(8/27/2011)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Rousimar Palhares - 95.5
2. Anderson Silva - 94.5
3. Stanislav Nedkov - 93.0
4. Erick Silva - 92.8
5. Mauricio Rua - 92.4
6. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - 92.1
7. Thiago Tavares - 91.6
8. Edson Barboza - 91.5
9. Paulo Thiago - 91.0
10. Yves Jabouin - 91.0
UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Elevation: 1,675'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami
95.6
Fighters & Matches 90.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.5
TOTAL 91.5
89.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     This was a pretty kick ass way to start the event. A couple of small 135 pounders came out swinging, and pretty much fought hard the entire 15 minutes. The first round I gave to Yves Jabouin for being slightly more aggressive, Loveland easily won the second round with his superior wrestling & grappling skills, the third round was a very even round, so I more or less called it a draw. The judges gave it to Yves Jabouin via split decision, I'm fine with that.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a decent fight, with Alcantara starting strong, connecting with more strikes, and securing a few takedowns, and controlling the fight on the ground. Arantes did a pretty good job neutralizing him though, and by the end of the third round, Arantes had stolen the final round, showing nice reversals on the ground, and ultimately, more energy late in the fight. In the end, Alcantara wins via unanimous decision.
91.2
TKO
(Punches)
0:40
      BAM! It's always fun when they throw in the quick undercard fights in the PPV to fill in the empty space. This was a great fight for that reason. About 30 seconds into the first round, Erick Silva punched Ramos in the jaw/throat, knocking him to the ground, and then his right arm turned into a piston on speed, and blasted holes in the ground through the face of Ramos, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Excellent showing by Erick Silva!
87.3
Decision
15:00
      This was another fight that went to a decision. Assuncao showed decent striking, and mostly won the fight by taking Eduardo to the ground, controlling him, getting back mount a few times, and stuff like that. Eduardo had decent counter striking, but ultimately, didn't do enough to win any of the rounds. Assuncao wins via unanimous decision.
88.6
Decision
15:00
      I've never really been much of a fan of Paulo Thiago, and I've never heard of David Mitchell. With that being said, they both put up a pretty good fight, but Mitchell was way too stiff, never throwing more than a single strike at a time, and Thiago was throwing decent combos, and taking Mitchell down with his superior grappling skills. In the end, I would have liked to see Thiago finish Mitchell (and he almost did at the end of the third round) but yeah, still a pretty decent fight for a decision.
92.6
Decision
15:00
      HOLY FUCKING SHIT. This was one of the wildest things I've ever seen in the UFC. Palhares beat the LIVING FUCK out of Miller in the first round, CRUSHING him on the ground with SLAMS and PUNCHES, and then he randomly stopped punching and ran away and hopped up on top of the cage, and everyone was confused. The referee never stopped the fight! So after they got the fight going again, Miller almost knocked him out, Palhares got pissed, and slammed him again at the end of the round (and the punched him in the face after the bell). The second round was more of Palhares ABSOLUTELY DOMINATING Miller, and I thought that Miller might be dead by the end of that round. Palhares won those first two rounds 10-8 in my opinion. The third round was kind of boring, Miller was beat up, and Palhares had worn himself out in the first two rounds, but yeah, overall an AMAZING fight, and Palhares proved that he is one of the scariest fighters in the world.
89.5
TKO
(Punches)
7:51
      Good show! Thiago Tavares beat Spencer Fisher's ass! He took him down early in the first round, and controlled him up against the cage on the ground for the entire first round, beating him up a little bit here & there. The second round was the exact same thing, but this time, he got full back mount, and finished Fisher by punching him in the side of the head until Fisher's mouth piece fell out, and the referee had to stop the fight. Awesome fight for Tavares.
91.2
TKO
(Punches)
4:20
      I remember seeing Luiz Cane fight a while back, but I haven't seen him in a while. I've never heard of Stanislav Nedkov though. That dude is badass! Luiz Cane seemed to have better "technical" boxing skills, using his range to try to pick apart Nedkov. The problem is, Nedkov wasn't in the mood for technique, he was just throwing his overhand right & his left hook, in big looping combos, and eventually, he knocked Luiz Cane on his ass, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Excellent way to start off the PPV!
90.4
KO
(Punches)
3:09
      Yeah! Big Nog in the hizzy! It was cool seeing him get the big win in his home country of Brazil, by knocking Brendan Schaub the fuck out. Both guys stayed standing the entire fight, Schaub seemed like the slightly quicker fighter, and he was trying to dance around the outside a bit, but like a bull, Nogueira cornered him against the cage, punched him HARD a few times, and Schaub just collapsed. This makes me miss the good ol' days in Pride SO MUCH. But yeah, awesome fight, great job Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira!!!
91.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      I'm a big fan of Edson Barboza, everytime I see him fight, he impresses me with his striking skills. I also sort of like Ross Pearson, because those scrappy Brits usually put on a good show. This fight was no different. The first round, I gave to Pearson, because he was pushing the fight, and seemed to attack a little more. The second round was ALL Barboza, knocking Pearson a bit loopy a few times. The third round I thought I was going to give to Pearson for being more aggressive, but by the end of the round, he had a huge mouse over his left eye, and his right eye was cut open pretty badly, so I gave them a draw in that round. In the end, the judges gave the fight to Barboza via split decision, and I'm 100% fine with that decision.
90.7
KO
(Punches)
1:53
      Well, this was cool because it took place in Brazil, so I was happy for Shogun for that reason. On the downside, I like Forrest Griffin, but he seems like he's on a downhill slope with no signs of rising back to the top. Should he be thinking about retirement already? The fight started off kind of slow, testing each other out on the feet for a couple of minutes, and then Shogun clipped Forrest, Forrest went to the ground, Shogun hammerfisted the shit out of Forrest's head, and the referee stopped the fight. Forrest was out cold. Oh well, see ya Forrest. Good job Shogun!
95.6
TKO
(Punches)
7:04
      Anderson Silva is SO badass! The first round, Kenny Florian summed it up nicely, by stating that Anderson Silva is basically like a computer in the first round, analyzing Okami's gameplan, calculating the distance, figuring out the best strategy, and then the round was over. The second round started, and Anderson Silva came out like he was on crack, doing the jitterbug, flipping out, lots of bouncing, lots of punches, and then eventually he just stood still, and let Okami punch him in the face a couple of times, while Silva just stared at him with the "You're about to die!" look. Silva knocked Okami on his ass with a big punch, and then just pounded on him until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Okami basically got destroyed in this fight. GREAT way to get revenge for the previous controversial loss to Okami (DQ due to an illegal upkick). So yeah, Anderson is the man, hands down, badass, and this was a fun fight.
OVERALL 91.5
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