(10/20/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Ray Cooper III - 92.3
2. John Howard - 91.8
3. Handesson Ferreira - 91.4
4. Magomed Magomedkerimov - 91.2
5. Abusupiyan Magomedov - 90.9
6. Louis Taylor - 90.7
7. Abubakar Nurmagomedov - 89.8
8. Bojan Velickovic - 89.3
9. Bruno Santos - 88.8
10. Eddie Gordon - 88.8
PFL 2018 Season Playoffs - Round 3
Location: Washington, D.C.
Elevation: 205'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Ray Cooper III vs. Jake Shields
89.2
Fighters & Matches 87.8
Top 10 Fighters 90.5
TOTAL 89.2
87.0
Draw
10:00
     These guys traded a few strikes, and then Nurmagomedov scored a takedown 90 seconds into the opening round. Velickovic worked his way back to his feet, and they reset halfway through the round. Nurmagomedov scored another takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, securing the 10-9 round for Nurmagomedov.
     Velickovic took control in the second round, punching Nurmagomedov a few times, and then he took him down against the fence, but Nurmagomedov popped right back up. Nurmagomedov dipped down for a takedown attempt near the fence, but Velickovic was able to stuff the shot, and then he took Nurmagomedov's back. Nurmagomedov snuck out the back door, and then took Velickovic's back. Nurmagomedov tried to setup a rear-naked choke, but Velickovic shook him off and reset with 2 minutes left in the second round. Velickovic scored another takedown with a minute left in the round, Nurmagomedov reversed him, Velickovic cranked on a Kimura from the bottom, and the round ended. I would give that round to Velickovic, but that means the fight is a draw, so Nurmagomedov moves on to the next round of the tournament by winning the first round.
87.4
Decision
10:00
      Taylor clinched early and tried to throw Harris to the ground, but Harris did a good job scrambling back to his feet. Harris then took down Taylor 90 seconds into the opening round, landed some punches, and then Taylor stood back up 2 minutes into the round. By the end of the round, Taylor was wrestling the shit out of Harris, so I gave the first round to Taylor.
     Harris came out swinging in the second round, but Taylor did a good job keeping him under control. There was a lot of clinching, some basic wrestling, and by the end of the second round, I thought Taylor did enough to win the decision, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory as he moves on to the next round of tonight's tournament.
86.7
Decision
10:00
      Kusch grabbed a leg, and then Magomedkerimov just pushed forward and took him down 30 seconds into the opening round. The referee stood them back up a few seconds later. There was some heavy clinching, and the referee reset them again. This referee has NO INTEREST in watching two guys grapple with each other. Kusch shot for another takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, Magomedkerimov reversed him, slapped on a guillotine choke, turned it into a mounted guillotine, and then the round ended. Round one clearly goes to Magomedkerimov.
     The second round was another round of random bouncing around. Neither fighter was really going for it at all, and for the most part, this fight felt like a stalemate. When there WAS something happening, it was usually Magomedkerimov winning in some fashion, so I scored this fight 20-18 for Magomedkerimov, all 3 judges agreed, and he's moving on to the next round of tonight's tournament. I'm starting to feel bored with the PFL tournament rules though.
88.9
Decision
10:00
      These guys both started the first round with some punches, Gordon sort of tried to clinch, and Howard rolled for a leg lock. Gordon sort of took his back against the fence. Howard wrestled his way into controlling the clinch, and then Gordon split up and reset 90 seconds into the round. They clinched again, and then the referee reset them haflway through the round. Howard then kicked Gordon in the dick. When the fight started back up, Howard unloaded with some punches, and then Gordon clinched and pressed him against the fence again. There were a few more exchanges, where Howard beat up Gordon with some combinations, so I would give that first round to Howard.
     They both blasted each other with some big punches to start the second round, and then Howard dumped Gordon to the ground 90 seconds into the round, pinning him near the fence. The referee reset them 45 seconds later for just laying there. They continued to box at a decent pace for a while, Howard dropped Gordon and almost finished him with ground & pound in the final 30 seconds, and that lead to a 20-18 unanimous decision victory for John Howard.
88.8
TKO
(Arm Injury)
6:15
      Ferreira shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round, and pinned Story in the center of the cage. The referee reset them halfway through the round. They spent the rest of the round trading punches & kicks at a moderate pace. Round one goes to Ferreira based mostly on the takedown earlier in the round. The striking while standing was fairly even.
     The second round started slowly, they pumped a few jabs, danced around a bit, and then Ferreira scored another takedown 45 seconds into the round. He beat up Story with some big punches, Story sort of tucked his head, and then just randomly waved off the fight. Apparently Story's arm is broken from a strike landed earlier in the round or something. I'm not really sure what happened. He said he felt his arm clicking around though, so I guess it's an injury.
85.4
Draw
(Majority)
10:00
      Santos shot for a takedown a couple of minutes into the opening round, and Sy did a good job stuffing the shot while hopping around on one foot. Who wins that round? I have no idea. Santos moved forward the entire time, shooting (and failing) at a takedown attempt, and Sy succeeded at stuffing the shot, so... I guess Sy wins the round?
     The second round had Sy dancing around the outside in a circle, while Santos moved forward. Santos shot for another single leg takedown 90 seconds into the round, and Sy went right back to hopping around on one foot and stuffing the shot. Santos finally scored the takedown halfway through the round, secured side control, and basically just held on until the end of the round. Round one was close, and Santos wins the second round. Based on his performance in the second round, I thought Santos should win the fight, but after an awkward majority draw, where one judge gave BOTH rounds to Sy, which makes ZERO sense, Sy moves on due to the first round tie breaker rule. The PFL Tournament rules are fucking stupid, but whatever... Neither fighter looked great tonight.
89.2
TKO
(Punches)
3:10
      Ray Cooper destroyed Shields 3 months ago with a 2nd round TKO stoppage, so here we are, with a random rematch for Shields, that I don't think anyone was really asking for. Cooper came out swinging, Shields tried to pull guard, and then they reset 90 seconds into the round. Cooper unloaded with some big punches again, Shields tried to pull guard again, Cooper continued to beat the shit out of him with some big punches on the ground, Shields worked his way back to his feet 3 minutes into the round, Cooper continued to explode with big punches, he dropped him with a big right hand, unloaded with brutal punches on the ground, and the fight was stopped. That was another fantastic finish by Ray Cooper III. This guy is probably my favorite fighter in the PFL at this point. Jake Shields on the other hand, seems to be falling apart.
86.4
Draw
(Majority)
10:00
      The first round had both guys pumping jabs, and wrestling around in the clinch, without either fighter really taking much of a clear advantage. Magomedov scored a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, so I guess I would give the first round to Magomedov for that. Umalatov controlled the center of the cage in the second round, and he took down Magomedov a minute into the round, but couldn't hold him down at all. In the end, this fight was pretty clearly a draw, but since Magomedov won the first round, he's moving on to the next round of tonight's tournament.
88.4
TKO
(Punches)
8:13
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Magomedkerimov scored a takedown halfway through the round, pinning Velickovic in the center of the cage. He threw a few short punches, but wasn't really able to make anything significant happen. Round one still goes to Magomedkerimov though.
     Velickovic pushed forward with some punches to start the second round, but after a brief scramble in the clinch, Magomedkerimov took him down again a minute into the round, and then they stood back up halfway through the round. They traded a few more strikes, and then Magomedkerimov hammered Velickovic with some bombs, causing Velickovic to curl up in a ball against the fence. That's the first time anyone has stopped Velickovic. That was a solid win for Magomed Magomedkerimov as he moves on to the tournament finals.
88.2
Draw
9:58
      The first round started with some slow paced boxing, where Taylor probably won the round by landing more strikes, even though Howard was moving forward for most of the round. Taylor hurt Howard with a minute left in the round though, and then threw him to the ground, landing in side control. So yeah, round one clearly goes to Louis Taylor, as he nearly finished Howard late in the round. Howard was able to get back to his feet with 30 seconds left in the round, but Taylor just took him down again with a trip from the clinch.
     Howard clipped Taylor with a big punch to start the second round, and then pressed him against the fence, but couldn't secure a takedown, so they reset. Howard was going after it in the second round, throwing big shots and moving forward, but Taylor just took him down again a minute into the round. Howard worked his way back to his feet halfway through the round. Howard continued to stalk Taylor, and then Taylor took him down again with 90 seconds left in the round. Taylor threw some big punches in the final seconds of the round, and then he threw a knee to Howard's head (by accident, aiming for his chest) and Howard said he couldn't continue, so... Everyone was questioning what would happen since Taylor COULD get disqualified, but he also won both rounds, and the fight was past the halfway point, soooo...? The fight was declared a technical draw, and then they gave the fight to Taylor for winning the first round, which I agree with 100%.
88.9
TKO
(Punches)
2:28
      Ray Cooper came out throwing BOMBS, and then he took down Ferreira 40 seconds into the opening round. Cooper pushed Ferreira toward the fence, Ferreira tried to get up, Cooper unloaded on him with some big punches, and the fight was stopped halfway through the first round. That was another fantastic finish by Ray Cooper, as he moves on to the tournament finals, and continues to build his reputation as the best fighter in the PFL.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round was basically a kickboxing match, with Sy landing the sharper strikes, but Magomedov was pushing forward the entire time. In the second round, Magomedov kicked Sy in the dick, and then after a brief pause, the fight continued, and Magomedov took him down, mounted him, and beat up Sy with punches. He tried to setup an arm-triangle choke, but Sy did a good job scrambling out of it, so Magomedov just postured up and unloaded with some big punches. I'm assuming Magomedov is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
      Magomedov started the second round with a takedown, and he took Sy's back 45 seconds into the round, and immediately locked on a rear-naked choke, while holding on with the body triangle. Sy eventually scrambled around to take Magomedov's back somehow, but Magomedov stood back up, Sy went for a guillotine, Magomedov slammed him, landed in side control, and then finished the round on top. I scored this fight 30-27 for Magomedov, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Magomedov the unanimous decision victory.
OVERALL 89.2
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