(12/2/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Francis Ngannou - 93.9
2. Eddie Alvarez - 93.6
3. Abdul Razak Alhassan - 93.4
4. Max Holloway - 93.4
5. Paul Felder - 93.3
6. Yancy Medeiros - 93.2
7. Justin Willis - 92.4
8. Dominick Reyes - 92.1
9. Alex Oliveira - 91.9
10. Amanda Bobby Cooper - 91.8
UFC 218: Holloway vs. Aldo 2
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Elevation: 600'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Max Holloway vs. Jose Aldo
93.2
Fighters & Matches 90.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.9
TOTAL 91.7
89.2
KO
(Punches)
2:33
     Crowder threw some kicks, and Willis caught them, and then punched Crowder in the face repeatedly, while Crowder hopped around on one foot for a while. They clinched, and Willis blasted Crowder with some big knees to the chin. Willis was stalking Crowder, Crowder was just kind of smiling, with his mouthpiece hanging out, and Willis blasted him with some big punches. Crowder threw a few decent shots, but for every shot he would throw, Willis would fire back with five or six. Willis rocked Crowder halfway through the round, and then koncked him the fuck out with a brutal left hook. That was a fantastic first round finish by Justin Willis.
89.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:39
      Reyes threw a front kick, and then Kimball rushed in, threw some big punches, and then threw Reyes to the ground. Reyes popped back up immediately, but Kimball continued to clinch with him heavily, as he tried to drag him to the ground again. Reyes took down Kimball 90 seconds into the first round, and landed in side control. Reyes worked a little bit of ground & pound, and then took Kimball's back when he tried to stand up. Reyes locked on the body triangle, threw some elbows from back control to the side of Kimball's head, and then he locked on a rear-naked choke, finishing the fight by submission with around 90 seconds left in the first round. That was a really solid win for Dominick Reyes.
90.3
TKO
(Punches)
4:21
      Homasi threw some hard leg kicks, and some hard counterpunches to get the first round started. Alhassan fired back with some big punches of his own, and then Homasi shot for a takedown, but Alhassan easily stuffed the shot, and then blasted Homasi with some big combinations. They clinched, and Alhassan pressed Homasi against the fence. They reset 2 minutes into the round to trade some more big punches. Homasi rocked Alhassan, and then took him down, and blasted him with some brutal punches & elbows from inside Alhassan's guard, but Alhassan quickly popped back up to his feet, and pressed Homasi against the fence again. Homasi fell down with 2 minutes left in the round, and almost gave up his back, but he stood back up, and Alhassan pressed him against the fence again. Homasi tried to throw a knee, but slipped, and Alhassan continued to hammer him with punches. They stood back up again, Alhassan unloaded on him with some bombs, Homasi got clipped, fell down, shot for a takedown, and Herb Dean stopped the fight. That was a bad stoppage, but Herb Dean was just at a bad angle, so it's hard to really blame him, with the way that Homasi collapsed. That was a solid performance by both fighters. Alhassan officially got the win, but I wouldn't mind seeing these guys rematch, because it was a fun fight while it lasted, and it was definitely a bad stoppage.
88.0
TKO
(Punches)
9:34
      These girls traded a few random strikes, and then Cooper grabbed Magana and tried to take her down, but Magana grabbed the fence to keep herself standing. Cooper eventually was able to drag her to the ground 2 minutes into the round, and she almost immediately took her back. Cooper tried to work some ground & pound, and Magana eventually was able to pull guard. Magana's boob then fell out, so they paused the fight to correct the issue, and then Cooper went back to pounding on her with big punches & elbows. Magana tried to scramble back to her feet, and Cooper passed to full mount, and continued to pound on her with big punches & elbows. Magana gave up her back, and Cooper continued to beat the shit out of her until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Amanda Bobby Cooper.
     Cooper threw Magana to the ground almost immediately to start the second round, and Magana pulled guard on the way down. Cooper continued to beat up Magana with solid ground & pound, and then she took her back again, and continued to pound on her with big punches. Cooper went for a rear-naked choke, couldn't quite get it, so she went back to dropping big punches & elbows, as Magana squirmed around on the bottom. The referee finally stopped the fight late in the round. It wasn't your typical stoppage, but Magana just wasn't doing anything, she was just hanging out like a sack of potatoes, while Cooper punched her in the face with random shots. That was a solid one-sided performance by Amanda Bobby Cooper.
88.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These girls both came out swinging, tucking their chins and throwing bombs. They eventually clinched, and Herrig pressed Casey against the fence, and then threw her to the ground, landing on top in half mount. Casey went for a Kimura from half guard, used that to sweep Herrig, and then they both stood back up with a minute left in the round. Casey probably won that round based on showing the cleaner striking skills on the feet, plus she was able to reverse Herrig on the ground.
     Herrig was able to get inside and land some big punches in the second round, while Casey looked like she was mostly interested in hanging back and countering. Casey threw a few leg kicks, and Herrig did an excellent job countering her with combinations every time Casey would throw a kick. The entire second round took place on the feet, and I'm giving that round to Herrig for being more aggressive, and landing the cleaner shots. This fight should probably be all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round took place on the feet as well, with both girls looking somewhat hesitant to get the ball rolling. The final round was the slowest round for sure, but Herrig threw some solid punch & kick combinations, and seemed to be pressuring Casey a bit more, but neither fighter was really going after it at all in the final round. With a minute left, Herrig unloaded with some big punches, and then they flipped each other off and started talking shit, but neither fighter was throwing any actual offense, only taunts. I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Felice Herrig. Two judges agreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to Felice Herrig.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This fight started with Teymur dancing around the outside, while Klose just stood in the center of the cage, waiting for Teymur to stop running around. Teymur tried to pick apart Klose with some shots from the outside, but Klose was literally just standing there, taunting him, trying to get Teymur to move in on him. Herb Dean actually paused the fight 2 minutes in, and warned Teymur for "too many back steps". When the fight started back up, they both came out swinging, throwing big punches, knees & kicks. Klose shot for a slick takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, but Teymur was able to stand back up a few seconds later. Still, I'm going to assume the first round will go to Klose on the scorecards.
     The second round had Teymur dancing around, while picking apart Klose, and Klose was still mostly just standing there, complaining abnnout Teymur's superior movement. As much as I want to shit on Teymur for "running away", to be fair, he was being more active overall, and you can't REALLY complain about a fighter who shows decent footwork. Klose threw a flying kick with 45 seconds left in the round, Teymur caught him in midair, and then took him to the ground to finish the round. Round two goes to Teymur, and I guess I could see an argument for the first round going to him too? This is Klose's hometown though, so I'm going to assume this fight is all tied up going into the final round.
     Klose looked a lot more aggressive in the final round, and Teymur slowed him down with a hard poke to the eye. When the fight started back up, they traded some hard strikes, and then Klose scored another takedown, and Teymur popped back up almost immediately again. I'm going to score that final round for Klose, and I gave him the first round as well, but I think a lot of people would disagree with that, so I'm curious to see where the judges are at with this fight. All 3 judges gave the win to David Teymur, with only one judge giving a single round to Klose. Congrats to Teymur for handing Klose the first loss of his career.
92.4
TKO
(Punches)
12:02
      Oliveira came out throwing some big strikes, and then Medeiros clipped Oliveira, knocking him down for a second. Oliveira popped back up though, and unloaded on Medeiros while chasing him across the cage. Oliveira's nose was clearly broken from when Medeiros dropped him, but that didn't stop Oliveira from coming forward. Oliveira clipped Medeiros with a knee to the groin from the clinch, so they paused for a few seconds, but Medeiros wanted to get the fight going again. When they started back up, Oliveira dropped him with a brutal right hand, but Medeiros recovered. They both rocked each other, and then Oliveira dropped Medeiros again with some brutal punches, he landed some hard elbows, big knees, all kinds of crazy shit, Medeiros looked fucked, and then he somehow recovered, and they continued to brawl wildly, with Oliveira chasing Medeiros around the cage. Oliveira unloaded on Medeiros again with 45 seconds left in the round, and Medeiros was basically out on his feet, but he was still firing back just from survival instincts. Round one goes to Oliveira for sure, but holy shit, that round was fucking awesome!
     They both came out swinging again in the second round, with Oliveira working his front kick to the body over and over again. Medeiros clipped him with some hard punches, but Oliveira continued to come forward, still throwing big punches of his own. Medeiros unloaded with some big combinations halfway through the round, and then Oliveira fired back. Every time it looks like one fighter is about to go out, they come back with explosive offense. Oliveira tried to take Medeiros down with 90 seconds left in the second round, but didn't make any progress with it, so they reset, and Oliveira threw a series of kicks to a variety of levels. I was almost ready to give that round to Oliveira, until he tried to throw Medeiros down, Medeiros reversed him, ended up on top, mounted him, dropped some BRUTAL elbows, Oliveira scrambled back to his feet, and was sort of saved by the bell. I'm going to assume this fantastic fight is all tied up going into the final round.
     They both came out swinging again to start the final round, Oliveira landed some big shots, and then he threw Medeiros to the ground, they stood back up, Oliveira threw Medeiros down again, took his back, tried to setup a rear-naked choke, and Medeiros spun into Oliveira's guard 90 seconds into the round, and then passed to half mount. Oliveira quickly stood back up, and they reset again. Medeiros threw some big punches, SOMETHING happened, Oliveira curled up in a ball, and collapsed, Medeiros continued to punch him, and the referee finally stopped the fight. That fight was clearly fight of the night, and an outstanding performance by both fighters, and it's also probably one of the biggest wins of Medeiros's career. HOLY SHIT, these guys both earned some definite points with this one.
91.7
TKO
(Elbows)
9:06
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Oliveira clinched, and took Felder to the ground in the first 30 seconds with a tight body lock. They stood back up, Oliveira took Felder's back, yanked Felder to the ground again, and then spun around to setup a D'Arce choke. He locked it on, rolled with it, and Felder tried to twist his way out of it, but Oliveira did a fantastic job twisting it tighter and tighter. He eventually had to loosen it up, so he blasted Felder with a blatantly illegal knee to the face, and then took Felder's back. Felder stood up, and threw Oliveira to the ground. Felder jumped into the dangerous guard of Oliveira, and dropped some big punches & elbows, putting himself at risk in favor of doing some serious damage with his ground & pound. That round was pretty insane, with Oliveira clearly winning the first half of the round, Felder clearly won the second half of the round, so I'm calling that a 10-10 round. I think Oliveira came closer to finishing the fight, but Felder looked better walking back to his corner.
     The second round started with Oliveira immediately shooting for a takedown, but Felder stuffed the shot, and they battled for control of the clinch against the fence. Felder eventually took down Oliveira, and unloaded on him with some big punches & elbows while keeping him pinned against the fence again. Oliveira rolled to setup a kneebar with 2 minutes left in the round, and Felder tried to roll out of it, but he seemed a little lost on the ground at this point. Oliveira used that attempt to sweep Felder, but then he just randomly laid down, allowed Felder to settle in on top, and Felder dropped some big elbows again. Felder pinned Oliveira against the fence, and then dropped some BRUTAL elbows, refused to stop, so the referee had to step in to stop the fight. That was a great fight, and an awesome finish by Paul Felder.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      Waterson started this fight with a pair of head kicks, and then they both hopped around while trading punches. Waterson took down Torres 30 seconds into the first round, and grabbed her back, but Torres was able to stand up out of it. They both traded some wild punches, and a small cut opened up under Torres's right eye. Torres came forward and threw some aggressive punches, while working some knees from the clinch, before pressing Waterson against the fence. Torres threw some brutal elbows from the clinch, while applying a LOT of pressure to Waterson, but Waterson was able to break out of the clinch with 2 minutes left in the round, only to have Torres put her right back against the fence for some more clinch grinding. The round ended with Torres opening up with some wild strikes. Waterson started strong, but round one goes to Torres.
     They traded some wild strikes to start the second round, and then Waterson threw Torres to the ground with a head & arm throw, landing on top inside Torres's guard a minute into the round. She passed to half mount, and tried to chip away at Torres with some short elbows. Torres tried to sweep her with a Kimura attempt, but Waterson powered her way out of it, but found herself back inside Torres's guard. Torres tried to throw up a triangle choke, but she has really short legs, so she was nowhere near getting her ankle under her knee. Torres switched to an armbar with 30 seconds left in the round, but Waterson escaped that pretty easily, and ended up in side control. They stood back up with 10 seconds left in the round. I'm going to assume this fight is all tied up.
     The final round had both fighters trading some random strikes, at a fairly even pace, and then Waterson fell down, Torres jumped on her, took her back, and Waterson tried to sneak out the back door, but Torres was able to flatten her out, and then she dropped some big punches & elbows from back mount. Waterson was able to spin out of that, and she finished the round in a decent position, but that round pretty clearly goes to Torres, so this should be a 29-28 decision for Torres. All 3 judges agreed, with one judge even giving Torres all 3 rounds, for the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
92.8
KO
(Knee)
13:59
      Gaethje came out throwing brutal leg kicks, and Alvarez tried to return some shots, but Gaethje was clearly landing the harder kicks. They both landed some solid punches, with Gaethje moving forward for the most part, and Alvarez was just tucking his chin and swinging. Two minutes into the opening round, and Alvarez was already having some problems with his lead leg. Gaethje continued to demolish that leg with BRUTAL kicks. Alvarez caught a couple of the kicks, and tripped up Gaethje a bit, but Gaethje popped back up immediately every time. Alvarez was working his boxing, to pick apart Gaethje's body a bit, while also landing some solid shots to the head. Gaethje already looked tired by the end of the first round, and Alvarez was opening up on him with his punch combinations. Gaethje did a TON of damage to Alvarez's leg, but I think Alvarez still probably won that first round.
     Alvarez's boxing looks slick in this fight. He threw some creative punch combinations in the second round, and Gaethje was still landing some solid leg kicks, and some big punches, but for the most part, Alvarez just looks like he's outclassing Gaethje with his boxing skills. Alvarez hurt Gaethje, and then Gaethje unloaded, swinging for the fences, working his zombie brawl style. Gaethje shot for a weird takedown, tumbled over, fell on his ass, and when he stood back up, Alvarez kicked him in the face. Alvarez is pretty clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but the right side of his face is extremely swollen for some reason.
     Alvarez looks like he has a giant cheeseburger stuffed into his right cheek, like a squirrel or some shit. Gaethje continued to destroy Alvarez's leg with hard kicks too, which was clearly causing Alvarez problems still. They continued to throw a lot of punches at each other, and then Alvarez grabbed Gaethje's back and tried to take him down, but Gaethje slipped out, reset, and continued to destroy Alvarez's leg. Gaethje was also landing some big uppercuts. Gaethje looked absolutely exhausted, but Alvarez looked like someone had hit him with a baseball back to the face and leg. As soon as I thought they were both going to just pass out, Alvarez blasted Gaethje with a knee to the jaw that put Gaethje down on the canvas, face first. Alvarez punched him a few more times on the ground before the referee was able to stop the fight. That was a fantastic finish by Eddie Alvarez, as he hands Gaethje the first loss of his career.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Cejudo scored a quick takedown a minute into the round, landing in side control. Pettis tried to squirm to improve his position, but Cejudo took his back in the process, and continued to wrestle the shit out of him while trying to sink his hooks in. Cejudo spent most of the round trying to beat up Pettis a little bit on the ground, but for the most part, it was all about wrestling, and not so much about actual damage offense. Cejudo finally landed some really hard shots in the final 10 seconds. Round one clearly goes to Cejudo.
     Pettis came out in the second round and landed some hard punches & kicks, while it was taking Cejudo a minute to really get anything started. Cejudo just kind of plowed through Pettis 90 seconds into the round, and ended up inside his guard. There was a bit of a stalemate there for a while, and then Cejudo passed to take Pettis's back with 90 seconds left in the round. He then tried to pick him up and slam him, but Pettis did a good job avoiding any actual drop. I'm assuming Cejudo is winning this fight, 20-18, going into the final round, based entirely on his wrestling, even though he's not really doing any damage at all. Pettis landed some solid strikes in that second round though.
     The final round started with a minute of stalemate striking, and then Cejudo scored another takedown, landed back inside Pettis's guard, and continued to just grind all over him. Pettis worked his way back to his feet with a minute left in the fight, but he didn't have enough time to really make anything magical happen. This fight was pretty boring, but congrats to Cejudo for taking out a guy that was quickly climbing the Flyweight rankings, with a boring unanimous decision victory.
92.4
KO
(Punch)
1:42
      Overeem started this fight by throwing a massive left hand, but it didn't quite connect. Overeem then clinched, Ngannou took over the clinch, and pressed Overeem against the fence. Ngannou threw some brutal foot stomps, while keeping Overeem smothered against the fence. The referee reset them 90 seconds into the opening round. Ngannou threw an EXPLOSIVE left uppercut, that nearly knocked Overeem's head out of the stadium, knocking him 100% unconscious. That was a fantastic first round finish by Francis Ngannou, against an MMA legend. Without a doubt, Francis Ngannou deserves the next shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship, and at the moment, I think he would destroy Miocic.
93.2
TKO
(Punches)
14:51
      The first round was a calculated striking match. Holloway threw twice as many strikes, but they basically landed the same amount of strikes, meaning that Aldo was a lot more accurate, and I also think Aldo landed the harder shots. It was a close round, but Aldo ended with a big flurry, so I'm giving the first round to Aldo.
     The second round had Aldo blasting Holloway's lead leg with a series of brutal kicks that caused him to loose his footing a bit. They both landed a lot of big shots, but by the end of the round, Holloway looked like he was pulling ahead a bit with the activity. This fight is extremely close, so I'm going to assume it's all tied up after two rounds.
      The third round was another solid round of striking, and then shit got fucking INSANE in the final 2 minutes, where they both just opened up on each other, landing a lot of brutal punch combinations, Aldo was about to go out, so he had to shoot for a takedown, but Holloway ended up on top, he unloaded with a lot of bombs, Aldo's face exploded, blood flying everything, Holloway refused to let up, and the referee eventually had to stop the fight. Max Holloway is legit the UFC Featherweight Champion, as he finished the greatest Featherweight of all time, TWICE in a row. Both times in the third round. Max Holloway is a fucking beast, and I REALLY want to see him fight Conor McGregor at this point.
OVERALL 91.7
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