100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk - 94.2
2. Makwan Amirkhani - 93.5
3. Noad Lahat - 92.1
4. Peter Sobotta - 92.0
5. Scott Askham - 92.0
6. Taylor Lapilus - 91.5
7. Mairbek Taisumov - 91.4
8. Niklas Backstrom - 91.2
9. Arnold Allen - 91.1
10. Tatsuya Kawajiri - 90.9
UFC Fight Night 69: Jedrzejczyk vs. Penne
Location: Berlin, Germany
Elevation: 112'
-Fight of the Night-
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Penne
Fighters & Matches 89.1
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.6
     This was a pretty decent performance by Taylor Lapilus. He pretty much spent the entire fight, circling around the octagon, keeping Sasaki up against the cage, while pegging him with random punches. He won the first round on points from his striking, and he knocked Sasaki on his ass with a big punch, and then finished him off with some more unanswered punches to the face, which forced the referee to stop the fight. Really solid performance.
(Doctor Stoppage)
      Eh... I wasn't really that into this fight. The first round felt kind of dull. They both threw some decent punches, and there was some decent clinch work, but there wasn't much of anything explosive going on. In the second round, Hallmann ended up with a decent sized cut on his left eyebrow, so the doctor decided to stop the fight. It was sort of a dull ending, to a somewhat dull fight. Congrats to Mustafaev for the victory though.
(Knees & Punches)
      Eh... Antonio Dos Santos landed some hard punches, and I thought he was doing a decent job in his UFC debut, but then he got clipped by a punch from Askham, rocking Dos Santos, and from there, it was just a matter of time, before Askham was able to put Santos down for the count, considering he was already out on his feet halfway through that flury. Nice first win in the UFC, for Scott Askham, but I'm still not really sold on either of these fighters as legitimate contenders.
      The first round was pretty interesting, with Lahat taking the fight to the ground, but Backstrom was able to lock on a gogoplata (which is always really exciting for me), but Lahat did a great job slipping out of it. Backstrom then got on top of Lahat, eventually getting on his back, where he wanted to get a rear-naked choke, but Lahat was defending by locking up one of Backstrom's arms. Backstrom spent at least 2 minutes at the end of the round, trying to lock on that rear-naked choke, and Lahat did a great job defending it, and Backstrom went for an armbar in the last 10 seconds. Really solid round of grappling by both fighters, with Backstrom winning the first round on the scorecards. The second round was pretty awesome, with Lahat beating the shit out of Backstrom on their feet with punches, and then he took him to the ground, and absolutely dominated him on the ground, going for a few chokes, and an armbar, and unloading some really nice ground & pound, leaving Backstrom a bloody mess by the end of the round. The scorecards are all even going into the third round! The third round was a VERY even round, where I thought Lahat was going to definitely win it, based on his superior wrestling, as well as some really nice submission attempts, but Backstrom got on top at the end of the round, and the fight ended with Backstrom looking for a rear-naked choke. To be honest, I might have to score this fight a draw, but I WANT Lahat to win this one, because I thought the second round was ALMOST a 10-8 round, and I really liked what he was doing for most of the third round. One judge scored this fight a draw, and the other two gave the fight to Lahat, 29-28, which I think is actually the perfect result. Congrats to Lahat for the hard fought majority decision.
(Guillotine Choke)
      The first round of this fight was a pretty good boxing match, where I THINK Omer was in the lead, but then Allen rocked him, and secured a takedown, but then he fell into a loose triangle choke, so by the end of the round, it probably could have gone either way. I guess I'd give it to Allen for securing the takedown & ending up on top? The second round started with Omer securing a takedown early on, but he wasn't able to do anything with it. They stood back up, and spent a couple more minutes boxing, before Omer got on Allen's back, looking for a rear-naked choke. He lost that position, but continued to grind Allen up against the cage for the rest of the round, securing the second round for Omer. Omer took the fight down against the cage again in the third round, and then landed a nice knee to the body of Allen as he was getting back to his feet. Arnold Allen, out of nowhere, locked on a guillotine choke, and nearly ripped Omer's head off. Awesome submission victory at the end of a fight that I thought he was about to lose via decision. Pretty good fight overall for both guys.
(Head Kick & Punches)
      This was a good fight. I gave the first round to Alves, but was a little irritated when Alves poked Taisumov in the eye, after kicking him in the nuts, and the fight was ALMOST stopped. Props to the referee for convincing the doctor to let the fight continue. The second round had Taisumov grazing Alves with a head kick, which caused him to flop backwards to the floor, where Taisumov finished him off with a series of unanswered punches. Awesome win for Mairbek Taisumov, handing Alves his first career defeat.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      I like Makwan Amirkhani a lot. He shot in, got the takedown, grabbed Fullen's back, and about a minute later, after crushing Fullen's throat with the rear-naked choke, sinking it deeper and deeper, Amirkhani wins via submission in just under 2 minutes of the first round. Another really impressive victory for Makwan Amirkhani. I can't wait to see where this guy goes from here!
      This fight started as a basic boxing match, and when Sajewski launched himself at Hein to attack him, Hein ducked out of the way, and threw Sajewski to the ground. Hein also beat Sajewski with the striking as well, outboxing him for most of the round. The second round had a few exciting moments, where they were both biting down on their mouthpieces, and swinging for the fences, but for the most part, it was kind of a boring round, with neither fighter really having a significant advantage. I would still PROBABLY give the round to Hein though. The third round had Hein trying to finish the fight, by throwing bombs at the face of Sajewski, and he pretty clearly won the round, but he wasn't able to get the finish. Still, a pretty decent decision victory for Nick Hein.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Meh... I've never heard of Steve Kennedy, and I wasn't really that impressed in any of the 4 fights I've seen of Sobotta inside the UFC. With that being said, Sobotta showed decent striking in this fight, he took the fight to the ground, and he finished Kennedy with a rear-naked choke about halfway through the first round. Nice submission victory, but I'm still not impressed by Sobotta at all. And Steve Kennedy? I'm not sure if I'm necessarily interested in seeing him get a second shot inside the UFC either, even though he sort of took this fight on short notice.
      The first round was close, with both guys landing some good strikes, and Kawajiri wasted most of the round trying to secure a takedown, while Siver showed tremendous takedown defense. At the very end of the round, Kawajiri was finally able to throw Siver to the ground, but he didn't have enough time to do anything on the ground. I gave the first round to Siver, but it could have gone either way. Seeing Kawajiri shoot for takedowns was interesting, because it looked like he was running into a brick wall, as Siver just kind of stood there like "Why is this guy trying to move me? You can't move me!" Kawajiri finally secured a takedown about halfway through the second round, where he controlled Siver for most of the round. The second round clearly went to Kawajiri, but he never really came close to finishing the fight or anything. The third round was a really good wrestling match, with both guys working for takedowns, and both guys looking really strong. Kawajiri took the fight back to the ground though, and Siver locked on a guillotine choke. Kawajiri was able to break out of Siver's guard, getting into half guard, which allowed him to escape the choke. This was a very good fight, but I THINK I would give it to Kawajiri? I'm not 100% sure to be honest. I kind of want Siver to win, but I think that Kawajiri's wrestling probably won the fight for him. The judges scored the fight for Kawajiri, 29-28. Congrats to Kawajiri for a pretty huge victory over Siver, in Germany none-the-less. Solid fight.
      This was a fucking BRAWL. Humans can't hang with Joanna's striking. She's just on another level, and she proved it here yet again, completely dismantling Penne's face, with brutal elbows, and punches, and kicks. She took out her lead leg with huge kicks. She showed insane takedown defense, avoiding any real concerns from Penne's grappling. Penne was able to hang in there, putting up a HELL of a fight, and taking a HELL of a beating, and proved that she's still one of the top fighters in the division in my opinion, but... I mean... Joanna Jedrzejczyk just destroyed her. That was a brutal beating. There was an insane amount of blood pouring out of Penne's face by the end of the fight. Joanna still wasn't able to OFFICIALLY "finish" Penne, but the referee decided that he had seen enough, and stopped the fight, but Penne never quit, and refused to get knocked down... so... HOLY FUCK that was a fight. But yeah, hands down, Joanna Jedrzejczyk is #1 in the division, without a doubt at this point.