100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Rodrigo Damm - 92.6
2. Francisco Trinaldo - 91.7
3. Cezar Ferreira - 91.7
4. Rich Franklin - 91.7
5. Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini - 91.6
6. Wanderlei Silva - 91.3
7. Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo - 91.2
8. Fabricio Werdum - 91.0
9. Sergio Moraes - 90.8
10. Hacran Dias - 90.6
UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin 2
Location: Minas Gerais, Brazil
Elevation: 2,707'
-Fight of the Night-
Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
Fighters & Matches 89.2
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 90.3
     This fight was decent, but neither guy really put much effort into finishing the fight. In the end, the judges declared it a draw, and I would be ok with that, but since I always feel like SOMEBODY should win, I gave the fight to Felipe Arantes, just BARELY for showing better striking in most of the rounds. Vieira clearly won the first round, and I guess I'll give the last 2 rounds to Arantes.
(Knees & Punches)
      Hey! I wasn't going to watch this once since it was one of the Facebook prelims (which generally don't matter), but since they played it at the end of the regular prelim show, I went ahead and sat through it. Great fight! Wagner Campos is a beast, with pretty excellent wrestling, he pretty much dominated the fight on the ground, and showed some decent striking & submission grappling skills. I gave the first 2 rounds to him, hands down. The third round, Vinicius unleashed a huge flying knee to the body of Wagner, followed by punches, and knees, and punches, and eventually the referee had to stop the fight because Wagner was BASICALLY out on his feet. Excellent battle between two guys I've never heard of, but I look forward to seeing more from both of them.
      As with most of this card, I honestly don't know who any of these guys are. So with that being said, they both came out looking for a good time, and Mafra was acting kind of crazy with his wild striking, while Perpetuo was a bit more composed. I gave the first round to Mafra. The second round was spent mostly on the ground, with Perpetuo on top, raining down punches & elbows, while defending against Mafra's multiple armbar attempts. The third round started, Perpetuo kicked Mafra in the stomach, punched him in the head, knocked him to the ground, and pounded on his head until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Pretty solid fight, I just don't know either of these guys yet.
      I really didn't care about this fight at all. I was sort of cheering for Hugo Viana because he was sporting that Wolverine look (and that's his nickname), but really, I didn't care about this fight. I gave the first round to Teixeira, the second round to Viana, and the third round I gave to Viana. To be honest though, I wasn't paying close enough attention to deal with a split-decision situation. Like I said, I don't care who wins, and the judges gave it to Viana by split decision. I'm fine with that.
      Again, I didn't care going into this fight, so I had picked Delson Heleno, just because of his muscle structure, he's built like a superhero. He didn't seem to be a very good fighter though, he spent most of the fight trying to take Trinaldo to the ground, and the entire time, Trinaldo just kept punching him, and throwing knees, and basically just kicked his ass. Trinaldo looks solid! Delson Heleno doesn't.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Damn! Rodrigo Damm is pretty badass. The other guy looked like he wanted to keep it standing, and he kicked Damm in the balls at least twice. Eventually, Damm said "Fuck this bullshit..." and he went crazy on Medeiros, knocking him to the ground, he quickly locked on the rear-naked choke, and BAM... it's all over for Medeiros. I'm more excited about seeing Damm fight again, than any other fighter on this card at this point.
      I went into this fight not knowing who either of these fighters were, but I was pleasantly surprised by both guy's efforts. The first round clearly went to Hacran Dias for taking Yuri to the ground at will, multiple times, and completely dominating him with both his wrestling & submission skills. The second round was a little more even, and based on the more aggressive efforts, as well as a near-finishing armbar attempt by Yuri Alcantara, I gave that round slightly to him. Round 3 was more of the same, both guys fighting, Alcantara seeming to have more effect striking, as well as a more aggressive submission game, but in the end, Dias won via unanimous decision. Honestly, it could have gone either way, but I think most people agree with the Dias decision, so I'm fine with that.
      I was looking at this card, and I thought, "Awesome! Fabricio Werdum fighting in Brazil!" And then I saw his opponent, Mike Russow? Meh, whatever... This was obviously a gimme fight, Werdum basically scared Russow into converting into the turtle position on the ground, and then Werdum punched him in the side of the head repeatedly until the referee was forced to stop the fight. This was cool because it was in Brazil, but other than that, it was a pointless fight.
      Again, two more guys that I wasn't familiar with, since I wasn't able to watch The Ultimate Fighter Brazil. These guys were 2 of the finalists, and it was a pretty decent fight for the most part. I gave the first round to Pepey, due to his aggressive Jiu-Jitsu (pulling guard, going hard for a Kimura, etc...), as well as some wild striking. The second round I basically called a draw, since they both were pretty even. Rony Bezerra was the pretty clear winner of round 3, and since Pepey fouled him a handful of times throughout the 15 minute fight, I gave the fight to Bezerra, and so did all 3 judges. I wouldn't mind seeing both of these guys fight again in the UFC, I just wish I would have been familiar with one or the other going into this fight.
      Now THIS is how the final fights are supposed to happen in The Ultimate Fighter! Cezar Ferreira started out the first round like a bat out of hell, basically beating the shit out of Sergio Moraes. The second round was a lot closer, with Cezar unleashing a BADASS spinning heel kick that almost knocked out Sergio early in the round, but by the end of the round, Serio returned the favor with a big elbow that knocked Cezar loopy. The third round was close as well, but near the end, Cezar punched Sergio with a straight right hand, knocking him on the ground, so in the end, I gave the fight to Cezar, and so did all 3 judges. Excellent fight!
      Holy shit! I can't believe I didn't watch this event live. This was one of the best fights I've seen in a while. Rich Franklin basically out-boxed Silva for the entire fight, and won at least 3 of the rounds, if not 4. In the second round, Silva basically knocked out Franklin, and DESTROYED him for the entire final minute of the round or so, but really, other than a few huge bursts of "old school Axe Murderer", Silva pretty much just got outclassed in this fight. Both guys did a great job, and it was cool seeing them both turn it up at the end of the fifth round to bring a huge climax to the crowd. Great fight, and I look forward to seeing more of these fights in Brazil!