(6/14/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Jason Saggo - 93.2
2. Michinori Tanaka - 92.0
3. Kiichi Kunimoto - 91.8
4. Ovince St. Preux - 91.7
5. Rory MacDonald - 91.7
6. Ryan Bader - 91.6
7. Yves Jabouin - 91.4
8. Tae Hyun Bang - 90.8
9. Valerie Letourneau - 90.7
10. Josh Shockley - 90.6
UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Elevation: 269'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Jason Saggo vs. Josh Shockley
90.8
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.5
90.8
TKO
(Punches)
4:57
     This was a pretty great debut by both of these guys. Saggo started the fight early with a nice hip toss throw, that got the fight to the ground quickly. Once they were on the ground, Shockley proved to have some pretty impressive defensive Jiu-Jitsu skills, but Saggo's wrestling & submission skills were enough to eventually mount Shockley's back, where he was able to punish him with punches to the sides of the head, until the referee was forced to stop the fight with seconds left in the first round. Really impressive win by Saggo, and I look forward to seeing Shockley fight again as well, rare moment for two guys making nice UFC debuts. Good fight!
89.6
Decision
15:00
      Another amazing debut by a new guy in the UFC! Michinori Tanaka is scrappy as fuck. Roland Delorme has a tremendous ground game, and Tanaka was able to pretty much dominate him for probably 13 minutes of this 15 minute fight. Delorme would take the fight to the ground, even get full mount, and then Tanaka would reverse him, end up on top, and then just beat the shit out of him and control him. Michinori Tanaka is definitely someone to keep an eye on in the 135 pound division, especially considering this fight leaves his record at 10-0. WAR TANAKA!!!
88.3
KO
(Punch)
12:01
      This was a weird fight for me. Kajan Johnson has a TON of experience, with a record of 19-10, this fight is his 30th professional fight, but in the past 5 years, this is only his 5th fight, so he's practically slowed down to a snail's pace as of late, due to crazy ass injuries, including a badly broken jaw on a recent season of TUF. Tae Hyun Bang on the other hand, I've only seen fight once, and he lost, and I didn't even have him ranked in the Top 100 at 155 going into this fight. So with all of that being said, Johnson tried to put up a fight, but Bang pretty much overpowered him the entire fight, landing HARD punches, rocking Johnson a few times, and eventually knocking him the fuck out in the third round. Pretty great fight for Bang, sort of redeeming his poor UFC debut back in January, and pretty much "what I expected" from Kajan Johnson, which is him losing, due to a brutal knockout.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      Well that sucks for Mike Easton. He's a pretty fun fighter to watch, but this makes 4 losses in a row for him, so if the UFC brings him back again, some people might start to ask why. Granted, 135 can use all the noteworthy fighters it can get, so I feel he should still be safe. With that being said, Yves Jabouin pretty much kicked his ass all 3 rounds in my opinion. Easton sort of started to come back in the third round, so he might have at least earned a 29-28 scorecard, but in the end, I don't think anyone questioned the decision being given to Yves Jabouin. Good fight overall though.
89.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Yeah! That was a fucking brawl! Great debut by two badass female fighters. Phillips won the first round, by fucking up Letourneau's face with some HARD punches, she was throwing bombs, and looked like she wanted to finish the fight and probably broke Letourneau's orbital bone, and kudos to her for showing up to fight with only one week's notice. Letourneau on the other hand, started to make her comeback in the second round, winning the final two rounds in my opinion, with her crisp technical striking, and her ability to control the rest of the fight. So yeah, awesome win for Valerie Letourneau, and really impressive debut by Phillips as well.
89.0
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:52
      Nice! Kunimoto kicked some ass in this fight, beating up Sarafian while standing, and then when the fight eventually went to the ground, he was able to wrestle his way around to Sarafian's back, finishing him with a tight rear-naked choke. Really great win for Kunimoto, continuing his 6-Fight winning streak (only 2nd win in the UFC though). But yeah, this guy is someone to keep an eye on.
88.9
Submission
(Kimura)
7:10
      Well, that was a bit awkward. Jimmo looked to have good movement throughout the fight, always bouncing around and stuff, but Ovince St. Preux kind of kicked his ass in the first round with better striking, and better grappling control. The second round went to the ground pretty quickly, and after some general wrestling around, Jimmo started saying "My arm is broken, my arm is broken..." but the fight continued, and St. Preux grabbed that arm, and cranked on it with a Kimura, while Jimmo continued to say "My arm is broken..." and eventually the referee stopped the fight. Good win for Ovince St. Preux, but I'm REALLY curious what the hell happened to his arm, because it wasn't anything obvious.
88.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Yikes. This fight should have been one of the best fights on the card, and instead, it ended up being a snooze fest for the first two rounds. I ended up scoring the fight a draw. First round I gave slightly to Schaub, second round to Schaub (I guess?), but both of those rounds were too close to really call. The third round I was going to give to Schaub, for securing a takedown, but I'm pretty sure Arlovski broke Schaub's jaw, so even though Schaub was in the better position, by the end of the fight, Arlovski suffered no damage, and Schaub's face was ALL fucked up. So yeah, give the fight to Arlovski, I'm down with that, even though based on the scoring, it probably should have gone to Schaub.
89.6
Decision
15:00
      This fight was pretty much a one-sided ass kicking. Ryan Bader took Cavalcante to the ground in all 3 rounds, beat the crap out of him, completely dominated him with his wrestling, and just outworked him for most of the fight. Rafael came out in the third round, clearly trying to finish it, throwing big punch combos, but quickly gassed, and eventually was taken back to the ground, where Bader finished out the round, pounding away on Cavalcante. Really good win for Bader, not a great showing by Cavalcante though.
90.2
Decision
15:00
      Well, that kind of sucks, because I wanted Woodley to knockout MacDonald, but I have to give MacDonald credit, he beat Woodley's ass for 15 minutes. Woodley had a few moments where he landed some really hard leg kicks, and some really hard punches, but MacDonald's technical skills were able to pick apart Woodley, and then he took him to the ground in the third round, and beat the shit out of him until the third round eventually ended. MacDonald looked really good in this fight, and Woodley looked scared.
89.5
Decision
25:00
      I really wanted to get excited about this fight, but it's getting to the point where you know Johnson will win all of his fights, most of the time taking the fight to a decision, dominating everybody with his speed and technical skills, and even when you think he might get knocked the fuck out by some badass like Ali Bagautinov, he still controls the entire fight, and just negates any offense thrown at him. So, technically this was a good fight, but I still have a really hard time watching these 125 pound guys fight for 25 minutes. Who else is left in the division that he hasn't already beaten? Chris Cariaso? He currently has the longest winning streak in the division (other than Johnson), at 3 wins. Or maybe Brad Pickett, the last guy in the division that was actually able to beat Johnson, back in the WEC? If that's the case, maybe have Pickett fight John Dodson, with the winner getting a title shot? I don't know, I guess there are things that can happen in this division still, but it's probably my least favorite division overall at the moment.
OVERALL 90.5
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