(12/1/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Sodiq Yusuff - 93.0
2. Kai Kara-France - 92.7
3. Jim Crute - 92.3
4. Junior dos Santos - 92.2
5. Anthony Rocco Martin - 91.9
6. Justin Willis - 90.9
7. Alexey Kunchenko - 90.8
8. Mauricio Rua - 90.4
9. Jake Matthews - 90.0
10. Damir Ismagulov - 89.9
UFC Fight Night 142: Dos Santos vs. Tuivasa
Location: South Australia, Australia
Elevation: 700'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Junior dos Santos vs. Tai Tuivasa
90.4
Fighters & Matches 88.2
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 89.8
85.4
Decision
15:00
     These guys traded a few strikes, and then Ismagulov scored a takedown 90 seconds into the opening round, tripping Gorgees with a body lock. Ismagulov threw a few punches, and then Gorgees worked his way back to his feet, only to get thrown to the ground again. Ismagulov let him stand back up, and then immediately shot for another takedown, but Gorgees was able to stuff the shot this time, and then he landed some elbows to the side of Ismagulov's head, while Ismagulov continued to press Gorgees against the fence. Round one goes to Ismagulov, based mostly on pressure, and a couple of takedowns.
     The second round started with Ismagulov scoring another early takedown, and he continued to beat up Gorgees on the ground, while controlling him with his wrestling. Ismagulov is ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Gorgees hasn't really shown me much of anything yet in his UFC debut here, and Ismagulov has solid wrestling and stuff, but I'm not exactly blown away by him either.
     Ismagulov started the final round with another takedown 45 seconds into the round, but he let Gorgees back up a few seconds later, only to shoot for another takedown, which Gorgees stuffed against the fence. Ismagulov took him down again a few seconds later though, so it doesn't really matter. In the end, Ismagulov wins the 30-26 unanimous decision victory in his UFC debut.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys both came out swinging, they landed some big punches, and then Giagos scored a takedown and pinned Hirota against the fence. Hirota worked his way back to his feet with 2 minutes left in the opening round, but Giagos blasted him with some big shots on his way up. Giagos took Hirota down again, Hirota caught him in a tight guillotine choke, and then Giagos popped his head free. Hirota almost caught Giagos with an awkward leg lock, but Giagos was able to break free, and they finished the round on their feet. Round one goes to Giagos.
     Giagos started the second round with a takedown, and beat up Hirota with some solid punches from inside his guard. He spent the entire round on top, chipping away at Hirota, and then Hirota finally got back to his feet with 20 seconds left in the round, where he landed a few solid shots, but Giagos should still be ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Giagos took down Hirota early in the final round, but Hirota reversed him on the way down. They continued to wrestle around at a decent pace for the duration of the round, with Hirota winning the round, but Giagos should still win this fight, 29-28. All 3 judges agreed, giving Giagos the unanimous decision victory.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      Garcia quickly took down France, and started working for a heel hook, but France stayed calm, and was able to secure top control, settling into Garcia's guard. Garcia kept digging for submissions from his guard, and then France worked his way back to his feet 2 minutes into the opening round. Garcia dropped France halfway through the round, but France popped back up immediately and started firing back with some big shots of his own. They hit the ground again with 2 minutes left in the round, France worked some ground & pound, and Garcia started looking for submissions again. France beat up Garcia with some big punches, and then he took his back with a minute left in the round. The round ended with France unloading with big punches on the ground. Most of the round was competitive, but France clearly won the round with his offense in the final minute.
     France spent the first minute of the second round beating the shit out of Garcia with some big punches, he knocked him down, and then Garcia caught him in a tight triangle choke. France tried to slam his way to freedom, Garcia switched to a tight armbar, and then France used magic to scramble out of it, he ended up on top in side control, and went back to beating up Garcia with ground & pound. France looks like a monster in this fight. France should have a clear 20-18 lead going into the final round.
     Garcia took down France to start the final round, and France quickly reversed him, and stood back up. France continued to beat up Garcia with his boxing, and then he dropped him 2 minutes into the round, Garcia tried to setup another leg lock while France stood above him, so France backed off and let him stand back up. France continued to beat up Garcia with his boxing, and then he took him down and took his back again. This was a fantastic performance by Kai Kara-France. All 3 judges gave the unanimous decision victory to Kai Kara-France.
85.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had both fighters circling each other, without either fighter really throwing much offense at all. Round one probably goes to Touahri, based on landing a handful of solid shots. That wasn't a great round for either fighter though.
     The second round looked similar, but Nakamura dropped Touahri 45 seconds into the round, forcing Touahri to clinch for a while. They spent the rest of the round boxing with each other, but neither fighter really did any damage. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was similar to the second round, with both guys boxing, and Nakamura probably looking slightly better in most of the exchanges. I scored this fight 29-28 for Nakamura. The judges were split, giving the split-decision victory to Keita Nakamura.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Reis put everything he had into a single leg takedown against the fence. Nguyen worked his way back to his feet and reset halfway through the opening round. Nguyen spent 90 seconds chipping away with strikes, and then Reis took him down again with a minute left in the round. Nguyen worked his way back to his feet, and then Reis took him down again. Round one goes to Reis.
     Reis took down Nguyen early in the second round again, and Nguyen worked his way back to his feet and reset a minute into the round. Nguyen spent a little while picking apart Reis with strikes, and then Reis started digging for another takedown, pressuring Nguyen against the fence, but Nguyen did a good job stuffing the shots this time. Nguyen yanked Nguyen to the ground with a minute left in the round, and continued to pressure him against the fence in a seated position. Reis has a 20-18 lead going into the final round.
     The final round was more of the same, with Nguyen beating up Reis on the feet, and Reis spent most of his energy trying to take Nguyen to the ground. He took him down repeatedly, but Nguyen did a great job getting back up almost immediately every time. I'm giving that third round to Nguyen, but Reis should still probably win this fight, 29-28. All 3 judges gave all 3 rounds to Reis, and Nguyen seemed shocked for some reason.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Kunchenko chipping away with his boxing, while stuffing the takedown attempts by Okami. Round one goes to Kunchenko. The second round was more of the same, with Kunchenko stuffing shots, while firing big punches & knees in the direction of Okami. Neither fighter has done much damage yet, but I think Kunchenko has landed the cleaner shots, and he's been able to shutdown the wrestling of Okami, so I have Kunchenko ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was more of the same, with Kunchenko landing some big punches & kicks, while he continued to stuff the shots from Okami. Kunchenko looked good in this fight, and Okami looked like typical Okami. This should be a 30-27 decision for Kunchenko, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Kunchenko the unanimous decision victory, as he moves on to a 20-0 undefeated record.
89.4
Submission
(Kimura)
14:51
      These guys traded a few punches, and then Craig quickly shot for a takedown, and pinned Crute in the center of the cage. Crute swept him 90 seconds into the opening round, ending up on top in half mount. Craig tried to setup a triangle choke, but Crute passed through that and mounted Craig with 2 minutes left in the round. He slapped on an arm-triangle choke, but he was up against the fence, so he couldn't spin far enough to get proper leverage. There was a wild scramble with 45 seconds left in the round, ending with Crute on top in half mount, digging for a Kimura. Round one pretty clearly goes to Jim Crute.
     Craig quickly took down Crute to start the second round. Crute scrambled back to his feet 2 minutes into the round. Craig immediately started digging for another takedown, planting him on the ground with 2 minutes left to work. He pinned him against the fence and beat him up with short punches, until Crute finally escaped and stood back up with 45 seconds left in the round. Craig tried to take him down again, but Crute overpowered him, and finished the round on top. I'm assuming this fight is all tied up, but you could make an argument that Crute has a 20-18 lead going into the final round.
     Craig started the final round with another takedown attempt, but Crute overpowered him again, and continued to grind away from half mount. He tried to setup another arm-triangle choke, but he was up against the fence again, making it hard to get proper leverage. He couldn't finish the choke, so he passed to full mount, and punched Craig in the head repeatedly. He went for a Kimura with 15 seconds left in the fight, and Craig was forced to submit. That was a fantastic performance for Jim Crute in his official UFC debut.
88.4
TKO
(Punches)
2:14
      The first round had both guys trading some strikes, they clinched for a little while, and then Yusuff unloaded on Mokhtarian with some BRUTAL combinations, and he put everything he had into the punches while Mokhtarian just stood with his back against the fence, he was covering his head, and the referee somewhat randomly stopped the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Sodiq Yusuff. It might have been a bad stoppage, but Yusuff was mauling him, so you would have to ask yourself how much damage someone should be allowed to take, while they're just covering up in 100% defensive mode, before the fight should be stopped. Either way, congrats to Yusuff for the first round stoppage in his UFC debut.
90.4
Technical Submission
(Anaconda Choke)
11:19
      These guys were both trading hard punches and leg kicks, at a similar pace, and then Matthews rocked Martin, jumped on him with a guillotine attempt, tried to mount him with it, but Martin was able to wrestle his way out of it, and Martin ended up on top with 45 seconds left in the round. Matthews swept him, and the round ended with Matthews on top. I'm giving that first round to Matthews for rocking Martin, working the guillotine, and ending the round on top.
     The second round had Matthews throwing bombs at Martin, while also working some excellent counter boxing. They both landed some solid shots, but I think Matthews landed the more effective shots. Martin was moving forward the entire time, but Matthews landed the harder shots, and he was also countering everything Martin threw at him. I have Matthews ahead 20-18 going into the final round. That round could have maybe gone either way though.
     Matthews reached for an awkward takedown in the final round after getting punched, Martin caught him in an Anaconda Choke, and he put Matthews to sleep. That was a big win for Martin, and another disappointing loss for Matthews in his hometown.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      The first round was a pretty slow paced round, where both guys just circled around each other for the most part. Hunt landed some solid shots, especially his leg kicks and kicks to the body of Willis, but Willis stayed calm, and looked like he was waiting to counter something, but he just wasn't very active at all. Round one goes to Hunt.
     The second round was another snail paced round of boxing, with Willis chipping away at Hunt with a lot of jabs, and Hunt wasn't really doing much of anything other than walking forward. Round two goes to Willis, and I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Willis continued to chip away with a ton of jabs in the final round, and he even landed an awkward head kick early in the round. Hunt looked like he just didn't have any gas left after the first round. Willis continued to chip away for the duration of the round, while dodging almost 100% of Hunt's attacks, and Hunt was just slowly walking forward the entire round, barely throwing anything. This was a clear cut 29-28 unanimous decision victory for Justin Willis.
89.2
TKO
(Punches)
10:43
      This fight started slowly, but Pedro rocked Shogun a minute into the opening round, Shogun recovered and fired back. Pedro blasted Shogun with some BRUTAL shots with 2 minutes left in the round, and he nearly finished him with strikes, but he shot for an awkward takedown for some reason, which gave Shogun a few seconds to recover. They clashed heads which opened some cuts, Pedro cranked on a standing Kimura, Rua landed on top in side control, and the round ended. Round one goes to Pedro, maybe even close to a 10-8 round.
     Shogun clinched with Pedro's back to start the second round, and then he took down Pedro a minute into the round. Shogun settled into side control, and chipped away with some short shoulder bumps and punches. Pedro finally stood back up with a minute left in the round, but Shogun continued to clinch with his back, and then he took him down again. Round two clearly goes to Shogun, so this fight is probably all tied up going into the final round.
     Shogun dropped Pedro as soon as the final round started, I guess it was mostly due to a random ankle injury or something? Shogun then pinned him against the fence, unloaded with some big punches, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That's a big win for Shogun, and I guess he's going to climb back into the Top 10 now? I'm not sure how I feel about that.
90.4
TKO
(Punches)
7:30
      The first round was basically a boxing match, and I thought JDS was winning the round, until Tuivasa dropped him in the final minute of the round, and then he beat him up with some big shots against the fence, while JDS was forced to clinch to buy some time to recover. Most of the round was close, but it goes to Tuivasa on the scorecards.
      They both blasted each other with some big shots in the second round, they were rocking each other back and forth, and then JDS dropped Tuivasa 90 seconds into the round, and pinned him with side control, and he continued to chip away with short elbows. He passed to full mount 2 minutes into the round, unloaded with some big gorilla punches from both hands, Tuivasa was trying to throw punches up at JDS, but it wasn't enough to keep the monster off him, so the referee stopped the fight. Tuivasa was pissed, because he was still fighting back, but he wasn't trying to get out of danger at all, so if the fight would have continued, JDS would have eventually knocked him out. That was a good fight, and a really nice win for JDS, as it's the first loss of Tuivasa's career.
OVERALL 89.8
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