(9/17/2011)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Alan Belcher - 94.0
2. T.J. Waldburger - 93.9
3. Jake Ellenberger - 93.2
4. Ken Stone - 92.8
5. Vagner Rocha - 92.5
6. Seth Baczynski - 91.4
7. Court McGee - 91.4
8. Evan Dunham - 91.4
9. Justin Edwards - 91.0
10. Erik Koch - 90.5
UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Elevation: 7'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Jake Ellenberger vs. Jake Shields
92.1
Fighters & Matches 89.7
Top 10 Fighters 92.2
TOTAL 91.0
88.2
Decision
15:00
     This was a pretty competitive fight, but I think Edwards ended up winning the first two rounds by landing more strikes, getting backmount in the second round, and beating up Lopez's head from that position with punches, and he also went for a couple of guillotine chokes to try to finish the fight. Lopez did a good job hanging in there, but he didn't really do anything impressive, other than a couple of takedowns, which all ended with his head getting caught in guillotines, so I don't think they really counted for much. In the third round, he was able to get full mount for a few seconds, and beat up Edwards for a while, so I gave him that round, but it wasn't enough to make up for the damage he received in the first two rounds. Good win for Edwards.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight was ok. Peralta unloaded a TON of leg kicks in this fight, nearly chopping Lullo's lead leg off, so I thought those alone probably should have won the fight for Peralta. Really all Lullo did offensively, was push Peralta against the cage, and hold him there, in an effort to avoid getting kicked in the leg again, so yeah... 30-27 on my scorecard for Peralta, and two of the judges agreed, and the third one gave him the fight as well, 29-28 with the third round going to Lullo.
90.4
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
3:52
      This was a pretty great show of Jiu-Jitsu skills by T.J. Waldburger. He threw a leg kick, Stumpf spun around, as he was spinning, Waldburger jumped on his back, went for a rear-naked choke, dominated him on the ground, eventually after grappling some more, he went for an armbar, transitioned into a triangle choke, and ultimately finished the fight via tapout due to triangle choke in the first round. Waldburger looked awesome in this fight.
88.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:12
      Nice win for Baczynski. He beat up Harvison in the first round with some nice boxing skills, and basically just took the fight to him. He turned it up another notch in the second round, getting Harvison to the ground, and he finished him with a rear-naked choke. Baczynski looked solid in this fight.
90.4
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:40
      This was a pretty awesome performance by Ken Stone. He beat the shit out of Walker with punches & knees on the feet, eventually got the fight to the ground, got on Stone's back, locked on an EXTREMELY tight rear-naked choke, Walker refused to tap, so he just fell asleep. Awesome technical submission victory by Ken Stone.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      Good fight! Lance Benoist looked REALLY impressive in the first round, pretty much beating the living shit out of Matt Riddle, schooling him on the ground with his Jiu-Jitsu skills, and overall just making one hell of a UFC debut. I also gave the second round to Benoist, even though Riddle broke Benoist's nose in the second round. The third round was 100% Matt Riddle, since he was able to get the fight to the ground, and control Benoist for the entire round. In the end, it was definitely a close fight, but I gave the fight to Benoist, 29-28, and so did all 3 judges. The crowd disagreed, but whatever. Awesome UFC debut by Lance Benoist.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      This fight was mostly just a boxing fight, but it got better and better, the further into the fight they got. I ended up giving all 3 rounds to Dunham, for landing more strikes, and better strikes, but Shamar Bailey put up a HELL of a fight, and by the end of the third round, it turned into an all out war. Pretty impressive fight for both fighters, and congrats to Evan Dunham for the well earned victory.
90.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:49
      This fight was pretty fucking crazy. Cody McKenzie has some of the best submission defense I've seen. He's kind of like a snake, where he's able to just slither out of everything Rocha throws at him. This entire fight was one-sided, with Rocha throwing submission attempts at Cody, and Cody escaping, until near the end of the second round, where Rocha locked on a tight rear-naked choke, forcing McKenzie to submit. Awesome fight by both guys.
91.4
Submission
(Punches)
3:48
      Hell yeah! After being out of commission for a year & a half, Alan Belcher is back, and beating ass! MacDonald wasn't doing all that great while standing at the start of the fight, so he pulled guard, but once the fight hit the ground, Belcher just started pounding away at MacDonald's face, bloodying him up, and causing the referee to eventually have to stop the fight. Alan Belcher is cool.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      Not even a split decision? Personally, I would have given this fight to Jonathan Brookins, due to his octagon control, and overall aggression. The problem is, he used too much wrestling, and didn't do enough actual "damage". Koch on the other hand, was NEVER in control of the fight, but he probably landed the better strikes overall. So it could have gone either way, and all 3 judges scored it in favor of Erik Koch, so does that make him the new "Ultimate Fighter" since he beat Brookins? I don't know, and I don't really care either I guess...
90.5
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty slow paced fight for the first two rounds, but that third round was NUTS! I actually gave all 3 rounds to Court McGee, but after the ass beating he delivered in the third round, it was CLEAR that he was going to get the decision victory. Court McGee always seems to destroy people in the third round for some reason, it's like it's his lucky number or something? But yeah, Dongi Yang is still pretty legit, and he did some solid damage in the first half of the third round, but yeah, Court McGee is your winner, hands down.
92.1
TKO
(Knee & Punches)
0:53
      YEAH! I have sort of mixed feelings here... I've never liked Jake Shields, so I'm OVERJOYED by the fact that Jake Ellenberger took him out in under a minute, with a BRUTAL knee, followed by some HUGE SUPER FAST punches on the ground, Shields had no idea where he was, he was off in La La Land. Jake Ellenberger is a BEAST, and he climbs up the ladder to a possible #1 contender slot, maybe? Oh, the mixed feelings part was about Jake Shields' dad died 3 weeks ago. So yeah, that's fucked up, and it has to be a horrible feeling getting stopped for the first time, during that kind of string of negativity. But yeah, great fight overall.
OVERALL 91.0
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