(6/7/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. John Dodson - 92.5
2. Benson Henderson - 92.1
3. Scott Jorgensen - 91.8
4. Rafael dos Anjos - 91.4
5. Bryan Caraway - 91.1
6. Piotr Hallmann - 91.1
7. Danny Martinez - 90.7
8. Rustam Khabilov - 90.7
9. Ross Pearson - 90.6
10. Patrick Cummins - 90.4
UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Elevation: 5,312'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
John Dodson vs. John Moraga
91.3
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 89.9
87.9
TKO
(Punches)
7:28
     After a pitiful fight against Daniel Cormier in his UFC debut, Cummins returns to fight another UFC newcomer, a guy I've never heard of. With that being said, the first round consisted of Cummins taking him to the ground and sort of beating him up. The second round was more of the same, and the fight was eventually stopped due to strikes on the ground. Nice win for Cummins I guess, but I still won't know what to think of him until he beats someone a little more noteworthy than Roger Narvaez.
86.7
Submission
(Heel Strikes)
12:47
      This entire fight was clearly leaning in the favor of Jon Tuck, as he spent the first two rounds, taking Lindsey to the ground, and beating him up with basic ground & pound, and outworking him in the grappling exchanges. The third round had Tuck taking Lindsey to the ground again, he took his back, went for the rear-naked choke, couldn't lock it on, so he started throwing heels to the body of Lindsey, so he tapped out to the strikes to the body. Good win for Tuck, but not much of a debut for Jake Lindsey, who was undefeated at 9-0 coming into his UFC debut here.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      This was a really good fight, between a couple of guys that really needed a win in the UFC. Jorgensen won the first round with his wrestling, taking the fight to the ground, and pretty much dominating Martinez with his grappling. I gave the second round to Martinez, for nearly knocking out Jorgensen, and beating his ass while standing, even though Jorgensen secured a takedown closer to the end of the round. The third round was super close, but I gave it to Jorgensen, for his ability to take the fight to the ground when Martinez had him in trouble due to strikes again. So yeah, I would have been fine with this fight going either way, but I gave it to Jorgensen, and all 3 judges agreed.
85.6
Decision
15:00
      Alright, so Bobby Voelker has a UFC record of 0-4 now, can we please stop having him come back? Not that he's a terrible fighter, but come on, there are plenty of guys at 170, no need to water this shit down. Benoist was also well on his way to elimination, going into this fight with a 2 fight losing streak, but he was able to control at least two of these rounds, if not all three, so the judges gave him the unanimous decision victory. Good job for Benoist, but beating a guy with a record of 0-4 isn't exactly going to get him any closer to a noteworthy ranking or anything. Glad this fight is over.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      They keep talking about how awesome it is to have Sergio Pettis in the UFC, because he's exciting, and he's the champion's little brother. But so far, I haven't really been that impressed by him. With that being said, this was a pretty close fight, where I gave the first two rounds to Pettis, and the final round to Meza. All 3 judges agreed, so Pettis wins via unanimous decision. Neither one of these guys is on my radar of noteworthy fighters yet though.
88.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:52
      This fight was a pretty average quality fight, with the first round being pretty close, but I gave it slightly to Perez. The second round was pretty much all Caraway, as he was able to reverse a takedown attempt by Perez, Caraway got on Perez's back, went for a rear-naked choke, and eventually finished him off. Decent with for Caraway, especially considering he was the underdog going into the fight.
88.6
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
12:31
      Well, that was depressing. Yves Edwards was like... the baddest man on the planet or some shit, about 10 years ago. After this fight though, he's on a 4-fight losing streak in the UFC, assuming you don't count his knockout loss to Medeiros as a "No Contest" (due to Medeiros testing positive for marijuana). So with that being said, it's probably about time for Edwards to hang up his gloves. On a brighter note though, Hallmann completely dominated him in this fight, taking him down, overpowering him, and eventually finishing him with a rear-naked choke in the third round. Great win for Hallman, really tough loss for Edwards.
89.0
TKO
(Punches)
8:36
      This fight seemed a little bit lopsided going into it. Jason High was on a two fight winning streak, against a couple of guys that don't really mean much in the division (James Head & Anthony Lapsley). Rafael dos Anjos on the other hand, is one of the top lightweights in the world, who was on an insane winning streak, before finally losing his last fight against Rustam Khabilov, who happens to be in the main event on this card. So with that being said, Rafael dos Anjos pretty much handed High his ass in this fight, winning the first round (but it was close), and then dominating him in the second round, getting his back at one point, and eventually finishing him with his striking. It's good to see dos Anjos back in the winning column.
91.3
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
10:00
      This was the first fight on the card that REALLY meant a lot in my opinion, with two guys in the Top 10 at 125. The first round didn't really do anything for me, and I ended up giving it to Dodson, but didn't really see much that impressed me. The second round though, ended with Dodson landing a HUGE knee, breaking the nose of Moraga, and then he beat the crap out of him with big punches, until he was finally saved by the bell. Once the doctor saw that Moraga's nose was all fucked up, he stopped the fight. Really great win for John Dodson.
88.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Do what? What just happened here? The first round could have gone either way, but the 2nd & 3rd rounds were CLEARLY Ross Pearson, so I gave the fight to Ross Pearson, AT LEAST 29-28, if not 30-27. One judge agreed with me. The other two judges (in Diego's hometown), gave Sanchez the fight, 30-27, which is one of the most ridiculous decisions I've ever seen. Diego's face was cut up, and Pearson looked perfectly fine at the end of the fight. I'm sick of these horrible fucking judges. Good win for Pearson, as far as I'm concerned, but he got totally fucking screwed. FUCK THESE JUDGES!!!
90.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
16:16
      FUCK. Rustam Khabilov is one of my favorite fighters, and I thought he was winning this fight, going into the fourth round. He definitely won the first round, the next two were close, but I still gave them to Khabilov. With that being said, the fourth round started, Henderson landed a big uppercut, Khabilov got rocked, and Henderson jumped on his back and locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission. That really sucks, but pretty good fight overall. I still REALLY want to see someone finish Henderson though.
OVERALL 89.9
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