100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Daniel Cormier - 94.2
2. Dan Hooker - 94.0
3. Paulo Henrique Costa - 93.7
4. Khalil Rountree - 93.3
5. Anthony Pettis - 92.4
6. Curtis Millender - 91.4
7. Mike Perry - 91.4
8. Emily Whitmire - 90.8
9. Uriah Hall - 90.8
10. Stipe Miocic - 90.3
UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic
Fighters & Matches 89.8
Top 10 Fighters 92.2
TOTAL 91.0
     The entire first round took place on the feet, with Moyle moving around a lot, while Whitmire picked her apart with her boxing. They both landed some decent shots, but I thought Whitmire landed the better strikes for the most part. It was a close round, but I scored it 10-9 for Whitmire.
     The second round was another round of competitive striking, but this time, Moyle seemed more aggressive, and she was doing some damage to Whitmire's left thigh. They clinched for a minute or so, but nothing really happened, so they reset. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Whitmire scored a takedown in the first 30 seconds of the third round, and she pinned Moyle in the center of the cage. She spent the duration of the round in half mount, while throwing short punches to the head of Moyle. That round was pretty one-sided, leading to a clear cut 29-28 unanimous decision victory for the underdog, Emily Whitmire.
      These guys traded some hard strikes to start the first round, and then Hooker dropped Burns with a magical straight right hand. It was too fast to really see what happened, but the replay was amazing. He let Burns stand up, Burns shot for a takedown, Hooker caught him in a brutal modified guillotine choke of some sort, but Burns was able to escape, so they reset. They traded a few more strikes, and then Hooker dropped Burns with a brutal combination, knocking him down with a killer left hook, and then he finished him off with a swatting punch while standing above him, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Hooker, and a highlight reel first round finish for sure.
      These guys traded hard strikes in the first 2 minutes of the opening round, with Millender probably landing the harder strikes. Griffin then took him down and pinned him against the fence. Millender had nothing to show for himself from the bottom, as Griffin was able to dominate him with his wrestling, but Griffin still wasn't doing much damage from the top either. Round one goes to Max Griffin.
     The second round took place entirely on the feet, and they both landed some hard shots, but Millender was moving forward for the most part, and he also landed more shots I think, and he scored a takedown in the final 30 seconds, so I'm giving that round to Millender, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round. The third round should be interesting.
     The final round was another decent round of striking, with Millender moving forward again, and in the final minute, he nearly killed Griffin with some brutal strikes, including some knees where he threw all of his weight into them. This was a competitive fight, but it should be a clear 29-28 decision for Curtis Millender. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      Klose started this fight with some heavy clinching, and he tried to choke Vannata by grabbing his throat and pressing him against the fence. Vannata scrambled to back control and took down Klose, but couldn't hold him down, so they popped back up, and Klose clinched and pressed him against the fence again. Vannata finally created some distance 2 minutes into the round, and tried to work his boxing, but Klose was still pressuring him, and trying to close the distance. The first round probably goes to Klose.
     The second round had both guys sort of walking toward each other, while winging big punches. Klose appeared to be landing the better strikes, and Vannata looked like he was having trouble controlling the distance. I have Klose ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was another round of striking, with both guys moving at a slow pace, with Klose sort of picking apart a tired Vannata, while Vannata looked like he mostly was praying for one perfectly landed counter or something. Klose clinched 2 minutes into the round, and pressed Vannata against the fence. The referee reset them with 90 seconds left in the fight. Vannata scored a quick single leg takedown with a minute left in the round, and immediately took Klose's back. He gave that up because he was too high, so he stood back up with 45 seconds left in the round. Klose shot for a takedown of his own with 30 seconds left, and pinned Vannata against the fence until the end of the round. This should be a 30-27 decision for Klose. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      These guys started the first round by trading punches & kicks at a decent pace, but they were both only throwing single shots, so the momentum wasn't going in either direction by a significant margin. Assuncao dropped Font with a minute left in the first round, but he let him stand back up. That one knockdown was probably enough to win the round for Assuncao.
     The second round started with Assuncao scoring a quick takedown. He passed to side control 90 seconds into the round. Font worked his way back to his feet halfway through the round. They traded strikes at a decent pace for the rest of the round, but by then, Assuncao had already won the round with his grappling in the first half of the round. I have Assuncao ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was another round of Assuncao beating up Font, and by the end of the round, Font was curled up on the ground, and Assuncao was beating him up with big punches while standing above him. In the end, this should be a clear cut 30-27 decision for Assuncao, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      This fight started with both fighters trading hard punches & kicks, while mostly meeting in the center of the cage. Hall bloodied the lip of Costa 90 seconds into the round by repeatedly pumping his jab at his face. Costa was mostly looking to land bombs. Costa kicked Hall in the dick halfway through the round, it was obvious that it was a groin shot, Hall grabbed his balls, and then Costa punched him in the face a couple of times before the referee could break them up. When the fight started back up, Hall continued to jab the shit out of Costa, and then Costa unloaded on him with some BRUTAL punches & kicks, the kind of shots that looked like they would knock out a bull. They continued to fight at a decent pace, and then Costa punched Hall in the tip of the dick again. They traded a few more strikes when the fight started back up, and then the round ended. The first round clearly goes to Costa, but you could argue he should have lost a point for multiple groin strikes. This fight is really intense.
     They traded strikes for a minute to start the second round, and then Hall shot in for a quick takedown, but he wasn't able to hold Costa down at all. They popped back up, reset, and Costa went back to pressuring Hall with his power strikes. Costa rushed forward, and Hall dropped him with some punches, and Costa looked like he was in some serious danger, but he backed away enough to buy himself some time to recover. Costa then unloaded on Hall with some huge punches, Hall fired back with some bombs, Costa continued to unload on him, and Hall hit the ground face first. That was a fantastic back & forth brawl, with some really crisp technical striking mixed in, and Costa once again proves he's one of the scariest fighters at middleweight in the UFC.
      These guys traded a few single punches & kicks, but the fight was starting kind of slowly. A lot of "feeling each other out" or whatever. Rountree blasted Saki with one of the hardest straight left hands I've ever seen, Saki hit the ground like a sack of bricks, Rountree stood above him, gave the referee a second to stop the fight, he didn't, so Rountree unloaded with hammerfists, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was a fantastic win for Khalil Rountree, taking out a kickboxing legend, using his superior striking. That's something he'll be able to brag about for a while.
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      Chiesa scored a takedown 15 seconds into the opening round, and Pettis tried to setup a guillotine on the way down, but he only had half guard. Chiesa popped his head free, and then tried to setup an arm-triangle choke, but he was on the wrong side. Chiesa tried to take Pettis's back, but he went too high, so Pettis snuck out and took Chiesa's back, and Chiesa immediately grabbed Pettis's arm to setup a standing Kimura. They reset 90 seconds into the round. They clinched, Chiesa blasted Pettis with some punches and a knee to the body, and then he took him down again halfway through the round. Pettis tried to setup something with his guard, but Chiesa was able to stand out of danger, while dropping some decent punches & elbows. They eventually stood up, traded some weird strikes, and then the round ended with Pettis dropping Chiesa LITERALLY in the final second of the round, but I'm pretty sure Chiesa mostly just tripped while moving backwards, it might be enough to change the scorecards a bit. I'm still giving that round to Chiesa though.
     The second round started with Pettis throwing some hard strikes, he dropped Chiesa with a combination, Chiesa shot for a desperate takedown, and Pettis caught him in a guillotine, switched it to a triangle choke, turned that into an armbar, and finished the fight by submission. That was a really big win for Anthony Pettis, just as I thought he was rolling downhill with his career, he takes out a Top 10 Lightweight with an early second round submission. That's significant. I'm curious to see where these guys go next, but I hope they don't try to rush Pettis into a title shot or anything, because he's still nowhere near Top 5 in my opinion.
      These guys clashed heads at the start of the first round, and they both opened up cuts on their foreheads. They spent the rest of the round trading punches, kicks & elbows at a high pace, and they both landed a lot of solid shots, so that round really could go either way. I would probably score it slightly in favor of Perry, but this fight is clearly going to be hard to score.
     They traded some strikes to start the second round, and then Perry picked Felder up OVER HIS HEAD, and then dumped him to the ground, but Felder quickly stood back up. Felder said in between rounds that his right hand was fucked up, so that could cause problems in this fight for Felder. They reset 90 seconds into the second round. Perry blasted Felder with a left hook, and opened a MASSIVE cut on Felder's right eye, forcing the doctor to check him out, but he quickly cleared him to fight. When the fight started back up, Perry grabbed Felder and threw him to the ground, beat him up on the ground, they stood back up, and Perry blasted Felder with some big shots to finish the round. That should be a clear round in the books for Perry.
     The final round started with some aggressive clinching, and some dirty boxing. They spent the duration of the round trading some hard punches & kicks, with Perry controlling the center of the cage. This fight really could go either way, but I'm personally scoring the fight 30-27 for Mike Perry. I can see an argument for Perry taking a 29-28 decision, but for me, Perry won all 3 rounds. Two judges agreed with me, giving Perry the hard fought split-decision victory.
      The first round started slowly, with Lewis throwing a few big kicks, and Ngannou was mostly just standing there. The crowd started to boo halfway through the round, because Ngannou literally hadn't thrown anything at all yet in the first 3 minutes. That first round really sucked, but it has to go to Lewis, for being the only fighter to really even TRY to do anything.
     Lewis told his corner in between rounds that his back was bothering him, which sucks, since it's been a nagging injury of his for a long time now. Ngannou on the other hand, as far as I know, has no excuse for his terrible performance so far. The second round was basically a repeat of the first round, with Lewis just doing a LITTLE MORE than Ngannou. I have Lewis ahead 20-18 going into the final round. This fight has been insanely disappointing so far. Herb Dean warned them both for timidity with a minute left in the second round.
     This fight was FUCKING TERRIBLE. The third round was no different than the rest of the rounds. The third round could have maybe gone either way, but in the end, this should be a clear decision for Derrick Lewis, even though you could argue they should both be fired for this shit show. The crowd was livid by the end of the fight, and the commentators were saying it could be the worst heavyweight fight of all time. The winner of this fight SHOULD have been next in line for a title shot, but this fight was BULLSHIT. There's no way either of them deserve a title shot after this fight. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving Lewis the lackluster unanimous decision victory, over the previous #1 contender.
      MIocic started this fight with a lot of pressure, they traded a few punches, and Cormier continued to circle around the outside. Miocic took down Cormier a minute into the round, but let him stand back up, as Miocic continued to smother him against the fence with some heavy clinching. They split up halfway through the round, and Miocic blasted Cormier with some clean combinations, and then they clinched again. Cormier was having trouble getting inside the reach of Miocic, as Miocic was picking him apart with punches & knees. Cormier started firing back in the final 90 seconds, and he busted up Miocic's face a bit. Cormier then flicked his fingers into Miocic's eyes, causing a brief pause in the action. When the fight started back up, they traded some short ranged punches, Cormier dropped Miocic with a magical combination, and he knocked him the fuck out late in the first round. Daniel Cormier is the new UFC Heavyweight Champion? WHAT!?! This shit is fucking bizarre, but that's probably the biggest win of Cormier's life. So now he's the UFC Light Heavyweight & Heavyweight Champion, at the same time? That shit is insane.