100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Joe Lauzon - 94.6
2. Nate Diaz - 92.6
3. Randy Couture - 92.0
4. Frankie Edgar - 91.6
5. Greg Soto - 91.2
6. Dan Miller - 90.5
7. Mike Pierce - 90.5
8. Nik Lentz - 90.4
9. Demian Maia - 90.1
10. Gray Maynard - 90.1
UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Elevation: 141'
-Fight of the Night-
Joe Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 90.5
(Straight Armbar)
     Mike Pierce took this fight to the ground in all 3 rounds, pretty much dominated all of the rounds, never really did any damage, but had good enough wrestling to control the fight. Eventually in the third round, after taking it to the ground again, he was able to finish the fight with a straight armbar, for the submission victory, and his first FINISH inside the octagon!
      That was kind of a shocking turn of events! Osipczak I thought dominated the first round, mostly from a big elbow that cut Soto's left eyelid open BADLY, and then he pounded on it with some punches for the rest of the round. The fight was ALMOST stopped by the doctor in between rounds, but the doctor let them continue. From that point forward, Soto was able to take the fight to the ground in the last two rounds, beating up Osipczak on the ground, and especially in the third round, he destroyed Osipczak with ground & pound. So yeah, pretty good fight, between a couple of undercard fighters.
(Ninja Choke)
      That was a pretty awesome choke finish, at the end of an otherwise somewhat boring fight. The first round was basically just slow stroking from both guys, I'd probably give it to Miller, but neither guy did much. The second round was more of the same, until Salter shot for a takedown, Miller locked on a guillotine choke, locked it in as a Ninja Choke, and nearly ripped off Salter's head. Awesome win for Dan Miller, but boring fight overall.
      This was another sort of slow paced fight, where Nik Lentz completely dominated Winner with his takedowns, spending the majority of all 3 rounds, on the ground, on top, throwing simple punches, but nothing doing any damage, and Winner had no offense at all really. So yeah, Nik Lentz clearly won this fight with a 3 round grinding decision, but it was hard to get excited about anything, other than a few seconds in the third round where it looked like he MIGHT be able to go for a rear-naked choke, but he never really went for the finish.
      That was pretty impressive! Joe Lauzon came out, picked up Ruediger, slammed him repeatedly, beat the living shit out of him, mounted him, mounted his back, schooled him with insane wrestling skills, locked on an armbar, and Ruediger tapped. Gabe Ruediger really had no business being here tonight, Joe Lauzon BEAT THAT ASS!
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
      This was basically a boxing match, where Marcus Davis should have had the advantage, but Nate Diaz basically outboxed him the entire 3 round fight, cutting open Davis's right eye with a GIGANTIC GASH, early in the first round, and by the end of the fight, it literally looked like Davis's head had been smashed in with a sledge hammer, it was disgusting. Diaz looked great standing though, and when he took Davis to the ground in the third round, he was able to lock on a tight guillotine choke from full mount, putting Davis to sleep.
      For a fight between two of the world's best lightweight fighters, this was a pretty underwhelming fight. Gray Maynard took Kenny Florian to the ground once each round, so I basically gave him the fight, for controlling things, with his wrestling. He didn't really do anything once they got to the ground, but neither did Kenny. On their feet, Kenny seemed to have a slight striking advantage, but he just wasn't active enough to be able to earn enough worthwhile points to counter the takedown points he lost. So yeah, Gray Maynard wins, this fight definitely didn't live up to my expectations.
      Well, considering the fact that this fight was basically given to Maia to make himself feel ok about his skills, after Anderson Silva made him look like a bitch, he REALLY SHOULD HAVE been able to finish Miranda at some point in this fight. He completely dominated him with his wrestling skills, but in the end, Maia's cardio looked like shit, and he wasn't able to follow through with any of his submission attempts. So yeah, Maia clearly won this fight, but he didn't look all that impressive, considering his opponent shouldn't have given him THIS much trouble.
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      Well then... Boxing vs. MMA, who wins in a fight? OBVIOUSLY MMA, and Randy Couture proved that, by taking Toney to the ground immediately, Toney clearly had no idea what he was doing once the fight hit the ground, and Randy got full mount, beat the living shit out of Toney up against the face, and then locked on an arm-triangle choke, forcing Toney to submit multiple times. This was kind of a ridiculous spectacle, but it was still a ton of fun. (I'd probably be pretty pissed if Couture would have been knocked out or something).
      Well, that was a pretty lopsided fight. Frankie Edgar was able to take B.J. to the ground every round, dominate him on the ground, he had better striking, more heart, more cardio, more of everything. B.J. Penn didn't look like he was even a title contender at all. So yeah, good job Frankie Edgar, you just DOMINATED B.J. Penn.