(4/21/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Dan Hooker - 92.3
2. David Branch - 92.3
3. Kevin Lee - 92.1
4. Corey Anderson - 91.8
5. Frankie Edgar - 91.4
6. Aljamain Sterling - 90.8
7. Siyar Bahadurzada - 90.7
8. Justin Willis - 90.5
9. Ricky Simon - 90.2
10. Thiago Santos - 90.2
UFC Fight Night 128: Barboza vs. Lee
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Elevation: 7'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Kevin Lee vs. Edson Barboza
90.8
Fighters & Matches 88.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 90.0
86.3
Decision
15:00
     This fight started with both guys just circling around each other while throwing feints, but neither fighter was really engaging at all in the first 2 minutes or so. Martin threw a random head kick, but it didn't land with much impact. They traded a few solid punches, with Martin landing most of the decent ones, but almost the entire first round consisted of feints & circling. Round one goes to Martin I guess. Nakamura scored a takedown with a minute left in the round, but Martin tied him up with a loose guillotine, so yeah, round one goes to Martin.
     The second round was more of the same, with both guys circling around each other, nothing really happened, and then Martin landed some solid shots in the final minute, Nakamura scored another takedown, and Martin caught him in a guillotine choke again. This fight is clearly going to Martin, but neither fighter looks impressive by any standards.
     Martin sort of came out swinging in the third round, Nakamura took him down, and Martin immediately started rolling around, trying to setup a Kimura, but Nakamura did a decent job rolling out of it. They reset back on their feet 90 seconds into the final round. Nakamura never really seemed to get started in this fight, and Martin didn't really do much to capitalize on it, so neither fighter was ever in any real danger. Martin wins the 30-27 unanimous decision victory, but as I've already said, this wasn't an impressive performance for either fighter.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with both guys boxing at a decent pace, and Anderson was able to quickly bloody the face of Cummins, as he beat him up in the clinch, and then he took him down with around 2 minutes left in the round. He wasn't able to hold him down for long, but once they stood back up, Anderson scored another takedown with a minute left in the round, and then finished out the round with back control, as he continued to beat the shit out of Cummins. Round one clearly goes to Anderson.
     The second round was another round of Anderson beating up Cummins from a variety of positions, outstriking him on the feet, and outgrappling him on the ground. Anderson is bullying Cummins, making him look like he's never been in a fight before. The final round was more of the same, as Anderson continued to bully Cummins, all the way through until the clear cut 30-26 unanimous decision victory. This was a much needed win for Anderson, and a disappointing loss for Cummins, as he breaks his recent 2-Fight winning streak.
88.0
KO
(Kick to the Body & Punch)
7:40
      These guys circled around each other for a few seconds, and then Bahadurzada caught a kick and took Chagas to the ground a minute into the opening round. Bahadurzada tried to work some basic ground & pound, and Chagas quickly spun around and took Bahadurzada's back like it was a magic trick, immediately locking on the body triangle. Chagas continued to control Bahadurzada until the end of the round, so I'm giving that first round to Chagas.
     The second round had both fighters looking tired, they were trading sloppy strikes for a couple of minutes, Bahadurzada started to pull ahead with some hard combinations, and then Bahadurzada dropped Chagas with a random kick to the body, he punched him once, and walked away. That was a solid body shot KO for Siyar Bahadurzada.
89.2
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
15:00
      These guys both came out swinging, and then Dvalishvili clinched with Simon's back, and threw him to the ground a minute into the round, and he tried to ride him like a rodeo bull or some shit, but Simon was able to buck him off a minute later, and then they went back to trading strikes at a decent pace. Dvalishvili clinched with Simon's back some more, and then they beat each other up some more. That was a pretty action packed round, and I'm scoring it in favor of Dvalishvili.
     The second round was more of the same, with Dvalishvili smothering Simon, chasing him around, and clinching with his back for all he was worth, while Simon did flips to try to escape the clinch of Dvalishvili. They finally stopped scrambling around with a minute left in the round, and they just brawled to finish out the round. I have Dvalishvili ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     They traded some strikes to start the final round, and Dvalishvili kicked Simon in the dick. When the fight started back up, Dvalishvili clinched with SImons back again, and started whipping him around, but Simon was finally able to spin him around, so that Simon was clinching wtih Dvalishvili's back, and then they split up and threw random punches at each other again. They both came into this fight with a ton of energy, but it just looks like Dvalishvili is wearing down Simon. As soon as I said that, Dvalishvili shot for a takedown, Simon slapped on the tightest guillotine choke of all time, rolled into a mounted guillotine, it looked like he was going to cause Dvalishvili's head to pop, Dvalishvili held on as long as possible, and then the horn sounded, the round ended, Dvalishvili was kicking to show he was awake for as long as possible, and then... HE WAS ASLEEP! So... There was some confusion, it looked like it was going to go to a decision, and then they gave the technical submission victory to Ricky Simon, after he was clearly on his way to losing the decision. Congrats to Simon for one of the craziest submission finishes late in the round that I've ever seen.
87.5
Decision
15:00
      This fight had both guys pumping some jabs, Garcia shot for a takedown a minute into the opening round, LaFlare stuffed it with ease, and then they stood back up and went back to pumping jabs. Not a lot happened in the first round, but that's basically the story of it, pump some jabs, and then LaFlare stuffed a shot, etc... Round one goes to LaFlare.
     The second round started with 30 seconds of light boxing, and then LaFlare took Garcia's back, threw him to the ground, Garcia scrambled into top control, and pinned LaFlare against the fence. Garcia tried to take back control to setup a rear-naked choke, but LaFlare scrambled out of that, and eventually ended up back on top inside Garcia's half guard until the end of the round. LaFlare is probably ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had a couple of minutes of boxing, and then Garcia shot for a takedown, LaFlare sort of stuffed the shot, ended up in a seated position against the fence, and then he started working his way into back control, as he sort of slapped on a back crucifix, and Garcia appeared to be a little lost. Garcia finally scrambled back to his feet with 10 seconds left in the fight, but that was too late to do anything. LaFlare wins the 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
89.4
KO
(Knee)
3:00
      These guys both came out swinging, they both landed some big shots, Miller got poked in the eye, but he waved it off and kept fighting. They continued to trade big shots, they both landed some solid punches, Hooker mixed in some knees & leg kicks, and then Miller took down Hooker around the 2 minute mark of the opening round, landing inside his guard. Hooker worked his way back to his feet 30 seconds later, they continued to trade strikes at an aggressive pace, both landing solid punches, and then Hooker blasted Miller with a big knee, knocked him down, punched him in the face, and the fight was stopped. That was a fun fight while it lasted, and a nice win for Hooker, but it's also the fourth loss in a row for Miller, so it's hard not to wonder how much longer he's going to try to stick around.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      Sterling started this fight by throwing a lot of body kicks, Johns fired back with some punches, and then they clinched, and sort of took each other down, Johns landed on top, Sterling swept him, and then they stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round, as they continued to clinch against the fence. They reset with 90 seconds left in the round, and spent the rest of the time trading punches & kicks. Johns scored another takedown in the final 30 seconds, but Sterling just tied him up, resulting in sort of a stalemate. Round one probably goes to Sterling.
     Ths second round started in a similar way, they traded some strikes, they tried to grapple a little bit, and then Sterling unloaded with some big punches halfway through the round, clearly taking the lead again, and then he scored a takedown, pinned Johns against the fence, punched him a few more times, and Johns stood back up, while Sterling continued to press him against the fence in the clinch. The referee reset them with a minute left in the round, and they continued to trade strikes until the end of the round. Sterling is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had Sterling grinding all over Johns, he beat him up from a variety of positions, and by the end of the round, he had taken the back of Johns, and he was beating the shit out of him on the ground. This fight is a clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Aljamain Sterling after getting knocked out in brutal fashion just 4 months ago by Marlon Moraes, in a way that made some people question if he would ever fight again. This was a good win for Sterling, as it's the first loss in Brett Johns's career.
90.7
KO
(Punches)
2:30
      These guys started the fight by trading some punches, with Branch moving forward, and Santos throwing some hard counters. Branch wasn't really landing with anything, and Santos was picking apart Branch's legs with kicks, while swinging some random big punches at his heads. Halfway through the first round, Branch rushed forward, tucked his chin, threw a series of right hands, and knocked Santos to the ground, and then finished him off with a few more punches before the referee pulled him off. That was a big first round KO victory for David Branch.
88.6
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both of these guys winging big heavyweight punches at each other, and then Willis clipped Sherman with a kick to the dick. When the fight continued, Willis dropped Sherman almost immediately with a couple of punches, and then he jumped on him and smothered him, but wasn't able to get anything going on the ground, so they stood back up, and went back to trading punches & random kicks. The round ended with some dirty boxing in the clinch while Sherman pressed Willis against the fence. The first round goes to Willis.
     The second round had both guys circling around each other for a while, throwing combinations at each other, making a lot of heavyweight slapping sounds in the process. Sherman threw a head kick, Willis slapped him to block it and took down Sherman, and then finished the final 90 seconds on top, inside Sherman's guard, working some basic ground & pound. I have Willis ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Sherman threw another high kick early in the final round, but Willis caught it, and pressed Sherman against the fence, so they just reset. Sherman finally started to land some hard combinations, which caused Willis to clinch, but Sherman quickly took control of the clinch, as Sherman looked like he was running out of gas. They continued to fight at a decent pace for a couple of tired heavyweights, and in the end, that round goes to Sherman, but the fight overall should probably go to Willis. All 3 judges agreed, giving the 29-28 unanimous decision victory to Justin Willis.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight was basically a 3 round boxing match, with Swanson moving around the outside, while Edgar picked him apart with combinations. Edgar tried to work a bit of wrestling, and Swanson did a good job staying on his feet, but Swanson barely had any offense at all. This was a good performance by Edgar, but there's not really much to see about it. Clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Frankie Edgar, as he gets back on track after getting ranodmly knocked out just 6 weeks ago by Brian Ortega.
90.8
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
22:18
      Lee scored his first takedown 45 seconds into the opening round, and he pinned Barboza against the fence, where he was able to beat him up with ground & pound, while wrestling for better positions. Lee spent the entire round beating the living shit out of Barboza, leading to a possible 10-8 round for Lee. Barboza had zero offense in that round.
      Lee attacked Barboza early in the second round with strikes, and then shot for another early takedown, but Barboza was able to stuff the shot this time. It was still clear that Barboza was in defense mode though, so he wasn't doing any damage, and that allowed Lee to rush him again, and he scored another takedown 90 seconds into the round, and continued to dominate Barboza on the ground, beating the living shit out of him with brutal ground & pound, leading to his second 10-8 round in a row.
      Barboza finally landed some solid shots to start the third round. Lee fired back with a head kick, and then Barboza nearly decapitated him with a head kick of his own, which caused Lee to wobble around on chicken legs. Lee shot for a desperate takedown, and Barboza just didn't have enough left in the tank to defend against it, which resulted in Lee clinging for dear life, while settling into Barboza's half guard. That kick was enough to win the round for Barboza, but the fact that he didn't get the finish, is awfully disappointing for Barboza fans. They stood back up halfway through the round and traded strikes at a competitive pace, but Lee had clearly recovered by that point. I have Lee ahead 29-26 going into the fourth round.
      The fourth round was another round of Lee taking down Barboza and beating the shit out of him while pinning him against the fence. It was clear that the third round was Barboza's one shot to win this fight, and he didn't take it, so it looks like we're going to just grind this out into one of the most lopsided decisions I've seen in a while. I have Lee ahead 39-35 going into the final round.
      The final round started with Lee stalking Barboza, while beating the shit out of him with his boxing. Barboza was still landing a few really hard shots here & there, but his speed was drained at this point, and Lee was able to pick him apart, until Barboza's right eye swelled completely shut. Barboza looked like someone had smashed in his right eye with a meat tenderizer. The referee eventually paused the fight to have the doctor check out Barboza, and the doctor decided to stop the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Kevin Lee, and the second loss in a row for Barboza, after he just lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov 4 months ago.
OVERALL 90.0
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