100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Patrick Holohan - 93.9
2. Conor McGregor - 93.4
3. Nikita Krylov - 93.0
4. Norman Parke - 92.8
5. Mike King - 92.6
6. Cathal Pendred - 92.5
7. Cody Donovan - 91.5
8. Gunnar Nelson - 91.1
9. Ian McCall - 91.0
10. Ilir Latifi - 90.9
UFC Fight Night 46: McGregor vs. Brandao
Location: Leinster, Ireland
Elevation: 387'
-Fight of the Night-
Patrick Holohan vs. Josh Sampo
Fighters & Matches 90.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 91.3
(Rear-Naked Choke)
     Holy shit! Normally these undercard fights have like, 12 people in the audience or some shit, but Ireland is fucking PACKED full of people, because they wanted to see their undefeated hometown fighter start off the card, Patrick Holohan. He went fucking NUTS! He came out, beat the shit out of Sampo for a minute with wild striking, clipped him, knocked him to the ground, tried to beat him up on the ground, Sampo went for an armbar, and SOMEHOW Holohan transitioned from being caught in an armbar, to immediately grabbing a rear-naked choke, and finishing Sampo. Patrick Holohan is an exciting fighter! This card couldn't have had a better start!
      This fight was pretty similar to the first fight of the night, with the hometown fighter, Donovan, putting up a hell of a fight, both guys were very competitive, lots of good grappling, lots of good back & forth boxing, eventually, Donovan got the rear-naked choke, and everyone thought the fight would end the same way the first fight ended, but Krylov was able to escape, get on top, and then he punched Donovan in the head repeatedly until the referee stopped the fight, just a few seconds before the end of the round. Good fight overall, and nice win for Nikita Krylov.
      Well, not all fights can be dynamite I guess. This was a pretty close fight after the first couple of rounds, with the first round going to Troeng for pushing Smith up against the fence for most of the round. The second round went to Smith for taking the fight to the ground, and locking on a guillotine choke near the end of the round. The third round was pretty much a repeat of the second round, so I gave the fight to Trevor Smith, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Well that was interesting. Mike King came out like a ball of fire, taking the fight to the ground quickly, and just ABSOLUTELY DESTROYING Pendred for the entire first round, full mount, ground & pound, several submission attempts, Mike King looked like a fucking wild animal. He clearly ran out of gas after the first 5 minutes though, because he had NO energy once the second round started, so Pendred slowly picked him apart, eventually got on his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and King literally fell asleep 2 seconds into the choke. It was probably the fastest "put to sleep" moment I've ever seen in the Octagon. It didn't even look like the choke was on that tight. So yeah, either way, one of the most amazing comebacks I've ever seen, but King REALLY needs to work on his gas tank, because blowing it all in the first round isn't a good idea, unless you're actually able to finish the job. Still, fun fight while it lasted.
      This was a pretty decent fight, mostly because one of the guys (Seery) was Irish, so the crowd made it exciting. In the end though, it was pretty much just a typical boxing match, with Seery winning most of the exchanges, which won at least 2 of the rounds on my scorecard (1st & 3rd for Seery), and I gave the second round to Harris, but it was close. All 3 judges gave all 3 rounds to Seery, so he wins via unanimous decision.
      This fight sort of felt like a slow clunky boxing match, so I'm glad that it ended fairly quickly, with Ilir Latifi landing a big punch, Dempsey sort of collapsed by the cage, Latifi landed a few more bonus punches, but they probably weren't necessary. Not a great fight, but it was cool to see a nice little knockout on this card.
      This was a pretty good fight. The story of it basically consists of, Norman Parke taking the fight to the ground, and throwing elbows at the head of Kotani at the end of each round, until eventually the referee was forced to stop the fight. Parke's ground & pound looked excellent in this fight, and I was actually kind of shocked by how easily he was able to out-wrestle Kotani. With that being said, Kotani came into this fight on a HUGE winning streak (13 fights or some shit?) The UFC is like his Kryptonite or some shit though, as he hasn't fought here since 2007, and he's NEVER won a fight in the UFC. So yeah, great win for Norman Parke, and another disappointing UFC performance by Naoyuki Kotani.
      This was a pretty good fight between a couple of guys battling around the Top 10 rankings at 125. IT was a pretty close fight for the most part, but I ended up giving all 3 rounds to Ian McCall, he just seemed to be more active, landed a few more strikes, and controlled most of the ground game. Pickett put up a decent fight though. As usual though, with these 125 pound fighters, neither guy really came anywhere close to finishing it, which sucks. But yeah, decent fight overall, and I'm glad McCall got the victory.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Most of this fight was kind of boring, with both guys sort of playing the "counter" game, where neither one really wanted to throw much offense for the first 8 minutes or so. Eventually though, Cummings kind of shot in, Nelson grabbed a guillotine, transitioned to a rear-naked choke EXTREMELY quickly, and then he beat up Cummings by punching him in the face, and the body from his back, and eventually locked on the rear-naked choke, forcing him to tap with only about 10 seconds left in the second round. Great win for Gunnar Nelson, making his UFC career 4-0 so far, but I would have liked to see more action in the first round (for future reference).
      This was a good main event, with both guys throwing wild kicks at the start of the fight, and landing, and eventually, after 4 minutes of pretty hardcore brawling, McGregor landed a big punch, knocked Brandao to the ground, he finished him off with punches, and the referee stopped the fight. Great win for Conor McGregor in his home country of Ireland. I'm not 100% sure if he's ready for a title shot against Jose Aldo, but he has to be getting up there into the Top 5 at 145 rankings. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what's next for Conor McGregor.