100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Thiago Tavares - 93.2
2. Ross Pearson - 91.9
3. Shawn Jordan - 91.7
4. Alan Jouban - 91.6
5. Tim Boetsch - 90.8
6. Ryan Bader - 90.5
7. Tom Watson - 90.2
8. Jussier da Silva - 90.0
9. Frankie Saenz - 89.9
10. Sara McMann - 89.9
UFC Fight Night 47: Bader vs. St. Preux
Location: Bangor, Maine
Elevation: 118'
-Fight of the Night-
Thiago Tavares vs. Robbie Peralta
Fighters & Matches 89.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.0
TOTAL 90.0
     It's hard enough getting excited about watching these smaller guys fight, but when it's this far buried into an undercard, between a couple of guys that I've never heard of, it's even harder to get pumped about it. Frankie Saenz pretty clearly won all 3 rounds, he had better striking, and was more aggressive overall, but it wasn't a very exciting fight, and I'm not necessarily that excited about seeing either guy fight again. Apparently Ticman would prefer to fight at 125, so maybe he'll perform better down there, but he didn't really have anything to show for himself against Saenz.
      This fight was ok. Tom Watson clearly won the first two rounds, throwing single kicks to the legs, and single punches here and there, basically picking him apart, while Alvey spent most of the fight backing up. The third round, Alvey knew he was losing, so he had a few moments where he threw some nice combinations, and I ended up giving him the third round, but in the end, I gave the fight to Tom Watson, and all 3 judges agreed.
      This was a pretty good fight, and a very close fight to try to score. McMann secured a takedown early in the first round, and controlled the round, but Murphy landed WAY more strikes from her back. So I gave that round to Murphy, but it could have gone either way. The second round I gave to McMann, for controlling again, and winning most of the boxing exchanges. The third round I gave to Murphy, for defending against the takedown, and again, landing a lot more strikes. So in the end, I personally gave the fight to Murphy, but it's hard to really argue either way. Technically I probably would have scored it a draw. Congrats to McMann for the split-decision victory though.
      This was a pretty decent fight. I think most people assumed Makovsky would win (going into the fight), but he got pretty much dominated for the first two rounds, with Jussier staying on Makovsky's back for the majority of the second round. Makovsky was able to take Jussier down in the third round, but was kept in the guard, so he probably won that round, but didn't do enough to win the fight overall. Nice win by Jussier da Silva.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Wow, that was a VERY one-sided fight. I really thought Peralta would win this one, but Tavares took him down early, got on his back, beat him up for the entire first round with some ground & pound, and finished him off with a rear-naked choke near the end of the first round. Thiago Tavares looks pretty badass at 145, Peralta on the other hand had a VERY disappointing night.
      That was a pretty good fight. Shawn Jordan secured a takedown in the first round, so he probably won that round, even though he ended up with a broken nose. The second round had May launching a barrage of punches, which I thought might finish Jordan, but Jordan was able to escape by securing another takedown. The third round was all about Jordan taking the fight to the ground, one last time, where he was able to pound on May's face until the referee stopped the fight. Jack May is a fun fighter to watch, he has potential, but it seems like he has a tendency to sort of burn out and quit a little sooner than he should. Really nice win by Shawn Jordan though, breaking his previous 2-Fight losing streak.
      Alan Jouban makes his UFC debut here, and he looks like a pretty solid striker, but he seemed a bit tight / nervous, so maybe his next fights he'll be able to loosen up a little? Either way, Baczynski rocked him with a punch at one point, but overall, Jouban's kick to the head, and his overall boxing skills were able to pick apart Baczynski, eventually finishing him with a knockout punch. Nice debut for Alan Jouban.
      Yeah! I guess? Going into this fight, I'm pretty sure most people agreed that Tavares would win, and Boetsch would end up losing his job with the UFC. The first round pretty much confirmed that, as Tavares busted up Boetsch's face with strikes, and was able to defend against the flat takedown attempts from Boetsch. The second round started, Tavares still looked to be in control, until Boetsch finally clipped him with a nice punch, Tavares fell back against the cage, Boetsch went after him, finished him with a few more punches, and the referee stopped the fight. Pretty great win by Boetsch, and good fight for Tavares, up until he got his ass handed to him.
      This was a pretty decent fight, and I'm glad that Ross Pearson won, since I still consider him to be a contender at 155. Gray Maynard on the other hand, has had a pretty lengthy string of bad luck at this point, with his last win being over 2 years ago. I feel like it might officially be time for him to give it up. The first round was close, I thought Pearson had better striking, but Maynard secured a couple of takedowns. The second round started slow, but Pearson eventually DESTROYED Maynard with some heavy punches, knocking him to the ground, and smashing his face like a jackhammer. Ross Pearson is pretty badass.
      This was a pretty decent main event, between a couple of Top 10 Fighters at 205. The problem is, neither guy really tried to finish the fight at all. Ryan Bader won rounds 2-4, by taking the fight to the ground over and over again (but never really doing anything once they were on the ground). I gave rounds 1 & 5 to St. Preux, for showing better striking, and in the fifth round, for some unknown reason, he took Bader to the ground (he probably should have kept the fight standing). Either way, I gave the fight to Ryan Bader, and all 3 judges agreed.