(4/16/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Dustin Poirier - 94.1
2. Elias Theodorou - 94.0
3. Patrick Cote - 92.4
4. K.J. Noons - 92.1
5. Ryan Jimmo - 92.0
6. Sarah Kaufman - 91.9
7. Mark Bocek - 91.6
8. Akira Corassani - 91.5
9. Chad Laprise - 91.2
10. George Roop - 91.1
UFC The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale
Location: Quebec, Canada
Elevation: 322'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Dustin Poirier vs. Akira Corassani
92.9
Fighters & Matches 89.6
Top 10 Fighters 92.2
TOTAL 90.9
88.5
Decision
15:00
     This was a pretty decent undercard fight. Gagnon spent a good portion of the 15 minute fight, with a guillotine choke locked onto the neck of Gorman. He didn't really come anywhere close to finishing it, but it probably earned him a few points on the scorecards. Gagnon also seemed to have better wrestling skills in general, and I thought he also did a better job with his striking. So in the end, I gave all 3 rounds to Gagnon, and all 3 judges agreed.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      This fight was very similar to the first fight tonight. Richard Walsh came out, and basically beat up Indich for 15 minutes. It was a very one-sided fight, where Indich had nothing to show for himself other than a decent chin, and Walsh had all the necessary skills, other than the ability to finish Indich. So yeah, pretty good fight, but extremely one-sided, and all 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Walsh, via unanimous decision.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      And here we have the third fight in a row, that was entirely one sided, with Nordine Taleb taking Grujic to the ground in all 3 rounds, and beating him up for the full 15 minutes, but still unable to finish him. Nordine Taleb was one of those guys that SEEMED like he'd be a scary dude on this season of The Ultimate Fighter, but he never really won me over, but I really liked Grujic, so it sort of sucked to see his career go down the drain like this. Good win for Taleb though.
90.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Finally! A competitive fight! I've been a fan of Mark Bocek for a while, he's a hell of a grappler, and has been boxing his ass off in his last few fights, so he's fun to watch. Mike de la Torre came into this fight on short notice though, so I had no idea who he was, but he appears to be a really good technical boxer, and he was able to hang in there until the very end with Bocek. I gave the first round to Bocek, the second round to de la Torre, and the third round I was GOING to score as a draw, but Bocek got on de la Torre's back during the last 30 seconds or so (while still standing), and he was able to land a series of hard elbows to the side of de la Torre's head, so I ended up giving the fight to Bocek, and two of the judges agreed with me. So yeah, really good fight.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      This was another really competitive fight, with George Roop taking Kimura to the ground in rounds 1 & 3, and beating him up with big punches & elbows. The second round had Kimura on the attack, where he was able to get on Roop's back, in an effort to choke him out, so after the second round, I had the fight all tied up. BUT! Yeah, Roop destroyed him in the third round, so George Roop was the clear winner in this fight, and all 3 judges agreed.
89.9
KO
(Punches)
4:27
      This fight wasn't really doing much for me, it was a pretty standard fight, 4 minutes in they were clinched against the cage, so the referee broke them up. Once the fight started back up, Jimmo launched a huge punch that caught O'Connell right square in the jaw, he fell to the ground, and then Jimmo bounced his head off the ground several more times with some big punches. Ryan Jimmo is a fun fighter to watch, but he's also really awkward to watch. Either way, good win for Ryan Jimmo.
89.6
Decision
15:00
      This was a really good brawl, with both girls ducking their heads down, and coming forward, and throwing punches & kicks like maniacs. It was almost like they really didn't give a shit if they got knocked out or not, all they wanted to do was hit the other person as many times as possible. It was a pretty wild & crazy fight, and started out REALLY close in the earlier rounds, but ultimately, I gave all 3 rounds to Sarah Kaufman, and all 3 judges agreed with that decision, so congrats to Kaufman for a hard fought unanimous decision.
89.4
KO
(Punches)
0:30
      Holy shit! Hahaha... I hate K.J. Noons, he just has one of those faces you want to punch, but I have to give him credit here, he knocked Stout the FUCK OUT. He hit him with a huge overhand right, knocked him to the ground, unleashed a couple of divebomb punches, knocking Stout unconscious, and as Noons got up to celebrate, Stout tackled the referee, locked on a guillotine choke, the referee finally convinced him the fight was over, and Stout tried to stand up, and fell down backwards against the cage. Stout was absolutely out of it. Killer win for K.J. Noons.
92.9
TKO
(Punches)
5:42
      This fight was fucking awesome. Dustin Poirier was the obvious favorite in this fight, but Akira came out like a ball of fire in the first round, and nearly knocked out Poirier, and he just kept throwing gigantic bombs, trying to take Poirier's head off. By the end of the round though, Poirier started to make a comeback, and locked on a Peruvian Neck Tie, causing blood to flow from the forehead of Akira, so I ended up giving the first round to Poirier, but it was close! The second round was more brawling, and Poirier was able to land a big uppercut, knocking Corassani to the ground against the cage, and he landed a few more pendulum style punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. At the moment, this is looking like the definite fight of the night.
88.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a decent final fight for the 170 division tournament. They kept referring to Mercier as the next GSP or some shit, during the season, but I didn't really see that at all. Laprise sort of kicked his ass in this fight, throwing harder strikes, and landing more, so congrats to him for winning the fight. I could feel Dana cringe though, once Laprise started to give his speech after the fight, due to his stuttering issues. Not exactly the kind of spokesperson that Dana would prefer. But yeah, decent fight overall.
92.0
TKO
(Punches & Elbows)
9:41
      HOLY SHIT! I wasn't a huge fan of Elias on this season of TUF, but he's a fucking MONSTER. Sheldon blew his load in the first round, by mounting Elias's back while standing, and he basically hung out to the model's back for dear life... BUT! Elias was able to throw him onto the ground after a couple of minutes, and from that point forward, Elias was throwing him around like a ragdoll, destroying him with knees from the clinch, hammering him in the face with gigantic punches & elbows, and just ABSOLUTELY FUCKING DESTROYING THE GUY. Elias Theodorou is about as legit as these TUF guys can get, and I look forward to seeing how he handles some deeper competition in the UFC. Maybe a fight against C.B. Dollaway, or Tim Boetsch? Let's do this shit!!!
89.1
Decision
15:00
      This fight was pretty decent, but sadly, it went to another decision. Cote came out swinging in the first round, and DEFINITELY won that round, sealing the deal with a takedown. The second round was pretty close, I thought Noke did enough early on to win the round, but some might argue that Cote stole the round near the end with a takedown & some ground & pound. I was starting to get bored by the time the third round started, but it was pretty clear Cote won that one as well, with his ground & pound. So... Still not sure how these two got spots as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter, but it was a decent fight none-the-less.
88.7
Decision
25:00
      Meh, this was kind of a shitty main event. I was really hoping Bisping would make his return, and knock Kennedy the fuck out, but that didn't happen at all. Kennedy took him down in most of the rounds, held him down, unleashed some brutal lay & pray, and eventually, after a long boring 25 minute fight, I gave Bisping round 2, and the other 4 rounds went to Kennedy (and this is coming from a guy that WANTED Bisping to win). So... There you have it... Congrats Kennedy, but I hope you get knocked out soon. Maybe another fight with the new & improved Ronaldo Souza? That could be fun. Or better yet, Anderson Silva when he makes his return? We'll see what happens I guess. As for Bisping, I'm not really sure what's next for him. Maybe a fight with Mark Munoz?
OVERALL 90.9
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