(9/15/2010)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. T.J. Waldburger - 93.6
2. Nate Marquardt - 93.5
3. Rich Attonito - 92.4
4. Cole Miller - 92.3
5. Kyle Kingsbury - 91.6
6. Yves Edwards - 91.5
7. Brian Foster - 91.4
8. Charles Oliveira - 91.1
9. David Branch - 90.9
10. Jared Hamman - 90.8
UFC Fight Night 22: Marquardt vs. Palhares
Location: Austin, Texas
Elevation: 489'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Nate Marquardt vs. Rousimar Palhares
90.9
Fighters & Matches 89.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.9
89.2
TKO
(Punches)
1:07
     This was a pretty good way to start off the event, even though the next 5 fights went to decisions. But yeah, Brian Foster basically came out, punched Petz in the face, Petz sort of sat down, Foster kept punching, and punching, and punching, and eventually the fight was stopped. Foster looked pretty awesome, Petz looked like he didn't realize the fight had even started yet though.
90.7
Decision
15:00
      Holy shit, this was one hell of a grappling match. Both of these guys are making their UFC debuts, and both guys showed great grappling techniques, especially early in the fight, and after each guy threw a ton of submission attempts at their opponent, Waldburger pulled ahead in the later rounds with some brutal ground & pound, earning the unanimous decision victory, winning all 3 rounds. Waldburger is a fucking beast!
90.1
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight. Attonito almost knocked out Natal in the first round with a big punch in the middle of a combo, and from that point forward, Attonito won the striking game, he won the grappling game, and overall, he just outworked Natal all 3 rounds, securing the unanimous decision victory. Great fight for Attonito, and Natal looked ok, but clearly lost.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      This fight was ok, but it was sort of hard to get into, since I don't care much for either of these fighters. David Branch was clearly the winner of this one, taking Drwal to the ground in all 3 rounds, controlling the pace of the action, landing more strikes, and just overall, beating Drwal in every aspect of the fight. The only problem is, he never really went for the finish at all, he just controlled him, and left it at that. So yeah, congrats to Branch, but I'm glad the fight is finally over.
90.3
Decision
15:00
      That was a pretty awesome fight. I gave the first two rounds to Kingsbury for throwing HARD punches, and taking Hamman to the ground repeatedly. Hamman came back in the third round, doing a good job getting up immediately from the takedowns, and his striking was wild and fun to watch, landing a lot of shots on Kingsbury's face. Really great fight by both guys, and congrats to Kingsbury for the 29-28 unanimous decision.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      Well this was pretty much a one-sided ass beating, being delivered by Yves Edwards after over 4 years away from the UFC. It's good to have him back, because he's a great fighter, and even though he wasn't able to finish Gunderson, he dominated him in all 3 rounds, both on the ground & standing. So yeah, Edwards looked good in this fight.
90.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:49
      Dayum! The first round was sort of uneventful, with both guys just kind of sparring, the most interesting thing that happened was, Cole tried to pull guard, and failed. The second round though, Cole Miller landed a few good punches, knocking Pearson a bit loopy, and he was able to follow it up with a running rear-naked choke, taking out Pearson pretty quickly once the fight hit the floor. Cole Miller is no joke when it comes to Jiu-Jitsu, that dude is a badass!
87.9
Decision
15:00
      The most impressive aspect of this fight, would have to be Gleison Tibau's muscles... Seriously, I'll never understand how a dude can have muscles like that, and only weigh 155 pounds. With that being said, the first round was close & uneventful, the third round was too, but Jim Miller CLEARLY won the second round, so I gave him the fight, and all 3 judges agreed.
89.5
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
12:25
      This fight didn't really do anything for me. Both guys got kicked in the Jimmy once during the fight. Both guys had decent standup skills & grappling skills, but nothing was really happening, until after Oliveira got kicked in the balls in the third round, at which point, he sat down, put his hand down his pants like Al Bundy, and then proceeded to dismantle Escudero, climbing on his back, locking on a rear-naked choke, and forcing Escudero to submit. Great finish to an otherwise "normal" quality fight.
90.9
TKO
(Punches)
3:28
      Well, this fight started kind of slow, but it ended in a greasy flash! They went to the ground, Palhares went for a leg lock, Marquardt was able to slip out of it effortlessly, Palhares complained that his leg was greased up, and then Marquardt shut him up by punching him in the face repeatedly until the referee stopped the fight. Sort of an unfortunate ending, but it was exciting none-the-less!
OVERALL 90.9
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