(3/3/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Cris Cyborg - 94.3
2. Brian Ortega - 93.9
3. Alexander Hernandez - 93.4
4. Mackenzie Dern - 91.8
5. Sean OMalley - 91.7
6. John Dodson - 91.3
7. Yana Kunitskaya - 91.3
8. Ketlen Vieira - 91.2
9. Zak Ottow - 90.6
10. Bryan Caraway - 90.4
UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
93.5
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.7
87.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     The first round had both guys trading strikes at a decent pace, with Milstead showing the better striking. Johnson tried to take Milstead down, but he wasn't able to make it happen. The first round probably goes to Milstead. The second round had Johnson pressing Milstead against the fence for most of the round, beating him up with dirty boxing. Round two goes to Johnson. The final round started with 90 seconds of Milstead chipping away at Johnson with strikes, Johnson fired back, and then tried to do the clinch thing again, but Milstead was able to stay out of the clinch this time. Johnson was still landing some solid shots of his own though, keeping Milstead at bay with a lot of jabs and lead left hooks. Johnson grabbed a leg and scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and pinned Milstead against the fence. Johnson threw a few punches as Milstead worked his way back to his feet, but Johnson kept him pressed against the fence. The referee was a little too quick to pull the trigger in this fight, as far as breaking up clinches in my opinion. I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Johnson, but it was a close fight. The judges were split, with two judges giving the win to Jordan Johnson.
88.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Caraway spent the first couple of minutes trying to take down the much more muscular Stamann, while Stamann was stuffing his shots against the fence. Stamann looks like he should have the striking advantage, but Caraway is picking him apart with jabs, and then Caraway scored a takedown with around 90 seconds left in the round. Caraway passed to side control with 45 seconds left in the round, and then he sort of setup an awkward mounted inverted triangle, which he basically just used to press his balls into Stamann's face, while punching him in the forehead. Caraway went for a Kimura in the final 10 seconds, but didn't have time to finish it. Round one goes to Bryan Caraway.
     The second round started with a couple of minutes of boxing, with Caraway picking apart Stamann with his jabs still. Caraway shot for a couple of takedowns, and Stamann continued to do a decent job stuffing the shots. Stamann landed some solid punches, but for the most part, I felt like Caraway was controlling the fight, even on the feet, where Stamann should have a clear advantage. Caraway was just more active. Caraway clearly wanted the fight on the ground though, and his takedowns were a little too obvious. I feel like Caraway has been significantly more active, so I hope he's ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but you have to give Stamann some credit for his takedown defense, as he was able to keep the fight where he wanted, even though he didn't do much on the feet. This fight could be all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round started with a couple of minutes of striking, Stamann was winning most of the exchanges, Caraway shot for another takedown, and Stamann stuffed the shot again. Stamann stuffed a few more shots, continued to pick apart Caraway, and then Caraway said fuck it, and just rushed Stamann in the final 90 seconds, looking for the kill, by winging wild punches, tucking his chin, and just swangin'. Caraway pressed Stamann against the fence, blasted him with countless uppercuts, Stamann fired back, shot for a takedown of his own, Caraway caught him in a guillotine choke, rolled over to turn it into a mounted guillotine, and finished the round with the choke locked on. In my opinion, this was a close fight, but I'm scoring it 29-28 for Bryan Caraway. The judges were split, and two of them are fucking stupid. Stamann wins the split-decision victory.
86.4
TKO
(Punches)
2:34
      Ottow came out throwing some big punches, and Pyle was staying just outside of his range, but he wasn't throwing much offense of his own. Ottow dropped Pyle with a big right hand around the halfway point of the opening round, he unloaded with some big punches, Pyle covered up just enough to prevent the referee from stopping it, but after a few more seconds of Ottow still unloading big punches, Pyle just kind of rolled onto his side, and the referee had to stop the fight. This kind of sucks, since it was Pyle's retirement fight, and his third loss in a row.
87.2
DQ
(Late KO Punch)
5:00
      The first round was pretty slow paced, with Dollaway circling around Lombard, while picking him apart with a lot of kicks. Lombard had a few moments where he threw some big combinations, but for the most part, Dollaway seemed to be in control, and he was picking apart Lombard with his boxing, as well as all of those leg kicks to keep Lombard at distance. The buzzer sounded, Lombard blasted him with a couple of massive punches, and basically knocked Dollaway the fuck out after the buzzer sounded. C.B. Dollaway wins, by getting knocked the fuck out, via disqualification. That's pretty much the worst way to win a fight, and it's also another "weird fluke" situation, involving C.B. Dollaway, as he returns from a back injury caused by a hotel elevator collapsing. He has to be one of the unluckiest fighters I've ever seen.
89.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was basically a kickboxing match, with Munhoz moving forward the entire time, throwing single strikes, but Dodson was significantly faster, he was moving out of the way, and throwing a lot of counters, and basically picking apart Munhoz with his fast boxing & some decent leg kicks. Round one goes to Dodson.
     The second round was more of the same, with Munhoz walking forward slowly, and landing some solid punches & kicks, but for the most part, Dodson was still a lot faster, and he was landing with far more volume. The second round was closer, but I still scored the round for Dodson. In the final 10 seconds, Dodson jumped up in the air, and Munhoz kicked him in the dick, but Dodson didn't need much time to recover. The round was over anyway. I have Dodson ahead 20-18, but it could potentially be all tied up going into the final round. This entire night has been filled with close fights so far.
     The final round was more of the same, with Dodson circling around the outside, Munhoz was plowing forward, trying to land big shots, and whiffing with most of his combinations. Dodson on the other hand, showed solid accuracy, along with his extremely fast boxing. Dodson pretty clearly beat up Munhoz for 4 minutes, and then Munhoz took him down against the fence, but had trouble really holding him down at all, as Dodson never fell deeper than a basic seated position. Munhoz hit him with a few knees, they stood up in the final 10 seconds, and it turned into a wild brawl. I'm giving this fight to Dodson, 30-27, but I can see another split-decision on the horizon. Two judges agreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to John Dodson.
90.2
KO
(Punch)
0:42
      Hernandez rushed forward and threw a front kick to the body, Dariush backed up, and immediately started working his counter striking. Hernandez was extremely aggressive here in his UFC debut, he threw a massive left hand, dropped Dariush, and got the quick first round knockout over a ranked UFC lightweight. That was a fantastic debut for Alexander Hernandez, a guy I've only seen fight once before, and I thought he was good, but I'm shocked that he put Dariush down so quickly. Alexander Hernandez is someone to keep an eye on for sure.
90.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Dern threw a big kick, some massive punches, she forced Yoder into the fence, she worked some knees from the clinch, and immediately started working for a trip takedown, but Yoder was doing a decent job keeping her balance. They reset 90 seconds into the opening round. Yoder threw a hard kick to the body, Dern continued to throw wild punches, and they clinched again, with Dern pressing Yoder against the fence 2 minutes into the round. They reset, Yoder threw another body kick, Dern caught it, and unloaded with some wild punches while running forward, before eventually pressing Yoder into the fence again. She sort of scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and then she clinched with Yoder's back as she stood back up. Yoder was able to shake her off and reset. They both traded some hard punches, with Yoder landing the cleaner strikes, but Dern was throwing wild shit. I'm giving the first round to Dern, based mostly on pressure, and all of those wild combinations.
     The second round started with Yoder throwing some nice technical strikes, and Dern continued to rush forward while throwing wild shit. She clinched a minute into the round, pressed Yoder against the fence, and continued to work for a trip, but it just wasn't happening for her. The referee reset them 2 minutes into the round. They both landed some punches, Dern was dropped, but she popped back up immediately, so I think she might have just slipped? They continued to trade strikes, with Yoder still looking like the more technically sound striker, but Dern was still landing some solid shots, and she even opened a cut on Yoder's right eye. That round probably goes to Yoder, so this fight should be all tied up going into the final round.
     Dern blasted Yoder with an overhand right to start the final round, and then shot for another takedown, Yoder stuffed the shot again, they both chipped away at each other from inside the clinch, and they traded control of the clinch a few times as well. Dern FINALLY scored a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, and she almost immediately took Yoder's back. She secured both hooks, unloaded with some big punches, and then tried to setup a rear-naked choke, she locked that shit on, cranked like crazy, she nearly crushed Yoder's jaw, and then Yoder SOMEHOW escaped, but Dern was able to maintain back control until the end of the round. That looked like it was going to be an awfully close fight, but Dern clearly secured the 29-28 split-decision victory with her 2 minutes of ground domination at the end of the final round. Adalaide Byrd is the stupidest fucking judge in the entire world. She made her presence known here as well, by attempting to give this win to Yoder, which is fucking ridiculous.
88.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Zingano came out throwing rubbery looking punches & kicks, with her limbs flopping around awkwardly. Vieira had a tighter stance, which she used to try to counter Zingano's weird striking attempts. It's been 20 months since Zingano last fought, and I feel like maybe I forgot her style or something? She looks really awkward though. Vieira clipped her with some hard punches, Zingano shot for a takedown, and Vieira stuffed it awkwardly, and they went back to trading strikes. Vieira clinched and tripped Zingano with 90 seconds left in the round, and she pinned her in the center of the cage. She passed to full mount without much effort, and threw some short punches, while Zingano just kind of scrambled around on the bottom. I'm scoring the first round for Vieira.
     They traded some punches to start the second round, and then Vieira whipped Zingano to the ground in brutal fashion, and immediately mounted her in the center of the cage, where she punched her a few times from full mount. Vieira setup an arm-triangle choke 90 seconds into the round, but Zingano was able to blast her way out of that, causing Vieira to stand up above her. Vieira settled back into top control, and Zingano just laid on her back like she had no idea what she was doing out there. I have Vieira pretty clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Zingano landed a clean head kick to start the third round, and it seemed to stun Vieira. Zingano then threw a few leg kicks, and she hurt her left foot, hobbled around for a second, and Vieira scored another takedown, 30 seconds into the final round. Vieira stood up a few seconds later, and then jumped back on top of Zingano, settling into Zingano's half guard. Vieira chipped away with some short range ground & pound, before standing up again, Zingano threw some upkicks, and then Vieira pinned her against the fence again, and continued to chip away with some basic ground & pound. Vieira stood up again, with 2 minutes left in the fight, and Zingano grabbed her ankle, tripped her, stood up, they clinched, and Vieira pressed Zingano against the fence again. Vieira threw some short knees, not a lot was happening, so the referee reset them with 45 seconds left in the fight. Zingano moved forward, threw a few strikes, landed a few solid shots, but her punches were still loopy & weird looking, Vieira clinched, pressed her against the fence for the final 15 seconds, and the fight eventually ended. This should be a clear 30-27 for Ketlen Vieira. One of the judges was smoking crack and gave the win to Zingano, and the other two judges gave the proper split-decision victory to Ketlen Vieira.
87.0
Decision
15:00
      Struve threw some nice long kicks in the first round, but for the most part, Arlovski was picking him apart with leg kicks & punches, and then Arlovski scored a takedown 2 minutes into the round, and then his corner told him to stand up, so he did, and they reset. Struve unloaded with some wild punches, but didn't connect with much of anything, Struve attempted a takedown from the clinch, and Arlovski reversed him on the way down, and then he stood up and reset again with 90 seconds left in the round. They traded a few more awkward strikes, and then clinched again, but nothing really came from that. The first round should go to Arlovski.
     The second round started with some more slow striking, Arlovski scored another takedown, and Struve tried to secure a leg lock of some sort, and then he got on top of Arlovski, pinned him against the fence, took his back, and punched him in the head a lot. Arlovski stood up halfway through the round, and Struve tried to suplex him, but couldn't get Arlovski off the ground. Arlovski took control of the clinch with 2 minutes left in the round, and then Struve took control of the clinch, and they both just hugged each other for a while. Arlovski attempted another takedown, but Struve was able to stay on his feet, so the referee reset them with 45 seconds left in the round. Struve poked Arlovski in the eye, and there was a brief timeout. Nothing else really happened in the round. I would give that second round to Struve, but this fight kind of sucks overall.
     They continued to trade slow strikes in the third round, mostly single shots, without either fighter really doing anything significant. They clinched again, Arlovski poked Struve in the eye, and there was another timeout. They had the doctor check out his eye because he was "seeing stars" or whatever. The fight eventually started back up with half a round to go. Struve quickly landed a hard pair of leg kicks. Arlovski threw some weird looking short punches while rushing forward, they clinched, Arlovski attempted a takedown, Struve defended it well, and then Arlovski continued to whip him around and then secured a takedown with a minute left in the fight. Arlovski punched Struve in the spine a few times, Struve stood up, threw some big punches, Arlovski clinched, and the fight ended. I really wish both of these guys would retire. This was a competitive fight, but I don't think either of these guys have the desire to fight top competition anymore. I'm giving this fight to Struve, 29-28, but I don't feel confident about that score at all. All 3 judges gave the unanimous decision victory to Andrei Arlovski.
89.7
Decision
15:00
      O'Malley came out throwing his wild kicks, and he hurt Soukhamthath's leg early in the opening round. They traded random strikes at a decent pace for most of the round, and then O'Malley rocked Soukhamthath with a punch, he unloaded with some wild kicks, he continued to chase him around the cage while unloading wild strikes, and Soukhamthath couldn't wait to get back to his stool. Round one was probably a 10-8 round for Sean O'Malley.
     Soukhamthath came out throwing wild punches to start the second round, but he couldn't connect with anything, and then O'Malley punched him in the face, and the crowd went wild. They traded a few more strikes, Soukhamthath scored a takedown 90 seconds into the round, and O'Malley immediately caught him in a triangle choke. Soukhamthath tried to pull out, got caught in an armbar, and then finally shook O'Malley off with 2 minutes left in the round, which allowed Soukhamthath to settle into side control. Soukhamthath basically just held O'Malley down without doing any damage, and then O'Malley flipped him over, stood up, kicked Soukhamthath in the body with a soccer kick, and then jumped into side control to finish out the round. O'Malley is clearly running away with this fight on the scorecards.
     Soukhamthath started the third round by aggressively shooting for a takedown, which O'Malley stuffed against the fence. They reset 45 seconds into the round, and O'Malley went back to picking apart Soukhamthath with his boxing. Soukhamthath finally took down O'Malley 2 minutes into the round, and he threw some basic punches, but he wasn't really doing enough to dig himself out of the hole from the first two rounds. O'Malley stood up with 2 minutes left in the round, and Soukhamthath scored another takedown. Soukhamthath tried to setup a choke, but ended up just finishing the round in side control, throwing knees to the body of O'Malley. I'm giving that last round to Soukhamthath. After the fight ended, O'Malley wasn't able to get up, due to a broken right foot. O'Malley definitely deserves to win this fight, 29-27 in my opinion, but yeah, considering O'Malley couldn't stand up after the fight, this could get weird. Nope! Not weird. Congrats to Sean O'Malley for the unanimous decision victory. Sean O'Malley is a legit fighter, and I can't wait to see where he goes from here.
92.3
KO
(Punches)
4:44
      The first round of this fight had both guys boxing at a decent pace, with Edgar looking slightly more technical, but Ortega was landing some big shots, and mixing in some wild flying knees and shit like that too. Ortega also threatened Edgar with a standing guillotine choke at one point, which Edgar quickly pulled out of. They continued to box, the first round was about to end, and then Ortega rocked Edgar with an elbow, unloaded with a series of big punches, he cracked Edgar with a series of hard uppercuts, knocking Edgar on his ass, and the fight was stopped. That was another FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE by Brian Ortega. This guy might be my favorite fighter at Featherweight at this point. Brian Ortega is one of the best grapplers in the world, and he just proved that he can box with a fantastic boxer as well. I love Brian Ortega, this guy is fucking LEGIT!!!
93.5
TKO
(Punches)
3:25
      Kunitskaya threw a front kick, Cyborg blasted her with an overhand right, Kunitskaya looked like she was rocked, and then she magically took down Cyborg in the center of the cage, but Cyborg was able to quickly work her way back to her feet, and Kunitskaya took her back on the way up. Cyborg made it to the fence, peeled Kunitskaya off of her, and Kunitskaya continued some heavy clinching, smothering Cyborg against the fence. They traded some decent knees from the clinch, and then Kunitskaya dropped down for another takedown attempt 2 minutes into the round, but Cyborg was able to stuff her shot this time. Cyborg broke out of the clinch by landing a big knee to the body, Kunitskaya backed up, Cyborg unloaded with some big punches, she dropped Kunitskaya, threw a soccer kick to the body, Kunitskaya continued to try to find a desperate takedown, and Cyborg continued to beat the shit out of her with big punches & front kicks. She dropped Kunitskaya with 2 minutes left in the round, she unloaded with some big punches while Kunitskaya curled up against the fence, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. Kunitskaya put up a hell of a fight for 3 minutes here, but in the end, Cyborg destroyed her. Cyborg is a fucking monster, and I don't really see many people having a chance against her at featherweight.
OVERALL 90.7
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