(6/13/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Fabricio Werdum - 94.9
2. Patrick Williams - 93.8
3. Gabriel Benitez - 92.9
4. Yair Rodriguez - 92.3
5. Kelvin Gastelum - 92.2
6. Johnny Case - 92.0
7. Efrain Escudero - 91.9
8. Chico Camus - 91.6
9. Henry Cejudo - 91.5
10. Charles Rosa - 91.0
UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum
Location: Federal District, Mexico
Elevation: 7,382'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez
96.5
Fighters & Matches 89.9
Top 10 Fighters 92.4
TOTAL 91.2
90.2
Decision
15:00
     This fight was fucking outstanding! Benitez showed some insane striking skills, both with his boxing, as well as his kicks, and whenever Collard would try to grapple with him, Benitez showed an ability to throw elbows from all kinds of crazy angles, even doing damage when Collard was on Benitez's back, hunting for the rear-naked choke. Really, Benitez dominated every aspect of this fight, except for the wrestling takedowns, which Collard scored with a few times. Benitez also had a nice guillotine choke that he attempted in the first round, where he was hanging onto the head of Collard, while Collard had to hold both of their weight in the air. Gabriel Benitez looked REALLY impressive in this fight, and I'm excited to see where he goes from here. Congrats to Benitez for the slick unanimous decision victory, showing a ton of heart, and a TON of skill as well.
86.2
Decision
15:00
      I wasn't very excited about this fight, going into it, and it proved to be about what I expected. Pendred did a decent job moving forward, and grappling with Montano, taking him down a few times in the second round, and controlling him. The entire first round consisted of Pendred chasing Montano, and Montano just wouldn't engage. Herb Dean (referee) even warned Montano between the 1st & 2nd round, that he CAN take away points, for being timid. So... That was interesting, since I've never heard that warning before in the UFC, but that also sucks, because it means that Montano's half of this fight was pretty boring, and Pendred isn't exactly a highlight reel fighter to begin with, so... Montano kept throwing side kicks, to keep the distance, but never really landed anything, and Pendred continued to take him down, and press him against the cage, so... Congrats to Pendred for winning a boring unanimous decision.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      The first round of this fight was pretty interesting. Case pretty much made Trevino look foolish on the feet, throwing great kicks, and punches, and causing Trevino to go into that "It don't hurt me bro" mode, which more or less means that Trevino was getting his ass kicked. Trevino then brutally poked Case in the eye, so the fight was stopped for quite a while, so Case could regain his composure. Once the fight started back up, Case took Trevino to the ground, and schooled him on the ground as well. The second round was more of the same (minus the eye poke), with Case busting up Trevino with strikes, he took him to the ground, he was looking for a rear-naked choke, transitioned into a guillotine, went for an omoplata, and then Trevino finally slipped out and got back to his feet. It didn't take long for Case to take the fight back down to the ground, where he continued to school Trevino with the grappling. The first two rounds clearly went to Case. The third round was pretty close, with Trevino working a decent wrestling game, to keep Case at bay, but ultimately, Case deserved to win this fight, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory, 30-27 on all scorecards.
91.0
Technical Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:23
      HOLY SHIT! That was fucking awesome. The fastest submission in bantamweight history, Williams came out like a ball of fire, launched some hard punches, knocked Perez on his ass, locked on an ultra tight standing guillotine choke, and put Perez to sleep. His body was just dangling there, and then flopped down onto the floor when Williams let go. That choke was fucking brutal. And I'm REALLY shocked, because I didn't think that Williams really stood a chance in this fight, and that was just about as one-sided as a fight can possibly get. Awesome highlight reel victory for Patrick Williams.
89.5
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:54
      Wow, that was the second fight in a row to end like that. They came out, shit got sloppy for a second, Dober threw a kick, slipped, and fell to the ground, Escudero capitalized by grabbing him in a guillotine choke, and pressing him up against the cage, he cranked on it, and Dober seemed to last a little bit longer than Perez, but he still was forced to tapout before going unconscious. Awesome quick submission victory for Efrain Escudero.
90.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a really good fight. Camus was an 11-1 underdog or some crazy shit like that, and I had them ranked dead even going into this fight. (Apparently I was the only person in the world that thought they were even?) Regardless of the rankings ahead of this fight, Camus did an outstanding job striking with Cejudo, he showed excellent boxing skills, he defended 10+ takedowns from Cejudo, and he only gave up one, at the very end of the fight. Cejudo did a decent job pressing Camus up against the fence, and when they would break away from the clinch, Cejudo scored some points, but in the end, I actually scored this fight, 29-28 in favor of the underdog Camus. But all 3 judges gave the fight to Cejudo. It's hard to believe that there wasn't a LITTLE BIT of Mexican bias going into those scorecards, for the hometown hero Cejudo. At the very least, Camus won the first round, but two judges gave all 3 rounds to Cejudo, so... Either way, really solid fight for both guys, and I'm glad that Camus did a good job showing that he can hang with top level guys like Cejudo.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      Well, this fight wasn't nearly as exciting as it should have been. Tecia Torres pretty much dominated this entire fight, taking Hill to the ground in every round, and laying on top of her. Hill didn't really have any offense to offer Torres, so she never really stood a chance, but I feel Torres could have stepped it up a notch and tried to finish, but as seems to be the case with her, she ended up going to a decision instead. She continues one of the best winning streaks in the division though, with an undefeated record of 6-0 now.
90.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty great fight. Rodriguez has a crazy guard game on the ground, and he also has a lot of wild & dangerous strikes while standing. There were a lot of scrambles, and crazy transitions, and lots of action in the first two rounds, both of which I gave to Rodriguez. The third round I thought could have gone either way, Rosa due to his wrestling, and Rodriguez, due to the damage he was delivering from his guard. Awesome fight overall though, and really solid performance by both fighters.
89.8
TKO
(Corner Stoppage)
10:00
      Well, I think this fight went the way most people probably thought it would. Gastelum picked apart Marquardt with his boxing, he took him to the ground, beat his ass on the ground, and by the end of the first round, Marquardt was pretty much exhausted. The fight was almost stopped in the second round, via Gastelum's ground & pound, as he was beating the shit out of Marquardt. Once the second round ended, Marquardt went back to his corner and said that he doesn't have anything left, so his corner stopped the fight. That was a little bit heartbreaking, but it's hard not to think that maybe now would be a good time for Marquardt to just hang up his gloves. Really nice win for Kelvin Gastelum.
88.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      For a fight that's been building for over 5 years, this wasn't a very exciting fight. The two best lightweight fighters from outside of the UFC (back in the day), FINALLY meet each other, inside the octagon, and they go to a long winded decision. Melendez looked awesome in the first round, picking apart Alvarez with tight boxing. Alvarez blew his nose, and his left eye swelled up like a balloon. The next two rounds consisted of Alvarez taking Melendez to the ground, and controlling him, and preventing him from doing anymore damage. Really, the fight could have gone to either fighter. I thought Alvarez won the last two rounds, but I thought Melendez scored more throughout the fight as a whole, so I would have been fine with the decision going either way. I'm happy that it was a split-decision. Congrats to Alvarez for a hard fought win.
96.5
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
12:13
      FUCK YES! I basically called this shit... I was telling people that Werdum would knock out Cain with a knee to the chin, and everybody was like "No way bro, that shit is impossible." And I guess I was technically wrong, but Werdum FUCKED CAIN UP on the feet, with punches, elbows, and BRUTAL KNEES. Werdum beat his ass bad enough, to where Cain's corner told him that he needed to take the fight to the ground in the third round (which was the exact opposite of the plan they had going into the fight). So as Werdum spent half of the third round, continuing to destroy Cain with punches & knees, Cain took him to the ground, Werdum locked on the guillotine choke, and Cain tapped out. FUCKING AWESOME WIN, and Werdum MIGHT have a shot at being declared the greatest heavyweight of all time, being the guy that finished Fedor (best ground & pound of all time), by submitting him, while Fedor was trying to ground & pound him. He beat Nogueira (one of the best submission heavyweights of all time), via armbar. And now, Cain Velasquez, the guy that was supposed to outwork Werdum, and destroy him with strikes, Werdum DESTROYED HIM WITH STRIKES, and then finished him via submission. Awesome fight, and congrats to Fabricio Werdum for one of the best fights I've seen in a long time. FUCK YES!!! FABRICIO WERDUM IS THE UNDISPUTED HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD!!!
OVERALL 91.2
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