(7/25/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Joe Lauzon - 94.8
2. Edson Barboza - 93.8
3. James Krause - 93.7
4. Miesha Tate - 93.7
5. Ben Saunders - 92.1
6. T.J. Dillashaw - 92.0
7. Zak Cummings - 91.7
8. Paul Felder - 91.6
9. Tom Lawlor - 91.5
10. Ramsey Nijem - 91.5
UFC on Fox 16: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Elevation: 594'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Miesha Tate vs. Jessica Eye
92.4
Fighters & Matches 90.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.6
TOTAL 91.5
88.1
TKO
(Punches)
0:43
     YEAH! I was a little nervous going into this fight, because I wanted Cummings to win, but Steele looked fucking HUGE for a welterweight, but it didn't matter... Cummings clipped him early with a sort of sloppy punch, Steele got rocked, Cummings chased him down against the cage, and continued to punch him in the face, non-stop, until the referee was forced to step in, because even though Steele was still on his feet, he clearly wasn't defending himself. Awesome 43 second TKO victory for Zak Cummings.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      This was one of those "loser gets fired" fights, where both girls had lost their last 2 fights in the UFC. Phillips won the first two rounds by winning the scrambles, and ending up in top positions more often, and pretty much laid on Duke for 10 minutes. Duke went kind of crazy in the third round, looking for submissions, and came close to finishing with some guillotine attempts, some decent ground & pound, and she nearly finished the fight with an armbar at the very end of the fight, and if she had an extra 15 seconds, she probably could have won this fight, because Phillips was DONE at that point, BUT... the fight went to a decision, so Phillips wins 29-28 on all scorecards.
89.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was really competitive. The first round had Holbrook showing some solid grappling skills, but Nijem won that round via experience, as he was able to get in better positions more often, and basically outworked Holbrook, but it was close. The second round I scored as a draw, as Nijem almost knocked out Holbrook at the start of the round with some great combinations, but Holbrook almost finished him with several chokes throughout the round, BUT, Nijem ended the round on top, punching Holbrook, so it was a VERY close round. Nijem rocked Holbrook again to start the third round, but then Holbrook almost finished the fight with a tight kneebar. I was honestly shocked that Nijem was able to escape those leg locks. Nijem escaped though, and got on Holbrook's back, where he didn't really do much of anything, but I GUESS he was in the better position? Nijem's cardio was a little bit better than Holbrook, which I think helped him stay in control for most of the fight, but Holbrook took this fight on short notice, so it was still an outstanding debut by Holbrook. By the final minute of the fight, both guys looked a little tired, and Holbrook was still looking for submissions, but Nijem consistently won the scrambles, ending the final round in side mount, dropping elbows, leading Nijem to a 30-28 victory on my scorecard. Andrew Holbrook somehow pulled off the split-decision victory? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!?! I mean, it was a close fight, but he did NOT win this fight. Nijem is a dumbass though. He was destroying Holbrook on the feet, and instead, he spent the entire second round, tucking his head comfortably under the arm of Holbrook, just TRYING to give him chokes. So... Yeah... Bad strategy by Nijem, but he still won this fight as far as I'm concerned.
90.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:27
      Holy shit... Cruickshank looked decent at the start of this fight, landing some decent punches & kicks, but Krause looked massive compared to Cruickshank, standing 6" taller than Cruickshank. Eventually, Krause grabbed Cruickshank, and flipped him to the ground in brutal fashion, immediately grabbing his back, where he locked on a tight rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via quick submission in just over one minute of the first round. Awesome win for James Krause.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      That was interesting... I fully expected Caraway to take Wineland to the ground and submit him, OR ELSE, Wineland would destroy him on the feet. Caraway secured a takedown at the start of the first round, but Wineland popped right back up, so Caraway basically stood with him for the rest of the fight, winning all 3 rounds in my opinion, by picking apart Wineland with jabs, left hooks, and a few uppercuts. Really solid show of boxing by Caraway, and rough return by Wineland from his broken jaw injury from 14 months ago. All 3 judges gave Caraway the fight, one of them gave him all 3 rounds (like I did), and two of them gave him the fight, 29-28. Pretty decent fight overall, but I was disappointed with the lack of a finish.
90.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Well shit... I was really counting on Saunders finishing this fight. The first two rounds were pretty close, with Robertson showing some solid boxing skills, rocking Saunders a few times, and Saunders destroyed Robertson's body with massive kicks, and also rocked him a little bit with some knees from the clinch. The real highlight for this fight though, was when Robertson secured a takedown in the third round, going straight into the rubber guard of Saunders, where Saunders brutalized him with elbows to the head, leaving him a bloody mess. The corner of Saunders kept yelling for Saunders to turn it into an armbar, but I don't think they could see that he had his own left arm trapped inside the triangle. It was an interesting fight overall, and to be honest, I'm a little shocked that it went to a decision. I gave the fight to Saunders, 29-28, and two of the judges agreed, giving him the split-decision victory.
89.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round of this fight was pretty great, with Miller working his Jiu-Jitsu game from the full mount, looking for submissions, and dominating Castillo on the ground. The second round was close, but I gave it slightly to Castillo, because it seemed like his strikes were landing harder. The third round I thought clearly went to Castillo, as he continued to land harder shots, and he also secured a takedown at the end of the round. I scored the fight 29-28 for Castillo, but I WANTED Miller to win, so I'm actually happy that he got the split-decision victory. It was a really close fight, and clearly could have gone either way.
90.9
TKO
(Punch)
5:27
      YES! Villante beat the shit out of Lawlor in the first round, blasting his lead leg with brutal inside kicks, and beating him up all over the place. It looked like Lawlor was outmatched by the much larger Villante, in Lawlor's 205 debut. The second round started, and Lawlor BLASTED Villante with an ultra clean right hand, knocking Villante to the ground, where Lawlor hammerfisted his way to an awesome stoppage. That was a pretty great way for Lawlor to return after being away for 28 months due to injuries. AWESOME win, over a guy that I actually had ranked #6 at 205 going into this fight. CRAZY one punch knockout.
91.4
TKO
(Punches)
2:37
      I'm not even really clear what happened here to be honest. They started out standing, Lauzon landed a few decent shots, and then he shot in for a takedown, pulled Gomi to the ground, Gomi tried to run to escape it, and Lauzon grabbed his ankle, tripping him back to the ground, where Lauzon got on his back, and started looking for submissions. Eventually he flattened him out, and started pounding on his head with really hard punches, and then Lauzon just randomly stood up and walked away. I think Gomi was clearly out for a second, and Lauzon didn't want to kill him, but Herb Dean was kind of standing there like "What's going on? This fight isn't over yet..." But then once Gomi stood up, it was clear that he was out of it, so Herb Dean called off the fight. Really impressive victory for Joe Lauzon, even though I think everybody pretty much assumed this is how it would end. (Minus the confusion)
92.1
Decision
15:00
      Holy shit man, I was on the edge of my seat this entire fight. Either one of these guys could have ended it at any time. Barboza stole the show with his left switch kick to the body, that left Felder's right side looking like roast beef. Felder had a few decent tricks of his own, like spinning kicks, and spinning backfists, but he seemed to kind of get stuck in a specific groove, and kept throwing the same wild strikes, and hardly any of them were landing. Meanwhile, Barboza continued to pick him apart, winning all 3 rounds pretty clearly in my opinion. All 3 judges basically agreed, giving Barboza the unanimous decision victory, 29-28. I really would have liked to see two more rounds, even though I almost had a heart attack in that third round due to the suspense of waiting for someone to get knocked out.
92.4
Decision
15:00
      This fight was badass. I was nervous in the first round, because Eye was blasting Tate in the face with punches, leaving her with a bloody nose, and a very red face, but by the end of the round, Tate was grappling the shit out of her, after she ROCKED her with a giant punch. The second round hate Eye looking nervous, and Tate rocked her again, and slaughtered her on the ground, once again grappling the shit out of her, smothering her, and smashing her with elbows. The third round had Tate taking the fight to the ground, looking for a rear-naked choke, but Eye did a good job holding onto Tate's hands to defend the choke, but she wasn't really doing anything offensive. In the end, I scored the fight 30-27 for Miesha Tate, and all 3 judges agreed, giving her the unanimous decision. She TRIED to finish though, Tate got wild, and was going for the kill there at the end of the fight. Awesome fight overall, and I think Tate deserves another shot at Rousey. I mean... Who else is left, other than more rematches, like Alexis Davis?
92.0
TKO
(Punches)
15:35
      That was pretty much a slaughtering delivered by Dillashaw, against a version of Barao that is clearly a shell of his former self. If Barao can't get past the second round, in a 25 minute title fight, because he's already gassed, then he needs to seriously reevaluate the way he's training. He rocked Dillashaw with a couple of decent shots in this fight, but for the most part, this fight is what you'd expect after watching the first fight, Dillashaw dancing around, doing his best Floyd Mayweather impression, while jabbing at Barao. Dillashaw shot for a few takedowns, and failed, and spent a lot of time clinching with Barao up against the cage. The finish was pretty spectacular, as Herb Dean gave Barao PLENTY of time to defend himself, as Dillashaw used him as a punching bag, but in the end, I can't help but feel somewhat irritated by this entire division. The guy that is probably the best in the division, Dominick Cruz, is ALWAYS injured, so it's pointless to even think about him anymore. Dillashaw's only REAL noteworthy victories, area both over Barao, and Barao is failing to prove that he's really anything special anymore. All of the guys that used to make this division exciting, like Urijah Faber, have all either moved to different divisions, or else retired, like Mike Brown. So yeah, I don't know what they do with this division at this point, unless they bring in Marlon Moraes from WSOF, or if John Dodson decides to move back up in weight after his next fight with Demetrious Johnson for the 125 title. But yeah, congrats to Dillashaw for another big win, but I'm still not convinced that he should even be in the discussion, for the pound-for-pound best.
OVERALL 91.5
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