100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Chuck Liddell - 93.2
2. Yushin Okami - 91.5
3. Christian Wellisch - 90.8
4. Keith Jardine - 90.6
5. Jason MacDonald - 90.5
6. Michael Bisping - 90.1
7. Tito Ortiz - 89.5
8. Anthony Perosh - 89.3
9. Thiago Alves - 89.2
10. Rory Singer - 88.7
UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 90.3
TOTAL 89.5
     This was actually a pretty good fight for an undercard fight... Both guys spent most of the 15 minute fight standing & banging with each other, throwing big punch combos (both guys looked sloppy, but they were still both TRYING)... Christian Wellisch got the best of the majority of the standup exchanges (except for a few flurries by Perosh in the second round)... And the few times that the fight went to the ground, Perosh was on the attack, but Wellisch's ground defense was pretty insane... He escaped a handful of rear-naked choke attempts, by doing some sort of weird backwards summersault, escaping the submission entirely, and a few times he even got the sidemount from that move... Christian Wellisch is a pretty tough dude, and Perosh put up a good fight, but Wellish walks away with the unanimous decision victory...
      The first round was kind of boring, both guys boxing, and neither guy really looking very impressive. The rest of the fight consisted of Okami taking Singer to the ground, dominating him with his wrestling, and beating him up on the ground with big punches, until he eventually forced Singer to tapout in the third round, due to strikes. Solid win for Yushin Okami.
      I wasn't really looking forward to seeing this fight at all, since last time I saw Gonzaga fight, it was boring as shit... Carmelo Marrero on the other hand, is boring as shit... Both of them, are boring as shit... Luckily, this fight didn't last long... Gonzaga took down Marrero (wrestler) with ease, mounted him, grappled with him, made him look like an amateur, and then eventually forced him to submit to an armbar... Gonzaga has some solid Jiu-Jitsu skills, but I still don't like watching him fight... Marrero on the other hand, is kind of hyped up to be the next Randy Couture, and that makes me cry, because this guy sucks... Maybe if he was at Light Heavyweight, he'd be alright? But at 220, he's just too small to be a contender in the heavyweight division, when his primary skill is wrestling (i.e. control the other person's body weight)...
      This was a pretty alright fight... Alves had the upperhand with the striking, and DeSouza was supposed to dominate the ground game, but once it hit the ground, Alves dominated there as well... Near the end of the first round, Alves started pounding away on DeSouza's head, and the referee almost had to stop the fight, but then DeSouza was saved by the bell... The second round started, and DeSouza went crazy (literally) and started doing gymnastics and started throwing flying knees at the referee, and he did a few flips, and karate chops, and then died when Alves knocked him the fuck out... Weird ending to the fight really... Alves is a REALLY GOOD fighter though... After the first time I saw him fight, I thought he was amazing... The second time I saw him fight, it was kind of lame... But now it looks like he's back on his winning ways, so I'm looking forward to seeing this kid again sometime...
      Going into this fight, I knew that Schafer was a great fighter, after watching him beat the up & coming Rob MacDonald... Michael Bisping on the other hand, is the guy that I've been saying MIGHT have the chance of beating Chuck Liddell someday... So with that being said, I thought that Bisping would pretty much walk through Schafer, as long as he didn't get caught by a submission... And well, that's exactly what happened... Eric Schafer controlled a large portion of the fight, by throwing a series of takedowns & submission attempts at Bisping, but Bisping showed that he has GREAT defense (towards submissions, takedowns & everything else), and then he followed it all up with a kick to the head of Schafer that almost knocked him out, and he eventually got Schafer on the ground, where Bisping was able to punch his way to a TKO victory... Michael Bisping didn't dominate this fight QUITE like I thought he would, but he is still a force to be reckoned with, and I'm looking forward to seeing him fight again in the near future...
      This fight was a bit controversial in my opinion... All of the analysts were saying that Arlovski would have to dominate this fight, and win in an impressive fashion, in order for him to be able to climb back up the UFC Heavyweight ladder, since a loss to Pe De Pano would be a disaster for Arlovski's career... Well, Marcio Cruz spent the majority of this fight trying to take Arlovski to the ground, which he was eventually successful in doing... Once they were on the ground, Cruz seemed to have the upperhand as far as submission grappling was concerned, but Arlovski was hanging in there, kind of scrambling around... Then Arlovski kicked Cruz in the face (while on the ground) which is illegal, so the referee sort of stopped the fight to issue a warning (even though Cruz was saying "No! I want to keep fighting, it's ok, I'm not hurt, let's continue...") So that little break in the action was enough for Arlovski to adjust his positioning a little bit... Once the referee started the fight back up, Arlovski punched Cruz in the face, almost knocking him out (on the ground) and escaped the leg lock, and then started to punch down on Cruz's head, which was already pinned up against the canvas... The referee then warned Arlovski again "DO NOT punch him in the back of the head! That's illegal! No punches to the back of the head!" And then Arlovski continued to punch Cruz in the side & back of the head, until the referee was forced to stop the fight due to strikes, giving the TKO victory to Arlovski... Granted, he DID win the fight, so that's fine... But if the referee wouldn't have stopped the fight earlier, Cruz might have been able to snap Arlovski's leg... JUST something to think about... Decent showing by Arlovski though, but it wasn't impressive enough to give him another title shot or anything...
(Guillotine Choke)
      Jason MacDonald! YEEEEAH!!! That dude is awesome... Even though as far as I know, he's only fought in the UFC once (before this fight), I already had him ranked as the #3 Middleweight in the UFC, after his previous submission victory over Ed Herman... So going in against Chris Leben, I had him picked as the clear cut winner, and he did not disappoint... There were a few moments during this fight, where I thought Leben might clip MacDonald with a hook or something, and he COULD knock him out, but it just wasn't happening tonight... MacDonald spent most of the fight trying to take down Leben, and then ended up locking on a guillotine choke in the second round, for another bad ass submission victory... As far as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is concerned, Jason MacDonald is at the top of the food chain... I would like to see MacDonald maybe take on Kendall Grove or Rich Franklin, or someone else that's up there in the rankings in this weight class... After that, maybe a title shot is in store for MacDonald?
      WOW... Everybody agreed before this fight started, Griffin has the upperhand with the punches, Jardine has the upperhand with the kicks... So either Jardine is going to get knocked out, or else Griffin's legs will collapse due to Jardine's leg kicks... But WOW... I'm honestly very surprised about the way this fight ended... Near the end of the first round, Jardine clipped Griffin with an uppercut, which got him all wobbly and stuff, and then Jardine followed that up with a Chuck Liddell style flurry, knocking Griffin the fuck out... Once Griffin fell to the ground, Jardine followed it up with some GIGANTIC bombs, which basically crushed Griffin's head... But yeah, it's a good thing that I'm writing this review via text, since at the moment, I'm speechless... Jardine wins by first round TKO...
      Yikes... This fight made me a little bit nervous, I have to admit that... Chuck Liddell has been my favorite fighter for YEARS, and nothing has changed as of late... Tito on the other hand, has been one of my least favorite fighters, for a long long time... The first round basically had Liddell tearing apart Ortiz, with his super striking skills... Near the end of the first round, Chuck had Ortiz pinned against the fence, and was punching him in the face, but instead of spending all of his energy there, he backed off to save some juice for later... The second round had Ortiz SORT OF winning, by taking Chuck down once, and grabbing his back for a few seconds, but Chuck escaped that position pretty easily... The third round was basically the same as the first round, with Chuck punching Tito, eventually backing him into the corner, dropping him next to the fence, and then Chuck started pounding away at the face of Ortiz until eventually the referee was forced to stop the fight... Tito almost had a chance in this fight, and that's more than I can say about most guys that Chuck fights... Chuck still ended up winning by third round TKO though... Who's next? "RAMPAGE"!?!