(4/14/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Brian Stann - 93.8
2. Siyar Bahadurzada - 93.6
3. Brad Pickett - 93.3
4. James Head - 92.7
5. Simeon Thoresen - 91.9
6. Reza Madadi - 91.8
7. John Maguire - 91.7
8. Francis Carmont - 91.5
9. Alexander Gustafsson - 91.4
10. Cyrille Diabate - 90.9
UFC on Fuel TV 2: Gustafsson vs. Silva
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Elevation: 171'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page
90.7
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 90.9
88.5
Decision
15:00
     This was a pretty good fight, fairly competitive, but ultimately, I thought Young won all 3 rounds by securing takedowns, and landing a lot of strikes. Wisely technically landed more strikes in the fight, but Young's takedowns really stood out in my head when trying to score most of these rounds. So yeah, pretty good fight overall, it was a competitive fight, but I gave the fight to Young, and all 3 judges agreed.
89.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:36
      That was a pretty good UFC debut by Simeon Thoresen. Yousef was about as aggressive as he could be, but Thoresen was too strong and too aggressive, beating him up for most of the first round, battling his way through an assault in the second round, eventually Thoresen took the fight to the ground, where he was able to lock on a rear-naked choke (From sort of side/back mount) and then transitioned into a TIGHT guillotine choke, and then went back to the rear-naked choke for the submission victory. Thoresen looks really promising.
89.0
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
6:28
      That was a pretty slick submission, especially considering how I thought Madadi was getting his ass beat on the feet, with Izquierdo's range & striking ability. But Madadi finished the first round with a guillotine choke, but Izquierdo was saved by the bell. The second round started, and about a minute in, Madadi locked on another guillotine choke, and this time, after rolling around for a few seconds, he was able to force Izquierdo to tap. Good fight for Reza Madadi, and Yoislandy Izquierdo didn't look to bad either.
90.0
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:42
      This was a pretty great fight, with Cedenblad beating Carmont's ass in the first round, taking him to the ground and nearly locking on a rear-naked choke, but after some back & forth action, Carmont was able to save a little face before the end of the round. The second round, Carmont took Cedenblad down immediately, beat the fuck out of him, and then locked on a rear-naked choke, to complete the submission victory early in the second round.
88.9
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
      This was another very competitive fight, with DeBlass looking good early in the fight, with his ability to take Diabate to the ground, and beat him up with ground & pound, and it looked like he had some submission skills, but was never really able to lock anything on. Diabate was his usual self, throwing solid strikes, and doing a nice job of defending himself on the ground, and even finished the third round on top, pounding away at DeBlass's body with big elbows. So yeah, really close fight, but since Diabate was clearly winning at the end, I gave him the fight, and so did two of the judges, and the third judge declared it a draw. Good fight by both guys.
87.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:33
      Papy Abedi started out ok, taking Head to the ground, and holding him there for a minute, while his hometown crowd chanted his name. Head was able to escape though, punched the fuck out of Abedi's face for a minute, took him to the ground, got full mount, Abedi turned over, Head locked on a rear-naked choke, and that's all she wrote. Good win for Head.
90.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
9:05
      Hell of a fight! Damacio Page looked solid in the first round, but Pickett was able to come back later in the round, to steal it away from Page, with some solid wrestling & defense that was able to shutdown everything Page threw at him. The second round was 100% Pickett, taking Page to the ground, outstriking him, and finishing him off with a nice rear-naked choke after dominating the wrestling. Brad Pickett is one of the few 135 pound guys I actually look forward to watching fight.
89.8
Submission
(Armbar)
9:40
      This was a pretty good ground battle. Both guys showed solid submission skills, and most of the fight consisted of battling it out by throwing submissions at each other, and then reversing them, and just rolling around trying to get the best positions. In the end, Maguire was able to lock on an armbar after transitioning out of Johnson's half guard, and yeah, pretty impressive. Not the most "Balls to the Walls" exciting fight I've ever seen, but really solid grappling none-the-less.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      This was pretty much what you'd expect from a "fight that goes to decision". Both guys boxed quite a bit, some stuff happened, I lost interest after the first round. It wasn't really a bad fight at all, just, didn't seem like it was really going anywhere. In the end, I gave the fight to Dennis Siver, and so did all 3 judges, 29-28. Next fight!
90.3
KO
(Punch)
0:42
      BAM! One punch knockout by Siyar Bahadurzada! UFC debuts don't get much better than that! Apparently he's came into this on a 6 fight win streak, 5 of which he finished by knockout. So yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this guy fight again, SIYAR BAHADURZADA WINS!
90.4
KO
(Punches)
2:26
      Hmmmm... Good fight! But that was kind of weird. The highlights consist of Stann & Sakara playing Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots for a minute, the fight went to the ground with Stann on top, and he was working on his ground & pound, and two solid shots put Sakara to sleep, and Stann looked concerned, and Sakara looked out of it. Good stoppage by the referee, even if the actual "unconscious" moment only lasted a split second. Great showing by Brian Stann, putting him back into the win column.
89.6
Decision
15:00
      Well, I've been saying for a while that Gustafsson should be next in line for a title shot against Jon Jones, but I have to admit, him fighting Thiago Silva and going to a decision didn't really do much for his reputation, in my personal opinion. I mean, Silva has the potential to be dangerous, but going into this fight, I had him ranked somewhere around #35 in the 205 division, and he's fighting the #1 contender? If Gustafsson would have lost this fight, it would have been a disaster. So with that being said, I gave him the first two rounds, and scored the third round a draw, so clearly Gustafsson wins, and for the most part, the judges agreed. Does he get Jones yet or not? To be completely honest, I'm not even that interested in that fight, because in my opinion, even though he's the #1 contender, I still expect Jones to destroy him. He's on a pretty hefty winning streak though, so let's get it on!!!
OVERALL 90.9
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