100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Niklas Backstrom - 93.8
2. Iuri Alcantara - 93.4
3. Gegard Mousasi - 93.0
4. Maximo Blanco - 92.2
5. C.B. Dollaway - 92.0
6. Nick Hein - 91.7
7. Tom Niinimaki - 91.3
8. Francis Carmont - 91.1
9. Ruslan Magomedov - 90.6
10. Magnus Cedenblad - 90.5
UFC Fight Night 41: Munoz vs. Mousasi
Location: Berlin, Germany
Elevation: 112'
-Fight of the Night-
Iuri Alcantara vs. Vaughan Lee
Fighters & Matches 89.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.6
     This was a pretty close fight. I was going to give the first round to Magomedov for his striking, as he was able to rock Pesta with a punch, but Pesta landed a huge knee that knocked Magomedov to the ground, so Pesta finished that round on top, pounding away at Magomedov. Very close round though. The second round, I gave to Magomedov, because he seemed to land more kicks and stuff, but it was still pretty close. The third round I gave to Magomedov as well, so in the end, I gave the fight to Magomedov, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed.
      This fight had some pretty wild moments. The fight started with Blanco running at Ogle and launching a flying front kick, knocking Ogle on his ass, and he beat the crap out of him for a minute or so, but then Ogle was able to use his grappling to neutralize Blanco, but I still think Blanco won the first round. I gave the second round to Ogle for riding Blanco's back for most of the round. The third round, I gave to Blanco as well, for landing better strikes. So in the end, I gave the fight to Blanco, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed. Good fight by both guys though. I really hope Ogle doesn't get booted from the UFC since this makes 3 losses in a row.
      This really wasn't a bad fight at all, but anytime you take a guy that has an 0-3 record in the UFC (Sobotta), and pit him against a guy that has never fought in the UFC before, building the new guy as one of the best up & coming fighters in the world (Pawlak), and then you watch him get his ass kicked by the 0-3 fighter, it's hard to really take the fight seriously at all. In the end, Sobotta landed better strikes, secured several takedowns, and controlled the fight, which earned him his first UFC win via unanimous decision.
      Wow, that was a pretty quick knock out. Vaughan Lee came out like a ball of fire, throwing big punches, it looked like he might have rocked Alcantara a little bit, but then out of nowhere, Lee collapsed, unconscious, and Alcantara punched the fuck out of his face with a series of bombs, nailing his head into the ground, and securing the win for Iuri Alcantara.
(Guillotine Choke)
      This was a nice submission victory for Magnus Cedenblad, ending the undefeated record (14-fight winning streak) of Jotko, with a "meh" performance overall. Jotko looked like the better striker, landing a lot of good punches in this fight, but Cedenblad's wrestling was too good, and he kept most of the fight on the ground, and even after a nice scramble where Jotko got on his back for a second, Cedenblad was able to escape, lock on a guillotine choke, and finish the fight with only one second left in the second round.
      This was one hell of a fight between a UFC newcomer (Nick Hein), and a guy I had no faith in whatsoever (Drew Dober). Dober spent the entire fight coming forward, throwing punches (like he always does), but the extremely muscular Nick Hein sort of kicked his ass. Nick Hein might have the most muscular back I've ever seen by the way, which I think helps with his Judo skills. But yeah, Hein opened up a cut over the right eye of Dober in the first round with a big punch, and by the end of the fight, his right eyebrow was literally hanging off his face. BRUTAL fight. Nick Hein could potentially become my favorite fighter at 155. I'm sort of jumping the gun here, since this is the first time I've seen him fight, but his Judo skills are on point, his striking is strong, and other than some possible cardio issues, he looks sort of unstoppable to me. I'm looking forward to seeing where he goes next. Dober on the other hand, is a lot of fun to watch, but with a UFC record of 0-2 at this point, I'm not sure how much legitimate damage he's going to be able to make in the higher levels of the UFC 155 division.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      OH MAN! I really thought Niinimaki had this fight in the books, as he was able to go 15 minutes grappling with Rani Yahya, and came out victorious, so I figured there was no way that some random dude named Backstrom would be able to finish him by first round submission, but after Niinimaki started off strong, showing some good grappling skills, Backstrom landed a big knee, and then somehow ended up sort of in a schoolyard headlock position, where he was able to finish Niinimaki with a rear-naked choke. Fucking great submission win in his UFC debut!
      I've been a fan of Barnatt for a little while now, he's usually pretty fun to watch, but this fight was kind of a slow paced boxing match, with pretty even striking skills. Strickland went for a leg lock in the third round, which was kind of neat, and apparently he broke his hand early in the fight, but I still don't think he did enough to win the fight. Ultimately, I gave the fight to Barnatt 29-28, but it was really close and could have gone either way. The judges ended up giving the fight to Sean Strickland, which kind of sucks, because it ruins Barnatt's undefeated record (8-fight winning streak), but whatever... Decent sparring match I guess. This is why it's important to finish fights.
      This was a VERY close fight, between a couple of top contenders at 185, so awesome matchup. I thought overall, Francis Carmont landed more HARD strikes, and left Dollaway looking pretty bloody (not 100% sure where that cut came from though). Dollaway on the other hand, almost knocked out Carmont in the first round, by clipping him with a nice punch, so I gave the first round SLIGHTLY to Dollaway. The second round I gave to Carmont, even though Dollaway controlled the wrestling, Carmont did more "damage" with his submission attempts, going for a couple of kimuras. The third round was 100% Dollaway, wrestling Carmont to the ground, and eventually getting full mount and dropping some hard elbows. Great fight, both guys looked tough, I gave it SLIGHTLY to Dollaway, all 3 judges agreed. Really good performance by both fighters.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Well that sucks for Munoz, he didn't really put up much of a fight at all. Mousasi beat him up on the feet, defended the takedown, ended up getting on top of Munoz, mounted his back, locked on the rear-naked choke, and finished him in the first round. Mousasi looked really good in this fight, and it was nice to see someone finally finish a main event fight in the first round. I'm still not totally sold on Mousasi though. They're talking about him being in the Top 10, but personally, I still feel like he needs one more solid win against someone decent, before I would personally put him in the Top 10, but then again, I didn't really watch many of his fights outside of the UFC & Pride, so maybe I'm missing out on something special here. Either way, finishing Munoz in the first round was a really solid statement by Gegard Mousasi.