(5/23/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Andrei Arlovski - 94.7
2. Daniel Cormier - 93.9
3. Chris Weidman - 93.8
4. Donald Cerrone - 93.5
5. Islam Makhachev - 92.1
6. Anthony Johnson - 91.9
7. Travis Browne - 91.9
8. Dong Hyun Kim - 91.6
9. Vitor Belfort - 91.6
10. Justin Scoggins - 91.4
UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort
94.3
Fighters & Matches 90.8
Top 10 Fighters 92.6
TOTAL 91.7
89.1
Decision
15:00
     This was a really good undercard fight, with Scoggins dominating Sampo in the first two rounds, with his solid Karate striking, as well as his ability to defend himself with outstanding grappling skills. By the third round, Scoggins started to slow down a bit, so Sampo was finally able to take him down, where he beat him up a little bit, but in the end, I thought this was a pretty clear decision victory for Scoggins, and all 3 judges agreed.
88.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:38
      This was a pretty decent fight, for a couple of new guys. Makhachev pretty much dominated this fight with his grappling, as well as his striking from the clinch. The first round very clearly went to Makhachev, as he dominated Kuntz for most of the round. The second round obviously went to him as well, considering he beat Kuntz via rear-naked choke. Nice debut by Islam Makhachev.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Well shoot, I really wanted Pyle to win this fight, but Covington has looked pretty solid so far, so I'm not that surprised by the outcome of this fight. Covington was able to take Pyle down in all 3 rounds, and pretty much beat him up on the ground, and controlled the pace of the majority of the fight. It's worth noting that Pyle took a BAD knee to the groin, only a couple of minutes into the first round, so that probably didn't help anything, but in the end, Covington pretty clearly won this fight, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory against a real veteran. Pyle went for a Kimura at the end of the third round, and really started to dominate during the last couple of minutes, but it wasn't enough to make up for being controlled for the first 13 minutes.
89.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight really could have gone either way. I gave the first round to Hall, the second round was close, the third round I'd probably give to Natal. With that being said, Natal started the fight by kicking Hall right square in the nuts, so I was sort of holding a grudge since the start of the fight. So I PERSONALLY wanted Uriah Hall to win this fight, but I can't really argue that much with the decision, especially since it was a split-decision. Good fight overall, I just wish it wouldn't have started with a blatant groin shot by Natal.
89.6
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
12:13
      This was a good fight. Burkman started most rounds by launching bombs at the head of Kim, but Kim was able to consistently get the clinch, where he was able to control Burkman, dominating him for a good portion of the fight. Kim almost got taken out by Burkman's strikes at the start of the third round, but Burkman slowed down, and that allowed Kim to take him to the ground, get the side mount, and then finish Burkman with the arm-triangle choke. Really good fight by both guys, especially the winner, The Korean Stun Gun.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      This division is weird, because John Dodson is the clear #1 contender, but title rematches aren't generally as much fun as seeing new challengers fight for titles. So here we have the #1 contender, fighting a guy that in my opinion is ranked somewhere around #11, in Zach Makovsky. For the most part, the first two rounds were really close, and probably could have gone either way. I gave the first round to Makovsky for landing slightly better strikes. I was going to give him the second round as well, until Dodson picked him up and SLAMMED him with an awesome takedown at the end of the round, so I ended up giving the second round to Dodson. Going into the third round with even scorecards, pretty much meant the winner of the third round, wins the fight. The third round started kind of slow, buy by the end of it, they were both fighting pretty well, but I'd give the advantage to Dodson for being slightly more aggressive. So I gave this fight to John Dodson, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed. I felt kind of bad though, because the crowd was booing at the end of the fight (not because of the decision, but because it wasn't the most exciting fight they've ever seen).
90.1
Decision
15:00
      Surprise! A 125 pound fight, went to another decision... *sigh* With that being said though, it was a pretty decent fight. Both guys showed solid grappling skills, both guys showed decent striking, they both had a decent amount of energy in the third round. In the end though, I don't think we really learned much about either fighter that we didn't already know going into this fight. Benavidez is still the #3 ranked Flyweight in the world, just under the Champion, Demetrious Johnson, and the #1 contender, John Dodson. This weight class REALLY needs something special to happen, because the same 3 guys have been at the top for years now, and it doesn't seem like any of them are going to move at all in the near future. But yeah, Moraga coming in ranked around #5, put on a decent fight, and did a good job not getting finished, but it was pretty clear that Benavidez won all 3 rounds, securing a 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
94.3
TKO
(Punches)
4:41
      OH MY GOD. That fight was fucking INSANE! I'm extra excited about this one, because going into it, everyone called Arlovski the underdog, but in my opinion, I had him ranked #4, and Browne ranked #8. So I was happy when about halfway through the fight, Arlovski rocked Browne, and from that point forward, he basically murdered Browne. There was one point though, where Browne, standing on chicken legs, landed a big punch, rocked Arlovski, tried to get on his back, but Arlovski was able to recover pretty quickly. After one of the craziest brawls I've seen in a long time, Arlovski basically dismantled Browne, forcing the referee to stop the fight, as Browne was BASICALLY out on his feet. Fucking AWESOME win for Arlovski, and a HUGE win as well, pushing him one step closer to a possible title shot in the future. For old school UFC fans, this fight was a pretty big win.
92.3
TKO
(Head Kick)
9:44
      Donald Cerrone looks like a monster compared to Makdessi. He's basically just as thick, and he's 5" taller. Cerrone is also the #1 Lightweight in the world in my opinion, and he should be fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov for the title. The fact that neither of those guys is even the champion, is ridiculous. Makdessi on the other hand, taking this fight on short notice to replace Nurmagomedov (due to an injury), isn't even a Top 10 Fighter (I have him ranked #16 going into this fight). So really, Cerrone had a LOT to lose in this fight, and nothing to gain. Fortunately for him, he was able to break Makdessi's jaw at the end of the second round, with a huge kick to the head, causing Makdessi to "call a timeout" which was weird at first, but once we found out it was a broken jaw, it all made sense. Really nice win for Cerrone, as he continues the longest active winning streak in the UFC Lightweight division, at 8 fights.
94.3
TKO
(Punches)
2:53
      HOLY SHIT, that was a fucking title fight right there... Belfort hit Weidman, Belfort tripped, Weidman charged him, got sloppy, Belfort went fucking NUTS on Weidman, brutally beating him with punches against the fench, and in the clinch, cutting Weidman open, etc... Weidman was able to take Belfort to the ground though, where he quickly got the full mount, and then he brutally beat Belfort with punches & HARD elbows, finishing the fight halfway through the first round. AWESOME win for Chris Weidman. I know people have a lot of questions about Belfort, but if you had any questions about Weidman, he continues to prove that he really is the best middleweight in the world right now. Pretty huge victory here, over the highly ranked Vitor Belfort.
93.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
12:39
      For starters, I'm disappointed that Jon Jones is gone. With that being said, this fight was pretty fucking awesome, and both guys definitely brought the fight tonight. Anthony Johnson punched Cormier a few times, SO HARD, that he literally tossed Cormier across the octagon with the impact. Johnson is a BRUTAL striker. The only problem is, Cormier was able to take him down repeatedly, grinding out Johnson's will to fight, and eventually, after beating the LIVING SHIT out of him in the second round, Cormier took Johnson down in the third, and finished him with a rear-naked choke. AWESOME win for Cormier, and I'm actually pretty happy for him. I also have to admit that this sets up a pretty unique rematch, if Jon Jones ever decides to come back for his title.
OVERALL 91.7
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