100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Thales Leites - 93.1
2. Al Iaquinta - 92.7
3. John Lineker - 92.5
4. Derek Brunson - 92.2
5. Thiago Santos - 92.1
6. Thiago Alves - 91.8
7. Anderson Silva - 91.8
8. Ian McCall - 91.4
9. Miesha Tate - 91.1
10. Rafael Natal - 90.8
UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Lauzon
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.8
     This was a pretty good fight for what it was. Santos came out strong early, throwing bombs, and Enz did a good job stepping away to avoid getting hit, but ultimately, Santos landed a kick to the body, knocking the wind out of Enz, and he was then able to close the distance, and finished him off with a series of punches, that caused Enz to crumble to the ground in the fetal position next to the cage. Really nice way to start off tonight's fights.
      This wasn't a very good fight. The coolest thing about it was Moreira's tattoo. I gave the first round to Moreira, for showing slightly better striking, and doing a decent job on the ground, but it was a close round. The rest of the fight went to Alcantara, as he acted like a matador, dodging Moreira's attacks, and clipping him with random jabs. Overall, it wasn't a very good fight though. Alcantara wins via split-decision.
      This fight was ok, but it was a bit of a grindfest. Natal pretty much dominated the fight, outstriking Watson, he was more aggressive, he took him down multiple times in each round. This was a very clear unanimous decision victory for Rafael Natal, but it wasn't the most exciting fight to watch, since neither guy ever really came close to finishing the other guy.
      I've been a huge fan of John Lineker for a long time now, he's one of my favorite fighters in the division, but I'm sick and tired of him failing to make weight, so I was really cheering for Ian McCall in this fight, and I thought he did a good job securing the first round, even though he got caught in a pretty tight guillotine. The problem is, he got caught in multiple guillotines during this fight, and he was almost finished due to hard strikes by Lineker at one point, so in the end, this was a pretty clear unanimous decision victory for John Lineker. I have a hard time believing that his power is going to help him though from this point forward, since it sounds like the UFC is going to force him to move up to 135, but we'll see what happens I guess. Shitty loss for McCall though.
      Wow, that was a nice quick fight. Herman got punched in the face, and then he got punched in the face again, wobbled backwards and Brunson finished him off with another 12 or so punches in the next 2-3 seconds. So yeah, Ed Herman got his ass kicked, and Brunson got a fast quick win.
      This was a pretty good scrap. McMann rocked Tate early in the first round, knocking her to the ground, and beating her up for most of the round, so that was a clear round in favor of McMann, maybe even a 10-8 round. The last two rounds though, I gave to Meisha Tate, and for the most part, it sounds like the judges agreed with me, resulting in a majority decision victory for Meisha Tate. That would have been a HUGE win for McMann, but really all it does is secure Tate's spot at the top of the ladder. So... Is she going to get another title shot at some point? Or...?
(Kick to the Body)
      This was a pretty awesome fight! Mein dominated Alves in the first round, dodging all of his attacks, and at one point, Mein almost finished Alves, with a series of hard punches & elbows up against the cage, but Alves somehow survived. Once the second round started, Alves was stalking Mein, Mein did some sort of weird ninja roll to try to gain some distance, but Alves stayed on him, landed a huge kick to the body, Mein collapsed, and Alves rushed him, hitting a huge knee to the body, and swarming him with punches, forcing the referee to panic & stop the fight. Awesome comeback, and really huge win for Thiago Alves.
Technical Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      This was a pretty great fight. Thales Leites looked good during the first half of the first round, as he showed off some of his much improved striking skills, kind of kicking Boetsch's ass, but by the end of the round, Boetsch had him on the ground and was beating him up, so I ended up giving the first round to Boetsch. The second round was a pretty good round, but once Leites took the fight to the ground, he took Boetsch to school, got the full mount, crawled up him like a snaked, locked on an arm-triangle choke, Boetsch escaped using some sort of crazy black magic, but Leites just repositioned himself, locked on the same choke, and this time put Boetsch to sleep. Awesome win for Thales Leites, and with a now 5 fight winning streak in the UFC, he's quickly reaching contender status.
      Wow, that was an ass beating. The first round was close, but I gave it to Lauzon, but just barely. The second round, Iaquinta rocked Lauzon with his boxing, and the final minute or so of the fight, had Lauzon wombling around like a drunken zombie, and Iaquinta just unloaded on him with a barrage of punches and kicks. Al Iaquinta is pretty fucking awesome, and he just destroyed a tough fighter, in Joe Lauzon.
      What the fuck did I just watch? Kelvin Gastelum SHOULD be fighting for contendership status at 170, but instead, he shows up for a co-main event fight, 10 pounds overweight. TEN FUCKING POUNDS!?! SERIOUSLY MAN? And Tyron Woodley, is a beast at 170, but he got gassed pretty early in this fight. So uh... I have no idea what to think. The first round was basically a draw, Tyron won the second round, and Gastelum probably won the third round. So... The fight should have probably been a draw, but since Gastelum missed weight by TEN FUCKING POUNDS, I gave Tyron the fight, 29-28, and two of the judges basically agreed. Wacky fight though, and all I can say is that I'm glad it's over. Apparently they're going to force Gastelum to go to 185 now? Which is ridiculous, because he looks chubby at 170.
      Well, that was pretty exciting. I like both of these guys, so I was pretty pumped to see Silva's return, as well as the return of Nick Diaz after being away for a couple of years. Both guys looked pretty good in this fight, but ultimately, the fight came down to Nick Diaz talking a lot of shit, and spending a lot of time taunting Silva, while Anderson Silva picked him apart from the outside with crisp punches & kicks. I was impressed by the chin of Diaz, as well as the hard leg kicks he was throwing, but in the end, this was a pretty clear 50-45 decision in favor of Anderson Silva. That was one hell of a return for a guy that had his leg broken in half a year ago. I really hope that both of these guys come back and continue to fight more often though, because there are a LOT of interesting fights for both fighters in the future, I'm not really sure who exactly I want to see either of them fight next though.