(3/22/2002)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. Frank Mir - 95.0
2. Matt Serra - 93.8
3. Josh Barnett - 93.3
4. Evan Tanner - 92.8
5. Matt Lindland - 92.0
6. Randy Couture - 91.8
7. Pedro Rizzo - 91.7
8. Matt Hughes - 91.6
9. Sean Sherk - 91.1
10. Hayato Sakurai - 89.5
UFC 36: Worlds Collide
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Josh Barnett vs. Randy Couture
93.4
Fighters & Matches 90.9
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 91.6
88.8
Decision
15:00
     This was another strong showing by Sean Sherk, but hardly anybody ever saw it, since it wasn't on the PPV. Sean Sherk basically took Nakao down in all 3 rounds, beat him up on the ground, and controlled the majority of this fight. Nakao landed a few solid strikes, but wasn't able to do anything on the ground due to being pressed up against the cage, so Sean Sherk walks away with the unanimous decision victory.
91.0
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
2:58
      This was a pretty awesome fight, with Serra taking Kelly to the ground early, completely dominating him with his Jiu-Jitsu skills, Serra locked on a rear-naked choke, he transitioned to an armbar, he transitioned to a triangle choke, and eventually Kelly was forced to submit. I have to give credit to Kelly for not tapping to the rear-naked choke, which looked TIGHT, but yeah, Serra did awesome in this fight, and he secured his only submission victory of his entire career (which is crazy, considering he's a Jiu-Jitsu wizard). It's also worth noting though, that Serra came into this fight, 8 pounds over the weight limit, making his "lightweight" debut.
92.5
Submission
(Inside Shoulder Lock)
0:46
      This fight was insane! Frank Mir came out like a ball of fire, throwing huge punches & kicks, ready to scrap, and when the fight went to the ground, Williams landed in his guard, and Mir sort of went for a triangle, and then locked on some sort of CRAZY ass shoulder lock, where it literally looked like he was going to rip Pete's arm off. Insane submission, and I don't think I've ever seen it before. Frank Mir is fucking awesome.
89.6
TKO
(Cut)
2:06
      Well, huh? Evan Tanner took Elvis down, pinned him against the cage, and started to rain down some HARD elbows. He cut Elvis's head open, but I never really got a good look at the cut, but apparently it was bad enough for the doctors to stop the fight. So yeah, Evan Tanner is a badass, but I would have liked to maybe see this fight go a LITTLE bit longer at least. Sort of a weird stoppage.
90.4
TKO
(Punches)
3:09
      I've been saying for a while that Matt Lindland is #1 in this division, and he sort of secures that slot here I think, by taking Miletich to the ground early in the first round, getting full mount, and then punching the living fuck out of Miletich's face, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Matt Lindland doesn't have a lot of personality, but he definitely has a lot of dangerous skills. Also worth noting, this fight PRETTY MUCH marks the official retirement of Pat Miletich. He fought a couple more times after this, YEARS later, but they were all sort of weird "Super Fights" that don't really count towards official rankings.
90.4
TKO
(Punches)
18:01
      This was a pretty impressive fight. Sakurai making his UFC debut, and whenever the fight was standing, he was throwing HARD punches, and big knees. When the fight went to the ground, Sakurai showed some solid defensive grappling skills, but he wasn't able to do much against the takedowns of Hughes, and the wrestling ground control of Hughes. About halfway through the fourth round, Hughes had him pinned up against the cage, and started landing some bombs to the face of Sakurai, which forced the referee to stop the fight. Pretty great fight overall.
90.7
KO
(Punches)
11:45
      This was a decent little sparring match, with both guys just kick boxing with each other for the first two rounds. It was competitive, but I think Rizzo won all 3 rounds. The third round especially, because he knocked Arlovski the fuck out, with a nice one two punch combination. Rizzo looks like he might still be legit, eh?
93.4
TKO
(Punches)
9:35
      This fight was pretty crazy. Randy Couture took Barnett to the ground in the first round, and controlled most of that round. Barnett did a good job defending himself, not really absorbing much damage, but Couture clearly won that round. The second round looked like it would be more of the same, until Barnett went crazy, got on top (magically?) seemingly out of nowhere, and then he started raining down gigantic punches & elbows for over a full minute, before the referee eventually stopped the fight. Josh Barnett just CRUSHED Randy Couture, awesome title fight!
OVERALL 91.6
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