100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Donald Cerrone - 93.8
2. Yosdenis Cedeno - 93.7
3. Leslie Smith - 93.4
4. Aljamain Sterling - 92.9
5. Edson Barboza - 92.4
6. Rick Story - 92.3
7. John Lineker - 92.2
8. Joe Proctor - 91.9
9. Claudia Gadelha - 91.9
10. Gleison Tibau - 91.3
UFC Fight Night 45: Cerrone vs. Miller
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Elevation: 7'
-Fight of the Night-
Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller
Fighters & Matches 90.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.6
TOTAL 91.4
     That was a pretty great fight, for the debut of the 115 pound women's division. Claudia Gadelha kicked a lot of ass, beating up Lahdemaki with Muay Thai knees in the first round, dominating her with her wrestling, and almost finishing her with a neck crank / rear-naked choke. The second round was a little more even, and I actually gave that one to Lahdemaki for seeming to have more energy, and she was more aggressive with her striking. The third round I KIND of wanted to give to Lahdemaki too, but Gadelha sealed the deal with a nice takedown at the end of the round, and beat up Lahdemaki some more. So yeah, solid debut for both fighters, and I look forward to watching them both fight again in the future. All 3 judges gave it to Gadelha, and one judge even gave it to her, 30-26, I'm assuming the 10-8 round was from her dominant performance in the first round.
      This was an ASS BEATING, delivered by Yosdenis Cedeno. He started the fight off with a kick to the leg of Sanders, and from that point forward, Cedeno started launching brutal punches, beating the crap out of Sanders, almost knocking him out early, but Sanders was able to use his wrestling skills to get top position for a few seconds. Cedeno went for a leg lock, and used that to end up in top position, where he continued to beat the shit out of Sanders for the remainder of the first round. Once the bell rang, Sanders was barely able to wobble back to his corner due to a leg injury (probably from that first kick), so the doctor stopped the fight. Great win for Yosdenis Cedeno!
      Aljamain Sterling is quickly becoming one of my favorite fighters at 135, as he completely dominated Viana this entire fight, taking him to the ground, showing that he is the FAR superior wrestler, and after controlling him for two full rounds, he decided to finish it in the third round, with some sudden ground & pound, where he SMASHED Viana's face with his fists, over and over again, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. It sort of looked like Viana tapped due to the punches, but I'm sort of unclear on that. Either way, AWESOME win by Aljamain Sterling.
      OH MY GOD! That's all I could say, every time I watched that highlight reel flurry at the end of this fight. That was fucking INSANE. As usual, Jessamyn Duke had a huge reach advantage, so the assumption was that she might pick apart Smith, but Leslie Smith beat the crap out of her for the entire fight, and about 2 minutes in, she launched a barrage of punches, a knees, and kicks to the head, and eventually a punch to the liver that knocked Duke to the ground, she just collapsed. Smith looked fucking INSANE at the end of this fight. That was fucking awesome, one of the best finishes I've seen in a women's fight in the UFC so far. Leslie Smith is fucking awesome.
      I've never been a fan of Pat Healy, and this makes 4 losses in a row for Healy, inside the UFC, so are we done with him yet? Gleison Tibau pretty much dominated him in AT LEAST 2 of these fights, with nice takedowns, he landed some hard punches, Tibau is the man. Healy sort of started to make a comeback later in the fight, but in the end, I gave Tibau all 3 rounds, and for the most part, the judges agreed, giving the fight to Gleison Tibau.
      For some reason, I had a hard time getting excited about this fight. Lucas Martins won the first two rounds, by showing better striking skills, but it wasn't really that exciting at all. Eventually, in the third round, he landed a big punch, knocked White on his ass, and the referee stopped the fight. Good win for Martins, but sort of a boring fight overall. I had a hard time paying attention to this one.
      BOOM! This was a pretty good fight. John Lineker always throws bombs, and Ozkilic knew it, so Ozkilic was able to take the fight to the ground in the first round, getting on Lineker's back, so I gave that round to Ozkilic. I gave the second round to Lineker for throwing great punches to the body of Ozkilic, wearing him down. The third round was pretty much just a great boxing match, with both guys showing solid striking, but Lineker eventually got the upperhand, and finished Ozkilic with a series of punches that caused him to collapse, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Great win for John Lineker.
      This was a pretty good fight between a couple of decent fighters that are ranked kind of low in the 155 division. Justin Salas looked sharp throughout most of this fight, throwing punches & knees, and causing Proctor's left eye to swell up to the size of a softball in the first round. Proctor made his comeback around the middle of the second round though, where he knocked Salas a bit loopy, Salas's legs kind of went out from under him, and he fell forward, where Proctor continued to beat him up until the referee stopped the fight. Good win for Joe Proctor, and disappointing loss for Justin Salas.
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      Why is Mafra still in the UFC? This is his second fight so far, and he never looks good. I don't want to see him fight again. With that being said, Rick Story really needed a win, he joined a new camp, came out, fought the same way he normally does, and after pretty much dominating Mafra with his wrestling skills for the entire fight, he eventually locked on the arm-triangle choke, and finished the fight via submission. Good win for Story, and like I said, Mafra shouldn't be in the UFC.
(Kick to the Body & Punches)
      This fight should have been AWESOME, but it ended up being "meh, ok..." while it lasted. The ending was pretty awesome, with Barboza landing a huge kick to the liver, that knocked Dunham to the ground, wincing in pain, and then Barboza finished him off with punches, but the rest of the fight was kind of slow paced and lacked any real action. Luckily, it ended pretty quickly. So congrats to Barboza for another impressive finish via some sort of kick.
(Head Kick)
      Now THIS was a good main event! Both of these guys are fighting for a contender spot, so this was a HUGE fight for both guys. The first round was VERY close, both guys showing good striking skills & good grappling skills. The second round had me nervous, because Cerrone landed a BEAUTIFUL kick to the body of Miller, and Miller collapsed, as if it were a groin shot, and the referee stopped the fight for a second to give him a break, but once they realized via replay that the kick was clean, the fight started back up again, and Cerrone continued to work on Miller's body with repeated kicks, eventually landing a kick to the head that knocked Miller to the ground like he just got hit with a baseball bat. Fucking AWESOME win for Donald Cerrone, and a great fight overall. I want to see this dude fight for a title!