(10/27/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Anthony Smith - 92.7
2. Calvin Kattar - 92.4
3. Don Madge - 92.3
4. Nasrat Haqparast - 92.3
5. Misha Cirkunov - 92.0
6. Sean Strickland - 91.3
7. Andre Soukhamthath - 91.3
8. Court McGee - 91.2
9. Michael Johnson - 91.2
10. Volkan Oezdemir - 90.8
UFC Fight Night 138: Oezdemir vs. Smith
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Elevation: 56'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Anthony Smith vs. Volkan Oezdemir
92.3
Fighters & Matches 88.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.8
TOTAL 90.3
87.4
Decision
15:00
     The first round had Ray throwing a lot of inside leg kicks, while Ayari was able to pick him apart with his boxing. Round one goes to Ayari. Round two was more of the same, with Ray sticking with his leg kick attack, and Ayari was picking him apart with his boxing. I have Ayari ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Stevie Ray seems to be having trouble with the size of Jessin Ayari.
     Ray continued to destroy the lead leg of Ayari with big kicks in the third round, and that opened up some opportunities to land punches. I thought Ray did enough to win the third round, but I'm expecting this to be a 29-28 decision for Ayari. All 3 judges scored the fight for Stevie Ray, with one judge giving him all 3 rounds. I'm shocked by that decision, but I'm glad he won, because he was on a 2-Fight losing streak going into this fight. Congrats to Ray for the much needed win.
87.4
Decision
15:00
      Golm started this fight with a series of hard leg kicks. They both landed some heavy strikes throughout the round, and by the end of the round, it was a hard round to score. Golm beat up Bhullar with some big strikes to start the second round, and then he clinched and pressed him against the fence. They eventually split up, created some space, and Golm continued to chip away at Bhullar with some big strikes. I have Golm ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but the fight COULD be all tied up, depending on how you score the first round.
     Golm's right foot was swollen at the start of the third round, so Bhullar clinched, and stomped on his foot for a minute. Golm broke out of the clinch, tried to work some boxing, and then Bhullar picked him up, and dumped him to the ground 90 seconds into the round. Bhullar spent the rest of the round chipping away with short ranged ground & pound. All 3 judges gave the unanimous decision victory to Arjan Singh Bhullar.
89.3
KO
(Head Kick)
5:14
      These guys traded wild strikes, and then Madge knocked down Edwards 20 seconds into the opening round, but when he went in for the kill, Edwards quickly recovered and took down Madge. Madge locked on an armbar from the bottom, and I THOUGHT Edwards tapped, but they rolled around for a few seconds as the referee tried to find a better angle, and by then, Edwards was able to escape the submission. Madge continued to dig for a variety of submissions from his guard though. They stood back up with 40 seconds left in the round, and Madge clinched, and pressed Edwards against the fence. That round could go either way, based on the top control of Edwards, but I think Madge had the far more effective offense, so I'm giving the round to Madge.
     The second round started with Madge moving forward, he threw a series of body kicks, and then blasted Edwards with a brutal head kick that knocked him the fuck out, causing him to collapse against the fence. That was a fantastic UFC debut for Don Madge, and a highlight reel finish. I'm looking forward to seeing him fight again in the future.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      These girls started the first round with some decent boxing exchanges. I thought Moras was landing the better strikes, Bernardo shot for a takedown halfway through the round, and Moras stuffed the shot. Bernardo finally took down Moras with a minute left in the round, and Moras showed crazy flexibility as she was able to pull guard from an awkward angle. Bernardo probably won that round with her takedown.
     They spent the first half of the second round trading random strikes, and then Bernardo scored another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round. She basically just smothered Moras for the rest of the round. Bernardo is pretty clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but she hasn't done much of anything other than just control Moras on the ground.
     Moras started the final round with a quick takedown. Bernardo showed a fantastic ability to scramble back into top control a minute into the round. They ended up in a 69 position with Bernardo on top, and Bernardo basically just smothered Moras again, grinding her way to a decision... BUT! Moras scrambled back to her feet with a minute left in the round, Bernardo tried to take her down, Moras reversed her, ended up on top, tried to take Bernardo's back, Bernardo wrestled her way into top control again, they stood up with 20 seconds left in the fight, Moras unloaded on Bernardo, probably stole the round, but this should still be a 29-28 decision for Bernardo. All 3 judges agreed, giving Bernardo the unanimous decision victory.
89.3
TKO
(Punches)
4:11
      Fishgold came out throwing wild punches, and he was throwing a ton of combinations in the first round, and he clipped Kattar with some solid shots, but Kattar did a good job staying calm, and he opened a big cut under Fishgold's left eye with a jab. Kattar then rocked and dropped Fishgold late in the round, he jumped on him, unloaded with some big punches, and the fight was stopped. That was a solid debut for Fishgold, while it lasted, but it was an even more impressive finish by Calvin Kattar. I'm really becoming a fan of Calvin Kattar.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      The first round was a crazy round of striking, with Haqparast throwing a large volume of really intense punches, as he rocked Gouti around the cage, and he dropped him at one point and nearly finished him, but Gouti was able to run away far enough to survive the round. Round one clearly goes to Nasrat Haqparast, and you could argue that it was a 10-8 round.
     Gouti started to fire back with some decent shots in the second round, but everything Gouti threw, looked like a slow jab blob punch, and everything Haqparast threw, was with 100% power. Gouti started bleeding with 90 seconds left in the second round, but he also started to fire harder shots. Gouti lost his contact lense at the end of the round. I have Haqparast ahead 20-17 going into the final round, but it's probably closer to 20-18. Either way, Haqparast is winning.
     Haqparast rocked Gouti 45 seconds into the final round, and he followed that up with a series of uppercuts to the body. He hit him with a hard kick to the body, unloaded with some wild punches, another kick to the body, and Gouti was literally running away. Gouti fell down 90 seconds into the round, and Haqparast continued to unload on him with some big punches on the ground. Haqparast ran out of gas, but he continued to work some ground & pound, not doing a ton of damage, but he was clearly winning the fight on the ground. They stood back up with 30 seconds left in the round, and Gouti threw everything he had at Haqparast, but that should still be a 30-26 decision for Haqparast. All 3 judges agreed, giving Haqparast the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
88.8
TKO
(Punches)
8:10
      The first round was a fairly standard kickboxing match, with Taleb picking apart Strickland with leg kicks and punches. Strickland just wasn't able to get his offense going. Round one goes to Taleb. Strickland clipped Taleb with some big punches 2 minutes into the second round, and he dropped him, but Taleb was able to quickly get back to his feet. Strickland continued to throw big punches at Taleb, and he dropped him again halfway through the round. Strickland postured up above Taleb, and unloaded with some big punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a solid win for Sean Strickland. Taleb thought it was a bad stoppage, but he was hurt.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Garcia caught a kick and took down McGee 90 seconds into the opening round, but McGee quickly stood back up, as Garcia continued to cling to his back with a tight clinch against the fence. Garcia tried to setup a backpack style rear-naked choke halfway through the round, but McGee was able to shake him off and reset. They traded some strikes, with Garcia landing the harder shots, and then McGee scored a slick takedown to finish the round. Round one goes to Garcia.
     McGee dropped Garcia 45 seconds into the second round, and he nearly finished him with some wild ground & pound, but Garcia was able to pull guard, and buy some time to recover. McGee spent most of the round on top, until the referee reset them with 90 seconds left in the round. Garcia quickly tried to take McGee to the ground, but McGee took control of the clinch, and finished the round pressing Garcia against the fence. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They both started the final round by digging for takedowns, which resulted in a stalemate clinch against the fence. Garcia took down McGee 2 minutes into the round, and pinned him against the fence in a seated position. Garcia took McGee's back, and then McGee shook him off with 2 minutes left in the round. McGee spent the rest of the round beating up Garcia with ugly sloppy elbows, leading to the 29-28 unanimous decision victory for Court McGee.
87.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys both fight like old men. Herman is 38, and Villante is 33. They both landed some big shots, and they both looked too slow to really defend against anything. Villante blasted Herman with some big shots with 90 seconds left in the round, and it looked like Herman was on his way out, but Villante wasn't able to finish him, so they reset and went back to trading big slow punches. I scored the first round for Villante, but it was a close round.
     They continued with their dad bod boxing match for the duration of the second round. This fight is slow as shit. I thought Villante won most of the exchanges in the second round, but apparently most people gave the round to Herman for some reason, so... I don't know... The fight is probably all tied up going into the final round, but I personally have the fight scored 20-18 in favor of Villante at this point. I'll be curious to see if either fighter has any gas in the third round.
     This fight has been kind of terrible. Villante's face is all fucked up, but I thought he won all 3 rounds, as far as "forward movement, and landing the better strikes" is concerned, but his face was clearly wearing more damage, so... I have no idea what to expect from the scorecards after this one. The judges were split, and gave the decision to Gian Villante.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Soukhamthath dropped Martinez 90 seconds into the opening round, but he wasn't able to do much with it, so Martinez recovered, stood back up, and then pressed Soukhamthath against the fence. They continued to trade strikes back & forth, and then Soukhamthath rocked Martinez again to finish the round, and Martinez was barely able to hang on to make it to his corner. Round one could be a 10-8 round for Soukhamthath.
     Martinez covered up early in the second round, and Soukhamthath unloaded on him with knees to the body, and wild punches to the body & head, and then the referee randomly stopped the fight and warned Soukhamthath for a low blow that never happened, and then the fight continued immediately after an awkward forced handshake. That stopped the momentum of Soukhamthath, and Martinez was able to take him down with the fight started back up. Martinez used the bad call from the referee to steal the round with ground & pound. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but Soukhamthath MIGHT have won the second round, I'm not really sure.
     The final round was another back & forth round of striking, with both guys landing a lot of elbows, Soukhamthath probably landed the cleaner strikes, Martinez controlled the clinch, and neither guy showed much actual wrestling. I honestly don't understand why these guys were on the main card. Martinez is making his UFC debut, and Soukhamthath is 1-3 in the UFC, AND they're Bantamweights. Soukhamthath took down Martinez late in the round, and in my opinion, won the fight, 29-28. All 3 judges agreed, giving Soukhamthath the unanimous decision victory.
89.0
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
2:40
      Cummins tried to rush in to start this fight, and Cirkunov waylaid all over him with wild punches & kicks. Cummins tried to dig for a takedown, and Cirkunov grabbed him with a standing guillotine, but his arm was up over his head, so he couldn't get any leverage. He threw a lot of short punches to the body of Cummins though. After a really rough clinching experience, Cirkunov took down Cummins and landed in full mount halfway through the opening round. He locked on a tight arm-triangle choke, jumped off to the side, cranked, and finished the fight by submission. That was a fantastic performance by Misha Cirkunov.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round was basically a boxing match, where Johnson used his speed to pick apart Lobov, while Lobov was mostly trying to land single big shots, but he wasn't connecting very often. I scored the first round for Michael Johnson. The second round was more of the same, with both guys boxing at a steady pace, with Johnson showing off his speed, and Lobov showing off his tank style of boxing. I have Johnson ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but I don't feel very confident about that scorecard. That entire fight was a really solid boxing match, and then with 40 seconds left in the final round, Johnson broke out the Goldberg spear, earning the 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
92.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
13:00
      Oezdemir threw a hard leg kick, and then Smith shot in for a takedown, pressing Oezdemir against the fence, but Oezdemir quickly reversed him, and took control of the clinch. They split up a minute into the round, and Oezdemir unloaded with some heavy punches, but Smith did a good job covering up. They both landed some heavy strikes, and then Smith poked Oezdemir in the eye with 90 seconds left in the round. After a brief timeout, they both went right back to trading heavy punches & kicks. Smith almost chopped Oezdemir's face in half with a heavy elbow, but I still think Oezdemir probably won that round, by being more aggressive and landing the bigger shots.
      Oezdemir started the second round with a pair of some of the most brutal leg kicks I've ever seen or heard. Smith fired back with a barrage of punches that forced Oezdemir to back up. Smith threw a big elbow, Oezdemir ducked under it, and took down Smith a minute into the round. Smith tried to setup a leg lock, and Oezdemir used that scramble to take Smith's back, in the turtle position, and he hit him with some heavy punches, but Smith was staying surprisingly calm. Smith was able to hang on until the end of the round. Oezdemir takes a 20-18 lead going into the third round.
      Smith hammered Oezdemir with some big punches & knees to start the third round, and then he took him down with 2 minutes left in the round. He quickly took his back, locked on the body triangle, and started setting up a rear-naked choke, as Oezdemir's face was pouring blood all over the place. Oezdemir tried to defend against the choke, but Smith continued to sink it in deeper, until Oezdemir was eventually forced to submit. That was a FANTASTIC finish by Anthony Smith, as he proves he is a legit contender at 205. I'm a HUGE fan of Anthony Smith, and I couldn't be happier with the way this fight ended. Anthony Smith is fucking awesome.
OVERALL 90.3
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