(3/15/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Dennis Bermudez - 94.5
2. Ovince St. Preux - 93.0
3. Sean Strickland - 92.5
4. Hector Lombard - 92.5
5. Justin Scoggins - 92.4
6. Myles Jury - 91.9
7. Alex Garcia - 91.9
8. Kelvin Gastelum - 91.7
9. Raquel Pennington - 91.5
10. Tyron Woodley - 91.3
UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler
Location: Dallas, Texas
Elevation: 430'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Dennis Bermudez vs. Jim Hettes
91.8
Fighters & Matches 89.9
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 91.1
87.1
Decision
15:00
     Apparently Whiteford is the first Scottish fighter in the UFC, so that's cool I guess, but other than that, nothing really special happened here. I personally gave the first round to Pineda, because I thought his kicks looked more snappy, the second round definitely went to Whiteford, because he was able to secure several takedowns, and the third round was pretty close, but I gave that one to Whiteford. In the end, everyone basically agreed, and Whiteford wins via unanimous decision.
90.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:33
      Bubba McDaniel is to Jon Jones, what Tiki Ghosn was to Tito Ortiz. You look at the guy, and think... "He can probably kick my ass, this dude looks like a scrappy dude, that probably gets pissed and destroys people..." And then you see them fight, and they just always end up in unfortunate situations, where they get beat up in the UFC. With that being said, Sean Strickland showed up on short notice, beat up Bubba, took him to the ground, dominated him with his wrestling, almost went for a Kimura, and went for a rear-naked choke instead, and Bubba was forced to submit. I believed the hype on The Ultimate Fighter about Bubba, but he hasn't really shown much for himself in the actual cage yet.
91.5
Decision
15:00
      Holy shit man, Justin Scoggins is legit! I've only seen him fight once before, and he absolutely destroyed Richie Vaculik in the first round. Now here he is, going 15 minutes, and he never stopped attacking, it was just an all out assault, where Scoggins kicked the shit out of Campuzano with his karate kicks, and he took him down at will, and absolutely dominated him with his grappling, beating him up on the ground. Justin Scoggins has the potential to become one of my favorite fighters at 145. I'd like to see him fight some tougher competition though, to see if he can still hang.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      This was a decent fight, with Forte winning the first round with his grappling skills, getting on Trevino's back, and trying to choke him out. The second round was all about Trevino beating up Forte. The third round was pretty much just more of Trevino beating him up, and Forte looked REALLY tired, but Forte was able to secure a takedown in the last half of the round, but he wasn't able to do anything on the ground, so I gave the fight to Trevino, and all 3 judges agreed.
90.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight, ESPECIALLY the second round, which was an absolute war, both guys throwing crazy bombs, and both guys getting rocked. But yeah, in the end, even though Spencer put up one hell of a fight, I gave all 3 rounds to Alex Garcia, and was really impressed by his ability to brawl for 15 minutes, and even when he was clearly tired, he just kept coming. Awesome fight overall.
91.8
TKO
(Punches & Knee)
12:57
      I've been saying for a while, Dennis Bermudez is at the top of the 145 pound division in my opinion. He fucking DESTROYS people. You could argue that he gets easy fights, but Jim Hettes is a LEGIT grappler, with some serious skills, and Bermudez FUCKING DESTROYED him for 3 rounds, slamming him, taking him down at will, and just absolutely dominating him with his power. Eventually Hettes just fell down and gave up, because he couldn't continue to fight. It wasn't even a single strike, he just got completely outworked. Awesome win for Dennis Bermudez. GIVE THIS DUDE A TITLE SHOT!!!
90.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Man, that sucks, maybe I'm just a Pennington fanboy, but I thought the first round was a draw, with Andrade winning points with a nice Judo throw (which laid Pennington down pretty gently, but it LOOKED smooth), and Pennington tied things up, with a nice armbar attempt. The second round was a good brawl, maybe could have gone either way, but I gave it to Pennington, and I definitely gave her the third round, for kicking some serious ass there at the end of the fight. So yeah, sucks that she lost this one, but it was still a good fight.
89.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was actually a pretty good fight. Everyone thought Story would win this fight, but Kelvin really brought the fight to him, beating his ass in the first round, and doing a really good job in the third round as well. Story clearly won the second round (the judge that gave Kelvin all 3 rounds was insane). But yeah, very close fight, Kelvin almost got knocked out, Story got rocked several times, just an all out brawl for 15 minutes basically. I gave the fight to Kelvin, 29-28, and for the most part, a couple of judges agreed.
89.4
Technical Submission
(Von Flue Choke)
1:29
      That was a slick submission. Ovince took Krylov to the ground early, got the side mount, Krylov went for a weak guilotine, and Ovince just locked his shoulder down into the throat of Krylov, and put him to sleep. Ovince St. Preux looked really solid in this fight.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      As usual, the first round of this Hector Lombard fight, he was pretty crazy, landing huge punches, and throwing Shields around like a ragdoll. The second round started to slow down some, but Lombard still dominated Shields. By the time the third round started, Lombard looked tired, and Shields wasn't really doing anything noteworthy, until the end of the round, where Shields was able to lock on a guillotine choke, and hold it, until Lombard was saved by the bell. So yeah, Lombard definitely won this fight, but the first round was the only REALLY exciting part of this fight.
90.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty kickass fight. I've been saying that Myles Jury is one of the top ranked fighters at 155 for a while now. This makes 5-0 in the UFC, and in my opinion, that should get him awfully close to a title shot, especially after dominating Diego Sanchez for all 3 rounds. He cut his face all up with excellent technical boxing skills, his BJJ is clearly really good, and overall, I was really impressed with the way Jury handled himself in this fight, and even more impressed by how he handled Diego Sanchez.
88.9
TKO
(Leg Kick)
7:00
      Tyron Woodley looked really good in this fight, basically kicking Condit's ass in the first round. The second round, he secured a takedown, and Condit landed on his leg kind of funny. They stood back up, Tyron kicked his left leg, Condit's right leg buckled, and he collapsed to the ground like a dying tornado. Good win for Woodley, but sucks that it ended with an injury.
89.9
Decision
25:00
      This was a pretty good fight overall. Johny Hendricks won the first two rounds, Lawler won the next 2 rounds, both guys were showing great boxing skills, and Hendricks was landing a leg kick that was doing some damage. In the end, it all came down to the fifth round, which was also pretty close, but Hendricks secured a takedown near the end, which I think solidified his win. Not really the greatest fight ever, but I'm glad that Hendricks finally got the belt that he deserved from his previous fight with St. Pierre.
OVERALL 91.1
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