(2/16/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Cub Swanson - 92.9
2. Renan Barao - 91.9
3. Andy Ogle - 90.7
4. Jimi Manuwa - 90.3
5. Tom Watson - 90.3
6. Dustin Poirier - 90.3
7. Danny Castillo - 90.1
8. Gunnar Nelson - 90.1
9. James Te Huna - 89.9
10. Ryan Jimmo - 89.7
UFC on Fuel TV 7: Barao vs. McDonald
Location: London, England
Elevation: 115'
Elevation: 115'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald
91.7
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 90.6
TOTAL 89.6
86.3
Decision
15:00
     This was a long boring fight, where both guys were basically just moving around the octagon, maybe throwing a punch or kick every 20-30 seconds or so. I thought it was a boring fight, both fighters kept trying to get the crowd pumped up by raising the roof, but it didn't really work. In the end, I gave the fight to Phil Harris, 29-28, and all 3 judges gave him the fight as well.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight was very similar to the first fight of the night, where they both basically just hobbled around the octagon for a while, throwing random punches here & there. Tezuka took the fight to the ground in the second round, and went for a few leg locks, which to me was the most exciting moment in the entire fight, so I gave the fight to Tezuka, but apparently all 3 judges disagreed with me, so whatever. Boring card so far.
88.9
TKO
(Knee to the Body & Punches)
9:42
      Damnit, I've been waiting for Nedkov to make a huge impression on somebody ever since his first fight, and he keeps letting me down. He picked up the pace at the end of the first round, and almost took out Watson, with some brutal ground & pound, BUT, Watson was saved by the bell. The second round looked like more of the same, with Nedkov taking Watson down over & over again, and trying to beat him up, but ultimately, Watson's Thai clinch was too good, and he was able to break down Nedkov, and take him out late in the second round with a knee to the stomach, and some punches to the face. Good fight overall, but it still didn't quite make up for the shitty start to this card.
88.6
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight. The first round went to Grispi for taking the fight to some weird places, and controlling Ogle from some weird positions. The next two rounds were 100% Andy Ogle though, with his superior Jiu-Jitsu skills, and some solid ground & pound. I would have liked to see a finish in this fight, but it went to a unanimous decision for Ogle instead. Good fight.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      ...and another fight goes to decision... This was a pretty good fight for the most part, starting off with Sass trying to lock on a flying triangle, eventually getting slammed to the ground. The rest of the fight consisted of Sass trying to lock on submissions, and missing all of them, and Castillo grounding & pounding Sass, to a unanimous decision victory. Good fight by both guys, but COME ON! How about we have somebody finish a fight here?
88.0
Decision
15:00
      I'm about to fall asleep here. No seriously, this fight was another "pretty good" fight, but again, it's another DECISION fight. Basically, Renee Forte outboxed Etim, and in my opinion, more or less won all 3 rounds due to his striking & aggression. Some of the judges gave a round to Etim, and I don't care enough to dispute it. Either way, we all agree that Forte won this fight, so there you go.
87.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Everybody talks about how good Che Mills is, but I keep seeing him get dominated due to his poor wrestling skills. I thought Riddle won all 3 rounds due to his superior wrestling, pretty easily. The judges are a bit ridiculous over there in England though, and they ended up declaring it a split-decision. Either way, Riddle still walks away with the victory, so it's all good. I would have liked to see more brawling in this fight though.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      This was one of the better fights so far tonight, but it still sucks that nobody was able to finish it. The first round started slow, with Te Huna controlling the fight against the cage, but Jimmo kicked him in the head, and then unleashed some brutal ground & pound, cutting open Te Huna's face before the end of the first round. The second round was basically the same thing, but with Te Huna as the guy doing the damage. The third round looked like it was going to be close, until Te Huna took Jimmo to the ground, at which point he pretty much controlled him, and pulled off the unanimous decision victory.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      Gunnar Nelson is a really solid fighter, with tons of skills, but he clearly has issues once it gets into the later rounds. With that being said, Jorge Santiago had even bigger issues in the third round, since he basically looked like he was taking a nap on his feet. Gunnar Nelson was able to take Santiago down in the early rounds, and control him on the ground. The third round basically consisted of Gunnar punching Santiago in the face. Gunnar wins via unanimous decision.
88.2
TKO
(Retirement)
5:00
      What the fuck? One of the only fights on the card I was actually looking forward to, and it ended between rounds due to a leg injury. Jimi Manuwa looked solid, and aggressive, throwing big punches & staying active throughout the round. Diabate tried to use his range, but he wasn't able to do much, since Manuwa was able to keep the fight on the inside for the most part. In the end, I'm disappointed here, and from the sound of things, Diabate's career is over. Pretty lackluster outro for a great striker.
91.4
Decision
15:00
      Finally! A really good fight! It went to another decision, but other than that, this was a great fight. Cub Swanson was ultra aggressive, throwing tons of punches, and kicks, and knees, and stuff, and even had a slam, and a n excellent Judo throw later in the fight. Dustin Poirier had a few moments where his striking looked solid, but he spent too much time with failed takedown attempts, which eventually resulted in Cub Swanson winning via unanimous decision.
91.7
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
18:57
      Finally! So late in the event, finally we get another proper ending to a fight. The first two rounds were a pretty wild 135 pound brawl, with both guys slugging it out like crazy. After that it slowed down a bit, but Barao was able to maintain his lead in all 4 rounds, eventually taking McDonald to the ground in the fourth round, and pulling off a tight arm-triangle choke.
OVERALL 89.6
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