(6/23/2007)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Gray Maynard - 93.4
2. Joe Lauzon - 92.9
3. Roger Huerta - 91.8
4. B.J. Penn - 91.7
5. Brandon Melendez - 91.3
6. Robert Emerson - 91.3
7. Thales Leites - 91.0
8. Douglas Evans - 90.3
9. Manny Gamburyan - 89.6
10. Jens Pulver - 89.3
UFC The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Gray Maynard vs. Robert Emerson
92.6
Fighters & Matches 88.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.3
TOTAL 89.9
85.3
TKO
(Punches)
2:09
     Matt Wiman was one of the best fighters on this season of the Ultimate Fighter, but he wasn't able to get past Manny Gamburyan to make it to the semi-finals... So with that being said, I expected him to come back hungry, and dominate Brian Geraghty, and that's pretty much exactly what happened... They stood for a second, Wiman threw a couple of kicks, and then took Geraghty to the ground... Wiman unloaded some punches on Geraghty, but he wasn't very effective from inside the guard, so he jumped over Geraghty's legs (kind of like a frog), and grabbed the cage to support his balance (which is illegal, but apparently nobody noticed), and he eventually got the full mount, Geraghty rolled over onto his stomach, and Wiman started throwing heavy punches to the side of Geraghty's head, until the referee stopped the fight, a couple of minutes into the first round, giving the TKO victory to Matt Wiman...
86.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:22
      This was kind of an ugly grappling match... I remember the great fight between Roger Huerta & Leonard Garcia at UFC 69, where Garcia lost by decision to Huerta... So I was kind of surprised to see that they didn't show this fight on the PPV, because Garcia looked pretty good for his first fight in the UFC... Now that he's taking on Allen Berube, it's another story... Berube ran at Garcia, the both kind of locked up with each other, I think Garcia went for the guillotine choke, Berube took him down, etc... They just rolled around for a few minutes, neither fighter looked THAT impressive, but after a while, Garcia took the back of Berube, and locked on a tight rearnaked choke, for the submission victory... Leonard Garcia is a really good fighter, but I think Berube might have been kind of a boring matchup for him... Leonard Garcia wins by first round submission...
92.6
No Contest
(Both Fighters TKO'd)
5:39
      Yo, this fight was pretty effin' good bro... You know? Pretty effin' good bro... The first round of this fight, had Gray Maynard (surprisingly) taking the fight to the kickboxer Rob Emerson, with some really solid punch combos, that looked like they might have done some damage to the composure of Rob Emerson... Maynard then kind of went for a takedown, but Emerson threw a huge knee to the face of Maynard, and then Rob Emerson (surprisingly) took Maynard (the wrestler) to the ground... But once they were on the ground, Gray Maynard dominated, by keeping the top position, and throwing big punches at the head & body of Emerson... Emerson went for a couple of submission attempts, so it's obvious he's been working on his ground game, but Maynard was easily able to maintain control for the entire first round... Good show by both fighters...
      The second round is when the fun really started... Rob Emerson was hurt pretty badly in the first round (his rib was all fucked up), so Gray Maynard came out & rushed him at the start of the second round, threw some wicked punch combos, then he lifted Emerson up into the air onto his shoulder, and then Gray Maynard dove headfirst, slamming Emerson to the ground, forcing Emerson to tap due to the fucking BRUTAL slam... So, Gray Maynard wins by second round submission, right? Well, not exactly... When Maynard jumped headfirst to slam Emerson, he actually knocked himself unconscious, which forced the referee to declare the fight a No Contest... FUCKING CRAZY... I still gave the fight to Maynard, because up until that point, he was dominating the fight anyways... But still, this was a crazy end to a brutal fight... I can't wait to see these two fight again HOPEFULLY sometime in the near future...
83.5
TKO
(Head Kick & Punches)
1:10
      I'm not a fan of Cole Miller at all, but I'm even less of a fan of Andy Wang... Other than Wayne Weems (and Gabe Ruediger of course), Andy Wang was the lowest rated fighter on The Ultimate Fighter Season 5... So with that being said, I'm glad to see that Cole Miller beat his ass, but I still can't help but think that Cole Miller overestimates his own abilities... This fight basically consisted of the (rumored to be) Jiu-Jitsu expert, Andy Wang, trying to stand with Cole Miller... In the end, Miller kicked him in the face, Wang fell down, Miller jumped on him, and punched him in the face several times, and the referee eventually stopped the fight... Whatever... If there was a pointless fight on this card, this would probably have to be it...
92.0
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
7:09
      YEAH MAN! This night is full of great fights so far... Brandon Melendez came out swinging, throwing some really solid punches at Lauzon... Joe Lauzon was then able to take Melendez to the ground with relative ease, and once the fight got to the ground, it was pretty much all Lauzon... The thing that really impressed me more than anything though, was Brandon Melendez's ability to avoid the submissions... Lauzon had his back several times during the first round, and he basically locked on rearnaked chokes one after the other, and Melendez was able to escape them all with ease... The first round ended with Lauzon locking on a heelhook, but Melendez was saved by the bell... The second round was basically more of the same, Melendez throws some strikes, Lauzon takes him to the ground, Lauzon attempts some submissions, and this time, Melendez wasn't able to escape the triangle choke, that ended the fight in the second round, giving the submission victory to Joe Lauzon...
89.5
TKO
(Punches)
8:30
      This was a pretty good fight... Roger Huerta apparently was the first fighter, ever to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated (just recently)... So he came into this fight, looking like a model, with a nice tan, etc... Ha... And then Doug Evans is a relatively unknown, yet undefeated fighter, from Alaska? Anyways, the entire first round went to Evans, because he completely controlled Roger Huerta for the entire first round, out-wrestling him for the entire round... Both guys showed decent striking skills, but Doug Evans just seemed to be on his game tonight, and then he even nearly locked on a rear-naked choke... The second round started up, and it looked like somebody lit a fire under the ass of Huerta, because he came out with some hard kicks to the legs & body of Evans... After striking with each other for a while, the fight went to the ground, Huerta grabbed his back and tried to find a submission, and ended up just mounting the back of Evans, and he finished the fight with a series of punches to the head of Evans... (The referee stopped the fight due to strikes)... Roger Huerta wins by 2nd round TKO...
88.2
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
3:50
      This fight started with Thales Leites throwing some leg kicks, a spin kicked that missed, both guys threw some punch combos, but nothing too terrific or impressive... Then Sword decided he'd get Leites in the clinch, and try to take him down... Instead, Leites unleashed two really nice Judo like throws, making Sword look kind of worthless... Once they hit the ground, Leites got the top position, and locked on an arm triangle choke for the submission victory in the first round...
88.3
Submission
(Shoulder Injury)
5:20
      Man, what a damned shame... This fight was the Ultimate Fighter 5, Season Finale Championship Fight, etc... So I was expecting huge things from this fight... Manny Gamburyan was the guy I had picked to win this fight, and after the first round, he was definitely winning... He took Diaz down several times, he was able to escape all of Daiz's submission attempts with ease, and Gamburyan just seemed to have the upperhand during the entire first round... The second round started, Gamburyan went in with the shot for a takedown, and dislocated his shoulder, forcing him to tap out due to injury... So Nate Diaz wins the fight, wins the Ultimate Fighter tournament, and he does it due to the self inflicted injury of Manny Gamburyan... I would like to see these guys fight again sometime, but I guess you can't ask for TOO many rematches from this event, so we'll see what happens... Regardless, Nate Diaz is a great fighter, he was the #1 ranked fighter from Season 5 of the Ultimate Fighter, and he deserves everything he got (even though this was NOT one of his better fights)... I'm looking forward to seeing both of these guys fight sometime in the near future...
89.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:12
      I got nervous before this fight started... As the fighters were walking to the Octagon, I felt like I was going to throw up... I could tell that both of these guys had huge butterflies in their stomachs, which is understandable, because this was a HUGE fight for both of them... Historically, this was a really important fight, but as far as actually watching it for entertainment, they both just looked a little too nervous... Jens Pulver was just moving slow, and seemed to hesitate with all of his punches, and he ended up getting taken down with ease... BJ Penn wasn't THAT active, but when he was, he was either going for submissions, or pounding on Jens Pulver from the top position... Pulver was able to escape several submission from Penn, so kudos to him for that... But in the end, in the second round, Jens Pulver tapped out to the rearnaked choke by BJ Penn, giving BJ the second round submission victory...
OVERALL 89.9
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