(11/7/2013)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Derek Brunson - 93.9
2. Michael Chiesa - 92.9
3. Yoel Romero - 92.9
4. Rustam Khabilov - 92.6
5. Francisco Rivera - 92.4
6. Dennis Bermudez - 92.0
7. Tim Kennedy - 91.6
8. Alexis Davis - 91.4
9. Amanda Nunes - 91.3
10. Yancy Medeiros - 90.6
UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3
Location: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Elevation: 528'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Yoel Romero vs. Ronny Markes
91.7
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 92.2
TOTAL 90.8
90.6
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
0:48
     Derek who? Brian who? OH SHIT! Derek Brunson just kicked Houston in the head, Houston dropped, Brunson jumped on his back like a wild panther or some shit, and choked Houston the FUCK OUT, with a rear-naked choke! Brilliant way to start off the show, and I'm glad that they showed this prelim on TV. Definitely a deserving win for Derek Brunson.
86.3
Decision
15:00
      Soooo... These guys fought... So, that happened, I guess. Baczynski took Magny down once in each round, other than that, they basically just threw random sparring strikes at each other here & there. I didn't really get anything from watching this fight, other than a feeling of being glad it eventually ended. Baczynski wins via unanimous decision.
87.1
KO
(Punches)
2:47
      This fight was sort of disappointing, since I like Yves Edwards, and I don't like Yancy Medeiros at all. It wasn't really a very exciting fight, both guys seemed to do a lot of "close my eyes & throw punches" style scrapping, so it all felt a bit sloppier than it should have been. In the end, they both started throwing wildly, and Medeiros clipped Edwards with an uppercut, knocking Edwards to the ground, and Medeiros was able to finish the fight with some ground & pound. Good win for Medeiros, but this makes 3 losses in a row for Yves, so does that mean he's going to get booted from the UFC now?
87.4
Decision
15:00
      Well, this ended up being a pretty decent fight, but I still couldn't care less about either of these guys. Chris Camozzi was throwing some wild stuff, and seemed really active, but it didn't seem like anything was really connecting properly. Larkin on the other hand, was fast, and landed some hard shots. In the end, I ALMOST considered the fight a draw, but Larkin landed some HARD ELBOWS at the very end of the fight, so I gave him the fight, and so did all 3 judges. Decent fight, but yeah, not necessarily looking forward to seeing either of these guys again anytime soon.
89.1
TKO
(Elbows)
3:56
      This was a solid female fight. They started out standing (obviously), and Germaine looked like she was going to have quite the reach advantage, she looked super tall & had big thick legs, so I figured she would kick the shit out of Nunes, but Nunes was able to take her to the ground about halfway through the first round, got full mount, and finished the fight with about a minute & a half worth of nonstop elbows. Nice finish for Amanda Nunes!
90.1
Decision
15:00
      The first round of this fight was one of the best rounds that I've ever seen, but the last two rounds were pretty basic striking, and "takedown & hang out for a while" style fighting. The first round had Siler locked on SEVERAL guillotine chokes, and a triangle, and Bermudez SLAMMED THE SHIT out of him, several times, threw some HUGE elbows, punishing Siler, and he even locked on a guillotine of his own that I thought would rip Siler's head off. In the end, I gave all 3 rounds to Dennis Bermudez, so did all 3 judges, and in my opinion, this should put Bermudez next in line for a title shot. 5 fight winning streak son! If not a title shot, then PLEASE match him up with Cub Swanson (who is also on a 5 fight winning streak), and then winner of that gets a title shot? Either way, Dennis Bermudez might be my personal favorite fighter at 145. And Steven Siler is a badass as well.
91.3
TKO
(Punches)
7:20
      Yeah! Two guys that I have rated in the Top 10 in this division, fought their balls off, and after a VERY close first round, Francisco Rivera finished that shit in the second round, after getting kicked in the nuts, by throwing a thousand bombs at Roop's face, knocking him to the ground like a wobbling worm. Francisco Rivera is fucking LEGIT man, and this should put him a few notches closer to a title shot, since I think this makes 4 wins in a row, eh?
87.2
TKO
(Kick to the Body)
3:50
      This was a weird fight. To sum it up quickly, Bobby Green kicked Krause in the nuts twice (both clearly by accident), so Big John took a point away from Green. Moments later, Green landed (what I would consider to be a clean kick) to the belt line, which cause Krause to go down immediately, flattening out on the ground, clearly quitting the fight. At first, I think people thought Green lost the fight due to a foul, but once they announced that he won via TKO, then I think most of the people were ok with the win, including me. So yeah, good win for Bobby Green, and to be completely honest, I don't think Krause should have even been in the same cage as Bobby Green at this point. Either way, a rematch would probably be fine, but I don't think anyone REALLY wants to see these two fight each other again, do they?
89.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:41
      This was a pretty badass fight between two guys that I didn't even have ranked in the Top 50 at 155. I've never really been a fan of Colton Smith, but I like Michael Chiesa a lot, so I was cheering for Chiesa for sure, and I was blown away by the way he finished this fight. The first round was a brutal ground battle, both guys throwing submissions left & right, reversals, transitions, all kinds of CRAZY ass ground work. It was a close round, but I gave it SLIGHTLY to Colton, for controlling the last minute or so. The second round though was AMAZING, as Colton tried to pressure Chiesa up against the cage, and Chiesa unleashed a brilliant Judo throw, launching Colton straight down onto his head, and Chiesa immediately got his back, locked on a tight rear-naked choke, and forced Colton to tap. Awesome win for Michael Chiesa!
90.5
Decision
15:00
      Rustam Khabilov in the hizzy!!! I've been on this guy's bandwagon ever since his UFC debut, and every time I see him fight, he does something else that impresses the hell out of me. This was the first time that I've seen him go the distance, since he normally finishes people pretty brutally & quickly (average UFC Fight Time of 2:23 going into this fight). With that being said, Jorge Masvidal is the best fighter I've seen face Khabilov, and they both fought like monsters. I was shocked that Khabilov couldn't REALLY get Masvidal to the ground, but I thought he still controlled most of the fight with his grappling skills, as well as his striking, and he even nearly knocked Masvidal's head off with a spinning wheel kick which was AWESOME! So yeah, Khabilov wins via unanimous decision, the judges gave the fight to him (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) and I gave Khabilov the fight as well, 29-28. Awesome fight.
91.7
KO
(Punches)
11:39
      The first time I saw Yoel Romero fight, about 7 months ago, he blew my mind, by destroying Clifford Starks in 1:32 of the first round. BUT, that didn't really mean anything to me, because who the fuck is Clifford Starks? BUT! Ronny Markes on the other hand, I had him climbing steadily up the 185 pound ladder, so for Yoel to PRETTY MUCH kick hiss ass for the first two rounds of this fight, and then KNOCK HIM THE FUCK OUT BRUTALLY early in the third round, that's quite the feather in Romero's hat, and in my opinion, that should skyrocket Romero into the Top 10 List somewhere, and if not, he has to be getting close. This dude is one of the most athletic fighters I've seen at 185, he's a scary striker, super strong, and looks scary as hell. WAR ROMERO!!!
89.3
Decision
15:00
      SHIT! Liz Carmouche is probably my favorite female fighter, especially after seeing her NEARLY destroy Ronda Rousey in a title fight, she DID destroy Jessica Andrade in her second UFC fight, and now here she is for her third UFC fight, and she BASICALLY got her ass kicked all 3 rounds, by Alexis Davis. One judge gave ONE round to Carmouche, but I really have NO IDEA how they could have scored any of these rounds for Carmouche. So yeah, I'm still a huge fan, Carmouche is still probably my favorite female fighter, but Alexis Davis is FUCKING LEGIT. 15 minutes of beating some ass tonight. Crazy shit. At this point, I would have to assume that Alexis Davis vs. Amanda Nunes could be a #1 contender fight in the near future. The only other person I can think of that should be up there with them, would be Cat Zingano whenever she gets back from her injury.
90.6
KO
(Punches)
4:40
      This fight didn't really make sense to me as a main event. I had Rafael Natal ranked in the Top 10, but Tim Kennedy was somewhere down around #30 in my book. With that being said, I had Natal easily winning the first round, until Kennedy threw a GIGANTIC LEFT HOOK that knocked Natal's head across the cage like a baseball being smashed into the outfield. Tim Kennedy's win looked awesome here, but I still would rather see Natal fight, than Tim Kennedy. But hey, whatever, if he continues to fight like this, maybe he'll grow on me or something. The coolest part was that this was a "Fight for the Troops" show, and Tim Kennedy was a Ranger or something, so the crowd EXPLODED as soon as Natal's head got knocked off. That was pretty exciting I guess.
OVERALL 90.8
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