(11/28/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Doo Ho Choi - 93.8
2. Fredy Serrano - 93.3
3. Dominique Steele - 92.8
4. Dong Hyun Kim - 92.4
5. Benson Henderson - 91.4
6. Mike de la Torre - 91.2
7. Tae Hyun Bang - 91.1
8. Seo Hee Ham - 91.0
9. Cortney Casey-Sanchez - 91.0
10. Dongi Yang - 90.8
UFC Fight Night 79: Henderson vs. Masvidal
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Elevation: 125'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia
92.7
Fighters & Matches 89.6
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.8
90.5
KO
(Slam & Elbows)
10:27
     Steele knocked Kim down early in the first round with punches, and then got on top of him, punched him some more, and then they stood up, clinching against the cage. Around the halfway mark of the first round, they both started throwing wild punches & elbows, and then Steele took him down again. That was a pretty fun round, which I scored slighlty in favor of Steele. The second round basically had Steele beating the shit out of Kim with punches & elbows, he took him down, and continued to beat the shit out of him. Going into the third round, Steele was clearly ahead, 2-0. The final round started up, Steele picked Kim up in the air, powerbombed him to the ground, Kim went unconscious, and Steele blasted him in the chin with a series of brutal elbows. That was a brutal finish delivered by Dominique Steele.
86.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round started out kind of slow, with Beltran picking apart Ning with kicks, until Ning threw a kick of his own, slipped, and ended up kicking Beltran in the dick. They paused the fight for a few seconds, and then started back up again. I gave the first round to Beltran for being slightly more aggressive, and he also secured a takedown in the final seconds, and grabbed Ning's back. The second round had Beltran slipping, and Ning got on top and tried to beat him up from inside the guard, but it was somewhat uneventful, so probably could have gone either way, but I have it tied up going into the final round. Not a great fight going into the final round. The final round had them trading strikes, but they were still picking their shots, instead of going in for the kill, so there wasn't a ton of action until the final minute, where Beltran started unloading knees. Ning seemed to control the clinch though, pushing Beltran against the fence, so... To be honest, I have no idea who won this fight, but I'd probably score it slightly for Marco Beltran, especially since he knocked Ning down in the final 10 seconds with a hard shot to the chin. Ning also had a terrible looking cut on his left eyelid at the end of the fight, so yeah, congrats to Beltran for pulling off the split-decision victory. Close fight, but not very eventful.
90.4
TKO
(Elbow Injury)
0:44
      Wow, that was fun while it lasted. Both guys came out like a couple of balls of fire, swinging for the fences, Serrano picked up Yao, dumped him on the ground, Yao posted with his right hand, which ended up causing his elbow to snap, and Serrano finished him with a few bonus punches to the face on the ground. Freddy Serrano is kind of badass, and I'm looking forward to seeing him against some toughter competition so I can see how he fairs against guys in the Top 10.
89.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      That first round was AMAZING!!! These girls are fucking nuts. Casey blasted Ham in the head with a big kick, and nearly finished the fight in the first round, she also blasted her with another 100 or so shots throughout the round, but Ham was game, and continued to fire back. Awesome round, which I scored for Cortney Casey. Casey knocked Ham down again in the second round with some hard punches. Ham then poked her in the eye, and kicked her in the crotch. (There was a lot of solid action going both ways in that round, but they had to pause twice for those shots to Casey). Honestly, that second round probably could have gone either way, so... Moving on to the final round! Ham pretty clearly won the first 4 minutes of the final round, but I thought Casey won the final minute of the fight. So... This fight really could have gone either way, probably should be 29-28 in favor of Ham, but considering Casey was the only one to knock down her opponent, and she did it twice in the fight, I wouldn't be mad at Casey getting the decision either. GREAT fight overall. All 3 judges ended up giving the fight to Seo Hee Ham, 29-28.
88.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      OH SHIT! Right out of the gate, Bang knocked Kuntz to the ground with a hard left hand, and then Kuntz tried to get back up with a takedown attempt, Bang smashed the side of his head with punches for a while, before Kuntz was able to finally drive through for the takedown, landing inside a guillotine choke. Kuntz eventually slipped out of that, and they stood back up with Bang's back against the cage, where Kuntz threw a knee to Bang's balls. Bang looked like he drained himself with that guillotine attempt, and Kuntz looked significantly fresher. Bang continued to hammer him with hard punches & elbows, but he was almost completely gassed after the first 3 minutes. By the end of the round, Kuntz was pretty clearly winning, but... he was almost finished in the first few seconds, so... I guess that round is a draw? The second round was sloppy as shit, Kuntz had better movement, but every time Bang would land a punch, Kuntz looked rocked. Kuntz ended up securing a deep double leg halfway through the second round. Kuntz slowly locked on a rear-naked choke, but he couldn't quite get his elbow under the chin of Bang, which allowed Bang to survive longer than he should have been able to. Bang eventually slipped out, stood up, and still very clearly looked exhausted. I guess Kuntz would have to win that second round, based on the choke attempt & takedown, eh? (Even though the fact he couldn't finish the choke, showed a pretty big weakness in Kuntz's Jiu-Jitsu game). Kuntz slowly worked his way into another takedown in the third round, and he just found himself caught inside another guillotine attempt by Bang. Kuntz eventually slipped out, and Bang almost took a nap, not because he was hit, but because he was still obviously exhausted. The referee eventually stood them up due to a lack of action. Bang ended up shooting in for a takedown with about 90 seconds left in the fight, but Kuntz popped back up after a few seconds. In the final minute of the fight, Kuntz was shooting for desperate takedowns, and Bang continued to rock him with periodic punches. Pretty solid fight overall, but I think I'm going to have to score this fight 29-28 for Tae Hyun Bang, but it's close enough to where I'm not going to argue if the judges give the fight to Kuntz. Two of the judges ended up giving the fight to Bang, 29-28, which I think is the perfect ending to the fight, a close split-decision.
89.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first minute or so of this fight was a wild brawl, with de la Torre landing some HARD left hands, and he ended up opening a huge gash above the left eye of Nam, which made it look like his eye was going to fall out of his skull. Nam struggled to get a takedown, but de la Torre showed some really solid takedown defense. They both landed some decent shots, but I thought the first round pretty clearly went to de la Torre. The second round was more of the same, with Nam shooting for takedowns, and de la Torre showing some really great takedown defense, and then de la Torre was able to punish Nam with punches, and elbows to the head. 2-0 for de la Torre going into the final round in my opinion. The final round had de la Torre throwing a kick, Nam caught it, FINALLY took the fight to the ground, and de la Torre was back to his feet instantly. OUSTANDING takedown defense, against Nam, who is apparently a Judo black belt? When Nam throws punches, it's clear there is a lot of weight behind them, but de la Torre's movement was too much for Nam, as he was able to slip the punches, and counter him almost every time. In the end, I thought this was a very clear 30-27 decision for Mike de la Torre. Two judges gave the fight to Mike de la Torre, and the one judge, who must clearly be a Korean with a huge bias, gave the fight to Nam. So yeah, congrats to de la Torre for the very one-sided split-decision victory.
87.7
TKO
(Punches)
6:50
      These guys both looked sloppy as shit at the start of the fight, bouncing around like those guys that dribble basketballs with both hands simultaneously. Collier knocked Yang down at one point, and then pinned him for the 1...2...3... But then they stood up, because this isn't professional wrestling. Collier poked Yang in the eye, and then there was a long pause as apparently nobody in the vicinity speaks Korean. They eventually started the fight again. Collier threw a kick, Yang caught it, and took him to the ground, where Yang tried to unload some ground & pound, but they got right back up, and Collier threw Yang to the ground, where he punched Yang in the head a few times. Collier secured a couple more takedowns by the end of the round, but Yang had him down in the final 10 seconds, and landed some hard elbows, evening things out quite a bit. I'd still give the round to Collier though, I'm pretty sure? The second round started back up, Yang got Collier to the ground, he punched him a lot, Collier went for a kneebar, failed miserably, Yang punched him, Collier turtled up, and clearly didn't want to fight anymore. That was a shitty performance for Collier. Congrats to Dongi Yang for the second round finish.
92.7
KO
(Punches)
1:33
      Wow... This fight was fucking wild. Both guys were basically swinging for the fences, looking for the early stoppage, Choi rocked Sicilia a few times, but Sicilia recovered, blasted Choi with some hard shots, and then Sicilia got knocked the fuck out with another barrage of punches. That was a pretty amazing 1:33 of nonstop brawling. Great fight by both fighters, and probably the biggest win of Choi's career so far. I'm going to REALLY start taking this guy seriously from now on. I still can't quite figure out where Sicilia fits into the grande scheme of things though. He's lost half of his fights (5 out of 10) since coming to the UFC in 2012, but he also earned 3 wins by KO, so he's definitely an exciting fighter, but I'm not feeling very confident that he's ever really going to break into the Top 10 at 145. Any chance he could drop to 135? Maybe? I really have no idea. But yeah, Doo Ho Choi is on another level, and I see him climbing the ladder REALLY quickly from this point forward.
89.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was close, with both fighters trading leg kicks for most of the round, and I thought Akiyama threw the harder kicks, but he also showed that he was getting damaged by stumbling after a kick to the shin. Mina secured a takedown in the final seconds of the round, getting on Akiyama's back, which I thought was enough to win the round for Mina. Akiyama nearly chopped off Mina's lead leg in the second round, leaving a massive purple bruise on his thigh, but Mina kept trying to strike back with punches, but it was a pretty clear round for Akiyama, up until he got kicked in the dick. (Looked more like the back of the thigh to me, but still, he milked that timeout for all it was worth). OH SHIT! When the fight started back up, Mina absolutely slaughtered Akiyama, nearly finishing him with about 30 seconds worth of nonstop punches, cutting the face of Akiyama, rocking him, knocking him to the ground, he threw him around a little bit. Akiyama just lost that round in the final 30 seconds. Mina did that "lay on the ground and pray that Akiyama will fall into his guard" bullshit, which I thought was enough to give the fight to Akiyama, even though I had the first 2 rounds going to Mina. But yeah, Akiyama made Mina look silly in that second round. Mina finally secured a takedown, and Akiyama flipped him over, and beat the shit out of him. So yeah, even when Mina finally got Akiyama into his guard, Mina didn't do anything with it, so... Pretty clear 10-8 round for Akiyama, I'd give the other 2 rounds to Mina, so... This fight should technically be declared a draw. Two of the judges gave the fight to Mina, which caused the crowd to nearly riot, BUT, I can't say that I'm too pissed about it, because it really could have gone either way, and I thought he clearly won the first two rounds, so... There you have it. Congrats to Mina for a hard fought split-decision victory.
90.2
TKO
(Punches)
3:11
      This was a really solid performance by the Stun Gun. They clinched, Kim threw Waters to the ground, landed in the mounted crucifix, punched him in the face about 1,000 times, and even though they didn't look like they were doing a TON of damage, there were at least a couple of minutes of Waters getting punched in the face, defenseless, so yeah, good stoppage by the referee, and solid win for Dong Hyun Kim.
90.4
Decision
25:00
      I don't really know who won that round. Masvidal landed a LOT of big kicks, to the body & head of Henderson, but Henderson landed some great punches, and also bruised Masvidal's lead leg with kicks, and sort of secured a takedown at the end of the round. I'm assuming that round goes to Henderson? OH SHIT! That second round was getting pretty crazy. Both guys landed some solid shots, and Masvidal went for a guillotine at one point, Henderson rolled out of it, grabbed Masvidal, and tore his face up with knees, and also fucked up Masvidal's lead thigh with knees & heel strikes. Solid round for Henderson. Henderson continued to outwork Masvidal in the third round, but there were a few scary moments, like every time Henderson would shoot in for a takedown, he was leaving his neck exposed for a guillotine, but Henderson also showed some solid defense against those as well. The fourth round was another pretty close round, where Masvidal actually secured a takedown, but Henderson tied him up, and nothing really happened on the ground. Masvidal locked on another guillotine in the final round, and nearly finished the fight, but Henderson escaped. Masvidal's takedown defense is ridiculously good. The last half of that final round was a really wild grappling exchange, with both guys scrambling for superior positions. In the end, I gave the fight to Henderson, AT LEAST 3 rounds, if not 4. Two of the judges agreed, giving Henderson the split-decision victory.
OVERALL 90.8
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