(4/10/2010)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Phil Davis - 93.8
2. Paul Kelly - 93.6
3. Rafael dos Anjos - 93.6
4. Mark Munoz - 92.6
5. DaMarques Johnson - 92.5
6. Kendall Grove - 92.2
7. Rick Story - 91.2
8. Terry Etim - 91.0
9. Brad Blackburn - 90.3
10. Nick Osipczak - 90.1
UFC 112: Invincible
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Elevation: 23'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Phil Davis vs. Alexander Gustafsson
92.5
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 92.1
TOTAL 90.8
87.2
Decision
15:00
     This really wasn't a very good fight. I always want Al-Turk to kick some serious ass, because he LOOKS like a badass, but he never really seems to win at all. This fight was kind of a boring, slow paced boxing match, where Madsen got the better half of most of the exchanges, so in the end, I gave him the fight, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed. I'm glad this one is over.
90.9
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
8:41
      HOLY SHIT! That fight was pretty awesome. Veach got on Kelly's back almost immediately in the first round, almost finisihed him with a rear-naked choke, he beat the living shit out of him, I thought this fight was going to be one-sided in favor of Veach, but Kelly somehow made a comeback in the last half of the first round, and ABSOLUTELY DOMINATED Veach, cutting open his eye really badly, and just completely exhausting him. Once the second round started, Kelly was ready to kill the dude, and Veach looked almost unconscious, so he got taken back to the ground again, Kelly beat his ass some more, the fight almost got stopped because there was SO MUCH BLOOD on Veach's face, but Kelly eventually finished him with a guillotine choke. So yeah, awesome win by Kelly, and pretty impressive comeback considering how far ahead Veach was halfway through the first round.
90.4
TKO
(Kick to the Body)
12:08
      That was a pretty good scrap, with both guys having comparable boxing skills, Blackburn seemed to be a slightly better wrestler, but Johnson looked more dangerous on the ground with his ground & pound & general Jiu-Jitsu skills. I gave the first round to Johnson, the second round to Blackburn, and the third round was all about Johnson showing off his ground game, cutting open Blackburn's face with some brutal elbows, and when they stood back up, Johnson landed a big kick to the body, forcing Blackburn to collapse, and the referee stopped the fight. Really good fight overall.
89.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was another pretty good fight, with Rick Story taking on a guy that actually seems to be able to hold his own. Rick Story is clearly an extremely powerful wrestler, and when he launches his punch combinations, it gets pretty brutal, but Osipczak was able to land a few hard knees, win a few scrambles in the second round, and ultimately, it was a really close fight, and the judges agreed, giving the fight to Rick Story via split-decision.
92.5
Submission
(Anaconda Choke)
4:55
      Yeah! I love the anaconda choke, it's such a badass choke! This was a tremendous wrestling match, where you would expect Phil Davis to have a huge advantage, but Gustafsson's takedown defense was pretty insane. In the end though, Davis was able to secure a takedown, and with less than 10 seconds left in the round, he locked on a TIGHT anaconda choke, and Gustafsson tapped out immediately. Badass choke, probably submission of the night, eh?
91.8
TKO
(Punches)
7:50
      This fight was pretty badass! The first round was 100% Kendall Grove, beating the living shit out of Munoz, and locking on multiple submissions, I honestly had no idea how Munoz was able to escape a few of those chokes. The second round looked like it was going to be more of the same, with Grove starting out strong, but somehow, Munoz ended up on top, and started throwing bombs from above, eventually causing Grove to crumble up into a ball, and the referee stopped the fight. Pretty insane comeback for Mark Munoz!
91.1
Submission
(Armbar)
9:30
      This was another badass fight! The first round was pretty even, with both guys showing similar striking skills, and once the fight went to the ground, Etim looked good with some submission skills, but dos Anjos's striking on the ground was excellent, until the referee forced them to stand up, claiming that he was "elbowing Etim in the spine" (he was kneeing him) so the referee sucked here... Anyway, the second round started, and dos Anjos controlled most of that round, eventually locking on a brilliant armbar for the submission victory. Rafael dos Anjos's submission skills are pretty awesome.
87.9
TKO
(Punches)
14:40
      Well, two legend, square off, in the octagton... *falls asleep*... WHAT!?! HUH!?! Matt Hughes basically just knocked out Renzo Gracie!?! Huh!?! What just happened? Ha... Actually, yeah, the first two rounds were completely pointless. The third round consisted of Matt Hughes kicking Renzo's leg in half, and Renzo kept falling, and then Hughes would help him stand back up, and then chop him down, and then help him up, etc... Eventually, Hughes landed a good punch combination, basically knocking out Renzo. So, cool finish I guess, but it would have been nice to have it happened 10 minutes ago... During Renzo's interview after the fight with Joe, he said "Hell yeah, I'll be back." I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that's nonsense. Renzo Gracie is finished.
87.6
Decision
25:00
      Lightweight Championship fight! Oh my God! This is so exciting! Oh, wait... No it's not... 25 minutes of B.J. Penn standing in the center of the octagon, spinning around in circles, throwing a random counterpunch here & there, and Frankie Edgar hopping around him like a rabbit, throwing a few punches here or there. Neither guy had any interest whatsoever in finishing the fight. So yeah, after a performance like this, Penn didn't deserve to keep the belt, I gave the fight to Edgar 49-46 (gave the first round to Penn). So yeah, Edgar is the new champion, pretty cool historical moment, but shitty fight overall.
86.5
Decision
25:00
      Well, that was something... The first 2 rounds were pretty funny, and I laughed pretty hard about Anderson Silva's showboating, but about halfway through the third round, I completely lost interest. I mean, he made Demian Maia look like a complete bitch, which sucks, because I'm a huge fan of Demian Maia, but yeah, this was a piss poor performance by both guys. Silva should have just finished him, but instead, he LITERALLY was hiding behind the referee, it was ridiculous. That was fucked up. This should have been one of the best middleweight fights of all time, but instead, it was just embarrassing.
OVERALL 90.8
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