(11/19/2011)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Urijah Faber - 96.6
2. Wanderlei Silva - 93.9
3. Michael McDonald - 92.7
4. Danny Castillo - 92.4
5. Chris Weidman - 92.2
6. Dan Henderson - 92.2
7. Stephan Bonnar - 92.0
8. Ryan Bader - 91.5
9. Mauricio Rua - 91.5
10. Miguel Torres - 91.3
UFC 139: Shogun vs. Hendo
Location: San Jose, California
Elevation: 82'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles
95.5
Fighters & Matches 90.8
Top 10 Fighters 92.6
TOTAL 91.7
88.2
TKO
(Punches)
4:52
     Jesus Christ... Shamar Bailey didn't stand a chance here. His main strength is his wrestling, and Castillo spent half the fight with Shamar on his shoulder, carrying him around the octagon, slamming him at will. After that, he mounted Shamar, and just completely dominated him on the ground, eventually forcing the referee to stop the fight due to strikes. Danny Castillo seemed pissed that Shamar came into the fight 3 pounds overweight, and he destroyed him because of it. Go Castillo!
89.5
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
5:42
      Aw, that sucks. I like Matt Brown, and I was hoping he'd win (and I gave him the SLIGHT edge after the first round). The second round basically started with Matt Brown taking Baczynski to the ground, and he immediately fell right into a guillotine choke. Brown struggled for longer than most probably would have, but ultimately, he couldn't escape, so he was forced to submit. Strong win for Baczynski.
89.1
Decision
15:00
      This was another good performance by Miguel Torres, pretty much picking apart Pace in all 3 rounds with strikes, and showing solid Jiu-Jitsu skills whenever Pace put him on his back. Pace showed some decent wrestling skills, but he didn't score enough points to win any rounds, so in the end, Miguel Torres wins, 30-27 on all scorecards.
88.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight, with both guys landing a few good punches and kicks, both guys showing solid grappling skills, securing a takedown here & there, etc... In the end, it was a pretty close fight, the first & third rounds could have gone either way, but since Gleison Tibau nearly knocked out dos Anjos in the second round, then I gave the fight to him, and so did two of the judges, giving Tibau the split-decision victory.
89.4
Technical Submission
(Brabo Choke)
2:07
      Chris Weidman is kind of a badass! This fight seemed like a standard fight, nothing special, but then Weidman took Lawlor to the ground, dominated him with his wrestling, and then locked on a sick Brabo Choke, putting Lawlor to sleep. The bad part was, Weidman had to tell the referee that Lawlor was out. The referee probably should have stopped the fight a few seconds earlier, but it's all good, terrific win by Weidman.
91.2
KO
(Punches)
0:56
      Hell yeah! This was a fun fight. Alex Soto came out like a ball of fire, hopping around, looking super fast, and Michael McDonald on the other hand seemed very cool & collected. About 30 seconds in McDonald just about knocked out Soto, but he somehow regained his composure, which just left him dazed in the corner, and McDonald closed in on him, destroyed him with fists, and Soto collapsed against the cage via knockout. McDonald looks pretty badass for a young kid!
88.8
KO
(Punch)
1:17
      There isn't much to say about this fight. Jason Brilz just kind of stood there waiting to get hit, eventually he was hit with a glancing blow to the temple (I'm not even 100% sure that it connected), but he collapsed anyway. So yeah, Ryan Bader clearly has powerful striking (and is a solid wrestler), but I'm unclear on how Brilz got knocked out here. It's all good though, quick fight at least.
89.1
Decision
15:00
      It's been a while since I've seen Bonnar fight, so I was sort of excited to see him return, even though I'm not that familiar with Kyle Kingsbury. The first round started out kind of close, with both guys showing solid striking while standing, but once Bonnar took it to the ground, the entire fight basically turned into Bonnar dominating Kingsbury with his wrestling skills, and a few half assed submission attempts, and some solid ground & pound earned the unanimous decision victory for Stephan Bonnar.
90.9
Decision
15:00
      Rick Story is fucking crazy, he started the fight like an old school Wanderlei Silva, charging in and throwing huge bombs from all sorts of angles, attacking the body, attacking the head, etc... I ended up giving the first round to Story due to the brutallity of his determination. The second and third rounds had more of the same from Story, but Kampmann was able to turn it into more of a technical striking fight, and he also showed that he had better wrestling skills than Story, leaving the fight in the judges hands, and I agreed with the split decision in favor of Martin Kampmann.
95.5
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
6:27
      This fight was badass! The first round was a little bit slower paced, Faber still showing some insane striking skills, and Bowles holding his own, but in the end, Faber still proved to be the dominant fighter in the first round. The second round was 100% Faber, with some BRUTAL punch & knee & elbow combinations, forcing Bowles to wilt away into the corner, and Faber finally finished him with a brutal rolling guillotine choke. Urijah Faber is still an insane badass, and I'm looking forward to seeing him fight for the title again!
94.7
TKO
(Knees & Punches)
9:49
      I feel the same nervous feeling whenever I watch Wanderlei Silva fight these days, as I felt the last few times I watched Chuck Liddell. I'm ALWAYS concerned that he's going to get caught with something stupid and get knocked the fuck out. BUT! On the bright side, when Silva comes prepared, he destroys people, and that was the case with this fight. The first round was pretty close, but Silva turned up the heat at the end of the first round to earn my vote there. The second round was more of the same, but the end of the second round was sealed off with some of the most brutal Wanderlei attack combos I've seen in a long time. Wanderlei Silva is the man!!!
94.1
Decision
25:00
      Joe Rogan & his partner kept talking about how this was the best fight that they've ever seen, etc... It was a GREAT battle, definitely an "A" grade fight, but I don't think it's necessarily the best fight I've ever seen. It was pretty legendary though, especially considering the fact that Shogun should have been finished in the first minute of the fight, and somehow ended the fight mounting Henderson 30 times or some shit in the final (fifth) round. Both guys really put forth everything they had, Henderson clearly won 3 rounds, Shogun clearly won the final 2, in the end, Henderson wins by unanimous decision after one of the most hard fought battles I've seen in a long time.
OVERALL 91.7
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