(3/30/2019)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Justin Gaethje - 92.8
2. Jack Hermansson - 92.2
3. Desmond Green - 91.4
4. Josh Emmett - 91.3
5. Paul Craig - 90.9
6. Michelle Waterson - 90.8
7. Sodiq Yusuff - 90.3
8. Marina Rodriguez - 89.8
9. Casey Kenney - 89.8
10. Kevin Holland - 89.8
UFC on ESPN 2: Barboza vs. Gaethje
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Elevation: 39'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Justin Gaethje vs. Edson Barboza
91.4
Fighters & Matches 88.7
Top 10 Fighters 90.9
TOTAL 89.8
86.3
Decision
15:00
     The first round had Perez moving forward with his boxing, and then he took down Rosa halfway through the round from the clinch. Round one goes to Perez. The second round had Perez taking down Rosa early, and he spent most of the round on top, beating up Rosa with ground & pound. The final round was more of the same, with Perez pressuring Rosa with his boxing, and then he took him down again. This was a clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Alex Perez.
87.2
Decision
15:00
      These girls clinched, and Moroz took down Mazo a minute into the opening round. Moroz spent most of the round on top, beating up Mazo with punches, while Mazo just tried to tie her up with her guard. Mazo got back to her feet with a minute left in the round, but wasn't able to do anything with it. Round one goes to Moroz.
     The second round was more of the same, with Moroz bullying Mazo from the clinch, beating her up with punches, and just grinding all over her, while Mazo just kind of stood there bleeding. Moroz has a clear 20-18 lead going into the final round.
     The final round was a kickboxing match, and Mazo finally started to fight back some. You could argue the final round goes to Mazo, even though it was a close round, but the fight still clearly goes to Moroz, at least 29-28 via unanimous decision.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Kenney threw down Borg 90 seconds into the opening round with a tight body lock. Kenney worked his way into back control, tried to setup a rear-naked choke, and then Borg scrambled back to his feet with 2 minutes left in the round. Kenney scored another takedown with a minute left in the round, and finished the round with back control. Round one goes to Kenney, as he controlled at least 4 minutes of the round.
     The second round started with some heavy clinching, and then Borg scored a takedown 2 minutes into the round, he took Kenney's back, tried to setup a rear-naked choke, and it was basically the opposite of the first round, with Borg in control this time. Halfway through the round, Kenney took control, but with a minute left, Borg threw some big punches, dumped Kenney to the ground again, and finished the round by jumping on his back. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, with a slight advantage going to Kenney.
     Borg started the final round by picking up Kenney and dumping him to the ground, but Kenney stood back up 40 seconds into the round, they battled in the clinch, and then Kenney took down Borg and took his back halfway through the round. He setup a rear-naked choke, and then Borg scrambled back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the fight. They finished the round by brawling with each other. This was a close fight, but I think it should pretty clearly be a 29-28 win for Kenney. All 3 judges agreed, giving Kenney the unanimous decision victory against the #3 Bantamweight in his UFC debut on 6 days notice.
88.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Meerschaert scored a takedown 20 seconds into the opening round. Holland caught him in a half guard guillotine on the way down. Holland sort of swept Meerschaert, they stood back up, and then Holland took down Meerschaert 90 seconds into the round. They continued to grind the shit out of each other, with Meerschaert then taking down Holland, and then with a minute left in the round, Holland took down Meerschaert, and beat the shit out of him with punches and elbows, leading to a round in the books for Kevin Holland.
     The second round started with some more heavy grinding, with Meerschaert scoring a takedown 30 seconds into the round, but Holland made it difficult for Meerschaert to hold him down. This fight seems like a very even matchup, that will probably just come down to whoever has the most stamina. I gave that round to Meerschaert, and have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Meerschaert started the final round by digging for an arm in guillotine choke, but Holland was able to pop his head free, and then he pounded on Meerschaert with some big hammerfists. Meerschaert eventually took control again, and the round eventually ended with Meerschaert in control. I scored this fight 29-28 for Gerald Meerschaert, but two judges disagreed, giving Holland the split-decision victory.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Aguilar kicked Barzola in the dick a minute into the opening round. When the fight started back up, Barzola was moving forward a lot, but Aguilar was landing all of the punches he threw while backing up, so I gave the first round to Aguilar. The second round was another round of boxing, where Aguilar was able to chop up the face of Barzola with his striking. I have Aguilar ahead 20-18 going into the final round. Barzola was aggressive in the final round, and clearly won that round, but Aguilar still won the 29-28 unanimous decision.
88.2
TKO
(Punches)
2:52
      This fight started with some light casual boxing, with Green dropping Pearson 90 seconds into the opening round with a soft right hook while backing up. He popped back up immediately, and they went back to their casual sparring. Green took down Pearson halfway through the round, sort of took Pearson's back, unloaded with countless punches to the side of his head, and the referee eventually had to stop the fight. That was a solid win for Desmond Green, especially since he almost never finishes anybody.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This fight started with Rodriguez shoving her thumb into Aguilar's eye. When the fight started back up, there was some heavy clinching, and then Aguilar took down Rodriguez, but Rodriguez chopped up Aguilar with some slick elbows from her guard. Aguilar then rolled for a triangle choke, and then switched to an armbar. It looked tight for a second, but Rodriguez did a good job rolling out of it. Round one maybe goes to Aguilar for the armbar attempt? Meh... The referee stood them up with 30 seconds left in the round, and then Rodriguez poked Aguilar's eye again, losing a point this time. When the fight started back up, Rodriguez dropped Aguilar, probably stole the round, resulting in an awkward 9-9 round.
     The second round mostly consisted of Rodriguez beating up Aguilar with her aggressive striking, while Aguilar was just trying to clinch for dear life. Round two clearly goes to Rodriguez, and Aguilar's face looked like chopped up sausage. The final round was another round of Rodriguez chasing Aguilar and beating the shit out of her with her punches & kicks. I scored this fight 29-27 for Marina Rodriguez, and everyone in the world agreed.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys clinching a lot, and both guys threw some solid strikes, but I scored the round for Yusuff, based on landing the cleaner strikes, and controlling most of the round. The second round was another back & forth round of striking, that probably could have gone either way. The final round was another decent round of striking, with Yusuff just looking a little cleaner, and Moraes looked a little off balance. Yusuff also rocked the shit out of Moraes with a minute left, and then smashed him with some ground & pound, making the decision clear, and maybe even turning it into a 10-8 round for Yusuff. I scored this fight 29-28 for Yusuff, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
88.9
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
14:20
      These guys traded some strikes, Craig shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round, Nzechukwu stuffed the shot and hammered Craig with some brutal elbows to the side of the head, cutting him open early in the round. Craig pulled guard a minute into the round, and immediately caught Nzechukwu in a tight armbar, it looked like he broke Nzechukwu's arm, and Nzechukwu magically pulled free and reset back on his feet. Craig immediately pulled guard again, went for the armbar again, Nzechukwu threw an elbow, and Craig caught him in another armbar, which Nzechukwu ripped out of again. Craig shot for another deep takedown, and Nzechukwu hammered him with elbows again while stuffing the shot against the fence. Craig rolled for a heel hook, and Nzechukwu pulled free again. Craig threw some big punches, Nzechukwu kicked him in the head, and Craig kind of collapsed, and then just laid down, trying to buy himself some time to recover. Nzechukwu told him to stand up again. I feel like Nzechukwu won that round, but Craig threw a TON of submissions, so I don't know who officially won the round.
     Craig was all over Nzechukwu in the second round, digging for takedowns while trying to secure back control, but Nzechukwu ended up on top 90 seconds into the round, where he unloaded with big elbows while pinning Craig against the fence. Nzechukwu let him back up 2 minutes into the round. Nzechukwu was warned for having his fingers out, and then Craig kicked him in the dick. The rest of the round had Nzechukwu chasing Craig around the cage while poking him in the eyes. This fight is weird. It's good, but weird. Nzechukwu won the second round.
     Nzechukwu continued to chase Craig in the final round, pumping jabs at him, throwing a few decent knees, and Craig looked exhausted, as he kept trying to pull guard. Nzechukwu then nearly knocked out Craig WITH AN EYE POKE. He dropped him with a brutal eye poke. The referee finally took a point from Nzechukwu, evening out the scorecards again. When the fight started back up, Craig shot for a takedown, Nzechukwu stuffed the shot again, so they battled inside the clinch for a while. Craig "pulled" side control (failing at pulling guard) with 2 minutes left in the fight. Nzechukwu crawled directly into Craig's guard, unloaded with some big punches, and then Craig caught him in a triangle choke. He rolled it into a mounted triangle, Nzechukwu tapped out, and Craig walks away with a slick submission victory in an ugly fight.
90.3
Decision
15:00
      The first round was a decent back & forth striking match, with both girls moving forward for the most part. There was some striking, there was some clinching, it could have maybe gone either way, but it probably goes to Kowalkiewicz.
     The second round was more of the same, both girls meeting in the middle, and trading strikes while moving forward. Kowalkiewicz clinched 2 minutes into the round, and Waterson immediately threw her to the ground with a slick hip toss, landing in side control. She spent the rest of the round on top controlling Kowalkiewicz, and then she dropped back for an armbar in the final 30 seconds. The first round was close, but the second round goes to Waterson.
     The second round had both girls striking, with Waterson probably landing the better shots, and then she took down Kowalkiewicz with 2 minutes left in the fight. She let Kowalkiewicz back up 30 seconds later. Waterson definitely won the last 2 rounds, and maybe the first, so I'm scoring this fight 30-27 for Waterson. All 3 judges agreed, giving her the unanimous decision victory.
89.2
KO
(Punch)
14:14
      The first round was a pretty uneventful boxing match, with Emmett finishing strong, so I'm giving the first round to Emmett. The second round was another round of boxing, with Johnson starting to look a little more aggressive, until he got kicked in the dick. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round. The final round was another close round of boxing, until Emmett knocked Johnson the fuck out with 45 seconds left in the fight with a big right hand. That was a clean knockout.
89.8
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:49
      These guys clinched 30 seconds into the opening round, and Hermansson whipped Branch to the ground with one of the slickest throws I've ever seen, and then he slapped on a guillotine choke, and forced Branch to submit in under a minute. HOLY SHIT, that's a huge win for Jack Hermansson, and he did it with a TON of style.
91.4
KO
(Punch)
2:30
      These guys both traded some hard leg kicks, and then Gaethje unloaded on Barboza with some big punches from inside the clinch, and then they just started brawling with each other. Barboza landed some hard leg kicks while backing up, and then Gaethje knocked him the fuck out with an overhand right. That was a fun fight, and another huge win for Justin Gaethje.
OVERALL 89.8
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