(3/23/2019)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Maycee Barber - 91.9
2. Randa Markos - 91.8
3. Curtis Blaydes - 91.8
4. Anthony Pettis - 91.3
5. Luis Pena - 91.2
6. Bryce Mitchell - 90.9
7. Marlon Vera - 90.8
8. Stephen Thompson - 90.8
9. Jussier da Silva - 90.6
10. J.J. Aldrich - 89.8
UFC Fight Night 148: Thompson vs. Pettis
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Elevation: 597'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Maycee Barber vs. J.J. Aldrich
91.3
Fighters & Matches 88.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.1
TOTAL 89.8
86.4
Decision
15:00
     The first round had both guys trading random strikes at a moderate pace. Espinosa kicked Shelton in the dick with 90 seconds left in the round. The first round probably could have gone either way. The second round was more of the same, with Espinosa moving around a lot, while Shelton controlled the center of the cage. Espinosa scored a takedown with a minute left in the round, but Shelton popped back up immediately. I have no idea who is winning after two rounds.
     Espinosa poked Shelton's eye early in the third round. When the fight started back up, Shelton chased Espinosa around the cage, and got a lot more aggressive than he was in the first two rounds. The clearest round was the third round for Shelton, the other two could have gone either way, so I guess I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Eric Shelton. All 3 judges gave the decision to Espinosa, with two judges giving him all 3 rounds, which is absurd.
85.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round had MacDonald mostly just standing there awkwardly, while Gutierrez moved toward him, and hit him with some random straight punches. Neither fighter did any damage, but round one goes to Gutierrez based on being more active.
     The second round started with MacDonald bleeding all over the place, due to an elbow that hit his hairline at the end of the first round. Gutierrez continued to beat up MacDonald with some basic boxing in the second round, leaving MacDonald's face a bloody mess. Gutierrez is clearly running away with this fight on the scorecards, with one round to go.
     The final round was more of the same, with Gutierrez beating up MacDonald, while MacDonald's face made him look like he was going to die. He finally scored a takedown in the final 30 seconds, but wasn't able to do anything with it. This was a clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Chris Gutierrez. That's the first loss of MacDonald's career, and he didn't really show anything at all in this fight. I'm not sure why he's in the UFC, other than his 10-0 record.
89.3
Submission
(Armbar)
4:24
      This fight started with some heavy clinching, Hill pressed Markos against the fence, they whipped each other around for a few seconds, and then Markos threw Hill to the ground 90 seconds into the opening round, landing comfortably in side control. Markos pretty much dominated Hill on the ground, eventually taking her back, and then she slapped on a slick armbar from back control, finishing the fight by submission with around 30 seconds left in the first round. That was a great performance for Randa Markos.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Davis clinching, and pressing Maia against the fence for the first half of the round, and then Maia broke free, unloaded with some big punches, and Davis tried to pull guard. When she stood back up, they both started brawling wildly. Davis controlled the clinch for the most part, but round one goes to Maia based on damage.
      They traded some punches in the second round, and then Davis caught a kick, and threw Maia to the ground with a slick trip throw, landing in full mount just 90 seconds into the round. Davis stayed on top for the rest of the round, working some basic ground & pound, leading to a 19-19 scorecard going into the final round.
      They continued to trade strikes for the duration of the third round, with both girls landing some big punches & kicks. Davis's face tends to get red easily, so she looked like she got her ass kicked, but I actually scored the fight 29-28 for Davis, as I thought she landed the better strikes, even though Maia was able to wear the damage a little better. All 3 judges disagreed with me, giving Maia the unanimous decision victory.
88.2
TKO
(Punches)
1:25
      These guys traded some random strikes, shit got a little awkward, Vera dropped Saenz with a left jab, Saenz shot for a takedown, Vera hit him with a series of hammerfists to the back of the head, and the fight was stopped. That was a decent win for Vera, but those shots were clearly to the back of the head, so I wonder if Saenz will try to get this loss overturned.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded some random strikes, and then Mitchell dropped Moffett a minute into the opening round. Moffett recovered, shot for a takedown, and they both started scrambling around wildly, as Mitchell looked like he was looking to setup submissions, and Moffett was just trying to secure top control. Mitchell locked on a tight triangle choke, Moffett tried to roll into it, and it turned into a reverse triangle choke, and then Moffett escaped with 2 minutes left in the round. They continued some heavy clinching for the rest of the round. Round one goes to Mitchell.
     Moffett shot for an early takedown to start the second round, and pinned Mitchell against the fence. Moffett locked on a tight D'Arce choke halfway through the round, but Mitchell was able to somehow wrestle his way out of it, and then he took Moffett's back, secured a back crucifix, and then hammered him with some Gary Goodridge style elbows. Moffett ended the round back on top, so he probably won the round, but Mitchell's scrappiness made it a hard round to score.
     Mitchell came out swinging to start the final round, he shot for a takedown, and then Moffett ended up taking him down instead, pinning Mitchell against the fence again. Mitchell threw up an armbar attempt from his guard, but Moffett was able to wrestle his way past that. Moffett slapped on another D'Arce choke with 2 minutes left in the fight. 30 seconds later, Mitchell escaped again, immediately grabbed Moffett's back, slapped on a tight rear-naked choke, flattened him out, couldn't get the finish, so he punched Moffett a few times, while Moffett tried to get back to his feet. That was a crazy fight, it's probably going to be a split-decision, but I'm calling it 29-28 in favor of Mitchell. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
91.3
TKO
(Punches)
8:01
      Aldrich dropped Barber with a hard left hand 30 seconds into the opening round. Barber recovered, and they continued to trade strikes at a moderate pace for most of the round, with Barber looking more active, but Aldrich was landing the more significant shots, dropping Barber a couple of times. Round one has to go to Aldrich.
     They continued to trade strikes at a solid pace in the second round, Aldrich still looked really good, and then Barber rocked her halfway through the round, followed it up with some bombs, Aldrich tried to clinch, Barber broke free, unloaded again, included some big knees, Aldrich covered up, and the referee stopped the fight. That was a good fight while it lasted, and another impressive win for Maycee Barber.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      These guys clashed early, they hit the ground, with Peterson going for an armbar, but Pena was able to slam his way out of it, and he beat up Peterson on the ground for a little while before standing back up, where he continued to beat up Peterson inside the clinch. Round one goes to Pena, even though he missed weight by 3 pounds.
     The second round had Peterson starting strong, as he tried to take Pena's back, but Pena was able to brush him off, and then he landed some big strikes. They continued to scramble around at a rapid pace, and Peterson took Pena's back again halfway through the round from sort of a back clinch position. Pena won the striking exchanges, and Peterson won most of the grappling exchanges. This fight has been close so far, but I'm leaning slightly in favor of Pena.
     Pena landed some big strikes to start the third round, and then they went back to wrestling, trading control, with Pena usually ending up where he wanted to be. Peterson tried to setup some submissions, but Pena just stood above him, and punched his way out of them. I'm scoring this fight 30-27 for Pena, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      These guys spent the first half of the first round trading some hard strikes back & forth, and then Formiga scored a takedown. Figueiredo stood back up with a minute left in the round, but Formiga continued to control him in the clinch, and then took him down again with 15 seconds left in the round. Round one goes to Formiga, especially since he finished the round in full mount.
     Formiga took down Figueiredo in the second round, and continued to beat him up with some basic ground & pound from inside Figueiredo's guard. Figueiredo chopped up Formiga with some elbows, and blood started flowing out of Formiga's head, and I mean it was POURING out of his head. He had a bad gash on the left side of his head. Formiga clearly controlled the first two rounds, but Figueiredo did more damage with a few elbows than Formiga did with all of his top control, so... Formiga should be ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but that cut looks bad.
     The final round was more of the same, with Formiga taking down Figueiredo, controlling him on the ground, and then they stood back up, and traded some random strikes. Formiga should win this fight 30-27, even though he didn't do any actual damage. All 3 judges agreed, giving Formiga the unanimous decision victory, handing Figueiredo the first loss of his career.
86.3
Decision
15:00
      Round one was a boxing match, that was controlled mostly by Makdessi. The second round was more of the same, with Makdessi controlling most of the action with his boxing, while keeping Pinedo at bay with his kicks. Makdessi has a 20-18 lead going into the final round. Pinedo got kind of crazy in the final 30 seconds of the second round, so he might have stolen the round, but he also sort of got dropped, so... I still have Makdessi ahead 20-18. The final round had Pinedo putting more effort into it, and he probably won that round, but it should still be a decision for Makdessi, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      Blaydes shot for his first takedown attempt 30 seconds into the opening round, and Willis stuffed the shot against the fence, but Blaydes was eventually able to yank him to the ground. Willis started to stand back up, and Blaydes just suplexed him. He started to stand up again, and Blaydes threw him down with another mini-suplex. Round one was 100% Blaydes.
     The second round started with Blaydes dropping Willis with a big right hand, and then he took him down against the fence, almost mounting him again. Blaydes spent the rest of the round smothering Willis, and grinding him out with his wrestling. Blaydes is ahead 20-18 going into the final round. You could argue some 10-8 rounds there, since they were all one-sided, but Blaydes still hasn't done much damage at all after 10 minutes of domination.
     Blaydes continued to wrestle the shit out of Willis in the final round. They spent a few seconds on the feet, trading strikes, but overall, this fight was basically a 15 minute wrestle fest, with Blaydes in control the entire time. Congrats to him for a big decision win, breaking Willis's 8-Fight winning streak. That was a one-sided boring fight.
91.2
KO
(Punch)
9:55
      The first round was a striking match, with Thompson picking apart Pettis with some fast punches, and a ton of kicks. Pettis tried to fire back a few times, but Thompson was proving to be hard to catch. Round one clearly goes to Thompson.
     Thompson continued to dominate Pettis in the second round, with his fast striking, excellent footwork, and master level countering, and I assumed they were going to go on to a third round with Thompson well ahead on the scorecards, and then with 10 seconds left in the round, Pettis threw a superman punch, and knocked Thompson the fuck out. That's a huge win for Anthony Pettis, and another disappointing loss for Stephen Thompson.
OVERALL 89.8
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