(6/29/2001)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. B.J. Penn - 94.3
2. Josh Barnett - 93.9
3. Tito Ortiz - 93.7
4. Caol Uno - 92.0
5. Pat Miletich - 91.7
6. Vladimir Matyushenko - 91.5
7. Ricco Rodriguez - 91.3
8. Tony DeSouza - 91.3
9. Din Thomas - 91.1
10. Elvis Sinosic - 89.0
UFC 32: Showdown in the Meadowlands
Location: East Rutherford, New Jersey
Elevation: 3'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
B.J. Penn vs. Din Thomas
92.9
Fighters & Matches 90.6
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 91.3
89.3
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
1:05
     This was the first undercard fight of the night, where DeSouza basically locked on a guillotine choke early in the round, jumped up in the air, Rodriguez walked around for a few seconds, trying to figure out how to escape, DeSouza just kept tightening the choke, until eventually Rodriguez tapped out while standing. Good debut for DeSouza.
89.3
TKO
(Punches)
11:23
      This fight mostly consisted of Ricco Rodriguez beating up Arlovski while standing, he finished all 3 rounds in full mount, and in the third round, he finished the fight after getting the mount, by raining down punches. Pretty awesome UFC debut, but it sucks they didn't show it on the PPV.
88.6
Decision
15:00
      There were a few really cool strikes in this fight, like Kondo's flying knees in the first 2 rounds, and Matyushenko's giant kick to the body at the start of round 3 that knocked Kondo on his ass. Other than those few moments though, this fight basically consisted of Matyushenko taking Kondo to the ground, and controlling him against the cage. Technically I think Kondo landed way more strikes (palm strikes from the guard) but since Matyushenko controlled the entire fight, I gave him all 3 rounds, and all 3 judges agreed.
90.5
TKO
(Punches)
1:48
      This was a great matchup, between two guys that I consider to be at the top of the division. With that being said, it was a pretty quick fight, where Iha looked like the slightly better fighter for most of the fight, but eventually Uno found himself in Iha's guard, and he started throwing punches, and knocked Iha unconscious via ground & pound punches. Good win for Caol Uno!
90.5
KO
(Head Kick)
7:42
      This was a pretty good fight, between two top contenders. Carter coming off his impressive win over Matt Serra, and Miletich coming off of his loss of the title to Carlos Newton. Both guys showed solid striking skills for most of the fight, Miletich was winning most of the fight I think, and by the end of it, Miletich launched a kick to the head, seemingly out of nowhere, and Carter planted face first on the canvas. Awesome win for Miletich, and I guess this probably brings him one step closer to getting his title back.
92.0
Submission
(Armbar)
4:21
      Yeah! Josh Barnett took Schilt to the ground early, pretty much dominated on him on the ground, pounding at his face, and just outgrappling him all around. Schilt cut Barnett with something, but Barnett was able to finish the fight with some brutal elbows, before transitioning into an armbar for the submission victory, and it LOOKED like Schilt's arm might have snapped. Awesome big win by Josh Barnett.
92.9
TKO
(Knee & Punches)
2:42
      Wow! This was Penn's second fight in the UFC, but it was the first time he was actually televised. Din Thomas is super tough, and showed some really solid striking skills, but ultimately, he was completely overwhelmed by Penn's Jiu-Jitsu skills on the ground, and when they stood back up, Penn launched a HUGE knee, knocking Thomas on his ass, and then Penn followed up with a series of punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Awesome "live" debut, by B.J. Penn, and he's easily positioned himself as the #1 contender for the belt at this point, especially considering how thin the rest of the division is at this point.
91.3
TKO
(Punches & Elbows)
3:32
      BAM! Elvis Sinosic sort of snuck his way into this fight, by beating Jeremy Horn with an armbar, which was pretty astonishing. But yeah, Tito proved that Elvis clearly had no business getting a title shot, because Tito took him to the ground, pinned him against the cage, and absolutely smashed him, until the fight was over. So yeah, as usual, Tito looked pretty awesome, and Elvis has left the building with his first UFC loss (in 2 fights).
OVERALL 91.3
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