(10/9/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Rousimar Palhares - 94.1
2. Erick Silva - 92.3
3. Dong Hyun Kim - 91.9
4. Igor Araujo - 91.7
5. Yan Cabral - 90.9
6. Alan Patrick Silva Alves - 90.8
7. T.J. Dillashaw - 90.8
8. Chris Cariaso - 90.7
9. Raphael Assuncao - 90.6
10. Joey Beltran - 89.8
UFC Fight Night 29: Maia vs. Shields
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Elevation: 2,493'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Pierce
92.8
Fighters & Matches 89.1
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 90.3
87.9
TKO
(Punches)
3:54
     Here we have a couple of newcomers to the UFC. Garett Whiteley was trained by Chris Lytle, so by default, I wanted him to win, and he showed a decent amount of striking ability, and some solid takedown defense, but in the end, Patrick was too aggressive, punched Whiteley in the face, and finished him with hammerfists. Solid UFC debut by the undefeated Alan Patrick.
88.4
TKO
(Punches)
9:31
      Both of these guys were coming into this fine on 2 fight losing streaks in the UFC, so I didn't really have much faith in either of them. I sort of like Iliarde Santos though, because he always brings a pretty good fight, he just always ends up losing. In this case, he started out strong, dominated the first round with his wrestling & Jiu-Jitsu skills, but Cariaso made a comeback in the second round, and beat up Santos until the referee was forced to stop the fight due to strikes. Probably a SLIGHTLY early stoppage, but eh, whatever.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      Yan Cabral is a badass Jiu-Jitsu fighter, and he completely dominated David Mitchell for all 3 rounds. With that being said, he still wasn't able to finish Mitchell, so that kind of sucked I guess. Pretty good fight, if you're into the one-sided Jiu-Jitsu domination thing. Mitchell didn't look like he even really belonged in the same league as Cabral, but I guess I have to give him props for not quitting.
89.5
Decision
15:00
      I've never heard of Igor Araujo before, be he showed a TON of potential in this fight. His Jiu-Jitsu skills are at a high level, his striking is a bit reckless, but he doesn't seem to care, because he's there to fight! And his ability to defend against submissions is also noteworthy. In the end, I gave the first round to Alcantara, but the last 2 rounds were hands down in the pocket of Araujo. So yeah, awesome UFC debut.
90.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was the biggest fight on the card in my opinion, since I had both of these guys ranked in the Top 5 at 135. With that being said, I gave Dillashaw the first round, Assuncao won the second round, and the third round was pretty much a draw on my cards. So REALLY, this fight could have gone either way, I personally was pushing for Dillashaw, but I can't really argue the split-decision. Congrats to Raphael Assuncao.
92.8
Submission
(Heel Hook)
0:31
      When he's aggressive, Palhares MIGHT be my favorite fighter. Mike Pierce came out like a ball of fire, Palhares grabbed his leg, they rolled around for a few seconds, and eventually Palhares nearly ripped his leg off. Palhares is probably the best leglock fighter I've ever seen. AWESOME quick win for Palhares.
88.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was basically a boxing match, and it was decent, but nothing all that special. In the end, I gave the fight to Beltran, first & third rounds. Maldonado won the second round. This one was close though, and Maldonado walked away with the split-decision victory. I'm starting to notice a trend with these Brazilian judges. Ha, it's not all that new I guess, but whatever. Beltran probably should have won this fight in my opinion.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      I've never been a fan of Matt Hamill, and after winning a horrifically boring decision against Roger Hollett OVER A YEAR AGO, for some strange reason they decided to bring Matt Hamill back? Luckily, Thiago Silva basically beat his ass. Thiago Silva though, looked fat & out of shape, and got tired way too early. Not to mention, he came in at 208, meaning he had to give 25% of his purse to Hamill. What a ridiculous fight, I had Silva as a Top 10 Guy going into this fight, and they threw Matt Hamill's "ranked around 30" ass at him? What's the point? Boring fight, and Silva clearly didn't take it seriously. Hopefully the final 2 fights on this card will be worthwhile.
91.6
KO
(Punch)
8:01
      Wow... I'm a little bit speechless right now. The first round was a hell of a brawl, with Dong Hyun Kim winning it in my opinion, due to controlling the majority of the ground game. The second round was 100% Silva, beating the living shit out of Dong Hyun Kim, until Kim BLATANTLY grabbed the cage, allowing him to escape from a bad position, and he followed that up with an ugly punched that knocked Silva the fuck out. So... I feel weird about this... Especially after Kim BLATANTLY grabbed the cage, I was hoping Silva would win, but congrats to Kim, this was a huge win, especially considering it happened in Brazil.
87.5
Decision
(Split)
25:00
      This fight reminded me of the Bill Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar wrestling match at Wrestle Mania. Two of the best grapplers in MMA, "locking horns" and delivering a 25 minute stale match, mate... I was really hoping Demian Maia would DESTROY Shields in this fight, because I actually LIKE Maia, but I'm not a fan of Shields at all. After this fight though, to be honest, I don't know if I really like EITHER of these guys anymore. What a shitty main event.
OVERALL 90.3
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