(5/27/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Claudio Henrique da Silva - 92.7
2. Gillian Robertson - 92.2
3. Neil Magny - 91.8
4. Makwan Amirkhani - 91.8
5. Elias Theodorou - 91.4
6. Arnold Allen - 91.3
7. Tom Breese - 91.3
8. Darren Stewart - 90.8
9. Darren Till - 90.3
10. Lina Lansberg - 89.9
UFC Fight Night 130: Thompson vs. Till
Location: Merseyside, England
Elevation: 57'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson
89.5
Fighters & Matches 88.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 90.0
89.5
Decision
15:00
     These guys clinched early, Theodorou pressed Smith against the fence, and then they traded some punches to the body, while battling for better control of the clinch. Smith dropped down for a really low takedown, and Theodorou basically just sat on his back, and punched him repeatedly. They eventually stood back up, and Theodorou blasted Smith with some big knees to the body. When they split up halfway through the round, Theodorou blasted Smith with some massive bombs, and then clinched and pressed Smith against the fence again. They split up a few more times, traded some more strikes, and in the end, Theodorou should pretty clearly win that round on the scorecards.
     The second round started with a few strikes, Smith sort of secured a takedown a minute into the round after a weird scramble, and then they popped back up, and Theodorou took control of the clinch again. They were both working some decent dirty boxing from the clinch, but in my opinion, Theodorou was the one landing all the shots that looked like they really hurt. Smith opened up a cut on Theodorou's forehead with a headbutt, but the doctor said it was fine, so they continued. I have Theodorou ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     They were both slowing down in the third round, and the striking exchanges looked sloppy, which allowed Smith to finally start working his grappling a bit, as he kind of took down Theodorou, and tried to setup a choke of some sort, but it wasn't happening, so Theodorou stood back up, sprawled over another takedown attempt, and then punched Smith in the head a few times before falling into side control. Theodorou spent the rest of the round grinding & beating up Smith. This should be a clear 30-27 decision for Theodorou. All 3 judges agreed, with only one judge giving a single round to Smith.
88.4
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:05
      McCann came out throwing some pretty big punches, and Robertson was mostly just waiting for a good opportunity to shoot for a takedown. Robertson scored her first takedown 2 minutes into the opening round, and McCann didn't seem to have much of an answer for the wrestling at all. Robertson looked like she was trying to setup some sort of shoulder choke from half mount, but couldn't make anything happen, so she passed to side control, threw some punches, and then passed to full mount with 90 seconds left in the round. Robertson threw some hard elbows to McCann's face, she took her back, and then tried to setup a rear-naked choke, but McCann was able to hang in there until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Robertson.
     The second round started the same way, with McCann throwing a few punches, and then Robertson immediately went into the ground game, with some wild shots, eventually taking McCann to the ground and pinning her against the fence 45 seconds into the round. She quickly passed to mount, McCann clearly has zero ground game, Robertson had complete control, she slapped on a rear-naked choke, and she put McCann to sleep 2 minutes into the second round. That was a fantastic performance by Gillian Robertson.
86.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was pretty close, without either fighter doing much of anything noteworthy, until Scott dropped Pedersoli with a minute left in the round, and I think that should be enough to win the round for Scott. The second round was another close round, without any highlight reel moments from eiter fighter. I was leaning slightly in favor of Pedersoli, and then he scored a takedown in the final 30 seconds, so for that reason, I'm giving that round to Pedersoli, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round. The final round was another close round, until Pedersoli scored a takedown halfway through the round, but he wasn't able to hold Scott down at all, so they reset, and went back to trading their basic strikes. Pedersoli then scored another takedown with 20 seconds left in the round, and in my opinion, that should be enough to win a 29-28 decision in his UFC debut. Two judges agreed with me, giving Pedersoli the split-decision victory on one week's notice.
86.7
Decision
15:00
      Mazany threw a kick, Lansberg caught it, and then took her down, but couldn't hold her down, so they popped back up, and Lansberg pressed Mazany against the fence to work a bit from the clinch. Mazany spun her around and tried to work for a takedown, but Lansberg is pretty good at stuffing shots. Lansberg eventually took control of the clinch, and then they reset with 2 minutes left in the round. Lansberg threw a few decent strikes, they clinched some more, and then the round ended. I'm giving that first round to Lansberg.
      The second round started with a lot of clinching, with Lansberg in control, they threw each other around a little bit, and then the referee reset them. Mazany rushed in, scored a takedown 90 seconds into the round, and then Lansberg stood back up immediately, taking control of the clinch again. This fight is all about grinding, and based on control of the clinch, I have Lansberg ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Mazany has scored a couple of takedowns, but she hasn't been able to accomplish anything in the handful of seconds she's spent in control on the ground.
      They traded a few strikes to start the final round, Mazany shot for another takedown, Lansberg stuffed her shot, and they ended up clinching again. I would score this fight 30-27 for Lina Lansberg, as I feel she pretty much controlled the entire fight. All 3 judges agreed, giving her the unanimous decision victory.
87.9
TKO
(Punches)
3:33
      These guys both came out throwing hard punches, but they were both only throwing single shots, while lunging in, and then backing out. They continued to somewhat slow paced boxing match for 3 and a half minutes, until Breese blasted Kelly with a huge uppercut, Kelly was clearly hurt, he backed away, covered his face, and then Breese rushed in to finish the fight with a few more punches. That was a decent win for Breese after a 2 year break after suffering his first loss to Sean Strickland at UFC 199.
88.5
TKO
(Punches)
6:47
      The first round had both guys throwing sloppy punches & kicks at each other, while knocking themselves off balance repeatedly by throwing a little too much power at the air in front of them. That was a close round that could have easily gone either way. Stewart blasted Spicely with a few hard punches to start the second round, causing Spicely to cover his face, while walking around slowly. Stewart rocked Spicely a minute into the round, he went in for the kill, Spicely sort of recovered, and clinched, and then Stewart broke out of the clinch, continued to punch Spicely, he dropped him with a left hand to the chin, and finished him off with a series of punches on the ground. That was a decent win for Darren Stewart.
89.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:31
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Silva threw a kick, Taleb caught it, and then Taleb turned it into an awesome slam 90 seconds into the opening round, but he wasn't able to hold down Silva after that, so they stood back up and reset. Silva threw another kick, and Taleb caught it again. Silva shot in for a takedown, and Taleb reversed him and threw him against the fence. Taleb landed a decent knee, and then Silva finally scored a takedown halfway through the round, and after scrambling around for a minute or so, Taleb rolled for a kneebar, but Silva blasted him with some big punches to escape, and then he passed to full mount with 90 seconds left in the round. He continued to work his ground & pound, Taleb was forced to give up his back, and then Silva slapped on the rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission with 30 minutes remaining. That was a solid win for Silva, after being gone for nearly 4 years after dealing with some injuries.
89.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Amirkhani blasted Knight with a big punch, followed by a flying knee, and then they hit the ground, with Amirkhani on top inside Knight's guard. They both started taunting each other aggressively, they stood back up, and the fight turned into a kickboxing match, with Amirkhani looking significantly improved over the last time I saw him fight a year or so ago. As soon as I said that, Knight blasted Amirkhani with a massive uppercut that looked like he nearly knocked out Amirkhani, but he was able to recover, he popped back up, and then Knight dropped him again. Both knockdowns were followed with Knight trying to setup chokes, but I really think he wasted that time, as he probably could have finished Amirkhani if he would have gone into ground & pound, instead of submission grappling. That was a fun competitive round, and Amirkhani started strong, but Knight clearly stole that round with his knockdowns & multiple submission attempts.
     They were both talking a lot of shit at the start of the second round, and after a bit of boxing, Amirkhani scored a takedown halfway through the round, landing inside Knight's guard again. They eventually stood back up, traded a few more strikes, and then Amirkhani threw Knight down with a throw from the clinch, and he pinned him against the fence with a minute or so left to work. Amirkhani worked a little bit of ground & pound, but wasn't able to do much damage. I'm giving that round to Amirkhani, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Amirkhani shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round, and Knight simultaneously pulled guard. They scrambled around, Knight tried to setup a triangle choke, and Amirkhani was mostly just controlling him by staying on top, but neither fighter was doing much damage. Knight was throwing some constant heel strikes to Amirkhani's lower back, but they didn't seem to have much of a noticeable effect on Amirkhani. The referee reset them with 2 minutes left in the fight. They clinched, with Amirkhani pressing Knight against the fence, and then Knight rolled for a kneebar, and Amirkhani ended up back on top, inside Knight's guard with 90 seconds left to work. Amirkhani worked some basic ground & pound, Knight continued to just cling onto Amirkhani with his rubber guard, and the fight eventually ended. I could see this fight potentially going either way, but I scored it 29-28 for Makwan Amirkhani. One judge gave all 3 rounds to Knight, but the other two agreed with me, and gave the split-decision victory to Amirkhani.
89.2
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
12:41
      This fight started with both guys trading hard clean punches, with Allen appearing to be slightly more aggressive on the feet. Burnell has the kind of head that looks like it would break your hand though. After a solid bit of striking, and some clinching against the fence, Burnell took down Allen, and controlled him until the end of the round. That round was competitive, but I think Burnell controlled enough to win that round.
     Burnell started the second round with an explosive takedown. Allen eventually worked his way back to his feet, only to get taken down again with 2 minutes left in the round. That wasn't a very exciting round, but it should be a pretty clear round in the bag for Burnell. I have him ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     They traded a few more punches to start the final round, and then Burnell scored another takedown just 20 seconds in. Allen stood back up, and then Burnell took him down immediately. It looked like Burnell was going to just grind his way to a decision, and then Arnold Allen caught him in a brutal guillotine choke, as he nearly ripped Burnell's head off his shoulders, forcing Burnell to submit with a panic mode tap. That was a big win for Arnold Allen after missing the last 14 months.
89.2
TKO
(Punches)
4:32
      White came out and threw a hard leg kick, clinched, and then pressed Magny against the fence for a lengthy period of stalling. Magny finally took control of the clinch 2 minutes into the round, he tried to throw White down, couldn't get the takedown, so he threw a knee, and hit White in the groin, so the fight was paused. When the fight started back up, White clinched, and then Magny took him down, landing immediately in full mount. Magny tried to setup an arm-triangle choke, but couldn't get it, so he stood up, and threw a few punches down, while White was throwing kicks up. Magny let him stand back up with 90 seconds left in the round. They clinched, Magny pressed White against the fence, he dropped him with a knee to the face, and then unloaded with a ton of punches, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was a decent performance by Magny, but it was against a guy that nobody was really that familiar with outside of the U.K.
89.5
Decision
25:00
      Till missed weight by several pounds here, which is kind of fucked up. They both came out with that Karate stance, and they bounced around, while poking jab style kicks at each other. Till looks like he is at least 2 weight classes bigger than Thompson. Till threw a few hard strikes, and Thompson was moving around a lot while throwing fast strikes. Neither fighter looked like they were quite ready to fight in the first round. With that being said, I have no idea who won the first round. I really hope we don't end up with another one of those weird close decisions after 25 minutes with no action. Based on Till missing weight by a significant amount, I'm going to give any "really close rounds" to Thompson. So, I'm calling that a 10-9 round for Thompson.
     The second round was another round of kickboxing, with both guys throwing a few decent shots, but not a ton of real power shots. I'm giving the second round to Till, for landing the hard shots overall. It was another close round though, so fuck it, let's just call this fight reset on the scorecards, as we'll start the actual scoring in the third round. Meh, the third round was another round of the same thing. These guys are both looking to counter each other, meaning that nothing is happening. If either fighter makes significant progress in the final two rounds, I'm going to just give the fight to that fighter.
     The fourth round was more of the same. The action has been picking up a bit as the fight gets into the later rounds, but they're both still doing the counter thing, meaning that there still isn't a clear aggressor taking a significant lead going into the final round. Till was moving forward a lot in the final round, and he even knocked down Wonderboy with 2 minutes left in the fight, but he popped back up almost immediately, and they went back to trading strikes the same as they were during the rest of the fight. That was the most significant moment in the fight, and it scored some big points for Till, but I still think Thompson deserves to win this fight, based partially on Till missing weight by 4.5 pounds. All 3 judges gave the decision to Till. I like Darren Till a lot, but I'm sick of fighters missing weight by several pounds and then winning close decisions.
OVERALL 90.0
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