(11/24/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Weili Zhang - 93.7
2. Francis Ngannou - 93.4
3. Alistair Overeem - 93.0
4. Louis Smolka - 92.0
5. Rashad Coulter - 91.9
6. Yadong Song - 91.9
7. Yanan Wu - 91.8
8. Jingliang Li - 91.7
9. Xiaonan Yan - 91.4
10. Alex Morono - 91.3
UFC Fight Night 141: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2
Location: Beijing, China
Elevation: 144'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Weili Zhang vs. Jessica Aguilar
90.9
Fighters & Matches 89.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.2
TOTAL 90.7
87.2
Submission
(Armbar)
7:07
     Smolka put some serious effort into scoring a takedown in the first 90 seconds of the opening round. He was able to get Mudaerji to the ground, but Mudaerji refused to let him just control him without scrambling around wildly. Smolka unloaded with some punches with a minute left in the round, and Mudaerji gave up his back. Smolka continued to punch him, he tried to setup a rear-naked choke, and then the round ended. Round one clearly goes to Smolka.
     Smolka started the second round by immediately looking for another takedown. Mudaerji punished him with elbows from his guard, and then tried to secure an armbar, but Smolka stayed calm, and was able to pass to full mount. He unloaded with some big punches, Mudaerji gave up his back, scrambled out the back for a leg lock attempt, Smolka maintained top control, Mudaerji almost caught him in a triangle choke, Smolka rolled, and then finished the fight with a slick armbar, 2 minutes into the second round. That was a much needed win for Louis Smolka.
87.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
14:05
      The first round had Holland using his range to slap box Phillips, as he picked him apart with jabs & front kicks, and a few random leg kicks. Phillips tried to fire back with a few shots, but he doesn't look like he belongs at 185 at all. Phillips looks like he would be in better shape if he fought at 170. Phillips unloaded on Holland in the second round though, going for broke, and he dropped him at one point, but wasn't able to do much actual damage. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, with Holland winning the first round, and Phillips winning the second.
     Holland awkwardly bullied Phillips to the ground to start the third round, he pinned him near the fence, punched him in the face repeatedly, and Phillips was able to work his way back to his feet, but Holland continued to control him with a back clinch, which he used to take him to the ground again. They scrambled around for a little while, and then Holland setup a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission with less than a minute remaining in the fight. That was a solid performance by Kevin Holland.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      This fight was basically a 15 minute boxing match, where Yan outworked Kondo for the duration of the fight, picking her apart with a lot of combinations, clearly landing more volume, and in the end, it was a pretty easy to score 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Xiaonan Yan.
88.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Liu caught a kick and aggressively pushed Day into the fence, where he tried to take him down early in the first round. Day hopped around on one foot, and did a good job staying on his feet. Liu then pulled guard halfway through the round, while cranking on a guillotine choke, which Day popped out of with 2 minutes left in the round. They reset back on their feet. Liu won the first 3 minutes, but Day spent the last 2 minutes beating up Liu with strikes, while stuffing his shots. I think Day did enough to win that round, but it was close, and could go either way.
     The second round started with both guys scrambling around in the clinch, resulting in Day ending up on top, while Liu flopped around on the bottom while looking to setup a leg lock. They reset 90 seconds into the round. They spent the rest of the round with Day picking apart Liu with punches & kicks. Liu tried to pull guard at one point, but as soon as they hit the ground, Day blasted him with a few elbows and then stood back up. I have Day ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but the first round was hard to score.
     Liu told his corner that he broke his hand, but Faber told him it doesn't matter, just use your elbows & knees. Day started the third round with a few slick combinations, mixing his punches & kicks really well with some nice footwork. Liu randomly dropped Day 90 seconds into the final round, and then slapped on a guillotine choke, but he didn't really have the proper position for it, so Day swept him and then setup a D'Arce choke. Liu escaped that and somehow took Day's back, threw some elbows, and then tried to setup an armbar from back control. He gave that up in favor of trying to setup an arm-triangle choke from back control, but couldn't get it before the end of the round. That round clearly goes to Liu, and this fight could go either way. The judges were split, giving Liu the victory on two scorecards.
90.9
Submission
(Armbar)
3:41
      Zhang threw some strikes, Aguilar rushed in to clinch (and looked sloppy as she moved in), they clinched, and then Zhang threw Aguilar to the ground with a tight body lock. Zhang started chopping away with some elbows that slashed open the side of Aguilar's head. Aguilar was pretty much getting dominated on the ground by Zhang. Zhang passed to mount with 2 minutes left in the round, rolled for a triangle choke, locked it on tight, continued to blast Aguilar with BRUTAL elbows from the triangle, and then she switched to an armbar, and finished Aguilar. That was a badass performance by Weili Zhang.
90.3
Decision
15:00
      Hu spent the first round pressing Coulter against the fence for some heavy clinching, and he landed a few solid combinations whenever they would split up. Coulter blastead him with a powerful combination while lunging forward halfway through the round, and from that point forward, Coulter basically beat the shit out of a bloody Hu, knocking him down with 2 minutes left in the round, and Hu was bleeding out of a cut on his right eye. Coulter slowed down significantly with a minute left in the round, and Hu was able to fire back with some big shots. Coulter landed a LOUD knee near the end of the round, and then they both threw wild punches at each other. Round one probably goes to Coulter, but that was a hell of a back & forth round.
     They were both slowing down in the second round, but they were still throwing powerful punches at each other, and Hu was mixing in some slapping leg kicks that caused Coulter to slow down even more. That was a really close round, and I might be tempted to give the round to Hu, for landing more strategic strikes, and he also controlled the very end of the round. Coulter could be ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but I'm going to say it's all tied up.
     Hu beat the shit out of Coulter for the first 90 seconds of the final round, as it looked like he had him in trouble against the fence. Coulter started to move forward again though, so Hu kicked him in the dick, but the referee ignored it. They continued to brawl at a decent pace, especially considering that they were both gassed. In the end, this fight really could have gone either way, but all 3 judges scored the fight 29-28 for Rashad Coulter.
89.4
Submission
(Armbar)
4:00
      Mueller came out swinging, she was moving forward a lot, but Wu did a good job sort of keeping her under control enough to avoid damage. They clinched for a while, trading control back & forth, and then they reset with 2 minutes left in the opening round. They both threw some wild punches, Mueller was still moving forward for the most part, and then she dropped Wu with a wild punch, she jumped into her guard, Wu threw up an armbar, and finished the fight by submission. That's the first loss of Mueller's career.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Morono winging big punches at Song at a steady pace, constantly moving forward, and Song mostly just looked like he was weathering the storm, while throwing back a few decent shots every once in a while, but the first round was a pretty lopsided round of boxing in favor of Alex Morono. He looks good tonight, but I'll be surprised if he can keep up this pace for 15 minutes if the fight goes that long.
     The second round had Morono smashing Song's face with those wild punches still, leaving him a bloody mess, with multiple cuts, and a lot of swollen areas all over. Morono is clearly running away with this fight on the scorecards. Song lands solid shots every once in a while, but nowhere near as often as what Morono is throwing at him.
     The second round was more of the same, with Morono clearly winning the round again, and then Song blasted him in the eye with a hard eye poke. There was a lengthy pause, and then the fight continued, and Morono wins with the clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory. That was a really strong performance by Morono.
89.4
KO
(Body Kick & Punches)
14:07
      These guys traded a few random strikes, mostly jabs, and then Zawada dropped Li a minute into the opening round, but Li was able to recover, and scramble back to his feet, they clinched, and then Li took down Zawada with a trip from the clinch. Li threw a few solid punches, but Zawada was doing a good job defending himself with his guard. They stood back up halfway through the round, Zawada unloaded with a combination that sort of wobbled Li, but he recovered again, shrugged him off, and they reset with 2 minutes left to work. Zawada finished the first round with a takedown attempt that Li stuffed against the fence. The first round clearly goes to Zawada.
     The second round was a closer round of boxing, with Li looking a lot more aggressive, moving forward the entire round, throwing more strikes, but Zawada has a crisp counterstriking style, so he landed some good shots too, but I felt pretty confident that Li would win that round, and then the final seconds had Li unloading on Zawada with the best combination of the fight so far, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was similar to the second, with Li chipping away at Zawada, constantly moving forward, he was DESTROYING his leg with hard kicks to the thigh, and then he finished the fight with a kick to the body, Zawada dropped to the ground, Li unloaded with punches, and the fight was stopped. That was a good fight, and a really nice win for Jingliang Li.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      Yadong spent 100% of the time in the first round, moving forward, while throwing power strikes at Morales. He blasted him with multiple spinning back kicks, some heavy punches, mostly hooks and overhand bombs. Morales landed a few solid shots, but he was backing up the entire time, and pretty clearly lost the round. Yadong looks sharp tonight.
     The second round was pretty similar to the first round, with Yadong clearly winning the round again. Morales tried to get more aggressive, but he was having trouble finding his distance. By the end of the round, Morales had a huge hematoma growing above his left eye.
     Yadong blasted Morales with some big strikes to start the final round, and then he took him down with ease. Song worked to pass the guard of Morales, and pounded on him with some punches, while basically smothering him. He ALMOST passed to full mount, and then Morales swept him, so they stood back up immediately. Yadong continued to control the clinch, while keeping Morales pressed against the fence. Yadong took him down again, and continued the grind. Morales almost setup a leg lock, but Yadong was able to spin out of it, and then they reset with 90 seconds left in the fight. The round ended with both guys basically just brawling. This should be a 30-27 decision for Yadong Song, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory. That was a pretty good fight overall.
90.3
TKO
(Punches)
4:21
      Pavlovich blasted Overeem with some big punches, and then they spent a while in the clinch, trading control, while trading some basic knees. Pavlovich dipped down for a couple of takedown attempts, but Overeem did a good job staying on his feet. Overeem blasted Pavlovich and then tripped him with 90 seconds left in the round. Overeem mostly just stood over Pavlovich for a while, but he blasted him with some big punches, Pavlovich just kind of covered up, and tried to turn toward the fence, like he was hoping he could crawl under the fence to escape, and the referee stopped the fight. That was a MUCH needed win for Alistair Overeem, and it's also the first loss for Sergey Pavlovich of his entire career. Overeem has no chin, but if he gets you on the ground, he can still smash your face in. Congrats to Overeem.
90.8
KO
(Punches)
0:25
      Blaydes shot for a takedown, Ngannou knocked him out, Blaydes recovered JUST ENOUGH to keep the fight going, as he tried to stumble back to his feet, Ngannou knocked him out again, and again, and again, and eventually the referee was forced to just stop the fight. That was a HUGE win for Francis Ngannou, ending his 2-Fight losing streak, and it also puts an end to the 6-Fight winning streak of Curtis Blaydes. That was a crazy win for Francis Ngannou.
OVERALL 90.7
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