(12/10/2011)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Frank Mir - 98.7
2. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 94.8
3. Jon Jones - 94.0
4. Costas Philippou - 93.2
5. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - 92.7
6. Dennis Hallman - 92.2
7. Igor Pokrajac - 91.7
8. Mark Bocek - 91.5
9. Lyoto Machida - 91.3
10. John Cholish - 91.1
UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida
Location: Ontario, Canada
Elevation: 1,000'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
98.7
Fighters & Matches 90.0
Top 10 Fighters 93.1
TOTAL 91.6
88.5
TKO
(Punches)
9:36
     John Cholish won the first round, by just basically winning it. Not a lot of really noteworthy stuff going on. In the second round though, Clarke took him to the ground, Cholish immediately countered and ended up on top, got Clarke's back, and finished him off with punches to the side of head from back mount. Solid win for John Cholish, and I was really impressed by his grappling skills, especially the way he hit that transition in the second round to counter the takedown.
87.1
TKO
(Elbows & Punches)
6:10
      This was a decent undercard fight. Jake Hecht started the fight showing solid striking while standing, but Attonito took him to the ground, and won the first round. The second round started, Attonito tried to take him down again, and during the takedown process, Hecht dropped a couple of crazy elbows to the side of Attonito's head, basically knocking him out, and then to make sure it was done, he punched him in the face several times until the referee stopped the fight. Hecht looked solid, other than his lack of a ground game (even thought he apparently has a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu).
88.9
Decision
15:00
      This was a really good grappling match, with Mark Bocek taking the fight to the ground in all 3 rounds, and beating up Lentz with his ground & pound, and Lentz spent the entire fight going for submissions, mostly failed guillotines, but also a couple of wacky inverted choke attempts, like a triangle while dangling from Bocek's back, but ultimately, Bocek won all 3 rounds, and all 3 judges agreed.
88.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was very very close, and I can see it maybe going to a draw, but I really don't think Jabouin won this fight. I gave him the first round, but it was very close. I gave Watson the second round, easily. The third round was also very close, but I gave it to Watson. So in the end, the striking was pretty even, but Watson went for a couple of submissions and did a better job with the wrestling, so I thought he won, but the judges gave it to Jabouin via split-decision. Decent fight overall, very competitive.
88.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:58
      This fight was kind of cool I guess. Basically Dennis Hallman, WAY bigger than Makdessi going into this fight, grabbed Makdessi, flung him against the cage, took him to the ground, got on his back, beat him up for a while, and then choked him out. Dennis Hallman really was the stereotypical bully in this fight, but it worked well for entertainment's sake I guess, I don't think it did much to raise him up the ranks in the lightweight division though, especially since he failed to make weight for the fight.
91.4
KO
(Punches)
3:11
      This was a pretty cool ass whoopin'. Costa Philippou basically knocked Hamman out 3 times in this fight, all in the first 3 minutes of the fight. He kept knocking him out, and then going to the ground to dominate him with brutal looking choke attempts, and then he'd stand back up, knock the piss out of Hamman again, rinse & repeat, etc... In the end, Costa Philippou knocked out Hamman in brutal fashion at 3:11 of the first round. I'm looking forward to seeing Costa fight again in the near future.
89.8
KO
(Punches)
0:35
      K.S. started this fight off attacking Igor with wreckless abandon, but Igor was able to counter, and then forced K.S. back against the cage with a barrage of punches. Soszynski eventually crumpled to the ground after getting knocked the fuck out. I can't think of many fighters that have disappointed me more times over the years, than Krzysztof Soszynski. Igor is the winner!
84.5
KO
(Punches)
0:07
      This fight was super fast (7 seconds), but kind of lame. Hominick threw a wild hook and missed, Jung countered with a solid shot to the jaw of Hominick, knocking him to the ground, and once Hominick fell down, Jung threw some "ok" looking ground & pound punches at his face until the referee stopped the fight. Good stoppage, but not nearly as impressive as what you'd expect from a 7 second KO. Ultimately, I think this fight was kind of pointless.
84.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was a lame 3 round fight, another pointless fight between two guys when I don't understand why either of them were on the main card. This would have been an expected fight for an undercard fight, but on the main card, it was lame. It especially felt slow paced compared to the 7 second fight before it. In the end, I gave the fight to Claude Patrick, 30-27, but the judges ended up giving the fight to Ebersole, which I didn't understand at all, other than ONE really decent takedown. Patrick had better striking, more submission attempts, and was more aggressive during at least 2 of the rounds, so whatever.
92.3
TKO
(Punches & Elbows to the Body)
3:15
      Damn! This was the first really solid fight of the night. Tito Ortiz came out like a beast, and really gave it his all, while throwing big punches at Nogueira, and he kept him pinned against the cage for a few. Nogueira started to make his comeback though, and threw a solid shot to Ortiz's ribs, buckling Ortiz, leaving him on the ground curled up. Nogueira then continued to ground & pound, beating the shit out of Ortiz, and eventually started to focus on the body again, forcing the referee to stop the fight due to some brutal elbows to Ortiz's body. Interesting ending to the fight. This is the first time I've ever actually felt BAD for Tito Ortiz. Great fight though.
98.7
Technical Submission
(Kimura)
3:38
      OH FUCK! Not only was this hands down the best fight on the card so far, but it's also a historical fight for multiple different reasons. Like Frank Mir said, he's the first guy to knock out Nogueira, and the first guy to submit him as well. Frank Mir has Nogueira's number, FOR REAL. This fight started with both guys testing each other, and Nogueira got the upperhand on the feet, nearly knocking Mir out fairly early in the first round, and he almost locked on a choke as well, so Nogueira looked like the clear victor early in the fight, but OUT OF NOWHERE, the half dead Frank Mir locked on a kimura, and rolled around like a fucking alligator or some shit, eventually breaking Nogueira's arm. The announced called it a TKO because the referee stopped it, but Nogueira clearly tapped, and that to me means that Mir deserves this to go down on record as a submission. Frank Mir is the fucking man!!!
96.5
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
9:26
      Jon Jones is LEGIT! The first round was kind of boring, because the entire round consisted of dancing around, finding ranges, etc... Lyoto Machida won the first round in my opinion, showing better striking, and better defense overall, etc... The second round Jones started to pick up the pace, cut the shit out of Machida's forehead with a huge elbow, turning the tides of the fight, and then he locked on a standing guillotine while pressing Machida against the cage, eventually putting Machida to sleep. Once the referee broke them up, Machida collapsed like a dead animal. It was bizarre. Jon Jones is superhuman.
OVERALL 91.6
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