100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Maycee Barber - 93.7
2. Yair Rodriguez - 92.4
3. Beneil Dariush - 92.0
4. Devonte Smith - 91.8
5. Donald Cerrone - 91.8
6. Davi Ramos - 91.3
7. Ashley Yoder - 90.8
8. Chan Sung Jung - 90.8
9. Bobby Moffett - 90.3
10. Luis Pena - 90.3
UFC Fight Night 139: Korean Zombie vs. Rodriguez
Location: Denver, Colorado
Elevation: 5,410'
-Fight of the Night-
Yair Rodriguez vs. Chan Sung Jung
Fighters & Matches 88.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.2
     The first round was a close round of striking that could potentially go either way. Rosa was pushing forward in the second round, landed more strikes, and controlled a bit of clinch grappling, so the second round definitely goes to Mark De La Rosa. The final round was another back & forth round of striking, with a bit of clinching, without either fighter really taking a clear advantage. So the first and third rounds were up in the air, and the second round goes to Rosa. The judges gave the split-decision victory to Mark De La Rosa.
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Shelton took down Morales with 2 minutes left in the opening round, he took his back, and then Morales quickly worked his way back to his feet. Shelton scored another takedown with a minute left in the round, and Morales tried to catch him in a guillotine choke. Shelton popped his head free with 30 seconds left in the round, and probably won the round with the two takedowns. The second round was basically more of the same, with Shelton working his wrestling, while Morales kept going for guillotines. I'm assuming Shelton is winning this fight based on top control, but Morales might be doing more damage? I don't know. Neither fighter is really doing any actual damage. The final round was more of the same, leading to what I thought was a 30-27 decision for Shelton. Two judges basically agreed, and one gave all 3 rounds to Morales, leading to a split-decision victory for Eric Shelton.
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Smith dropped Erosa 40 seconds into the opening round with a slick combination, he jumped on him, unloaded with some more punches on the ground, and finished the fight in under a minute, earning a knockout victory in his UFC debut.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Ramos started this fight with a quick takedown. He almost immediately took his back, and started digging for an early rear-naked choke. He continued to sink it in deeper, and hear nearly put Gunther to sleep, forcing him to submit early in the first round. That was a really strong performance by Davi Ramos, and another disappointing loss for John Gunther.
Technical Submission
(D'Arce Choke)
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Skelly tried to score a takedown 90 seconds into the opening round, but Moffett did a decent job staying on his feet. Skelly was clinching heavily with his back, and then jumped on him for the backpack position. Skelly tried to setup a rear-naked choke, and Moffett just kept trying to get back to his feet whenever he would fall down. Skelly continued to cling to Moffett's back, while Skelly punched him in the side of the head repeatedly. Round one goes to Skelly based on his impression of a backpack.
     These guys traded a few more strikes to start the second round, and then Moffett picked up Skelly and dumped him to the ground a minute into the round. Skelly walked up the wall and flipped over Moffett to sweep him halfway through the round, but Moffett caught him in a D'Arce choke, circled around to lock it in tighter, Skelly refused to tap, and then the referee randomly stopped the fight because he thought Skelly was out, but AS SOON as he stopped the fight, Skelly jumped up and argued against the stoppage. It LOOKED to me like he was out as the fight was happening, but after watching the replay, I think it was a bad stoppage. It was a bad situation though, which would have made the referee's job really hard. I don't know if it was a good call or not.
      This fight started with some boxing, where Cooper was clearly more aggressive, but Yoder was landing the harder single shot counters. Cooper scored a takedown with 2 minutes left in the opening round. Yoder tried to setup an inverted triangle, Cooper popped her head free, and then Yoder swept her, and finished the final 30 seconds on top, throwing some punches, but Cooper did a good job keeping Yoder at bay using her legs. Round one probably goes to Cooper, but I thought Yoder had more impressive moments.
     Yoder started the second round with a hard punch and some knees from the clinch, and then Cooper pressed her against the fence to try to setup another takedown. Yoder threw Cooper down with a slick Judo throw 2 minutes into the second round. Yoder landed a few decent shots, and then Cooper scrambled back to her feet halfway through the round. Cooper scored a takedown, and then just kind of pinned Yoder. The round ended with Yoder setting up another inverted triangle from the bottom. I WANT Yoder to be winning this fight at this point, but Cooper is probably ahead 20-18 just from grinding. I think Yoder is being more creative though, so I have this fight all tied up.
     They traded a few strikes to start the third round, and then Cooper shot for a takedown, and Yoder immediately reversed her on the way down. Cooper tried to setup a Kimura from the bottom, but Yoder kept her cool, maintained top control, and then setup a kneebar, but Cooper was able to walk out of it, ended up on top, Yoder swept her again, Cooper went for an armbar, and then Yoder scrambled to back control, and finished the round clinging onto a tight neck crank. That last round definitely goes to Yoder, and I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Ashley Yoder. Two judges agreed, and one gave all 3 rounds to Cooper. Congrats to Ashley Yoder, as she finally gets her first UFC win, after 3 losses in a row by decision.
      These guys spent the first half of the opening round trading kicks, with Pena throwing a variety, and Trizano was mostly throwing leg kicks. Pena shot for a takedown halfway through the round, but couldn't get it, so they clinched, and Pena pressed Trizano against the fence. Trizano jumped for a guillotine choke attempt, and he pulled guard with it, but Pena popped his head free before they hit the ground. They stood back up, and Pena rolled for a Kimura attempt to finish the round. I'm giving that round to Pena, but it was close and could go either way.
     The second round started with some similar strikes, similar clinching, and hten Pena took Trizano's back halfway through the round, and tried to setup the backpack rear-naked choke, as Trizano tried to stay standing. He eventually fell down with 2 minutes left in the round, with Pena still clinging to his back. Pena had the body triangle locked on, almost locked on a rear-naked choke, and then Trizano spun out of it and ended up on top inside Pena's guard. Round two goes to Pena, and I have him up 20-18 going into the final round.
     Pena took down Trizano halfway through the final round, but got sloppy and randomly let him stand back up, and then after a brief scramble, Pena just randomly fell down, and let Trizano get on top of him. Pena then wrestled his way back into top control with 90 seconds left in the fight, and pinned Trizano against the fence. Trizano worked his way back to his feet with 45 seconds left in the fight. They spent the rest of the round boxing with each other, with Trizano probably winning the striking exchanges, but I thought Pena won this fight with his wrestling, AT LEAST winning the last two rounds, if not all 3. One stupid ass referee gave all 3 rounds to Trizano. The other two judges were split, so Trizano wins the split-decision victory.
(Punches & Elbows)
      The first round was a grueling round of striking & clinching, with Barber controlling most of the round, while landing the better strikes. Cifers is tough though, and she was definitely hanging in there and holding her own, while taking this fight on short notice. That was a good back & forth round, that should go to Maycee Barber.
     Barber came out swinging to start the second round, she chopped up the face of Cifers with some brutal strikes, they hit the ground a minute into the round, Cifers went for an omoplata, Barber rolled out of it, unloaded with BRUTAL punches & elbows, and the face of Cifers exploded in blood. The referee had to finally stop the fight to save Hannah's life. That was a brutal beating by Maycee Barber, and I've seen Cifers fight before, and she's insanely tough, so this was a really nice win for Maycee Barber.
      Dariush started this fight with a hard kick to the body, and then Moises tried to pull guard with a guillotine attempt, Dariush popped his head free, Moises went for an armbar, Dariush slipped out of that, and then took Moises's back, while pressing him against the fence in sort of a seated position. Moises stood up, and they continued to clinch heavily, while trying to throw each other around. Moises went for another guillotine attempt, and let Dariush take top control again as he popped his head free. Dariush threw some big punches & elbows, and then they stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round. Dariush took down Moises again with a minute left in the round, and went back to throwing some punches, and then took Moises's back again. Dariush passed to full mount, unloaded with some big punches, and Moises was saved by the buzzer.
     Dariush threw some big punches and a head kick to start the second round, and then took down Moises 30 seconds into the round. Dariush threw some big punches from inside Moises's guard, while keeping him stacked. Moises scrambled back to his feet halfway through the round, and Dariush continued to cling to him like glue, as he brought Moises down to his knees against the fence again, with that sort of semi-standing back control. Dariush setup a rear-naked choke, but couldn't quite get under Moises's chin. He still had it locked on pretty tight, but Moises was saved by the buzzer again. Dariush is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Dariush started the final round with a hard body kick, and then got clipped with an uppercut on his way back into the clinch. Moises then pulled guard again with another guillotine attempt, which Dariush popped out of again, and he's back in top control a minute into the final round. Dariush threw a few punches, and then took Moises's back again 2 minutes into the round, locking on the body triangle. He setup the rear-naked choke again, punched Moises a few times to loosen him up, it looked tight, but Moises did a good job defending his neck. Dariush was still clearly dominating him on the ground though. Moises almost rolled out of the body triangle, but Dariush saw what was happening, so he immediately took top control again. The round ended with Dariush dropping elbows to the body of Moises, leading to the clear cut unanimous decision victory for Dariush.
      These girls traded a few hard strikes, and then Pennington clinched and pressed Randamie against the fence a minute into the opening round. Randamie controlled the clinch for most of the round, and then Randamie took control of the clinch with 2 minutes left in the round. Pennington took control of the clinch again with a minute left in the round. They reset with 30 seconds left in the round. Pennington technically "controlled" more of that round, but Randamie seemed more dangerous at all times, so... I don't honestly know who won that round.
     They traded a few strikes to start the second round, Pennington shot for a takedown, Randamie stuffed the shot again, and continued to pick apart Pennington with sharp strikes. Pennington was moving forward the entire time, throwing a lot of two punch combinations, but Randamie was firing back with the cleaner counters. Pennington clinched and pressed Randamie against the fence with 90 seconds left in the round. I have Pennington ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but I'll admit that it's just because I want her to win. She IS being a LITTLE more aggressive though. Randamie's striking is sharp though, and she probably won both rounds based on that.
     The final round was more of the same, with Randamie landing the cleaner strikes, and then Pennington clinched and pressed her against the fence halfway through the round. Randamie threw a knee to Pennington's groin. The referee reset them after that. When the fight started back up, Randamie clipped Pennington, and then Pennington shot for another takedown, couldn't get it, so she just pressed Randamie against the fence for some more clinch grinding. Randamie probably won this fight, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a questionable decision. Nope. Randamie won all 3 rounds for the unanimous decision victory.
      They traded a few strikes in what ended up being a slow first half of the opening round. Perry stuffed a couple of takedown attempts, and then he took down Cerrone, but Cerrone quickly reversed him and landed in side control with 90 seconds left in the round. Perry sort of gave up his back to try to get back to his feet, and he backed up into the fence, shook Cerrone off the top, pinned Cerrone, and then Cerrone finished him with an armbar late in the round. That was a solid win for Donald Cerrone, and a disappointing loss for Perry.
      The first round had Rodriguez throwing a lot of kicks, and he landed some hard ones, especially to the lead leg of the Zombie, but Zombie blasted him with some big uppercuts from the clinch, a few combinations that rocked Rodriguez, and in the end, I think The Korean Zombie won the first round with his combinations, and forward movement.
     The second round started with some more strikes, they clinched, traded control of the clinch, and then Rodriguez threw a knee to Jung's groin. When the fight started back up, they continued to circle around each other while trading strikes at a moderate pace. The round ended with some explosive exchanges. This fight has been close so far, but I have Jung ahead 20-18 going into the third round, but the judges COULD be all over the place for this one.
     The third round was another one of those rounds that ALMOST feels slow, but it's filled with explosive moments, where both guys would launch wild attacks at each other. Jung is outlanding Rodriguez with significant strikes, and he wobbled Rodriguez a few times, so I have The Korean Zombie ahead 30-27 going into the fourth round, but I don't feel very confident about the scores here. He AT LEAST won the third round though.
     The fourth round was another explosive round of striking, with Jung really taking a pretty clear lead in my opinion, as both guys had clear damage to their faces, but Rodriguez's face was pretty mangled by the end of the round. I have Jung winning this fight on the scorecards going into the final round, by a pretty clear margin, but apparently a lot of people disagree with me, so I'm not sure what the judges are going to do if there isn't a stoppage in the final round.
     The final round was more of the same, they were both brawling at a steady pace for the duration of the round, I thought Jung was ahead on the scorecards, and then for some reason, they just stopped fighting in the final 10 seconds, started giving each other high fives and shit, the crowd was annoyed because they wanted them to end with an explosion, it looked like they were just going to coast until the end of the round, and then Rodriguez blasted Jung with an insane ducking uppercut elbow thing that knocked the Zombie out as the final buzzer sounded. That was a crazy fight, and a HUGE win for Rodriguez.