(2/7/1997)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Vitor Belfort - 95.9
2. Mark Coleman - 91.1
3. Jerry Bohlander - 89.6
4. Scott Ferrozzo - 89.6
5. Kazuo Takahashi - 87.1
6. Rainy Martinez - 87.0
7. Dan Severn - 86.4
8. Wallid Ismail - 84.9
9. Tra Telligman - 83.8
10. Nick Sanzo - 83.2
UFC 12: Judgement Day
Location: Augusta, Georgia
Elevation: 136'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Vitor Belfort vs. Scott Ferrozzo
94.4
Fighters & Matches 87.8
Top 10 Fighters 87.9
TOTAL 87.9
N/A
TKO
(Strikes)
0:48
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Heel Hook)
0:14
(Unaired)
87.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:18
      When watching these old UFC events, I can really appreciate the fights that end quickly... This fight basically consisted of Jerry Bohlander taking Martinez to the ground, they wrestled around for a little bit, and Bohlander got the upperhand with that... Eventually, they locked up on the ground next to the cage wall, and Bohlander squirmed around onto the back of Martinez, and he locked on the rear naked choke for the submission victory...
84.5
Decision
15:00
      This was a long, weird, 15 minute fight... For the first half of the fight, Yoshiki Takahashi reminded me of a Japanese Chuck Liddell, with his striking style, and his counter punching... Takahashi got scolded a few times for holding the fence, but other than that, he pretty much dominted Ismail... Wallid Ismail spent the entire fight trying to take Takahashi to the ground, but he never even came close to success with that gameplan... About halfway through the fight, Takahashi stuck his hand down the pants of Ismail, and literally pulled out his cup... That was a strange technique... After 12 minutes (one round), the fight stopped for a break, and then they continued with a 3 minute overtime... The overtime was pointless though, because both fighters basically just stood there... I don't think Takahashi really understood the point of this cage fight, since he was still sort of approaching the fight with Pancrase rules, but either way, Takahashi wins by unanimous decision...
84.2
TKO
(Punches)
8:02
      Jim Mullen is a fuckin' weirdo... During his prefight interview, he was talking about how he already won the tournament, because his therapist told him so through some sort of hypnosis... Well, that didn't work... Scott Ferrozzo, outweighing Mullen by about 110 pounds, came out, pushed the kickboxing champion (Mullen) up against the fence, and then just basically beat the shit out of him for a while, smashed him against the ground, squashed the poor kid, and pretty much took him apart... Mullen never stood a chance in this fight, but he had enough heart to get his ass beat for 8 minutes, so depending who you ask, maybe that's a good thing? In my mind, Mullen should have lost 15 pounds, and joined the lightweight tournament instead... Oh well... Scott Ferrozzo moves on to the next round of the heavyweight tournament...
90.6
TKO
(Cut)
1:17
      The UFC debut of Vitor Belfort! YEAH BABY!!! This fight basically started with Vitor Belfort throwing about 100 punches in 2 seconds, all of them connecting with extreme accuracy... Belfort then tried to take down Telligman, but that wasn't going to work, so Belfort unloaded another 1,000 punches, all of them connecting... The fight eventually went to the ground with Vitor Belfort on top, and Belfort started throwing these downward elbows to the side of the head of Telligman, forcing him to either get knocked out, or else he might have tapped out... I'm not REAL sure how this ended, but basically, Telligman wasn't going to be able to continue, so Belfort fucked him up with one of the most impressive UFC debuts I've seen in a while...
85.9
Submission
(Cattle Catch Neck Crank)
0:39
      This was a cute little championship fight... Basically, both guys went into wrestling position, Bohlander got the upperhand, and locked on the crucifix choke, and forced Sanzo to submit in about 39 seconds or so... Bohlander wins, Sanzo doesn't look impressive at all, and that's about all I've got to say... I would have rather seen Bohlander fight Takahashi in this fight, but Takahashi broke his hand in his fighter earlier against Ismail, so Bohlander fought the alternate, to become the first UFC Lightweight (Below 200) Champion...
94.4
TKO
(Punches)
0:43
      Damn son!!! Vitor Belfort, just like his last fight, comes out with insane striking skills... He's the fastest puncher in the land, he hits HARD, he hits with sniper accuracy... He pretty much hit Ferrozzo twice, which knocked him to the ground... Belfort grabbed his back, and then started punching Ferrozzo in the back of the head, which caused the referee to stop the fight... While Big John McCarthy was pulling Belfort off Ferrozzo, Ferrozzo stood back up and tried to continue fighting Belfort, but the referees jumped on Ferrozzo, and a brawl almost started... Anyways, Vitor Belfort wins the 4 man tournament, to become tonight's Heavyweight Tournament Champ!
87.6
Submission
(Neck Crank)
2:57
      Tonight's superfight, was a match between two of the best wrestlers in the sport... It consisted of Coleman taking Severn to the ground, then then he got this neck crank thing going, and eventually, after about 3 minutes, Severn was forced to submit to the choke... Mark Coleman is a great fighter, but this wasn't much of a contest against a lame looking version of Dan Severn... What happened to The Beast!?!
OVERALL 87.9
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