(12/20/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Lyoto Machida - 94.8
2. Erick Silva - 92.4
3. Marcos Rogerio de Lima - 92.4
4. Leandro Issa - 92.3
5. Renan Barao - 92.1
6. Vitor Miranda - 92.1
7. Renato Carneiro - 92.0
8. Rashid Magomedov - 91.5
9. Tim Means - 91.3
10. Hacran Dias - 91.1
UFC Fight Night 58: Machida vs. Dollaway
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Elevation: 2,493'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Lyoto Machida vs. C.B. Dollaway
93.4
Fighters & Matches 89.7
Top 10 Fighters 92.2
TOTAL 91.0
89.2
TKO
(Head Kick & Punches)
4:59
     This was a pretty good fight. Jake Collier showed some decent striking skills, and was eventually able to take the fight to the ground, where he controlled Miranda. The problem is, Miranda got back up, and proved to be the superior striker, landing a big kick to the head, knocking Collier back against the cage, and Miranda followed it up with a series of punches that caused Collier to turtle up on the ground, and the referee stopped the fight. Really impressive first round finish for Vitor Miranda.
89.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was one hell of a fight, with Tim Means PRETTY MUCH beating the shit out of Alexandre for all 3 rounds. In the second round, Means landed a big knee to the head of Alexandre, while Alexandre's hand was on the ground, so of course Brazil was pissed about that, and Alexandre landed a few nice shots once the fight started back up after that foul. In my opinion, those knees should still be 100% legal though, so yeah, on my card, Tim Means dominated all 3 rounds, and 2 of the judges gave him the fight, 29-28, so congrats to Tim Means, for barely getting a split-decision victory in Brazil, over the Brazilian fighter.
89.9
Submission
(Neck Crank)
9:13
      This was a pretty good fight, with Issa beating Sasaki in pretty much every situation. While they were standing, Issa landed several really hard leg kicks, and he seemed to be able to take Sasaki to the ground at will, where he was able to dominate him with his grappling skills, completely smothering Sasaki for the majority of the fight, eventually getting on his back, where he was able to lock on a tight neck crank, forcing Sasaki to submit. Awesome win for Leandro Issa.
89.5
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight, but I can't help but feel disappointed, because more often than not, I usually want to see Darren Elkins win his fights. With that being said, I can't really dispute this decision at all, because Dias kind of dominated him for AT LEAST two of the rounds, if not all three. I gave the third round to Elkins based mostly on a choke he attempted, but in the end, this was a pretty clear cut decision for Hacran Dias, and also a pretty huge win, since I personally had Elkins ranked a lot higher than Dias going into this fight.
89.0
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:30
      So far this has been a surprisingly good card, it just sucks that none of these guys are really ranked anywhere. With that being said, Carneiro basically beat up Niinimaki in the first round with his striking. The second round looked like more of the same, until Carneiro got the fight to the ground, where he mounted Niinimaki, and finished him with a rear-naked choke. I believe that makes 3 losses in a row for Niinimaki in the UFC, so as far as I'm concerned, he can pack his bags. Carneiro on the other hand, I'll be interested to see him fight someone with a better record than Niinamki's recent list of failures. This was especially impressive because I believe Carneiro took this fight on 9 days notice.
89.2
TKO
(Punches)
1:59
      Wow, I feel kind of bad for Igor Pokrajac. This fight started off kind of slow, with the much larger Marcos, pinning Pokrajac against the cage for the first minute or so, sort of stalling in a boring fashion. Once the referee separated them though, fists started flying, Lima clipped Pokrajac, knocked him to the ground kind of hard, he then jumped on him, punched him a few more times, and the referee stopped the fight. Pokrajac was still defending himself though, so I think this fight was stopped a little bit early. The only reason I'm sort of sensitive about it though, is because this BASICALLY makes a 5-Fight losing streak, for Pokrajac, who at this point, will probably have a really difficult time convincing the UFC to keep him employed.
88.2
TKO
(Finger Injury)
6:01
      This fight was pretty decent, with both guys kind of winging big punches at each other. I gave the first round to Dos Santos, but it was kind of close. The second round had Sarafian moving in with a flurry of punches, Santos tried to counter with punches of his own, and somehow he dislocated his finger during the exchange, so he waved to the referee to pause the fight (which obviously you can't do) so the referee stopped the fight. Santos popped his finger back into place and then wanted to continue, but by then it was too late. Decent fight while it lasted though.
89.3
Technical Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
1:15
      Well, this would have been an awesome fight, but who is Mike Rhodes? This dude came into this fight on a 2-Fight losing streak, and this fight makes three, because Silva kicked the shit out of him, took the fight to the ground, escaped the weak guillotine attempt by Rhodes, and then finished him in just a little bit over a minute in the first round, with an arm-triangle choke. Nice win, but Erick Silva should really be fighting tougher competition than this.
89.6
TKO
(Punches)
14:57
      This fight started out pretty decently, with Magomedov winning the first two rounds, but once the third round started, they both looked kind of tired, and the fight started to get a bit boring. Luckily, with about 30 seconds left, Magomedov went crazy, and beat the shit out of Silverio, finishing him with a series of punches from every possible direction. Really nice win by Rashid Magomedov.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      Antonio Carlos Jr. went for some leg locks in the first round, failed, got tired, and then got completely smothered by Patrick Cummins for the last 13 minutes or so of this fight. So yeah, Cummins pretty much beat his ass, taking him down in every round, controlling him, and punching him in the face. Congrats to Cummins for a very clear one-sided decision victory.
90.8
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
13:53
      Eh, I think I was one of the few people in the world that actually wanted Mitch Gagnon to win this fight. With that being said, I gave Gagnon the second round, but just barely. The rest of the fight was 100% Renan Barao, beating up Gagnon on the feet, defending perfectly against Gagnon's takedown attempts, and eventually, Barao took the fight to the ground in the the third round, capitalizing on a weak takedown attempt by Gagnon, and Barao finished him with a choke, forcing Gagnon to submit quickly.
93.4
TKO
(Kick to the Body & Punches)
1:02
      OH SHIT! That was fucking brutal. This fight started out decent, some sharp kicks by both guys, but once Machida REALLY unloaded, he launched an INSANE kick to the stomach, causing Dollaway to collapse by the cage, where Machida was able to rip his head off with brutal punches, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was fucking insane. Lyoto Machida is scary as fuck.
OVERALL 91.0
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