100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Robert Whittaker - 93.0
2. Bec Rawlings - 92.9
3. James Vick - 92.8
4. Ben Nguyen - 92.3
5. Stipe Miocic - 92.1
6. Sam Alvey - 91.8
7. Jake Matthews - 91.5
8. Sean OConnell - 91.4
9. Bradley Scott - 90.7
10. Dan Hooker - 90.5
UFC Fight Night 65: Hunt vs. Miocic
Location: South Australia, Australia
Elevation: 700'
-Fight of the Night-
James Vick vs. Jake Matthews
Fighters & Matches 88.9
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.4
     This was a pretty decent debut for Ben Nguyen. This seemed like a pretty even matchup, with Nguyen showing slightly better striking early in the fight, but Ozkilic was able to take him to the ground, to control him for a minute or so. Once they got back to their feet, they both showed some solid striking skills, but Nguyen's counter striking was excellent, and he was able to clip the chin of Ozkilic at the very end of the first round, knocking out Ozkilic with one second left on the clock.
      I don't even have these guys ranked in the Top 100 at 170, so it's hard to get excited about fights like these on the undercards. O'Reilly won the first round by beating up Grujic on the ground for a little bit, but it really wasn't a very exciting round. Grujic won the second round by beating up O'Reilly on the feet, outstriking the exhausted O'Reilly by a decent margin, and he even scored a takedown at the very end of the round, and locked on a rear-naked choke, but he didn't have enough time left to finish it. They both looked exhausted coming out of the second round though. The problem with Grujic is, even when he's throwing BOMBS, they barely seem to have any power behind them, and even when he goes for heavy wrestling takedowns, his power just fizzles out with his stamina, before he can really get any momentum going. The third round was more boring clinch work, with O'Reilly eventually securing a takedown, so I gave that round (and the fight) to O'Reilly, and all 3 judges agreed.
      This fight was mostly a boxing match, with a few knees to the body being thrown in to keep things interesting. Curran clearly has the better striking, as she got the better of the majority of the exchanges, and even beat the shit out of Curran up against the cage a few times, both on the feet, and on the ground. I like Kailin Curran a lot. With that being said, she got sloppy, and took Curran to the ground in the third round (after beating her up again for a minute or so), and she found herself caught in an armbar, which she fought for a couple of minutes, but ultimately, Chambers is better on the ground with the submissions, and she was able to finish the fight via tapout. Really impressive comeback by Alex Chambers.
(Guillotine Choke)
      This was a pretty close fight, while it lasted. I was going to give the first round to Brad Scott, for pinning Andrews against the fence in the clinch, and working his dirty boxing. I ended up giving that round to Andrews though, partially because he knocked Scott on his ass with a nice punch combination, and he also landed a powerful takedown at the very end of the round. The second round was based more in the center of the octagon, with both guys hopping around, and missing with their punches. About halfway through the round, Andrews randomly walked away, and squinted at the referee, letting him know he's ready for a timeout, so the referee stopped the fight temporarily so Andrews could take a breather. What the fuck was that? When the fight started back up, shit got sloppy, and Scott ended up on top of Andrews on the ground, where he beat him up with some basic ground & pound, and then finished him with a guillotine choke. Nice win for Brad Scott.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      YEAH! I like Bec Rawlings a lot, but I've actually never seen her win a fight... so... YEAH! I was a little nervous when Ellis took her to the ground early in the fight, but Rawlings was able to get on top, and beat up Ellis for a good portion of the first round, and once the fight got back to the feet, Rawlings beat the shit out of Ellis against the cage, with punches, and hard knees, and she was able to get on the back of Ellis, where she locked on the rear-naked choke for the submission victory. Both fighters had pretty bad cuts on their faces by the end of the fight, so good aggressive fight overall by both of them, and it's awesome to see Rawlings get her first win in the UFC.
      Hahaha... I honestly don't know if I like Sam Alvey or not yet, but what I do know is, this was an amusing finish. Not a lot happened for the first 30 seconds or so, but then Alvey unloaded on Kelly's face with HARD punches, and Kelly flew backwards, doing back flips and all kinds of wacky shit, reminding me of when Brock Lesnar destroyed Heath Herring. So yeah, uh... Sam Alvey just gave Kelly his first loss in the UFC. This also puts Alvey on a nice 3-Fight winning streak. After the fight, Sam Alvey gave a really good (funny) victory speech, which was one of the most entertaining things on this card so far, and then he called out Elias Theodorou, which I REALLY WANT TO SEE THAT FIGHT, so sounds good to me. Let's do this shit!
      This was a pretty close fight, and could have maybe gone either way. Webb secured several takedowns, and showed better footwork, and seemed to land sharper strikes. Noke had a few moments though, where he landed a few significant shots of his own. In the end, I gave the first two rounds to Webb, and the third round to Noke. One judge gave all 3 rounds to Webb, which I would have been fine with, but the other two judges gave the fight to Noke, so... Congrats to Noke I guess.
(Head Kick & Punches)
      KABOOM! This fight wasn't really all that exciting, but it ended with a bang. Hioki secured a couple of nice takedowns in this fight, and for the most part, he was picking apart Hooker with strikes, probably leading to both rounds being scored for Hioki. That is of course, up until the point where Hooker knocked him the fuck out with a kick to the head, followed by some punches to the face down Hioki. Very big win for Daniel Hooker.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Well shit... This was a great fight, but I wanted Matthews to win. With that being said, Matthews pretty much dominated Vick in this fight, beating his ass for the majority of the first round, but at the very end, Vick locked on a guillotine choke, a VERY TIGHT guillotine choke, and he got the full mount on top of that, and it forced Matthews to submit with less than 10 seconds left in the first round. I guess his 4-Fight winning streak in the UFC probably means he's pretty legit now, eh? And he has an 8-0 professional record overall now.
      Yeah! I love it when these fights that I don't really care about, end really quickly! I was starting to get nervous, because I've had Perosh fumbling around the Top 10 Light-Heavyweights list for a while, and I'm not a huge fan of the concept of him possibly contending for a title, so I'm glad that someone was able to sort of knock him off that horse before he climbed any higher up the ranks. With that being said, Perosh got a little sloppy, and O'Connell unloaded some hard punches up against the cage, and he refused to slow down, so he continued to batter Perosh, until the referee was forced to stop the fight, even though Perosh was still standing, but it was still a good stoppage in my opinion. Nice win for Sean O'Connell.
      Huh... That was pretty crazy. This was a pretty good matchup, but I really thought Tavares would come into this one with a vengeance, but he sort of got his ass beat, and he even got knocked the fuck out in under a minute. Robert Whittaker landed some good crisp punches, knocking Tavares down twice, and the second time he followed it up with some punches on the ground, that put Tavares to sleep. Awesome win for Whittaker, and this might just push him into the Top 10 at 185. 3-0 is a pretty nice winning streak in the middleweight division.
      Yikes... This fight was kind of painful to watch. Miocic absolutely dominated Hunt in all 5 rounds, taking him to the ground, and brutally beating his face, leaving his entire head swollen & bloody. There were multiple 10-8 rounds, Mark Hunt didn't even attempt to throw out any offense of his own. Stipe Miocic is a scary dude, and for fans of Mark Hunt, this fight was hard to watch. But yeah, Stipe Miocic... FUCK YEAH for him! I just feel bad that Hunt got stopped like this in Australia.