(4/30/2011)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Rory MacDonald - 95.2
2. Pablo Garza - 94.6
3. Ivan Menjivar - 92.7
4. Jake Ellenberger - 92.7
5. Jose Aldo - 92.7
6. Vladimir Matyushenko - 92.6
7. Claude Patrick - 92.5
8. Lyoto Machida - 91.9
9. Jason MacDonald - 91.7
10. Mark Hominick - 91.7
UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields
Location: Ontario, Canada
Elevation: 1,000'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Rory MacDonald vs. Nate Diaz
93.3
Fighters & Matches 90.3
Top 10 Fighters 92.8
TOTAL 91.6
92.4
Submission
(Flying Triangle Choke)
4:31
     Hell yeah! This shit was like seeing a mythical dragon in your backyard! You always hear the jokes about the flying triangle, but you never actually see it in real life. Jabouin had a huge height disadvantage, so he was working with some impressive leg kicks early in the fight, but once Garza went flying for that triangle, the rest was history. Flying + Triangle + Elbows + Control = Badass Submission Victory for Pablo Garza!
89.7
KO
(Spinning Back Fist)
11:27
      Makdessi always shows cool striking skills, and this fight was no different. The first two rounds were kind of slow, and didn't really hold my interest very well, but man, that spinning backfist KO was AWESOME! In the third round, he faked a low kick, and immediately followed it with that spinning backfist, and it was BEAUTIFUL. I don't know if Makdessi is really a contender or anything, but as far as the Top 20 Fighters are concerned, I think Makdessi might be someone to keep an eye on.
89.5
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
1:37
      This was a nice clean fight, MacDonald takes Jensen to the ground early after a flurry of punches from Jensen, Jensen tries to go for the guillotine choke, but MacDonald shows his grappling superiority, and is able to get on the back of Jensen, eventually transitioning to guard, at which point he locks on a tight triangle choke, Jensen slams him, MacDonald just makes it tighter, and Jensen is forced to submit. Great fight for MacDonald.
90.5
TKO
(Elbow & Punches)
1:30
      There really wasn't much to comment on here. They got in the clinch, they sort of moved around for a minute or so, Menjivar threw a HUGE left elbow, shattering the nose of Valencia, and as Valencia fell to the floor, Menjivar unleashed a series of fast punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Great UFC return for Ivan Menjivar.
89.1
Decision
15:00
      This fight was pretty ok, Claude Patrick looked really good, kicking Roberts's ass for most of the fight, showing some great striking skills, and even securing a few takedowns. Roberts wanted the fight on the ground, but he wasn't able to do anything whenever Patrick took him to the ground. So, in the end, I gave all 3 rounds to Claude Patrick, and all 3 judges gave the fight to Patrick, 29-28.
88.8
KO
(Punch)
2:42
      That was a pretty wild floating knockout. To be honest, not much in this fight really stood out, until Ellenberger planted a huge punch to the cheek of Pierson, Pierson started to float slowly to the ground, Ellenberger LITERALLY flew through the air, slamming his fist against the side of Pierson's head again before he even hit the ground, it was bizarre, but Ellenberger walked away looking like Superman, that's for sure.
93.3
Decision
15:00
      Holy fuck... The first round was good, MacDonald kicked Diaz's ass, but it was a pretty normal feeling round. The second round was more of the same, in favor of Rory MacDonald. The third round, he went fucking nuts, and suplexed Nate THREE TIMES, all of them lifting him above his head and slamming him down like a WWE wrestler, the dude fights like the Incredible Hulk. I've never seen anybody manhandle one of the Diaz brothers like that. Rory MacDonald is fucking scary, and as much as I like Nate Diaz, I'm shocked he lasted 15 minutes in there with Rory MacDonald. Dude's been drinking some Super Juice or something.
88.6
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty solid fight, with Benson Henderson controlling the vast majority of the situations. Bocek went for a few solid submissions, but he wasn't actually able to complete any of them. He basically just got outworked by Henderson, and all 3 judges gave all 3 rounds to Benson Henderson, and I did as well. Good fight overall, but I hate seeing guys this size when they can't finish the fight.
90.0
KO
(Punches)
0:20
      Well, at least this fight kept me awake after that Benson fight. Nice quick, straight to the point, Matyushenko punched Brilz, knocked him on his ass, pounded away with some hammerfists, and the referee stopped the fight. Brilz complained about the quick 20 second stoppage, but after watching the replay, it was clear there was a moment where his whole body went limp. So yeah, good quick win for Matyushenko.
90.5
KO
(Front Kick)
6:05
      Well then, there goes Randy Couture... Couture was busy in the first round, trying to move in on Machida, but he wasn't able to do much of anything worthwhile. The second round started, they moved around for a minute or so, and then Lyoto Machida threw that huge Karate Kid kick to the face, knocking Couture flat on his ass (and also knocking his tooth out). Lyoto Machida isn't the most exciting fighter I've ever seen, but this knockout was PRETTY fuckin' brutal. Machida moves up the ranks, and Couture officially retires.
92.7
Decision
25:00
      This fight turned into something similar to a car crash, you can't help but watch it, wondering if the guy's head is going to fall off. Jose Aldo won the first 4 rounds, hands down, so overall, he clearly won this fight, and all 3 judges agreed. The final round though, once Hominick realized he had a lump on his forehead the size of a FUCKING BASKETBALL, he really turned up the pace, and beat the living shit out of Jose Aldo for the final 5 minutes. Great fight overall, and as much as I would have liked to see someone finish this fight, these guys both have a crazy amount of heart.
88.5
Decision
25:00
      Well, GSP goes another 25 minutes with a guy he probably should have been able to finish. He got hurt in the 2nd round (I think he got poked in the eye while trying to take Shields to the ground, but nobody mentioned that during the broadcast), and he wasn't able to see out of his left eye at all for the last 3 rounds of the fight. In the end, I gave 3 rounds to GSP, and the last two rounds to Shields, and it was mostly just a long drawn out, somewhat boring, boxing match. Congrats to GSP for retaining his title, but I'm starting to lose interest in his fights at this point (especially since I've NEVER been interested in watching Jake Shields fight).
OVERALL 91.6
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