(10/4/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Albert Tumenov - 94.1
2. Pedro Munhoz - 93.2
3. Daron Cruickshank - 91.5
4. Raphael Assuncao - 91.5
5. Rory MacDonald - 91.3
6. Nordine Taleb - 91.2
7. Jingliang Li - 91.0
8. Mitch Gagnon - 90.9
9. Olivier Aubin-Mercier - 90.8
10. Elias Theodorou - 90.8
UFC Fight Night 54: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Elevation: 82'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Albert Tumenov vs. Matt Dwyer
91.4
Fighters & Matches 89.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.3
89.9
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:39
     Wow! That was nice! Sanders threw a kick, shot for a takedown, Munhoz sprawled, locked on a TIGHT guillotine choke, with his legs over the shoulders of Sanders. Sanders picked him up, tried to slam him, Munhoz refused to loosen his grip, so Sanders was forced to submit. Awesome quick win for Pedro Munhoz!
91.4
KO
(Head Kick & Punches)
1:03
      HOLY SHIT! This was one of those finishes that left everyone speechless. Dwyer had a huge height advantage (6'4"), so when Tumenov lifted his front leg all the way up there, and smacked the shit out of Dwyer's face, knocking him to the ground, the crowd erupted. Tumenov then hit him with some punches as Dwyer tried to stand back up. Tumenov then kicked him square in the face with his shin again, knocked him back down, landed one more clean punch to the face, and it was over. Albert Tumenov looked incredible in this fight.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      This was a good fight. Patrick Holohan pretty much dominated Kelades in the first round, taking the fight to the ground, and putting Kelades in some dangerous positions. From that point forward though, Kelades went a little nuts, and beat the crap out of Holohan for the last two rounds. So congrats to Kelades on a big win for his UFC debut, with only 5 days notice!
87.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was ok I guess. It was a REALLY close fight, that was hard to score. I gave the first round JUST BARELY to Saggo, but it really could have gone either way. The second round I gave to Felder. The third round was pretty much a draw, until the last 20 seconds or so, where Saggo nearly finished Felder with punches, and then locked on an armbar during the last 2 seconds of the fight. So in the end, I gave the fight to Saggo, but I can't really argue the win going to Felder either.
87.9
Submission
(Inverted Triangle Kimura)
8:22
      This fight was ok. Mercier won the first fight by being slightly more active, and controlling the pace of the fight. Not a very exciting first round though. The second round was more of the same, with Lindsey showing some decent striking, but ultimately, Mercier got him to the ground again, got sort of a side mount, locked on an inverted triangle, sort of went for a Kimura, and Lindsey was forced to submit. Nice submission, but not a very exciting fight overall. It was kind of hard to tell what exactly caused Lindsey to tap, but after the fight, apparently he said it was his shoulder, so it must have been mostly from the armlock.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight, between two really good strikers. Cruickshank won the majority of the exchanges in this fight, so if it would have stayed standing, it would have been close, but I still probably would have given the fight to Cruickshank. The really impressive part though, is that Cruickshank took Njokuani down several times, and not just basic takedowns, but Matt Hughes style "pick him up and run across the octagon" before slamming him to the ground. So yeah, really good showing by Daron Cruickshank, and Njokuani just wasn't able to get anything going in this fight, seeming to be a little frozen or something. Still, pretty good fight, and nice win for Cruickshank.
89.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:06
      Mitch Gagnon is building up one hell of a winning streak in the UFC, this win marking his fourth win in a row. Salazar tried to keep the fight standing, but it only took two minutes for Gagnon to drag him to the ground, get on his back, and finished the fight with the rear-naked choke. To be fair, Salazar fought about 2 weeks ago in another organization, and took this fight on 5 days notice, so he deserves another fair shot in the UFC, but a nice win for Gagnon none-the-less.
88.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a REALLY close fight. I pretty much had the fight scored as a draw, all the way up until the last 30 seconds or so, where I felt like Taleb sort of pulled away with the victory. I gave Taleb the first round, Li the second round, and by the third round, they were both bloody messes. So yeah, good fight I guess, but I would have liked to see them try to finish each other. Congrats to Taleb for the split-decision victory.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      This was a very close, competitive fight. I gave Bruno the second round, for taking Theodorou to the ground repeatedly, and riding his back for most of the round, looking for a rear-naked choke. I gave Theodorou the third round, for the same reason, multiple takedowns, rear-naked choke attempt, and he even beat up Santos with more strikes. So ultimately, it comes down to the first round, and I thought Santos landed more harder strikes, and was more active with his takedowns, so I'd PROBABLY have to give this fight to Santos, but since Theodorou REALLY dominated in the third round, I kind of wanted to give the win to Theodorou, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Theodorou the unanimous decision victory. I have to admit though, it's KIND OF BULLSHIT, that they didn't AT LEAST give Santos the second round, since all 3 judges scored the fight, 30-27. I'm getting kind of sick of these "hometown" scoring tactics.
87.2
Decision
15:00
      I wasn't really into this fight at all. In my opinion, this fight should have had "undercard" written all over it. Chad Laprise pretty clearly won all 3 rounds, by taking Cedeno down in all 3 rounds, and landing more punches, but... I just wasn't into this fight at all. So yeah, congrats to Laprise for winning the fight, but I didn't even have these guys ranked in the Top 50 at 155 going into this fight. It's hard to really give a shit about either guy at this point.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight, but both guys looked a little awkward for the entire 15 minutes. Assuncao landed nearly twice as many strikes though, including a % of landed strikes that was about twice as accurate as Caraway. Caraway secured a couple of takedowns, but didn't really do anything with any of the takedowns. So in the end, I gave all 3 rounds to Raphael Assuncao, and all 3 judges agreed. It kind of sucks that this fight wasn't more exciting though, since it was the only fight on the card that I personally had both guys ranked in the Top 5 of their weight division, so I really expected this one to be the fight of the night. Still, decent performance by both guys, and congrats to Assuncao for his now, 7-Fight winning streak. I had Assuncao ranked at #1 in the division going into this fight, so at this point, I REALLY DO believe that he deserves a title shot.
89.8
TKO
(Punches)
11:28
      This fight was ok. The first two rounds just kind of seemed to float by, somewhat casually, with both guys looking decent, but MacDonald probably got the better of most of the striking exchanges. Saffiedine showed some strong leg kicks though, and damaged Rory's leg a bit. The third round though, about a minute in, MacDonald threw a big punch, knocking Saffiedine on his ass, and then he followed it up with some turtle uppercuts, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Really nice win by Rory MacDonald, and I would assume this has to put him pretty close to a title shot, eh? (See what I did there? Since he's Canadian? Eh?)
OVERALL 90.3
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