(10/25/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Jose Aldo - 93.2
2. Wilson Reis - 92.9
3. Gilbert Burns - 92.2
4. Tony Martin - 91.8
5. Andre Fili - 91.8
6. Yan Cabral - 91.4
7. Neil Magny - 91.3
8. Phil Davis - 90.9
9. Chad Mendes - 90.9
10. Scott Jorgensen - 90.9
UFC 179: Aldo vs. Mendes 2
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Elevation: 1,675'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes
93.0
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.5
88.4
Submission
(Kimura)
4:16
     This was a decent fight. I didn't have either of these guys ranked in the Top 90 of the division, so this was a fight destined for the undercard if I've ever seen one. With that being said, it started kind of slow, but then Martin slammed Camoes to the ground, went for a Kimura, and after several minutes of cranking on that submission, Camoes finally tapped out. Really nice first round submission victory for Tony Martin.
89.4
Submission
(Armbar)
4:57
      This was a pretty good fight. It started with a kick to the balls for Giagos, welcoming him to the Octagon for his debut with style. Once he was able to fight again, Gilbert Burns basically dominated him, taking him to the ground, climbing onto his back, and then with less than 10 seconds left in the round, he locked on a TIGHT armbar from the back, forcing Giagos to squirm around and tap with his feet & free hand. Awesome win for Gilbert Burns!
89.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty great scrap, with lots of scrambling, and both guys having some really nice shining moments. I was going to give the first round to Arantes, because he started out looking pretty strong, but I ended up giving that round to Fili, for coming back near the end and beating up Arantes a bit. From that point forward, I thought Fili won the rest of the fight, even though it was competitive, so I gave Fili the fight, 30-27, and all three judges gave him the fight as well, 29-28.
91.4
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
3:28
      This was a pretty awesome fight between a couple of guys fighting their way into the Top 10 at 125. Scott Jorgensen failed to make weight coming into this fight, so that was disappointing, but I guess it didn't make a difference, because after a solid start by Jorgensen, Reis quickly reversed the tide, and took Jorgensen to the ground after landing a huge kick to the body that broke the rib of Jorgensen. Once they were on the ground, it didn't take long for Reis to lock on an arm-triangle choke, forcing Jorgensen to submit. Pretty great fight, and huge win for Wilson Reis.
88.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:06
      This was pretty much a one-sided fight, with Yan Cabral overpowering Kotani for the entire fight, taking him down to the ground repeatedly, normally by grabbing him and just dragging him to the ground. In the first round he beat him up quite a bit, and in the second round, he got on his back, and locked on a rear-naked choke for the submission victory. Nice win for Yan Cabral.
89.4
TKO
(Punches)
12:40
      That was a pretty decent fight, with Magny pretty much beating up Macario for the entire fight. The first round was kind of slow, but I gave it to Magny. The second round had Macario getting Magny to turtle up near the cage, and Macario started throwing big punches, but he kept missing, very sloppy ground & pound, so Magny was able to escape, and then beat up Macario for the rest of the round. The third round had Magny beating up Macario, until he eventually got him to the ground, punched him in the face repeatedly, and finished the fight. This makes 5 wins in one year for Neil Magny, that's a noteworthy accomplishment for any fighter!
87.7
Decision
15:00
      Beneil Dariush pretty clearly won this fight, grinding out a 15 minute decision, by taking Ferreira to the ground, keeping him clinched, and beating him up with punches and knees. Congrats to Dariush for the win, but not exactly the most exciting fight I've seen tonight.
86.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Wow, so far the undercard was WAY better than this PPV has been. This was a pretty big fight for the division, with both guys battling to secure a spot in the Top 10, but it was a pretty boring fight overall. Elkins probably won most of the rounds by holding Martins in the clinch, and controlling the pace of the fight (but he didn't do any damage at all). Martins beat up Elkins a bit with his striking, and left the face of Elkins looking a bit smashed. So I WANTED Elkins to win, but I thought Martins did more damage, one judge gave it to Martins, 30-27, and the other two judges gave it to Elkins, 30-27. At this point though, I KIND of wish Martins would have won, that was a boring as way to grind out a decision by Elkins.
88.4
TKO
(Punches)
9:06
      This was an ok fight I guess? Stringer pretty much dominated the first round, taking Maldonado to the ground early, and controlling him for the entire round. The second round looked like it'd be more of the same, until Maldonado finally got on top, and was able to punch Stringer in the face repeatedly, eventually forcing the referee to stop the fight. Nice win for Maldonado I guess, but I don't have either of these guys in the Top 20 of this weight class, so it's kind of weird to see them on the main card of a PPV like this.
89.5
Decision
15:00
      This fight was probably the biggest fight on the card for me, but it sucks because Glover didn't even really show up. He got dominated by Phil Davis for all 3 rounds, taken to the ground, and Davis just beat him up. I don't know if Teixeira even landed a single shot. Very poor performance for Teixeira, and really nice big win for Phil Davis. The most interesting part was probably after the fight, when Davis said people have been calling him the Brazilian Killer (he's in Brazil right now, keep that in mind), and then he called out Anderson Silva. Interesting tactic I guess, but it sort of makes sense, try to take out the greatest of all time, as he's near the end of his career. I hadn't thought about that fight before this, but now that he mentions it, I wouldn't mind seeing it?
93.0
Decision
25:00
      Now THAT was a fucking fight! It was a really close fight, with lots of back & forth action, both guys rocked each other, both guys showed solid wrestling skills (Aldo even got full mount in the first round), and both guys showed stellar striking, but Aldo's striking is fucking amazing. So yeah, in the end, I gave the fight to Jose Aldo, 49-46, and all 3 judges agreed. I know SOME people thought Mendes won, but yeah, I'm going to say this was a good decision, and a tremendous win for Jose Aldo.
OVERALL 90.5
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