100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (14 Total):
1. Tito Ortiz - 94.5
2. Dennis Hallman - 93.8
3. Evan Tanner - 93.8
4. Pat Miletich - 92.5
5. Fabiano Iha - 92.4
6. Matt Lindland - 92.4
7. Chuck Liddell - 91.9
8. Yuki Kondo - 89.6
9. Matt Hughes - 89.5
10. Jeff Monson - 88.7
UFC 29: Defense of the Belts
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Elevation: 144'
-Fight of the Night-
Dennis Hallman vs. Matt Hughes
Fighters & Matches 90.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 91.1
     Jesus... Chuck Liddell spent all 3 rounds, kicking Monson's leg, and Monson spent the entire fight, failing at takedowns. This was actually a little bit embarassing for Monson. He's one of my favorite fighters, BUT, Liddell has always been my favorite champion. So... Yeah, Chuck Liddell clearly won this fight, and it was pretty cool seeing these two fight, as a fan of old school MMA.
      Dennis Hallman is crazy. He's like kryptonite for Matt Hughes. They fought before, and he choked Hughes unconscious in under 20 seconds. They fought again here for the second time, Hughes grabbed him, picked him up in the air, slammed him HARD, Hallman locked on a beautiful armbar, Hughes slammed him a few times, and Hallman finished the fight by nearly snapping Hughes's arm off. Pretty awesome fight, and a huge disappointment for Hughes I'm sure.
(Punches & Elbows)
      This was a pretty awesome return by Evan Tanner, taking Gibson to the ground early in the fight, and once they were on the ground, he just completely outgrappled him, threw a ton of short punches & elbows, and eventually just crushed Gibson's face with strikes, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Evan Tanner is a bad man.
      Well, that was an easy enough fight for Iha. He shot for a really low takedown, securing it by grabbing Takase's foot and driving forward. Once they were on the ground, he pinned Takase up against the cage, and eventually finished the fight with strikes. This would have been pretty impressive, if I didn't have Takase ranked somewhere around #100 going into this fight. Why is he even in the UFC at this point? The only time I've seen Takase win so far, was against Emmanuel Yarborough at Pride 3, which was one of the most ridiculous fights I've ever seen. On the plus side, Takase lost almost 60 pounds, dropping from heavyweight, down to lightweight, in about 2-3 years. So, that's interesting, especially since his one win was against a 600+ pound sumo wrestler.
      This was another one of these ridiculous fights against another Japanese guy that has no business fighting in real fights. Anjo shot for the takedown, Lindland stuffed it, and then Lindland got him in a headlock, and launched a bunch of knees at his head, which was pretty cool to watch, and eventually Lindland got the mount, and punched the shit out of Anjo until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Similar to Takase, I had Anjo ranked somewhere around #107 going into this fight, so he literally had no business being in the octagon.
(Guillotine Choke)
      This was the first fight tonight, featuring a decent Japanese fighter, but then again, I guess I consider him decent, because he won a previous UFC mini-tournament, where one of the guys he beat was Daiju Takase, so does that even count for anything at this point? But yeah, in the end, Miletich outworked him, controlled all of the ground fighting, showed better striking, and in the end, Yamamoto shot for a takedown (and somehow hurt Pat's ankle?), and Miletich locked on a guillotine choke for the submission victory.
(Neck Crank)
      This fight was pretty insane. Yuki Kondo came out like a ball of fire, and threw a knee that knocked Tito halfway across the octagon, with a full back flip. Tito got pissed though, and took him to the ground, pounded the shit out of his face with big punches, and eventually locked on some sort of weird guillotine from half guard or something, and cranked Kondo's neck, and forced him to submit early in the first round. Pretty exciting fight overall.