100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Abel Trujillo - 96.5
2. Urijah Faber - 94.5
3. Demetrious Johnson - 93.9
4. Edson Barboza - 92.5
5. Joe Lauzon - 92.5
6. Zach Makovsky - 92.0
7. Sam Stout - 91.6
8. Chad Mendes - 91.4
9. Bobby Green - 91.3
10. Scott Jorgensen - 91.3
UFC on Fox 9: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2
Location: Sacramento, California
Elevation: 30'
-Fight of the Night-
Abel Trujillo vs. Roger Bowling
Fighters & Matches 90.6
Top 10 Fighters 92.8
TOTAL 91.7
     Here we are with the Facebook prelim fight, and Alptekin Ozkilic had his UFC debut, where he showed some of the hardest striking I've seen at 125. In my opinion, Darren probably won the first round, but it was pretty clear that Ozkilic won the last 2 rounds, and two of the judges agreed with me (but one gave it to Darren for some reason). So yeah, good debut for Alptekin Ozkilic!
      OH MY GOD! I've been a huge fan of Abel Trujillo for a while now, he's one of the most brutal fighters I've ever seen. With that being said, these guys had a weird last fight before this one, where they beat each other's asses, and Bowling was working his way towards a victory with submission points, but Trujillo ended that fight with some BRUTAL knees to the face of Bowling while they were on the ground, so it ended up being declared a no contest. Well, here we are with the rematch, and Abel Trujillo basically beat the living fuck out of Bowling for 6 minutes or so, until eventually the referee had seen enough, and stopped the fight, in an effort to prevent Bowling's face from exploding due to punches. Trujillo's punches are fucking terrifying. Awesome fight!
      Well, I've never been a fan of Sam Stout, but he's looked pretty solid lately, and he pretty much kicked Cody McKenzie's ass for this entire fight. Cody started out with some great (aggressive) grappling early in the first round, but he got tired quick, and it was all downhill from there, as Stout punched & kicked the shit out of him, leaving a giant red welt on Cody's stomach. So yeah, Sam Stout looked awesome in this fight, including his great grappling defense.
      This was a pretty solid fight. Scott Jorgensen dropped down a weight class, and is trying to make a name down at 125, but Zach Makovsky came out of nowhere, on short notice, to replace John Dodson, and kicked some ass in this fight. To be honest, it was a REALLY close fight, and I almost declared it a draw, but I gave Makovsky the slight advantage on the scorecards, and so did all 3 judges, so Makovsky gets a huge win in his UFC debut.
      This was an interesting fight. I've never been a fan of Pat Healy, but Bobby Green is pretty fun to watch. With that being said, Bobby Green looked like a professional boxer out there, bobbing & weaving like Muhammad Ali or some shit. Pat Healy was swinging, and missing most of his shots, and Green's counter punching looked amazing. In the end, I was going to give all 3 rounds to Bobby Green, but Healy secured a takedown in the final 10 seconds of the third round, and landed some brutal ground & pound, so I gave him that round. All 3 judges gave the fight to Green though, so BAM! Awesome win for Bobby Green.
      Edson Barboza's leg kicks are BRUTAL! I love watching this guy fight. I have to give props to Castillo for DESTROYING Barboza in the first round, just beating the living shit out of him, taking him down, punching him, just kicking his ass all around. But the next two rounds definitely went to Barboza in my book, so he walks away with the majority decision victory. Awesome fight overall.
      This fight was ok, but it sort of felt more like a hard sparring session, than an actual cage fight. It was pretty close, both guys showed decent striking, and solid wrestling, and they both seemed to WANT to bring the fight to the other guy, but there just weren't many highlight reel moments, so I started to get bored about halfway through it. In the end, all 3 judges gave the fight to Ryan LaFlare, 29-28.
      This was a pretty good fight. I always like seeing Joe Lauzon fight. Even though he's tough, I've never really enjoyed watching Mac Danzig, since he can take a beating, but more often than not, ends up losing. Joe Lauzon did a pretty solid job in this fight, taking Danzig to the ground, and smashing his face with elbows, and Lauzon also showed some high level Jiu-Jitsu skills. Danzig looked tough, but clearly lost this fight.
      This fight was a pretty big deal to me, because going into it, I had Chad Mendes ranked as #4, and Nik Lentz as #7, so it was two top guys at 145, working for POSSIBLY a title shot or something (as far as I'm concerned). With that being said, Chad Mendes beat the crap out of Lentz in the first round, nearly knocking him out, and just dominating him the entire round. The second round, I was going to give to Lentz, because Mendes seemed to lose steam, and Lentz was making a comeback, but Mendes secured some takedowns, that ended up making that round a draw on my scorecard. The third round, Lentz did a pretty good job, but in the end, it was pretty obvious that Mendes won the fight. Still, Lentz put up a hell of a fight. Good show overall.
(Guillotine Choke)
      OH SHIT! Remember back in the day, when Urijah Faber refused to go to decision, and he just fucking DESTROYED people in the WEC? Well apparently he's back! The first round consisted of Urijah Faber kicking Michael McDonald's ass, and the second round was even more brutal, ending after an INSANE barrage of punches, delivered to the head of McDonald, McDonald flew halfway across the octagon, slamming against the cage, and Faber jumped on him, locking on a BRUTAL guillotine choke, squeezing the blood out of McDonald's forehead, and forcing him to submit. This was the best Urijah Faber has looked in a LONG time. Awesome fight!
      Finally! A 125 pound first round knockout in a title fight!!! I generally get bored with these guys, because it's like 1,000mph light pitter patter punches. BUT HOLY SHIT, Demetrious Johnson punched Benavidez in the face, Benavidez collapsed, and Johnson punched him in the face 4 more times before the referee could pull him off. Probably the best performance I've seen so far, from Demetrious Johnson.