(7/7/2012)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Anderson Silva - 91.8
2. Demian Maia - 91.6
3. Chael Sonnen - 91.6
4. Forrest Griffin - 91.0
5. Chad Mendes - 90.4
6. Khabib Nurmagomedov - 90.4
7. Melvin Guillard - 90.2
8. Costas Philippou - 90.0
9. Tito Ortiz - 89.5
10. Shane Roller - 89.2
UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen
92.7
Fighters & Matches 88.2
Top 10 Fighters 90.6
TOTAL 89.4
86.6
Decision
15:00
     I wasn't really into this fight at all. Yoislandy showed solid striking in the first round, and had a great reversal when Oliveira shot for a takedown, so I gave the first round to Yoislandy. The rest of the fight basically consisted of Oliveira taking him to the ground, and controlling him from the top position, for the final two rounds. So in the end, I gave the fight to Oliveira, 29-28, and the judges agreed.
87.0
Decision
15:00
      The first round of this fight ended with John Alessio knocking Roller loopy, and finishing the fight on top, so I gave that round to him. The rest of the fight consisted of Roller taking Alessio to the ground, controlling him with his Jiu-Jitsu skills, and in the end, Roller rode Alessio to a 29-28 unanimous decision victory. Decent fight, but Alessio got frustrated and spent too much energy yelling at Roller, telling him to get off his back and stop riding him, but I mean... Roller won, so maybe you can learn something from him Alessio?
88.7
Decision
15:00
      This fight consisted of two strong 185 pound fighters, battling it out, sort of nullifying each other's offense, with solid defense. Fukuda kept trying to take the fight to the ground, but Philippou's takedown defense was too good. In the end, I had the fight pretty close going into the third round, but after a brutal eye poke that almost put Costas out of the fight, he came back with some brutal aggression, and beat the shit out of Fukuda for the last couple of minutes of the fight, so I gave the fight to Costas Philippou, and so did all 3 judges. Decent fight overall, especially the ending.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      You know what? I'm glad Nurmagomedov won this fight, because he has an insane undefeated record so far in his MMA career, so it's always cool watching guys take on that Goldberg challenge, racking up win after win after win, etc... The problem is, you COULD argue that Tibau won this fight, 29-28, but in the end, I agreed with all 3 judges, and gave the fight to Nurmagomedov. It was kind of a boring fight, spent mostly cuddling with each other, while standing against the cage. But yeah, looking forward to seeing what comes in the future for Nurmagomedov.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      Melvin Guillard is always a fun fighter to watch, and he had a few noteworthy moments in this fight, like his insane takedown defense, his hard punches, his aggressiveness whenever he got the top position, etc... In the end, I gave the fight 29-28 to Melvin Guillard, and all 3 judges gave the fight to Guillard 30-27, so I guess that's that. Good fight for Guillard, Camoes didn't really impress me very much though.
85.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight was probably the only fight on the main card that I didn't really care about. I sort of wanted Mike Easton to win, just because his name brought back memories of Marvin Eastman, who generally got his ass kicked, but LOOKED like a world beater. In the end, after 3 rounds of dancing around, Mike Easton wins via unanimous decision due to being slightly more aggressive. All the crowd had to say about this fight was "BOOOOO!", but I thought it was ok, but pretty uneventful compared to what the rest of this card will hopefully be.
88.1
KO
(Punch to the Body)
0:31
      Well, that sucks. I was really cheering for Cody McKenzie, just because I like the guy, but ultimately I think everybody knew that Mendes would win this fight. McKenzie came out hopping around, threw a bunch of kicks that looked like "ok" kicks. Eventually, Mendes caught a kick, punched Cody in the body really hard, Cody went down, Mendes hammerfisted his brains out, and Mendes wins via TKO due to strikes on the ground.
88.7
TKO
(Rib Injury)
0:47
      I'm not real clear what happened here. I'm glad that Demian Maia won, but it was a weird ending early in the first round. Demian Maia grabbed onto Kim's back at the start of the fight, he forced him to the ground, mounted him, punched him a couple of times, and then just got up and walked away. Apparently Kim broke a rib when he got slammed on the ground? Or maybe his neck? I have no idea. EIther way, Demian Maia wins via TKO / injury.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      Man! Patrick Cote really has a solid chin! Is that honestly the only thing people can say about Cote? In the end, he just wasn't aggressive enough in this fight, and Cung Le did more damage from his attacks. It was a close fight, but at the end of the third round, Cung Le took him to the ground, which solidified the unanimous decision victory for Cung Le.
89.5
Decision
15:00
      This fight was Tito Ortiz's last fight, he's officially retired now. It was the rubber match, the tie breaker, the final fight. The first round was pretty close, I gave it to Forrest but I had a bad feeling the judges might give it to Tito. The second round was 100% Forrest Griffin. The third round looked like it was going to go to Tito because he took Forrest down for a second time in the fight, but Griffin got back to his feet, and again beat up Tito on the feet (but Tito landed some solid punches, almost knocking out Griffin a couple of times.) After the fight was over, Forrest left the octagon and ran away, which was weird & pissed me off, because I thought it was a close fight, I was going to give the fight to Forrest, but I thought maybe his bad sportsmanship might lose him the fight with any last minute decisions the judges might make. In the end, he came back into the octagon, won the fight via unanimous decision, and then gave an awkward interview, asking Tito if it was really over or not. Either way, so far this entire event has KIND of sucked, and hasn't lived up to the hype, but since the Silva vs. Sonnen fight is the main reason we're here, I'm going to move on from this fight, and enjoy the biggest fight in UFC history!
92.7
TKO
(Knee to the Body & Punches)
6:55
      Well, for being the biggest fight in UFC history, this was a pretty lame event overall. The first round made me nervous, because Sonnen took Anderson to the ground, and completely dominated him during the first round. The second round was kind of a sloppy event, that ended with Sonnen spinning around and falling on his ass for no apparent reason, Anderson jumped on top of him, punched him in the face a lot, and that ended the fight. Anderson Silva is the legit champion, and this fight just enforces that theory, but overall, I'm pretty disappointed with the quality of this event as a whole.
OVERALL 89.4
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