding his elbow into Dy, but he wasn't really throwing any significant strikes or working toward any submissions or anything. Dy scrambled back up 2 minutes into the round, they traded some punches, and Wu immediately shot for another takedown, pressing Dy against the fence, but Dy did a decent job stuffing his shot this time. They split up, and Dy kicked Wu in the balls, so they paused the action for a few seconds. When the fight started back up, they basically picked up where they left off, leading to a round that was pretty hard to score. In the end, I think Dy should win this fight, maybe 29-28? All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Rolando Dy.
86.2
Decision
15:00
      These girls both came out swangin', and then found themselves locking horns with some clinching against the fence, with Wu in control for the most part. Wu rushed Mazany to the ground randomly 2 minutes into the round and landed a big punch, but Mazany quickly popped back up to her feet, only to have Wu press her against the fence again. They hit the ground again, and this time Mazany was on top, and Wu tried to catch her in an armbar or something, but Mazany did a good job staying out of trouble. They stood back up with 30 seconds left, and Wu pressed Mazany against the fence. I guess I would give that round to Mazany?
     The second round involved a lot of clinch grappling as well, until Mazany dumped Wu to the ground, where she tried to take her back against the fence, but Wu sat with her back against the fence, so Mazany just punched her in the face repeatedly instead. Wu eventually stood back up, but they finished the round still just grinding against the fence in the clinch. Wu received a stern warning for grabbing the fence. I'm assuming Mazany is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     As Wu walked back to her corner, she told her corner that she can't move her shoulder, and that it hurts. They apparently popped it back into place though? The fight will continue... Mazany scored another takedown 90 seconds into the final round, and pinned Wu against the fence. She worked for some basic ground & pound, while Wu tried to work for some submissions from her guard. Mazany passed to side control with a minute left in the round. This was a decently competitive fight, but I scored it 30-27 for Gina Mazany. All 3 judges agreed, giving Mazany the unanimous decision victory, via an awful lot of grinding.
88.8
KO
(Punches)
1:24
      These guys both traded some big fat punches, they both landed a few solid shots, and then Abdurakhimov blasted Sherman with a massive right hand that caused Sherman to turn his back to him for a second, Abdurakhimov ran behind him, punched him in the side of the head, and Sherman collapsed, forcing the referee to stop the fight as Sherman tried to figure out where he was while hanging out on his hands & knees. That was a solid first round stoppage by Shamil Abdurakhimov.
89.2
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
4:16
      These guys spent the first round trading some wild punches & kicks, with Yadong in control for the most part, and then Yadong knocked down Khandare late in the round, jumped on him, locked on a tight guillotine choke, and finished the fight by submission in the first round. That was a fantastic UFC debut for Yadong Song, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where he goes from here. As for Khandare, I'm not sure if he really showed enough in this fight to develop any real opinion of him.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      HOLY SHIT! These girls both came out swinging, throwing wild bombs, and Yan rocked the shit out of Curran in the opening 30 seconds of the first round, nearly finishing her, but Curran was able to recover, as she attempted to initiate a clinch, just to buy herself some time to recover some more. Curran pressed Yan against the fence a minute into the round. Curran threw some knees against the fence, and then she attempted a head & arm throw, but Yan was able to stay on her feet, so they reset, and went back to trading wild punches. Curran threw an overhand right, and then ducked under and shot for a takedown, but Yan stuffed the shot, so Curran just pressed her against the fence again for some more clinching. Yan broke free with 2 minutes left in the round, and continued to rock Curran with sharp punches & kicks. Curran clinched again with 90 seconds left, and pressed Yan against the fence again. Yan broke free again with 45 seconds left, and they went back to exchanging wild punches. Curran shot for another takedown with 30 seconds left, and Yan stuffed her shot again. Curran showed some decent pressure, but Yan pretty clearly won that round with her violent striking offense.
     Yan came out throwing BRUTAL punches & kicks again to start the second round, and Curran tried to strike with her, but Yan is clearly on another level with her striking. Curran finally took down Yan 45 seconds into the second round, landing in side control. Curran stood up, threw some kicks down at Yan's leg, and then Yan popped back up. Curran really should have tried harder to keep Yan pinned. They went back to trading big punches at a competitive rate, and then Curran clinched again halfway through the round, pressing Yan against the fence. They reset again, and Yan blasted Curran with a right hand that knocked her halfway across the cage, but Curran recovered and clinched again. You COULD make an argument that Curran is coming forward, and controlling the clinch, so she won the round? BUT... All of the explosive moments have come from the direction of Yan's kicks & punches, so Yan is more than likely ahead, 20-18, going into the final round.
     Yan dropped Curran with a low leg kick that tripped her to start the final round. They continued to trade hard strikes for a while, with Yan throwing some great counters, and Curran was moving forward the entire time, and then Curran tripped Yan to the ground again 2 minutes into the final round, and this time, she settled into half mount, which I'm assuming might help her keep Yan pinned? She really needs to go for a finish though. Yan was just trying to clinch on the ground, and Curran was trying to create some space to drop some big punches. Curran landed some big punches to the body of Yan, clearly taking control of the round, but I don't know if her offense in the final round will be enough to overturn the judges' scores from the first two rounds. Yan finally kicked Curran off with a minute left in the round, popped back up to her feet, and Curran immediately went back to pressuring her with her knees from the clinch against the fence. Curran busted up Yan's mouth, causing some broken jaw style blood to flow from her mouth, and then they finished the final 20 seconds with some wild brawling. I'm going to score this fight 29-28 for Kailin Curran, but I fully expect most other people to score it 29-28 for Xiaonan Yan. All 3 judges gave the win to Yan, with one crazy judge giving all 3 rounds to Yan, for the unanimous decision victory in her UFC debut. Curran on the other hand, is on a 4-Fight losing streak, with a record of 1-6 in the UFC, so I can't imagine they'll keep her around much longer. I like her heart a lot though, and she always comes to fight, but I almost think she would be better suited for atomweight in Invicta or something.
87.5
TKO
(Punches)
0:15
      This fight started with Song almost immediately kicking Nash in the groin, so the referee paused the fight. Nash said he was fine, so the fight continued, and Song immediately dropped him with a massive right hand, Nash shot for a takedown, Song stuffed the shot, pounded on Nash's head with a lot of big hammerfists, so the referee stopped the fight. Nash continued to dig for the takedown, but the referee had to explain to him the fight was over. You COULD argue that it was an early stoppage, but Nash was clearly rocked at least, so congrats to Song for a highlight reel stoppage in his UFC debut. I feel bad for Nash though, because this puts him on a 3-Fight losing streak in the UFC. Do they give him one more shot due to the groin shot & questionable stoppage?
91.3
Submission
(Anaconda Choke)
14:30
      The first round started with some hard striking, with Magomedsharipov showing off his range, and then he took down Moraes, and absolutely dominated him on the ground, slamming him a few times, throwing suplexes, transitioning between a wide variety of dominant positions, while pounding on Moraes for the duration of the round. Round one clearly goes to Zabit Magomedsharipov.
     The second round started with some wild striking, and then Magomedsharipov threw Moraes to the ground, Moraes swept him and landed in full mount, and then Magomedsharipov got back on top, Moraes went for a triangle choke, and Magomedsharipov continued to show off an extremely high level of wrestling, as he continued to dominate Moraes, eventually taking his back 90 seconds into the second round. Magomedsharipov opened up with some big punches & elbows from back control, while Moraes looked lost on the bottom, but he was able to spin into Magomedsharipov's mount, which just allowed Magomedsharipov to continue dropping elbows on his face. Magomedsharipov is clearly winning this fight, and both of those rounds could potentially be 10-8 rounds in his favor. He is a beast!
     The final round started with Magomedsharipov dropping Moraes with a hard leg kick, and then he let him stand back up. Magomedsharipov continued to pick apart Moraes with some crisp punches, a hard spinning back fist, and then he grabbed his back and tried to drag him to the ground again. Magomedsharipov pinned Moraes against the fence 2 minutes into the round, working for back control again. Magomedsharipov continued to dominate Moraes on the ground, until he eventually locked on a tight Anaconda choke with 40 seconds left in the round, he started to walk into him to tighten the choke, and Moraes was forced to submit. Zabit Magomedsharipov is quickly becoming one of my favorite fighters, as he's skyrocketing up the Featherweight rankings.
88.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:22
      Salikhov is apparently some sort of hotshot kickboxer, but I've never heard of him. Garcia took him down almost immediately, and had him pinned in the first 45 seconds of the opening round. Garcia mostly just wrestled him for a minute or so, and then Salikhov powered his way back to his feet 2 minutes into the round. Salikhov hammered Garcia with some brutal punches & kicks, and then Garcia tried to take him down again, with a minute left in the round, but Salikhov was able to stuff his shot. Garcia ducked under a bit punch with 30 seconds left in the round, and he took Salikhov down again, but wasn't able to do much before the end of the round. Round one should probably go to Salikhov for his superior striking, but two takedowns by Garcia is nothing to scoff at. He just didn't do anything once on the ground though.
     Garcia threw some big punches in the second round, and then took down Salikhov halfway through the round, pinning him against the fence. Garcia took his back with 2 minutes left in the round, locked on a rear-naked choke, it was more like a neck crank, and he basically just crushed Salikhov's head, forcing him to submit in a really solid upset. Salikhov looks like someone to keep an eye on in the future though.
88.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, they clinched, and then they both hit each other in the groin with knees at the same time, so the fight was paused. When the fight eventually started back up, they went back to trading some strikesd, and Wang blasted Caceres with a hard elbow that rocked him, but Caceres was able to create enough distance to recover. Caceres started to work some creative striking, with a lot of jumping around, and Superman shit, but for the most part, Wang just looked like a rock, as he had no interest in doing anything creative, he just wanted to hurt Caceres. Want dropped Caceres with a brutal left hand late in the round, and then he unloaded with some ground & pound, but Caceres was saved by the buzzer. BUT... Caceres wasn't even able to walk back to his corner without a significant amount of help from multiple people. BUT! The fight continues for some reason? Round one was a 10-8 round for Wang.
     Caceres was still having trouble finding his footing at the start of the second round, but you could see that he was starting to recover as the round progressed, and Wang wasn't being nearly as aggressive as he could have been. Every time Wang hit Caceres though, Caceres looked VERY rocked. Caceres kicked Wang in the wang, but Wang said he wanted to continue, because he didn't want to give Caceres any more time to recover. Shit got REALLY sloppy for a minute or so, as they continued to trade floppy strikes, without really connecting with much of anything significant, but they were both leaving themselves open. Wang blasted Caceres with a massive right that rocked Caceres against with a minute left in the second round. Caceres kept smiling though, and they continued to exchange sloppy punches & kicks. Wang is well on his way to walking away with the decision, but Caceres surprisingly made it to the third round at least.
     They continued to trade with each other at the start of the third round, and Caceres walked chin first into another massive left hand, but Caceres was able to eat it this time. Wang knocked him down with a big right hand 90 seconds into the final round, and Caceres popped back up almost immediately. They continued to trade hard strikes at a solid pace for the duration of the round, and then Caceres kicked Wang in the dick AGAIN, with around 45 seconds left in the fight. When the fight started back up, Caceres came back in, clearly looking to finish the fight, but Wang clinched, slowed him down, and Caceres finished strong by slinging some wild punches. I'm going to give that final round to Caceres, but there is still no real chance that he'll win this fight on the scorecards. Two judges agreed, giving the split-decision victory to Guan Wang. To be honest, even though I wanted Caceres to win this fight, I have no idea what the other judge was thinking when he tried to give the fight to Caceres.
88.8
TKO
(Punches)
2:57
      These guys traded a few random strikes, Ottow looked like he was having some trouble getting started, Li was working his boxing at a decent pace, and then Li dropped Ottow with a clean straight right hand, and then he jumped on him, pounded on him with some massive punches, and Ottow scrambled around to try to create some distance, but Li continued to beat the shit out of him, so the referee was eventually forced to stop the fight. That was a solid win for Jingliang Li.
89.8
KO
(Punches)
2:30
      These guys traded some solid strikes, with Gastelum moving forward for the most part, they both landed a few decent shots, but Bisping just looked like he was starting too slowly. Gastelum eventually blasted Bisping with a BRUTAL left hand, knocking Bisping's head back, Bisping collapsed, Gastelum continued to destroy him with punches on the ground, Bisping was already unconscious, but it took the referee a few seconds to realize it, and then he stopped the fight. That was a huge win for Kelvin Gastelum, as he once again proves that he belongs in the Middleweight division. As for Bisping, I feel pretty bad for him. This has to have been the worst month of his life, losing the belt just 3 weeks ago, and then getting knocked out by a guy that arguably shouldn't even be fighting at 185. Congrats to Gastelum for cutting the line to the top of the Middleweight ladder.
OVERALL 90.4
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