100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Akihiro Gono - 90.6
2. Thiago Alves - 90.4
3. Ed Herman - 90.3
4. Joe Lauzon - 90.3
5. Thiago Silva - 89.8
6. Marcus Aurelio - 89.2
7. Frankie Edgar - 89.1
8. Tamdan McCrory - 88.9
9. Michael Bisping - 88.5
10. Joe Doerksen - 88.5
UFC 78: Validation
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Elevation: 13'
-Fight of the Night-
Thiago Alves vs. Chris Lytle
Fighters & Matches 88.2
Top 10 Fighters 89.6
TOTAL 88.9
     I was a fan of Akihiro Gono in Pride, so I'm glad that he's in the UFC now... The first round started with Tamden McCrory basically outstriking Gono on the feet, with big fast punches, and I'm kind of surprised that Gono was able to weather the storm in that first round... The round ended with Gono taking McCrory to the ground, and kind of getting control that way, but McCrory still won the first round in my opinion... The second round started, and Gono got more aggressive, and he ended up accidentally kicking McCrory in the balls, which obviously drained McCrory a little bit, but the referee didn't see it, so he made them continue fighting... Gono was then able to take McCrory to the ground, lock on a wicked looking armbar (with McCrory's arm sort of bent behind his back, while laying face first on the ground), and he was forced to verbally submit, giving Gono a second round submission victory in his UFC debut... Good show by Gono, and McCrory did a good job as well, even though he lost...
      This was a pretty good fight... The fight started with Aurelio attempting a sloppy takedown, and it looked like Caudillo was going to get the chance to stay on his feet the whole time, and he displayed his ability to throw some solid punches... Aurelio then unleashed a nice Judo throw, but Caudillo was back to his feet in no time... The fight eventually went back to the ground, where Aurelio was able to unleash some pretty brutal hammerfists, forcing the referee to stop the fight, giving the TKO victory due to strikes, to Marcus Aurelio... Pretty ok fight...
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      This was one of the more entertaining fights of the evening, even though it was entirely one sided... Jason Reinhardt had an almost R.I.P. style striking attack, where he tried to leap headfirst into the chest of Lauzon, but that didn't even come close to connecting... Lauzon then transformed into Anderson Silva, and started striking with punches, and heavy knees in the clinch, and he threw Reinhardt around the octagon like an unconscious Rich Franklin... Wait, what? Anyways... Lauzon eventually took the fight to the floor, and then locked on one of the fastest rear-naked chokes I've ever seen... Reinhardt fell asleep, and then woke up just in time to tap out... Joe Lauzon is the fighter of the night in my opinion...
(Doctor Stoppage)
      This was probably the fight of the night, the only fight I would consider to be close to GREAT, and it wasn't even on the live card... It sucks when the UFC constantly puts these bad ass undercard fights, ON THE UNDERCARD... Put these guys on the live card, show the entire event, I'm tired of watching lackluster main events... With that being said, this fight basically consisted of 2 full rounds with both guys giving their all while standing... Chris Lytle displayed GREAT boxing skills, and Thiago Alves showed some of the most brutal leg kicks I've ever seen... With that being said, the fight was stopped at the end of the second round due to a cut above Lytle's left eye, forcing the doctors to stop the fight... (It was a cut that started with the first punch Thiago Alves threw)... So in the end, Thiago Alves wins by TKO, but it was a VERY close fight, and I would have loved to see a third round, even though I get the feeling if they would have continued, Lytle's face might have eventually fallen off... I want to see both of these guys fight again sometime soon though...
      This fight basically consisted of Frankie Edgar taking Fisher to the ground a hundred times, and holding him there, peppering him with a few hammer fists & elbows here & there... Spencer Fisher spent the night trying to stay on the feet to strike with Edgar, but it literally only took Edgar a couple of seconds to take down Fisher at will... In the end, Fisher just didn't have good enough wrestling defense to stay on the feet, and therefore, Frankie Edgar wins by unanimous decision...
      This was a solid fight... The first round had Ed Herman taking Doerksen to the ground, and he basically just outwrestled him for the entire round, and he also left a bad cut on the eyelid of Doerksen, bad enough to where I thought they might stop the fight... The second round probably went to Doerksen, even though Ed Herman showed some skills, Doerksen got on Herman's back, and eventually transitioned to a triangle choke at the end of the round, but Herman was saved by the bell... The third round basically consisted of a left hook by Herman, which knocked out Doerksen, giving Ed Herman the first KO win of his career...
      I don't really know how to comment on this fight... I was REALLY looking forward to this one, because Karo is one of my favorite UFC fighters, and it's always exciting seeing the Japanese fighters from Pride, come over to the UFC... In the end, this was 3 rounds of decent fighting... Nothing real special at all, it was just an ok fight... By the end of 3 rounds, I didn't really care who won, and Karo Parisyan pulled off the unanimous decision victory... Eh, whatever... Before this fight happened, I wanted him to win so he could get a title shot, but he seems a little too inconsistent, and I'm not sure if I really want to see him fight for the title yet... So eh, whatever...
      Aw man, I thought Houston Alexander was legit, and I was expecting him to be champ pretty soon... Alas, Thiago Silva schooled him by simply taking him to the ground... The fight started off slow, and then Alexander choke slammed Silva, but it was quickly reversed, Silva got full mount, and then spent the rest of the fight punching the downed Alexander in the face until eventually the referee was forced to stop the fight... This was probably the most impressive Thiago Silva that I've seen so far, but I'm fairly disappointed in Houston Alexander's performance... Thiago Silva wins by first round TKO...
      Well... This fight was ok I guess... Definitely not much of a main event though... Rashad Evans won the first round by taking Bisping to the ground repeatedly... Bisping won the second round, by controlling the fight, and Rashad got tired... The third round was really close, I was leaning a bit towards Bisping, but wasn't sure... Rashad Evans ended up winning via split-decision... That's ok I guess, so whatever... Not a GREAT fight or anything though...