(2/18/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Donald Cerrone - 93.6
2. Alex Morono - 92.4
3. Curtis Millender - 92.4
4. Derrick Lewis - 92.4
5. Geoff Neal - 92.4
6. Oskar Piechota - 92.3
7. Carlos Diego Ferreira - 92.1
8. Roberto Sanchez - 92.1
9. Lucie Pudilova - 91.8
10. James Vick - 91.5
UFC Fight Night 126: Cerrone vs. Medeiros
Location: Austin, Texas
Elevation: 489'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Donald Cerrone vs. Yancy Medeiros
91.8
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 90.9
88.4
KO
(Punches)
1:54
     Williams started this fight with a leg kick, and some punches. They continued to circle around each other for a minute or so, and then Piechota dropped Williams with a massive right hand, he mounted him, unloaded with some big punches on the ground, shoved the head of Williams into the mat, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic first round finish by Oskar Piechota.
87.8
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
2:12
      These guys both came out trading random punches & leg kicks, without either fighter landing much of anything significant, until Morono nearly dropped Burkman with a leg kick a minute or so into the opening round. He hit him with another hard leg kick, and then dropped Burkman with some big punches, he slapped on a tight guillotine choke as Burkman was standing back up, he pulled guard, continued to crank, and Burkman was forced to submit. That was a fantastic first round finish by Alex Morono, and another disappointing loss for Josh Burkman.
90.7
Decision
15:00
      These girls both came out swinging, Pudilova landed some solid punches, Moras kicked her in the head, punched her a few times, clinched with Pudilova's back, and then threw her to the ground. Moras settled into Pudilova's guard, and started chipping away with elbows, as Pudilova just tried to tie her up. Moras landed some massive elbows & some big punches, as Pudilova was just clinging for dear life. The referee stood them up randomly with a minute left in the round, even though Moras was working a lot on the ground. When they stood up, Pudilova went off with strikes, she rocked Moras, they hit the ground, Moras went for an armbar, then a triangle, then an armbar again, and it LOOKED like she broke Pudilova's arm, but Pudilova was eventually able to shake her off, and then Pudilova finished the round by pounding on Moras with some heavy ground & pound. That round was wild, Pudilova finished strong, but I'm scoring that round for Moras, based on the amount of time she was in control.
     Moras shot for a takedown to start the second round, she ended up pulling guard, and then immediately slapped on another armbar. Pudilova slammed her way out of it, and then tried to work some ground & pound, as Moras continued to scramble around on the bottom. Moras squirmed around, she slapped on an inverted triangle choke, and then beat up Pudilova's body with elbows. Pudilova continued to try to work some ground & pound, but based on the weird pretzel positions, it's still kind of hard to tell who is in control at this point. Pudilova stood up with 45 seconds left in the round, and they reset for some more striking. The final seconds of the round turned into a wild brawl. This fight is fucking crazy, and both of their faces are all jacked up at this point. I'm giving that round to Pudilova, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but apparently a lot of people gave the first round to Pudilova, even though she only controlled 45 seconds or so of the round. This fight is pretty exciting though.
     Pudilova started the final round by chipping away at Moras with strikes, Moras shot for a terrible takedown, Pudilova stuffed the shot, and they reset 90 seconds into the round. They both looked sloppy as shit in the final round, throwing wild punches, without much accuracy, but Pudilova was clearly landing the better punches. Moras shot for a deep double leg with 2 minutes left in the fight, the shot was stuffed, but she continued to drive through, and finally scored a takedown with 90 seconds left. Moras continued to work some ground & pound, Pudilova scrambled around, and then swept Moras with 5 seconds remaining. This fight should probably go to Pudilova with a 29-28 scorecard, but Moras put up a hell of a fight. All 3 judges agreed, giving Pudilova the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
88.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:50
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Roberto scrambled for back control, he sort of took down Joby, but he wasn't able to hold him down, but he was able to score multiple takedowns, while spending a decent amount of time in control with the back clinch against the fence. He climbed on as a backpack with a tight body triangle 90 seconds into the round, as he started digging for the standing rear-naked choke. Joby tried to slam his way out of it by falling backwards, but that just allowed Roberto to lock the choke on even tighter, and he finished the fight with a first round submission. That was an outstanding performance by Sanchez as he gets his first win in the octagon.
89.2
Submission
(Bulldog Choke)
2:48
      These guys both started this fight by throwing punches at each other, Neal was the first to plow forward with a big combinations, he blasted Camozzi with a knee to the body, and then they clinched for a few seconds, before resetting at the 45 second mark. Neal unloaded again with another big combination, they clinched again, and then Camozzi went for a standing guillotine choke, but he couldn't get high enough to grab Neal's neck, so they reset 90 seconds into the round. They both blasted each other with some big punches, Camozzi kind of collapsed, and then Neal slapped on a BRUTAL bulldog choke for the quick submission victory. That was a fantastic performance by Geoff Neal. I'm really looking forward to seeing where he goes from here. Brian Camozzi on the other hand, is 0-3 in his UFC career so far.
88.2
TKO
(Punches)
1:58
      These guys both came out swinging, and then Ferreira kicked Gordon in the dick just 30 seconds into the opening round. When the fight started back up, they traded a few more punches, and then Ferreira kicked Gordon in the dick again. That's two groin shots in under a minute. The referee gave him a stern warning, but didn't take a point. When the fight started back up, they went back to trading punches, Ferreira dropped Gordon, mounted Gordon's back, tied his arm behind his back, and then punched Gordon in the face repeatedly as he was defenseless. That was a solid win for Ferreira, but it's hard to not feel bad for Gordon, after getting his balls smashed repeatedly, before losing to a first round stoppage via ground & pound. That was a rough fight to watch.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few punches, Northcutt looked fast, Gouti clipped him, and then Northcutt scored one of the fastest takedowns I've ever seen, pinning Gouti in the center of the cage, landing in side control. Northcutt worked some wild ground & pound, Gouti tried to tie him up on the ground, and then they stood back up 2 minutes into the round. They traded some wild strikes, Gouti blasted Northcutt and rocked the shit out of him, and then nearly ripped his head off with a front choke, but Northcutt was able to recover, and then Gouti pressed him against the fence. They split up, and continued to wing wild shots at each other. Northcutt landed some sharp kicks to the body, and some solid punches to Gouti's face, but he looked like he was nervous to engage after getting clipped a few times. I'm scoring the first round for Northcutt, but it's kind of a hard round to score.
     Northcutt landed some solid knees in the second round, but Gouti was pressuring him quite a bit, and then he dropped Northcutt with a big punch a minute into the round, and he pinned Northcutt near the fence. Northcutt worked his way back to his feet halfway through the round, only to get taken down again. Northcutt was mostly in a seated position with his back against the fence, and Gouti wasn't doing anything with it, other than just grinding Northcutt against the fence. Meanwhile, Northcutt was hitting him with some random elbows here & there. Northcutt stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round. Gouti continued to press him against the fence. The referee eventually split them up, and Northcutt landed some solid shots in the final seconds of the round, as Gouti was finally backing up a bit. I'm giving that round to Gouti, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Northcutt threw a lot of kicks to start the final round, they traded a few punches, and then Gouti scored another takedown 90 seconds into the round. Northcutt blasted him with some elbows on the ground, and then worked his way back to his feet, only to get taken down again. Northcutt stood up again, and Gouti took him down again. Gouti isn't doing ANYTHING on the ground though, so even though he's smothering Northcutt against the fence, Northcutt is landing way more strikes on the ground. Northcutt sort of setup a front choke, and used that to get back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round. The referee split them up, Northcutt beat up Gouti on the feet with some wild strikes, he shot for a couple of takedowns, Gouti stuffed them both, and this fight is going to be a hard one to score. I'm giving it to Northcutt, 29-28, based entirely on an effort to finish the fight, whereas Gouti was only trying to smother Northcutt, and he did absolutely nothing on the ground after taking him down. The judges & crowd agreed, as they gave the unanimous decision victory to Sage Northcutt.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys both came out trading wild punches & kicks, with a lot of energy, but it looked like the kind of start that could result in an adrenaline dump in the near future for both fighters. They were both landing at a solid pace, but Davis seemed to be landing the more creative strikes, so I'm giving the first round to Davis. The second round was more of the same, until Peterson scored a takedown in the final 30 seconds, and then he beat up Davis on the ground a little bit. I'm assuming this fight is probably all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round had both guys still basically brawling with each other. They both looked sort of tired, but they were still throwing a lot of offense, they just didn't have much power behind their shots anymore. Peterson ducked down with a minute left in the round, and Davis blasted him with a knee that rocked the shit out of him. I thought the fight was basically over, as Peterson's head looked like it had been split by a hatchet, but he still kept coming forward, throwing flying kicks and all kinds of wild shit. This fight was pretty ridiculous, I'm scoring it 29-28 for Davis, but I wouldn't be shocked by a split-decision. All 3 judges agreed, giving the hard fought unanimous decision victory to Brandon Davis.
90.7
KO
(Knee)
9:17
      These guys traded a lot of random kicks, and then Millender rocked Alves halfway through the round, and he followed that up with a flying knee, and a head kick that whiffed. Millender dropped Alves again with 90 seconds left in the round, he basically knocked out Alves, he raised his arms to celebrate, the referee didn't stop the fight, so Millender continued to pound on Alves, while Alves worked his way back to his feet. Alves scored a takedown in the final 30 seconds, Millender tried to catch him in a guillotine choke, and then the round ended. Round one goes to Millender.
     The second round started with both guys trading some hard punches & kicks. Millender was picking apart Alves for the most part, but Alves is always dangerous, as he was still throwing some hard punches, even though Millender seemed to be in control for most of the fight. Alves was coming forward, trying to bring the fight to Millender, and then Millender dropped him with a big knee, that forced the referee to step in to stop the fight. That was a fantastic UFC debut for Curtis Millender.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      Vick started this fight by circling around the outside, while Trinaldo was walking him down. Vick threw some big kicks, including a side kick to the head of Trinaldo. Vick then rocked Trinaldo's head back with a combination of punches. They clinched and stalled for a few seconds, and then split up, and Vick went back to throwing his kicks & long punches. Trinaldo seems to be having issues with Vick's 6" reach advantage. Trinaldo landed some hard punches, Vick dropped him with a big punch of his own, they both hit the ground, and Trinaldo wrestled the shit out of Vick, as Vick struggled to secure a guillotine choke, which didn't work out. Meanwhile, Trinaldo was working to setup an arm-triangle choke. They stood back up, Trinaldo locked on a tight guillotine choke, Vick punched him in the body, Trinaldo continued to crank, and then Vick wrestled his way to freedom. They traded some wild punches, Trinaldo was still having trouble getting inside Vick's reach, which allowed Vick to pick apart Trinaldo with his boxing. That was a wild round, that could arguably go either way, but I'm assuming the judges will give that round to Vick.
     They both came out throwing wild kicks, knees & punches to start the second round, and then Trinaldo clinched with Vick's back, and slammed him to the ground, but Vick quickly stood back up. They continued to battle inside the clinch, and then Vick sort of threw down Trinaldo, but he wasn't able to keep him down at all, so they reset 90 seconds into the round. They traded some wild strikes again, and then Vick started circling around the outside again, while Trinaldo just chased him around in circles. This fight was pretty awesome for the first half of the fight, but the last half of that second round was boring as shit. I'm assuming Vick is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had Vick still running around in circles, literally running away from Trinaldo. He threw some flying knees, and long kicks every once in a while, but Trinaldo blocked all of his shots, while still chasing Vick around the cage. Trinaldo threw some hard body kicks, and they were landing, but Vick refused to stand still, so he just kept circling around the outside edge of the octagon. The first 8 minutes of this fight were fucking awesome, but it ended up fizzling out into a boring fart, due to Vick's decision to run away at the end of the fight. Vick should clearly win this fight, but I hope they at least give that last round to Trinaldo, based on the fact that he was at least TRYING to fight. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to James Vick.
90.7
KO
(Punches)
12:48
      This fight looked like it was going to start slowly, and then Lewis plowed threw him with a massive punch, followed by a takedown in the center of the cage. Lewis tried to settle into Tybura's half guard, but Tybura spun around for a leg lock, Lewis sat down on him, punched him hard in the ribs, and then took Tybura's back. When Tybura popped back up to his feet, Lewis stumbled backwards, and Tybura quickly mounted him. Lewis tried to get up, Tybura tried to take his back, Lewis shook him off, they stood up, and Lewis dropped Tybura with another big punch, and then he unloaded with some big shots on the ground. Tybura was eventually able to sweep Lewis again, and he basically just pinned Lewis, without doing much from top control. Tybura looked like he wanted to setup an arm-triangle choke, but he never really went for it. Tybura ended that round on top, but I'm scoring the round for Lewis, based on the damage done from his striking. You could definitely make an argument for Tybura winning that round though.
     They traded some strikes to start the second round, Lewis unloaded with a wild combination while rushing forward a minute into the round, Tybura weathered the storm, and then took down Lewis in the center of the cage, landing in side control, with plenty of time left to work on the ground. Tybura passed to mount, took Lewis's back, Lewis tried to shake him off again, it didn't work, so Lewis collapsed, and Tybura continued to control Lewis's back. They rolled around, Tybura ended up in full mount again, and then he started working some ground & pound, but Lewis was still doing a decent job defending against the strikes, considering he was mounted. Round two clearly goes to Tybura, and I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round started very slowly, with Tybura flicking front kicks, and Lewis was waiting for good openings to throw haymakers. Tybura clinched and pressed Lewis against the fence 90 seconds into the round, and was basically just stalling. Lewis eventually violently spun out of the clinch, threw Tybura against the fence, unloaded with a barrage of bombs, he dropped Tybura with a brutal right hand, Tybura curled up on the ground, Lewis punched him repeatedly on the ground, and then the referee stopped the fight. That was another exciting finish by Derrick Lewis, as he comes back from adversity. Derrick Lewis is awesome.
91.8
TKO
(Punches)
4:58
      These guys both came out trading hard punches, Cerrone mixed in some hard body kicks, and teased Medeiros with a few loose takedown attempts, which Medeiros easily stuffed. Cerrone dropped Medeiros a couple of times with some hard punches, but one of those might have been a slip, I'm not entirely sure. They gave each other a high five, and then hugged. Cerrone opened a cut under Medeiros's right eye. I think they might have clashed heads or something, as a cut opened on the right side of Cerrone's head. They battled inside the clinch a little bit, and then Cerrone unloaded with some big punches, and rocked the shit out of Medeiros, he followed that up with some punches on the ground, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic finish by Donald Cerrone. After the fight ended, they hugged each other, and then Medeiros jumped over the cage, and hugged & kissed Cerrone's grandma. (Seriously) But yeah, these guys are both awesome people, and the level of respect between them was ridiculous. I'm looking forward to seeing where they both go from here. I think this fight will do a lot to raise Medeiros's stock, even though he got finished in the first round, I never realized he was such a cool respectful fighter.
OVERALL 90.9
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