(4/5/2007)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Joe Stevenson - 95.5
2. Drew Fickett - 93.6
3. Keita Nakamura - 92.6
4. Roan Carneiro - 91.3
5. Kuniyoshi Hironaka - 91.2
6. Thiago Tavares - 91.2
7. Kenny Florian - 90.5
8. Kurt Pellegrino - 89.7
9. Naoyuki Kotani - 89.1
10. Forrest Petz - 88.8
UFC Fight Night 9: Stevenson vs. Guillard
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Joe Stevenson vs. Melvin Guillard
93.1
Fighters & Matches 88.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 90.1
88.7
Decision
15:00
     I've been waiting for Thiago Tavares to join the UFC, so it's cool to see him come in here and kick some ass like this. This was his first professional fight that went to a decision, and his undefeated streak continues. Personally, I thought he won all 3 rounds with his ground & pound, taking Kotani to the ground in every round, and punishing him with strikes, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory. I look forward to seeing him fight again soon.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      This was a decent fight, but as with most fights that last 15 minutes, it got old after the first couple of rounds... The entire fight basically consisted of Roan Carneiro taking Clementi to the ground, and dominating him with his wrestling skills, and also showing that Carneiro is the best submission grappler as well... Clementi got caught in a handful of submission attempts throughout the fight, but was able to fight his way out of them for the most part... Clementi never really had any sort of offense, and like I said, he got dominated, and at the end of 3 rounds, Roan Carneiro wins by unanimous decision...
89.0
Decision
15:00
      This was probably the best performance I've seen from Hironaka, taking Petz to the ground in all 3 rounds, and beating the shit out of him with punches, and when they were on the feet, Hironaka was able to hang in there with his boxing, and his knees. Petz won a few points here & there, landing some solid punches, but overall, in the grand scheme of things, Kuniyoshi Hironaka won all 3 rounds, hands down, and secures his first win in the UFC.
88.1
Submission
(Achilles Lock)
2:58
      Hey! This fight was kind of neat... Basically, Pellegrino before the fight, was talking shit about how he's going to come out throwing punches until Mohr would eventually die or whatever... And in reality, Mohr started the fight, by throwing some GREAT punches, really showing some sharp striking skills... Then, Mohr kind of pulled guard, while throwing elbows, it was a nice takedown (in my opinion) by Mohr, but the commentator guys gave the takedown to Pellegrino, so that's fine... Once the fight was on the ground, they wrestled around for a minute or two, and then Pellegrino locked on this BAD ASS anklelock/kneebar combo, to force Mohr to submit... Fun little fight, but I don't think it'll lead to either of these guys getting a title shot anytime soon, or anything even similar at all... (Although Pellegrino's cornerman, Hermes Franca, is schedueld for the next title shot against Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk...) Interesting little bit of information... But uh, yeah... Pellegrino wins by first round submission...
93.0
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty great fight, that lasted all 3 rounds... Drew Fickett came out in the first round VERY aggressive, and Nakamura was able to hang in there with him, keeping the fight competitive... Once the second round started, it was more of the same, but Drew Fickett looked like he was gassed, and Nakamura started to take advantage of Drew's lack of cardio, but Nakamura accidentally hit Fickett in the back of the head with a downward elbow, which caused the referee to temporarily stop the fight, giving Fickett a chance to recover... He acted like he had been shot in the head, so Fickett BASICALLY look a nap, and recovered a ton of cardio, before they finally started the fight again... Fickett came out, and again started to dominate Nakamura... The third round was pretty close, but in the end, after a ton of back & forth action, Drew Fickett won all 3 rounds with a unanimous decision victory...
86.8
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
5:39
      Meh, this fight was kind of boring... Both fighters were pretty evenly matched during the first round, both showing OK striking, and OK wrestling skills, but neither fighter did much in the first round... The second round started out, a LITTLE bit more aggressive, and within about 30-40 seconds, Gouveia locked on a guillotine choke, and Petruzelli tapped out immediately... Good win for Gouveia, but Petruzelli didn't exactly look like much of a challenge...
88.7
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
13:57
      This was a hell of a fight... It started off a bit questionable, but it got a lot more exciting as the fight progressed... I think I almost kind of gave the first round to Mishima, but the rest of the fight was pretty much Kenny Florian dominating with his muay thai... Florian's leg kicks are looking great, and his Jiu-Jitsu definitely pulled through when he needed it... Near the end of the third round, Mishima almost locked on a kneebar, and you could see Florian getting ready to tap, but then he fought through it, and ended up locking on a rearnaked choke for the submission victory... Great fight for Florian, and I'm looking forward to seeing him fight again... I think this is the second RNC loss in a row for MIshima, so I'm not really all that excited to see him again...
81.8
Decision
15:00
      Meh, after seeing Antoni Hardonk take out Sherman "The Tank" Pendergast or whatever his name is, via leg kicks, I was looking forward to seeing Hardonk fight again... Now, I'm not so excited about this guy... Justin McCully on the other hand, I'm not much more excited about... This fight basically consisted of McCully taking Hardonk to the ground, with just basic takedowns, nothing POWERFUL at all, nothing IMPRESSIVE at all... It was more a show of Hardonk's lack of takedown defense, not so much a positive note on McCully's takedown skills... After grinding out 3 rounds, with a couple of decent submission attempts from each guy, but nothing that impressive, Justin McCully pulled off the unanimous decision victory...
93.1
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:27
      FUCK YES! I TOLD YOU MOTHERFUCKERS!!! Ok, anyways... I've had Joe Stevenson ranked as the #1 Lightweight in the UFC for a while now... The ONLY guy in that division that I have ranked higher than Sean Sherk... And outside of the UFC, I have him ranked as #4 in the world (before this fight anyways)... The point is, Melvin Guillard is a bad ass, but he's too much like Kevin Randleman... Big, strong & aggressive, and runs into stuff blindly... Guillard came out swinging, and Stevenson almost knocked him out with a punch to the jaw, then Stevenson followed that up by taking Guillard down aggressively, and then Stevenson transitioned to a leg lock, Guillard escaped, so Stevenson IMMEDIATELY locked on the guillotine choke for the submission victory EARLY in the first round... BAD ASS FIGHT for Joe Stevenson... I feel bad for Melvin though... But yeah, Joe Stevenson deserves a title shot, REAL soon...
OVERALL 90.1
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