(1/20/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Abdul Razak Alhassan - 93.6
2. Daniel Cormier - 93.0
3. Stipe Miocic - 93.0
4. Islam Makhachev - 92.4
5. Calvin Kattar - 92.2
6. Rob Font - 92.2
7. Dustin Ortiz - 90.9
8. Sabah Homasi - 90.8
9. Shane Burgos - 90.3
10. Volkan Oezdemir - 90.3
UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Elevation: 141'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir
92.5
Fighters & Matches 89.1
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.5
88.8
KO
(Punch)
0:57
     These guys traded a few random strikes, it didn't seem like anything significant was happening, and then Makhachev unloaded with a massive left hand, knocking Tibau the fuck out in just 57 seconds of the opening round. That was another fantastic finish by Islam Makhachev, and a disappointing return for Tibau after taking the last 27 months off.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded punches & kicks at a solid pace for most of the first round, and it was a hard round to score, but the final 90 seconds had Bessette laying on the ground, while Barzola threw some punches down at him, and that might have been enough to win the round for Barzola. Bessette popped back up with around 45 seconds left in the round, and landed a few solid shots, so I don't know, that round probably could go either way.
     The second round started with some decent striking exchanges, and then Barzola dropped Bessette with a hard leg kick, but let him stand back up. Barzola picked up Bessette halfway through the round, and then threw Bessette to the ground, where Barzola worked some basic ground & pound for a little while. This fight hasn't been super fast paced, but Barzola has been pretty consistently controlling Bessette for a good portion of the fight so far. I have Barzola ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Bessette came out swinging in the final round, and landed a lot of good shots, but Barzola was still firing back with some hard hooks of his own as well. Barzola shot for a takedown halfway through the round, but Bessette was doing a decent job stuffing the shot against the fence. Barzola eventually picked him up with a minute left in the fight, carried Bessette to the center of the cage, and dumped him to the ground one more time, securing the 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Enrique Barzola.
86.5
Decision
15:00
      Ige caught a kick and tried to take down Arce early, but he wans't able to get him to the ground. He caught another kick 2 minutes into the round, and tried the takedown again, and sort of took down Arce, but he immediately stood up again. Ige kept shooting for those takedowns, and wasn't really making any progress, and then Arce spent the final 90 seconds of the round, beating up Ige with punches while the circled around each other. I'm giving that round to Arce, based on his striking, and his wrestling defense.
     The second round was more of the same, with Ige shooting for takedowns, and Arce stuffing his shots. Ige landed a few decent strikes of his own, but for the most part, Arce seems to have the ability to keep this fight where he wants it, while Ige is failing to take control. The final round was the same story, leading to what should at least be a 29-28 decision for Arce, if not 30-27. I wasn't really that impressed with either fighter though to be honest. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving Arce the unanimous decision victory.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      Ortiz clinched with Pantoja's back early to start the first round, and he yanked him to the ground, but Pantoja scared him off a bit by going for a kneebar, so they stood back up, and Pantoja took control, grabbing Ortiz's back after a brief scramble. Pantoja threw a lot of punches to the side of Ortiz from back control, while trying to open him up for a rear-naked choke, but he wasn't able to get his arm under Ortiz's chin. Ortiz scrambled to take Pantoja's back in the final 30 seconds, and landed some decent punches, but I'm still giving that round to Pantoja.
     The second round had Ortiz picking apart Pantoja with his boxing, while chasing him around the cage, and then they clinched again 90 seconds into the round, with Ortiz taking Pantoja's back in the process, as he tried to drag him to the ground again. Ortiz continued to grind all over Pantoja while throwing knees at his thighs until the end of the round, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round started with both guys going to the ground, Pantoja attempted an early armbar, couldn't get it, so spun around and took Ortiz down against the fence. Pantoja continued to control Ortiz for most of the round, until the 90 second mark, where Ortiz ended up on top, and then he stood up, and chased Pantoja while throwing punches. Ortiz shot for a final takedown with a minute left in the round, and then beat up Pantoja with punches & knees until the buzzer sounded. I guess I'm giving this fight to Ortiz, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
91.1
KO
(Punch)
3:47
      Alhassan landed some nice punches, Homasi landed some nice kicks, they both exchanged hard strikes at a decent pace, with a lot of calculated movements in between offensive attacks. Homasi shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Alhassan stuffed the shot, and then they both unloaded with some wild bombs, rocking each other while chasing each other around the cage. Homasi shot for another takedown halfway through the round, and secured it this time, but he had Alhassan in sort of an awkward seated position, where Homasi didn't really have total control of him on the ground. Alhassan punched him in the side of the head a few times, while Homasi continued to try to drive into a better position, and the referee decided to stand them up with 90 seconds left in the round. Alhassan unloaded with some more bombs, and then he landed an uppercut that nearly killed Homasi. Abdul Razak Alhassan is one of my favorite fighters to watch, this guy is a fucking monster! I wish I could see this guy fight every week.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      Bochniak circled around the outside edges of the cage for most of the first round, while jumping in every once in a while to throw a few random strikes. Davis mostly just controlled the center of the cage, while looking to land counters. Bochniak shot for a takedown halfway through the opening round, but wasn't really able to keep Davis down at all. I'm still giving that round to Bochniak, based entirely on forward pressure.
     The second round had Bochniak bouncing around a lot, while throwing punches & moving forward. Davis on the other hand was mostly just doing the zombie walk thing, as he moved forward, threw a few punches, but didn't really seem interested in moving very quickly at all. Bochniak almost took down Davis in the final minute of the round, but Davis was able to stuff his shot, so they finished the round trading random strikes. I have Bochniak ahead, 29-28, going into the final round.
     The final round still had Bochniak working his forward pressure, shooting for takedowns, picking apart Davis with random strikes, and he actually scored a takedown halfway through the round, but as usual, wasn't able to do anything with it, so they stood up and reset again. They traded some wild strikes in the final minute of the round, sort of turning the fight into a brawl, which should lead to a 30-27 decision for Bochniak in my opinion. All 3 judges agreed, giving Bochniak the unanimous decision victory.
89.9
TKO
(Head Kick & Punches)
7:24
      These guys traded a few strikes, Font shot for a takedown, Almeida stuffed the shot, so they reset and started over. Most of the round was a pretty standard kickboxing match, with both guys trading punches & kicks at a solid pace, without either fighter really taking a clear lead. Font seemed to be slightly more aggressive, moving forward a little more, but they both seemed to land a similar amount of significant shots. I have no idea who won that round.
     They continued to trade strikes to start the second round, and then Font rocked the shit out of Almeida with a clean right hand, Font then grabbed him and slammed him, but he wasn't able to hold him down, so they reset back on their feet. They clinched, Almeida tried to throw some knees to Font's body, but his balance was still a bit off. Font blasted him with a series of uppercuts, and then slammed Almeida again, but didn't really try to hold him down at all. They stood back up, continued to jab at each other, Font blasted Almeida with a head kick, knocked him down, unloaded with some big punches, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was a fantastic finish by Rob Font, and a solid name to add to his list of victories.
86.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Barroso spent the first round circling around the outside, throwing single shots, while Villante clearly controlled the center of the cage, as he was sort of following Barroso around in circles. I scored the first round for Villante, based mostly on forward movement, and probably landing more strikes, but neither fighter did much damage at all.
     The second round looked like it was going to be a repeat of the first round, but Villante stepped it up a notch, blasted Barroso with some big punch combinations, and then kicked him in the dick, which paused the fight. Once they started back up, Villante continued to follow Barroso around, as Barroso circled around the outside. I have Villante ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round looked like more of the same to me, with Barroso walking around in circles, while Villante was stalking him, Villante was picking him apart with strikes, and in the end, I felt like this should be a clear 30-27 decision for Villante. Two judges agreed with me, giving Villante all 3 rounds, and one judge gave two rounds to Barroso for some reason, which results in Villante getting the split-decision victory.
90.1
TKO
(Punches)
10:32
      The first round had both guys tucking their chins and throwing heavy punch combinations at each other, and they were both landing with a lot of their shots, but Burgos's face was turning significantly more pink as the round progressed. Burgos was moving forward the entire time, so I'd like to give him the round, but Kattar seemed to do more damage, so I don't know who won that round, but I'm scoring it slightly in favor of Kattar.
     The second round was more of the same, with both guys landing some big punch combinations, with Burgos moving forward the entire time, but I thought Burgos dealt significantly more damage in the second round, so I'm giving that round to Burgos, and I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round started the same way, with both guys meeting in the middle and trading big punches, but Kattar blasted Burgos with a massive right hand, he rocked him with an uppercut, knocked Burgos down in violent fashion, unloaded with a ton of punches on the ground, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was a fantastic finish by Calvin Kattar against a tough opponent, as he breaks Burgos's 10-0 undefeated career so far, by handing him his first loss, and did it in devastating fashion.
92.5
TKO
(Punches)
7:00
      Oezdemir came out throwing BOMBS, and he blasted Cormier with a series of clean shots to the head from a variety of angles. Oezdemir was also mixing in some decent low leg kicks. Oezdemir pressed Cormier against the fence and continued to slaughter him with massive punches. DC can definitely take a shot, but Oezdemir is killing him 90 seconds into the opening round. DC landed some hard shots of his own, and faked the takedown a few times to throw Oezdemir off a bit, but they were both landing at a solid pace. DC was moving forward a lot, and landed some heavy shots in the final 90 seconds, as he nearly put Oezdemir away, but Oezdemir fired back with some bombs, causing DC to have to back off a bit. Oezdemir threw a body kick with 30 seconds left in the round, DC caught it, and took down Oezdemir in the center of the cage, which allowed DC to take Oezdemir's back, in the final 10 seconds, and he locked on a rear-naked choke before the buzzer sounded. Oezdemir started extremely strong, but DC stole the show in the final 90 seconds.
     DC started the second round by pumping his jab, and then he took down Oezdemir 30 seconds into the round, taking his back again, but this time he has plenty of time left in the round to work. DC secured the mounted crucifix, and continued to drop short punches at the side of Oezdemir's head, while Oezdemir flailed around on the bottom. Oezdemir just didn't have ANY chance to create any sort of space to escape, as Cormier chipped away with those short punches, which forced the referee to stop the fight after a minute or so of unanswered punches. Congrats to Cormier for a solid title defense.
91.7
Decision
25:00
      Ngannou threw a head kick, whiffed with a big hook, and then Miocic took him down against the fence, but couldn't hold him down at all, so Miocic just clinched and pressed Ngannou against the fence for a while. When they split up, Ngannou blasted Miocic with some big punches, Miocic continued to look for takedowns, to no avail, and Ngannou continued to chip away at him with bombs from a variety of angles. Miocic finally landed a legit takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, he looked like he wanted to setup an inverted triangle from side control or something, but gave that up in favor of working some ground & pound. Ngannou scrambled back to his feet with a minute left in the round. The round ended with some wild brawling, and then Miocic scored another takedown in the last 5 seconds. Round one goes to Miocic.
      The second round was a repeat of the first round, with both guys landing some hard shots, Ngannou was throwing some bombs, and then Miocic took him down again, with around 2 minutes left in the round. Miocic worked some ground & pound while pressing Ngannou against the fence, and Ngannou mostly just spent his energy trying to get back to his feet, as Miocic kept him 100% under control against the fence. I have Miocic ahead 20-18 going intot he third round.
      The rest of the fight was just 15 more minutes of the same story, Ngannou would throw some dangerous looking punches, Miocic would take him down and pin him against the fence again, and then Miocic would pound on him with punches until the end of the round. In the end, I scored this fight 50-45 for Miocic, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory as he defends his title once again, breaking the record for Heavyweight title defenses, even though this was only his third title defense.
OVERALL 90.5
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