(6/28/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Alexey Oleynik - 93.2
2. Ray Borg - 92.4
3. Carlos Diego Ferreira - 92.3
4. Clint Hester - 91.8
5. Cezar Ferreira - 91.7
6. Kelvin Gastelum - 91.6
7. Cub Swanson - 91.5
8. Joe Ellenberger - 91.4
9. James Moontasri - 90.9
10. Antonio Braga Neto - 90.8
UFC Fight Night 44: Swanson vs. Stephens
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Elevation: 650'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Alexey Oleynik vs. Anthony Hamilton
91.4
Fighters & Matches 89.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.8
TOTAL 90.8
91.4
Submission
(Neck Crank)
2:18
     Finally! A decent heavyweight prospect. Alexey Oleinik came out, beat up Hamilton on the feet for a couple of minutes, took him to the ground, immediately locked on the neck crank, and he looked like he was going to rip off Hamilton's upper body (neck & shoulders), and he forced the submission. Alexey Oleinik looks like a badass, and this fight solidifies a 10-Fight winning streak for him! Hamilton didn't really have much to show for himself though.
90.8
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:17
      Wow! That felt fast. Ray Borg grabbed Howell, almost immediately transitioned onto his back, locked on the rear-naked choke, tightened it, tightened it some more, Howell looked tough and tried to fight through it, but eventually he was put to sleep. Awesome win for Ray Borg, and that was one of the fastest transitions to the back that I've ever seen. Really good fight.
87.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      One of the judges gave the fight to Andy Enz, 30-27? THAT'S RACIST! There is no way he won all 3 rounds, ha... With that being said, I gave Enz the first round, for showing better striking, even though Guimaraes had a nice slam. The second round was 100% Guimaraes, and I gave him the third round as well, for taking Enz down a few times, kicking the shit out of his leg in the second round, and controlling the majority of the fight. So yeah, I gave the fight to Guimaraes, 29-28, and two of the judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
87.6
TKO
(Punch)
0:38
      That's fucking bullshit. Johnny Bedford came out, guns blazing, beat the shit out of Gibson for a few seconds, he got caught with a punch, lost his footing, fell backwards kind of hard, but as far as I'm concerned, he was clearly conscious the entire time, Gibson landed in his guard, Bedford was ready to start working his ground game, and the referee randomly decided to stop the fight, which was one of the worst stoppages I've seen in a while. That fucking sucks too, because Bedford was off to a GREAT start, and this fight looked like it had the potential to be the fight of the night. So yeah, I guess Gibson wins via TKO, but that's complete bullshit.
91.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
0:38
      Nice! This was an outstanding debut for the 9-0 Ferreira, slamming Smith to the ground early in the fight, grabbing his back, locking on the rear-naked choke, and that's all she wrote. Carlos Diego Ferreira is legit as fuck, and I'm looking forward to seeing how far up the ladder he can climb, while continuing his undefeated career. Awesome quick win for Carlos Ferreira.
89.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty great fight. James Moontasri took the fight on 2 weeks notice, and beat the living shit out of Ellenberger in the first round, showing excellent striking skills, and almost finishing him. Ellenberger made a huge comeback in the second round, taking the fight to the ground and beating up Moontasri with some hard elbows. The third round was kind of close, but I gave that one to Ellenberger as well, for controlling the majority of the ground game. In the end, I gave the fight to Ellenberger, 29-28, and two of the judges agreed, earning him the split-decision victory.
90.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Yeah! Good fight, and I'm really happy with the decision as well. Clint Hester came out in all 3 rounds, swinging for the fences, showing some of the best power boxing I've seen at 185, but Neto was able to take him to the ground in the first round, and control him for a good portion of the round. The second round was close, starting in favor of Hester, but again, Neto took the fight back to the ground. The third round was more of the same, but Hester looked AWESOME at the start of the round, throwing gigantic punches, and landing to the body & head. Good fight overall, Hester showed awesome striking, Neto obviously has the better ground game, but I gave the fight to Hester, 29-28, and two of the judges agreed, which I'm thankful for, because that means he is now on a 4-Fight winning streak, I'd like to maybe see him fight Yoel Romero next?
88.8
Decision
15:00
      Well, this was one of the few fights on the card I was kind of pumped for, because before his loss against Jose Aldo, Ricardo Lamas looked like one of the top fighters in the division. With that being said though, this fight was kind of boring, mostly consisting of Lamas shooting for takedowns, and failing most of the time. It was a pretty close fight, and I wouldn't be completely shocked if some judges gave it to Dias, but in the end, I gave all 3 rounds to Lamas, and for the most part, the judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight, mostly showcasing Ferreira's ability to take someone down aggressively. He was able to sort of grind out this win, controlling the pace of the fight, cutting Craig on a few spots on his head, and in the end, I thought he won all 3 rounds. Two of the judges gave Craig a single round, but in the end, Cezar Ferreira wins via unanimous decision.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      Well that was interesting. Kelvin Gastelum missed weight, so he had to give up a portion of his purse for this fight. Musoke was able to dominate the first round with his grappling skills, taking the fight to the ground, and riding Kelvin's back for most of the round. The next two rounds though, were all about Kelvin Gastelum punching the shit out of Musoke with some HUGE punches, so that was a pretty great comeback for Gastelum.
90.4
Decision
25:00
      This was a pretty good fight. A couple of guys battling right around the Top 5 rankings at 145, so this was a pretty big win for Cub Swanson, giving him a 6-Fight winning streak, which is pretty huge. So yeah, this was a long fight, went the full 25 minutes, I gave the second round to Jeremy Stephens, but the rest of the fight pretty much consisted of Swanson beating him up on the feet. So yeah, great win, and uh... I would have liked to see a finish, but I'm fine with the decision I guess. So yeah, Cub Swanson vs. Jose Aldo sounds pretty good to me, assuming Aldo beats Mendes.
OVERALL 90.8
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