(2/5/2011)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Jon Jones - 94.8
2. Anderson Silva - 94.6
3. Kyle Kingsbury - 93.1
4. Mike Pierce - 92.9
5. Demetrious Johnson - 92.9
6. Chad Mendes - 92.4
7. Paul Taylor - 92.3
8. Carlos Eduardo Rocha - 91.7
9. Forrest Griffin - 91.5
10. Donald Cerrone - 91.3
UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader
94.0
Fighters & Matches 90.5
Top 10 Fighters 92.8
TOTAL 91.7
89.9
TKO
(Punches)
5:29
     This was a really nice win for Pierce. He dominated the first round, taking Robertson to the ground, and controlling him for the entire round. The second round had Pierce punching Robertson in the face a couple of times, knocking him to the ground, and then he smashed his face in on the ground, until the referee was forced to stop the fight, because I think Robertson might have actually been unconscious. Really solid win for Pierce, early in the second round.
91.0
TKO
(Knee to the Body & Punches)
0:21
      This was an awesome show of destruction by Kingsbury. He immediately grabbed Romero, pinned him against the cage, threw big knees to his body, broke his ribs, smashed his face with big punches, and forced the referee to stop the fight before Kingsbury was able to kill Romero. Brutal fight for Kingsbury, and all in under 30 seconds.
90.4
KO
(Head Kick)
6:42
      This fight was pretty good, with Paul Taylor clearly being the better fight the entire fight. The first round consisted of Taylor outboxing Ruediger, and every time RUediger would try to take the fight to the ground, Taylor would reverse it, and prove that he was the better wrestler as well (which was cool, since he's been training his wrestling). The second round was more of the same, eventually ending with a punch combination & a kick to the face of Ruediger, leading to the KO victory by Paul Taylor. I've always liked Paul Taylor, never really gave a shit about Ruediger, so I was happy with this result.
91.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight kind of sucked for me, because I really wanted Kid Yamamoto to come to the UFC and DESTROY people, but Demetrious Johnson absolutely destroyed him in this fight, with his lightning fast takedowns, his ground control, his fast kicks & punches. In the end, Kid Yamamoto didn't stand a chance in this fight, absolute domination by Johnson. Great win for Johnson, bad debut for Yamamoto.
89.8
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good ass kicking, delivered by Chad Mendes. He dominated the first two rounds, by outboxing Omigawa while standing, and then taking him to the ground at will, and beating him up on the ground as well. Omigawa turned it up a notch in the third round, and started strong, but again, by the end of the round, Mendes had him on the ground, and was beating the shit out of him again, so Mendes won all 3 rounds on my scorecards, and all 3 judges agreed.
89.0
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:48
      This was a good little ass kicking. Donald Cerrone is always pretty exciting to fight, so it was cool to see him get the win here in his UFC debut. Paul Kelly did a decent job throwing punches and Cerrone, but Cerrone just seemed to have more accurate striking, as well as CLEARLY the superior grappling skills, finishing the fight in the second round with the rear-naked choke.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      This fight was pretty boring, especially considering the fact that both guys have reputations for being pretty exciting. Banuelos was just too short though, and Torres was too nervous about getting in close due to Antonio's ability to brawl. In the end, Miguel Torres basically won all 3 rounds by outboxing Banuelos. I personally gave the final round to Banuelos, because in the last 10 seconds he turned up the heat quite a bit, but ultimately, this was a pretty poor performance from both of them.
90.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was pretty badass, especially the first round. Carlos Eduardo Rocha displayed some of the best offensive Jiu-Jitsu I've seen in a long time, COMPLETELY dominating Ellnberger in the first round on the ground (and Ellenberger is supposed to be a solid wrestler). Rocha is the man on the ground though. The second round they stayed standing for the most part, a lot less eventful, and at the end of the round, Ellenberger tried to steal it by taking Rocha to the ground, but it backfired, and Rocha almost locked on a triangle choke, so I gave the first two rounds to ROcha. The third round was sort of slow again, with Rocha throwing kicks, and Ellenberger taking him to the ground near the end, this time Ellenberger controlled things for the last few seconds, so I gave the third round to Ellenberger. In the end, I gave the fight to Rocha (the first 2 rounds), but two of the judges disagreed, giving the fight to Ellenberger via split-decision.
94.0
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
9:20
      BAM! Jon Jones is the man, he's the 205 pound Anderson Silva. The first round started, Jones took Bader to the ground, and absolutely dominated him with his wrestling skills (which is crazy, since Bader is a wrestler). Jones was rolling all over the place, just making Bader look like a bitch. ABSOLUTELY SCHOOLED. The second round was basically more of the same, Bader on his back, Jones on top, and eventually Jones locked on a TIGHT guillotine choke, forcing Bader to submit. Bader just had this "defeated" look on his face during the majority of the fight, once he realized he didn't stand a chance against Jones on the ground. Great fight, and Jones earns the next shot at Shogun's Light Heavyweight Championship!
89.8
Decision
15:00
      This fight was pretty awesome. Forrest Griffin started the fight (like most other fights so far on this card) by dominating Rich on the ground, Forrest is quite a bit bigger than Rich, so he had a pretty clear strength advantage. The second round was a little bit closer, with Rich becoming more active, but I still gave the 2nd round to Forrest as well. The third round, they both just basically scrapped it out until the end, close call in those last 2 rounds, but I gave all 3 rounds to Forrest Griffin, and all 3 judges did as well.
93.4
KO
(Front Kick & Punches)
3:25
      This was technically a slow boring fight, but it was still badass, because the end was phenomenal. They spent the first half of the first round circling each other with no real point, and then Vitor turned up the heat, Silva did his usual bobblehead stuff, dodging all of the attacks, and eventually he kicked Vitor in the face, and BAM... Knocked the fuck out. Just to make sure it was over, Anderson punched him in the face twice while Vitor was laying on the ground, and then finally the referee stopped the fight. I said a while back that I thought Vitor would be the guy to beat Anderson, but clearly I was wrong. Anderson Silva is fucking unstoppable.
OVERALL 91.7
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