(1/4/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Kyung Ho Kang - 94.5
2. Tatsuya Kawajiri - 94.5
3. Max Holloway - 93.3
4. Russell Doane - 92.4
5. Mairbek Taisumov - 92.1
6. Dustin Kimura - 91.7
7. Luiz Jorge Dutra Jr. - 91.5
8. Tarec Saffiedine - 91.2
9. Royston Wee - 90.9
10. Katsunori Kikuno - 90.5
UFC Fight Night 34: Saffiedine vs. Lim
Location: Marina Bay, Singapore
Elevation: 269'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Sean Soriano
92.2
Fighters & Matches 90.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 91.4
91.2
Technical Submission
(Triangle Choke)
9:59
     This fight was pretty awesome. The first round was a good round for both fighters, very close, with Issa securing a couple of takedowns, and both guys showing solid striking skills. The second round Issa showed some solid striking again, but once Doane took him to the ground, he beat him up, got the full mount, locked on an armlock that looked like it was about to snap his arm, transitioned to an armbar, and he put Issa to sleep at the very end of the round. Awesome win for Russell Doane!
89.8
Submission
(Armbar)
2:13
      This was a pretty cool fight. Reyes came out swinging, and landed some good punches, knocking Kimura to the ground at one point, and he got a chance to unload a little ground & pound off of that. Eventually though, Kimura's Jiu-Jitsu was too strong, and he was able to tie up Reyes on the ground, transitioning from a kimura into an armbar, forcing him to submit before getting his arm snapped. Awesome win for Kimura.
89.7
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty awesome debut for Mairbek Taisumov. He pretty much destroyed Bang in all 3 rounds, by taking him to the ground, beating his ass, he had a nice Judo throw in the third round that was noteworthy, and overall, Taisumov just looked unstoppable in this fight. Tae Hyun Bang didn't do much, besides survive, but he showed that he has some solid boxing skills, but his wrestling just wasn't enough to stay off the ground whenever Taisumov wanted to take the fight there. So yeah, all 3 rounds go to Mairbek Taisumov in dominating fashion.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      This was another good UFC debut, this time for Royston Wee. He started the fight by picking Galera up over his head, and SLAMMING him down onto the ground, and from that point forward, this fight was all about Wee's wrestling skills, controlling the entire fight. Galera had Wee in his guard in the third round, and Galera threw a blatant kick to the jaw of Wee while on the ground, so that caused Galera to lose 1 point for the foul. In the end, Wee wins 30-26 on my scorecard, and all 3 judges agreed.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      Well, that was awkward. This was another one of those fights where one fighter (Mulhern) spent the entire fight trying to pull guard, and failing miserably at it, while Kikuno just beat him up for the entire fight, sometimes on the ground, sometimes on the feet. So in the end, Katsunori Kikuno wins this one, 30-27.
91.8
TKO
(Punches)
7:27
      OH SHIT! This fight was awesome. Will Chope looked good at the start of the fight, making Holloway look a little silly for the first 4 minutes of the fight or so. From that point forward, Holloway was a FUCKING MANIAC, as he destroyed Chope's face with a million punches, a hundred knees, and a broken skull. Max Holloway was fucking AWESOME in this fight, ESPECIALLY that second round, which if it would have gone the distance, might have been a 10-7 round. Max Holloway is fucking insane!
92.2
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
13:53
      Ha, what a weird fight!?! The first round, Kang came out and kicked some ass, taking Shimizu to the ground, DOMINATING him with his brilliant Jiu-Jitsu skills, he transitioned between a few different submission attempts, settling on a nice triangle choke, where he moved into the mount. At that point, he landed two illegal elbows, which cut Shimizu's eye, and stopped the fight temporarily. The referee took TWO POINTS for that!?! WHAT!?! Are you insane ref!?! So the fight continues, Kang kicked Shimizu in the tip of the dick, they stopped the fight for a second, the ref saw the replay, and was like... "Hey man, the tip of your dick doesn't count... FIGHT!" HE STILL GOT KICKED IN THE DICK! You also need to keep in mind that these guys PROBABLY don't speak English, so I doubt they even understood what the ref was telling them. The second round, Shimizu tried to take Kang to the ground, failed, Kang ended up in full mount. Shimizu got on top, but then Kang got back on top again. Shimizu was finally able to secure a takedown in the third round, but Kang escaped by slamming Shimizu with a single handed Judo throw. As usual, once he got on top, he started dropping some hardcore elbows, and showed his absolute dominance on the ground. Shimizu was able to slide out in an effort to escape, but Kang stayed on top, got the full mount, and locked on an arm-triangle choke, forcing Shimizu to submit instantly. Awesome first UFC win for Kyung Ho Kang!!!
90.3
DQ
(Elbows to Back of Head)
2:57
      Jesus man, this event isn't off to a very good start, eh? Both guys showed decent striking, Kunimoto tried to take down Dutra, Dutra landed a ton of illegal elbows to the back of Kunimoto's head, so the fight was stopped, and Dutra is disqualified. I mean, TECHNICALLY Dutra kicked Kunimoto's ass, but those elbows were CLEARLY illegal, so yeah, Kunimoto wins this one, even though he was carried out on a stretcher.
92.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
5:50
      Fuck yeah! I've been waiting for Kawajiri to come to the UFC since the Pride days, so this was pretty exciting for me. Especially considering how badass he still is. He showed some crazy grappling skills, and even though Soriano gave him a fight in the first round, Kawajiri was able to get on his back at the start of the second round, after a pretty crazy wrestling exchange, and he locked on a rear-naked choke for the submission victory. Soriano tapped out, the referee just stared at him like he was stupid, Soriano went unconscious, and then the referee finally stopped the fight. The referees are a fucking disaster tonight, but this fight was the shiiiiiiit!!!
90.1
Decision
25:00
      Well, that was interesting. Tarec Saffiedine took out Lim's left leg EARLY in the fight with leg kicks, to the point where Lim literally spent the majority of the fight, limping around, and falling over. I was shocked that they didn't stop the fight, due to the fact that he could barely walk. With that being said, Lim won the first round with strikes, Tarec EASILY won the next 3 rounds, and then Lim stole the final round at the very end, by going crazy and almost knocking out Saffiedine. So yeah, pretty great fight by both guys, and congrats to Saffiedine for a hard fought victory.
OVERALL 91.4
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