(10/6/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Tony Ferguson - 93.8
2. Vicente Luque - 93.7
3. Khabib Nurmagomedov - 93.3
4. Derrick Lewis - 92.8
5. Dominick Reyes - 92.3
6. Nik Lentz - 92.3
7. Aspen Ladd - 92.0
8. Tony Martin - 91.8
9. Scott Holtzman - 91.4
10. Anthony Pettis - 91.2
UFC 229: Nurmagomedov vs. McGregor
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor
93.5
Fighters & Matches 90.0
Top 10 Fighters 92.5
TOTAL 91.3
89.3
KO
(Head Kick & Punches)
11:00
     These guys traded a few punches & kicks, and then LaFlare kicked Martin in the dick, one minute into the opening round. They both landed a lot of hard shots, it was a semi-back & forth round, but I would score that first round for LaFlare based on being more aggressive overall, and probably landing the harder shots.
     Martin dropped LaFlare 45 seconds into the second round, LaFlare looked like he was knocked out for a split-second, and then Martin woke him up with some ground & pound. Martin took LaFlare's back with 2 minutes left in the round, but wasn't able to secure it, so he just went back to working some top control wrestling. Martin locked on a D'Arce choke with 90 seconds left in the round, and then LaFlare magically scrambled back to his feet with a minute left in the round. Round two clearly goes to Martin.
     They traded a few strikes to start the third round, and then Martin blasted LaFlare with a massive head kick a minute into the final round, LaFlare went down, Martin opened up with some big punches on the ground, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic finish by Tony Martin, as he continues to make a name for himself at Welterweight. That was a good fight, and a fun stoppage.
88.7
TKO
(Head Kick & Punches)
6:19
      These guys traded a few strikes, and Lentz rocked Maynard 55 seconds into the opening round with a big combination, capped off by a clean right hook. Lentz then clinched and pressed Maynard against the fence. Lentz continued to beat the shit out of Maynard for a couple of minutes, and then he took down Maynard halfway through the round, pinning him against the fence, where he locked on a tight guillotine choke, but Maynard was able to roll out of it. Lentz still ended up on top, where he dropped some short elbows and punches. Lentz opened up with some wild punches with 30 seconds left in the round, and Maynard did JUST ENOUGH to stay in the fight, but that was still a 10-8 round for Lentz.
     The second round started with Lentz poking Maynard in the eye. After a brief pause, Maynard came back out looking refreshed. Maynard blasted Lentz with some big combinations, Lentz fired back with some big combinations, and then knocked Maynard down with a fast head kick, followed it up with some punches against the fence, and the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a good win for Nik Lentz, but Maynard is pretty washed up, so I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that he'll retire soon.
86.9
Decision
15:00
      Kunitskaya took down Lansberg a minute into the opening round. Kunitskaya settled into Lansberg's guard, and then cranked on a can opener. Lansberg tried to get back to her feet, and Kunitskaya tried to take her back against the fence, resulting in some heavy clinching. Lansberg was finally back to her feet with 2 minutes left in the round, but Kunitskaya continued to control the clinch. Lansberg took control of the clinch with 90 seconds left in the round. Kunitskaya then threw Lansberg to the ground, landing in side control with a minute left in the round. Round one goes to Yana Kunitskaya.
     Kunitskaya looks like she's a full weight class bigger than Lansberg. I'm curious if Lansberg could make 125. Kunitskaya is way too strong for Lansberg. They traded some strikes to start the second round, but Lansberg just looks like she's getting bullied by the much larger Kunitskaya. Lansberg tried to lock on a random standing side-naked choke from the clinch, but that didn't work out very well. The round eventually ended with Kunitskaya still grinding Lansberg against the fence. Kunitskaya is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was more of the same, with Kunitskaya just grinding away, holding onto a heavy clinch while pressing Lansberg against the fence for the duration of the round. This wasn't a great fight, but it was a pretty lopsided unanimous decision victory for Yana Kunitskaya, after she just bullied Lansberg for 15 minutes. Congrats to Kunitskaya, and I really hope Lansberg can maybe drop down to 125 or so, because she's a good fighter, but she hasn't been fairing very well in the UFC Bantamweight division.
89.2
KO
(Elbows)
13:42
      Alves was moving around with some really slick footwork in the first round, while blasting Holtzman with some big clean strikes that seemed to come out of nowhere. Holtzman was still firing back with some solid shots of his own though. Holtzman landed a hard inside leg kick with a minute left in the round, and it dropped Alves in dramatic fashion, but he didn't seem hurt, it looked like it mostly just tripped him. That was still enough to allow Holtzman to finish the round on top, pressing Alves against the fence. I was going to give that first round to Alves, but Holtzman might have stolen the round by finishing the round on top.
     They traded some strikes to start the second round, and then Holtzman took down Alves and pounded on him with some punches against the fence. Alves sort of tried to setup a leg lock or something, but didn't make any progress with it. The first round was close, but the second round pretty clearly goes to Holtzman, so I think I have Holtzman ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Holtzman dropped Alves 90 seconds into the final round, he unloaded with some wild punches while standing above Alves, and the referee almost stopped the fight, but Alves did just enough to stay in the fight long enough to try to pull guard. Holtzman passed to full mount, blasted him with some big punches, and then Alves pulled guard again. Holtzman passed to full mount again, and basically smothered Alves for a few seconds, and then he dropped a series of BRUTAL elbows, knocking Alves the fuck out. That was a fantastic finish by Scott Holtzman.
90.3
TKO
(Punches)
3:26
      Evinger came out swinging to start the first round, and it looked like she was going to control this fight early on, but Ladd took her down and beat the living shit out of her with some heavy punches & elbows 2 minutes into the round, and then scrambled to try to control Evinger's back. Ladd flattened out Evinger with back mount, and then continued to DESTROY her with heavy punches & elbows. That was a massive win for Aspen Ladd, and I hope she finally gets the credit she deserves after this fight. I've had her ranked as the #2 Women's Bantamweight for a while now, because she's one of the only undefeated fighters in the UFC, other than Ketlen Vieira. I'm not necessarily saying she should get a title shot immediately, but maybe match her up with Irene Aldana, and then the winner of that gets a title shot? All I know is, people have been overlooking Ladd, and she's fucking legit.
90.3
KO
(Punches)
3:52
      Jalin Turner was the biggest underdog on this card, but he was holding his own for the most part in the first round, as he was landing some solid shots, and showing some decent footwork. Luque dropped him with a series of big right hands though, Turner collapsed, Luque unloaded with some BRUTAL punches on the ground, and knocked Turner the fuck out in the first round. Turner still has a lot of potential, but that was a fantastic finish by Vicente Luque against an extremely tall fighter that moved up from lightweight to take this fight.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded some random strikes and then Formiga scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round. The first round was somewhat uneventful, so I'm giving the round to Formiga based on the takedown, and nothing else noteworthy really happening in the round from either fighter. The second round was more of the same, with Formiga finishing the round on top again. I have him ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but neither fighter has really taken an obvious lead at this point.
     Formiga took Pettis's back a minute into the final round, Pettis was still standing, but Formiga was clinging to him like a backpack. He basically held on for the duration of the round, leading to what I scored a 30-27 decision for Formiga. All 3 judges scored the fight 29-28 for Formiga, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Waterson beating up Herrig with her striking, while Herrig mostly just chased her around, trying to overpower her, but Waterson's technique looks solid tonight. The second round was more of the same, with Waterson beating up Herrig with her striking, and then she whipped her to the ground with a slick throw. Waterson finished out the second round on top, working some ground & pound. I have Waterson ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The final started with Herrig taking down Waterson, but Waterson tied her up and threw some elbows up at her, and then stood back up halfway through the round. Waterson spent the rest of the round picking apart Herrig with her striking, leading to the 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Waterson.
92.3
KO
(Punches)
14:49
      The first round had Volkov unloading on Lewis with a LOT of big strikes, and Lewis looked like he was about to go down multiple times, but every time the referee came close to stopping it, Lewis would wing a big bomb to show that he's still fighting. Volkov eventually called a timeout to give Lewis time to recover, for some reason... When the fight started back up, they both landed some big strikes, Lewis shot for a horribly awkward takedown, Volkov ended up on top, they stood up, Lewis rocked Volkov, and then Volkov took him down again, landing in side control. Volkov threw some short elbows, and then he took Lewis's back, and tried to setup a rear-naked choke, but Lewis did a good job shaking him off the side, and then Lewis ended up on top with 30 seconds left in the round. He unloaded with some massive bombs, and then the round ended. That round has to go to Volkov, I guess, but... Lewis keeps proving that he's always dangerous.
     Volkov continued to chip away at Lewis with some big punches in the second round, he rocked him a few more times, and Lewis was still magically staying in the fight somehow. Volkov really should have been able to finish this fight, but he just wasn't going in for the kill at all, he was giving Lewis WAY too much time to recover in inbetween attacks. Lewis continued to throw one massive punch every 45 seconds or so, while Volkov kept chipping away slowly at him with crisp striking. Lewis knocked out Volkov's mouthpiece late in the round, and then Volkov tried to pause the fight, and told Lewis to put his (Volkov's) mouthpiece into Lewis's mouth, because Volkov apparently didn't realize it was his own mouthpiece. I have no idea what's going on in this fight. Volkov is ahead 20-18 going into the final round though.
     Volkov threw a lot of slapping leg kicks in the final round, and Lewis continued to wing bombs at him randomly. I still think Volkov should have been able to finish Lewis, but he didn't finish him, instead, he just tried to string this shit out to a decision, and Lewis said fuck that shit, and he fired some shotgun blasts at Volkov's face late in the final round, and with around 15 seconds left in the fight, Lewis knocked Volkov the fuck out. Lewis dropped Volkov with a MASSIVE overhand right, and then drilled a million 266 pound punches into his face, until Volkov's head bounced off the canvas a few times. That was a FANTASTIC finish by Derrick Lewis, and he showed an insane amount of heart in this fight. After the fight ended, Lewis took his pants off in the center of the octagon, because his "balls were hot". HAHAHA... Derrick Lewis needs a fucking title shot.
90.2
KO
(Punch)
14:59
      These guys traded some heavy kicks to start the first round, and Reyes dropped OSP with a kick to the hip. OSP stood back up, and Reyes continued to chip away with punch combinations and leg kicks. OSP shot for a takedown 90 seconds into the round, but Reyes stuffed it with ease. OSP shot for another takedown, and Reyes DESTROYED OSP's head with elbows to the side of the head while stuffing his shot against the fence. OSP finally whipped Reyes to the ground, Reyes stood back up immediately, OSP shot for another takedown, and Reyes went back to smashing him with elbows to the side of the head. Reyes created some distance with 2 minutes left in the round, and then he blasted OSP with some BRUTAL combinations. Round one goes to Reyes, maybe even with a 10-8 scorecard.
     The second round was another round of Reyes picking apart OSP with big strikes, while showing great footwork, which allowed him to avoid the wrestling from OSP. I have Reyes ahead 20-17 going into the final round. The final round was another round of Reyes picking apart OSP with his superior striking, and then right as the final buzzer was about to sound, Reyes blasted OSP with a clean straight punch that BASICALLY knocked him the fuck out, Reyes walked away for the walk off KO, but the referee didn't stop the fight, but the buzzer sounded as soon as OSP hit the ground, so... it was all a bit confusing, Reyes BASICALLY won by knockout, but it went to the judges anyway, so they all scored the fight 30-27 for Dominick Reyes, as he gets the biggest win of his career, and he does it in dominant fashion. I'm going to go ahead and declare this fight a "KO" victory for Reyes, because... that should have been a knockout.
93.2
TKO
(Retirement)
10:00
      The first round had Pettis landing a few hard leg kicks, and the rest of the round was all about Ferguson destroying Pettis with a wide variety of strikes, while constantly moving forward. Round one goes to Ferguson. Pettis rocked Ferguson early in the second round, Ferguson flopped around wildly, it looked like Pettis was going to get the finish, and then Ferguson was able to stuck Pettis into his guard. Blood started POURING out of Pettis's scalp, completely covering Ferguson's face with blood. They battled for a little while on the ground, and then Ferguson kicked Pettis off, they stood up, and the doctor checked on the cut on Pettis's head. When the fight started back up, Ferguson looked fresh again, and he beat the shit out of Pettis for the last half of the round, chopping his face into pieces. Both of these guys are FUCKING WARRIORS, but I have Ferguson ahead 20-18 going into the final round, even though Pettis nearly finished him early in the second round, but Ferguson did SO MUCH DAMAGE to Pettis's face, I just can't give Pettis that round at all. This fight could potentially be the fight of the year. Wait, maybe not... That was still an AMAZING fight, but Pettis called it quits between the 2nd & 3rd rounds, so Ferguson gets a HUGE win here, Pettis is tough, but I think everyone was a bit disappointed that we didn't get to see a third round. Pettis broke his hand though, so I guess fighting Ferguson with one hand would have been ridiculous. That second round was probably round of the year at the very least.
93.5
Submission
(Neck Crank)
18:03
      Conor landed a big punch, a big kick, and then Khabib shot for a takedown, which Conor stuffed, and then ALMOST reversed it. Khabib FINALLY took Conor down a minute into the round, pinned Conor against the fence, and Conor hammered him with some elbows to the "side" of the head. Khabib had Conor's legs tied up in sort of a seated full mount position, but he wasn't really doing any damage, he was mostly just smothering Conor against the fence. Conor landed far more strikes in that round, but I guess Khabib still wins the round, based on his wet blanket top control.
     Conor started the second round with some nice punches, a wild flying knee, and then Khabib rocked the shit out of him with a MASSIVE right hand. Conor recovered, tried to fire back, they both landed some solid shots, and then Khabib took him down again, pinning him with full mount near the fence, a minute into the second round. Khabib unloaded with some big punches & elbows, and Conor was mostly just covering up. Khabib passed to side control, Conor blasted him with an illegal knee from the bottom, Khabib just shrugged it off and started setting up a Kimura. Conor finally worked his way back to his feet with 45 seconds left in the round, but Khabib continued to press him against the fence with some tight clinching. That round was probably a 10-8 round for Khabib Nurmagomedov.
     Conor picked apart Khabib for the first 90 seconds of the third round, Khabib shot for a takedown, and Conor stuffed his shot this time. They continued to box with each other at a decent pace, with Conor winning most of the exchanges. Khabib finally took him down again with a minute left in the round, but Conor stood back up almost immediately. Khabib finished the round clinching and pressing Conor against the fence, but I'm going to say that round goes to Conor. I have Khabib ahead 29-28 going into the fourth round, but it COULD be 29-27 for Khabib, depending on how the second round was scored.
     Conor blasted Khabib with some big punches to start the fourth round, and then Khabib took him down again, a minute into the round, and after a brief scramble, Khabib secured a tight full mount again. He eventually took Conor's back, locked on a rear-naked choke, cranked the shit out of it, Conor tapped out, Khabib wins via fourth round submission, and then... all hell broke loose. Khabib jumped over the fence, attacked Conor's corner, Khabib's corner jumped into the cage, and assaulted Conor, a giant brawl broke out, and... BASICALLY... "Fuck Khabib..." He's a hell of a fighter, but that was some of the dumbest shit I've ever seen. Khabib should be stripped of his title.
OVERALL 91.3
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