100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (16 Total):
1. Georges St. Pierre - 92.8
2. Matt Serra - 91.8
3. Evan Tanner - 91.7
4. Frank Trigg - 91.5
5. Ivan Menjivar - 91.2
6. Frank Mir - 90.5
7. Trevor Prangley - 90.4
8. Matt Hughes - 90.1
9. Phil Baroni - 90.1
10. Renato Verissimo - 89.6
UFC 48: Payback
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Evan Tanner vs. Phil Baroni
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.0
TOTAL 90.3
     This fight was awesome, because GSP is awesome... Georges St. Pierre came out standing for a bit, then tried to take down Jay Hieron, but wasn't successful... Then, after some more standing, GSP said "Fuck all this shit man" and beat the living shit out of Jay Hieron, ending it in round one with a flurry of punches while standing, knocking out Hieron, and then he followed it up with some ground & pound, before the referee eventually stopped the fight... Georges St. Pierre wins by KO/TKO in the first round...
(Neck Crank)
      This fight was decent... Trevor Prangley came out and completely dominated Curtis Stout with his wrestling ability, taking him to the ground with ease... Once they were on the ground, Prangley continued to pound away at Stout's body with some really solid punches... After a bit of ground & pound, Stout tried for a submission or two, but didn't really come close to locking anything on at all... Eventually, they stood up, and Stout looked like he had the superior striking skills, but the fight never stayed on the feet for very long... Near the beginning of the second round, Prangley took Stout to the ground, and locked on the neck crank for the submission victory...
      This fight was interesting... Matt Serra was supposed to dominate with his submission skills, and Menjivar I'm pretty sure was supposed to have the advantage with the strikes... Well, Matt Serra pretty much took Menjivar to the ground at will, but the problem is, once they were on the ground, Menjivar kept throwing submission after submission at Serra... Matt Serra, being the BJJ Black Belt he is, was able to escape all of them, but there were a few close calls, like the one at the end of round 2 where he was saved by the bell... Anyways, to make a long story short, this was a VERY close fight, and in my opinion, a draw... But at the end of 3 rounds, the judges gave the fight to Matt Serra by unanimous decision... I won't argue with that since Serra controlled the pace of the fight, but I still think Menjivar should have (maybe) won, due to the fact that he tried to finish the fight with submissions on multiple occasions... Close fight, could have been either fighter's day, and I guess today was Matt Serra's day...
      Man, that sucked... After their controversial fight at UFC 45, I was looking forward to seeing the rematch, but the last thing in the world that I thought would happen, was a fight going to decision... Phil Baroni didn't even TRY at all during the first 2 rounds, and he pretty much let Evan Tanner take him down whenever he wanted... Then, when they were on their feet, Phil just stood there while Evan Tanner picked his punches, which were pretty much all landing... So Evan Tanner easily won the first two rounds... During the third round, Phil Baroni finally decided to give it a shot, and he exploded with a few combos, almost knocking out Evan Tanner at one point, but it wasn't enough to finish the fight... So, obviously, Evan Tanner wins by unanimous decision... I thought Baroni would try a lot harder for this fight... I'm disappointed...
      This fight was pretty boring from a flash standpoint, but technically, it was impressive... All 3 rounds went pretty much the same way... Matt Hughes took Verissimo to the ground, and then Verissimo continued to try to apply submission holds on Hughes, and Hughes always escaped... Once that cycle is over, just repeat it again... So in my opinion, Verissimo should have won, because he tried on multiple occassions to finish the fight via submission, Matt Hughes had great defense, but didn't really do anything offensive other than a couple of takedowns... But whatever... Matt Hughes wins by unanimous decision...
Technical Submission
      Tim Sylvia came out swinging, but didn't really do much with the strikes... Then he took Frank Mir to the ground, Mir locked on an armbar, broke Tim Sylvia's arm, and the referee stopped the fight, the crowd did NOT like the stoppage, and Frank Mir becomes the new heavyweight champion... Tim Sylvia's arm DID break, so it was a good stoppage, but I guess the crowd wanted to see his arm removed completely or something, I don't know... The point is, Frank Mir wins by TKO in the first round...
      They stood for a few seconds, Frank Trigg took Hallman to the ground, and then there was a bunch of laying around for the first few minutes of the round... Then Hallman started trying to lock on various submissions from the bottom, and Trigg countered that by punching Hallman in the face... Eventually, the fight started to sway in favor of Trigg as he gained more & more control, until eventually he knocked out Dennis Hallman via ground & pound... Good solid fight, albeit lackluster...
      Um... These guys are getting pretty old... They clinched with each other for a few minutes, then Shamrock threw a knee, knocking out Kimo within the first 2 minutes of the first round... Kind of boring... This was definitely one of those fights where the hype & build up before the fight was definitely a lot more interesting than the fight itself... In my opinion, they should definitely open up some sort of "Legends" division or something in MMA... Because these guys can still throwdown with each other, but they can't hang with the new guys... So yeah... Shamrock wins by KO in the first round... They say "Wow! Ken Shamrock is back!!!" But no he's not... He just got lucky, being scheduled to fight against Kimo, who is also, not back...