100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Charles Oliveira - 94.0
2. Dan Hooker - 93.6
3. Nate Marquardt - 93.2
4. Jake Matthews - 92.8
5. Hatsu Hioki - 92.6
6. Ian Entwistle - 92.0
7. Jared Rosholt - 91.3
8. Neil Magny - 91.1
9. Sean OConnell - 90.5
10. Richie Vaculik - 90.3
UFC Fight Night 43: Te Huna vs. Marquardt
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Elevation: 643'
-Fight of the Night-
Charles Oliveira vs. Hatsu Hioki
Fighters & Matches 89.6
Top 10 Fighters 92.1
TOTAL 90.9
     This fight was a fucking BRAWL! From start to finish, both guys were throwing bombs, both guys tried to take the fight to the ground a few times, but seemed to have comparable grappling skills, which kept the fight standing for the most part. In the end, it was a VERY close fight, I thought the first round was a draw, and the next two rounds went to O'Connell, but two of the judges disagreed and gave the fight to Gian Villante via split-decision. I'm not really sure how they scored it as a victory for him, but whatever, close fight, and great brawl by both fighters.
      Fucking brutal!!! This fight was awesome. Entwistle pretty much immediately shot in for a heelhook, he was wild about the way he approaches submissions, he didn't give a shit if he took damage, he was determined to rip that leg off. Hooker did a good job defending though, and eventually, while the heelhook was still locked on, he landed a series of elbows, cutting Entwistle's forehead to shit, and he just absolutely smashed the shit out of him, leaving the ground a bloody mess, and forcing the referee to stop the fight. AMAZING comeback by Daniel Hooker, and great start for Ian Entwistle. Really cool fight to watch.
      Yeah! Another pretty great fight. The first round was 100% in favor of Lima, taking Magny to the ground, and destroying him with his Jiu-Jitsu skills. The second round was all Magny, all standing, and eventually finishing the fight with a series of punches, knocking Lima to the ground, and finishing him with a little bit of standing ground & pound, where the referee was forced to stop the fight to save Lima. Great fight by both guys, and nice win for Magny, continuing his now 3-Fight winning streak.
      I've always liked Vik Grujic for some reason, even though more often than not, it seems like I end up disappointed with his performances. With that being said, he did a good job eventually taking Indich to the ground, he got on his back, went for a rear-naked choke, they stood back up, and Grujic unloaded some punches, knocking Indich to the ground, finishing the fight. Really great win for Vik Grujic, especially since as far as I'm concerned, I would've been surprised if the loser of this fight didn't get booted from the UFC. So we'll see what happens to Indich I guess. I really doubt many people have much interest in seeing him fight again.
      This was a decent fight I guess, probably the fight I was the least excited about going into it though. Richie Vaculik pretty much dominated the first two rounds, ESPECIALLY the first round, taking Roldan to the ground and controlling the hell out of him. Roldan started landing more significant strikes in the third round, so I went ahead and gave him the third round, but in the end, it was pretty clear that Richie Vaculik won this fight, and all 3 judges agreed.
(Triangle Choke)
      YEAH! Normally it's kind of hard to get into these fights where both guys are UFC newcomers, but this fight was a different story, with both guys being undefeated going into this fight. With that being said, Johnson was 9-0, so I thought he had the advantage, but Jake Matthews fucking DEMOLISHED him, taking him down, and beating the crap out of him for the entire first round, the second round was closer, but Matthews still did more damage, and the third round was 100% Matthews, putting on a grappling clinic, where he went for a series of submissions, eventually ending with a triangle choke. Awesome fight, and really impressive debut for Jake Matthews.
      This fight was pretty much what I expected out of it, a couple of guys that probably aren't even in the Top 100 at 170, sparring with each other for 15 minutes. I gave the first & third rounds to Whittaker for sure, he just seemed to land more strikes, seemed a little more aggressive, and secured a REALLY NICE takedown in the third round (but didn't do any damage once they hit the ground). Rhodes secured a weak takedown in the second round, and got a little more active there, so it was a closer round, but I'm fine with giving all 3 rounds to Whittaker. At least he didn't secure his third loss in a row, that could have been really bad for his UFC career. Rhodes on the other hand, is now 0-2 in the UFC, both fights going to a decision, so I'm not sure how much longer he has left in the big leagues at this point.
(Anaconda Choke)
      OH SHIT. That was one of the best grappling matches I've ever seen, pretty much nonstop action from start to finish, with both guys throwing high level Jiu-Jitsu at each other, both showing excellent defensive skills, both showing insane offense, both showing great wrestling, and both showing solid striking at a few different points. In the second round, there was an accidental eye poke that almost had the fight stopped, where Oliveira was in pretty bad shape, but he decided to continue fighting, and was able to continue pushing forward, eventually finishing the fight with one of the sickest D'Arce chokes I've ever seen. Pretty amazing fight by both guys, and a HUGE win for Charles Oliveira, being the first guy to ever submit Hioki.
      Well, this should have been the most exciting fight on the card. It was in Palelei's hometown, this fight should have been set up for him to just walk right through someone, like a smashing machine, and instead, he got completely outworked by Jared Rosholt, he got beat up in all 3 rounds, and overall, it was just an embarrassing domination delivered by Jared Rosholt. So yeah, great controlling fight for Rosholt, and very embarrassing loss for Soa Palelei.
      OH MY... James Te Huna came out to the octagon with one of the most theatrical entrances I've seen in quite some time, with a group of tribal warriors or something, doing some sort of war dance, it was kind of insane. Well, once the fight started, Marquardt pretty much dominated him, hitting him with a knee, taking him to the ground, beating the crap out of him, and then near the end of the first round, Marquardt locked on an armbar from the back mount, forcing Te Huna to submit in the first round. This is NOT a good night for New Zealand, that's for sure. So yeah, great win by Nate Marquardt, but I could have done without the religious speech at the end of the fight. Can't these guys ever just win, and thank themselves for training hard?