(9/21/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Mitch Gagnon - 94.0
2. Brendan Schaub - 92.4
3. Francis Carmont - 92.0
4. Renan Barao - 91.8
5. Dustin Kimura - 91.7
6. John Makdessi - 91.6
7. Stephen Thompson - 91.5
8. Khabib Nurmagomedov - 91.5
9. Jon Jones - 91.2
10. Wilson Reis - 90.8
UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson
Location: Ontario, Canada
Elevation: 1,000'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura
91.7
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.7
87.0
KO
(Punch)
13:18
     What do you get when you put nearly 500 pounds worth of relatively unknown fighters into the octagon for the first time? This fight... which wasn't that exciting... Both guys had their moments, but by the third round, they were both extremely exhausted. Omielanczuk eventually finished the fight in the third round with a random punch, but it looked more like the fight ended from Nandor being tired, than an actual heavy punch. This fight was "OK" I guess, but nothing worth watching replays for.
88.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight between two guys that I have ranked somewhere in the Top 20 at 135. There were a few really exciting scrambles, solid striking by both guys, good grappling, overall it was just a good fight. It kind of sucks that it went to a split-decision, but I at least agreed with the decision, so congrats to Alex Caceres.
88.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight between two guys I couldn't have cared less about. Michel Prazeres is a pretty awesome grappler, taking Ronson down in every round, and controlling him with some pretty slick Jiu-Jitsu skills. Ronson had decent striking, and a nice explosion at the end of the fight where he dumped Prazeres on his head, and then unleashed some ground & pound until the fight was over. In the end, I gave the fight to Prazeres, 29-28, and two of the judges agreed.
90.0
KO
(Punches)
2:01
      I like John Makdessi, he's putting together a pretty decent winning streak at this point, I think this makes his 3rd in a row? But yeah, his striking is some of the best at 155, and I always enjoy watching him knock people out, and this fight was no different, with Forte collapsing into a pile of unconsciousness at the 2 minute mark. Great fight for Makdessi, but I don't know if Forte really had any business being in the octagon with him, I had them ranked pretty far apart going into this fight.
91.7
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
4:05
      This was a pretty badass fight. Kimura almost knocked down Gagnon with a big punch to the body, and almost finished the fight with a leglock. Gagnon almost knocked Kimura loopy with some hard punches to the head, and eventually finished the fight with a tight guillotine choke that literally put Kimura to sleep. Great back & forth action, and awesome comeback by Mitch Gagnon.
90.0
TKO
(Punches)
6:27
      This was a pretty good fight. Chris Clements landed a nice spinning leg kick sweep thing, which was the perfect counter to a kick attempt by Thompson in the first round, so I thought he was doing pretty well at the start of the fight, but Thompson was able to take him down and control the rest of that round, so I gave that one to Thompson. The second round wasn't even a competition, with Stephen Thompson finishing the fight with some really crisp punches, knocking Clements on his ass early in the second round. Good fight overall.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight wasn't all that exciting, but it was a pretty solid debut for Wilson Reis. He took Menjivar down in all 3 rounds, completely controlled the fight, won all 3 rounds, 30-27, and all 3 judges gave the fight to Reis, 29-28. Not much else to say really, other than solid win for Reis.
86.2
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight kind of sucked. Before this fight, I had Myles Jury slowly creeping into my Top 10 at 155 list, with his undefeated UFC record, and this fight puts him at 4-0 in the UFC, which is pretty special I guess. The only problem is, this entire fight basically just consisted of a takedown, pressing against the fence on the ground, rinse & repeat. Boring fight overall. Congrats to Jury for continuing his undefeated streak though.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      This important thing to keep in mind after this fight is, Khabib Nurmagomedov, T.J. Grant & Rafael dos Anjos are all on 5 fight winning streaks in the UFC, but Khabib is the only one that is now 21-0 in his overall fight career. That is an insane run, and in my opinion, seats him comfortably at #1 in the world at 155. Considering the fact that I rank the UFC Lightweight Champion, Anthony Pettis, somewhere around #4 in the division, I feel like he has a hell of a hill to climb, trying to knock all 3 of those guys off their rankings above him. But yeah, Khabib, he's the shit, and even though this wasn't the best fight ever, he pretty much dominated the veteran, Pat Healy, for all 3 rounds, so that's a really solid win. Good fight overall, and you can't keep up with Khabib's grappling skills... He just outworks people. That's all there is to say really.
91.1
Decision
15:00
      This fight was crazy. Both guys were on 5 fight winning streaks in the UFC, I had both guys ranked in the Top 5 at 185 going into this fight, so historically speaking, this fight was one of the more important fights on the card for me. With that being said, Francis Carmont FUCKING DOMINATED Philippou for the entire 3 round fight, taking him down at will, and just CRUSHING him with ground & pound. Philippou didn't stand a chance. Francis Carmont is legit. I had him ranked at #2 going into this fight, and with this huge win, I feel like he deserves a title shot. I know Anderson Silva gets his rematch against Weidman, and once Silva gets his belt back, PLEASE make a fight with Francis Carmont next. This guy is awesome.
90.8
Technical Submission
(Brabo Choke)
4:06
      Shit... I was really hoping Mitrione would win this fight, but Schaub kind of kicked his ass. Mitrione showed some decent striking early on, but as soon as Schaub took him to the ground, it was basically all over. Schaub locked on a tight Brabo choke, and after a few seconds, Mitrione was put to sleep. Good fight for Schaub, but this heavyweight division overall still needs some serious help. When the best win streaks in the Heavyweight division are only 3 fights deep (both Cain Velasquez & Fabricio Werdum), that suggests to me that there aren't many guys that are REALLY standing out as top ranked superstars. Overall, this is a pretty shallow division. Where is Bob Sapp when you need him? At least he LOOKS like he'd be fun to watch.
90.4
TKO
(Spinning Back-Kick and Punches)
5:35
      This fight wasn't really doing much for me in the first round, but to be honest, it doesn't really matter, because the second round finished QUICKLY with a brutal spinning back kick to the face of Wineland, knocking him on his ass, and Barao jumped on him like a rabid pitbull and just ripped his head off with punches. Renan Barao is awesome, and Dominick Cruz needs to officially give up his belt, because after not fighting for a couple of years (due to injury), he has no business still calling himself the champion. Renan Barao deserves an official belt, instead of this "interim" nonsense.
91.3
Decision
25:00
      This fight was just about as close to a draw as I can possibly imagine, as far as the way I scored it. I went into it wanting Jones to win, but I thought Gustafsson PROBABLY won the first 3 rounds, maybe only 2 of those, Jones clearly won the 4th round. In the end, after a hard fought fight, I had it basically all tied up all the way up until there was only about a minute left, and I feel like Jones probably won that final minute. So... I guess I'd give the fight SLIGHTLY to Jones? I would understand if Gustafsson won though. With some VERY close scorecards though, Jon Jones pulls off the unanimous decision victory. Crazy shit, and a new record for most title defenses at 205. Crazy fight.
OVERALL 90.7
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