(2/5/2005)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Tito Ortiz - 93.6
2. Vitor Belfort - 93.0
3. Evan Tanner - 92.5
4. David Loiseau - 91.7
5. Karo Parisyan - 91.1
6. David Terrell - 90.5
7. Pete Sell - 90.3
8. Andrei Arlovski - 90.3
9. Phil Baroni - 88.9
10. Paul Buentello - 88.5
UFC 51: Super Saturday
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Tito Ortiz vs. Vitor Belfort
93.1
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.0
TOTAL 90.2
87.2
TKO
(Punches)
4:40
     This was a pretty solid fight... Ficket the wrestler, Diaz the Jiu-Jitsu submission guy... The fight basically consisted of basic striking, and a few takedowns here & there... Early in the fight, Nick Diaz locked on an armbar, but Fickett was able to escape (impressive defense), and then the fight turned back into a wrestling match for a little while... After that, Fickett tried to lock on a couple of guillotines, and pretty much had them secured, but Diaz with his submission background, was able to escape... The fight eventually ended near the end of the first round, when Diaz pinned Fickett against the ground, and started pounding away, eventually forcing the referee to stop the fight... So Nick Diaz wins by TKO in the first round...
90.1
Decision
15:00
      This fight was an all out war... Well, more like a beating... Karo Parisyan put his Judo skills to good use, by throwing Chris Lytle all over the place, pretty much dominating him during all 3 rounds... In Lytle's defense, he was trying to apply submissions throughout the entire fight, from whatever defensive positions he was forced to be in, but he just couldn't secure anything at all... In the end, Karo Parisyan won the fight by unanimous decision... Karo is a bad ass, and Lytle is good too, he just couldn't keep up with Karo's Judo skills...
90.4
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
5:00
      This was another fight that was pretty much one sided... Both guys had decent striking skills on their feet, to start the fight... Then Loiseau almost knocked out Gideon Ray with a big knee, knocking him to the ground, and then he jumped on him trying to pass the guard... Loiseau then attempted a side choke, which he pretty much locked on, but Gideon Ray (with no real submission experience) somehow was able to escape that... After that nice little exchange, Gideon Ray was somehow able to reverse everything, and take Loiseau to the ground, but the fight didn't stay there for very long, since both fighters just stood back up... This is where they started to box with each other for a little while, and Gideon Ray thought he was taking advantage by unleashing some nice body shots, but then he took a huge knee to the face again, forcing him to fall to the ground... Once they were on the ground again, Loiseau took control, and finished the first round with some huge elbows to the head of Gideon Ray... The bell seemed like it saved Gideon Ray from losing the fight, but between the first & second rounds, the doctors checked Ray, and decided that he couldn't continue the fight, due to the huge gash in his head from the elbows of Loiseau... Good fight, pretty exciting, etc... Loiseau wins by doctor stoppage...
85.3
KO
(Punch)
1:55
      This fight basically consisted of Mike Kyle taking Irvin to the ground without any problem whatsoever, and then he started pounding away at him for a while... Then he got lazy, and just sat there on top of Irvin, until the referee just stood them back up... Once they were on their feet, they both started throwing bombs, without any sort of defense whatsoever, James Irvin got caught in the jaw, and got knocked the fuck out... Mike Kyle looked like a beast in this fight... James Irvin got OWNED... Mike Kyle wins by first round KO...
87.5
KO
(Punch)
3:34
      This fight was just two big bears, slugging it out... Paul Buentello had some solid punch combinations while standing, and Justin Eilers had a solid chin, for the most part... The only offensive thing Eilers did, was press Buentello up against the fence in the clinch, but he didn't do anything with it... Buentello eventually knocked Eilers out with another big punch combination while brawling on the feet... Eilers got hit, everything looks like slow motion, as he stood still for a moment, looked stupid, and then fell to the ground like a dead tree... Paul Buentello can scrap... Buentello wins by KO in the first round...
91.9
TKO
(Punches)
4:35
      WAR!!! This was a great fight... David Terrell came out swinging, and basically beat the shit out of Evan Tanner while standing... Kicks, punches, just throwing bombs all over the place... THEN, Terrell took Tanner to the ground, then he locked on a guillotine choke... I mean LOCKED it on... I thought Tanner was going to go out, BUT!!! Tanner somehow magically escaped the guillotine, and then just started pounding away on Terrell on the ground, until eventually the referee had to stop the fight at the very end of the first round... Evan Tanner wins by TKO...
89.3
Submission
(Achilles Lock)
0:47
      Frank Mir was the Heavyweight Champion, but he got in a bad motorcycle accident, leaving the Heavyweight Championship vacant... So in order to fill that spot, these 2 big guys went head to head for the Interim-Heavyweight Championship... They stood and boxed for a few seconds, and kicked each other's legs, then Arlovski clipped Sylvia's chin with a right hand, knocking him to the ground, and Arlovski pounced on him... Once they were on the ground, Arlovski locked on a heelhook for the submission victory in the first round... Arlovski becomes the new (Interim) Heavyweight Champion...
89.1
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
14:19
      This fight was a pretty good scrap... Both guys were boxing the shit out of each other, and both guys had some pretty exceptional wrestling moves, both offensive & defensive... When Sell took Baroni to the ground, Baroni locked up Sell's arms, preventing any damage... The same thing happened the other way around... Sell won the first round, Baroni won the second round... The third round was about to go to Baroni, until Sell locked on a guillotine choke near the end of, forcing Baroni to black out, then he woke up in time to tap out... Pete Sell is the man... Baroni can put a beating on you, but he's somewhat one dimensional... Pete Sell wins by submission in the third round...
93.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight had to be the fight of the night, even though I really dislike Tito Ortiz... Both guys had some great takedowns, and both guys had some great takedown defense... Tito had his usual elbows with him, and Belfort was blasting away at Tito's face with his furious punch combos... Belfort almost finished Tito with a guillotine choke, and he also almost finished him while standing, because his punch combos were NUTS!!! But, alas, Belfort ran out of gas about halfway through the second round, and Tito came prepared... For the most part, other than those moments where Belfort almost won, Tito pretty much dominated the fight, by just holding Belfort to the ground, and pounding away... Good fight, hard to really call a fight with so much back & forth action, but yeah, it was good... Tito Ortiz ended up winning by split-decision... After the fight was over, Tito called out Chuck, and Ken Shamrock, and then we almost got to see a gang war in the octagon... Good stuff...
OVERALL 90.2
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