(2/28/2003)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. Frank Mir - 93.0
2. Tim Sylvia - 92.7
3. Phil Baroni - 91.8
4. Yves Edwards - 91.3
5. B.J. Penn - 90.9
6. Matt Lindland - 90.9
7. Gan McGee - 90.6
8. Caol Uno - 90.4
9. Vladimir Matyushenko - 89.7
10. Ricco Rodriguez - 89.7
UFC 41: Onslaught
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Elevation: 7'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Tim Sylvia vs. Ricco Rodriguez
90.5
Fighters & Matches 88.9
Top 10 Fighters 91.1
TOTAL 90.0
88.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
14:07
     This fight was ok. Most of it took place in the clinch, with Edwards throwing short knees to the body of Clementi. I gave the first 2 rounds to Yves Edwards, he controlled most of the fight, showing better striking, and control. The third round went to the round, where Edwards was able to get on his back, he locked on a rear-naked choke, and eventually, Clementi tapped out. Good win for Edwards, and sort of a poor debut for Clementi.
87.9
TKO
(Punches)
4:49
      This fight was kind of boring, with Dantas trying to take the giant McGee to the ground, and he just wasn't able to get any leverage, so the entire fight felt like a stalemate, until Dantas went for a leg lock, and McGee punched him in the face a lot, until Dantas sort of dropped the lock, crumpled up, and the referee stopped the fight.
87.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was ok. I really wanted Serra to win this fight, but I really think Din Thomas won it, with his boxing skills. Serra had some decent grappling moments, and did an ok with the strikes, but ultimately, I think Thomas controlled too much of this fight, and probably landed better shots for the majority of the fight. So, I gave the fight to Din Thomas, 29-28, and most of the judges agreed. The fucked up part though, is that they originally gave this fight to Matt Serra, via split-decision, but then after realizing one of the judges fucked up his scorecard, and MEANT to give the third round to Din Thomas, they reversed the decision, and gave the fight to Din Thomas. So, that sucks for Serra, since he looked all happy and shit when they announced that he won, and then it was taken away from his, because a judge fucked up.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight was sort of boring. Matyushenko controlled a good chunk of the fight with his wrestling, taking Rizzo down a couple of times, but he never really did any damage. Rizzo landed a few good shots, and cut Matyushenko's face with a good shot, so technically, Rizzo did more damage, but Matyushenko controlled more of the fight. So, I think I'd give the fight to Rizzo, but all 3 judges gave the fight to Matyushenko, and I'm fine with that. Pretty boring fight overall.
90.1
Decision
15:00
      Phil Baroni just kicked Matt Lindland's ass. Every single punch that Baroni threw, looked like it hurt like hell. Every single punch Lindland threw, looked like a little "pitter patter" style thing, that was probably more irritating than painful. I'll admit, Lindland clearly won the wrestling game, but even on the ground, with Lindland on top, Baroni was throwing better strikes for most of the fight. I would personally give this fight 29-28 to Baroni, but all 3 judges disagreed with me, so whatever. Phil Baroni is the man. BEST FIGHTER EVER!!!
89.7
Draw
25:00
      I mean... this was a good fight, really important fight, Championship Fight, at the end of a tournament, etc... I thought Penn won the first round, and the fourth round, Uno won the second round, and maybe the third round, maybe the fifth round? I guess a "Draw" makes sense, sort of, because it WAS a close fight, but in the end, for some reason, I gave the fight to Penn. So, yeah, I thought Penn won, the commentators thought Penn won, it really could have gone either way, but it's pretty lame making a "Draw" decision for a Championship Fight...
89.2
Submission
(Toe Hold)
0:46
      Well, this fight sucked. I was really hoping Tank Abbott would come back, and be the best fighter ever, but obviously, that was not the case tonight. Tank came out, threw a few punches, Mir pulled guard, went for a bunch of submission attempts, mostly to distract Tank, and then he went for a leg lock, and nearly ripped Tank's foot off. So yeah, Frank Mir is clearly the man, and Tank Abbott clearly has no business fighting in the UFC anymore.
90.5
TKO
(Punches)
3:09
      Well that was interesting. Tim Sylvia came into this fight, with only a single UFC fight under his belt, and he pretty much kicked Ricco's ass. Ricco has seemed unstoppable so far, with a UFC record of 5-0, and now Tim Sylvia gets in the octagon with him, punches him in the face, and knocks him the fuck out. In a way, this was sort of the beginning of a new era in the UFC. Great win for Tim Sylvia, and probably the biggest moment in his career.
OVERALL 90.0
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