100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Rousimar Palhares - 96.2
2. Kurt Pellegrino - 94.7
3. Shane Carwin - 94.5
4. Jim Miller - 94.2
5. Georges St. Pierre - 93.7
6. Nate Diaz - 92.3
7. Mark Bocek - 92.1
8. Matt Riddle - 91.1
9. Ricardo Almeida - 90.6
10. Dan Hardy - 90.4
UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Elevation: 13'
-Fight of the Night-
Shane Carwin vs. Frank Mir
Fighters & Matches 90.4
Top 10 Fighters 93.0
TOTAL 91.7
(Illegal Upkick)
     Matt Riddle was pretty much dominating this fight, taking Soto to the ground in every round, and beating him up. Riddle's wrestling was just way too strong for Soto. The shitty part is, in the third round, Riddle was in Soto's guard, he pulled out, Soto kicked him in the jaw & knocked him out (illegally while they were both on the ground) so the fight had to stop, because Riddle had no idea where he was or what happened. Really good showing by Matt Riddle though.
      Rodney Wallace reminds me of Jeff Monson, in the sense that they both LOOK like the baddest men on the planet, but ultimately, all of those muscles don't really do them any favors in 15 minute fights. With that being said, Wallace had some solid moments, nice takedowns, powerful striking, etc... but ultimately, he just got outworked by Jared Hamman.
(Heel Hook)
      Jesus! Rousimar Palhares in my opinion, is one of the scarriest fighters in the world. Drwal slipped when he threw his first kick in the fight, Palhares grabbed his leg, and literally almost removed it at the knee. Drwal's leg was mangled. Palhares is a monster. He scares the shit out of me.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      I was one of the first people to get on board the Matt Brown hype train, but yeah, he didn't look very good in this fight at all. Almeida basically just controlled him for both rounds, eventually locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight. Matt Brown didn't really have anything to show for himself here.
      Nate Diaz is a scrapper, and he outworked Markham here, by showing superior boxing skills while standing, took him to the ground, showed superior grappling, and eventually, Markham turtled up and Diaz kept punching him in the head until the referee stopped the fight.
      This was a pretty badass way to start a PPV. I feel bad for Mark Bocek, because he always comes up and puts up a tough fight for everybody, but it's pretty clear he's never going to find himself in the Top 10 at all. With that being said, this entire fight was explosive, both guys were out to kill each other, the grappling was amazing, their cardio was top notch, they both just kicked the shit out of each other. Close fight, probably could have gone either way, I gave the fight to Jim Miller though, and so did the rest of the judges. Excellent fight!
      Well, in my opinion, this was a fight between two Top 10 guys, and Jon Fitch absolutely made Saunders look like a fool. Jon Fitch took him down in all 3 rounds, completely controlled him, the crowd got bored, and Fitch won via another decision.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Going into this fight, I had Kurt ranked as the #5 Lightweight, and I had never seen Camoes before. With that being said, Camoes looked solid early in the fight, getting on Pellegrino's back early, and almost choking him out, but Pellegrino dropped him on his head, and from that point forward, Pellegrino completely outgrappled him, and showed some pretty amazing wrestling & Jiu-Jitsu skills. Kurt Pellegrino is one of my personal favorite lightweight fighters, so I was happy to see him take out Camoes in the second round.
      Man, I've been a huge Frank Mir fan for years, so it's always sad to see him get his ass beat, but Shane Carwin was CLEARLY the better fighter here. Mir looked overly confident, kind of walking around with a bit too much swagger or whatever, and Carwin eventually pinned him up against the cage, landed 9,000 uppercuts, and crushed Frank's head once he fell to the ground, and the referee was hypnotized by the massacre and forgot to stop the fight until about 3 hours after Mir was already out. Carwin is a bad dude!
      This was a 25 minute title fight, and I don't really have a lot of play by play to comment on. GSP basically took Hardy down 90 times in all 5 rounds, he locked on 100 different armlocks, and Hardy refused to tap, it was ridiculous. But yeah, Hardy didn't have a chance, but he put up a hell of a fight, in terms of absorbing GSP's grappling dominance. GSP is insane at 170 though.