100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Paul Sass - 93.8
2. Carlos Condit - 93.0
3. Alexander Gustafsson - 92.9
4. Spencer Fisher - 92.4
5. Mike Pyle - 92.1
6. Michael Bisping - 91.6
7. Rob Broughton - 91.5
8. Curt Warburton - 91.0
9. Dan Hardy - 90.7
10. Fabio Maldonado - 90.2
UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama
Location: London, England
Elevation: 115'
Elevation: 115'
-Fight of the Night-
Carlos Condit vs. Dan Hardy
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.6
     James McSweeney looked confident in the first round, coming out with strikes, and taking it to Maldonado, but Maldonado was like The Terminator, and just kept coming, pointing out the fact that Sweeney's shots weren't hurting him at all. The second round was the opposite, with Maldonado doing some damage to McSweeney, leaving him exhausted by the end of the round. The third round was more of the same, and within the first minute, Maldonado had McSweeney up against the cage, absorbing shots, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Solid performance by Fabio Maldonado.
      This was a pretty great fight. Warburton looked awesome in the first round, throwing hard leg kicks, taking Fisher to the ground, and almost securing a choke, but Fisher was able to power through it. From that point forward, Fisher started getting a lot of points with his strikes, and his grappling skills in the final two rounds, so in the end, I gave the fight to Fisher, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed.
(Triangle Choke)
      Paul Sass is another one of those CRAZY Jiu-Jitsu guys, to the point where he didn't even really try to fight on his feet at all, he pulled guard multiple times in this fight, and every time, he was immediately shooting for submissions, leglocks, chokes, etc... In the end, Paul Sass pretty much dominated Holst with his Jiu-Jitsu skills, but I have to give some major credit to Holst, just for being able to last ALMOST 5 minutes by defending the submissions.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Vinicius looked like a beast, walking out I thought he was going to be the baddest man to ever fight in the heavyweight division, at 6'7" and stacked with muscles or whatever. And he looked really good in the first round, showing solid striking skills, and decent grappling, but ultimately, he was beaten by his poor cardio. Broughton started to mount a comeback in the second round, and by the time the third round started, he unleashed a Jiu-Jitsu clinic on Vinicius, forcing him to submit to a rear-naked choke, after throwing a handful of chokes & armlocks at him. Solid fight for the most part, but these guys are definitely both undercard quality fighters for the time being.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      This was a pretty good fight for Alexander Gustafsson, as he was able to take the striker, Diabate, to the ground in both rounds, and completely control him while down there. After pounding away for a while, Gustafsson started going for various submissions in the second round, eventually finishing with a rear-naked choke. I think Diabate partially just tapped out because he was exhausted, but still, great showing by Alexander Gustafsson.
      Well, I literally had trouble staying awake during this fight. Claude Patrick took Wilks to the ground in every round, and then just controlled him with his wrestling skills, never attempting to finish the fight at all, just coasting out the victory, by staying on top, and doing basic wrestling stuff. Congrats to Claude Patrick, I guess...
      Man, two big guys like this, SOMEBODY should have been knocked out. I scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Cheick Kongo, and so did all 3 judges, BUT, since Kongo was blatantly holding onto Browne's shorts during several moments in the fight, the referee took away a point, and that made this fight a draw. I mean, you can't hold shorts, I understand that's a foul, but when guys get poked in the eyes multiple times, and kicked in the nuts, and still don't get more than a "stern warning", I don't see why Kongo should have his win stolen from him, just because he was "grabbing the back of Browne's leg". I mean, like I said, yeah, it's a foul, so take the point, but if that's going to make the fight a draw, then as far as FIGHTING is concerned, I think Kongo still deserves the win, so I'm going to give him the points for a win.
      Yeah! I would like to see Chris Lytle fight Mike Pyle (hopefully mostly on the ground). Both of these guys have CRAZY Jiu-Jitsu skills, and don't seem to get enough credit for it. I gave Pyle all 3 rounds in this fight, but the real highlight was round 2, when Pyle got the full mount, locked on a reverse triangle from the mount, and then beat the shit out of Hathaway's face until he was saved by the bell. Hathaway's face looked ALL smashed up after the second round. Mike Pyle is a badass, when on the ground.
      BAM! This win was HUGE for Carlos Condit, especially considering the circumstances. I would have thought his gameplan would be to take Hardy to the ground, and submit him, but instead, he stood with him, threw a great punch combination, ending it with a HUGE left uppercut, knocking Hardy on his ass, followed by a couple of punches on the ground. Did I mention, this took place in Hardy's backyard? CRAZY win for Carlos Condit, great fight overall.
      This was a pretty good international fight overall. Bisping won the first & third rounds, Akiyama won the second round, so I gave the fight to Bisping, and so did all 3 judges. Both guys were swinging for the fences, and showed really solid striking, Bisping attempted a few takedowns, but Akiyama's Judo was able to keep him on his feet, and Akiyama fell victim to a huge nut shot. In the end, pretty good main event fight, even though I had Bisping ranked substantially higher than Akiyama going into the fight, so it might not have made a ton of sense, but it was still really good.