(8/14/2011)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Ed Herman - 94.8
2. Jared Hamman - 94.3
3. Jim Hettes - 94.1
4. Benson Henderson - 93.1
5. Donald Cerrone - 92.9
6. Cole Miller - 92.8
7. Jacob Volkmann - 92.7
8. Chris Lytle - 92.3
9. C.B. Dollaway - 91.8
10. Ronny Markes - 91.5
UFC Live 5: Hardy vs. Lytle
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Elevation: 617'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Ed Herman vs. Kyle Noke
93.1
Fighters & Matches 90.0
Top 10 Fighters 93.0
TOTAL 91.5
84.2
TKO
(Elbows & Punches)
5:50
     Jason Reinhardt might be the worst fighter I've ever seen. Outside of the UFC, he was undefeated in a TON of fights, but in the UFC, this marks his 3rd loss in a row. He pretty much spent this entire fight running away, laying on the ground, failing at sloppy takedowns, and just basically looking like a tired old man. Figueroa looked pretty decent, with nice striking, and takedown defense, but ultimately, this was a squash match. Congrats Figueroa, and I never want to see Reinhardt fight again.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight. Castillo showed some solid striking skills early in the fight, but for the most part, this entire fight consisted of Volkmann taking him to the ground, locked on D'Arce chokes, and controlling Castillo on the ground. I've never seen someone go for the same choke, this many times in a single fight, lock it on every single time, and still not be able to finish the fight. But yeah, Volkmann clearly dominated this fight, so congrats to Jacob Volkmann for a great show of grappling skills.
89.4
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
7:38
      I'm not really sure why O'Brien got this fight with Miller, other than if they just wanted to get Miller back on the winning track, because I don't really consider them to be in the same league at all. The first round was pretty close, but I gave it to Miller. The second round, Miller knocked O'Brien on his ass with a big punch, kicked the shit out of his legs on the ground, and then he locked on the guillotine choke (with only one arm), and finished the fight with a nice submission. Cole Miller is really good.
92.5
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:12
      Holy shit! That fight was awesome. The first round was nonstop action, with Caceres throwing all kinds of wild & crazy shit, and Hettes showing some amazing Jiu-Jitsu skills. The second round started, Hettes unleashed a brilliant Judo throw, slamming Caceres to the ground, and then it turned into an insane grappling contest, where Hettes was eventually able to get on his back, and he finished Caceres with a rear-naked choke. AWESOME fight by both fighters.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      This was kind of crazy, because Karlos Vemola is FUCKING SUPERHUMAN STRONG, and he got absolutely manhandled by newcomer, Ronny Markes, for the entire 15 minute fight. Markes was able to take him down in every round, 100% control him, and just beat up on him until the bell. I'll admit, for people that don't like watching "semi-uneventful" ground fighting, this fight was kind of boring, but for me, I can't help but be curious what the future is going to look like for Ronny Markes in the UFC. The dude is a monster on the ground.
93.1
Submission
(Inverted Heel Hook)
4:15
      This fight was an INSANE grappling match! Noke started with his usual kicks and punches, but then he tried to take Herman to the ground, and Herman countered it in midair, ending up on top. From that point forward, Herman unleashed a high level Jiu-Jitsu clinic on Noke, transitioning from armbars, to leg locks, to fuck yo momma locks, to all kinds of bone breaking maneuvers, until eventually he locked on an INSANE heel hook, that ripped Noke's leg apart. Ed Herman looked fucking brutal in this fight, I never realized how badass his grappling skills are.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty great fight, with Benavidez busting up Wineland's face early in the fight, by breaking his nose, and cutting his head somehow. The second round I gave to Wineland, even though I think most of his points came from poking Benavidez in the eye, but it LOOKED like he rocked him halfway through the round, and he followed up with some pretty violent punches. The third round though, was all Benavidez, constantly moving forward, and attacking with crazy shit, like a flying knee, and just a lot of action. So yeah, really good fight, and congrats to Benavidez for the unanimous decision victory.
92.4
TKO
(Punches)
8:38
      OH MAN! This fight was fucking awesome. Dollaway fought his ass off, taking Hamman to the ground in the first round, and beating him up pretty badly, even locking on an arm-triangle choke, that I was shocked Hamman was able to escape. The second round was 100% Hamman though, as he FUCKING DESTROYED Dollaway on the feet, with wild Wanderlei Silva style punches, followed by some BRUTAL ground & pound, for almost the entire round, until eventually the referee had seen enough, as Dollaway was beaten half to death by Hamman's brutality. This had to be the best performance of Hamman's career.
87.5
Decision
15:00
      I mean... YOU KNOW... I feel kind of bad for not caring about this fight, but I sort of group Duane Ludwig in that group of guys, like Sam Stout, where they are GOOD fighters, but they seem to go to decision more often than I'd like, and their fights end up feeling long & drawn out. With that being said, I'm sort of a fan of Amir Sadollah, so I'm kind of bummed that he didn't do more in this fight. Duane Ludwig wins via unanimous decision. NEXT FIGHT!
90.7
TKO
(Punches)
3:01
      That's what I'm talking about! Fuck all of those long drawn out fights, let's get down to business, and get shit done! I had Donald Cerrone scoring higher than Oliveira throughout this first round, but scores weren't necessary, because he eventually punched the fuck out of Oliveira's face, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Donald Cerrone knows what action is all about!
91.8
Decision
15:00
      Well, I've never really been a fan of Benson Henderson, and I've been a HUGE supporter of Jim Miller for a long time now, but I have to admit, other than the first round, which I gave to Miller, this entire fight was a one-sided ass beating, delivered by Benson Henderson. He had some pretty incredible ground & pound, great submission defense, decent submission offense, and overall, I guess this means he's the #1 contender. What a fucked up turn of events...
90.4
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
14:16
      Chris Lytle's last fight? Seriously? MAN, that sucks, he's one of my favorite fighters, but I'm glad he went out on a high note, with a 3 round brawl, ending in the last minute with a guillotine choke to solidify the victory. Chris Lytle is awesome, and will always be a UFC legend as far as I'm concerned, it just sucks that he was never able to get a Championship Belt. Maybe he'll come back eventually? But he sounded pretty sincere, when he retired tonight. So yeah, that sucks, but still an awesome fight.
OVERALL 91.5
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