100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Charles Oliveira - 93.3
2. Marlon Moraes - 93.3
3. Jose Aldo - 92.7
4. Said Nurmagomedov - 92.2
5. Markus Perez - 92.0
6. Demian Maia - 91.8
7. Geraldo de Freitas Jr. - 91.8
8. Johnny Walker - 91.7
9. Thiago Alves - 91.1
10. Max Griffin - 91.1
UFC Fight Night 144: Assuncao vs. Moraes 2
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Elevation: 69'
-Fight of the Night-
Charles Oliveira vs. David Teymur
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 92.1
TOTAL 90.7
     These guys traded a few strikes, had a few nice grappling exchanges, and then Bibulatov caught a kick, took down Bontorin, Bontorin immediately reversed him, and then took Bibulatov's back, and started working to setup a rear-naked choke 2 minutes into the opening round. Bibulatov eventually escaped, but Bontorin ended up on top, where he worked some ground & pound. Bibulatov eventually stood up, and threw some decent strikes, but round one still goes to Bontorin.
     The second round had Bibulatov unloading with some big strikes, and he controlled most of the round, so that round goes to Bibulatov, and this fight should be all tied up going into the final round. The final round was similar to the second round, with Bibulatov looking aggressive with his striking, and clinching. Bontorin looked good in the last half of the round, where he fought back, but looked exhausted, and then he took down Bibulatov with a minute left in the fight, and finished the round with back control. This round could go either way, and it all comes down to the final round. Bontorin finished the round with a rear-naked choke locked on, so I'm giving the fight to Bontorin, and two judges agreed, giving him the hard fought split-decision victory.
(Spinning Back Kick & Punches)
      The first round started with both guys trading strikes, with Nurmagomedov throwing a lot of spinning kicks, and landing some of them. Ramos looked like he was trying to figure out a way to close the distance, but wasn't throwing much offense. Nurmagomedov hurt Ramos with a spinning back kick to the body halfway through the round, and then he finished him off with a series of punches. That was another solid performance by Said Nurmagomedov.
      These guys both came out trading some hard strikes, with Freitas landing the cleaner & harder shots. Colares picked up Freitas and threw him down 2 minutes into the opening round, but Freitas was able to shake him off, and then after a brief scramble, Colares ended up on top anyway. Colares landed just enough ground & pound to probably win that round.
     The rest of the fight basically consisted of Freitas beating the shit out of Colares with some big strikes, and a lot of takedowns, and it got a bit frustrating, because Freitas nearly knocked out Colares several times, but he always followed those moments up with takedowns, buying Colares time to recover. Still, this was a clear cut unanimous decision victory for Geraldo de Freitas.
(Head Kick & Punches)
      Albini started this fight with a quick takedown, he secured side control, and tried to setup a Kimura, but couldn't get it before Rozenstruik scrambled out of trouble. They continued to wrestle around, Albini almost took Rozenstruik's back, and then Rozenstruik shook him off and reset back on his feet with 2 minutes left in the round. They traded a few strikes before the end of the round, but there wasn't much of anything noteworthy happening. Round one goes to Albini.
     They bounced around a little bit to start the second round, and then Rozenstruik blasted Albini with some big punches, a head kick, Albini fell down, Rozenstruik unloaded on him with some punches, and the fight was stopped. That was a decent win for Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
      These guys were both bouncing around a lot, with Alves throwing leg kicks, and Griffin throwing punches. Griffin wobbled Alves 30 seconds into the opening round, he went in for the kill, tried to take him down, Alves stuffed the shot against the fence, and tried to buy himself some time to recover. They continued to battle it out at a pretty good pace, with Griffin beating the shit out of Alves for most of the round, but Alves was still firing back with some hard shots of his own. The round ended with Griffin dropping Alves, so it should be a clear round for Griffin.
     The second round was another good back & forth battle, with Alves being a little more aggressive this time, and he tripped Griffin with a leg kick 2 minutes into the round, which looked more dramatic than it actually was. That doesn't matter though, because when he stood back up, Alves unloaded on him, and had Griffin hurt against the fence. The first round was 100% Griffin, the second round was 100% Alves, so this fight is going to come down to the final round.
     The final round started with some clinching, Alves landed a spinning back elbow, and then Griffin took him down a minute into the round, but couldn't hold him down at all. For the most part, the final round felt like a bit of a stalemate, with both guys having their moments. Griffin rolled for a Kimura attempt with 30 seconds left in the fight, but Alves was able to defend, so Griffin just used that to end up on top, pinning Alves against the fence as the round ended. This fight could go either way, so I'd probably go with 29-28 for Griffin? One judge agreed with me, and Alves wins the hard fought split-decision victory. That was a close fight, and a fun fight to watch.
      These girls clinched, and Santos threw Borella down a minute into the opening round, and took her back immediately. She went for a rear-naked choke, and Borella stood up, forcing Santos to hang on like a backpack. Borella finally broke free 2 minutes into the round, she clinched, and then threw Santos to the ground, landing in side control. Borella controlled the rest of the round. That's kind of a hard round to score.
     The second round had a lot of clinching, with Borella moving forward for the most part, but neither fighter really did much worth noting. I have no idea what to expect from the scorecards in this fight. The final round was pretty similar to the second round, with Borella being the more active fighter, even though neither fighter was really doing much. I'd probably give the first round to Santos, and the last two rounds to Borella, so I scored the fight 29-28 for Borella. The judges were split, giving the decision to Mara Romero Borella.
(D'Arce Choke)
      Perez quickly closed the distance and clinched, he grabbed the back of Hernandez and threw him down, but couldn't hold him down for long. When they split up, Hernandez threw some solid shots, and then Perez unloaded on him with some bombs while chasing him across the cage, but Hernandez was able to avoid getting knocked out, but he absorbed some damage for sure. Hernandez finished the round strong, but he had a bad cut on the inside of his right eyebrow, and took more damage overall, so the first round should go to Perez.
     Perez threw a hard body kick, and then took Hernandez's back to start the second round. They scrambled around a little bit, Perez slapped on a D'Arce choke, rolled with it, and put Hernandez to sleep. That was a fantastic finish by Markus Perez after a pretty exciting first round.
      This fight started with some wild scrambles, resulting in Frota settling in on top inside Souza's guard a minute into the opening round. Souza tried to setup an armbar from her guard, while Frota worked some basic ground & pound. Souza slapped on an armbar, but Frota was able to spin out of it, and then they reset back on their feet with 2 minutes left in the round, where they traded some punches. Round one goes to Frota.
     Frota came out swinging in the second round, and then Souza took her down at the one minute mark, but Frota just tied her up, so the referee eventually reset them back on their feet. The rest of the round had Souza digging for takedowns, and Frota was trying to work her boxing. Souza took Frota's back with a minute left in the round, and started digging for a rear-naked choke. She gave that up in favor of some big punches, Souza locked on a rear-naked choke in the final seconds of the round, and Frota was able to hang on until the horn sounded. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, and Souza seems like the slightly fresher fighter.
     Frota controlled the final round with her striking, and she even ended up on top of Souza at one point, where she landed some hard shots to her body with some ground & pound. In the end, this should be a 29-28 decision for Sarah Frota. Two judges disagreed, giving the awkward split-decision victory to Livinha Souza. I really think Frota got screwed here.
(Head Kick & Punches)
      Walker kicked Ledet in the head, blasted him with a spinning back fist, dropped him, threw a soccer kick to his body on the ground, stood above him, drilled him with some big punches, and the referee stopped the fight in just 15 seconds. That was another fantastic performance by Johnny Walker. He then proceeded to do the worm, and flip around the cage like a madman.
(Anaconda Choke)
      These guys traded a couple of strikes, Teymur threw a head kick, and then poked Oliveira in the eye. After a long timeout, the referee took a point from Teymur, because he thought it would have an impact on the fight, even though it was unintentional. That's probably a good call in my opinion. When the fight started back up, Teymur poked Oliveira in the eye again, immediately. The referee told them to keep fighting, so Oliveira threw a kick, and then Teymur dropped him with a big left hand. He let him back up, they traded some more strikes, shit got sloppy, and Teymur scraped at Oliveira's face again, causing the referee to warn them both. When the fight started back up, Oliveira scored a takedown, and started wildly flopping around while looking for a wide variety of submissions. They stood back up and reset again, and we're only halfway through the first round at this point. They spent the rest of the round trading strikes, with Oliveira looking a lot more aggressive. Round one is probably a 10-8 round for Oliveira.
     The second round started with some aggressive boxing, Oliveira rocked the shit out of Teymur with some big punches, he slapped on a violent Anaconda choke, rolled, and forced Teymur to submit early in the second round. That was a fantastic finish by Charles Oliveira.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      This fight started with Maia immediately digging for a takedown, he couldn't quite get it, so he just jumped on Good's back, and locked on a rear-naked choke, with a body triangle, as Good just stood there, wearing Maia like a backpack. Good held on for quite a while, but eventually, he just had to tap out, as Maia was dominating him from the backpack position. That's a solid win for Maia.
(Punches & Knees)
      The first round had both guys trading mostly single shots, with a lot of power, but not a lot of real aggression. Aldo clipped Carneiro in the second round, he seemed rocked, so Aldo went in for the kill, unloaded with violent combinations for a solid 30 seconds or so, forcing the referee to stop the fight, as Carneiro just kept backing up, and he looked like he didn't know where he was. That was a badass second round finish by Jose Aldo.
(Guillotine Choke)
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Moraes unloaded with a series of punches that rocked & knocked down Assuncao 2 minutes into the opening round. He then settled into Assuncao's guard. Moraes eventually slapped on a guillotine choke, turned it into a mounted guillotine, cranked, and forced Assuncao to submit in the first round. That was a fantastic one-sided performance by Marlon Moraes.