(7/15/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Frank Mir - 93.2
2. Kevin Lee - 93.0
3. Tony Ferguson - 92.7
4. Jessica Andrade - 92.6
5. Manny Gamburyan - 92.1
6. Alan Jouban - 91.8
7. Sam Sicilia - 91.6
8. Sarah Moras - 91.2
9. Matt Dwyer - 91.1
10. Lyman Good - 91.0
UFC Fight Night 71: Mir vs. Duffee
Location: San Diego, California
Elevation: 422'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Frank Mir vs. Todd Duffee
92.4
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.7
88.2
TKO
(Punches)
8:37
     This was a pretty decent UFC debut for Lyman Good. He beat up Craig in the first round from the distance, but they both had some pretty clear Octagon jitters, so it seemed like neither fighter really wanted to let loose at all. Craig landed some nice elbows from the clinch in the second round, and it looked like he was controlling the round, until he slipped, and fell down, and from there, he was sort of thrown off his game. He got back up, and threw an elbow, Good threw a perfect counter punch, knocking Craig to the ground, and then Good jumped on him, and punched him in the face until Craig eventually went out. Nice finish for Lyman Good.
87.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight pretty much sucked. Casey threw some fun punch combinations, since most of his punches look like bombs read to explode in someone's face, but Alcantara spent most of this fight running away, so it didn't allow Casey to land many of his great punches. Casey also shot for a sloppy takedown in the first round, that ended with him pulling Alcantara into mount, which was ridiculous, but Casey did a good job getting back on top, where he beat up Alcantara for the entire round. So in the end, I gave this fight to Casey, 30-27, and all 3 judges agreed. Decent win considering he's been gone for the past year, but pretty fucking boring return.
87.0
Decision
15:00
      That entire final round was lame as shit. The first round had Strickland rocking Araujo, and almost finishing him on the ground with punches, but somehow the referee let the fight continue (which I was happy about), and Araujo barely survived the round. He came out trying to finish Strickland for the last 2 rounds, throwing wild looping punches, but he was throwing most of them one at a time, not really building up to anything, so it didn't take much for Strickland to step away, and counter with a jab. In the end, Strickland wins this fight via unanimous decision, all 3 rounds, but it was a pretty boring fight, minus the crazy near-finish in the first round.
88.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round of this fight consisted of Yahya shooting for a takedown, and absolutely smothering Kanehara for the entire round. He was wrapped around him, looking to take his back, looking to dominate him top positions, and overall, just didn't allow Kanehara to do much of anything. The second round was a little closer, with Yahya still looking for takedowns, and Kanehara trying to keep the fight standing. The third round I would give to Kanehara, because Yahya's takedowns looked weak as shit in that third round, and Kanehara was beating his ass with strikes whenever he saw an opening. In the end, this fight probably could have gone either way, but I gave it to Yahya, 29-28, even though all he did was try to hold down Kanehara for the entire fight. I kind of WANTED Kanehara to win this fight, since I thought he tried harder to finish the fight, but I'm glad that the fight went to a split-decision at least.
91.2
Decision
15:00
      Andrade is a beast, and Moras is a grappling machine. The first round consisted of Moras showing decent boxing, she pulled guard way too often, and she threw some really hard upkicks, with perfect timing. Andrade spent the first two rounds, beating the ass of Moras, and slamming her, and punching her on the ground with hard punches. The first two rounds definitely went to Andrade. The third round was all Andrade, until the end of the round, when Moras almost locked on a guillotine choke, Andrade escaped, threw Sarah to the ground, but then she locked on a rear-naked choke as Andrade got back to her feet, but she only had about 15 seconds left, and Andrade was able to hang in there long enough to be saved by the bell. Great fight overall, Moras is a fucking warrior, and Andrade is a beast. Great fight, and congrats to Andrade for a hard fought unanimous decision victory. Moras deserves some extra kudos for putting up one hell of a fight for 15 minutes, when she was almost finished in the first round, considering she was the biggest underdog on the card, other than Matt Dwyer.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a really good fight, but I'm kind of shocked that it went to a decision. Sicilia tried to use his boxing, but Meza did a good job avoiding any real damage, so the entire fight was a grappling match, which really, just showed off how great Sicilia's grappling is. The problem is, he went for probably 40 guillotine chokes, and couldn't finish any of them. Meza locked on a tight guillotine choke in the third round, and probably stole that round with it, but Sicilia was able to escape, leading to the unanimous decision victory for Sam Sicilia.
90.8
Decision
15:00
      This fight was fucking insane. Both guys were blasting each other with their hardest punches, and head kicks, and trying to take each other out for 15 minutes. Jouban landed an illegal knee in the first round, to the head of Dwyer while he was clearly down, so the referee took a point away from Jouban, making the first round a 10-8 round in my opinion, for Dwyer, but it could have been 9-9, depending on how you scored it. The second round was all Jouban, as he almost finished Dwyer at the end of the round with a wild cartwheel kick. The third round was just a wild brawl, that could have MAYBE gone either way. It was all Jouban for the entire round, but then in the last 10 seconds or something, Dwyer knocked down Jouban, and ended up on top, blasting Jouban in the face. This could be a contender for fight of the night, even though I'm absolutely SHOCKED that this fight didn't end with a finish. Dwyer put up a hell of a fight for being THE biggest underdog on the card.
90.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:56
      This was a pretty good fight, with both guys throwing wild kicks for no apparent reason, and then once Lee shot in for a takedown, he powered the shit out of Moontasri, eventually slamming him to the ground, where he was able to work his way onto Moontasri's back, where he locked on the rear-naked choke, and refused to give it up, until he eventually was able to sink it in really deep, finishing the fight by submission in the first round. I'm really happy to see Kevin Lee get his first finish in the UFC, and move onto a now 4-Fight winning streak in the UFC.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      That first round was fucking crazy. Gamburyan locked on a guillotine choke early, and it was REALLY tight, and after rolling around for a minute or so, Jorgensen was able to slip out of it. Gamburyan also rocked Jorgensen with some hard punches, nearly finishing the fight with strikes. Jorgensen landed some nice knees & elbows, but Gamburyan clearly took that first round. The second round was pretty close, with both guys showing great wrestling, and landing some solid strikes, but I think that Gamburyan probably won that round as well. In the third round, Gamburyan's pressure was too much for Jorgensen, leading to a 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Manny Gamburyan.
87.5
Decision
15:00
      Nothing happened in the first round. They traded kicks, but not much really landed. Holm landed a decent kick at the end of the round, so I guess I would give her the round. The second round was pretty much a repeat of the first round, Holly Holm probably won most of the exchanges, but she wasn't really landing anything worthwhile, she was just applying more pressure than Reneau was. The third round was the same thing, Holm was throwing punches & kicks, missing most of them, and yelling "YAH YAH YAH" like some sort of Karate warrior or something. I keep hearing about how Holly Holm could be the one to defeat Rousey... GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE WITH THAT SHIT. So far, I've seen all 3 of her fights in the UFC, and I haven't been impressed by anything she's had to offer. It's cool that she wants to keep it standing, but she should take some classes from Joanna Champion if she wants to learn how to make a fight exciting. Reneau on the other hand, has a badass ground game, and I was really looking forward to watching her submit Holm in this fight, but that didn't happen, since she couldn't take the fight to the ground (and barely even tried), which allowed Holm to win a boring 30-27 unanimous decision.
90.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading punches & kicks back and forth, with Ferguson probably dishing out the better of most exchanges. He was also doing some pretty wild shit, like when Thomson tried to take him to the ground, Ferguson literally did a flip to escape the takedown attempt. He also landed a flying knee near the end of the round, but he lost his footing when he came back to the ground, which allowed Thomson to get on top of him. Ferguson showed a pretty decent guard on the ground for the final 30 seconds or so. The second round had Ferguson throwing wild shit, and he slammed a huge knee into the head of Thomson, knocking him to the ground, where Ferguson beat the living shit out of him with punches & elbows for a couple of minutes, until the referee stood them back up, because Ferguson was grabbing the fence to maintain position. Ferguson continued to beat the shit out of Thomson, and they went to the ground again, where Ferguson started working his guard, securing a tight triangle, followed by a tight Kimura. Ferguson absolutely dominated Thomson in this fight with his wrestling, his submission offense, as well as his striking. Ferguson is clearly on another level, and Thomson is looking a LITTLE bit washed up at this point. The third round was a sloppy fight for both guys, but theywere still both able to land some really hard shots, spinning backfists, elbows, floppy doo-dad shit, who knows what else... By the end of the fight, Thomson's face was shredded with cuts from those brutal elbows. Ferguson almost put him away at the end of the fight with a big knee to the chest a swell. Great fight for Tony Ferguson, and congrats for the unanimous decision victory, against a pretty tough opponent in Josh Thomson.
92.4
KO
(Punch)
1:13
      Hahaha... What the FUCK kind of gameplan was that? Both guys met in the center of the octagon, and pretty much just threw bombs at each other, waiting to see which one would fall down first. After some BRUTAL punches landed, going both ways, Duffee rocked Mir, and he thought he had him finished, so he started winging these ridiculously sloppy right hands, and Mir countered, knocking Duffee unconscious, as he fell flat on his face. Awesome win for Frank Mir, and to be honest, the end is about what I expected, but I didn't think they would go full blast like that right out of the gates. Crazy fight, and nice KO victory for Frank Mir.
OVERALL 90.7
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