(5/19/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Gabriel Benitez - 93.4
2. Dominick Reyes - 93.3
3. Tatiana Suarez - 92.4
4. Poliana Botelho - 91.8
5. Andrea Lee - 91.8
6. Claudio Puelles - 91.4
7. Guido Cannetti - 91.3
8. Felipe Silva - 91.3
9. Alexandre Pantoja - 90.9
10. Frankie Saenz - 90.8
UFC Fight Night 129: Maia vs. Usman
Location: Santiago, Chile
Elevation: 1,870'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Dominick Reyes vs. Jared Cannonier
90.7
Fighters & Matches 88.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.8
TOTAL 90.3
89.3
Submission
(Kneebar)
12:23
     These guys traded a few hard shots, and then Puelles scored a takedown a minute into the opening round. They wrestled around for a little while, Puelles tried to setup a guillotine choke, but Silva wrestled his way out of it, ended up on top, and was able to work some ground & pound around the halfway mark of the first round. Puelles rolled for a kneebar, but Silva was able to pull his leg free, so he stood back up to reset. Puelles took a while to get back to his feet, as he clearly wanted the fight to take place on the ground. He eventually stood up, threw up a flying armbar, pulled guard with it, and Silva just settled into his guard for a few seconds, and then stood back up with a minute left in the round. Puelles caught a kick, and scored another takedown. That was a competitive round, but I'm giving the round to Puelles based mostly on his takedowns.
     Silva came out swinging to start the second round, and he knocked down Puelles a minute into the round, and then let him stand back up. The round slowed down significantly, untill Silva knocked down Puelles with 90 seconds left in the round. He jumped on top of him, and unloaded with some big punches & elbows, beating the shit out of him until the end of the round. The first round was close, but the second round was 100% Silva, so I'm giving him that round 10-8 to make up for giving the first round to Puelles.
     They both started the final round by trading some slapping leg kicks, and a few punches, and then Silva knocked down Puelles again a minute into the round. Puelles looked like he was pretty much out of it, as he was having trouble getting back to his feet. Silva rocked the shit out of Puelles again with some big punches, he knocked him down again 30 seconds later, hit him a few more times on the ground, and then let him back up. Silva continued to smash Puelles, it was looking like another 10-8 round for Silva, the referee almost stopped the fight several times, Silva knocked down Puelles again, Puelles rolled for a kneebar, locked that shit on deep, and finished the fight by submission. That was an INSANE comeback for Claudio Puelles.
87.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round was basically a kickboxing match, with both guys landing some decent shots, but for the most part, Saenz just seemed to be outworking Briones, so I scored the first round for Saenz. The second round started with some more striking, and Saenz knocked down Briones a minute into the round, but he bounced back up immediately. They continued to trade some strikes, and then Saenz scored a takedown 2 minutes into the round, pinning Briones near the fence. Briones worked his way back to his feet halfway through the round, and then they went back to kickboxing for the rest of the round. I have Saenz ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The final round was more of the same, with Saenz basically beating up Briones, and taking him down repeatedly. In the end, this was a clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Frankie Saenz.
87.6
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Barzola clinched with Davis's back, and tried to take him down near the fence. Davis did a decent job staying on his feet, so they reset halfway through the round. They traded a few strikes, with Davis chasing Barzola around the cage, and then Davis scored a takedown late in the round, which might have been enough to win the round for Davis.
     Barzola quickly grabbed Davis's back to start the second round, and he immediately started working to drag him to the ground near the fence. Davis was still doing a good job fending off the takedown attempts, but Barzola was relentless. He finally lifted Davis into the air, and then dumped him to the ground in the center of the cage around the 90 second mark of the second round. The first round was close, but the second round was all about Barzola grinding all over Davis. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but Barzola could potentially be up by two rounds.
     The final round was basically a boxing match, with Barzola outstriking Davis, and then he took him down with around 90 seconds left in the fight. From there, Barzola continued to grind all over Davis until the end of the round, leading to the clear cut unanimous decision victory for Barzola.
89.8
KO
(Slam)
0:39
      Benitez came out swinging, and he knocked down Bandenay 10 seconds into the opening round. He continued to beat him up on the ground, Bandenay threw up an armbar from his guard, Benitez slammed his way out of it, and knocked Bandenay the fuck out. That was a fantastic performance by Gabriel Benitez.
88.1
TKO
(Kick to the Body & Punches)
0:33
      Botelho started this fight with a head kick that didn't quite land. They traded a few random strikes, mostly testing the distance, and then Botelho kicked Kondo in the body repeatedly, caused her to collapse, finished her off with a series of punches on the ground, and the fight was over in just 33 seconds. That was a fantastic performance by Poliana Botelho.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few random strikes, Moreno went hard for a takedown a minute into the opening round, but Pantoja did a good job scrambling out of it, so they reset. Pantoja spent the rest of the round beating the shit out of Moreno while chasing him around the cage, leaving some clear damage on Moreno's nose. Pantoja knocked down Moreno late in the round, and took his back before Moreno was saved by the bell. Moreno needed help walking back to his corner, so I'm giving that round to Pantoja with a 10-8 scorecard.
     The second round was a pretty wild brawl at times, with Moreno firing back with everything he had, but Pantoja's technical striking was clearly more effective, as he had Moreno wobbling around the cage for a good portion of the round. Moreno is going to need a stoppage in the final round if he wants any chance of winning this one. The final round was another wild round of brawling, but in the end, Pantoja was too much for Moreno, as he walks away with the clear cut unanimous decision victory, after beating up Moreno for 15 minutes.
87.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Prazeres scored a takedown 90 seconds into the opening round. Prazeres mostly just smothered Cummings, without really doing anything, so the referee reset them with 2 minutes left in the round. They clashed heads, and it opened up a cut above Cummings' left eye. Cummings landed a decent head kick, and some nice punches, but for the most part, neither fighter was doing much on the feet. I'm assuming that round will go to Prazeres for the takedown, and the damage to Cummings' eye, even though it was from a headbutt.
     The second round was a decent back & forth scrap, with both guys busting each other up a bit. Prazeres scored a takedown early in the round, but overall, I thought Cummings did enough in the striking to win that round. That round could go either way, but I'm giving it to Cummings, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round. The final round was another decent scrap, but in the end, two judges gave the fight to Prazeres for the split-decision victory.
88.0
KO
(Punch)
4:16
      This fight didn't start with much action. Laprise basically clinched and pushed Luque against the fence. They eventually split up, and traded a few strikes, but nothing was really happening at all. Luque then blasted Laprise with a short left hook that knocked Laprise down, his head bounced off the canvas, Luque threw a few more punches on the ground, and the fight was stopped. That was a nice win for Luque, but it wasn't a very exciting fight until that explosive finish.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      These girls both came out swinging, Macedo rushed forward, and then Lee blasted her with a series of hard knees from the clinch. Macedo eventually backed out, reset, and then clinched again, pushing Lee against the fence. Lee took control of the clinch, and threw Macedo down halfway through the round. Macedo just laid there for a while, as Lee kicked her in the legs while standing above her. The referee stood her up with 90 seconds left in the round. They bounced around for a few seconds, and then Macedo blasted Lee with a pair of head kicks. They clinched again, and Lee threw Macedo to the ground, taking her back in the process. Lee locked on a tight rear-naked choke, couldn't finish it, so she postured up and dropped some elbows from back mount. I'm scoring that first round for Lee.
     The second round started with some more clinching, Lee threw Macedo to the ground with a head & arm throw, they scrambled around for a few seconds, and Lee ended up on top inside Macedo's guard a minute into the round. They reset back on their feet with 2 minutes left in the round. Lee took down Macedo and pinned her against the fence, and then Macedo rolled for a kneebar, but Lee was able to wrestle her way into a safer position on the ground, and she even nearly setup an arm-triangle choke, but she was too close to the fence to get proper leverage. She gave that up, passed to full mount, threw a few strikes, and the round ended. I have Lee comfortably ahead on the scorecards going into the final round.
     The final round started with Lee clinching with Macedo's back, Macedo tried to roll for a kneebar, but Lee did a good job wrestling her way around to the side, they scrambled around on the ground for a few seconds, and then Lee stood back up and went back to kicking Macedo's legs while standing above her. The referee finally had Macedo stand back up 2 minutes into the round. They both opened up with some big punches, and they both landed some, but Lee landed the harder shots. Lee scored another takedown, landed back on top in full mount, she threw some more punches & elbows, and basically just controlled Macedo until the end of the round. This was a clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Andrea Lee in her UFC debut.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      Cannetti dropped himself early by throwing a leg kick and tripping. From there, Rivas quickly clinched and pressed him against the fence. Rivas dropped down for a takedown, and Cannetti punched him in the head a few times before taking control of the clinch 90 seconds into the round. Cannetti tripped Rivas halfway through the round, and ended up inside his guard, where Rivas threw up an armbar, which Cannetti was able to slam his way out of. Cannetti took Rivas's back as Rivas tried to stand up, and Cannetti went into backpack mode, while punching Rivas in the head. Round one clearly goes to Guido Cannetti.
     The second round started with a few hard strikes going back & forth, and then they clashed in a weird way that resulted in Rivas getting hit in the groin somehow. When the fight started back up, Cannetti blasted Rivas with a kick to the body, Rivas caught it and tried to take Cannetti to the ground, but Cannetti reversed him and ended up on top in side control. They eventually just tied each other up, so the referee reset them with around 90 seconds left in the round. Cannetti threw another hard body kick, and then Rivas scooped him up and slammed him, and then tried to lock on a guillotine choke which caused him to pull guard, but Cannetti was able to pop his head free with a minute left. I have Cannetti ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Cannetti looked like he was slowing down significantly in the final round, as Rivas was finally able to bully him against the fence and beat him up a little bit. Cannetti pulled guard with a guillotine attempt halfway through the round, but Rivas was able to pop his head free, and then he continued to grind Cannetti against the fence, while trying to keep him on the ground. They eventually stood back up and finished out the round battling each other with their punches & kicks, but Rivas did enough to win that round. I scored this fight 29-28 for Cannetti, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
90.7
TKO
(Punches)
2:55
      These guys both came out winging big punches & leg kicks at each other. Reyes shot for a takedown 90 seconds into the opening round, but Cannonier stuffed his shot, so they reset and went back to trading strikes. They continued to land huge strikes, going both ways, and then Reyes rocked Cannonier with a big left uppercut, he continued to chase him around the cage while hammering him with big punches & kicks, while Cannonier wobbled around, until the referee finally stepped in to stop the fight. That was a fantastic win for Dominick Reyes.
90.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:44
      These girls traded a few strikes, and then Suarez shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round, but Grasso was able to stuff her shot against the fence. Suarez was relentless though, so she threw Grasso to the ground with a head & arm throw, they scrambled around for a few seconds, and Grasso stood back up, only to get taken down again a few seconds later. Grasso was busy off her back looking for armbars, but Suarez was able to wrestle past Grasso's guard, she took her back, slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission halfway through the first round. That was another fantastic victory for Tatiana Suarez.
87.8
Decision
25:00
      These guys traded a few sparring punches, and then Maia shot for a takedown 90 seconds into the opening round, and almost got it, but Usman did a good job stuffing the shot. They ended up stuck in an awkward stalemate that almost looked like a standing twister, with Maia clincing to Usman's back, while Usman held onto a low leverage whizzer. Maia punched Usman in the butt cheek several times, and then the referee finally reset them with 90 seconds left in the round. Nothing really happened in the rest of the round, so I'm giving that round to Maia.
      The second round had Usman stuffing shots, and beating up Maia with punches, and then Maia pulled guard with 20 seconds left in the round, and didn't do anything with it, so I'd probably count it as a takedown for Usman. I have this fight all tied up going into the third round. The third round was a boring round of Usman walking forward, and Maia backing up. Maia shot for a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, but failed miserably. I have Usman ahead 29-28 going into the fourth round.
      The last two rounds had Maia looking like an old man, hobbling around the outside edge of the cage, while Usman just moved forward, and beat him up with random punches, and beat him in all of their grappling exchanges. Maia deserves SOME credit for winning that first round at least, but other than that, Maia has retirement written all over him. I have no real interest in seeing him fight anymore, as he is no longer competitive against Top 10 fighters. Congrats to Usman for the clear cut unanimous decision victory.
OVERALL 90.3
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