(8/23/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Nikita Krylov - 94.3
2. Felipe Arantes - 92.1
3. Francisco Trinaldo - 92.1
4. Neil Magny - 91.9
5. Patrick Cote - 91.7
6. Misha Cirkunov - 91.6
7. Marcos Rogerio de Lima - 91.0
8. Yves Jabouin - 90.9
9. Chris Beal - 90.7
10. Valerie Letourneau - 90.6
UFC Fight Night 74: Holloway vs. Oliveira
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Elevation: 1,893'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Nikita Krylov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
92.1
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.6
88.4
KO
(Punches)
4:45
     This fight was kind of interesting. Jolly didn't really have much to show for himself, other than being able to defend himself from getting destroyed for almost 5 minutes. Cirkunov pretty much dominated him though, landing some decent strikes (but kind of clunky), he threw him to the ground with some slick Judo skills, and on the ground, he was able to transition in very smooth ways, eventually ending up mounting the back of Jolly, where he punched him in the head until he put Jolly to sleep. Nice UFC debut for Cirkunov.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      The first round had Silverio working hard for takedowns, and once the fight went to the ground, he pretty much dominated Campbell. He even had a neat takedown, where he grabbed the back of Campbell (while standing), and then kicked off the cage, to send them both flying to the ground. Campbell got back up and landed some decent strikes at the end of the round, but the first round still goes to Silverio. The second round tied up the scorecards, as Silverio was looking a little tired, and Campbell beat him up with kicks to the body, a couple of nice Judo throws, and even outgrappled Silverio for the round, on the ground. The third round was pretty close with the striking on the feet, and when the fight went to the ground, Silverio spent some time stalling on the back of Campbell, and Campbell spent a little bit of time on top in Silverio's guard. The round ended with Campbell throwing some punches down at Silverio, so I guess maybe that would be enough to win him the round? It was a close fight, and probably could have gone either way, but I'd probably have to give it to Campbell for those shots at the end of the round. All 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Shane Campbell, 29-28.
88.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight started out kind of wild, with some sloppy exchanges, eventually ending up on the ground, with Beal on top, where he was able to land some BRUTAL punch combinations. He also landed some really nice elbows. Kelades eventually started working his guard, and looked decent, but didn't do much damage. Kelades also landed some hard "stomps to the back of the calf" of Beal, from the guard, which I thought was interesting. The second round had a lot of sloppy clinch work, Beal landed some solid strikes, Kelades landed some stuff that looked like it rocked Beal, and there were some awkward scrambles for takedowns, and I'm not sure if there was really a clear winner in that second round. The third round had another wild scramble, it looked like Kelades was going to secure a takedown, but Beal powered out of it, ending up in the guard of Kelades. Kelades threw an upkick, Beal countered with a diving hammerfist, which allowed Beal to get on the back of Kelades. The third round was a wild brawl, especially at the end, where either guy could have been knocked out at any point, Beal looked more exhausted, Kelades was cut open and clearly took more damage. In the end, I gave the fight to Beal, 30-28, scoring the second round a draw. One judge gave the fight to Beal, 30-27, and the other two judges gave the fight to Kelades, 29-28. Beal got screwed for sure, but it was a fairly competitive fight, so I guess that's what happens when you let a fight go to the judges in Canada, against a Canadian.
92.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:29
      This fight was AWESOME! Krylov threw some hard kicks, both to the head & body of Lima, he landed some great punches, there were a few nice grappling exchanges, where Lima cranked on a guillotine choke a couple of different times, nearly finishing the fight with the second one. Krylov escaped though, and blasted Lima, stood up, there was a scramble, Krylov got on his back, and finished the fight with a rear-naked choke. AWESOME first round submission victory for Krylov.
90.2
Submission
(Armbar)
4:21
      This was a pretty good fight while it lasted. Jabouin slammed Arantes a few times, from a few interesting angles, showing a clear superiority in the wrestling department. He also unloaded some nice elbows on the ground, but none of that mattered, since Arantes was on another level with his Jiu-Jitsu, putting Jabouin in danger a couple of times from his guard. The fight eventually ended with a slick, perfectly executed armbar by Arantes, which forced Jabouin to submit near the end of the first round. Really nice win for Felipe Arantes.
87.5
TKO
(Punches)
0:54
      Well... I feel kind of bad saying this, but I think that it's officially time for the 31 year old Sam Stout to retire. He clearly can't take a punch anymore, AT ALL. He landed a few decent shots in this fight, and then he got punched in the face, fell flat on his face, Perez swarmed him, hit him with a few more punches on the ground, and the referee stopped the fight, handing the victory to Perez, in Stout's home country of Canada. I REALLY hope that Stout just calls it quits after this one, because this marks 3 KO losses in a row. Nice win for Perez, but I mean... I didn't even have Perez ranked in the Top 100 Lightweights going into this fight, so... Seriously... Retire Sam... Please... Wait... Perez just retired? That was... Interesting...
90.1
Decision
15:00
      Moroz started out with some solid boxing skills, landed some good shots, showed some solid footwork, but then she got ROCKED, fell to the ground, and Letourneau got on top, and Moroz locked on sort of an upside down triangle or something to defend, which stalled out the rest of the round. The second round was all about Letourneau controlling the center of the Octagon, while Moroz danced around the outside, picking her apart with her boxing skills. A few things looked a little sloppy, but I was impressed with the attack % of Maryna Moroz. The third round had Moroz falling down, so she spent around 3-4 minutes on her back, with Letourneau in her guard, and nothing was really happening. Moroz was looking for submissions, but wasn't being very active, and never really came close to securing anything, and Letourneau didn't do any damage either. They eventually stood back up, and Moroz landed a few punches before the end of the round. The fight probably could have gone either way, but I expected Letourneau to win, since she's the Canadian, plus she probably won the first & third rounds, but I thought Moroz did the most damage in the second round. All of the judges gave the fight to Letourneau, and one judge even gave her all 3 rounds, which is complete bullshit, but whatever... NIce win for Valerie Letourneau, as she hands Moroz the first loss of her career.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      The first round of this fight basically consisted of Mercier picking up Sims, slamming him to the ground, getting on his back, locking on the body triangle, while he started fishing for the rear-naked choke. I'm a little bit surprised that Sims survived that round to be honest, but he did a good job keeping his neck locked down so that Mercier couldn't sink in the choke. The second round was a grind fest, with Mercier securing another takedown, and smothering Sims, until they eventually stood back up, and then Mercier shot for another takedown, and got it. This fight proves that the GSP style lay & pray is alive & well in the Mercier training camp. Mercier shot for another takedown to start the third round, Sims did a good job defending against it, and then he elbowed the shit out of the side of Mercier's head, and also landed some hard hammerfists. Sims worked his way back to his feet, and then went for a guillotine choke, which Mercier easily escaped, resulting in Mercier back on top of Sims for the rest of the fight. You might argue that Sims could have won that third round, but in the end, this fight was a very clear decision victory for Mercier, with at least 2, if not all 3 rounds. Two of the judges scored the fight for Mercier, 30-27, and the other judge gave a single round to Sims.
90.3
TKO
(Punches)
2:43
      YES! I love it when my underdog picks win. Trinaldo is becoming one of my favorite fighters for that very reason. Laprise looked to have the clear speed advantage on the feet, but he got blasted in the face with a big punch, Trinaldo took him to the ground, Trinaldo got on Laprise's back, and then punched him in the head until the referee stopped the fight, handing Laprise the first loss of his career. Really big win for Francisco Trinaldo!
90.4
TKO
(Punches)
11:26
      These guys were both looking to take each other's heads off. Throwing hard punch combinations, connecting a lot, and showing some great chins. Cote was the first to shoot for a takedown, and Burkman defended with a basic guillotine choke attempt, that went nowhere. The first round was a close back & forth round, until Cote nearly knocked out Burkman at the end of the round. That was AWESOME. Burkman somehow survived the round though. The second round was closer, I gave it slightly to Burkman, but it could have gone either way. Burkman nearly knocked out Cote to start the third round with a wild barrage of punches, but he eventually backed off, Cote landed a massive right hand, knocked Burkman on his ass, and then finished him off with some jackhammer punches on the ground. AWESOME win for Patrick Cote.
90.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      OH SHIT! That was a good fight, and I couldn't be happier with the fact that my boy Neil Magny came back after getting destroyed by Demian Maia TWO WEEKS AGO, and he pretty much dismantled Silva in this fight, picking him apart with his jab, landing a lot of clean uppercuts, some nice knees, and also showing some terrific offensive wrestling skills, taking Silva down repeatedly. To be fair, the ground game ended up being pretty even, but I still gave it to Magny for doing more damage on the ground. The striking while standing clearly goes to Magny. I have no idea what the one crack headed judge was thinking when he gave two rounds to Silva, this was CLEARLY a 30-27 fight for Neil Magny. These Canadian judges are fucking morons. But yeah, at least two of them had enough sense to give the fight to Magny. AWESOME win for Magny, and I'm glad to see him bounce back so fast after Maia ended his 7-Fight winning streak.
88.5
TKO
(Injury)
1:39
      Soooooo... What just happened? I was REALLY excited for this fight, but it was kind of terrible. A few decent strikes were thrown, Oliveira shot in for a takedown, he sort of got it, but let Holloway up, and then Oliveira stood up, grabbed his shoulder, and waved off the fight. Holloway then punched him in the body a couple of times, and the referee finally realized that he was ACTUALLY waving off the fight, so the fight was stopped, due to some sort of weird fluke injury. That's a really shitty way for this fight to end. I guess Holloway wins by TKO?
OVERALL 90.6
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