(11/30/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Juan Francisco Espino Dieppa - 94.4
2. Macy Chiasson - 93.0
3. Joseph Benavidez - 92.7
4. Tim Means - 92.4
5. Kamaru Usman - 92.3
6. Roosevelt Roberts - 92.0
7. Pedro Munhoz - 91.9
8. Maurice Greene - 91.8
9. Raoni Barcelos - 91.7
10. Leah Letson - 90.4
UFC The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Macy Chiasson vs. Pannie Kianzad
91.2
Fighters & Matches 89.0
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 90.7
88.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
9:12
     I don't think anybody was in the audience at all for this fight. I've never heard the crowd this quiet. The fighters sort of gave that vibe of "there is no energy in this arena", which made for a lackluster opening round. The first two rounds mostly had Barcelos on top, inside Gutierrez's guard, working some basic ground & pound, and then Gutierrez opened a cut on the head of Barcelos in the second round, which caused blood to pour all over the place. Barcelos turned it up a notch, and started grappling the shit out of Gutierrez, while still beating him up with some basic ground & pound from a variety of top positions. He eventually scrambled to take Gutierrez's back, he slapped on a fast rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission late in the second round. That was a strong performance by Raoni Barcelos in the second round.
88.8
TKO
(Punches)
1:18
      This fight started with Means beating up Rainey with punches, and then Rainey poked Means in the eye. The fight eventually started back up, Means tried to take Rainey to the ground, Rainey grabbed the fence, the referee yelled at him, and Means forced him to the ground anyway. Means then mounted him, unloaded with some big punches, and the fight was eventually stopped. That was a really strong performance by Tim Means.
88.3
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
4:50
      The first round had both guys trading hard punches & kicks, mostly just single shots, with Roberts moving around a little more, but they were both landing similar strikes. Horcher eventually clinched for a while, Roberts looked like he was bored, getting held against the fence, so he slapped on a standing guillotine choke, lifted Horcher into the air, horizontally against the fence, he cranked the shit out of it, and forced the submission late in the first round. That was a solid UFC debut for Roosevelt Roberts.
88.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was sort of a wild brawl, with Letson landing all sorts of chainsaw combinations, and Stoliarenko was working around the outside a bit, she landed a few solid shots, but nothing that compared to what Letson was throwing at her. Round one goes to Leah Letson.
     Stoliarenko shot for some terrible takedowns in the second round, Letson stuffed the shots with ease, and then continued to chip away at Stoliarenko with her slick boxing. I have Letson pretty clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The third round was more of the same, until Stoliarenko pulled guard with a tight guillotine choke attempt. She almost had it, but Letson stayed calm, eventually popped her head free halfway through the round. Stoliarenko basically just held on for dear life with a tight guard, and Letson tried to work some ground & pound, but it ended up in just a stalemate on the ground. The referee reset them with 30 seconds left in the fight, and Letson threw everything she had at Stoliarenko until the end of the round. This fight should probably be a 29-28 decision for Letson, and I wouldn't even argue with a 30-27 decision. The judges were split, with the two sane judges giving the split-decision victory to Leah Letson.
88.2
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
2:14
      Greene threw a few decent strikes, and then a minute into the opening round, Batista shot for a takedown, which Greene stuffed at first, but Batista finally yanked him to the ground 90 seconds into the round. Greene slapped on a triangle choke, cranked, Batista tried to last, but he was forced to tap. That was a solid win for Maurice Greene as he makes his official UFC debut.
90.8
TKO
(Punches)
4:19
      Benavidez had some really slick combinations in the opening round, where every time Perez would throw a hard shot, Benavidez would fire back with a tight combination. Benavidez eventually ran through Perez, took him down, Perez gave up his back to avoid a guillotine choke, Benavidez unloaded on him, the referee stopped the fight, Benavidez started to stand up, because the fight was over, and then the referee said "Nah, I want more!" so the fight randomly continued... Fortunately, Benavidez secured the same position, unloaded on Perez with some more punches, and the fight was finally OFFICIALLY stopped. That was a great performance by Joseph Benavidez. I'm glad he didn't get screwed out of his victory.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      The first round was a basic boxing match, with a lot of feints, but not a lot of actual offense. Glenn's face looked busted up by the end of the round though, so I guess I would give that first round to Aguilar. The second round was more of the same, with a lot of feints until the final 30 seconds, where they really started fighting. This has been a close fight so far, so I'm going to say it's all tied up going into the final round.
     Glenn came out swinging in the third round, chopping away at Aguilar with a lot of elbows. Aguilar dropped him halfway through the round though, it looked like Glenn was almost out, but he recovered just enough to keep the fight going. Aguilar spent the rest of the round wrestling the shit out of Glenn on the ground. This should be a clear cut decision for Kevin Aguilar. All 3 judges agreed, giving Aguilar the unanimous decision victory.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both girls throwing a few random strikes, they clinched for a while, and then Shevchenko threw Kim to the ground in the final 30 seconds, which was probably enough to win the round for Shevchenko. The second round was another round of random striking & clinching, which probably goes to Shevchenko as well. Shevchenko took down Kim early in the final round, controlled her for a while, and then clipped her with an illegal knee to the chin when Kim tried to get up, so the referee warned her, and reset them (but didn't take a point). It BARELY clipped her anyway. They spent the rest of the round striking & clinching, leading to the 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Antonina Shevchenko in her UFC debut.
87.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Shahbazyan started this fight by quickly clinching with Stewart's back, and trying to drag him to the ground. Shahbazyan controlled most of the round with his grappling, but Stewart went crazy with a minute left in the round, as he chased Shahbazyan around the cage while winging everything he had at him. Shahbazyan finished the round with a takedown in the final 15 seconds. Round one probably goes to Shahbazyan, even though Stewart tried to kill him late in the round. The second round started with Shahbazyan scoring another takedown, and he continued to grind Stewart against the fence for the duration of the round, resulting in a boring round that goes to Shahbazyan.
     Shahbazyan scored another takedown a minute into the final round, but couldn't hold Stewart down this time. Stewart blasted Shahbazyan with a heavy right elbow that brought him to his knees for a second. He then unloaded with some big punches, and wobbled Shahbazyan, forcing him to clinch and press Stewart against the fence again. The referee reset them with 2 minutes left in the fight. Stewart unloaded with some wild punches, Shahbazyan flopped around on the ground, Stewart continued to pound on him with big shots, and in my opinion, Stewart deserves to win this fight based on effort to finish the fight, since all Shahbazyan did was grind against the fence. I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Stewart. Only one judge agreed, so Shahbazyan wins the split-decision victory. To be honest, it probably should have been a draw.
89.3
TKO
(Kick to the Body & Punches)
2:39
      These guys both came out brawling with a sloppy style of boxing, and Caraway's right eye started bleeding in the first 90 seconds of the fight. Both guys were 100% offense, with no interest in working defense at all. Munhoz dropped Caraway halfway through the opening round, Munhoz punched him a few more times on the ground, Caraway turtled up, the referee stopped the fight, and Caraway immediately started complaining about the stoppage. He seemed out of it the entire fight though, so I have no idea what was wrong with Caraway tonight, but he fought like garbage. Congrats to Munhoz for the first round stoppage though.
91.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:11
      These girls both came out swinging, Chiasson beat up Kianzad with some strikes, she hammered her with some heavy knees, they clinched for a while, with both girls trading control, but Chiasson controlled most of the clinch, and then she took Kianzad's back late in the round, and slapped on a rear-naked choke, but didn't have enough time to finish it. Round one goes to Chiasson based mostly on clinch control, and landing the better strikes.
     They both came out swinging in the second round again, Kianzad landed some hard strikes early, and then Chiasson dropped her a minute into the round with a big combination, Kianzad tried to catch her in an armbar, and then Chiasson climbed over to escape, and immediately took Kianzad's back, locked on another rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission. That was a fantastic performance by Macy Chiasson, and she's one of my new favorite fighters. She was my favorite on TUF 28, and she's one of my favorites in the UFC Women's Featherweight division.
90.7
Submission
(Straight Armbar)
4:00
      Dieppa immediately took down Frazier to start the opening round. He quickly pinned him near the fence, and he landed some heavy punches as Frazier tried to work his way back to his feet. Dieppa was absolutely mauling Frazier, well on his way to a 10-8 round, and then halfway through the round, Frazier magically escaped out the back door, and reset back on his feet. He landed a few solid shots, and then Dieppa took him down with the quickness again. Dieppa setup an Americana, switched it to a straight armbar, and Frazier was forced to submit. That was an amazing performance by Dieppa, and it was probably enough to scare the shit out of the majority of the fighters in the heavyweight division. Congrats to Dieppa for the huge win.
89.9
Decision
25:00
      The first round had both guys trading a handful of solid strikes, and then Usman spent the rest of the round trying to take RDA to the ground. He scored an early takedown, RDA stood back up, and he scored another late takedown, and worked some ground & pound before the end of the round, but he got blasted by a massive upkick in the exchange. Round one clearly goes to Usman.
     The second round was another round where Usman just smothered RDA against the fence. Usman finally took him down again halfway through the round, he landed in RDA's guard, and RDA blasted him with a series of elbows to the top of his head. RDA cranked on a Kimura with 90 seconds left in the round, but he couldn't get enough leverage, as they were too close to the fence. RDA was able to sweep Usman with the Kimura though, which allowed him to scramble back to his feet. RDA finished the round with a big combination of punches & kicks. Usman is ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but RDA has had a few solid moments, and if he can continue to build momentum, anything could happen in the next 15 minutes.
     Usman threw some bombs to start the third round, and RDA fired back, but Usman was still doing a great job pressuring RDA's back up against the fence. Usman scored another takedown, and then RDA worked his way back to his feet and landed some nice combinations again. Usman took him down again halfway through the round, and RDA started working for a Kimura again. RDA worked his way back to his feet with 2 minutes left in the round. They traded some more strikes, with RDA landing the better shots, but Usman is still ahead 30-27 based on his heavy pressure.
     The fourth round was another round full of Usman grinding all over RDA, taking him down repeatedly, pinning him against the fence, and working short ranged ground & pound. At this point, RDA is going to have to pull some magic out of his ass if he wants to get the win in the final round, because Usman is way too far ahead on the scorecards for RDA to even hope for a close decision.
     The final round was another round of Usman smothering the shit out of RDA, while chipping away with some basic ground & pound. For a fight that Usman dominated for 25 minutes, he never really came close to finishing the fight. Congrats to Usman for beating a top ranked guy, but... I'm still not a fan of his grinding style. It would be awesome if he could finish fights on a regular basis, but he can't, so it just results in a lot of grinding.
OVERALL 90.7
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