(11/22/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Frankie Edgar - 93.8
2. Paige VanZant - 92.8
3. Chico Camus - 92.7
4. Akbarh Arreola - 92.4
5. Edson Barboza - 92.1
6. Alexey Oleynik - 92.0
7. Joseph Benavidez - 91.8
8. Doo Ho Choi - 91.4
9. Matt Wiman - 91.2
10. Ruslan Magomedov - 91.0
UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson
Location: Austin, Texas
Elevation: 489'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
93.5
Fighters & Matches 89.7
Top 10 Fighters 92.1
TOTAL 90.9
88.3
TKO
(Punches)
0:18
     That was a nice debut by a guy I've never heard of. Juan Manuel Puig isn't exactly a showstopper from what I've seen, but Choi came in, punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground, and then started firing shots at his face on the ground, with a fist like a rifle, finishing the fight in under 20 seconds. I'll definitely be looking forward to his next fight in the UFC.
90.1
TKO
(Punches)
12:54
      This was a really good fight by a couple of UFC newcomers. I think I'm going to dig this 115 pound women's weight class, once they get the ball rolling and get a title out there on the line. But yeah, the first round was close, but I gave it to VanZant. The second round I gave to Curran (which most people disagree with) but she had a nice throw, and a takedown that I thought secured that round. The third round had VanZant stomping the shit out of Curran's feet, eventually knocking her off balance, taking her to the ground, and then she beat the shit out of her with punches while pinning her against the cage on the ground. So yeah, really nice win for VanZant, and she even showed some solid submission skills in the first round. Great fight by both fighters.
89.4
Submission
(Armbar)
1:52
      I like Yves Edwards, but dude needs to go to Bellator or something at this point. He's lost his last 5 fights in the UFC (in my opinion), one was a no-contest, but still... Akbarh basically beat the shit out of him in this fight, with big punches, a head kick, dominated him with his grappling, got the full mount a couple of times, and finished the fight with an armbar. Akbarh looked good, but Yves Edwards looked like he SERIOUSLY doesn't belong in the UFC anymore.
87.2
Decision
15:00
      Well... I'm glad that fight is over. Vick used his reach to pick apart Hein in most of the rounds. Hein got him on the ground in the first round, but Vick was able to flip him back over, so that Vick was on top. In the end, I gave Vick all 3 rounds, and for the most part, the judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory. It sort of got old watching Vick run away to keep his distance in the third round though.
88.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was ok. Barnatt had the reach advantage (obviously), and he did a decent job of keep a decent paced fight going, for the most part. I gave the first round to Narvaez, and the second round to Barnatt. Narvaez DESTROYED Barnatt in the third round though, landing a head kick that wobbled Barnatt, after that, Narvaez attacked him, and beat the crap out of him for the final 4 minutes or so. So yeah, in my opinion, this fight was easy to score, in favor of Narvaez, and two of the judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      I would LIKE to say this was a close fight, since it went to a decision, but really, this fight basically consisted of Ruslan landing better punches, kicks & knees, for the entire fight, basically punking Copeland for the entire 15 minutes. There were a few moments where Copeland proved to be pretty tough, coming forward like the Terminator, but he never had Ruslan in any trouble, so I gave all 3 rounds to Ruslan Magomedov, and all 3 judges agreed. Copeland went wild at the end of the fight, attempting to take Ruslan's head off, but Ruslan ducked the punches, and took Copeland to the ground. Ruslan looked pretty solid in this fight.
89.4
Decision
15:00
      I've always liked Matt Wiman, he always puts up a pretty good fight, so it's nice to see him return after a fairly long absence. He took the fight to Vallie-Flagg and PRETTY MUCH beat him all 3 rounds. I might have given the second round to Vallie-Flagg, he showed some solid boxing skills, but for the most part, this fight was all Wiman, so it's not surprising that he won the unanimous decision.
90.4
Decision
15:00
      This was one hell of a fight between a couple of the top little guys in the sport. Benavidez is a maniac, constantly coming forward, never running out of energy, throwing wild strikes, and showing excellent grappling skills, for 15 minutes of nonstop fighting. Ortiz was able to keep up with him, pace-wise, but his striking didn't land nearly as much as Benavidez, and he also wasn't able to quite keep up with the grappling skills of Benavidez. Great fight overall, but clearly a decision going in the favor of Joseph Benavidez for all 3 rounds.
91.3
KO
(Punches)
3:21
      Oh shit! This fight had two heavyweight bulls, going head to head, throwing bombs, with Rosholt getting the better of the majority of the exchanges, and just as Oleinik looked like he was starting to get tired, he planted Rosholt on the floor with a big punch, and then finished him with a series of hammerfists, leaving Rosholt on the floor in a daze. AWESOME comeback for Oleinik, and pretty great fight overall.
89.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Wow! Chico Camus looked super impressive in this fight, and I'm not really clear how they had a split-decision, with one judge giving all 3 rounds to Pickett. Camus clearly won AT LEAST 2 rounds in my opinion, and I actually gave him all 3. His footwork was nothing short of amazing, his boxing was crisp, Pickett tried to slam him at one point, and at the end of the throw, Camus was magically still standing, while Pickett almost fell face first. Camus just looked super slick in this fight, and beat one of the more impressive fighters in the weight class. Really good fight overall.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight, but kind of weird. Bobby Green spent the entire fight chasing Barboza, shaking his head, brushing his shoulders off, acting like nothing hurt (even though he nearly got knocked out by a kick to the head, and almost got thrown out of the octagon due to a huge spinning kick to the body). Barboza on the other hand, kept calm, and picked apart Green for the majority of the fight, always keeping his distances. In the end, I gave at least the first two rounds to Barboza, and the judges agreed, giving all 3 rounds to Barboza for the unanimous decision victory.
93.5
Submission
(Neck Crank)
24:56
      That was fucking insane... Going into this fight, I actually had Cub Swanson ranked as the #1 fighter at 145, it's hard to argue with a 6 fight winning streak, with his last loss being over 3 years ago. With that being said, Frankie Edgar fucking DOMINATED him, for 25 full minutes, taking him to the ground in every round, and brutally beating him, leaving Swanson a bloody mess. Swanson showed some decent striking while standing, but his inability to defend the takedown, or get back up, left him looking like an amateur against the much sharper Frankie Edgar. Not happy with a unanimous decision victory though, Frankie Edgar locked on a choke, finishing the fight with only 4 seconds left on the clock. Amazingly dominating performance by Frankie Edgar against one of the toughest fighters in the division.
OVERALL 90.9
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