(4/13/2019)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Khalil Rountree - 92.9
2. Dustin Poirier - 92.8
3. Brandon Davis - 92.3
4. Khalid Taha - 91.7
5. Alexandre Pantoja - 91.4
6. Nikita Krylov - 91.4
7. Israel Adesanya - 91.4
8. Max Holloway - 91.3
9. Randy Costa - 91.3
10. Alan Jouban - 91.2
UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Elevation: 1,050'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway
93.2
Fighters & Matches 89.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.8
TOTAL 90.8
89.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:12
     These guys both came out swinging, and Davis got rocked in the opening seconds of the first round, but he was able to come back, and they both landed some big shots, but Costa continued to unload on Davis with clean hard strikes, and Davis was mostly just eating them, without really trying to dodge anything. The first round was one of the best rounds I've seen in a while, and it was a hell of a debut for Randy Costa, as his striking looks awesome, but it looks like his leg is fucked up, so he's wobbling around with awkward movements. Round one goes to Costa.
     Costa came out swinging again to start the second round, and he rocked Davis in the first 15 seconds. Davis recovered, fired back, Costa shot for a takedown, and Davis stuffed the shot, took his back, slapped on an awkward looking rear-naked choke, and won the first by submission, giving Costa the first loss of his career in his UFC debut. I'm really looking forward to seeing Costa fight again in the future, and this was a much needed win for Davis, breaking his 2-Fight losing streak.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      These girls both came out swinging, and Botelho landed a big body kick that clearly hurt Mueller a minute into the opening round. Botelho then took down Mueller halfway through the round. Round one goes to Botelho. The second round was more of the same, with both girls landing some decent shots, but for the most part, Botelho looked like she was bullying Mueller, leading to a 20-18 lead for Botelho heading into the final round.
     Botelho looked gassed at the start of the third round, and Mueller took advantage of that by coming out looking aggressive, while Botelho was mostly just trying to clinch and buy herself some time. I'm giving that final round to Mueller, but that still means it's a 29-28 unanimous decision victory for Poliana Botelho. That was a pretty good fight though.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Brown spent most of this fight beating the shit out of Soukhamthath with his boxing, and he also won the wrestling exchanges as well. Jackson clearly won the first two rounds, and then he started the final round by kicking Soukhamthath in the dick (by accident). When the fight started back up, Soukhamthath scored a takedown, Jackson rolled with it, and ended up on top, where he continued to beat the shit out of Soukhamthath with punches, leading to a clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Montel Jackson. The scorecards were all over the place though, 30-26, 30-27, and 29-27. It all averages out to a scorecard that makes sense though.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round was a kickboxing match, where both guys landed some solid shots, but Millender used his range well, and when big shots landed, more often than not, they were thrown by Millender. That's a 10-9 round for Millender. The second round looked like more of the same until Muhammad scored a nice takedown halfway through the round. Muhammad spent the rest of the round beating up Millender on the ground. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round had Muhammad beating the shit out of Millender with his boxing, and then he took him down 90 seconds into the round, landing back in half mount. Muhammad passed to full mount with 2 minutes left in the fight, and continued to pound on Millender with punches. The round ended with Muhammad pounding on Millender with punches from back control. That should be a 29-28 decision for Muhammad, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory. Muhammad looked really good tonight.
87.9
KO
(Punches)
0:25
      These guys circled around each other for a few seconds, and then Taha unloaded on Salmon, dropping him in brutal fashion, Salmon sort of flopped around like a dying fish, and Taha continued to smash him with punches on the ground, forcing the referee to stop the fight in under 30 seconds. That was a fantastic highlight reel knockout delivered by Khalid Taha.
88.8
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
      These guys threw some wild strikes, and then Griffin took down Imadaev, but Imadaev grabbed the fence several times to defend against the takedown, so the referee reset them, and then immediately took a point from Imadaev. When the fight started back up, Griffin clinched, and threw Imadaev to the ground, taking his back in the process. Griffin nearly crushed Imadaev's head with a tight neck crank, but Imadaev was eventually able to get back to his feet with 2 minutes left in the round, and he started throwing wild shit at Griffin, and landed with a few hard shots. The round ended with some tight clinching. I'm giving that round to Griffin, 10-8 due to the fence grabbing.
     The second round started with more of the same, with Imadaev throwing some wild strikes, and then Griffin scrambled for a takedown, but Imadaev did a good job staying up this time. They both looked exhausted by the end of the round, and they both looked like they had been rocked due to some heavy exchanges that went both ways. I'm giving that round to Imadaev, but Griffin still has a 19-18 lead going into the final round.
     Imadaev continued to wail away on Griffin in the third round, they still both looked exhausted, and Griffin continued to try to work his wrestling, but he didn't have much gas left. I guess I would give the final round to Imadaev. If that's the case, then I guess it's going to be a draw? I fucking hate that though. Imadaev unloaded on Griffin at the end of the round, and in my opinion, Imadaev deserves to win this fight, but since the referee was quick to pull the trigger on that fence grab in the first minute of the opening round, then... I guess it'll be a draw. Eh... One judge called it a draw, and the other two gave the majority decision to Max Griffin.
89.7
TKO
(Punches)
2:58
      These guys spent half the first round trading strikes at a moderate pace, and then Pantoja dropped Reis with a perfectly placed straight right hand, he unloaded on him with big punches on the ground, and the fight was stopped halfway through the first round. That's a huge win for Alexandre Pantoja, and another disappointing loss for an aging Wilson Reis.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      Turner clipped Frevola with a knee, and then Frevola threw him to the ground and landed in side control. He quickly took his back, and started digging for a rear-naked choke. He threw some big punches as Turner scrambled around, and then Turner scrambled back to his feet 2 minutes into the round. Turner rocked Frevola with a big right hand, and Frevola immediately started shooting for takedowns again. Frevola threw some leg kicks, and Turner countered with some big punches, and then Frevola took him down with 2 minutes left in the round, and found himself back in side control, Turner quickly swept him, Frevola slapped on a guillotine choke, and turned it into a mounted guillotine. Turner somehow popped his head free, swept Frevola, and stood back up with a minute left. They both threw some big punches to finish the round. Frevola looked like he was going to win the round with his wrestling, but Turner landed some huge shots, so I'm not sure who won.
     The second round was more of the same, with Frevola shooting for takedowns, while Turner picked him apart with his striking. Turner's takedown defense looks really strong tonight. He almost caught Frevola in a guillotine choke at one point, but Frevola eventually wrestled his way out of it, and ended up back on top. As soon as I was ready to give the round to Frevola, Turner swept him, threw some big punches, Frevola threw an illegal upkick, and the referee said "Meh, no big deal." So he didn't take a point or anything. I really have no idea who is winning this fight going into the final round. I hope it's all tied up, but Frevola is probably ahead 20-18.
     Turner threw some big strikes, and then Frevola took him down 2 minutes into the final round, Turner almost caught him in a triangle choke, but Frevola quickly passed to side control. Turner eventually stood back up, and landed some big strikes, but Frevola was able to use his wrestling to do enough to win that round, and probably the other two rounds as well, leading to the hard fought unanimous decision victory for Matt Frevola.
90.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:30
      These guys traded some strikes, and then OSP scored a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round, but Krylov was able to quickly scramble back to his feet. OSP scored another slick trip takedown 2 minutes into the round, and Krylov immediately popped back up again. The first round mostly consisted of a lot of clinching, with a few takedowns thrown in by OSP, and he even secured full mount with 90 seconds left in the round, but he still wasn't able to control Krylov on the ground at all, as he popped back up again, almost immediately. I'm giving the first round to OSP, based entirely on his wrestling and forward pressure, even though he was never able to make anything happen once they hit the ground. Krylov didn't have much success either though.
     OSP looked tired at the start of the second round, and Krylov came out bouncing around. He landed some solid strikes, and then OSP started grinding for takedowns again. Krylov stuffed the shot this time, he threw OSP to the ground, landed in full mount, took his back, slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission halfway through the second round. That's a great win for Nikita Krylov.
88.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Jouban started the first round with a clinch takedown attempt, followed by a head kick whiff on the release. Jouban spent the entire round moving forward, but as far as actual damage is concerned, they both landed pretty similar strikes. I'm giving the first round just slightly to Jouban.
     Grant came out throwing bombs in the second round, and probably did enough damage to secure that round with his work in the first half. The second round was another round with some back & forth striking, and Jouban finished the round with a big takedown, and some ground & pound. This fight could go either way, but I think Jouban deserves to win, especially when you take into consideration the way he came on strong at the end. The judges were all over the place, with one judge giving all 3 rounds to Jouban, and the other two gave the split-decision victory to Dwight Grant. That was a close fight, but Jouban got robbed.
90.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Rountree absolutely destroying the legs of Anders with brutal Muay Thai kicks. Apparently Rountree has been training in Thailand, and it looks like it's clearly paying off. Those leg kicks look fucking BRUTAL. I scored the first round 10-8 for Rountree.
     Rountree dropped Anders as soon as the second round started with a brutal combination of kicks & punches. He continued to destroy him with leg kicks on the ground, and some big hammerfists, and then let him back up. Rountree dropped him again with another combination capped off with a brutal left hook. Rountree let him up again, stuffed a weak takedown attempt by Anders, and then unloaded on him again with some more brutal combinations. OH MY GOD, Rountree looks like a fucking monster tonight. He dropped Anders AGAIN with another brutal combination of lightning fast punches and an insane amount of power. He let him back up, and then dropped him AGAIN with a brutal right hook. Rountree is a fucking BEAST!!! That's a 10-7 round for Rountree.
     The final round was a competitive back & forth kickboxing match, with Rountree slowing down significantly, and Anders still looked like he was doing alright, but Rountree still won that round, and completely dominated the first two rounds, leading to one of the most lopsided unanimous decisions I've ever seen. Khalil Rountree looked next level tonight.
91.4
Decision
25:00
      Round one started slowly, but Gastelum was the first to turn it up a notch, and he knocked Adesanya off balance at one point. Gastelum landed the better shots overall, so round one goes to Gastelum. The second round was more competitive until Adesanya dropped Gastelum with a pair of punches halfway through the round, but he let him back up almost immediately. Round two goes to Adesanya and this fight is all tied up going into the third round.
     The third round was a close round of striking, Gastelum scored a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and Adesanya popped back up immediately. Adesanya probably won that round? It was close though. The fourth round was another close round of striking, with Gastelum being a little more aggressive, and he hurt Adesanya in the final minute of the round, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round had some more striking, Adesanya went for a standing guillotine, Gastelum wrestled him to the ground, Adesanya threw up a triangle choke, Gastelum rolled out of it, and they reset back on their feet. Adesanya spent the last half of the round chipping away at Gastelum with crisp strikes, he dropped him with a minute left in the fight, and Gastelum stood back up, shot for a takedown, Adesanya stuffed the shot, and dropped Gastelum again, he mauled Gastelum with brutal ground & pound, they stood up, Adesanya dropped him again, and the fight was finally over. Gastelum's face was all jacked up by the end of the fight. This SHOULD be a 48-47 win for Israel Adesanya, maybe even 48-46 since the last round could be a 10-8 for Adesanya. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the win, and he's now the Interim UFC Middleweight Champion.
93.2
Decision
25:00
      These guys both came out swinging, they both landed some solid combinations, and Poirier rocked Holloway 2 minutes into the opening round, and it looked like he was about to finish him, but Holloway was able to hang on just enough to fire back with a few shots, and then Poirier would fire back with some bombs, and continue to rock Holloway around the cage. They both landed a ton of solid shots, but the power difference looked like a 2 weight class difference, with Poirier bring significantly more power to everything he threw. Round one goes to Poirier.
     The second round was another solid round of back & forth action, with both guys landing a ton of solid shots, and then Poirier rocked Holloway again with a minute left in the round, it looked like he was about to finish him, as he chased Holloway around the cage while Holloway mostly just ran away. Poirier looks awesome tonight, and he has a clear 20-18 lead going into the third round.
     The third round was more of the same, with both guys landing a lot of solid shots, and then Holloway turned it up a few notches in the final 90 seconds, and started to beat up Poirier, forcing him to shoot for a bad takedown, which Holloway stuffed against the fence. The third round goes to Holloway, and Poirier has a 29-28 lead going into the Championship rounds.
     Poirier started the fourth round by shooting for a takedown, which Holloway basically stuffed again. Holloway then unloaded on Poirier with some big punches, and took a quick lead to start the round. Poirier looked like he was slowing down, but he was still moving forward and throwing powerful punches at Holloway's head. I thought Holloway was winning that round, but when I saw his face, and it looked like he had been smashed by an axe right down the center of his face, I sort of questioned who was winning at that point. I'm going to say this fight is all tied up going into the final round, but Holloway is clearly wearing significantly more damage.
     The final round was another round of solid brawling, with both guys throwing a ton of strikes, and landing with almost everything, but it's hard not to pay attention to the fact that Holloway looks like he got his ass kicked by five guys, and Poirier looks relatively unscathed. For that reason, I'm giving this fight to Poirier, 48-47, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory, and Poirier is apparently the new Interim UFC Lightweight Champion. That was a hell of a fight, it was fun to see Holloway at 155, but I think I'm ready for him to go back to 145 at this point.
OVERALL 90.8
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