(12/29/2018)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Amanda Nunes - 95.8
2. Jon Jones - 94.0
3. Petr Yan - 93.3
4. Alexander Volkanovski - 92.8
5. Michael Chiesa - 92.5
6. Nathaniel Wood - 92.4
7. Montel Jackson - 92.0
8. Ryan Hall - 91.8
9. Uriah Hall - 91.3
10. Megan Anderson - 90.8
UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2
Location: Inglewood, California
Elevation: 1,309'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg
96.2
Fighters & Matches 90.1
Top 10 Fighters 92.7
TOTAL 91.4
88.7
Submission
(D'Arce Choke)
1:40
     Kelleher started this fight with a lot of leg kicks, while circling around Jackson. Jackson clipped him with a few right jabs, and then a hard kick to the body. Kelleher clinched 90 seconds into the round, but Jackson quickly dropped him, and then locked on a D'Arce choke, finishing the fight by submission early in the first round. That was a solid win for Montel Jackson.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      The first round was basically a boxing match, where Bahadurzada would rush forward while throwing big punches, Millender would step out of the way, and then hit him back with some fast punches. Round one goes to Millender.
      Bahadurzada continued to throw big shots in the second round, and Millender wasn't moving as much, so Bahadurzada was finally able to land some shots. Millender was still firing back with some solid punches too though, making the round hard to score. Bahadurzada scored a takedown with 90 seconds left to work, so I'm giving that round to Bahadurzada, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
      Millender continued to chip away at Bahadurzada with his striking in the final round, and then he rocked the shit out of him a minute into the round. Bahadurzada was having a hard time staying on his feet, as he wobbled around aimlessly. The fight probably could have been stopped at any point in the third round. As soon as I said that, Bahadurzada took down Millender in the center of the cage. I thought that could be a 10-8 round for Millender, but with the takedown 2 minutes into the round, everything becomes questionable. Millender tried to stand back up, and Bahadurzada just whipped him back down to the ground, and continued to punch him. They reset with 90 seconds left in the round, and Millender finished the round controlling the striking exchanges, so I scored this fight 29-28 for Millender, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
89.2
KO
(Punch)
11:32
      Lewis started this fight with a lot of strikes, and a ton of forward pressure. Hall was starting way too slow, and Lewis landed just about everything he threw in the opening minute of the first round. Hall eventually started working his jab, which slowed down Lewis a bit. Round one goes to Lewis.
     The second round was pretty similar to the first, with Lewis being a little more aggressive, and he was countering almost everything Hall threw at him. Hall looked like he was still waiting to wake up, and Lewis looked like he had every intention of being wide awake as soon as the fight started. Lewis clinched with Hall's back halfway through the round, and landed a lot of knees against the fence. They reset with a minute left in the round. Hall started moving forward a lot with 30 seconds left in the round, and he landed some big shots, but it's probably too little too late. I have Lewis ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The third round looked like more of the same, with Lewis picking apart Hall, it still didn't look like Hall was awake yet, and then out of nowhere, he knocked Lewis out with a clean right hook, and then he just calmly walked away. That was a great debut for Lewis, and a huge come from behind win for Uriah Hall.
89.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
14:12
      These guys both landed some hard shots early in the first round, and then Wood dropped Ewell 90 seconds into the round, but couldn't make anything happen on the ground, so they reset back on their feet. Wood continued to pressure Ewell, and he dropped him with a leg kick at one point. Round one goes to Nathaniel Wood.
     The second round had Wood taking down Ewell early, and he blasted him with some brutal shots to the body while Ewell basically just laid there for the duration of the round. Wood is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was similar to the second, with Wood taking down Ewell and beating him up on the ground, until he could eventually take his back, where he finished him with a rear-naked choke with less than a minute left in the fight. That was a great performance by Nathaniel Wood.
87.9
Submission
(Inverted Heel Hook)
2:46
      Penn threw a few strikes, he looked pretty slow, they clinched for a few seconds, and then Hall dropped down to start working for leg locks, while Penn just stood above him, throwing kicks at Hall's legs on the ground. The referee told Hall to stand up 2 minutes into the round. Hall threw a few kicks, and then he dove for a heel hook, locked it on immediately, and Penn tapped out as soon as Hall cranked on it for a second. Ryan Hall is such a weird fighter, but that's a big win, as he's the first fighter to ever submit B.J. Penn.
90.2
TKO
(Corner Stoppage)
10:00
      Round one had both guys trading some hard shots, with Andrade mostly throwing hard single shots, while Yan was picking him apart with a wide variety of combinations. That was a good competitive round, but I thought Yan pretty clearly won it with his striking, and then he capped it off with a slick takedown in the final 30 seconds of the round.
     Yan continued to destroy Andrade with his boxing in the second round, as he chased him around the cage, while blasting him with heavy combinations. Andrade fired back with a few solid shots, but Yan's striking is next level. Yan smashed Andrade with some heavy knees from the clinch, and then he took him down halfway through the round, and secured side control, where he continued to hammer Andrade with strikes on the ground. Yan destroyed Andrade on the feet, he destroyed him on the ground, Andrade tried to go for a heel hook, and Yan just spun around and destroyed him with brutal elbows, which opened up Andrade's face. I'm scoring that 10-8 for Yan. Andrade's corner agreed, so they stopped the fight between rounds. That was another outstanding performance by Petr Yan. This guy is becoming one of my favorite fighters at bantamweight.
89.7
TKO
(Eye Injury)
1:01
      Zingano threw some nice kicks to the calf of Anderson, she was circling around the outside, clearly not wanting to mix it up on the feet with Anderson for long, and then Anderson threw a nice combination, capped off with a head kick, where he toe basically cut into Zingano's right eyelid, causing her to immediately turn and run toward the fence. The referee told her to keep fighting, she was clearly hurt, Anderson threw a few punches, and then the fight was stopped. That's a huge win for Anderson, against a Top 5 opponent, with an awkward finish.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys switched back & forth between throwing big heavyweight strikes, and clinching with each other in the first round. There were some pretty exciting exchanges in that round, and most of the highlight reel moments were delivered by Harris, so round one goes to Harris.
     They traded some big strikes to start the second round, Arlovski was poked in the eye, so he took a brief timeout, and then when the fight started back up, Harris took down Arlovski, but couldn't hold him down for long. The second round slowed down significantly, with the last half of the round resulting in both guys just staring at each other. I have Harris ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but neither fighter is really going for it at this point.
     Harris rocked Arlovski multiple times in the second round with some big combinations. There was still a lot of "standing around and staring at each other" from both fighters, but when the action happened, I thought most of the offense was being delivered by Harris. Harris should AT LEAST win the first & third rounds, and I scored the fight 30-27 for Harris. The judges were all over the place, with the first judge giving all 3 rounds to Arlovski, which makes zero sense, and the other two scored it 29-28 for Harris. At least he won, but yeah, the first judge is smoking crack tonight.
91.8
TKO
(Punches)
9:14
      The first round had Volkanovski picking apart Mendes with his boxing for most of the round. Mendes threw a few hard combinations, but for the most part, Volkanovski just seemed more active overall. Mendes scored a takedown with a minute left in the round, but Volkanovski popped back up immediately, and continued to chip away at Mendes. Round one goes to Volkanovski.
     Mendes rocked Volkanovski in the second round, and dropped him a minute into the round, but Volkanovski recovered, and fired back with some big shots of his own. Volkanovski started to do some damage, and then Mendes took him down halfway through the round, and Volkanovski popped back up immediately again. Volkanovski blasted Mendes with some big combinations with 2 minutes left in the round. Mendes shot for another takedown, and took Volkanovski's back this time, in the center of the cage. Volkanovski popped back up immediately again. Volkanovski's ability to get back to his feet is ridiculous. Volkanovski unloaded on Mendes with some massive combinations against the fence, blasting him with heavy hands and some big knees. Mendes looked exhausted, and then Volkanovski finished him off with punches against the fence. That's a huge win for Alexander Volkanovski. I'm a huge fan of this guy!
89.3
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few punches, and then Latifi nearly dropped Anderson with a hard calf kick. Latifi tried to take down Anderson, couldn't quite get it, so they reset, and traded some more strikes. Anderson rushed in for a takedown attempt, and Latifi rocked him with a combination of punches before resetting. They were both swinging with some big punches, but Latifi was the only one landing cleanly. Round one goes to Latifi.
     The second round had some solid back & forth exchanges, with Anderson's cardio working well for him. Latifi was landing more power shots, but he was slowing down late in the round, and Anderson still looked relatively fresh. Round two goes to Anderson, based on having better cardio, and staying active for the duration of the round, while Latifi clearly wanted some rest.
     They were both slowing down significantly in the final round, but Latifi was still throwing some explosive combinations whenever Anderson would move in on him. Anderson looked like he had more energy, but he wasn't putting it to use at all. Anderson was moving forward for most of the third round, but I thought Latifi was more effective with his counter punching. I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Latifi, but wouldn't be shocked by a split-decision. All 3 judges disagreed with me, giving the unanimous decision victory to Corey Anderson.
90.3
Submission
(Kimura)
5:56
      Chiesa took down Condit twice in the first round, and worked a little ground & pound, but wasn't doing a ton of damage from inside Condit's guard. Condit threw up an armbar with 90 seconds left in the round, and it looked tight, but Chiesa somehow was able to slip out of it, and he got back to his feet a few seconds later. Chiesa grabbed Condit with a tight bodylock, and then he threw him to the ground again, landing in side control this time. Chiesa almost took his back, and then Condit rolled for a leg lock, but Chiesa was able to roll out of danger, and he landed some punches before the end of the round. That was an interesting round of grappling, but I'm giving it to Chiesa for the multiple takedowns and the top control.
     Chiesa threw some decent punches while moving forward in the second round, and then he took down Condit 30 seconds into the round and pinned him against the fence again. Chiesa cranked on a Kimura, it looked a little weird, it was a one armed Kimura or something, and he was somehow able to finish the fight by submission. That was an interesting finish by Michael Chiesa. Good fight overall by both fighters, and a big win for Chiesa.
96.2
KO
(Punches)
0:51
      These girls both came out throwing fire at each other, Nunes started connecting early, she continued to unload on Cyborg, she rocked her over and over again, and then she put her to sleep against the fence. That was a FANTASTIC performance by Amanda Nunes, the clear pound for pound best female fighter on the planet. She retired Meisha Tate, Ronda Rousey, and now more than likely, Cyborg. FIRST ROUND KNOCKOUT. AMANDA NUNES IS A FUCKING BEAST!
93.3
TKO
(Punches)
12:02
      Jones was clinching a lot in the first round, and he clipped Gustafsson with a knee to the groin in the opening minute of the fight. Gustafsson was moving forward the entire time, and Jones kept poking him with those front kicks, and he blasted Gustafsson with a hard standing elbow. Jones tried to take down Gustafsson a few times, but Gustafsson showed an outstanding ability to stay on his feet. Gustafsson's defense looked good, but he wasn't doing much with his offense, other than throwing a few awkward punches that weren't landing. Round one goes to Jones.
     Jones continued to pick apart Gustafsson in the second round with his striking, and then Gustafsson poked him in the left eye with his pinky. Gustafsson looked aggressive when the fight started back up, clearly trying to take advantage of the bad eye of Jones. Gustafsson kept moving forward, but he just wasn't able to land with much of anything, as Jones did a good job with his movement. Jones landed some interesting leg kicks that caused Gustafsson to limp around a little bit. That was a close round, but only because Jones was poked in the eye, so I'm going to say Jones is ahead 20-18 going into the third round.
     Jones blasted Gustafsson with some hard shots to start the third round, and then he finally took him down with a slick takedown 30 seconds into the round, pinning him in the center of the cage. Jones immediately started working some short elbows to the jaw of Gustafsson. Jones displayed some expert wrestling skills as he absolutely dominated Gustafsson, he mounted him, basically took his back, and then unloaded with some BRUTAL punches, drilling Gustafsson's head into the ground until the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Jon Jones.
OVERALL 91.4
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