100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. George Sotiropoulos - 94.0
2. B.J. Penn - 93.9
3. Brian Foster - 93.8
4. Edson Barboza - 93.6
5. Phil Davis - 93.5
6. Mark Munoz - 92.0
7. Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves - 91.9
8. Quinton Jackson - 91.5
9. Dennis Hallman - 91.2
10. Lyoto Machida - 91.2
UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida
Location: Auburn Hills, Michigan
Elevation: 961'
-Fight of the Night-
B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes
Fighters & Matches 90.3
Top 10 Fighters 92.7
TOTAL 91.5
     This was another one of those fights that could have gone either way. Nik Lentz secured a few takedowns, Griffin showed he's still the King of the Scramble, both guys were pretty active throughout the entire fight, battling for position, both guys landed a few nice shots, etc... In the end, the judges gave the fight to Lentz via split-decision, and I'm ok with that.
      Well, this fight was an undercard fight for sure. I'm not even sure what happened in the first round, nothing noteworthy really. The second round, eventually after some scrambling, Kelly got on top, got O'Brien trapped in the mounted crucifix position, and then started raining down "basic" looking elbows, until the referee finally got bored and stopped the fight.
(Leg Kicks)
      Lullo looked like he might have some decent Jiu-Jitsu skills, but since Barboza turned his legs into hamburger with two rounds of vicious leg kicks, Lullo wasn't able to actually pull anything off, other than half hearted gogoplata attempts. Barboza on the other hand, looked like a fucking MACHINE, chopping away at Lullo's leg like a wood chipper, unleashing a couple of slams, controlling the pace of the fight, and overall, Lullo just got dominated here. Edson Barboza is awesome.
      Well, Karo Parisyan used to be one of my favorite fighters in the world, but his head has been out of the game for a long time. This fight started kind of slow and awkward, and then Hallman landed a punch, Parisyan fell down, Hallman battered him with hammerfists, the referee stopped the fight, Parisyan cried, and that's about it. I don't know if there is still a reason for Parisyan to continue fighting, unless he gets some serious help with the mental portion of his game.
      This was one hell of a scrap, both guys really gave it their all, both with some solid grappling, CRAZY punch style brawling, and in the end, they were both pretty exhausted, but never REALLY slowed down all that much. Great fight overall, and even though Simpson claimed going into it, that he hits harder than Munoz, in my personal opinion, I think Munoz beat his ass all 3 rounds. So yeah, great fight overall, and Mark Munoz is starting to win some serious position adjustments on that middleweight ladder.
(Guillotine Choke)
      This was a pretty incredible fight. The first fight was a HELL of a brawl, both guys really went at it, and during some scrambles on the ground, it was just about as back & forth as the action can possibly get. Brown locked on an armbar that I thought was going to finish the fight, but Foster was able to escape somehow. In the second round, Brown kicked Foster in the nuts, and really did some damage with that. Once the fight restarted, Foster threw a kick and then winced, because apparently his nuts were still hurting. Either way, they continue to scrap, and as Brown was shooting for a single leg takedown, Foster locked on a guillotine choke, and Brown tapped quickly. Pretty amazing fight!
      Yeah! I've been calling George Sotiropoulos a top ranked Lightweight for a while, he's one of the best submission guys in the sport, his control & transitions are insane, and for the most part, he just dominates everybody with his ground game. Lauzon started off strong showing some decent striking, but by the end of the first round, Sotiropoulos was schooling him on the ground, so I gave the first round to Sotiropoulos. The second round, Lauzon came out looking exhausted, and it was only a matter of time before Sotiropoulos was able to take him to the ground, lock on a kimura, and forced the tap. George Sotiropoulos is legit!
(Modified Kimura)
      Yeah! Mr. Wonderful is climbing that mountain, and continuing to whoop dat ass! This was a pretty badass finish to a really good fight. Phil Davis was able to dominate Boetsch with his superior wrestling skills through both rounds, and in the third round, he sort of went for a kimura, locked it behind Boetsch's back with one arm, went around his back with his other arm, secured both hands, twisted, and Boetsch tapped out. It was a pretty crazy submission, and Joe Rogan called it "The Mr. Wonderful" afterward, apparently it's a move Davis invented? Maybe?
      Yikes! There was a thick layer of boos happening after this fight was over. Falcao pretty much destroyed Harris in the first round, almost knocking him out, and then locking on a rear-naked choke 100% at the end of the round. The referee tried to pull him off after the buzzer, but Falcao wouldn't give up the choke, sort of annoying & disrespectful. The second round was basically an exact copy of the first round. The third round was just a lot of standing around, waiting for the fight to end, so that Falcao could ride the high from the points he scored in the first two rounds. This fight was kind of annoying, and even though the first two rounds were super exciting, I don't know if they'll be bringing Falcao back to the UFC anytime soon.
      There really isn't much to say, other than this was the big "tie breaker" between one of the biggest rivalries in UFC history. B.J. Penn came out looking fast, he was aggressive, he punched Hughes, Hughes fell to the ground, Penn punched him a couple more times and the referee stopped the fight. Hughes had no idea what was going on. Great win by B.J. Penn, and I have no idea what's next for Hughes at this point.
      Well, two of the biggest names in the sport, clash! And it was a decent fight that went to a decision. I gave the fight to Rampage by chasing Machida, and constantly going after him. Obviously Machida was elusive, and was able to dodge most of the attacks, but Machida wasn't as aggressive, and therefore, I thought Rampage deserved it. There was an explosion in the third round where Machida almost finished Rampage, so I gave him the third round, but yeah, decent fight overall, I'm just disappointed that they weren't able to finish each other.