(12/13/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Ian Entwistle - 92.6
2. Matt Mitrione - 92.6
3. Bryan Barberena - 92.2
4. John Moraga - 91.9
5. Henry Cejudo - 91.8
6. Rafael dos Anjos - 91.7
7. Alistair Overeem - 91.6
8. Ben Saunders - 91.5
9. Joanna Jedrzejczyk - 91.0
10. Claudia Gadelha - 91.0
UFC on Fox 13: Dos Santos vs. Miocic
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Elevation: 1,086'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Junior dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic
90.6
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.8
TOTAL 90.6
89.4
Submission
(Heel Hook)
1:04
     This was a pretty fun fight for me to watch, I love those leg locks! Entwistle pretty much went for the heel hook immediately in the fight, and Birchak rolled around for a full minute trying to escape, and he slammed some hard punches into the face of Entwistle, but he was relentless and eventually forced Birchak to submit to that heel hook. Awesome win for Ian Entwistle.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      Wow, Henry Cejudo is kind of badass! He showed off his boxing skills, beating up Kimura for the entire fight, leaving him with tons of cuts on his face. Cejudo also threw some BRUTAL leg kicks. And apparently he's a great wrestler as well? He didn't really show that part of his game in this fight, but he didn't really need to, since he was clearly outclassing Kimura on the feet. So yeah, that was a pretty fantastic UFC debut for Henry Cejudo, and I'm going to be VERY interested in seeing where he goes from here.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      This fight was ok I guess. I was a little bit disappointed by the results though. Michaud won the first round by basically controlled the fight. The second round I gave to Whiteley, even though Michaud took him to the ground, and was on top the entire round, Whiteley turned Michaud into a bloody mess, throwing elbows from his guard. The third round I gave to Whiteley as well, for beating up Michaud, even though Michaud secured a couple of takedowns. Michaud basically got one of those "wrestler on top" wins, even though Whiteley did WAY more damage. So whatever... Decent competitive fight I guess, but neither of these guys are Top 50 fighters at 155, so it's kind of hard to get into undercard fights like this.
90.5
TKO
(Punches)
13:24
      Fuck yeah! I've never heard of Bryan Barberena, but he might be my new favorite fighter at 155. Ellenberger probably won the first round, by sort of controlling the fight, but from the second round on, Barberena fucking DESTROYED Ellenberger, throwing brutal punches, and just smashing the fuck out of him, until Ellenberger buckled against the cage, and eventually was stopped by the brutal ground & pound. Bryan Barberena is a bad bad man! And it's worth noting that he took this fight on short notice as well, so that makes this UFC debut even that much more impressive.
87.6
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:52
      Well that's fucking awful. Jamie Varner has had a huge string of bad luck, horrible injuries, lots of losses, he used to be on top of the world in the WEC, and as of late, he's been going downhill quickly. In this fight, Varner grabbed both of Dober's arms, and tried to suplex him, but he landed on his own head, knocking himself unconscious for a few seconds, which was just enough time for Dober to get the full mount, and eventually lock on a rear-naked choke for an early submission victory. I didn't even have Dober ranked in the Top 100 at 155 going into this fight, so this was a horrible way for Varner to go out. Especially since he announced his retirement after this fight, in his hometown. This fight was sad.
88.5
TKO
(Neck Injury)
0:57
      Fuck man... Are you serious? After the Jamie Varner fiasco in the fight before this one, here we are again, with another Arizona guy, Joe Riggs, grabbing Saunders, trying to slam him to the ground, and Riggs tweaked his own neck on the way down, apparently his arm went numb or something, so he tapped out while Saunders had him in mission control. So, it wasn't even a submission move, it was just... a bad technique on the takedown by Riggs. What a disappointing return to the octagon since it's been 8 years since Riggs fought in the UFC. I'm glad Saunders got the win though, I've always liked him, so I hope he continues to climb up the rankings in this division.
89.6
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
14:06
      This fight was pretty dramatic. Willie Gates kicked Moraga in the nuts twice in the first round, the second time, the referee refused to stop the fight, but Moraga was clearly in pain, walking away because he was sure the fight would be paused. Since the referee told them to continue to fight, Gates landed a big punch that planted Moraga on his ass, where Gates was able to get on top of him, and go for the rear-naked choke. As the crowd filled with boooooooo, Moraga was able to comeback from that adversity, and he ended up dominating Gates for the next two rounds, before finally finishing the fight with a rear-naked choke of his own, which the crowd was pretty excited about. So, good fight overall, and I feel kind of bad for Gates, because it LOOKED like a cheap shot, but since the referee told them to keep fighting, then he was totally in the clear, but the fans still seemed to hold it against him. Either way, really nice comeback victory for John Moraga.
90.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      OH MAN! This fight was hard to score. I thought Claudia Gadelha BASICALLY won all 3 rounds, but Joanna nearly knocked her out at the end of the first round with a big uppercut, so I gave that round to Joanna. The second round, Gadelha clearly won that round. The third round was a hell of a scrap, and I was going to give it to Gadelha, but after the round ended, Gadelha landed a late kick to the body, followed by a BLATANTLY late punch to the face, while the referee was in between the two girls. So... Based on Gadelha's horrible sportsmanship, I gave the third round to Joanna, and I think two of the judges probably agreed with that logic, which is why Joanna won this fight via split-decision.
90.3
TKO
(Punches)
1:59
      Yes! I've been a fan of Matt Mitrione for a while now, considering him one of the top heavyweights in the division, but I feel like he's still not being taken seriously. Well after this, I'm really hoping that the UFC will start taking him more seriously, because taking out Gabriel Gonzaga in 2 minutes of the first round is a pretty decent name to have on your record.
89.4
TKO
(Punches)
4:13
      Well that was kind of a weird fight. Neither guy seemed like they wanted to engage at the start of the fight, so it was kind of boring for a minute or two, and then Overeem went for a random tornado slam, grabbing Struve, and spinning around wildly until he got him to the ground, at which point, he basically just sat in Struve's guard (which is a bad place for most guys to be), but eventually, after some more clunky action, Overeem pinned him against the cage, and punched him in the face until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Pretty big win for Overeem, but really strange gameplan for a striker like him.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      Man, I don't know what was up with Nate Diaz in this fight. He didn't even come CLOSE to making weight. Once the fight started, he got kicked in the legs a few times, and that pretty much shut him down for the rest of the fight, allowing Rafael dos Anjos to dominate him for the entire fight. So yeah, if this was supposed to be some sort of rebellious statement by Diaz, suggesting he deserves more money or some shit, then this fight really backfired on him. Congrats to Dos Anjos for a pretty big win though, and I agree with him, he should get a title shot sometime soon.
90.6
Decision
25:00
      This was a pretty good fight, between two of the top heavyweights, and it probably could have gone either way. It was a 5 round war, hard to score, I personally gave it to Miocic, but I can't really argue with Dos Santos winning either. I can't really give a play by play of 25 minutes worth of punching each other in the face, but it was basically a bloody boxing match, with Dos Santos earning the unanimous decision victory. I just think it sucks, because personally, I'm kind of sick of watching him & Velasquez going back & forth for the belt.
OVERALL 90.6
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