(1/14/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Jose Aldo - 97.0
2. Rousimar Palhares - 96.2
3. Edson Barboza - 93.8
4. Vitor Belfort - 92.8
5. Iuri Alcantara - 92.3
6. Gabriel Gonzaga - 92.2
7. Mike Pyle - 91.0
8. Erick Silva - 90.8
9. Chad Mendes - 90.6
10. Anthony Johnson - 90.5
UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Elevation: 1,675'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
97.3
Fighters & Matches 89.6
Top 10 Fighters 92.7
TOTAL 91.2
88.2
Decision
15:00
     This was a pretty good way to start out the undercard. Antonio Carvalho basically dominated during the first round, taking Arantes to the ground, and controlling him with his ground game. Arantes picked up the pace in the second round and won that round with his striking. The third round was pretty close, but overall, Arantes was clearly more active during both of the last 2 rounds, so he ended up pulling off the unanimous decision victory.
87.8
TKO
(Knee & Punches)
1:22
      Both guys came out striking, and Mike Pyle landed a solid straight punch to the chin of Funch, knocking him against the cage. Once they were there, Pyle used his clinch game to knee Funch in the face, knocking him to the ground, he then punched him in the face a lot and the referee stopped the fight. Brazil started to boo really loudly, so I'm assuming Funch was Brazilian? Because this was a pretty good fight for Pyle, I'm not sure why else they would boo.
90.5
Decision
15:00
      This fight was pretty badass. Yuri Alcantara's striking was impressive, throwing brutal elbows, and kicks, and punches, and he was also able to control Omigawa throughout the fight, on the ground, with his insane Jiu-Jitsu skills. Omigawa didn't really stand a chance in this fight, and almost ended up with a broken arm at the end of the first round, but was saved by the bell. In the end, Alcantara destroyed Omigawa via unanimous decision.
88.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:22
      This was a pretty good show by Gonzaga, sort of a boring fight though. Ednaldo clearly wanted to keep it standing, but Gonzaga hulked out on him, took him to the ground, locked on the rear-naked choke, and then called it a night. Gonzaga is a beast of a man, but I don't see him climbing the heavyweight ladder anytime in the near future. As for Ednaldo, I don't expect to see him in the UFC ever again, who the hell is he?
85.2
Decision
15:00
      Oh! What do you know? Here we are with ANOTHER Sam Stout fight that he wasn't able to finish. I gave the first round to Tavares, the second round to Stout, and the third round I declared a draw, but realistically the end of it should have given it to Stout. OVERALL though, I gave it to Tavares, and so did the judges, so there you go. Boring fight.
93.8
KO
(Spinning Wheel Kick)
12:02
      Holy fuck! That was one of the best endings to a fight I've ever seen! This entire fight was pretty great, with both guys standing the entire time (other than a couple of takedowns by Etim that were immediately reversed). Edson Barboza has some NASTY leg kicks, and Etim's leg looked like it was about ready to fall off by the end of the second round. The best part though, was when Edson Barboza unleashed a BADASS spinning wheel kick, knocking Etim's head off, knocking him out instantly before he even hit the ground. Edson Barboza is a badass, I wonder why I haven't paid any attention to him before?
79.2
DQ
(Punches to Back of Head)
0:29
      This was bullshit. Erick Silva threw a knee to the chest of Prater, took him to the ground, punched him (mostly) in the side of the head, and once in the back of the head, basically knocking out Prater. The referee stopped the fight, and gave the fight to Prater via DQ due to illegal strikes to the back of the head. Yamasaki sucks sometimes.
94.1
Submission
(Heel Hook)
1:03
      Holy fuck! Rousimar Palhares is my hero! This fight was badass, not much happened while standing, but Palhares went for Massenzio's leg (while standing), basically pulled guard, and locked on a heel hook, and Massenzio was forced to tap pretty much instantly. It was hands down the tightest leg lock I've ever seen. PALHARES IS A FUCKING BEAST ON THE GROUND! He's amazing, great demonstration of Jiu-Jitsu.
91.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:49
      This was interesting I guess, mostly because this event took place in Brazil, Vitor is famous in Brazil, and Anthony Johnson came in 11 pounds overweight. The fight on the feet was pretty close, maybe giving the slight advantage to Anthony Johnson. The wrestling game was sort of close, with Johnson being stronger, but Belfort defending well with his Jiu-Jitsu. In the end, Belfort got on Johnson's back, and choked him out. Pretty simple ending, but decent fight overall.
97.3
KO
(Knee)
4:59
      Yeah! Jose Aldo is the Champion! (still)... This was a pretty good fight, but Mendes didn't seem to have a very good gameplan. Jose Aldo is the king of leg kicks, and Mendes tried to have a leg kick match with him, not a good idea. Jose Aldo has some of the best takedown defense ever, and Mendes tried to take him down. Eventually, that lead to the demise of Mendes, as he went for a takedown at the end of the first round, and Aldo hit him with the fastest knee I've ever seen, and BLAM, Mendes was out. Great title defense by Jose Aldo!
OVERALL 91.2
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