(9/25/2010)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. C.B. Dollaway - 94.8
2. Matt Mitrione - 93.2
3. Thiago Tavares - 93.1
4. Chris Lytle - 92.3
5. Ryan Bader - 92.3
6. Sean McCorkle - 92.1
7. Sean Sherk - 92.0
8. Joey Beltran - 91.8
9. Evan Dunham - 91.7
10. T.J. Grant - 91.3
UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Elevation: 715'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Matt Mitrione vs. Joey Beltran
92.0
Fighters & Matches 90.0
Top 10 Fighters 92.5
TOTAL 91.3
88.9
Submission
(Straight Armbar)
1:03
     It's always disappointing when the old PRIDE guys come to the UFC and get dominated, but that's basically what happened here. I've been waiting for Mark Hunt to show up in the cage, and he's finally here, and he was taken to the ground, got stuck in McCorkle's guard, McCorkle locked on a straight armbar, and basically snapped Hunt's arm. So yeah, not a very good debut for Mark Hunt, but McCorkle looked solid.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      This fight was basically just a one-sided grappling clinic, demonstrated by T.J. Grant taking Paulino to the ground repeatedly, and constantly going for transitions & submissions. Paulino didn't stand a chance on the ground, and since pretty much the entire fight took place on the ground, it's easy to see why T.J. Grant walks away with the unanimous decision.
88.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Well, the first two rounds were kind of slow, I gave both of them to Waylon for taking Lopez to the ground, but he didn't really do any damage at all. In the third round, he took him down again, and cut Lopez open with a big elbow, and he IMMEDIATELY started pouring blood, his entire face was bloody, the floor below his head had a POOL of blood, it was hardcore blood flow. So yeah, Waylon Lowe clearly won all 3 rounds, but one judge gave it to Lopez, 29-28 for some reason. So uh, whatever... But yeah, decent first win for Lowe in the UFC.
89.0
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
3:47
      I'm not sure why Pat Audinwood was in this fight, but whatever... Thiago Tavares basically beat his ass, took him to the ground, locked on a guillotine choke, Audinwood tried to stand up, he wasn't going to make it, so he tapped out to the guillotine. Thiago Tavares looked pretty solid here, but like I said, Audinwood had no business being in this fight.
92.0
Decision
15:00
      This was one hell of a scrap between two HUGE heavyweights. I gave the fight to Mitrione, and so did all of the judges, so that's a good thing, I like Mitrione. Both guys were swinging for the fences, and Beltran seems to be impossible to finish. But yeah, great fight, tons of back & forth action, and I think Mitrione is well on his way to doing something special in the heavyweight division.
91.8
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
2:13
      This was a pretty badass submission win for C.B. Dollaway. The fight started with both guys throwing some basic strikes, Doerksen caught a kick, and tried to take Dollaway to the ground, Dollaway transitioned into a guillotine choke, after they rolled around like wild animals for a minute or so (Dollaway never letting go of the choke), he eventually locked it on so tight that I thought Doerksen's head was going to pop off. C.B. Dollaway is a bad bad man!
88.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Well, this was one of those fights that should have been one of the most exciting things to ever happen in the octagon, both guys are explosive, both guys are great strikers, and SOMEBODY should have been knocked out. The problem is, they just treated this fight like a sparring session, and I didn't think either fighter lived up to their reputation. So yeah, I gave the fight to Jeremy Stephens, 2 of the judges disagreed and gave it to Guillard, so Guillard is your winner.
91.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Sean Sherk is my boy! So it was cool seeing him make his big return, and he slammed Dunham several times in the first round, cut his eye open with a HUGE elbow on the ground, so Sherk CLEARLY won the first round. I gave the last 2 rounds to Dunham though, because he picked up the pace with his striking, and used his reach advantage to steal the fight (in my eyes). 2 of the judges though, once again, disagreed with me, and gave the fight to Sherk. I'm glad that they gave it to him, because I WANTED him to win this fight, but I really don't think he deserved the win.
90.9
Decision
15:00
      Chris Lytle, fighting in his hometown of Indianapolis, this was a badass fight. Ultimately, it was just a GREAT 3 round boxing match, and both guys were swinging for the fences, but I gave all 3 rounds to Lytle, and so did all 3 judges. Great fight overall, I feel bad for Lytle though, since he wasn't able to actually finish Serra, but to be fair, not many people have been able to finish Serra.
91.1
Decision
15:00
      This was an impressive fight, mostly because in my opinion, Ryan Bader is skyrocketing towards the top of the 205 division. Still undefeated in his career, and he just took out a BIG name, in Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, by outboxing him (for the most part), and taking him down several times, and unleashing a little bit of brutal ground & pound. Ryan Bader looked solid in this fight, and Nogueira's counterstriking was solid, but not enough to win any rounds.
89.2
KO
(Knee)
14:02
      Well, this was sort of a Heavyweight Superfight or whatever, two of the greatest heavyweights of all time, but the entire fight was pretty slow paced & boring, especially in the later rounds. Frank Mir launched a knee as Cro Cop moved in on him in the third, and knocked him out instantly, so it was a good finish, but the rest of the fight was sort of disappointing.
OVERALL 91.3
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