(1/27/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Cory Sandhagen - 92.8
2. Ronaldo Souza - 92.7
3. Mirsad Bektic - 92.4
4. Gregor Gillespie - 92.1
5. Drew Dober - 91.9
6. Niko Price - 91.8
7. Bobby Green - 91.8
8. Randa Markos - 91.3
9. Frank Camacho - 91.3
10. Andre Fili - 90.8
UFC on Fox 27: Jacare vs. Brunson 2
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Elevation: 748'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson
89.8
Fighters & Matches 88.9
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.4
89.8
TKO
(Punches)
8:48
     Sandhagen just finished a guy (Jose Aguayo) in 67 seconds a week ago in LFA, and here he is with a short notice fight making his UFC debut against a guy that lost a decision on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. They both traded some hard strikes to start the first round, and then Sandhagen scored a takedown halfway through the opening round, and then beat up Arnett with some solid ground & pound near the fence. Arnett popped back up to his feet with around 90 seconds left in the round. They spent the rest of the round trading strikes at a solid pace. The first round goes to Sandhagen based on his ground & pound.
     Arnett was moving forward in the second round, trying to pick apart Sandhagen with strikes, until Sandhagen clinched, and blasted him with some hard knees & elbows 90 seconds into the round. Arnett then scrambled for a takedown, and tried to take Sandhagen's back, but Sandhagen was able to shake him off, and he ended up on top around the halfway point of the second round, and then they stood back up to trade some more strikes. They both blasted each other with some hard shots, and then Sandhagen dropped Arnett with a series of hard knees from the clinch, and some brutal punches to the body, and then he finished him off with some more punches on the ground. That was a fantastic UFC debut for Sandhagen, especially considering he JUST FOUGHT a week ago on the other side of the country.
89.5
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
9:21
      This fight started with Price backing up, while slowly walking around in circles, trying to draw in Sullivan. That gameplan ended after Sullivan blasted him with a hard combination of punches. Price then shot for a takedown, and they both wrestled around for the rest of the round, with Price winning most of the grappling exchanges. I'm giving the first round to Price, but it was a close competitive round overall.
     The second round started with Price chasing Sullivan, he blasted him with some hard punches & knees to the body, and then Sullivan took down Price 90 seconds into the round, landing inside Price's guard. Sullivan was beating up Price with some hard puches & elbows, doing some decent damage with his ground & pound, chopping up Price's face. Price tried to scramble back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round, and he immediately scored a takedown of his own. Price eventually worked his way around to back control, and he finished Sullivan with a late second round rear-naked choke. That was a good fight, and another solid win for Niko Price, after a tough loss to Vicente Luque 3 months ago.
87.6
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Pichel throwing a lot of hard shots, but Silva was spending most of his time trying to stay just outside of Pichel's range. Silva looked like he was controlling the pace of the round, but Pichel was the only one really throwing any significant offense, so I scored the first round for Pichel. The second round was more of the same, with Pichel bringing the fight to Silva, but there was still too much distance due to Silva backing up, so there wasn't a lot of damage being dealt. I have Pichel ahead, 20-18 going into the final round. Silva was finally coming forward to start the final round, and they both threw a lot of big strikes, but there was still just a LITTLE TOO MUCH DISTANCE between them, resulting in a lot of following each other, without much damage. The final round ended up turning into a solid brawl, and I might score that round for Silva, but I still scored the fight 29-28 for Pichel, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Pichel the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
87.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was basically a back & forth kickboxing match that could have gone either way, but I'm assuming the round will go slightly in favor of Kim, based on using her range to pick apart Kish a little bit. I scored the second round for Kish, based on closing the distance and landing a few solid shots. Regardless of how you score the first two rounds, I'm assuming it's all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was a solid back & forth boxing match, with both girls really going after it, and Kim busted up Kish's nose, leaving her face a bloody mess by the end of the round. Overall, I would like to see Kish win this fight, but I have a feeling the judges might give it to Kim, or at least it'll be a split-decision or something. The judges were split, with one judge giving Kim all 3 rounds to break the tie. That was a big win for Ji Yeon Kim.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      This fight started with Markos clinching and pressing Lima against the fence. Lima eventually took control of the clinch, and then threw Markos to the ground with 40 seconds left in the opening round, but Markos was able to quickly sweep her, resulting in Markos finishing the round on top in full mount. That round could probably go either way, but I'm giving it to Markos based on finishing the round in control.
     The second round started with both girls clinching, Markos tried to throw Lima to the ground, but Lima reversed her, as she ended up on top, pinning Markos against the fence a minute into the second round. Markos basically just tied her up, so the referee reset them 2 minutes into the round. Markos took down Lima, pinned her with sort of a tight side control, and she punched Lima in the head repeatedly. Lima eventually ended up pulling guard, but Markos clearly won that round. The first round was close, the second round was all Markos.
     Markos threw down Lima 45 seconds into the final round, and pinned her against the fence again, and this time, Markos unloaded with some big elbows, clearly trying to find the finish. Lima eventually worked her way back to her feet, and they finished the round clinching, but in the end, I think this fight should definitely go to Markos, and all 3 judges agreed, with all of them giving her all 3 rounds. That was a solid win for Randa Markos.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      The first round was basically a back & forth kickboxing match, that could have maybe gone either way, but I scored it slightly in favor of Borella based on controlling the center of the cage. Neither fighter is really dominating this fight so far. The second round was more of the same, with some basic back & forth striking. Borella clinched halfway through the round to try to make something happen, but nothing happened, so they reset and went back to kickboxing at a moderate pace, without either fighter really landing anything significant at all. I scored the first round for Borella, the second round was split right down the middle, and the final round goes to Chookagian. I don't really think either fighter showed much drive to get the win tonight. Borella scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the fight, and Chookagian immediately caught her in a triangle, so Borella pulled out and reset. That was probably the most exciting exchange of the fight. Congrats to Chookagian for the somewhat lackluster unanimous decision victory.
89.7
KO
(Punch to the Body)
2:47
      These guys started the first round by pumping a few jabs, and dancing around a bit, with Castro throwing some random spinning back kicks. Bektic rushed in with some big punches around the 90 second mark, they clinched for a second, and then reset. Bektic had a small cut under his right eye, but I'm not sure what it was from. They circled around each other for a few seconds, traded a few more random punches, and then Bektic dropped Castro with a hard right hand to the body, he unloaded with some punches on the ground, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic first round finish by Mirsad Bektic.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      These guys both traded some hard leg kicks to start the first round, and Koch blasted Green with a big left hand a minute into the round. They continued to trade strikes for a couple of minutes, and then Koch tripped Green against the fence from the clinch, allowing Koch to settle into top control with 2 minutes left in the round. Koch teased him with an arm-triangle choke, and then gave that up in favor of pounding on Green with some big punches & elbows. Round one clearly goes to Koch.
     The second round was a competitive round of striking, but Green went into gangster mode in the final 90 seconds, and started walking toward Koch with the Diaz stance, while picking apart Koch with some big combinations. Koch was still fighting back, and the round turned into a bit of a brawl, but I would probably score that round slightly in favor of Bobby Green, which means I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round started with some wild boxing exchanges, with Koch moving forward, but Green was doing a fantastic job with his head movement, as he countered almost everything Koch threw at him, while landing some big offensive shots of his own. Green threw Koch to the ground halfway through the final round, landed in side control, and then pounded on him with short punches & elbows, leading to a pretty clear 29-28 unanimous decision victory for Bobby Green. This was a much needed win too, after a 4-Fight losing streak (I'm counting his split draw with Vannata as a loss by the way). Koch on the other hand, has now gone 2-5 in his last 7 fights, so that's bad news for him as well.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys threw a lot of short range punches & knees to the body while clinching as soon as the fight started. They spun each other around a few times, and then Camacho threw Dober to the ground one minute into the opening round. They stood up a few seconds later, and went back to trading punches. They both landed some solid shots, they clinched again, and then Camacho tripped Dober to the ground again with 90 seconds left in the round. Dober landed a few hard elbows from his guard, while Camacho was trying to chip away with punches from the top. I'm giving the first round to Camacho based mostly on the time he spent on top, and his two takedowns. The striking exchanges, both on the feet & on the ground were pretty similar.
     They clinched early in the second round, they tried to drag each other to the ground again, and Camacho ended up on top again. They stood back up a few seconds later, and Dober unloaded on Camacho, forcing his back toward the fence, and then Dober blasted Camacho with a long string of clean punch combinations. Camacho eventually worked his way out of the corner to create some distance, but Dober quickly backed him into the fence again, where Dober unloaded with some big punches, stringing together long combinations, as Camacho was clearly starting to show some exhaustion. The final minute of the round had both guys throwing bombs at each other, and they both looked pretty tired by the end of the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, with a slight lean in favor of Dober.
     The final round basically had both guys brawling, and Dober had a big cut opened up above his left eye, causing the left side of his face to turn red. Dober tried to take Camacho to the ground, and Camacho tripped him again around the 90 second mark. They eventually stood up, went back to trading big winging punches, but they both looked too tired to really close the distance, so they were both whiffing with a lot of punches. In the end, I think the most dominant round, was the 2nd round for Drew Dober, but I would give the 1st & 3rd rounds slightly to Camacho, so I'm not really sure who is going to win this one. It was a very close competitive fight, and I'm expecting a split-decision. All 3 judges gave the win to Dober, with one judge even giving him all 3 rounds, even though he got rocked & wrestled in the first round.
89.2
TKO
(Punches)
4:46
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Gillespie scored a takedown a minute into the opening round, pinning Rinaldi in the center of the cage. Gillespie was in complete control, but he wasn't doing much damage on the ground. Rinaldi gave up his back with around 2 minutes left in the round, but he kept rolling over to try to avoid giving up a choke. Gillespie slapped on a mounted guillotine with 90 seconds left in the round, but gave it up in favor of just holding top position. Gillespie unloaded with some bombs from back mount in the final minute of the round, and after pounding on Rinaldi's head a little too much, the referee was eventually forced to stop the fight. That was a really solid win for Gregor Gillespie.
89.2
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys traded some hard strikes to start the first round, with Bermudez moving forward and applying a lot of pressure, while Fili was trying to create some distance to use his reach to his advantage. Bermudez clinched, and pressed Fili against the fence for a while, but nothing happened, so they reset with 2 minutes left in the round. I was leaning toward giving that round to Bermudez, but Fili scored a quick takedown in the final 10 seconds that might have been enough to swing the close round in his favor. I'm not really sure who won that round, but I would probably give it to Bermudez based on pressure.
     The second round started with Fili clinching with Bermudez's back trying to drag him to the ground, but Bermudez was able to stay on his feet, and he eventually turned into Fili, and pressed him against the fence. Bermudez tried to dump Fili to the ground, but he wasn't able to do it, so they ended up stalling against the fence until there was a minute left in the round, at which point they split up, and then Fili scored a quick takedown, finishing the final minute of the round on top, and possibly stealing the round for Fili. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but I have no idea how the judges are scoring this one so far.
     The final round had both guys trading single shots, everything seemed fairly even, they clinched, and then Bermudez hit Fili with a knee to the groin, so they called a brief timeout. When the fight started back up, they went back to trading big punches, Bermudez busted up Fili's nose, and then he threw Fili to the ground with 15 seconds left in the fight, tried to catch him in an armbar, Fili swept him, and then they stood up as the round came to an end. I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Bermudez, but I wouldn't be shocked by a split-decision. The judges were split, with one judge giving all 3 rounds to Bermudez, and then the other two judges gave the win to Fili.
89.8
TKO
(Head Kick & Punches)
3:50
      These guys traded a few random strikes to start the first round, but it was a very slow opening, with both guys just throwing single shots. Jacare shot for a takedown halfway through the round, but Brunson stuffed the shot, so they backed out and reset. Souza dropped Brunson with a big head kick, with around 90 seconds left in the opening round, Brunson tried to climb the fence to get back to his feet, Souza just walked up to him like a gangster, blasted him with some big punches, and the referee stepped in to stop the fight. That was another fantastic finish by Ronaldo Souza as he gets back on track, taking out a solid contender.
OVERALL 90.4
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