(7/22/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Anthony Smith - 93.3
2. Manny Bermudez - 92.7
3. Nasrat Haqparast - 92.4
4. Aleksandar Rakic - 91.9
5. Danny Roberts - 91.8
6. Darko Stosic - 91.7
7. Abu Azaitar - 91.7
8. Marcin Tybura - 91.3
9. Nad Narimani - 90.3
10. Corey Anderson - 90.2
UFC Fight Night 134: Shogun vs. Smith
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Elevation: 72'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Anthony Smith vs. Mauricio Rua
90.8
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.2
85.9
Decision
15:00
     Liu dropped Stasiak early in the first round, but he let him stand back up a few seconds later. These guys were both a little slow to start. They clinched 2 minutes into the round, and then Stasiak took Liu to the ground. From there, he mostly just held him down, and then after a brief scramble, Stasiak went for a guillotine choke as Liu was standing up, and the referee threatened to break them up out of the SUBMISSION ATTEMPT, if they didn't do something. This referee (Kevin Sataki) is fucking stupid. The first round goes to Stasiak.
     Liu nearly dropped Stasiak a minute into the second round with a spinning back fist, but Stasiak recovered quickly, and started digging for a takedown against the fence. Liu did a good job stuffing the shot, and then he went for a guillotine choke, but Stasiak was able to scramble out of that and reset halfway through the round. Liu went for another guillotine with 2 minutes left in the round, and Stasiak popped his head free again. The round ended with Stasiak just grinding it out on top. This fight is probably all tied up going into the final round.
     Stasiak scored a takedown to start the third round, but Liu quickly swept him, and blasted him with some heavy elbows. Liu decided to reset back on his feet a minute into the round. They spent most of the rest of the round trading some random strikes, and clinching. This fight was close, but I'd probably score it 29-28 for Stasiak. All 3 judges disagreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Liu, with one judge giving him all 3 rounds.
87.5
TKO
(Punches & Elbows)
3:13
      This fight started slowly, with both guys testing the waters for the first two minutes, with only a handful of random strikes being thrown in either direction. Kimball shot for a takedown 3 minutes into the round, Stosic reversed him on the way down, he blasted him with some big punches & elbows, and the fight was stopped quickly. That was a boring fight, with an explosive finish by Darko Stosic in his UFC debut.
89.8
Technical Submission
(Triangle Choke)
0:59
      These guys traded a few strikes, Bermudez quickly dropped Grant with a punch, he mounted him, locked on a triangle choke from the top, rolled around wildly, and Bermudez put Grant to sleep in 59 seconds. Manny Bermudez is an insane grappler, and he's finished 9 of his 12 fights by submission, and one by TKO. He's definitely a prospect to keep an eye on.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      Rakic started this fight by destroying Ledet's lead leg with brutal kicks, Ledet tried to take the fight to the ground, and Rakic ended up on top, inside Ledet's guard. Rakic spent the rest of the round beating up Ledet with punches and a few elbows on the ground, while Ledet mostly just laid there, seemingly lost. Round one goes to Rakic.
     The second round started as a clean kickboxing match, with Rakic picking apart Ledet with punches and kicks, and then Rakic took down Ledet 90 seconds into the round, and continued to beat him up from inside Ledet's guard for the rest of the round.
     Rakic took Ledet down early in the third round, and picked up where he left off in the previous two rounds, working some more ground & pound, pretty much dominating Ledet for the entire 15 minute fight, leading to a clear cut unanimous decision victory for Aleksander Rakic.
86.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, they clinched, and Narimani pressed Taha against the fence, taking him down a minute into the opening round. He beat him up with a few punches, and then they reset halfway through the round. Narimani scored another takedown with a minute left in the round, and round one clearly goes to Narimani, even though neither fighter did much actual damage.
     The second round had Narimani taking Taha down again, and he beat him up from sort of a modified side control, while Taha just kind of flailed around from the bottom. Narimani is ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The final round was more of the same, with Narimani taking down Taha and beating him up for the duration of the round. That was a decent UFC debut for Narimani I guess, but it was kind of a boring one-sided grindfest leading to the unanimous decision victory for Nad Narimani.
86.4
Decision
15:00
      Fabinski immediately took down Meek, pinned him against the fence, and beat him up with some basic ground & pound for the duration of the opening round. The second round started with Fabinski scoring another takedown, and he continued to grind the shit out of Meek for the duration of the round. Meek popped back up 2 minutes into the round, and spent a solid 30 seconds beating the shit out of Fabinski with punches, but Fabinski just took him down again after that, and continued the grind.
     Meek started the third round with 30 seconds of striking, and then Fabinski shot for another takedown, which Meek was finally able to stuff. Meek continued to beat up Fabinski for another minute or so, and then Fabinski shot for another takedown, which was stuffed again. The referee split them up, Fabinski shot for another takedown, and finally brought Meek down again with 2 minutes left to work. I really wanted Meek to win this fight, but you can't score a fight for a guy that's on the bottom for 12+ minutes of a fight. Congrats to Fabinski for the win, but damn, that Matt Lindland style of grinding wrestling is boring as shit.
87.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was basically a boxing match, with Hadzovic moving forward the entire time, resulting in the first round being scored for Hadzovic, based mostly on forward movement. Hein stepped it up a few notches in the second round, and was able to land a lot of punch combinations, while moving forward a lot more than he had in the first round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The second round started as a decent back & forth striking match, until Hadzovic knocked down Hein halfway through the round, and beat the shit out of him for a few seconds, taking a decent lead on the scorecards for the third round. They stood back up and went back to trading strikes at a similar pace for the rest of the round, but because of that knockdown, this fight should be a 29-28 decision for Hadzovic, which two judges agreed with, giving him the split-decision victory.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      The first round mostly had both guys pumping jabs at each other, but halfway through the round, Haqparast started to unload on Diakiese, pressuring him toward the fence, while blasting him with some big combinations, including heavy punches & some big knees from close range. Round one goes to Haqparast.
     Diakiese started the second round with a pair of hard high kicks, which Haqparast blocked, but they still landed with some weight. The rest of the round consisted of both guys throwing big punches at each other, with Diakiese landing a lot more frequently, while moving around the octagon at a fast pace, while Haqparast seemed to be having trouble finding his range. I was going to give that round to Diakiese, but Haqparast dropped him in the final seconds, unloaded on him, and stole the round. Haqparast has a 20-18 lead going into the final round.
     Haqparast continued to pick apart Diakiese to start the final round, Diakiese shot for a takedown, and Haqparast almost threw him with a judo throw, but the cage saved Diakiese from hitting the ground, so they reset, traded a few more strikes, and then Haqparast dropped Diakiese again. They reset 90 seconds into the round. They continued to trade heavy strikes at a solid pace until the end of the round, the fight was somewhat competitive, but all 3 judges still agreed with a 30-27 unanimous decision for Nasrat Haqparast. I like Marc Diakiese, but this marks 3 losses in a row, so I'm not sure what the UFC will do with him from here.
90.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys both traded some hard strikes to start the first round, they hit the ground for a few seconds, and Roberts slapped on a tight guillotine choke as they stood up, but Zawada was able to pull his head free a minute into the opening round. They continued to trade some heavy strikes, and then they hit the ground again halfway through the round, with Roberts on top. Roberts crushed Zawada with some heavy punches on the ground, forcing Zawada to give up any submission attempts he was thinking about, as he just had to defend himself from the brutal ground & pound of Roberts. The round ended with Zawada rolling for a last second armbar. Round one goes to Roberts.
     These guys both came out swinging to start the second round, and then Zawada took down Roberts against the fence one minute into the round. He tried to land a few strikes, but they popped back up to their feet, and then Zawada threw Roberts down again, landing in side control this time. They scrambled around for a few saeconds, Zawada went for a guillotine choke, and that allowed Roberts to scramble to top control again, as he went back to working his ground & pound from inside Zawada's guard. Zawada went for another guillotine with a minute left in the round, couldn't get it, so they continued to wrestle around for a while, and the round ended with Zawada on top. That round was hard to score, and could have maybe gone either way.
     Roberts shot for a terrible takedown a minute into the final round, and he ran head first into a tight D'Arce choke, but he somehow was able to spin out of it, but Zawada still ended up on top, in side control 90 seconds into the round. Zawada kept going for that choke, and he kept fucking it up. Roberts ended up on top 2 minutes into the round. He went back to unloading his brutal punches & elbows, and Zawada looked like he was running out of gas on the bottom. Roberts then randomly rolled to try to secure a rear-naked choke, without controlling Zawada's body at all, and that allowed Zawada to stand back up, they threw some random strikes, and the round ended with Roberts back on top, throwing some big punches. This SHOULD be a 29-28 decision for Roberts, if not 30-27. One fixed judge gave all 3 rounds to Zawada, but the other two judges with common sense gave the fight to Roberts with 29-28 scorecards. That fight could be fight of the night.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      Struve started this fight with a few nice long jabs and leg kicks, and then Tybura took down Struve a minute into the opening round. Tybura spent a couple of minutes working some basic ground & pound, but the referee got bored, so he stood them up with 90 seconds left in the round. Struve landed a few more hard leg kicks, and then Tybura took him down again at the end of the round. I'm giving that round to Tybura, but I could see an argument in Struve's favor based on his striking on the feet.
     Tybura scored another takedown a minute into the second round, and pinned Struve against the fence. Struve received a stern warning from the referee for grabbing the fence with his toes, so after an awkward pause, the fight continued, and Tybura smashed Struve with a series of hard elbows on the ground, while he continued to smother him. They stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round, Struve's mouth was ALL fucked up from those elbows, but that didn't stop him from coming forward, and blasting Tybura with some big strikes, rocking him a bit, forcing Tybura to shoot for another takedown with a minute left in the round. He dumped him to the ground with 30 seconds left in the round, and in my opinion, Tybura has a 20-18 lead going into the final round.
     The final round was mostly a striking match, with Struve controlling the range, Tybura shot for a takedown halfway through the round, the shot was stuffed, he shot for another one, and he finally was able to drag Struve to the ground with 90 seconds left to work. Tybura continued to chip away at Struve's busted lip with clean short elbows, and Struve looked like he was just going to be stuck against the fence until the end of the round. I feel like this should be a 30-27 decision for Tybura, but I know a lot of people disagree with me, at least about the second round. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving Tybura the unanimous decision victory. This makes 3 losses in a row for Struve.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      Azaitar came out swinging bombs at Miranda. The accuracy wasn't there, but he was still landing with a few really hard shots. Miranda scored a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round. They stood up with 10 seconds left in the round, and Azaitar unloaded on Miranda, probably securing the round with his violent attack.
     The second round started with Azaitar still swinging for the fences, and then Miranda took him down, setup an arm-triangle choke, and as he passed to the proper side, Azaitar scrambled back to his feet to escape, resetting 2 minutes into the round. Miranda scored another takedown a few seconds later, he passed to full mount, and then Azaitar swept him with 2 minutes left in the round. The referee quickly stood them back up. Azaitar went right back to winging big punches, Miranda failed with another takedown attempt, and Azaitar unloaded on him with some big punches on the ground. I have Azaitar ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Azaitar scored a quick takedown to start the final round. Miranda caught him in a tight armbar, but after a bit of scrambling, Azaitar was able to pull his arm free. Miranda ended up on top, and eventually passed to side control. Azaitar swept Miranda with a little over a minute remaining in the round, and he finished the round on top, throwing big punches. This should be a clear cut 30-27 decision for Azaitar, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the hard fought unanimous decision victory. I like Abu Azaitar, he's a bit wild, but fun to watch.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few random strikes in the first round, and then Anderson started working for takedowns, which Teixeira was able to stuff for the most part, but Anderson finally brought him down with 2 minutes left in the round, and then Teixeira quickly stood back up, and then Anderson threw him down with a back clinch this time. They stood up a few more times, and Anderson scored a few more takedowns. Round one goes to Anderson based entirely off pressure. He didn't really do any damage at all though. Teixeira caught Anderson in a guillotine choke in the final 15 seconds, but there wasn't enough time to finish it.
     They traded a few strikes in the second round, it looked like Anderson hurt Teixeira halfway through the round, and that forced Teixeira to try to pull half guard, while Anderson continued to punch him in the head. Teixeira snuck out the back door and scrambled back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round. Anderson scored another takedown to finish the round, and beat up Teixeira with some elbows. Anderson is running away with this fight, as Teixeira isn't really showing any offense at all.
     The final round was another round of Anderson grinding all over Teixeira, taking him down repeatedly, while Teixeira just had nothing to show for himself. Teixeira is still considered a Top 5 Light-Heavyweight, and I really think that shows how shallow this division is at this point. This fight was the biggest win of Anderson's career so far, but Teixeira just looks like a shell of himself, only showing up every other fight. All 3 judges gave the unanimous decision victory to Anderson.
90.8
KO
(Punches & Elbows)
1:29
      These guys started out at a slow pace, just pumping jabs and stuff like that, and then Smith hurt Shogun early in the first round with a front kick to the jaw, he followed that up with some punches, Shogun was rocked, Smith went in for the kill, destroyed him with some big punches, some heavy elbows, Shogun was out on his feet, but that didn't matter, because Smith continued to blast him with heavy shots until Shogun collapsed against the fence, going to sleep. That was another badass first round knockout by Anthony Smith. I'm really starting to like this guy, especially because he looks like he has a Shadowrun tattoo across his shoulders, which I doubt that's what it is, but it still makes him one of my favorite fighters.
OVERALL 90.2
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