100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Roger Huerta - 96.3
2. Joe Stevenson - 95.3
3. Kurt Pellegrino - 93.8
4. Randy Couture - 93.6
5. Renato Sobral - 93.5
6. Georges St. Pierre - 92.9
7. Alberto Crane - 92.8
8. Josh Koscheck - 90.4
9. Gabriel Gonzaga - 89.1
10. Thales Leites - 88.6
UFC 74: Respect
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Roger Huerta vs. Alberto Crane
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 92.6
TOTAL 91.0
     Meh, before this event took place, I expected this to be the fight of the night... Instead, it ended up being one of the undercard fights that wasn't shown, and for good reason... It was 3 rounds of basic striking, a few minutes on the ground with decent grappling, but neither fighter was able to even come close to finishing the other... In the end, Clay Guida wins by split-decision, and that's about all I have to say about this fight...
      This fight aired after the main event on the live broadcast (it was recorded earlier in the night)... Ryan Jensen came out and threw 100 or so high kicks, which were all connecting, and he looked like he was off to a good start, until Thales Leites took him to the ground, went for the Americana, and transitioned into an armbar for an instant submission victory at 3:47 of the first round... Thales Leites is good, but he still doesn't stand out in my mind for some reason... He still pulled off the submission of the night though...
      Meh, this was ok... Frank Mir makes his "big return" by taking out Antoni Hardonk without much trouble at all... The fight started, Antoni Hardonk threw a leg kick , Frank Mir took him to the ground, Frank locked on a kimura, they rolled around for a minute or so, and then Hardonk was forced to tap... Good little show by Mir, but he fact that he was winded during the interview (after fighting for ONE MINUTE), doesn't impress me in regards to his cardio... He still looked to be in better shape than the last few times I've seen him though, so hopefully Frank Mir is climbing back up the ladder now... I'm looking forward to seeing his next fight...
(Anaconda Choke)
      This fight was crazy... Renato "Babalu" Sobral pretty much dominated David Heath from beginning to end, and literally almost killed him... The first round conisted of some back & forth action, but in the end, Babalu spent most of the round in the dominant position, and he won that round fairly easily... The second round, Babalu took Heath to the ground, and unleashed some of the most brutal ground & pound I've ever seen, with hard punches & elbows, he cut open Heath's forehead, and the entire octagon was covered with blood, there was blood squirting out of Heath's head, etc... It was a BAD cut... Then near the end of the second round, after almost chopping Heath's head in half with elbows & punches, Babalu locked on a very tight Anaconda choke, for the submission victory, but then after Heath tapped out, Babalu held the choke for an additional 5-7 seconds, until the referee had to peel him off of Heath... If he would have held that choke for a few more seconds, Heath could have died... Apparently Babalu wanted to put him to sleep, and he achieved his goals... Babalu looked like a brutal war machine in this fight, but his lack of sportsmanship was ridiculous...
      Well then... I've been building up Kendall Grove as one of the best Middleweights in the UFC for about a year now, even though he hasn't really had any stiff competition yet... Patrick Cote was that stiff competition... Patrick Cote is the boner that raped Kendall Grove's undefeated streak in the UFC... Patrick Cote pretty much controlled this fight, and near the end of the first round, he took Grove to the ground, started punching him in the head, and the referee had to stop the fight, because Kendall Grove got knocked out... Patrick Cote impressed me, but not to the extent where I'd actually consider him a contender at all...
      I normally don't like it when fights go to a decision, but the lightweights seem to be able to keep it exciting for 15 minutes, so it's all good... This fight was filled with back & forth action... Stevenson kept going for the guillotine chokes, but Pellegrino kept escaping, Pellegrino showed some great striking skills, but so did Joe Stevenson... They both displayed great wrestling, great jiu-jitsu, great fighting in general, great cardio (especially Stevenson), and in the end, Joe Stevenson was able to turn up the heat at the end of the third round to secure the decision, for what otherwise was a VERY close fight... Good stuff... Could Joe Stevenson be in line for the next Lightweight Title shot?
      THAT was pretty awesome... The undefeated Alberto Crane definitely showed his submission skills, throwing all kinds of crazy advanced combination submissions, where he'd lock up every part of Huerta's body for various submissions simultaneously... The best part though, was the fact that Roger Huerta was able to escape EVERYTHING thrown at him, he completely dominated Crane in the striking department, and by the end of the fight, Crane was practically dead for the last half of the second round, and Huerta's conditioning pulled him through to a victory by beating the shit out of Crane's face early in the third round for the TKO victory... Roger Huerta is the man, and to be honest, I think I'd like to see Huerta vs, Stevenson for the Lightweight Championship (if Sherk gets booted for the steroids issue)... Or, at least have those 2 fight for the #1 contender spot, to fight Sherk... Either way, the Lightweight division is fuckin' bad ass...
      Man, I can't believe that I predicted against Georges St. Pierre... GSP is one of my favorite fighters, and I really dislike Koscheck, so I WANTED GSP to win, but I just had a bad feeling about this one... Luckily for me, GSP is my hero, and any concerns that I might have had, were washed away when GSP dominated Koscheck's wrestling skills... GSP showed superior striking, wrestling & submission skills, leading to a unanimous decision after 3 rounds of working over Koscheck... Good show by GSP, and I'd like to see him maybe have one more fight before going for the belt again... As for Koscheck, I don't really care what they do with him...
      Man, I was off on another important prediction! I wanted Randy Couture to win this one, but I got caught up in the hype, and I actually believed that Gonzaga was a monster that would destroy everybody, including maybe even Fedor Emelianenko... Well, I guess not... Maybe that kick to the head of Mirko Cro-Cop was a lucky shot afterall? Either way, this fight was impressive... Randy Couture came out and took Gonzaga to the ground several times, including one big slam where he picked the giant Gonzaga up off the ground, and slammed him to the ground... Whenever they were on their feet, Randy got up close in the clinch, and dominated Gonzaga there as well... Ultimately, Randy Couture broke Gonzaga's nose in the first round, and then beat the shit out of him for 2 rounds, finally finishing him early in the third with the ground & pound TKO... Randy is the fuckin' man...