(9/22/2007)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Tyson Griffin - 97.9
2. Thiago Tavares - 95.8
3. Forrest Griffin - 94.1
4. Matt Wiman - 93.6
5. Michihiro Omigawa - 92.0
6. Jon Fitch - 91.7
7. Jeremy Stephens - 91.4
8. Rich Clementi - 90.8
9. Diego Sanchez - 90.3
10. Mauricio Rua - 90.3
UFC 76: Knockout
Location: Anaheim, California
Elevation: 157'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Tyson Griffin vs. Thiago Tavares
96.5
Fighters & Matches 90.0
Top 10 Fighters 92.8
TOTAL 91.4
92.8
Decision
15:00
     This was a GREAT undercard fight, and probably the second best fight of the night (under Tyson Griffin vs. Thiago Tavares)... The entire fight consisted of both guys going at each other full blast, throwing pretty great punch combos, both guys showed decent wrestling (Judo on Omigawa's behalf), and both guys showed decent submission games... After a 3 round war, Matt Wiman got the favor of all 3 judges, to earn his hard fought unanimous decision victory... Both of these guys are fun to watch though, and I hope the UFC decides to keep Omigawa for future fights...
88.4
Submission
(Heel Hook)
3:19
      This fight was pretty decent... It sort of reminded me of the Tank Abbott vs. Frank Mir fight from back in the day... Scott Junk came out swinging, and he's just a big bulky heavy-handed striker, who was trying to put Wellisch on his ass with some heavy punch combinations... Most of the fight was spent hugging against the cage, but when they broke apart, Junk would continue swinging heavy hands, and Wellisch eventually was able to take him to the ground, and he locked on a heel hook immediately, winning by submission in the first round... Christian Wellisch is a solid fighter, especially on the ground...
89.5
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight, albeit a bit one sided... The entire fight basically consisted of Jeremy Stephens out-striking Saraiva, both on the feet & on the ground... Stephens has some great striking ability in his hands, his elbows on the ground are heavy, his kicks while standing have a great snap to them, etc... Stephens basically beat Saraiva's ass for 3 rounds... Saraiva's only real offense, was his ability to pull guard... To be fair, if he wants to pull guard on you, he'll probably succeed, but one the fight hits the ground, other than being able to smother you, Saraiva doesn't look like his offense is all that dangerous... Jeremy Stephens wins by unanimous decision...
88.6
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:05
      This was a pretty solid undercard fight... The first round was pretty action packed, with Anthony Johnson outstriking Clementi on the feet, while Clementi spent most of the round trying to take Johnson to the ground for submission attacks... I ended up giving the first round to Johnson, but just barely... By the time the second round started, Johnson was already tired, and breathing heavily, and Clementi was able to take him to the ground, work his way around onto Johnson's back, and he locked on the rear-naked choke for the submission victory...
96.5
Decision
15:00
      Another fight of the night candidate for Tyson Griffin... This guy ALWAYS brings his A game, and ALWAYS puts on great shows, regardless of who he is fighting against... He has great wrestling skills, great submission skills, ESPECIALLY his submission defense, he has great striking, great heart, great cardio... Tyson Griffin is the shit... As for Thiago Tavares, last time I saw him, he was the MVP of the show or whatever, in my opinion, when he destroyed Jason Black at an Ultimate Fight Night... This fight was more of the same great fighting from both fighters... Tyson Griffin was dominating with his wrestling, Tavares would counter it with submission attacks, and Griffin would defend everything, and even delivered his second death valley driver in the UFC, dropping Tavares on his head, after Tavares was hanging onto his back like a gorilla... This fight was nuts, it was a GREAT fight, everybody should see these two fight, and I'm definitely looking forward to watching both guys fight again soon... In the end, Tyson Griffin wins by decision...
85.5
Decision
15:00
      As with most of Machida's fights, this was kind of boring... Kazuhiro Nakamura was making his UFC debut, coming from Pride, and I was expecting a lot out of him, but Machida basically won the fight by grinding out a decision... Machida showed a bit more aggression than usual, his striking is good, he's hard to hit, etc... But he's not very exciting to watch... Nakamura really didn't bring anything to this fight, other than his umbrella... Machida wins by decision...
90.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty solid fight, between two of the top guys in the welterweight division... As soon as the first bell rang, Diego Sanchez charged Fitch, and tried to take him down, but he wasn't able to do much with those attempts, since Fitch basically just powered out of it... I thought more of the fight would take place while standing, but most of the time was spent with both guys grappling around on the ground... Fitch basically dominated with his wrestling skills, controlling most of the positions... Diego threw a handful of submission attempts at Fitch, but Fitch was able to power out of all of those as well... In the end, Jon Fitch wins by split-decision... (And I agree 100% with that decision, just for the record...)
92.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
14:45
      YEAH MAN! I called this one... Even though Forrest Griffin was the extreme underdog, not even considered a Top 10 fighter in the division, taking on who a lot of people considered to be the #1 205 pound fighter in the world, Shogun Rua, Forrest Griffin really took on the beast in this fight... In my opinion, Forrest Griffin basically won all 3 rounds, by just out striking, out wrestling & out grappling Shogun in all 3 rounds... With only 15-20 seconds left in the last round, Forrest Griffin grabbed Shogun's back, locked on the rear-naked choke, and forced him to tapout, giving the submission victory to Forrest Griffin... Talk about taking a shortcut up the ladder! Forrest Griffin is a bad ass...
85.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      FUCK... That sucked... Chuck Liddell basically just got schooled in a 3 round war against Keith Jardine... Jardine beat up Chuck's legs with heavy kicks, he kicked the shit out of the side of Chuck's body... When it came to striking, Jardine almost knocked out Chuck in the second round... Chuck just didn't seem like he really gave a shit about being there... To be honest, I'm not sure if I'm more upset that Chuck lost to Jardine, or the fact that Chuck probably won't be fighting Wanderlei Silva in December now... Jardine wins by split-decision...
OVERALL 91.4
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