(12/30/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Khabib Nurmagomedov - 93.9
2. Tim Elliott - 92.1
3. Cris Cyborg - 91.8
4. Matheus Nicolau Pereira - 91.7
5. Michal Oleksiejczuk - 91.3
6. Myles Jury - 91.2
7. Holly Holm - 90.8
8. Dan Hooker - 90.7
9. Marvin Vettori - 90.3
10. Neil Magny - 90.2
UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barboza
91.8
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 90.4
89.9
Submission
(Anaconda Choke)
6:41
     These guys traded a few random strikes, Elliott shot in for a takedown 20 seconds into the opening round, Delarosa went for a guillotine choke, and then Elliott popped his head free and settled into Delarosa's guard to work some ground & pound, while Delarosa tried to find an armbar. Elliott worked his way out of that, and then continued to pound on Delarosa until the end of the round with some basic ground & pound from inside his guard. Round one clearly goes to Elliott. Delarosa wrestled his way into top control for a few seconds in the final moments of the round, but it was way too little, way too late.
     The second round started with Delarosa shooting for a takedown, Elliott immediately caught him in a guillotine choke, he switched it to an Anaconda choke, he grappled the shit out of Delarosa in some wild scrambles, Delarosa bit Elliott's arm, so Elliott flipped him over, pounded on him with some punches to the face, he settled back into Delarosa's guard, Delarosa threw up a triangle choke, Elliott flipped him over again, slapped on another Anaconda choke, locked it on tight, cranked, and finished the fight by submission. That was a fantastic performance by Tim Elliott, as he hands Delarosa the first loss of his career.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      These guys both came out swinging, and Pereira dropped Smolka 90 seconds into the opening round. He beat him up on the ground for a few seconds, they stood back up, traded some more strikes, and then Pereira dropped Smolka again with around 2 minutes left in the round. Pereira slapped on a tight arm-triangle choke this time, and it looked like Smolka was in trouble, but he was eventually able to spin out of it, and then they stood up again with a minute left in the round. Smolka already looked exhausted, and Pereira continued to rip him apart with big punches, rocking him, and then knocking him down again at the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Pereira, maybe even 10-8.
     Pereira continued to chew up a bloodied Smolka in the second round, working him over with his boxing, showing a clear speed advantage, and Smolka just didn't look like he was really into this fight at all. Smolka sort of started to fight back late in the round, but Pereira looks like he's going to pretty clearly run away with this fight if Smolka doesn't do something crazy in the third round.
     The final round had Pereira still beating the shit out of Smolka, and then he took him down a couple of times, beat him up on the ground, and Pereira ended up finishing the round locking on a rear-naked choke which almost finished Smolka, but Smolka was able to hang on until the end of the round. That was a huge win for Nicolau Pereira. I really like this guy, even though he's hard to keep track of since he's been out for the past year & a half due to an anti-doping violation.
89.4
Draw
(Majority)
15:00
      These guys both came out basically brawling with each other for the duration of the first round. They both landed some solid shots, but I scored the first round in favor of Akhmedov, as his pressure was just too much for Vettori to stand up against.
     The second round started with Akhmedov destroying Vettori with big heavy punches, and then Vettori dropped down for a Kimura or something, and transitioned it into a tight triangle choke from sort of a weird side angle. Akhmedov looked like he was going to run away with this fight, but Vettori's submission game looks legit. Akhmedov was able to pop his head free 90 seconds into the second round. They eventually stood back up, and went back to trading big punches, with Akhmedov looking exhausted. They both looked exhausted, but Vettori seemed to be slightly more aggressive. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round had both guys brawling again, with both guys landing some big shot, but they both looked gassed too, so the pace was a bit slow, but that didn't stop them from throwing everything they had at each other. Vettori rocked Akhmedov halfway through the final round, and then took him down, and beat the shit out of him on the ground until the end of the round. This should be a 29-28 decision for Marvin Vettori. The judges were all over the place, with one judge giving the win to Vettori, and the other two called it a draw, for the "Majority Draw". That's pretty lame, but it was a solid fight while it lasted. I'm giving the victory points to Vettori for this one.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      These guys both came out scrapping, landing some big shots, with the biggest shot probably being a flying knee that Jury threw at the end of the round. That was a solid round of fighting, and I'm going to have to score that one in favor of Myles Jury.
     Glenn tried to make something happen in the clinch in the second round, since Jury was beating him up in the first round from distance, and Jury just ended up tripping him to the ground, and he tried to setup an arm-triangle choke, which lead to Jury taking Glenn's back with 90 seconds left in the round. I have Jury ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had both guys still trading strikes at a decent pace, and then Jury took down Glenn with 30 seconds left in the round, and that should be enough to cap this off as a 30-27 decision for Myles Jury. All 3 judges agreed, giving Jury the unanimous decision victory against a tough scrappy opponent.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      Rountree started this fight with a hard kick to the body, they both threw some bombs, they both bounced around quite a bit, and they were both clearly looking for a first round knockout with the way they were headhunting. Oleksiejczuk took down Rountree 90 seconds into the first round, and then pressed him against the fence. They stood back up halfway through the round, and Rountree cranked on a tight standing guillotine choke, but gave that up in favor of throwing some haymakers at Oleksiejczuk's head. Rountree landed some huge shots, but his body was clearly freezing up on him with all of those muscles, as he was having trouble even raising his arms to shoulder height with 90 seconds left in the round. Oleksiejczuk came forward with some front kicks, and some big punches of his own, and Rountree looked completely gassed by the end of the first round. I thought Rountree might get that finish, but at this point, you could make an argument that Oleksiejczuk stole that round with his stamina.
     The second round was another heavy scrap, but both guys were looking pretty tired. Rountree landed a few really solid single shots, but for the most part, Oleksiejczuk seemed like he was the only one with anything left in the tank, so I have Oleksiejczuk ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but the first round could have potentially gone either way.
     Rountree landed some big shots to start the final round, and then Oleksiejczuk took him down a minute into the round, landing inside Rountree's guard. Oleksiejczuk continued to chip away at Rountree with some decent ground & pound, and then he tried to work his way into back control to slap on a choke, but Rountree was able to defend against that, so Oleksiejczuk settled into side control, and continued to beat up Rountree on the ground. This fight should go to Oleksiejczuk with a pretty clear decision, at least 29-28, if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Oleksiejczuk in his UFC debut.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Condit dropped for a leg lock 45 seconds into the opening round, causing Magny to sort of posture up with his back near the fence, eventually allowing Magny to drop down into Condit's guard. They stood back up, and Magny pressed Condit against the fence for some basic clinchwork. Condit landed some really slick combinations at the end of the round, but I would still probably score that round for Magny.
     The second round had a lot of clinching, and then Magny threw Condit to the ground again, 2 minutes into the round, only to find himself caught back in another leg lock attempt by Condit. Magny wrestled his way back into top control, and continued to chip away at Condit with some basic short-ranged ground & pound. They stood back up with a couple of minutes left in the round, and Magny continued to chip away at Condit with his boxing. Condit threw some sharp elbows, before clinching and pressing Magny against the fence with a minute left in the round, but they traded control of the clinch a few times, and then Magny threw Condit down again. I have Magny ahead, 20-18, going into the final round.
     Condit came out throwing a lot more strikes in the final round, as he landed some really clean shots, but Magny still outworked him with his clinching & grappling, as he took down Condit at the end of the round, tried to take his back, and in the end, Magny just outperformed Condit, as Condit attempted to come back from a temporary retirement. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Neil Magny.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      These girls traded a few random strikes, and then Calvillo ducked under a punch, and took Esparza down a minute into the opening round. From there, she basically just pounded on her a little bit with short shots, and then Esparza locked on an armbar halfway through the round. It looked really tight for a few seconds, and then Calvillo finally pulled her arm free, and passed to side control. Calvillo continued to beat up Esparza while just grinding her into the mat until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Calvillo.
     The second round was basically just a boxing match, until Esparza scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, but she couldn't hold Esparza down at all, so they just stood back up. That round was pretty close & competitive, so I might give that one to Esparza just to keep this fight interesting going into the third.
     The final round was another decently competitive scrap, but for the most part, Esparza was able to outland Calvillo with her strikes, and whenever they would clinch or grapple, Esparza was just one step ahead of Calvillo. In the end, I scored the fight 29-28 for Carla Esparza, and all 3 judges agreed, giving her the unanimous decision victory, as she hands Calvillo the first loss of her professional career.
87.6
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
10:42
      This fight started with a fairly competitive round of striking, capped off with a late takedown by Hooker which might have been enough to cause the judges to lean slightly in his favor on the scorecards. The crowd seems like they're getting bored though in between rounds, heading into the second round.
     The second round was filled with an awful lot of clinching, and then Hooker took down Diakiese, he took his back, and tried to setup a rear-naked choke, but Diakiese did a decent job fighting for arm control. The crowd sounded miserable. That round should go to Hooker, and I'm assuming he's on his way to winning a decision, but this fight hasn't been very exciting so far.
     They both came out to fight in the third round, Diakiese shot for a takedown, Hooker slapped on a tight guillotine choke, and finished the fight by submission in under a minute. That was a solid win for Hooker, even though that was a boring ass fight overall. That was a nice finish though.
91.8
Decision
15:00
      This is one of the only seriously interesting fights on this card. The fight started with Barboza moving backwards, while throwing a lot of fast kicks at the legs of Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov was plowing forward like a tractor, while trying to power Barboza to the ground. Khabib finally took him down 90 seconds into the round, and dropped some BRUTAL elbows while pinning him against the fence. Khabib dropped some shots that would make most grown men weep like babies, but Barboza just ate the shots while trying to survive on the ground against the monster Khabib. Khabib passed to full mount with a minute left in the round, and he continued to maul Barboza with brutal ground & pound all the way up until the end of the round. That was a 10-8 round for Khabib. He's a fucking MONSTER.
     The second round had Khabib chasing Barboza while beating him up with big punches, while Barboza just ran backwards, trying to escape the punishment from Khabib, and he wasn't able to get away. Khabib pressed him against the fence a minute into the round, but Barboza was able to stay on his feet. Barboza finally started to land some solid shots halfway through the round, but that didn't stop Khabib from moving forward, until he eventually buried Barboza against the fence, like he was digging a grave for Barboza, using Barboza's head like a shovel against the canvas. Khabib beat the living shit out of Barboza on the ground with brutal punches until the end of the round. Khabib is a fucking MONSTER!!!
     Barboza spent the first minute of the final round picking apart Khabib with some clean strikes, and then Khabib took him down against the fence again, but Barboza was able to work his way back to his feet this time. Barboza FINALLY landed a brutal spinning wheel kick, but just ate it, and continued to plow forward. I think that was probably Barboza's one shot, and after it failed, Khabib just sucked him right back into the ground, and continued to pound on him until the end of the round. That was a fantastic one-sided performance by Khabib Nurmagomedov, against one of the best strikers in all of MMA. Khabib Nurmagomedov 100% deserves a title shot after this. HE'S A FUCKING MONSTER!!!
91.3
Decision
25:00
      These girls both threw some big punches & kicks early in the first round, and it looked like Holm had the clear strength advantage, which is somewhat shocking. I'm 80% expecting to see an anti-doping violation pop up after this fight. Holly Holm looks like a mountain, at a weightclass above where she normally fights, and Cyborg looks somewhat soft compared to what I'm used to seeing with her. That entire round was all about Holm outworking Cyborg, bouncing around a lot, yelling a lot, and hitting her a lot, while Cyborg was waiting to land that perfect counter, which never happened. Round one goes to Holm.
      The second round was more of the same, with both girls throwing some big shots, but for the most part, it was a pretty competitive fight. So far, I'm leaning in favor of Holm, but it looks like most other people online are leaning in favor of Cyborg (who I WANTED to win), so I'm not sure what to think at this point. I feel like if this fight goes the distance, it could be a split-decision or something. I have no idea what to think so far, other than Holly Holm looks huge, compared to the Champion, who looks huge compared to everyone else.
      The third round was more of the same, with both girls landing some big shots, and it was a hard round to score, until Cyborg unloaded on Holm in the final seconds of the round, resulting in a clear round in the bank for Cyborg. I guess I'm going to trust everyone else online, and assume Cyborg is running away with this fight. Holm is definitely keeping it more competitive than I think most people would have predicted though. The fourth round was more of the same. I'm going to assume at this point that Cyborg is going to walk away with this decision, because I don't see either fighter getting a finish here, but Holm isn't quite doing enough to pull off an upset against the current Champion.
      Cyborg continued to beat up Holm in the final round, but Holm blasted Cyborg with some big shots with a minute left, that seemed to rock the shit out of Cyborg, which allowed Holm to press her against the fence, but instead of going for the finish, she just went for a takedown instead, which didn't work at all. Cyborg broke out of the clinch with a series of knees, and we're going to a decision. That was a solid competitive fight, but yeah, Cyborg should still be the Champion after tonight. All 3 judges agreed, giving Cyborg the unanimous decision victory.
OVERALL 90.4
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