(11/21/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Andre Fili - 91.9
2. Ricardo Lamas - 91.5
3. Marco Polo Reyes - 91.4
4. Enrique Barzola - 91.1
5. Alejandro Perez - 91.0
6. Henry Cejudo - 90.7
7. Alvaro Herrera - 90.5
8. Leandro Silva - 90.5
9. Bartosz Fabinski - 90.1
10. Erik Perez - 90.1
UFC Fight Night 78: Magny vs. Gastelum
Location: Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Elevation: 1,765'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez
90.0
Fighters & Matches 88.2
Top 10 Fighters 90.9
TOTAL 89.6
85.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
     Prazeres landed some solid shots in the first round, and shot for some sloppy takedowns, and Lazaro seemed to want to keep the fight standing, using his range to pop Prazeres with the jab. They finally went to the ground in the second round, when Prazeres sort of pulled guard. Most of the round consisted of a lot of stalling, as Lazaro laid on top of Prazeres, and Prazeres didn't really do much of anything. Prazeres continued to throw sloppy big single punches, and he continued to struggle for takedowns in the final round. Lazaro stayed in top position for the duration of most of their ground exchanges, and Prazeres just refused to do anything. I scored this fight 29-28 in favor of Valmir Lazaro, and 2 of the judges disagreed, giving the split-decision victory to Prazeres.
88.2
KO
(Punch)
3:42
      These guys both spent the first half of the first round, trading hard punches & kicks, without either fighter really taking a clear lead. Arzamendia secured a couple of takedowns in the last half of the round though, which pushed him ahead on the scorecards, even though Reyes was able to stand back up every time without too much trouble. With about a minute left in the first round, Reyes landed a random punch, knocking Arzamendia flat on his ass. Solid KO victory for Polo Reyes in his UFC debut.
87.7
TKO
(Punches)
0:30
      These guys looked pretty aggressive, but Ramos didn't last long. He got blasted with an uppercut, followed by a right hand that knocked Ramos flat on his face in under a minute of the first round. Solid quick TKO victory for Herrera in his UFC debut. I feel bad for Ramos, because he was back up pretty quicky, but I think it was a solid stoppage, based on the way he landed on his face.
89.8
KO
(Head Kick & Punches)
3:13
      This was a pretty good fight while it lasted. Benitez landed some hard leg kicks, Fili took him to the ground, Benitez popped right back up, they continued to trade strikes for a couple of minutes, and Fili landed a nice head kick at one point. Eventually Fili finished off Benitez up against the cage with some hard punch combinations, that caused Benitez to collapse. Really solid performance by Andre Fili over a tough opponent.
88.5
TKO
(Leg Injury)
9:26
      Jorgensen did a good job in the first round, pushing forward, pressuring Perez, and beating him up with strikes, and planting him with takedowns, but for some reason, after a kick to the leg, Jorgensen collapsed at the end of the round as the buzzer sounded. I was shocked to see him come out for the second round, and he ALMOST made it through the entire round, while throwing bombs whenever he could, but Perez did a great job picking him apart, until eventually Jorgensen collapsed again and tapped out due to whatever leg injury that was. Jorgensen has a ton of heart, but man, that really sucks for him. Pretty decent win for Perez though.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      Fabinski immediately shot in for a takedown, and beat up Urbina for the entire first round. At one point the referee stood them up (which was kind of silly), but Fabinski took him right back down again, and continued to pound on him with elbows. The second round got kind of wild as Fabinski shot in for another takedown, and Urbina defended it with a Kimura, stood back up, blasted Fabinski with a few decent punches, but Fabinski just took him down again. Shit got hectic again, Urbina made it exciting for a few more seconds, and then Fabinski continued to shoot in for more takedowns, eventually opening up a cut over the left eye of Urbina, which the referee had the doctor take a look at. The first two rounds pretty clearly went to Fabinski. I was wondering where the cut came from, and then we found out it came from a headbutt delivered by Fabinski, which we saw during a replay. The second round was more of the same, with Urbina delivering all of the action, but Fabinski controlling most of the fight with more takedowns & lay and pray offense. The final round I might actually give to Urbina, for the hard elbows he landed near the end of the round, and his willingness to attack all the way up until the final buzzer. In the end, I'd probably score this fight 29-28 for Fabinski. All 3 judges gave him the fight, with two of them giving him all 3 rounds.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Lapilus showed some crisp striking in the first round, moving out of the way of Perez's attacks, and countering with solid boxing, and some nice leg & body kicks. Perez was throwing kind of wild strikes, as he looked like he was getting frustrated early on. I gave the first round to Lapilus. The second round had some decent back & forth action, with Lapilus almost finishing it early with a guillotine attempt, but Perez escaped, and ended up beating up Lapilus on the ground for most of the round. The final round was more of the same, with Perez getting the fight to the ground, and beating up Lapilus, leading to the unanimous decision victory, with Perez at least winning the last 2 rounds on all scorecards.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      That first round was pretty close, but I think Silva scored more points with his striking, so I gave the first round to Silva. The second round started out as a decent back & forth kickboxing match, until Escudero scored a couple of takedowns, which he didn't do much with, but his control won him the round, and tied up the scorecards going into the final round. The final round had Silva beating up Escudero on the feet for the first half of the round, and then he took him down and dominated him on the ground for the final 2 minutes. Silva was looking for the Twister, but Escudero slipped out, so Silva went for a rear-naked choke instead. In the end, I thought Silva won a pretty clear 29-28 decision, and all 3 judges agreed.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      Gutierrez looked decent early in the first round, landing some hard kicks, and picking apart Barzola with strikes, but Barzola ended up grabbing his back, picking Gutierrez up in the air, he slammed him to the ground, and then beat him up for the last half of the first round. Round one goes to Barzola. The second round started out with a big power double leg from Barzola. From there, he pounded on him and controlled him for the entire second round. The final round was another round with Barzola on top, beating up Gutierrez, walking away with the clear cut 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
85.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      I thought Montano won the first 90 seconds of the first round, pressuring Marin against the cage in the clinch, and landing some decent strikes, but everything started to turn in the favor of Marin for the rest of the round, so I ended up giving the first round to Marin for being far more active in the last 3:30 of the first round. I thought Marin continued to pick apart Montano for most of the second round, controlling him on the ground, and pushing forward on the feet, and while on the ground, Montano stepped on Marin's head, and blatantly grabbed the cage, which the referee didn't seem to care that much about, so ultimately, I really thought Marin deserved to win that second round. Montano probably won the final round, clearly landing more strikes, and he also secured a couple of takedowns. I would have given this fight to Marin, but two judges gave it to Montano, and I couldn't really care less. Congrats to Montano for winning his UFC debut. I have to say though, I wish guys like this wouldn't start the third round by giving each other a big hug. Sportsmanship is great, but when they clearly don't have any intentions to finish each other, it's hard to give a shit about their fight.
89.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had both guys boxing with each other, and throwing knees to the body from inside the clinch. It was a very close round, but I thought Cejudo landed the better shots, and was a LITTLE more active, so I gave the first round to Cejudo. The second round was another very even exchange, with both guys throwing punches, knees to the body, and sort of wildly trading positions inside the clinch. I guess I'll call that round a draw. The third round was more of the same, and I thought Cejudo won that one as well, so in my opinion, Cejudo won this one, 30-28, and for the most part, two of the judges agreed, giving Cejudo the split-decision victory. I guess he deserves a title shot now? I'd really like to see him be able to finish someone eventually though.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      Here we have Diego Sanchez making his 145 debut, and he looked pretty solid. The first round was a pretty wild scrap, with both guys throwing wild strikes at each other, both guys moving forward, and to be honest, I didn't think either guy necessarily was the clear winner after the first round. Lamas blasted Sanchez in the right calf several times with some hard kicks in the second round, and Sanchez almost went down from this kicks, which allowed Lamas to unload on him with some big punches. Eventually, Lamas took Sanchez to the ground, and clearly came out on top in the second round. The final 90 seconds of that round, consisted of a wild grappling exchange, where both guys were looking for crazy submissions. Awesome fight so far for both guys. The final round was another wild brawl, with Lamas nearly ripping Sanchez's lead leg off with kicks, forcing Sanchez to drop his hands, and taunt Lamas, looking to get into a close up exchange. In the end, I thought this was a pretty clear win for Ricardo Lamas, 30-28, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him all 3 rounds across the board. Sanchez looked better than expected at 145 though, I just think that he should be fighting guys in the Top 15, instead of the Top 5.
89.1
Decision
(Split)
25:00
      The standup exchanges in the first round seemed pretty even, but the final 3 minutes or so of the round, had Magny outwrestling Gastelum, flipping him over, mounting him multiple times, and basically just grappling the shit out of him, even grabbing his back a couple of times. Gastelum came out more aggressively in the second round, and I thought he was winning for the first half of the round, but Magny was able to take him back down, and controlled him for the rest of the round. When they showed the stats, it was pretty clear that Magny was outstriking Gastelum by a significant amount as well. The third round was more of the same, with Magny pressuring Gastelum, but Gastelum ended up on top with about 10 seconds left in the round. Close round, but I thought Magny pretty clearly won the first 3 rounds. I thought Magny won the first 90 seconds of the fourth round, but Gastelum punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground, and then swarmed all over him, looking for the finish. Gastelum beat him up a little bit, and then Magny fought his way back to his feet, but Gastelum rocked him again, and pinned him down near the cage. That round very clearly goes to Gastelum, and you could argue that it was possibly a 10-8 round. Magny was aggressive at the start of the final round, but Gastelum picked him up and dumped him on the ground, where Gastelum controlled him for the rest of the round. This fight COULD have maybe been a draw, but I gave it to Magny, and two of the judges agreed, giving Magny a hard fought split-decision victory.
OVERALL 89.6
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