(4/14/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (28 Total):
1. Gilbert Burns - 92.1
2. Alex Oliveira - 92.0
3. Antonio Carlos Jr. - 92.0
4. Dustin Poirier - 91.9
5. Alejandro Perez - 91.8
6. Muslim Salikhov - 91.3
7. Israel Adesanya - 90.7
8. Luke Sanders - 90.3
9. Michelle Waterson - 90.3
10. Adam Wieczorek - 90.1
UFC on Fox 29: Poirier vs. Gaethje
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Elevation: 1,152'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje
91.3
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 91.3
TOTAL 90.0
86.9
Decision
15:00
     These guys bounced around for a minute or so, and then Sanders dropped Williams with a punch, but he didn't follow it up with anything, so he let him stand back up a few seconds later. Williams almost scored a takedown, and tried to take the back of Sanders in the scramble, but they both just reset instead. They both started swinging for the fences, and Williams landed some big shots, before clinching with the back of Sanders. They reset again with 90 seconds left in the opening round. Sanders landed some big punches, Williams shot for a terrible takedown, Sanders sprawled all over him and continued to beat him up against the fence. That was a competitive round, but I'm giving the first round to Sanders.
     Sanders beat up Williams with his boxing in the first 90 seconds of the second round, and Williams looked like he was already exhausted. Williams landed a few hard shots, including a massive leg kick with around 2 minutes left in the round, but Sanders was still more active, as he was moving forward, and outstriking Williams in almost every exchange. Williams landed two massive punches late in the round, but I still have Sanders ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was another sloppy round of fighting, with both guys landing some solid shots, but for the most part, I still thought Sanders was in control for most of the round. Williams kept the entire fight competitive, but at the very least, I think this fight should be a 29-28 decision for Sanders, if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the much needed unanimous decision victory, after building a 2-Fight losing streak.
89.3
TKO
(Knee & Punches)
8:42
      Perez threw some clean punch combinations to start the first round, but Lopez took him down a minute into the round, and immediately took Perez's back. He tried to setup a rear-naked choke, but Perez did a decent job defending against the submission, as he was able to scramble back to his feet and take control of the clinch 30 seconds later. They both traded some hard punches & kicks, and then Lopez scored another takedown, and took Perez's back again with 2 minutes left in the round. They both kind of scrambled around for the rest of the round, with Lopez controlling Perez with the body triangle. Round one goes to Lopez based on his groundwork.
     Lopez was plodding forward in the second round, while Perez was chewing him up with punches & leg kicks. Lopez shot for a takedown a minute into the round, but Perez stuffed the shot without much effort. Perez opened up halfway through the round with a barrage of wild punches, some big knees, Lopez was having trouble staying on his feet, Perez continued to unload on him, and then the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a pretty solid win for Alejandro Perez.
88.0
Submission
(Omoplata)
6:59
      Wieczorek threw some leg kicks, Bhullar plowed forward with some punches, and then scored a takedown 20 seconds into the opening round, landing inside Wieczorek's guard. Bhullar pressed Wieczorek into the fence, and started working some basic old school ground & pound. The referee stood them up with 45 seconds left in the round, and they both decided to coast until the end of the round. Round one goes to Bhullar based on his top control.
     The second round started with Wieczorek pumping some jabs, Bhullar blasted him in the jaw, clinched, and pressed Wieczorek against the fence. Bhullar picked up Wieczorek and dumped him to the ground 90 seconds into the round, landing back inside his guard, Wieczorek slapped on an omoplata, and finished the fight by submission as Bhullar was screaming from the damage done to his shoulder. That was a big win for Wieczorek, as he's the first fighter to beat Arjan Bhullar.
84.8
Decision
15:00
      Okami scored a quick takedown early in the first round, as he was clinging to Lima's back, while Lima scrambled around to try to escape Okami's back control. Okami eventually ended up inside Lima's guard, and the fight basically turned into a stalemate on the ground for a couple of minutes. That was a boring round, but Okami clearly won by pinning Lima against the fence and holding him there for 5 minutes.
     The second round was another round of Okami taking down Lima and holding him down. Lima landed a few decent elbows while trying to stuff shots, but for the most part, it was just another round of wasting the audience's time. The final round started with Okami scoring another takedown. Okami wins the boring 30-26 unanimous decision victory.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round was a close round of back & forth striking, with both girls landing some decent punches & kicks, but I thought Dobson was slightly more aggressive, so I actually gave the first round to Dobson, but I won't put up much of an argument since everyone else seems to think the round went to Mueller.
     The second round had Dobson still pumping her jab, while picking apart Mueller with her boxing. Mueller chased her around the cage for most of the round, but Dobson seemed to be landing the cleaner strikes, so the second round should clearly go to Dobson.
     They continued to trade punches to start the final round, and then Dobson took down Mueller a minute into the round, and grabbed her back, while Mueller tried to work her way back to her feet. They stood back up 90 seconds into the round, and then started battling in the clinch against the fence, trading control a few times, before finally splitting up to work some more boxing halfway through the final round. Dobson threw a leg kick, Mueller caught it, and took down Dobson. She tried to pass to mount, but Dobson was able to scramble back to her feet with 90 seconds left in the fight. Dobson landed a few solid body shots, Mueller tripped her again, they stood back up, clinched, and the round ended with Mueller pressing Dobson against the fence. That was a really close fight that could go either way. All 3 judges gave the unanimous decision victory to Mueller.
89.8
KO
(Punches)
5:59
      These guys both came out throwing big punches, while tucking their chins, and I think Moret was landing the bigger, cleaner combinations. They both landed some serious shots, and then Moret hurt Burns with 90 seconds left in the round, but as he tried to finish him off, Burns was able to convert that barrage into a takedown, which allowed Burns to finish the round on top, with Moret pinned against the fence. I'm scoring that round for Moret, but Burns did a good job finishing the round in a strong position. Moret stood back up with 30 seconds left in the round, but Burns continued to cling to the body lock, and secured another takedown a few seconds later. I don't know, the top control of Burns might have been enough to steal the round for him. I'm not really sure how to score that round.
     Burns started the second round with a series of three hard body kicks. Moret fired back with a few punches, they both bounced around for a minute or so, and then Burns rocked the shit out of Moret with some big punches, pressured him into the fence, and then dropped him in highlight reel fashion, causing Moret to fold like an accordion. That was a really nice win for Gilbert Burns.
88.3
TKO
(Punches)
12:16
      The first round started with both guys throwing a lot of feints, but neither fighter was actually engaging at all. I don't think either fighter did much to win that round, but Tavares sort of scored a takedown at the end of the round, so I guess I'll give the first round to Tavares.
     The second round had a lot of clinching, with Tavares pressing Jotko against the fence. They traded control of the clinch a few times, but for the most part, Tavares probably spent more time in control. It was another somewhat lackluster round, but I'm going to assume Tavares is ahead, 20-18, going into the final round.
     The third round had both guys trading strikes at a decent pace, they were circling around each other, Jotko got sloppy, and Tavares dropped him with a big right hand near the fence, which caused Jotko to drop like a sack of potatoes. Tavares followed that up with a few punches, and the referee stopped the fight. That was a good win for Brad Tavares.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      Reis came out with his chin tucked, and he basically chased Moraga around the cage while pumping jabs, while Moraga looked like he was more interested in working his counter boxing. Moraga slapped on a standing guillotine choke halfway through the round, and Reis used that moment to score a takedown. Moraga tried to hang on, but Reis did a good job taking control on the ground, so Moraga had to let the choke go, and they stood back up and went back to trading strikes. Reis scored another takedown with 40 seconds left in the round, and Moraga converted that into a rear-naked choke attempt, which Reis was able to wrestle his way out of, resulting in Reis ending the round on top. That round was close, but I would score it slightly in favor of Moraga I guess?
     Reis scored another takedown a minute into the second round, and then Moraga worked his way back to his feet a few seconds later to get back to the boxing. Reis continued to look more aggressive, but he wasn't accomplishing much with the energy he was spending, as Moraga was able to stuff a few takedown attempts, and Reis's striking wasn't getting him anywhere. Reis scored another takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and he tried to work some short range ground & pound, so Moraga gave up his back, Reis tried to setup a rear-naked choke, Moraga spun around into Reis's guard, and finished the round on top. I have Moraga ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but it could potentially be all tied up.
     The final round started with Reis scoring another takedown, and he pretty much dominated Moraga on the ground for the rest of the round, beating him up with ground & pound, while trying to setup a rear-naked choke. Moraga did a good job avoiding too much damage, but that round still goes 100% to Wilson Reis. I thought the first two rounds were close, and the final round went to Reis, so I wouldn't be shocked by a split-decision, but all 3 judges scored the fight 29-28 in favor of John Moraga.
88.5
KO
(Punches)
9:12
      The first round started slowly, with both guys circling around each other, while Rainey threw single kicks, and Salikhov threw single punches. They both landed a few hard shots late in the round, but they both seemed like they were running out of gas already, after the first 5 minutes, but it's worth noting that Rainey took this fight on short notice. I'm giving the first round to Rainey.
      Salikhov was bouncing around the outside in circles to start the second round, and Rainey was basically walking straight toward him, while trying to find moments to throw kicks, but Salikhov was doing a good job not just standing in one spot. Rainey clinched 90 seconds into the round, and Salikhov quickly spun him around and took control of the clinch, as he pressed Rainey against the fence. They eventually split up, and Salikhov blasted Rainey with a hard leg kick. Salikhov went back to circling around the outside, Rainey continued to try to close the distance by moving forward, and then Salikhov blasted Rainey with a right hand, dropped him, Salikhov jumped down and landed a few more punches, bouncing Rainey's head off the canvas, and the fight was stopped. That was a solid win for Muslim Salikhov.
89.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:28
      These guys both traded clunky heavy strikes in the first round, without much actual movement at all, they were just punching each other. Carlos clinched, and pressed Boetsch against the fence with 2 minutes left in the round. He scooped him up, and dumped him to the ground with 90 seconds left in the round. Boetsch looked exhausted, and Carlos spun around to take Boetsch's back. Carlos threw some big punches to Boetsch's head, he locked on the body triangle, slapped on a tight rear-naked choke, and Boetsch was forced to submit with around 30 seconds remaining in the opening round. That was a decent win for Carlos, but I'm not really sure why Boetsch is even in the UFC at this point.
88.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Casey looks significantly bigger than Waterson, and she was using her size to try to bully Waterson, but Waterson was showing off some good foot movement, always moving around, while throwing counter strikes. Casey was able to overpower Waterson in the clinch a few times, and she hit her with some hard shots, but Waterson was able to scramble her way into a trip takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, as she fell into Casey's guard. Casey threw up an armbar attempt, Waterson was able to pull her arm free, and then worked some ground & pound to finish out the round. That was a close round that could have maybe gone either way.
     Casey continued to bully Waterson at the start of the second round, as she threw some punches and then pressed Waterson against the fence. They split up, traded some strikes, and then Waterson scored another slick takedown 90 seconds into the round, settling back into Casey's guard where she was able to work some ground & pound. Casey threw up a triangle, turned it into an armbar, Waterson pulled free from that, and went back to working some more ground & pound. Casey went for another armbar with 45 seconds left in the round, and Waterson spun out of that one as well. This is a really close fight, where you could score the first two rounds for Waterson based on top control, or you could give them to Casey for failed submission attempts. Waterson kicked Casey in the face with 10 seconds left in the round, and knocked her on her ass, so I think that was enough to secure the round for Waterson. The first round was a bit closer though.
     Waterson started the final round with a series of kicks, while Casey continued to try to bully herself forward, but she wasn't being very effective early in the round. They both landed a few decent strikes, and then Waterson scored another trip takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Casey almost immediately rolled that into another armbar attempt, and Waterson pulled her arm free like a pro again. They continued to scramble around on the ground for a while, and Waterson landed a few strikes before standing back up again with 2 minutes left in the fight. Waterson shot for another takedown with a minute left in the round, and she really went for it, but Casey was finally able to stuff that shot, and then Casey took Waterson's back with 40 seconds left in the fight. Casey went for a rear-naked choke, transitioned to an armbar, and Waterson was saved by the bell. I'm scoring that fight 29-28 for Michelle Waterson, but it was a really close fight. Two judges agreed with me, giving the close split-decision victory to Michelle Waterson.
88.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading strikes at a decent pace, without either fighter taking a significant lead in my opinion. Adesanya poked Vettori in the eye with 90 seconds left in the round, and after a brief pause, they went back to trading strikes again. That was a close round that could potentially go either way, but I'm leaning slightly in favor of Adesanya on that one.
     Adesanya punched Vettori a few times to start the second round, Vettori claimed he was poked in the eye again, everyone told him to keep fighting, so he shot for a takedown, and Adesanya was able to stuff his shot without much of a problem. Adesanya blasted Vettori with a clean elbow, and Vettori tried to claim he got poked again, but it was a legit elbow. Adesanya continued to pick apart Vettori for the rest of the round. I have Adesanya ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     They traded a few punches to start the final round, and then Vettori finally scored a takedown 45 seconds into the round. Vettori mostly just smothered Adesanya for a couple of minutes, Adesanya worked his way back up to his feet, and Vettori refused to let him go, so he continued to hang onto Adesanya, while trying to drag him back to the ground from a tight clinch, but Adesanya did a decent job staying on his feet. Vettori scored another takedown, Adesanya worked his way back up to his feet, and Vettori continued to grind Adesanya against the fence until the referee split them up with 90 seconds left in the fight. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace until the end of the round. The final round goes to Vettori, but this should be a clear 29-28 decision for Adesanya, and two judges agreed with me, giving him the split-decision victory.
89.4
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
8:17
      These guys traded a few strikes, Oliveira clinched, and then he threw Condit to the ground 90 seconds into the opening round. The wrestled around for a minute or so, and then Oliveira tried to work some ground & pound. Condit scrambled his way back to his feet, and then he took down Oliveira with 2 minutes left in the round. Oliveira sort of went for a guillotine choke, but he only had half guard, so it didn't work out very well for him. Condit threw some short punches, and pinned Oliveira against the fence until the end of the round. Oliveira tried to sweep Condit, but he gave up his back with 45 seconds left in the round. Condit went for the rear-naked choke, but Oliveira was able to hang on until the end of the round. Round one goes to Condit for finishing strong.
     The second round started with a wild scramble, resulting in Oliveira ending up on top, pinning Condit against the fence. Oliveira stood up, and then blasted Condit with some big punches when Condit tried to get back up. Condit then sort of pulled guard. He scrambled back to his feet, Oliveira blasted him with some brutal elbows to the side of his head which opened a massive cut on Condit's head. Condit tried to work some ground & pound, he stood up, Oliveira slapped on a tight standing guillotine choke, he cranked on it, nearly ripped off Condit's bloody head, it LOOKED like Condit went to sleep, but apparently he was still fighting, and then he was eventually forced to submit. That was a big win for Alex Oliveira, and it continues the ridiculous losing streak of Carlos Condit. To be honest, I'm starting to question whether it was a good idea for him to return at all after retiring a while back. Congrats to Oliveira for the slick submission victory though.
91.3
TKO
(Punches)
15:33
      These guys both came out swinging, and they both landed some solid shots, with Poirier probably landing the harder punches, but Gaethje landed some brutal inside leg kicks that were causing Poirier problems early on. Poirier landed some really slick combinations though, and he was VERY active with his offense. Both guys spent a lot of energy in that first round, they both landed some serious shots, but I think Poirier won that round with his nonstop offense, and slick combinations, but he needs to defend against those leg kicks before they cause serious problems.
     They both came out swinging again to start the second round, and Gaethje poked Poirier in the eye, which brought the fight to a screeching halt. After the brief timeout, they both came out swinging again, and they both landed some serious punches, as they were clearly trying to take each other's heads off. Poirier landed a LOT of jabs, and Gaethje was just eating the shots. I think Poirier has a solid 20-18 lead going into the third round. Gaethje just doesn't seem like he's really in this fight yet. He looks like he's still trying to wake up from a nap or something. As soon as I said that, Gaethje blasted Poirier with some big punches, a kick, and then he did a front flip axe kick or some shit to finish out the round. That round still goes to Poirier, but I think Gaethje is waking up now.
     Poirier looked like he was clearly slowing down in the third round, and Gaethje was turning it up several notches, as he was chasing Poirier around the cage, while blasting him with big punches, and he continued to work the damage to the legs with kicks & knees while pressing Poirier against the fence. I thought Gaethje was well on his way to winning that round, and then he poked Poirier in the eye again, so the referee took a point from Gaethje, resulting in a 9-9 round. I have Poirier ahead now, 29-27, going into the fourth round.
     Poirier blasted Gaethje with a pair of hard punches to start the fourth round, Gaethje was clearly wobbled, he could barely stand, Poirier unloaded on him, Gaethje struggled to try to stay in the fight, but he dropped, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was a huge win for Dustin Poirier, and another disappointing loss for Justin Gaethje. I still really like Justin Gaethje, but I think people are starting to figure him out, so he needs to cut back on the recklessness, and figure out a way to get a win in his next fight before he makes this a 3-Fight losing streak.
OVERALL 90.0
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