(12/12/2015)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Conor McGregor - 94.9
2. Magomed Mustafaev - 94.0
3. Luke Rockhold - 93.8
4. Leonardo Santos - 93.0
5. Warlley Alves - 92.8
6. Demian Maia - 92.5
7. Max Holloway - 91.1
8. Yoel Romero - 91.1
9. Ronaldo Souza - 90.5
10. Urijah Faber - 90.3
UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman
93.9
Fighters & Matches 90.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.4
TOTAL 91.4
87.3
Decision
15:00
     These guys spent the first couple of minutes circling around each other, throwing random strikes, and then McGee tried to work his clinch against the cage, but it wasn't really going anywhere, so they split up. McGee eventually kicked Alexandre in the dick. I didn't think either fighter was really winning that first round, and I was going to give it to McGee based on being slightly more aggressive, but Alexandre had a decent guillotine attempt in the final 30 seconds, so... I guess I'll score that round 10-10? MAYBE I would give Alexandre the slight edge on that round? McGee continued to pressure him for the duration of the second round, mostly just clinching against the fence, so I guess McGee wins that round. McGee came out for that final round a lot more aggressively, throwing more punches, and he even secured a takedown, but wasn't able to keep the fight on the ground for long. The rest of the fight was more of the same, with McGee clinching with Alexandre against the cage. By the end of the fight, McGee secured another takedown, and beat up Alexandre, to really seal the deal. Decent win for McGee considering he's been out for the past 2 full years. As for Alexandre, this marks an 0-3 record in the UFC, so I would expect him to get fired at this point.
88.1
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was sort of slow paced, with both guys trading strikes. Medeiros was a little more active, and was using his range to decent effect, Makdessi was a little more accurate, but not as active overall. I gave the round to Medeiros. The second round had Medeiros continuing to use that range, and he continued to be a little more active with the number of punches he was throwing. Makdessi hit him with a really nice spinning heel kick to the face about halfway through the round, which was probably the best shot of the fight so far, but other than that, I don't remember Makdessi doing much that was noteworthy in that round. I scored that round for Medeiros as well, but it probably could have gone either way. The final round was more of the same, with Medeiros throwing more strikes, and Makdessi throwing less, but more accurately. To be honest, I didn't think this was a very good fight, it felt more like a standard sparring session, without either guy really looking for the finish at all. I might give Makdessi the final round, but Medeiros knocked him down late in the round, so... In the end, I scored the fight 29-28 for Medeiros, but wouldn't have been shocked if it went either way. Two judges agreed, giving the fight to Medeiros, via split-decision.
90.7
TKO
(Knees & Punches)
1:54
      The first minute of this fight had both guys just testing the water, with Proctor hitting Mustafaev with some decent leg kicks. Mustafaev returned with a few kicks and punches. 90 seconds in, shit started to heat up, as Mustafaev started throwing some BRUTAL kicks, then some knees from the clinch, Proctor collapsed, and then Mustafaev drilled into Proctor's head with some EXTREMELY brutal punches, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Awesome quick win in under 2 minutes, by Magomed Mustafaev.
90.4
TKO
(Punches)
3:26
      The first half of the first round had Kevin Lee picking Santos apart with punches, while Santos kept moving back, but Santos eventually shot in for a slick takedown, but Lee kicked out of it, and got back to his feet quickly, Santos jumped on his back, Lee shucked him off, and then continued to stalk Santos some more. Santos blasted him with a big right hand though, Lee fell to the ground, and Santos opened up on him, destroyed him with a series of punches on the ground, Lee didn't look like he was going to be able to fight his way out of it, so Big John McCarthy stopped the fight. AWESOME win for Leonardo Santos, one of the bigger underdogs on the card.
90.3
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
1:26
      Covington started this fight by shooting for a takedown, Alves was sort of defending it with a guillotine, but it looked like Covington was prepared for it, so I didn't think he would get it. Alves then turned it into a flying guillotine, Covington stood up straight and tried to slam his way out of it, and it looked like he might have spiked his own head on the ground in the process, and Alves was locked on like a pitbull, so Covington was forced to tap as soon as the fight hit the groud. Really impressive submission victory by Warlley Alves.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      Lybarger is making her UFC debut here, on short notice, I've only seen her fight once in Invicta, so I don't really know much about her. With that being said, the one thing I knew about this fight going into it, was that it was going to go to a decision. I'm also EXTREMELY disappointed that Michelle Waterson had to pull out of this fight due to an injury, because that fight would have been awesome. The first round was mostly spent clinching, with Torres moving forward, but nothing noteworthy really happened at all. The second round was the same thing, with Torres pressuring Lybarger up against the cage, but not a lot was happening. A few strikes were exchanged, but nothing that really stood out much. At one point, Lybarger shot for a takedown, failed miserably, and Torres ended up on top. Torres beat her up a little bit on the ground, so I guess I would have to say Torres is ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. The final round was more of the same, with Torres winning for the most part. Lybarger tried to get a takedown against the cage, and Torres just beat her up with some elbows to the head. The final 2 minutes had Torres teeing off on Lybarger with some crazy punches, really looking to finish this fight. Solid finish to an otherwise slow paced fight, leading to a pretty clear 30-27 decision for Tecia Torres.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      The first round of this fight had both guys shooting for takedowns, scrambling around a little bit, neither guy showing a clear advantage with the wrestling, and both guys landed some solid elbows from the clinch. I'm going to score that round a draw, because I don't think either guy pulled ahead very clearly at all. Pretty solid round though for both guys. Faber came out and slaughtered Saenz in the second round, with big elbows, and punch combinations, turning the legs of Saenz into rubber up against the cage, and then Faber threw Saenz to the ground with a beautiful throw, and then Saenz magically ended up in top position. They stood up, and Saenz was clinging to the back of Faber. That was an INSANE turn of events, all in the first 2 minutes of the second round. Faber was gassed halfway through the second round, and Saenz was still going strong, picking apart Faber with leg kicks. Faber looked really clunky in the final round, clearly tired, and looking heavier than he should at that point in a three round fight. Saenz still looked pretty fresh, and was picking apart Faber, so in the end, I guess I would score this fight a draw. First round a draw, second round Faber (but close), and third round Saenz (but close). Faber secured a takedown with a minute left in the fight, but he wasn't really able to do anything with it, so... I don't know? Maybe Faber wins, 29-28? It was a really close fight either way. All 3 judges gave the fight to Faber, so... Yeah... That fight was a lot closer than the fights would have suggested. Solid win for Faber, but he's clearly getting old, and slowing down. He's calling out the champ and stuff, and as much as that would be an interesting fight based on the storyline, I don't know if I really feel like watching Faber get dismantled by Dillashaw OR Cruz.
90.4
Decision
15:00
      I was REALLY excited about this fight going into it, but after the first two rounds, I slowly started to lose interest. Both guys landed a few decent shots, but for the most part, it was a clinch fest, without much damage being delivered in either direction. Holloway seemed to be landing more, and Stephens seemed to be pressuring more from the clinch. I wanted Holloway to win, so I guess I scored the first two rounds for Holloway, but I wouldn't argue too much if anyone gave either round to Stephens. Max Holloway secured a takedown in the first minute of the final round, and from there he punched Stephens in the face a lot. Holloway eventually wrapped his way around onto the back of Stephens, where he went for a rear-naked choke, but after a minute or so, Stephens was able to escape and fight his way back to his feet. They threw a few strikes, and Stephens shot in for a takedown, but Holloway popped right back up. They were both swinging for the fences in the final 20 seconds. Solid fight overall, and I'm a little disappointed that Holloway didn't get the finish, but it was still a good fight, and a solid 30-27 win for Holloway on all scorecards, except one judge gave one round to Stephens.
91.8
Decision
15:00
      Maia started this fight by shooting for a takedown, but Nelson ended up on top. After they scrambled around for a few, Maia climbed on Nelson's back, looking for a choke, Nelson tried to fight his way out of it, but Maia was too heavy for him, as he flattened him out with the mount, and landed some punches. Nelson tried to roll out of that, and Maia continued to ride his back, locking onto his back tightly with his legs, while continuing to punch him in the head a lot. Demian Maia dominated Nelson in that first round. Maia switched to an armbar with 20 seconds left in the round, Nelson rolled out of it, and finished the round in top position. Maia started the second round with another takedown attempt, with Nelson ending up on top. They stood back up, and Maia started working for the back again, and Nelson was blatantly grabbing the cage to defend, earning a couple of warnings from Big John. Maia eventually got that body triangle again, riding Nelson's back, Nelson was clearly exhausted at this point, and Maia continued to pound on him with punches & elbows. Nelson somehow rolled out of that though, ending up in top position halfway through the round, but he was still inside Maia's guard. Maia rolled him over, ending up on top in Nelson's butterfly guard. Nelson tried to fight his way back to his feet, but again, Maia was just too heavy for him, landing some brutal elbows, while keeping him pinned. Maia ended the round in full mount, dropping elbows on Nelson's face. At this point, Nelson has absolutely no chance in this fight, unless he can finish Maia in the final round. That was probably a 10-8 round. Gunnar was CLEARLY exhausted coming out for the final round, and Maia still looked pretty fresh. Maia shot in for a takedown, and Nelson was digging for a guillotine, but again, Maia was too heavy for him, and was able to bully him to the ground, where Maia continued to pound on him with more elbows. Maia really started to open with elbows halfway through the round, as Nelson looked like he was pretty much ready to give up. Maia grabbed his back again, locked on that body triangle, and started digging for the rear-naked choke again. From there, Maia continued to absolute dominate Nelson for the rest of the fight. Maia very easily could have won this fight, 30-24. Nelson looked like shit in this fight, and Maia looked fucking amazing.
91.3
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had Romero showing great footwork, moving around, dropping punches on the head of Souza, moving around more, hitting him with more shots, and eventually he threw a spinning backfist that knocked Jacare on his ass, where Romero then beat the living fuck out of him with big punches & elbows for the last half of the round. Jacare is super dangerous on the ground, but Romero didn't care, because he was looking for that finish. Jacare was barely able to make it back to his corner after that first round. Jacare got the clinch in the second round, and tried to take Romero down, but Romero grabbed the cage and ended up on top. The referee saw that, so he immediately stood them back up, and warned Romero not to grab the cage again. That second round was a lot closer, as Romero looked like he was getting pretty tired. It probably could have gone either way, but I'd maybe give it to Jacare, just to make the final round more interesting? The final round started kind of slowly, but Jacare eventually started teeing off on Romero with big punch combinations, he shot for a takedown, ended up on top, where he was able to punch Romero in the face a few times. Jacare sat up, and started dropping big elbows. I would say Romero's first round was just about even with Jacare's final round, so this fight really comes down to how you scored the second round, and to be honest, I don't know who I would have given that round to, soooo... Solid fight overall, and I THINK I would give this fight to Romero, based on the first round maybe being a 10-8 round, considering Jacare almost couldn't continue after that round. The judges ended up giving it to Romero, via split-decision, which to be honest, I think was the right decision. But I'm also biased, and wanted him to win, so...
93.9
TKO
(Punches)
18:12
      These guys exchanges a few punches, Weidman shot in for a takedown, and hopped up on the back of Rockhold while standing. Rockhold tried to throw him off to the side, and was able to end up in top position, as Weidman was looking for a triangle, a Kimura, and then Rockhold stood back up. Weidman shot for another takedown, and this time got Rockhold to the ground. They stood back up, and Weidman continued to control the fight from inside the clinch. Rockhold locked on a guillotine choke, but Weidman had side control, so Rockhold couldn't really crank properly. The referee stood them up, which was a little bit weird, Rockhold landed some HARD kicks, Weidman shot back in, and Rockhold locked on another guillotine, this time flipping Weidman over, so he could really crank on it from the mount. I ended up giving that round to Rockhold for those chokes. Rockhold slaughtered Weidman with brutal punches & kicks to start the second round, putting him in danger up against the cage early, but Weidman recovered, and the fight continued. Rockhold continued to launch some thunderous kicks at the head of Weidman though, the kind of kicks that made me think he could end the fight at any time. The second round definitely goes to Rockhold. The third round had Weidman taking Rockhold down, but Rockhold was able to work his way back to his feet. From there, Rockhold landed a few knees to the body from the clinch, and then they broke apart. They both landed some solid kicks, and they both landed some decent punches. Weidman threw a silly spinning kick, and Rockhold dodged it, grabbed his back, and took him to the ground, where Rockhold was able to lock on a rear-naked choke with about 80 seconds left in the round. Rockhold spun around into full mount, and then he dropped some elbows and punches from the mount. Rockhold started teeing off, Weidman's face was spurting blood, Rockhold opened up with some gigantic elbows, more punches, Weidman was getting absolutely fucked up, Rockhold landed a million punches to the face of Weidman, as he wasn't able to block ANY of them, but the referee allowed him to survive until the end of the round, but Weidman's face was ALL chopped up at that point. MASSIVE 10-8 round for Rockhold. Rockhold started the fourth round with some hard kicks, some punches, he moved into the clinch for a takedown, and Weidman blatantly grabbed the fence, Herb Dean warned him, and Rockhold eventually threw him to the ground. Rockhold is a fucking BEAST! Weidman's face was bleeding like crazy, and Rockhold was punishing him up against the fence. Rockhold was relentless, as he continued to drop punches & elbows, opening up even more cuts, and leaving even more bruises. Rockhold continued to smash Weidman's face in with brutal punches, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was an oustanding performance by Luke Rockhold, the NEW, UFC Middleweight Champion.
92.3
KO
(Punch)
0:13
      That was kind of ridiculous. Aldo ran in with his eyes closed, threw a punch, Conor landed first, right on the chin with a massive left hand, Aldo got knocked the fuck out, Conor blasted him with a couple more punches on the ground and the fight was stopped. Conor McGregor just ended the most hyped fight in MMA history, in 13 seconds. Conor McGregor is the Undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion.
OVERALL 91.4
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