100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Darren Uyenoyama - 94.2
2. Junior dos Santos - 93.3
3. Ricardo Lamas - 92.9
4. Dustin Poirier - 92.8
5. Benson Henderson - 92.6
6. Alex Caceres - 92.2
7. Clay Guida - 92.0
8. Norifumi Yamamoto - 91.7
9. DaMarques Johnson - 91.3
10. Cub Swanson - 91.2
UFC on Fox 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
Location: Anaheim, California
Elevation: 157'
-Fight of the Night-
Darren Uyenoyama vs. Norifumi Yamamoto
Fighters & Matches 90.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.4
TOTAL 91.3
     Well that was a waste of 15+ minutes of my life. Two guys that are basically no-name fighters in the UFC, looking exhausted as soon as the fight started, and just moving slowly, doing no damage, nobody really went for anything halfway decent. Rosa secured a couple of takedowns, but didn't do any damage. Lucas on the other hand, spent the entire fight spitting out his mouth piece, and even had a point taken away from him in the second round for spitting out the mouth piece too many times, I've never seen anything like it, and he CONTINUED to spit it out throughout the rest of the fight. Lame, slow, boring fight overall. Two of the judges gave the fight to Rosa, 30-26, and the other judge declared it a DRAW, which was fucking ludicrous. That would mean without the point being taken away from spitting out the mouth piece too many times, that judge would have given the fight to Lucas. SERIOUSLY!?! ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS JUDGE!?! I never want to see these guys fight again, especially Matt Lucas.
      This was a really close fight that probably could have gone either way, and it was scored in a way that would reflect that. I gave the first two rounds to Pierce, and the third round to Bradley. Pierce seemed to land harder strikes during most of the fight, and Bradley stole the third round with a takedown, so I gave the fight to Pierce, 29-28, and for the most part, the judges scored it in his favor as well.
      This fight was pretty great! Caceres generally throws wild shit at his opponents, but this time, he was LANDING all of that wild shit, and he kept the fight at a high pace, constantly moving forward in all 3 rounds, and in the third round, he unloaded a Jiu-Jitsu clinic on Escovedo, and Escovedo was able to do a good job with defending all of the submission attempts, but in the end, Caceres clearly won all 3 rounds, and this fight was exciting from start to finish.
(Accidental Head-Butt)
      The first round started with Semerzier kicking Peralta in the balls. *insert short break here* Semerzier then spent the rest of the round trying to take Peralta to the ground. The second round had Peralta throwing a huge right hand, knocking Semerzier to the ground, where he was able to capitalize, landing a ton of strong punches, knocking Semerzier a little loopy, so Semerzier kicked him in the balls again. The fight eventually ended in the third round, with an accidental headbutt (that initially looked like a hardcore punch combination) which practically knocked Semerzier unconscious. After watching the replay, they noticed the headbutt, so I guess the fight was declared a no contest, but since Peralta was already winning up until that point, PLUS he got kicked in the nuts twice, PLUS it LOOKED like he pretty much finished Semerzier, I'm personally going to go ahead and give him the victory points for this one.
      This fight was fucking awesome! Darren Uyenoyama made his UFC debut, and fucking DESTROYED the legendary Kid Yamamoto. It kind of sucked for me, because I've always liked Kid Yamamoto, and so far he hasn't been able to get a win in the UFC yet, but Darren looked fucking outstanding with some SICK Jiu-Jitsu skills, getting on Yamamoto's back in pretty much every round, dominating him on the ground with submissions & transitions, and even almost got him to tap to a rear-naked choke at the end of the first round. Darren Uyenoyama might be one of my favorite fighters at 135 at this point. Yamamoto had a beautiful Judo throw in the first round, so I almost gave him that round, but since Darren finished that round by almost submitting him, I had to give the entire fight to Darren. Awesome fight.
      Well, this fight was decent I guess. Johnson looked like he wanted to box, and boxing is what he was doing, and eventually he threw an uppercut that knocked Harvison on his ass. DaMarques did a pose to show the fans that the fight was basically over, and then while waiting for the referee to stop the fight, he hit him a couple more times. Good win by Johnson, I guess...
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      This fight was pretty awesome! Cub Swanson won some huge points in the first round, throwing giant bombs, and big kicks, and when Lamas was able to take him to the ground, Swanson locked on a TIGHT guillotine choke, and Lamas was able to stand up off the ground, lifting Swanson in the air, and he just slid right out. The second round was more in favor of Lamas, he was able to beat up Swanson a bit, and eventually they started grappling against the cage, and Lamas locked on a TIGHT arm-triangle choke, seemingly out of nowhere, and forced Swanson to tap. Pretty awesome comeback for Ricardo Lamas.
(Brabo Choke)
      This was a pretty great fight, with Dustin Poirier taking out a DANGEROUS fighter, in Pablo Garza. The first round pretty much showed that Poirier's striking was better than Garza's, and when it came to grappling, even though Garza has slick techniques, Poirier is just too strong for him. The second round started, and it was basically more of the same, until Poirier locked on a beautiful D'Arce choke, forcing Garza to submit.
      NOOOOO!!! This was a badass fight, and both guys were like bolts of lightning, firing off at each other for 15 minutes nonstop. So great fight overall, but I've been pushing for Guida to get closer to a title shot for a long time now, and I've never really liked Benson Henderson, so for me to have to admit that Benson Henderson won this fight, that pains me deeply. I will say though, I gave the third round to Clay Guida, for locking on that guillotine choke, that was one of the most effective moments in the fight, but overall, Benson Henderson kept the best positions throughout the fight, so I guess he wins. That's fine, but I hope the UFC doesn't forget Clay Guida, that dude still needs to get some good fights!
      Seriously? Did that just happen? Cain threw a few shots, nothing really landed, he attempted a takedown and failed, Dos Santos punched him in the head, Velasquez fell to the ground, and just kind of laid down casually, Dos Santos punched him a few times and they stopped the fight. THIS was the main event on the first UFC event on Fox? And it ends right around the one minute mark, and lacks excitement? I mean, it was a really IMPORTANT fight, but it wasn't very interesting.