(11/7/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Thomas Almeida - 94.4
2. Glover Teixeira - 94.0
3. Vitor Belfort - 93.3
4. Matheus Nicolau Pereira - 92.3
5. Thiago Tavares - 92.3
6. Alex Oliveira - 91.9
7. Jimmie Rivera - 91.7
8. Chas Skelly - 91.3
9. Gleison Tibau - 90.4
10. Patrick Cummins - 90.3
UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Elevation: 2,493'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Glover Teixeira vs. Patrick Cummins
93.3
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 92.2
TOTAL 90.9
89.7
Submission
(Japanese Necktie)
13:27
     These guys are both making their UFC debut from TUF Brazil, and they spent the first half of the first round testing the waters. Eventually, Nicolau started picking apart Bruno with leg kicks, and then knocked him to the ground with a punch to the chin. After some basic grappling, they stood back up, and Nicolau continued to control the fight on the feet for the rest of the round, securing a takedown in the final 10 seconds of the round. Nicolau continued to control the fight in the second round, taking the fight to the ground, and then he got kicked in the chin with an illegal upkick. About halfway through the round, Bruno rocked Nicolau with a spinning back kick to the body, and went in for the kill, but got caught in a tight armbar, but somehow Bruno was able to escape. I scored both of the first two rounds in favor of Nicolau, but the second round could have gone either way, depending on whether you give it to Bruno for the knockdown, or Nicolau for the armbar. Nicolau continued to pressure Rodrigues in the final round, Bruno landed a nice kick to the body, before jumping in, and getting BLASTED in the face by a huge right hand from Nicolau, which knocked Bruno on his ass. From there, Nicolau secured the full mount. Bruno used a heel hook attempt to escape the full mount, but Nicolau slipped out, and ended up in Bruno's half guard. Nicolau eventually secured some sort of neck crank choke thing that I've never seen, where Bruno's head was pressed against his own chest, with the back of his head being pressed down by the chest of Nicolau, in sort of an inverted full nelson or something. Nicolau wins via submission in his UFC debut, with a move that is apparently called a "Japanese Necktie"? Siiiiiiick.
90.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Rivera spent the first minute or so of the fight, picking apart Munhoz with some sharp boxing, and then he got kicked in the dick. When the fight started back up, Munhoz landed a nice spinning back kick to the body of Rivera. From that point forward, Rivera beat the living shit out of Munhoz with punches and kicks, amazing combinations, and some of the best boxing I've seen in a long time. Munhoz landed a flying knee near the end of the round, followed by a guillotine attempt, but Rivera threw him on his ass, and never went to the ground, so the first round was a clear round for Rivera. Rivera continued to beat the living shit out of Munhoz in the second round, nearly finishing him with some brutal combinations, before Munhoz clipped Rivera in the crazy exchange. Rivera caught his breath, and continued to beat the shit out of Munhoz. Munhoz shot for a takedown, and Rivera defended nicely again. Munhoz rocked Rivera again, locked on a guillotine, and Rivera spun out of it, and got back to his feet again. Munhoz was landing some really solid single shots, but for every punch he threw, Rivera was countering with 4 or 5. That round probably could have gone either way. I scored it for Rivera based on his striking & pressure early in the round, but Munhoz evened things out with the knockdown, so I would expect the judges probably gave it to Munhoz. Great fight so far. Rivera continued to beat up Munhoz for the first minute of the final round, Munhoz shot for a takedown, and Rivera defended nicely again. The final round slowed down quite a bit, but Rivera was consistently landing some power shots from inside some fast combinations, and Munhoz was sticking to his single strikes, so in my opinion, that final round goes to Rivera pretty clearly. I ended up scoring the fight 30-28 for Rivera, with the second round a draw, but I would expect most people would score this fight 29-28 in favor of Rivera. Two of the judges agreed, giving the fight to Jimmie Rivera via split-decision. Awesome fight for both guys, especially Rivera.
86.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys spent most of the first round sort of trading single shots, with Andrade coming out ahead on most of the exchanges. The first round goes to Andrade. The second round was more of the same, with Andrade really turning up the heat in the final 20 seconds or so. Umalatov blasted Andrade in the face with a spinning heel kick to start the third round, but Andrade recovered while clinching for a few seconds. I ended up giving that final round to Umalatov, based on landing more strikes, and looking more aggressive, even rocking Andrade a few times. Decent fight I guess, but a little too slow paced. Andrade wins, 29-28 via unanimous decision, with two judges giving him all 3 rounds for being the hometown fighter.
89.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:56
      It took Skelly two minutes to take Souza to the ground in the first round, and with that grinding style, he worked his way into Souza's half guard. He eventually moved into side control, and landed some short elbows, cutting open the left eye of Souza. He then locked on a D'Arce choke, which looked really tight, but Souza was somehow able to slip out. He then knocked Skelly on his ass with a nice left hook. He followed him to the ground though, and Skelly started looking for a leg lock. Skelly was really working those leg locks, and then they stood back up, where Souza was able to blast Skelly with a few more shots before the round ended. I would probably give the first round to Skelly based on his grappling, but Souza's knockdown punch really evened the odds. The second round started with Souza knocking Skelly down again, and he followed Skelly to the ground, and once again, got caught in a leg lock, but he was able to slip out again. They both looked pretty tired early in the second round, as Souza was landing some decent shots, but looking slow, and Skelly slowly tried to work his way onto the back of Souza. Skelly locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission. Solid win for Skelly, but that was a pretty ugly ending, with both guys looking absolutely exhausted after only 6 minutes or so.
90.3
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:39
      Guida shot in for a takedown early in the first round, and immediately got caught in a guillotine choke. Tavares rolled him over into a mounted guillotine choke, and Guida was forced to submit. That really sucks, because I like Clay Guida, but that was a badass victory for Tavares, finishing Guida in just 39 seconds of the first round.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Case spent the first 2 minutes of the first round, beating up Cabral with some basic striking, and then Cabral took the fight to the ground. Case rolled him over and got into top position, but Cabral got right back on top again, this time trying to pass Case's guard. Cabral moved into side control and started looking for a Kimura. Case grabbed his own cup to defend against the Kimura, which is the first time I've seen someone do that. They eventually stood back up and traded strikes in the final 30 seconds of the round. Cabral wins the first round I guess, based on his wrestling & submission attempt. The second round was mostly just a striking match, which means Case won the second round. Case rocked Cabral with a big punch 2 minutes into the round, and was able to score some decent points by beating up the rocked Cabral. Cabral secured a takedown early in the third round, moving into a sort of loose side mount, he was looking for a choke, but Case was able to get back to his feet. The fight went back to the ground, and Cabral locked on a rear-naked choke about halfway through the final round. With 75 seconds left in the fight, Case was able to spin out of the choke, ending up in top position, where he beat up Cabral against the cage for the final minute or so. I still thought the round went to Cabral though, for pretty clearly dominating the first 3.5 minutes or so of the round. I'd probably have to score this fight 29-28 in favor of Cabral, but I'm not going to argue against the judges, who gave the fight to Case, 29-28 via unanimous decision.
87.7
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:45
      Tibau scored a takedown in the first 30 seconds of the first round, but Trujillo hopped right back up. Tibau secured another takedown, and Trujillo went for a guillotine, but Tibau escaped, and got on Trujillo's back. He locked on a rear-naked choke, and the referee just randomly stopped the fight for no apparent reason. I'm assuming he thought Trujillo fell asleep? But no, that didn't happen. Bad stoppage by the referee. Trujillo was getting dominated, but he still got screwed here.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      Anderson was throwing fast punches, but not landing much, and then shot for a takedown at the one minute mark of the first round, which Maldonado had absolutely no defense for. Anderson was beating him up with some elbows, but Maldonado did a good job blocking most of them, and then he somehow magically got back to his feet. Anderson continued to beat up Maldonado for most of the round, securing another takedown in the final 30 seconds. Maldonado came out like a ball of fire in the second round, blasting Anderson with some hard combinations, before Anderson went back to another takedown attempt. Maldonado was doing a good job getting back to his feet after most of the takedown attempts, and he was also working some pretty decent dirty boxing. Maldonado's takedown defense is atrocious, luckily he's decent at getting back to his feet, but Anderson was trying his best to grind out a decision. Anderson kept trying to pass to full mount, which consistently gave Maldonado opportunities to stand back up by going between Anderson's legs. 90 seconds into the final round, Anderson secured another takedown, landing in side control, and then he tried to get on the back of Maldonado. Maldonado got back up a few more times, but Anderson kept taking him down, grinding out the 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      Magomedov landed some decent strikes, but Burns took him down aggressively in the first minute of the first round. Magomedov worked his way back to his feet, and then got SLAMMED. Magomedov worked his way back to his feet, and Burns dropped to look for a leg lock, but Magomedov slipped out without any problem. I gave the first round to Burns based on the takedowns, but Magomedov landed some strikes in the last half of the round that could have made things more even. Burns shot in for a desperate takedown in the second round, wrapping himself around the lower body of Magomedov, but Magomedov showed some solid balance. Magomedov blasted the temple of Burns, which caused his legs to go wobbly. Magomedov followed it up, and tried to finish Burns, but was scared to go to the ground with him, so he let him stand back up. Magomedov really should have finished the fight in that round, but Burns was able to last until the end of the round, giving him a chance to rest. The final round was all about Magomedov beating up Burns, as Burns looked like he gave up after the first round. Solid performance for Magomedov, earning the unanimous decision victory.
89.7
KO
(Punch)
10:51
      Oliveira basically beat the shit out of Hallman in that first round, busting up his left eye early in the round, leaving Hallmann's face a bloody mess. Oliveira looked like a giant bully in that first round. Oliveira continued to beat the shit out of Hallmann for the first 30 seconds of the second round, but Hallmann was able to drive through him with a takedown, giving him a chance to work his ground game. Hallmann was able to tie Oliveira's arm behind his back, at which point, Yamasaki stood them back up. SAY WHAT!?! There was a wild exchange once they stood back up, and Oliveira ended up jumping on the back of Hallmann, but Hallmann slipped out of that, ending up in side control. I have the fight all tied up going into the final round. The final round started up, Hallmann got fucking BLASTED by some wild punches from Oliveira, and Hallmann got knocked the fuck out. Awesome KO victory for Alex Oliveira as he slides comfortably into a 3-Fight winning streak.
92.3
KO
(Punch)
4:24
      FUCK YEAH!!! Thomas Almeida is a fucking beast. I was actually a little nervous in this fight, because Birchak was throwing some pretty heavy shots, but Almeida, even though he looked much smaller than Birchak, pretty much beat the shit out of Birchak, defending against the takedowns flawlessly, and he ended up knocking him the fuck out with some brutal combinations late in the first round. AWESOME win for Thomas Almeida.
93.3
TKO
(Punches)
6:12
      Cummins secured a takedown in the first 20 seconds of the fight, and Teixeira was back to his feet 10 seconds later. Cummins secured another takedown after that, and Teixeira was back to his feet again, all within the first minute of the fight. Teixeira then spent the next minute or so, boxing the shit out of Cummins, and Cummins got him back to the ground, mounted his back, and Teixeira was back up again immediately. Teixeira rocked Cummins a few more times, and then Cummins secured another takedown, this time keeping the fight on the ground for a few seconds, but Teixeira got back up again. Teixeira ALMOST knocked out Cummins as the buzzer sounded. Teixeira came out blasting Cummins in the second round, and nearly finished him with a head kick, but Cummins took him down with a desperate takedown. They got right back up, and Teixeira finished the fight with a barrage of punches, with Cummins up against the cage, as the referee was telling him to fight back, and he just kept getting blasted in his bloody chin. AWESOME TKO victory for Glover Teixeira against a really tough opponent.
90.5
TKO
(Head Kick & Punches)
2:07
      Hahaha... What the fuck was that? Henderson landed 3 leg kicks, MAYBE 4? And then they literally just stood and stared at each other for several minutes, before Belfort launched a head kick, knocking Henderson to the ground, where Belfort was able to finish him with a barrage of punches. That fight was well on it's way to becoming the most boring fight in MMA history, but... BOOM! When Vitor Belfort goes in for the kill, he REALLY goes in for the kill. That was awesome. On a side note, I really don't want to see Henderson fight again. He's 45, and he's lost 6 of his last 8 fights, 3 by first round knockouts. He's a legendary fighter, but let's hang up those gloves, alright? Belfort on the other, MAYBE is still kind of legit? That was a solid performance, other than the super slow start.
OVERALL 90.9
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