(2/23/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Ronda Rousey - 96.3
2. Urijah Faber - 94.8
3. Liz Carmouche - 94.8
4. Kenny Robertson - 93.9
5. Dennis Bermudez - 93.8
6. Matt Grice - 93.0
7. Robbie Lawler - 92.9
8. Court McGee - 92.9
9. Yuri Villefort - 92.7
10. Nah-Shon Burrell - 92.1
UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche
Location: Anaheim, California
Elevation: 157'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche
96.2
Fighters & Matches 90.7
Top 10 Fighters 93.7
TOTAL 92.2
91.8
Decision
15:00
     Who the hell are these guys!?! This was a badass fight, by two guys making their UFC debut, and it was one of the best Facebook fights I've seen so far. Yuri Villefort had some pretty insane Jiu-Jitsu skills on the ground, and he had some hard kicks & solid striking on the feet as well. Nah-Shon Burrell had some really good wrestling defense, and at one point during the third round, he punched the shit out of Villefort's face while Villefort was attempting to lock on a heel hook. In the end, I gave the first 2 rounds to Villefort, and the third round to Burrell. The rest of the judges gave the fight to Burrell, which I guess is fine, so he ended up winning via unanimous decision. Amazing fight by both guys!
87.4
Decision
15:00
      Here we are with a couple of Ultimate Fighter semi-finalists or whatever. This fight ended up having an awful lot of hugging, and not much damage. Jon Manley wasted most of the fight trying (and failing) to takedown Magny. Magny on the other hand, showed great wrestling defense, solid ground & pound, and some decent striking while standing. In the end, everybody gave the fight to Neil Magny.
91.0
Submission
(Kneebar)
2:57
      Wow! A new submission! This was a pretty badass quick fight. Kenny Robertson shot for the takedown, got caught in a guillotine choke, escaped that, transitioned quickly to get on Jardine's back, and at that point, instead of going for the rear-naked choke that most guys would go for, he reached down underneath and grabbed Jardine's left leg, and pulled up on it, turning it into... like... uh...? A rear-naked kneebar? Or something? That was pretty badass, he almost ripped Jardine's leg off. Kenny Robertson is somebody I'm going to look forward to seeing again in the future.
88.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a decent fight, but as usual, Sam Stout takes it to another decision. I will say that he looked better in this fight than he usually does, at least in the first round. I gave the first round to Stout for almost locking on an armbar, and being more aggressive overall. The second round I gave to Fodor. The third round I didn't really know what I was doing anymore as far as the score is concerned. So in the end, it could have gone either way, and the judges agreed, Sam Stout wins via split-decision.
94.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Fuck yeah! I haven't seen a fight this good in a LONG time. Dennis Bermudez looked awesome early on, reversing a takedown attempt early in the first round, getting full mount, and then punching the fuck out of Grice's face. It looked like Bermudez was going to dominate Grice, until they eventually got back to their feet, and Grice threw a perfect left hook that almost knocked Bermudez the fuck out. After that, the first round was close, but I ended up giving it to Grice. The second round was basically a draw, not really sure who should have won that one. The third round was a fucking BEAUTIFUL BRAWL, and Bermudez kicked the living shit out of Grice, but Grice never stopped fighting. This was an all out war, and both guys deserve HUGE props for their performances. I gave the fight to Bermudez, and so did two of the judges, so BOOM, Bermudez wins via split-decision. Amazing fight.
90.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:29
      I'm a big fan of Michael Chiesa, but he always makes me nervous, because he always looks a little awkward, and never dominates guys. In the first round, I gave Kuivanen the round, for his superior striking, and just overall control. The second round started, and Chiesa came out, went hard for the takedown, eventually got on Kuivanen's back, and he locked on a TIGHT rear-naked choke, forcing Kuivanen to panic, and tapout. Excellent start for Kuivanen, and an even better finish for Michael Chiesa.
87.6
Decision
15:00
      Well, this fight kind of sucked. I was looking forward to it, sort of, because when Lavar Johnson has a chance to throw bombs, he knocks people the fuck out. The problem is, Schaub spent the entire fight taking him to the ground, and just holding him there. He went for a couple of submissions, but Lavar was able to punch his way out of them. By the end of the fight, Schaub spent the majority of the time on top, and Lavar Johnson was still able to make his face bleed pretty badly. I dig Lavar Johnson, but like I've said before, his cardio sucks, and his ground game needs work. Brendan Schaub wins via unanimous decision.
90.9
TKO
(Punches)
3:57
      This had the makings of a great fight, but it ended prematurely, for sure. Josh Koscheck took Lawler to the ground early, with a Bill Goldberg style spear. Once they were on the ground, Koscheck controlled the fight for a couple of minutes. Eventually Lawler got on top, and rained down a handful of HUGE punches, bouncing Koscheck's head off the canvas. The referee stopped the fight, but clearly Koscheck was not even close to being out. Sure, he was getting his ass kicked, but they definitely shouldn't have stopped the fight. Either way, both guys looked good, so I wouldn't mind seeing a rematch sooner than later.
90.2
Decision
15:00
      This fight was a pretty badass boxing match, with BARELY any ground work at all. It's kind of pointless to try to describe a brawl like this, blow by blow, so I'll just say that Court McGee started out strong, handed Neer his ass for almost the entire fight, but every time I thought Neer was going to go down, he would lash out with some sort of badass counter punches, always staying in the game. In the end, the jduges gave the fight to Court McGee, and I agree 100%. Pretty awesome fight overall.
93.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:34
      Hell yeah! Urijah Faber is officially back. I was disappointed with his last couple of fights, but this one was really impressive. Menjivar started it off by unleashing a great Judo throw, slamming Faber to the ground, but Faber instantly reversed it, and ended up on top. He then rained down elbows and beat up Menjivar for a few minutes. The round ended when Menjivar stood up, Urijah worked some sort of weird magic, locked on a standing crucifix, transitioned into a body triangle while Menjivar was still standing, he locked on the rear-naked choke, and that's all she wrote. Urijah Faber is a badass when his ribs aren't broken.
87.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Well, what did you expect? Whenever the undercard fighters kick some ass, it seems like the main event guys end up sleeping through their own fights. Lyoto Machida did his usually "dodge & run away" tactic. Dan Henderson did his usual "swing the right hand and hope it hits something" tactic, and neither guy really did anything impressive. I gave the fight to Machida, but just barely... Really, to be completely honest, I'm extremely disappointed that these guys were the #2 & #3 Light Heavyweights in the world at the moment. I don't think either guy really deserves a title shot.
96.2
Submission
(Armbar)
4:49
      Holy horse shit! This fight definitely lived up to, and exceeded the hype. Ronda Rousy is still clearly the best female fighter in the world, but Liz Carmouche proved to any doubters, that she definitely deserved this title shot. The fight started with Carmouche climbing on Rousey's back, and locked on a rear-naked choke / neck crank, and it looked like she was going to break her head off. Eventually Rousey was able to escape, and from that point forward, it just turned into one of the most amazing grappling matches I've ever seen. Easily the best fight on the card, and considering the number of BADASS fights on this card, that's really saying something. Eventually, Rousey locked on her famous armbar, and Carmouche was forced to submit. Amazing fight all around, and one of the best UFC events I've ever seen.
OVERALL 92.2
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