(1/18/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Lorenz Larkin - 93.8
2. Conor McGregor - 93.1
3. Johnny Case - 92.0
4. Uriah Hall - 91.8
5. Charles Rosa - 91.6
6. Patrick Holohan - 91.3
7. Donald Cerrone - 90.4
8. Cathal Pendred - 90.3
9. John Howard - 90.2
10. Joby Sanchez - 90.1
UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Siver
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Elevation: 141'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver
91.2
Fighters & Matches 88.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 89.9
86.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     I really wanted to get excited about this fight, but I just really don't like either of these fighters. Joby Sanchez is liked a 125 pound Beardless Arlovski, and Matsuda is that Japanese fighter that makes you THINK you know his name, until you see him fight, and then you're like... wait... who? The guy that got beat up by Chris Beal? Anyway... Matsuda looked good in the first half of the first round, but he ended up getting rocked, and almost finished, so I gave the first round to Joby Sanchez. The second round was boring, but I gave it to Sanchez. The third round was 100% Joby Sanchez, as he beat the crap out of Matsuda for most of the round. Plus, it's worth noting that Sanchez secured multiple takedowns spread throughout the fight. So yeah, I thought this was a pretty clear 30-27 for Sanchez, but was a little shocked that one of the judges tried to give the fight to Matsuda.
87.6
TKO
(Punches)
12:11
      Well, here we are with another fight that I didn't really want to watch at all. Both guys kind of threw sloppy strikes at each other, like a couple of big lumbering slugs, with the first round going to Van Buren for the knees he was landing. The second round went to O'Connell for his pressure. The second round had O'Connell finishing Van Buren on the feet, punching him in the head repeatedly, with Van Buren failing to defend himself intelligently. So yeah, kind of a lame fight, and it's hard to get excited about it, since personally, I thought O'Connell would lose, and then get booted from the UFC for a 3 fight losing streak. So, congrats for his first win I guess?
88.0
Submission
(Brabo Choke)
14:43
      This was a pretty decent fight. Soriano looked solid in the first round, even though Rosa took him to the ground, Soriano almost secured a triangle choke, so I gave him that round. The second round went to Rosa, for pretty much dominating Soriano. And by the third round, Soriano was so tired, it was barely even a fight anymore. Rosa was able to eventually secured a D'Arce choke, which Soriano tapped "once" to, so he was disputing the stoppage, but ultimately, he got choked out, so nice win by Charles Rosa.
89.4
TKO
(Punches)
11:54
      This was another good fight for Johnny Case. He was able to pretty much control the pace of the entire fight, dominating Perez with his grappling skills, winning the first two rounds pretty easily, and in the third round, he was able to finish off Perez with strikes on the ground. This guy might be someone to keep an eye on in the future.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      On one hand, Patrick Holohan looked awesome in this fight, completely dominating Howell from the opening bell. The problem is, he spent the vast majority of the fight, on Howell's back, with a rear-naked choke practically LOCKED ON, and he was still unable to finish the fight. So you COULD say that his dominant grappling skills were looking nice tonight, but on the other hand, you could argue that he really needs to work on his grappling, so that he can be sure to finish guys like this. There is no reason this fight should have lasted 15 minutes. Who is Shane Howell, other than the guy that Ray Borg choked unconscious in 2 minutes, during Howell's UFC debut?
86.3
Decision
15:00
      This was one of those longwinded 15 minute fights, that I could have done without. Lipeng Zhang hit Wade in the jimmy, 3 times, with a kick and a couple of knees, at various points in the first two rounds, which basically drained all of the excitement out of Wade. So the rest of the fight consisted of Wade taking Zhang to the ground, and grinding out a decision. Pretty boring fight, but a clear 30-26 fight, in favor of Wade.
90.8
TKO
(Punches)
2:17
      HOLY SHIT! Lorenz Larkin at 170 is fucking awesome. He was super fast, even during the slow motion replays, his fists were like fucking lightning. Howard landed a few solid kicks and punches in this fight, but for the most part, Larkin just danced around Howard, picking him apart with strikes, and eventually finished him off with some BRUTALLY FAST punches. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing Larkin climb the 170 pound ladder.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty close fight in my opinion. All 3 judges gave the fight to Pendred, everybody else gave it to Spencer, and I thought the fight was closer than anyone else thought it was. So... Pendred secured a couple of takedowns in the first round, but he got beat up on the feet. The second round was more of the same, with Pendred going for a wacky leg scissor submission thing, which Spencer escaped. And the third round, Spencer continued to outbox him. I agree that Spencer probably should have won, but I don't feel like it was as much of a robbery as most people thought it was.
86.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Meh, this fight was kind of lame. It should have been a pretty big deal, since I've had both of these guys ranked around the Top 10 at 155 for a while, but ultimately, this was a close, but boring fight. Neither guy really did much, outside of some basic wrestling (with Tibau securing a few takedowns), and some basic sparring style striking. So yeah, I'm glad Tibau won, but it sucks that this ends up a pretty lengthy winning streak for Parke.
88.6
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
3:37
      This fight wasn't very exciting for a fight that ended in the first round. Hall threw a few wild spinning kicks, and a flying knee, and a lot of wild shit, but he didn't really land any of the crazy shots. He did however, land a big punch that knocked Stallings to the ground, where Hall was able to finish him with punches & elbows. Stallings ended up with a left eye that looked like it had been smashed by a meat tenderizer. Ron Stallings deserves some credit for taking this fight on short notice though.
88.6
Decision
15:00
      Meh... This should have been an AWESOME fight, since in my opinion, Donald Cerrone is #1 in the division right now, and Benson Henderson is the former champ, so I was expecting this fight to be amazing, but in the end, it was another close fight, it went the distance, by the end of the fight, I had it scored as a draw, with neither fighter really doing much of anything impressive. I'm glad that Cerrone won though, because he's my favorite fighter at 155, but... The fight didn't quite live up to my expectations. This whole "accepting a fight on 2 weeks notice, after fighting a 3 round fight, 2 weeks beforehand" thing, is a bad idea. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing Cerrone fight again soon, but not 2 weeks from now.
91.2
TKO
(Punches)
6:54
      YEAH! Finally, a really good fight tonight. Siver looked dangerous in the first round, for a little while, but eventually, he just got dominated by Conor's boxing skills, leaving Siver's face all busted up and swollen by the end of the first round. The second round was more of the same, with Siver eventually tripping, and falling backwards by the cage, where McGregor was able to secure the full mount, where he finished Siver with some hard elbows & punches. Conor McGregor is awesome. After this fight ended, Conor jumped over the cage, and ran towards Jose Aldo in the crowd, calling him out. So yeah, that was awesome.
OVERALL 89.9
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