(8/17/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Travis Browne - 93.5
2. Michael McDonald - 92.6
3. Urijah Faber - 92.5
4. Alistair Overeem - 92.5
5. Chael Sonnen - 92.3
6. Ovince St. Preux - 92.3
7. Matt Brown - 91.9
8. Diego Brandao - 91.1
9. James Vick - 90.7
10. Conor McGregor - 90.4
UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Elevation: 141'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Travis Browne vs. Alistair Overeem
93.0
Fighters & Matches 89.7
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.9
88.6
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:58
     Nice start for the show! Ramsey Nijem shoots in, Vick locks on a CRAZY TIGHT guillotine choke, and just continues to tighten, and tighten, and tighten, until eventually Nijem just collapsed and was forced to tapout, before his head popped off. This was a pretty awesome debut for James Vick, with a submission victory in under a minute. Niiiiice!!!
90.5
KO
(Punches)
2:07
      This was a pretty awesome fight. It started kind of slow, with Donovan pinning Preux against the fence (while standing), but once Donovan went for a slam style takedown, Preux reversed it in midair, landed on top, and started raining down HUGE punches, knocking Donovan the fuck out, in just a little over 2 minutes of the first round. Pretty awesome win for Ovince St. Preux!
87.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight, between two REALLY good fighters. Cole Miller had an insane reach advantage, but Manny was able to close the distance, work his leg kicks, as well as secure several takedowns, in every round, which in my opinion, at least won two of the rounds for Gamburyan, if not all three. So yeah, I'm glad that Manny won this fight, because he really needed a big win like this, but it was a really close fight, and I would have liked to see someone finish it. Still, pretty good fight overall, and congrats to Manny Gamburyan for beating a guy that is somewhere close to the Top 10 Rankings in the division.
89.7
Decision
15:00
      Diego Brandao is always crazy in the first round. This fight's first round basically consisted of Brandao throwing INSANE bombs, huge kicks, BRUTAL STRIKES from every direction, and I thought Pineda would be dead by the end of the round. The second round, Pineda was able to get on top, and unleashed some decent ground & pound of his own, but Brandao went for a heel hook, which I thought was pretty cool, so I ended up giving him that round as well. The third round, they were both pretty exhausted, but in the end, I don't think there was much confusion at all in the decision, Diego Brandao definitely deserved this win. Solid fight by both guys.
87.9
KO
(Punches)
0:50
      Wow, that was something. I was really kind of pushing for Mike Thomas Brown in this fight, but he really didn't stand much of a chance. He moved in, throwing some wild punches, got clipped by a punch from Siler, they went to the ground, Siler punched the shit out of his face, Brown's eyes rolled into the back of his head (he was clearly unconscious, even though it was for just a SPLIT second), and the referee stopped the fight. So, technically a good stoppage, but I feel bad for Mike Brown, because he was up & ready to go in a matter of seconds. So yeah, good win for Steven Siler.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      This was a solid fight, taking one of the guys I've always had ranked fairly highly (Max Holloway), and pitting him against a relative newcomer in the UFC, Conor McGregor. McGregor's first fight in the UFC was BADASS, as he absolutely DESTROYED Marcus Brimage. This time around, it wasn't a fast finish like his debut was, but he still pretty much schooled Holloway, with a solid showing of Karate / Boxing, and when the fight went to the ground, McGregor showed some really solid control, getting full mount, and kept himself out of danger for the duration of the fight. Good win for Conor McGregor, but not nearly as exciting as his debut was. I still like the guy though, good fight!
90.7
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
8:43
      Holy crap! Michael McDonald unleashed an ass beating in this fight. The first round, McDonald transformed both of his arms into shotguns, and unloaded on Pickett, leaving his face looking like a wounded animal by the end of the round. The second round, Pickett looked like he was making a comeback, until the fight hit the ground, with Pickett on top, McDonald locked on a tight triangle choke, combined with an Armbar, and eventually finished Pickett off with that choke, forcing him to submit in the second round. A near flawless performance by Michael McDonald. If he wasn't already in the Top 10 at 135, I feel this should definitely put him back on that list.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      Wow, that sucks for Lauzon. He just got his ass kicked in his hometown, by a guy that I didn't even have ranked in the Top 50 in the division. So yeah, Michael Johnson looked solid, throwing some hard punches, defending well against the takedowns, and overall just outworking Lauzon, but in the end, the fight went to a decision, and in my opinion, Johnson won all 3 rounds.
88.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Well that was interesting. John Howard was the biggest underdog on the card, and Uriah Hall is the guy that was supposed to destroy the world, but instead, has lost all of his UFC fights since being in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter. Well, Uriah Hall started the first round with a surprising takedown, and show solid striking skills. The second round, Howard beat the shit out of him. The third round was kind of boring for me, but in the end, John Howard did a crazy diving punch while Hall was on the ground, and ended the fight in full guard, so I gave the fight to John Howard, and so did two of the judges. Good fight, just kind of weird that Hall seems to have lost his killer instincts.
90.4
KO
(Punches)
0:29
      This was pretty awesome. I've been saying both of these guys have been floating around the Top 5 at 170 for a while, so for me, this was one of the biggest fights on the card. The downside is, Mike Pyle looked foolish, and got knocked the fuck out in under 30 seconds. On the Brightside, Matt Brown moves on to 6 wins in a row, and he is fucking DESTROYING people. If this didn't earn him a title shot, I at least think he deserves a #1 contender fight or something. Where you at GSP!?! (Quote: Matt Brown) For me personally, the Top 3 at 170 right now, are GSP, Johny Hendricks, and then Matt Brown at #3. This fight was important, and the way he won was REALLY impressive.
91.6
Decision
15:00
      This fight was pretty fuckin' crazy. Normally I complain that Faber can't finish fights, but I really didn't mind this time, this fight was exciting! Faber shot in for a takedown early in the first round, and Alcantara reversed it perfectly, SLAMMING Faber to the ground, getting full mount, and dominating him for a little while. By the end of the round though, Faber escaped, slammed Iuri, and it ended up being a REALLY close round. The rest of the fight though, was 100% Urijah Faber, slamming Alcantara, pounding Alcantara, and overall just beating the shit out of him with elbows and crazy cardio. Urijah Faber is legit, and I'm glad that he SEEMS to be back on track. Maybe he'll be able to finish his next opponent?
93.0
KO
(Front Kick & Punches)
4:08
      WOW... Alistair Overeem completely destroyed Browne for the first half of this fight, grinding him with knees & punches & BRUTALITY. I thought Travis Browne was surely about to die. Somehow though, Overeem got cocky (again), and left his guard down, and Browne started landing repetitive front kicks to Overeem's face & chest, until eventually he knocked him loopy, Overeem fell to the ground, and Browne landed some HEAVY bombs on the ground, and APPARENTLY Overeem got knocked the fuck out. CRAZY results happening tonight.
90.4
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
4:47
      This fight was kind of a weird matchup. Chael Sonnen seems to ONLY fight champions, even though he continues to lose, fight after fight. Well, here he is against a former legend in the sport, and he pretty much schooled him in the game of wrestling. Sonnen took Shogun down early, Shogun eventually got on top, Sonnen got back on top, Sonnen locked on a guillotine choke near the end of the round, and Shogun tapped out. Pretty awesome win for Sonnen, and even better, was the Pro Wrestling fashion that he called out Wanderlei Silva after the fight was over. I want to see Sonnen vs. Silva!!! (Wanderlei, that is...)
OVERALL 90.9
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