(11/24/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Ricky Palacios - 92.0
2. James Barnes - 91.3
3. Francisco Estrada - 91.2
4. Jay Silva - 90.7
5. Deron Winn - 90.3
6. Gleison Tibau - 90.2
7. Efrain Escudero - 88.4
8. Tito Ortiz - 87.5
9. Oscar Ivan Cota - 87.3
10. Tom Lawlor - 86.8
Golden Boy MMA 01: Liddell vs. Ortiz 3
Location: Inglewood, California
Elevation: 1,309'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Ricky Palacios vs. Walel Watson
88.7
Fighters & Matches 86.0
Top 10 Fighters 89.6
TOTAL 87.8
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:13
(Unaired)
87.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:47
      These guys clinched and Estrada scored a takedown against the fence a minute into the opening round. He worked his way around to back control, sort of slammed Huerta, and then threw a knee at his head, but Huerta was still on the ground, so the fight was paused, and Huerta was given time to recover, and the fight was reset. They finished the round trading random strikes. Round one pretty clearly goes to Estrada.
     The second round was more of the same, with Estrada quickly taking Huerta to the ground, he took his back, setup a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission halfway through the second round. That was a solid performance for Estrada's pro MMA debut.
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:48
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
87.2
Technical Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
12:13
      Just by looking at these guys, I thought this fight would be awesome, but it wasn't very good. The first round mostly consisted of a lot of clinching, with Cota pressing Silva against the fence while chipping away with short knees to his thighs. The second round was the opposite, with Silva pressing Cota against the fence, and beating him up with some punches. They traded control of the clinch a few times, and then Cota blasted Silva in the groin with a pair of knees to the groin. The referee took 2 points from Cota, for the groin strikes, and for grabbing his gloves, so that's a 10-7 round for Silva. Silva is ahead 19-17 going into the final round.
     The final round started with Cota clinching, and pressing Silva against the fence, he took him down a minute into the round, and it looked like he was going to work to take his back. Silva quickly reversed him, they stood up, and they clinched again, and then Silva tripped Cota 90 seconds into the round. He threw a few punches, passed to half mount, locked on an arm-triangle choke, and the referee randomly stopped the fight because he thought Cota went to sleep. That was a questionable stoppage, but Silva was going to win the fight anyway, so I'm glad it's over.
87.3
Submission
(Armbar)
14:09
      Morales threw a few strikes, and then Barnes aggressively tried to take him down with a wild back clinch, eventually taking him down 90 seconds into the round, pinning him against the fence. Morales setup a triangle choke, but he couldn't get his ankle under his knee, so Barnes was able to pop out of it, and he continued to beat up Morales against the fence. Morales finally locked on a decent triangle with 30 seconds left in the round, but Barnes was able to punch his way out of it. Round one should probably go to Barnes.
     The second round started with Barnes taking Morales down again, he pinned him against the fence, and went right back to beating him up with short punches. Barnes almost locked on a rear-naked choke from sort of a back crucifix position, but couldn't get it, so he just held onto top control, and finished the round dropping punches. Barnes is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Barnes scored another takedown 30 seconds into the final round, he continued to dominate Morales on the ground, he secured back control, punched Morales a lot, they rolled around with Barnes winning all of the exchanges, and then he finished him off with a tight armbar with less than a minute left in the fight. That was a strong performance by James Barnes.
88.7
TKO
(Punch & Head Kick)
3:56
      These guys traded a few random strikes, with Palacios controlling the center of the cage, but most of the fight just had both guys staring at each other while bouncing around a lot. Palacios rocked Watson 3 minutes into the round, and then started chasing him around the cage while winging bombs, and Watson was basically trying to run away just enough to try to buy himself some time to recover. It didn't really work though, because Palacios blasted him with a brutal combination, Watson was dropped, he stood back up, Palacios kicked him in the face, and the fight was stopped. That was a badass finish by Ricky Palacios.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      Tibau came out swinging to start the first round, and he basically beat the shit out of Escudero while pressuring his back up against the fence. Tibau scored a takedown halfway through the round, and continued to wrestle the shit out of Escudero for the duration of the round. Escudero finally swept him with 20 seconds left in the round, but just found himself caught in a really loose triangle choke. Round one goes to Tibau.
     The second round was the opposite, with Escudero taking down Tibau early in the round, and then he beat him up in the center of the cage for a while. Tibau eventually worked his way back to his feet with 30 seconds left in the round, but Escudero continued to cling to his leg until the end of the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was basically a boxing match, where both guys looked exhausted. The fight basically came down to whoever won the final minute of the fight, and Tibau was able to score a takedown right when it counted the most, securing the unanimous decision victory.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Winn controlling the center of the cage, while he basically just walked down Lawlor for the duration of the round. Neither fighter was REALLY throwing much offense, so the first round really just came down to "Winn was moving forward."
      The second round was another round of boxing, with Winn landing more shots, and Lawlor was a bloody mess by the end of the round, but I feel like it had more to do with the amount of scar tissue he has on his face, and less to do with Winn actually beating the shit out of him. Still, Winn is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
      Winn scored a quick takedown 25 seconds into the final round, Lawlor tried to stand back up, and Winn used his wrestling skills to control Lawlor until the end of the round. This was a solid performance by Deron Winn, but I don't think I'm as blown away as a lot of people are about him. Not yet anyway...
76.4
KO
(Punches)
4:24
      That fight was gross. I felt sick to my stomach the entire time. It was a bad fight to begin with, Tito was walking forward, Chuck was backing up, they both looked slow as shit, they both threw a few random strikes, they both looked sloppy, everything about this fight just felt wrong, and inappropriate. Tito eventually landed a combination that dropped Chuck, he punched him a few more times on the ground, Chuck was clearly out, and... well... Fights like this make me ashamed to be a fan of fights. This fight never should have been sanctioned. This is SUPPOSED to be Tito's retirement fight, and it was "supposed" to be Chuck's big comeback or some shit, but... I REALLY SERIOUSLY HOPE NEITHER FIGHTER EVER FIGHTS AGAIN. These guys are legends, but this fight was disgusting.
OVERALL 87.8
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