(7/14/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Chad Mendes - 92.8
2. Sage Northcutt - 92.8
3. Liz Carmouche - 92.4
4. Niko Price - 92.3
5. Raoni Barcelos - 91.3
6. Cat Zingano - 91.3
7. Alexander Volkanovski - 91.3
8. Mark De La Rosa - 91.2
9. Dennis Bermudez - 90.4
10. Rick Glenn - 90.2
UFC Fight Night 133: Dos Santos vs. Ivanov
Location: Boise, Idaho
Elevation: 2,730'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Sage Northcutt vs. Zak Ottow
90.8
Fighters & Matches 88.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.2
87.1
Decision
15:00
     These girls traded a few strikes, and then Aguilar clinched and pressed Esquibel against the fence, digging for a takedown. Esquibel grabbed the fence to try to stay standing, and the referee warned her, which allowed Aguilar to dump her to the ground. They stood back up 2 minutes into the round, and Esquibel pressed Aguilar against the fence. They eventually split up and traded strikes at a decent pace until the end of the round. I'm leaning in favor of Aguilar after that round, but it was close.
     The second round was another close round of striking, and it probably went to Esquibel, but it could have gone either way. This has been a close fight so far. The final round had Aguilar chasing Esquibel, while Esquibel circled around the outside. This fight had a lot of movement, but not a lot of power, resulting in a somewhat mediocre feeling fight. I'm giving the fight to Aguilar, 29-28. All 3 judges agreed, giving her the unanimous decision victory, and her first victory in the UFC.
87.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:00
      These guys traded some random strikes, Delarosa caught a kick 2 minutes into the round, Garcia used that moment to attempt a flying triangle, Delarosa said fuck that shit, and whipped him around a few times and then threw him to the ground like a ragdoll. They clinched for a few, and then Delarosa threw Garcia to the ground again, landing inside his guard this time. Garcia threw up an armbar attempt, and Delarosa stood up, spun around again, and threw Garcia to the ground. Delarosa has some strength for a flyweight. Round one goes to Delarosa.
     The second round had Delarosa beating up Garcia with his striking for a while, and then he took him down 90 seconds into the round, he took his back on the way down, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission in the second round. That was a really solid performance by Mark Delarosa.
89.7
Decision
15:00
      Carmouche came out throwing some big punches, Maia tried to start off by pumping her jab, Carmouche grabbed her in a tight clinch, blasted her with a hard knee, and then threw her to the ground, landing in side control. Carmouche dropped some hard elbows to the ear of Maia, and then they stood up, and Maia pressed Carmouche against the fence. Maia was mostly just hugging Carmouche, while Carmouche was chipping away with short punches. The referee reset them with 2 minutes left in the round. Maia spent the rest of the round chipping away with some hard right hands, while Carmouche appeared to be having trouble making much happen on the feet. That round could go either way, but I'm giving it to Carmouche, based mostly on the first half of the round.
     Maia threw a few strikes to start the second round, and Carmouche was mostly looking to counter. It was a slow start to the round for both fighters. Maia clinched halfway through the round, and pressed Carmouche against the fence again. Maia threw some light knees, and Carmouche threw some short punches, but it was another relatively inactive clinch, so the referee reset them with 90 seconds left in the round. Carmouche threw some bombs with a minute left in the round, and then she clinched, and slammed the shit out of Maia. Carmouche landed in side control again, and finished the round on top. This is a close fight, but I have Carmouche ahead 20-18 going into the final round, based mostly on her takedowns. She passed to full mount with 15 seconds left in the second round, smashed Maia with some brutal strikes, and then finished with an armbar attempt as the buzzer sounded. Yeah, Carmouche has to be winning this fight at this point.
     They traded a few punches to start the final round, Maia had a brief issue with her top, and Carmouche unloaded on her with some big punches, and bull rushed her, taking her to the ground in the opening seconds of the round. They scrambled around, Maia tried to get up, and Carmouche grabbed her back and threw her to the ground again. Carmouche unleashed one of the slickest guard passes I've ever seen, as she quickly transitioned to full mount 2 minutes into the round. Carmouche sort of tried to take her back, but Maia was able to squirm back into half guard. If they allowed knees on the ground, Carmouche could have destroyed Maia with the positions they spent a good portion of this round in. They finally reset back on their feet with 45 seconds left in the round. They finished the round trading some wild strikes. This should be a 30-27 decision for Carmouche, and all 3 judges agreed, giving her the hard fought unanimous decision victory over the Invicta Flyweight Champion.
88.9
KO
(Punches)
11:29
      The first round was a boxing match, with Holobaugh rushing in and throwing some punches, but Barcelos was landing the better shots, and then Barcelos scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, so the first round probably goes to Barcelos. Barcelos also finished the first round with a guillotine attempt.
     The second round was another round of boxing, with Holobaugh whiffing with a lot of his shots, and Barcelos was picking him apart with counters, and then Barcelos scored another takedown 90 seconds into the round. They stood up, traded a few more strikes, and then Barcelos tripped Holobaugh, scoring another takedown with 90 seconds left in the round. Barcelos has a pretty clear 20-18 lead going into the final round.
     The third round started with some more boxing, with more of the same, with Holobaugh throwing, and missing, and Barcelos was landing his counter strikes. Barcelos clipped Holobaugh with a series of hard punches 90 seconds into the round, he unloaded with some really clean strikes, and Holobaugh went to sleep. That was a great UFC debut for Raoni Barcelos.
87.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys spent most of the first round circling around each other, throwing strikes that weren't necessarily landing, and clinching, without any real advantage being obvious in either direction. The second round was another round with a lot of movement, but not a lot of actual fighting. This fight could be all over the place on the scorecards going into the final round. Nurmagomedov took down Scoggins to start the third round, and beat him up on the ground for a couple of minutes, leading to the only clear cut round of the fight in my opinion. If I had to choose, I'd probably score this fight 29-28 for Nurmagomedov, but I wouldn't be shocked by any result on the scorecards. Two judges agreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to Said Nurmagomedov.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Elkins shot for a horrible takedown a minute into the opening round, and Volkanovski basically just fell on top of Elkins. They stood back up, and Volkanovski pulled guard with a tight guillotine attempt. Elkins popped his head free 2 minutes into the round. They spent the rest of the round trading some single strikes, and then Volkanovski took down Elkins with a minute left in the round, sort of went for a guillotine again, gave it up in favor of some ground & pound, and then they reset to finish the round on their feet, where Volkanovski dropped Elkins with a brutal right hand, and then followed it up with one last guillotine attempt. As usual, Elkins loses the first round.
     The second round was mostly a round of boxing, with the face of Elkins getting battered & bloody, and Volkanovski still looked fresh by the end of the round, so I'm assuming Volkanovski is ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The final round was more of the same, with both guys looking tough, but Volkanovski just outworked Elkins for the duration of this fight, leading to a clear cut unanimous decision victory for Alexander Volkanovski, as he ends the 6-Fight winning streak of Darren Elkins.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      The first round was basically a kickboxing match, with both guys throwing some decent strikes, and Wineland was moving forward for the most part. That round was close and could potentially go either way. The second round had Wineland pressuring Perez a little more, and it was another 5 minutes of random boxing exchanges. Round two has to go to Wineland, but he also got cut in the second round, so by the end of the round, he was wearing more damage. The final round was similar to the first round, in that it could have gone either way. Overall, this was basically a standard 15 minute boxing match. All 3 judges scored the fight 29-28 for Alejandro Perez.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      These girls traded a few strikes, and then Zingano scored a powerful takedown 45 seconds into the opening round. Reneau immediately started working from her guard, trying to set something up on the ground. They reset 90 seconds into the round. Reneau clinched, and then jumped to pull guard halfway through the round, Zingano caught her in midair, so Reneau blasted her with a hard elbow, and then Zingano dumped her to the ground, and then quickly reset back on her feet. They traded some strikes, Reneau looked like she was rocked, but she fired back with some fast punches, pressuring Zingano toward the fence, and then Zingano finished the round with a takedown. Zingano probably won that round, but it was close.
     The second round started with some wild strikes, and then Zingano scored another takedown, pinning Reneau in the center of the cage. They stood back up, traded some competitive strikes, and then Zingano spent the rest of the round taking Reneau down repeatedly, and controlling her on the ground. Zingano looks strong tonight, and has a 20-18 lead going into the final round.
     Reneau looked confident at the start of the final round, she threw some decent strikes, Zingano went for a takedown, Reneau went for a guillotine choke, and Zingano lifted her into the air and slammed her, resulting in Zingano ending up in sort of a North-South position, meaning Reneau clearly didn't have the choke anymore. Zingano spent the rest of the round beating up Reneau on the ground, and she also broke the record for the most takedowns in a women's Bantamweight fight in the UFC, breaking Ronda Rousey's record. This was a really strong performance by Cat Zingano, as she ends her 3-Fight losing streak with a unanimous decision victory.
89.8
TKO
(Punches)
2:52
      Mendes is making his return after a 2 year suspension. They both bounced around a lot, but neither fighter had ANY offense at all in the first 90 seconds. Mendes then knocked down Jury with a massive left hand halfway through the opening round, Jury turtled up near the fence, and Mendes unloaded on him with a barrage of right hands, Jury refused to do anything, so the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was a strong return for Chad Mendes after 32 months out of the game.
89.8
KO
(Punches)
6:09
      These guys traded some decent strikes, and then Price scored a takedown halfway through the opening round, landing inside Brown's guard. Brown tried to setup a triangle choke, and Price just pushed him into the fence, and beat him up with punches. They stood up with 90 seconds left in the round, and then Price randomly ran away in some random direction for no apparent reason. Brown then grabbed him, jumped on his back, Price did a front flip to try to escape, and Brown held on, locking on the body triangle, while he punched Price in the head a few times. Price spun into Brown's guard with 30 seconds left in the round, threw a few more punches, Brown blasted Price with a knee on the way up, shit got wild, and Price looked rocked as he walked back to his corner. Round one probably goes to Price, but he's getting reckless.
     Price started the second round by shooting for a takedown, Brown stuffed the shot, and took down Price 15 seconds into the round. Brown worked some ground & pound, Price threw some upkicks, Brown had Price in an awkward position, and was dropping some big punches down at him while Price was rolling for a leg lock, Price started jacking off Brown's face while Price was laying on his back, and he knocked out Brown in BRUTAL fashion, FROM THE BOTTOM. That was an insane finish by Niko Price.
88.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had both fighters trading strikes at a solid pace, with Glenn probably winning the round because he was able to use his range. Bermudez rushed in a few times and landed some decent shots, but for the most part, he was having a lot of trouble closing the distance, so unless he can get inside, Glenn looks like he could walk away with this fight on the scorecards.
     Bermudez finally scored his first takedown a minute into the second round, but Glenn was still using his length to keep Bermudez off him with upkicks. Bermudez tried to setup a choke, and Glenn stood up and reset 2 minutes into the round. Bermudez then scored another takedown, pinning Glenn this time, as he settled into Glenn's guard, but Glenn was able to kick him off again. Glenn continued to pick apart Bermudez with his jabs and front kicks for the rest of the round. Glenn seems like he's in control, but Bermudez seems like he's putting more effort into attacking, so... I really have no idea what the scorecards should look like going into the final round. I think Bermudez won the second round, but both rounds could have gone either way.
     Bermudez scrambled to take Glenn's back to start the third round, slid off the top, they stood up, and Bermudez pressed Glenn against the fence. Bermudez took him down again a minute into the round, and Glenn rolled for a leg lock. Bermudez took Glenn down over and over again, but was never able to really hold him down at all. Bermudez finally held top control for a while in the third round, but Glenn was blasting him with elbows from his back, and then Bermudez blasted Glenn with a brutal elbow from the top, while he continued to control him on the ground. I'm going to score this fight 29-28 for Bermudez, but wouldn't be shocked by a split-decision or something. Two judges disagreed with me, giving Glenn the split-decision victory, and one judge even gave him all 3 rounds. This fight was really close, but I kind of feel like Bermudez got screwed, especially since he's now on a 4-Fight losing streak, with THREE split-decision losses in a row. I thought Elkins beat him, but I thought he got screwed in his fight against Fili, and this fight against Glenn as well.
90.8
KO
(Punches)
8:13
      Ottow started this fight with a hard right hand that rocked the shit out of Northcutt, and he took him down almost immediately. Ottow then spent some time just hanging out on top, giving Northcutt some time to recover. Ottow worked some basic ground & pound, and then rolled for a guillotine 2 minutes into the round, but that went nowhere, so Ottow just settled back in on top. Northcutt threw up an armbar from his guard, but failed. Ottow passed to side control, and continued to work some basic ground & pound, but he wasn't doing a lot of damage, considering the amount of time he spent on top. Northcutt stood up with a minute left in the round, and immediately blasted Ottow with some big punches. Northcutt then slapped on a standing guillotine choke, took down Ottow, cranked on the mounted guillotine choke, and then blasted Ottow with some brutal ground & pound in the final 15 seconds. I thought Ottow was going to easily take that round, but I think Northcutt actually stole it by doing far more damage in a short period of time.
     Northcutt started the second round with a few hard strikes, and then Ottow caught a kick and took him down again, grinding him out against the fence, still not really doing any damage, mostly just holding Northcutt against the fence. Northcutt stood back up 90 seconds into the round, and blasted Ottow with some hard strikes again. Ottow shot for another takedown, and Northcutt stuffed his shot. Northcutt blasted Ottow with some big punches, and then dumped him to the ground with 2 minutes left in the round. Northcutt punched Ottow in the head repeatedly, Ottow tried to ankle pick him, and Northcutt just kept throwing hammerfists at his head, and knocked Ottow the fuck out. That was a fantastic comeback victory for Sage Northcutt after giving up most of the first round.
87.8
Decision
25:00
      Santos came out with a lot of pressure, but he was mostly just pumping jabs, while backing up Ivanov. Ivanov landed one big right hand that cut the left eye of Santos, but for the most part, they were both just kind of staring at each other, waiting for the other to engage. That first round sucked, but I guess it goes to Santos based entirely on pressure.
     This fight is terrible. The second round was more of the same. Santos is probably ahead 20-18 going into the third round, based entirely on pressure. Neither fighter is really going for it though, and for a main event, this fight is lame as fuck.
     Santos sort of poked Ivanov in the eye with a "punch" early in the third round, and that seemed to piss off Ivanov. Ivanov picked up the pace in the third round, and blasted Santos with some big shots, while moving forward a little more. That round might go to Santos as well, but it was a lot closer than the first two rounds.
     The final round was more of the same, with the fight still slightly sliding in favor of Ivanov, maybe, but it's far too little too late. The only thing I know for sure, is that this fight is fucking terrible. Santos is more than likely ahead 40-36 going into the final round, and Ivanov needs a knockout if he wants to win this fight.
     The final round started with some more back & forth striking, and Santos poked Ivanov in the eye again. When the fight started back up, Santos blasted Ivanov with a huge punch, and then Ivanov rushed him and blasted Santos with some big shots. Santos spent the rest of the round running away, while firing counters to keep Ivanov at bay, while Ivanov was rushing forward, trying to throw everything he had, which to be honest, wasn't much. I think Ivanov deserves to win a round, maybe even two, but I would be shocked if this isn't a unanimous decision victory for Junior dos Santos. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to JDS.
OVERALL 90.2
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