100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Diego Brandao - 93.4
2. Uriah Hall - 92.8
3. Josh Barnett - 92.7
4. Keita Nakamura - 91.7
5. Kyoji Horiguchi - 91.5
6. Nick Hein - 91.3
7. Shinsho Anzai - 90.8
8. Jingliang Li - 90.5
9. Kajan Johnson - 90.4
10. Takeya Mizugaki - 90.4
UFC Fight Night 75: Barnett vs. Nelson
Location: Saitama, Japan
Elevation: 52'
-Fight of the Night-
Uriah Hall vs. Gegard Mousasi
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.6
(Broken Finger)
     Zapata threw a mean looking head kick, but missed as Anzai ducked under it. Anzai punched him in the face, and then spent a minute or so looking for a takedown, eventually taking Zapata to the ground. After controlling him for a minute or so, Zapata was able to get back to his feet, where they clinched against the fence. The first round goes to Anzai. Anzai spent the second round looking for more takedowns, while Zapata was looking to take his head off with kicks and big punches. Around the halfway mark of the second round, Anzai finally secured another takedown, which Zapata was trying to defend against with a guillotine attempt. There was a scramble, Zapata tried to get on Zapata's back, but Zapata used the scramble to get back to his feet. Anzai wins another round based on control. The third round started up, Zapata knew he needed to get the finish if he wanted to win, so he tried to get all vocal & ready to brawl, and he ended up poking the side of Anzai's head or something, which resulted in Zapata breaking his finger, or SOMETHING along those lines, so he bent over, screamed for a second, the referee called a time out, and once they realized his hand was damaged, they stopped the fight. Zapata wanted to continue, but I guess it was probably a good stoppage, considering how Zapata was making it very obvious that his hand was jacked.
      Johnson spent the first round picking apart Kotani from the outside, using his reach adantage to keep Kotani at distance with big kicks to the body & head. Johnson also rocked him with some shots, almost finishing the fight halfway through the first round. Kotani only shot for one serious takedown, where he grabbed Johnson's leg, and ran across the cage with him, but Johnson did a good job defending, breaking apart, while landing more strikes. The first round goes to Johnson. The second round started slow, Johnson knocked Kotani to the ground with some punches, Kotani was hoping to work his guard, but Johnson basically beat the shit out of him with punches on the ground. Kotani got back to his feet though. Johnson knocked him down again with a knee to the body, and continued to beat the shit out of him with hard elbows & punches on the ground. Kotani somehow got back to his feet. Kotani landed a few decent kicks in that round, but for the most part, it was a one-sided ass beating, where Johnson nearly finished him multiple times. Kotani finally started landing some punches in the final round, and secured a takedown with 4 minutes left on the clock. Kotani wasn't doing much, and then Johnson went for a heel hook, which Kotani slipped out of, ending up back on top in Johnson's guard. Kotani landed a few decent punches, while Johnson continued to look for submissions. Kotani went for a leg lock of his own, but Johnson slipped out, and they went back to their feet. This fight was a pretty clear 29-28 victory for Kajan Johnson.
      Kasuya threw a hard kick early in the fight, and then threw Hein to the ground, which was shocking, because Hein has great takedown defense. Once they engaged again, the clinched, and Hein threw a brutal knee to the groin of Kasuya. Once the fight started back up, Kasuya was showing off his speed, with some hard strikes, and Hein was hitting back with some nice 2-3 punch combinations, which all looked to have some solid power behind them. Tatsuya shot for a desperate takedown with 10 seconds left in the round. To be honest, I'm not sure who I would score that round for. Hein started the second round looking a little more aggressive, landing some really hard punches early on. The action was a little bit slow at times, but every time they would go in to attack, they were both throwing with some serious heat. I thought Hein pretty clearly won that second round by landing a lot more punches, but Kasuya was definitely keeping it competitive. Hein really started working over Kasuya's legs & body with massive kicks in the third round, while continuing to land with those hard punch combinations. Kasuya secured a takedown with a minute left in the round, but Hein flipped him over, ending up on top, where he landed a few punches before getting back to his feet. In the end, I thought it was a pretty clear 30-28 for Nick Hein at least, the only round I wasn't sure about, was the first round. All 3 judges agreed, giving Nick Hein the hard fought unanimous decision.
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Nakamura knocked Li to the ground early, and Li went for a triangle to defend himself for a few seconds while he recovered. Li tried to tie him up on the ground, but Nakamura was hammering the shit out of his face. There was a 3 minute stalemate in there, before the referee finally stopped them due to a lack of action, standing them back up. There was a wild little scrap there for the final 30 seconds. Nakamura came out looking tired in the second round, and Li pretty much beat the living shit out of him with his crisp boxing, for 5 minutes. He even knocked Nakamura to the ground at one point, where he unloaded some decent ground & pound. By the end of the round though, they both looked pretty tired. Li continued to pick apart Nakamura in the third round, even securing a takedown, but somehow, Nakamura got on his back, and put him to sleep, as Li fell face first to the canvas via rear-naked choke. Pretty impressive win for Keita Nakamura.
      The first round had the younger Ishihara, outstriking Hirota, showing a significant speed & aggression advantage. He landed a lot of hard kicks, and some solid punches, event knocking HIrota on his ass at the end of the round. Hirota landed a few decent punches, but for the most part, the first round was all Ishihara. The second round was a lot closer, with Ishihara winning the first half of the round, but then he got rocked, and from that point forward, Ishihara really started to slow down. Hirota was also able to secure a takedown, and almost rocked Ishihara at the end of the round. I had the score all tied up going into the final round. Ishihara dropped Hirota early in the third round with a big punch. He got right back up though, and they continued to trade punches. Hirota was pressuring Ishihara against the cage with a nice knee to the body, followed by some big punches. Hirota shot for another takedown, and finally pulled Ishihara down by the cage, with about 2 minutes left in the fight. They broke apart, and Hirota shot for another takedown, but Ishihara did a decent job slipping out of it. Hirota's pressure was too much at the end of the round, leading to a 29-28 victory for Hirota in my opinion. Somehow though, one judge gave Ishihara the fight, and another judge scored the fight as a draw, so... This fight is a draw? What the fuck kind of silly shit is that? I'm going to have to give the victory points to Hirota, because in my opinion, he pretty clearly won this fight.
      Kikuno threw a leg kick, and then Brandao beat the FUCK out of Kikuno, slaughtering him with nonstop punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight in under 30 seconds of the first round. That was a really slick performance for Diego Brandao, showing a violent streak from the opening bell.
      I didn't think either fighter really stood out as a clear winner after the first round, with both guys landing some hard shots, and both guys moving forward for the duration of the round. Mizugaki rocked Roop early in the second round. From there, Roop started to look like he was getting tired, and Mizugaki was kind of beating him up inside the clinch. This was a decently competitive fight, but it wasn't as exciting as I would have liked it to be. Roop put all of his body weight on Mizugaki to start the third round, pressing him against the cage in the clinch, without really doing anything at all, other than smothering Mizugaki. Mizugaki blasted him with some hard punches at some point in the round. In the end, I gave the fight to Mizugaki, it could have either been 30-27, or 29-28. Either way, Mizugaki wins this fight, in a somewhat lackluster performance for both fighters.
      These guys were both showing solid footwork, and throwing bombs in the first round. Horiguchi was probably landing better strikes, but Camus was showing some decent control, working his clinch a little bit. The first round was close, and could have maybe gone either way. Horiguchi really started to work over Camus in the second round, blasting him with some solid combinations, and wrestling around a little bit. Camus's face was bleeding in the second round due to the punishment Horiguchi was delivering. The second round clearly goes to Horiguchi. Horiguchi continued to clearly outwork Camus in the final round, leading to the 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Kyoji Horiguchi.
      Mousasi took Hall down early in the first round, and controlled him for a couple of minutes from top position. He eventually moved into full mount, and Hall tried to find a heel hook, which was kind of silly. He then went for a crazy Kimura / armbar, but Mousasi slipped out of it. By the end of the round, Mousasi had PRETTY MUCH locked on a rear-naked choke with a body triangle. The first round goes to Mousasi. The second round started with Hall throwing a flying spinning back heel kick thing, which knocked Mousasi on his ass. Hall followed up with a knee, and a barrage of punches, which resulted in him finishing Mousasi early in the second round. AWESOME highlight reel finish for Uriah Hall, after he was nearly finished at the end of the first round.
      Nelson secured two takedowns in the first round, but Barnett beat the shit out of him from the clinch, with a lot of big knees and some heavy shots. So even though Nelson ended the round in top position, I still gave the first round to Barnett for his striking & the amount of damage dealt. They traded some SERIOUS shots in the second round, and Barnett really started to fuck up Nelson with some brutal knees from the clinch, along with some nice elbows & punches. That second round was a brutal war, with Barnett coming out on top. Nelson spent the first 2 minutes of the third round stalling in the clinch. There were a few decent exchanges, but Nelson spent pretty much the entire round just pressuring Barnett, bringing the fight to a grinding halt. Nelson looked like he was ready for a nap when that third round ended. Nelson applied more pressure, but Barnett was in better shape, so I gave all 3 of those first rounds to Josh Barnett. Barnett was fucking KILLING Nelson against the cage in the fourth round, as Nelson was gurgling with every breath, and Josh was SMASHING him with brutal elbows, and knees, and punches, nearly finishing the fight with his aggressive striking. Nelson took him to the ground though, Barnett went for a leg lock, Nelson grabbed his back, and they went back to their feet, where Nelson was able to stall some more against the cage, but Barnett was back in control by the end of the round. They both looked pretty much spent by the fifth round, so neither guy really delivered much damage. That round could have gone either way, but in the end, I thought Barnett won AT LEAST the first 4 rounds. The judges agreed, giving Barnett the unanimous decision victory.