(9/27/2002)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. Tim Sylvia - 94.4
2. Phil Baroni - 93.7
3. Sean Sherk - 92.8
4. Ricco Rodriguez - 90.9
5. Cabbage Correira - 90.8
6. Matt Lindland - 89.9
7. Randy Couture - 89.6
8. Caol Uno - 89.5
9. Gan McGee - 89.2
10. B.J. Penn - 89.2
UFC 39: The Warriors Return
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Elevation: 259'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Phil Baroni vs. Dave Menne
91.7
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.0
TOTAL 90.2
90.6
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
4:16
     That was a solid win for Sean Sherk. He basically took Radach to the ground, controlled him with his wrestling, threw a ton of short HARD elbows, cut Radach's face, Radach started to bleed into his eyes, and the doctor decided to stop the fight because Radach said he couldn't see. Good win for Sherk, but I feel like I've seen other fighters continue with far worse cuts, so not sure what that says about Radach.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good grappling match, Lindland obviously bringing the wrestling skills, and Ivan obviously bringing the submission skills, but ultimately, Lindland was too much for him, and controlled most of the fight, so Lindland walks away with the unanimous decision victory, 29-28 on most scorecards.
91.7
KO
(Punches)
0:18
      This was pretty impressive, especially if you give any credit to Menne for being the first UFC Middleweight Champion. They both came to the center, they both threw a few punches, and Baroni started launching Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva style punches, pinning Menne against the cage, and juggling his head off the cage with a flurry of punches. Phil Baroni looked fucking BRUTAL in this fight.
87.3
TKO
(Corner Stoppage)
5:00
      Well, that was a fight I guess? They both basically stood with each other, not much action happened at all, Gan McGee, at 6'10", clearly had the reach advantage, but he only really connected with one magical punch at the end of the first round, which popped Rizzo's face like a zit. Once they went back to their corners at the end of the round, I couldn't tell if Rizzo quit, or if the doctor stopped the fight due to the cut, or what happened exactly, but Rizzo definitely had that "defeated" look on his face, and I don't just mean "it was bloody & shit". So yeah, huge win for McGee, but sort of a lame fight overall.
87.6
Decision
15:00
      This was one of those "Which fighter spent more time on top?" fights. I gave the first round to Din Thomas, for a few submission attempts, and staying on top for most of the round. The second round was close, but Thomas lost a point for an illegal kick to the back of Uno's head while they were both on the ground. The third round I gave to Uno, for staying on top for most of the round, and winning most of the grappling exchanges. So in the end, I gave the fight to Uno, and all 3 judges agreed.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      If Jens Pulver is no longer in the UFC due to a contract dispute, I would consider these two guys the top 2 fighters in this weight class. So this was BASICALLY a championship fight in my opinion. With that being said, it was pretty boring, lots of Serra trying to secure takedowns, and Penn defending against them. A few punches here & there, but in the end, I'd probably give the fight to Serra, for being slightly more active. The judges gave it to Penn though, so that's fine I guess, realistically I probably would have scored this fight a draw, if it didn't HAVE to have a winner (since it's a tournament fight).
91.6
TKO
(Corner Stoppage)
6:43
      This was a brutal fight. Tim Sylvia is massive, and he threw HUGE punches & knees at Cabbage, pretty much nonstop for the entire fight. Cabbage also through some really fast punch combos, and showed off possibly the best chin I've ever seen in the UFC. In the end though, Sylvia was beating him up too badly, and Cabbage's corner threw in the towel, giving Sylvia the winner via TKO.
89.7
Submission
(Elbow)
23:04
      This was a pretty good title fight, I'm still sort of pissed that Josh Barnett had the title stripped from him though. So yeah, I gave the first two rounds to Couture for taking down Rodriguez, and beating him up on the ground. I gave the next 2 rounds to Rodriguez, for the same reason. The fifth round was starting off on even ground, but Rodriguez was able to take Couture to the ground, he beat him up for a while, eventually landed some elbows, and after 23 minutes of hard work, it was too much for Randy, and he told Big John to stop the fight. Good fight by both guys, but Rodriguez is just too big for Randy Couture.
OVERALL 90.2
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