(1/2/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Stipe Miocic - 92.8
2. Dustin Poirier - 92.8
3. Brian Ortega - 92.7
4. Albert Tumenov - 92.6
5. Michael McDonald - 92.4
6. Carlos Condit - 92.4
7. Robbie Lawler - 91.7
8. Lorenz Larkin - 91.7
9. Kyle Noke - 91.5
10. Abel Trujillo - 91.4
UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Carlos Condit vs. Robbie Lawler
93.6
Fighters & Matches 91.0
Top 10 Fighters 92.2
TOTAL 91.6
87.9
TKO
(Punches)
3:12
     Garcia threw a hard punch to the chest of Westcott, and then Westcott ducked under, got the clinch, and took Garcia to the ground. From there, Westcott punched him in the face a lot, Garcia gave him his back, Westcott climbed on Garcia's back, sort of looking for the choke, while constantly punching him in the head. Westcott eventually postured up with that back mount, and then beat the shit out of Garcia with big heavy punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Pretty solid performance by Sheldon Westcott, as he earns his first UFC victory (1-2), and I believe we'll be saying goodbye to Edgar Garcia, as he is now 0-3 in the UFC.
90.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      That was a really interesting opening round. I thought Tanaka won the first 4 minutes or so of the round, by throwing some hard leg kicks, solid punches, showed off some nice footwork, and secured a takedown. The problem is, once he took Soto to the ground, Soto started working his rubber guard, locked on a tight Gogoplata, which earns him big points in my book, and I feel like he could have finished the fight with it, but his corner yelled at him to throw some elbows, so he landed a couple of elbows, and that allowed Tanaka to slip out. Solid opening round for both fighters, but I think Soto stole it with that Gogoplata. Tanaka was landing some HARD punch combinations in the second round, really picking apart Soto, while Soto was throwing random hard leg kicks. Tanaka was pretty clearly winning the round, and then they clinched, and Tanaka threw Soto to the ground. From there, Tanaka landed inside Soto's guard, and Soto locked on a tight guillotine choke, but Tanaka was able to fight his way out of it with some soft punches to the body of Soto. Tanaka postured up, landed some decent punches on the ground, and Soto spun around for a wild leg lock attempt. Tanaka wrestled his way out of that too though, and continued to control Soto. Soto's guard is dangerous, and I feel like Tanaka should keep this fight standing, but yeah, Tanaka pretty clearly won that round, other than the guillotine which scored a few points for Soto. I have the fight all tied up going into the final round, with maybe a slight lead for Tanaka, based on the fact that he controlled the majority of the first round as well. Tanaka continued to beat the shit out of Soto in the third round with his excellent striking, throwing hard punches, great combinations, and solid movement. At one point he threw Soto to the ground, and immediately stood back up as Soto rolled through it. Soto started firing back with some hard punches of his own, and it looked like he had Tanaka in some trouble, but Tanaka scored another takedown, and immediately fell into another tight guillotine choke. Tanaka puts himself in some horrible spots on the ground, but he's also able to defend really well, escaping 3 dangerous submission attempts in this fight. They stood back up, and continued to trade hard punches. Tanaka really looked tired at this point though, and Soto started to pick him apart, but Tanaka never stopped firing back either. Soto secured a takedown in the final 15 seconds, moved into full mount, locked on a rear-naked choke, and the buzzer sounded. That was a fantastic round, and probably one of the closest fights I've seen in a long time. I think Soto won that final round, Tanaka clearly won the second round, and the first round could have gone either way. I'm still pushing for Tanaka, but I won't be able to complain much if they give the fight to Soto, especially since he nearly finished it in the final seconds with that rear-naked choke. Two judges agreed with me, and gave the fight to Tanaka, so that was pretty awesome. Tanaka earns a really hard fought split-decision victory, and Soto leaves with an 0-3 record in the UFC, but he's fought some insane competition, so I think his job is still safe, especially after this wild performance. Great fight overall by both fighters.
92.5
Decision
15:00
      That first round was fucking wild. Both guys were "fighting inside a phone booth" as Joe likes to say. A lot of inside boxing, with hard punches flying both ways, hard kicks, lots of action, both guys got rocked and bloodied up a bit. Poirier secured a takedown in the last half of the round, but Duffy was able to work his way back to his feet, and then they continued to brawl for the last minute or so. VERY violent round, and VERY exciting. I scored it for Poirier, based partially on that takedown, since the striking was fairly even. Poirier fought his way in at the start of the second round, and secured another takedown, but his nose was bleeding all over the place. Duffy tried to get back up, but Poirier was able to pass into half guard. Duffy regained his guard, and Poirier blasted him with a hard elbow on the ground. Duffy looked like he was looking for a submission, but Poirier started to slaughter him with hard elbows, swelling Duffy's left eye shut. Duffy was clearly looking for a triangle, and Poirier nearly killed him with another series of hard elbows to the face. That was some of the most brutal ground & pound I've seen in a while. GREAT round for Dustin Poirier, possibly even earning a 10-8 round. They traded strikes for the first minute of the final round, and then Poirier secured another double leg takedown. A couple of minutes later, Duffy rolled out of that into a heel hook attempt, but Poirier was able to spin out of it, as he ended up back on top in Duffy's guard. The referee randomly stood them up, which was dumb, but that just allowed them to trade strikes for a few more seconds, before Poirier secured another takedown. Duffy locked on a triangle choke in the final few seconds, but Dustin Diamond was saved by the bell. AMAZING fight overall, it very well could end up being fight of the night, and in my opinion, it was a pretty clear 30-27 victory for Poirier, if not 30-26. All 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Dustin Poirier via unanimous decision.
89.1
Decision
15:00
      The first round of this fight had an awful lot of grinding going on, with Dober winning the standup exchanges with some short shots from the clinch, and he also secured two wild takedowns, which was impressive, because Holtzman is the grappling specialist. Once Holtzman got back to his feet, he scored some points with some decent front kicks at the end of the round, but the first round definitely goes to Dober. Dober rocked Holtzman with some punches in the second round, and continued to look for more takedowns. There was a sloppy clinch initiated by Dober, and Holtzman was finally able to get him to the ground, but he was stuck in Dober's guard. Holtzman put some decent effort into passing the guard, while throwing some short punches. Dober got back to his feet for half a second, but Holtzman drove through him for another takedown. Dober was finally able to get back to his feet up against the cage. There was another sloppy clinch, they both fell to the ground, and Holtzman ended up on top, where he pounded on Dober a little more. I think Holtzman stole that second round with his takedowns and ground & pound. I have the fight all tied up going into the final round. They both came out swinging for the final round, there was another sloppy clinch, they fell to the ground, and Dober ended up on top this time, but Holtzman got right back to his feet. They both threw some elbows, and Dober shot for another takedown. Dober used this takedown to beat up Holtzman on the ground for a couple of minutes, before Holtzman was able to stand back up again. Holtzman's face was all bloodied up from cuts, so the doctor looked at it for a second, but the fight started right back up again a few seconds later. Dober shot in for another takedown, Holtzman landed some sharp elbows while defending, but had to give that up when Dober almost took his back. That fight was a lot better than I expected it to be, and I think Drew Dober just earned a much needed victory here, 29-28 in my opinion. All 3 judges agreed, giving Dober the unanimous decision victory.
90.4
Decision
15:00
      The opening round was a solid scrap. Kish was running face first into tons of punches being delivered by Ansaroff, and Kish was getting picked apart for most of the round. Kish also poked Ansaroff in the eye with a big fat thumb early in the round, but Ansaroff was able to recover, and she continued to beat up Kish, but Kish never stopped coming forward. I scored the first round for Ansaroff. Every time Kish would throw a punch in the second round, Ansaroff would return with a flury of her own. Ansaroff also rocked Kish with some punches and a head kick. Kish was able to recover with some sloppy clinch work though. Kish finally secured a decent throw with 90 seconds left in the second round, which allowed her to bully roll Ansaroff around on the ground, but she didn't do much damage down there, she mostly just made things awkward & uncomfortable for Ansaroff. I have both of the first 2 rounds scored for Ansaroff, based on the striking, even though Kish secured that takedown at the end of the second round. Kish came out really aggressively in the final round, landing some hard punches & kicks, a lot more accurately now, but she went for another throw, and Ansaroff used that clinch exchange to take Kish down. From there, Ansaroff sort of got stuck in Kish's guard, as Kish wrapped her up, preventing any real damage. Ansaroff eventually postured up, and was able to pass the guard, moving into side control, but she went too far, and they both stood back up. Kish went for another takedown, Ansaroff went for a guillotine, and Kish threw her against the cage, and punched her in the face. They scrambled around for another minute or so, before Kish finally secured another takedown. Kish then moved into full mount, Ansaroff gave up her back, Kish held on looking for a choke, but Ansaroff curled up to defend, as she rolled back into top position, which she held for the final 20 seconds or so until the round ended. Really great fight overall, and impressive performance especially for Ansaroff in my opinion. I scored this fight 29-28 for Ansaroff and thought she pretty clearly deserved to win this one. The judges completely fucked Ansaroff in my opinion, giving Kish all 3 rounds, and two judges even gave her all 3 rounds, which is fucking ridiculous. So yeah, bullshit decision, in favor of Justine Kish.
90.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round of this fight was a great round for Kyle Noke, as he threw some brilliant punches & kicks, great combinations, nice angles, solid footwork. They clinched for a few seconds, and the clinch seemed fairly even, but as far as the actual outside striking is concerned, Noke was dominating this guy. It looked like Morono must have broken Noke's nose in the first round, because Noke was clearly having trouble breathing in the second round, and his face was a bloody mess. Noke continued to pick him apart a little bit in the second round, but Morono clipped him with some hard shots, so Noke went for a takedown, and shit got kind of wild on the ground, with both guys switching positions, diving for rear-naked chokes, and scrambling for various submissions, all while punching each other in the face. Noke ended the round on top, beating up Morono in total control. I have Noke ahead, 2-0 going into the final round. The final round had both guys trading strikes, with Noke continuing to beat up Morono, and he secured a takedown at the end of the round, but Morono locked on an armbar, and I THOUGHT he broke Noke's arm for a second, but Noke spun out of that, got back on top, started dropping elbows, and Morono was throwing elbows back up at him. I have to give that round to Morono for that near finish with the armbar, but I still gave the fight to Noke, 29-28. Two of the judges gave the fight to Morono, which is fucking ridiculous, and one judge gave Noke all 3 rounds, which sounds closer to being accurate in my opinion. But yeah, huge UFC debut for Alex Morono, taking out Kyle Noke on 11 days notice.
91.5
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:09
      McDonald landed some har punches to start the fight, but Kanehara took him to the ground. McDonald locked on a tight guillotine choke, and really cranked it, but Kanehara stayed calm, tore up McDonald's thigh with elbows, and then eventually passed the guard into full mount, where McDonald tried to secure another guillotine, while Kanehara was in full mount, which was kind of ridiculous. McDonald eventually regained guard, but Kanehara just punched him in the face in the process, and he even trapped McDonald's left arm behind his back, which opened up McDonald's face for more punches. Kanehara walked away with that first round via interesting ground & pound. McDonald landed some decent strikes to start the second round, but Kanehara timed it properly, securing another takedown, and almost immediately moving into side control. From there, Kanehara had an opening for the Von Flue choke, but ignored that, moving into full mount instead, as he was clearly looking for an arm-triangle choke. He had it locked in TIGHT, the fight was nearly over, and then McDonald somehow slipped out at the last second, immediately secured a rear-naked choke, and forced Kanehara to tap. That had to be the most disappointing moment in Kanehara's career, but it was a pretty great way to win, for McDonald's return to MMA after over 2 years away from the sport due to injuries. Great fight overall, but that really sucks for Kanehara to lose like that.
89.6
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
3:18
      The first round started with both guys looking sort of cautious, but Trujillo eventually moved in and started throwing some punches, but Sims did an outstanding job countering almost all of his attacks. Trujillo even shot for a takedown at one point, but failed at that as well. Sims eventually shot in, got caught in a guillotine choke, Trujillo rolled around for a second, cranked hard, and Sims was forced to submit. Really nice submission victory for Abel Trujillo, scoring his first submission victory in the UFC.
92.7
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
11:37
      Brandao started this fight throwing some wild hard punches, and then picked Ortega up and threw him to the ground, Ortega tried to lock on a triangle or armbar, but Brandao expertly escaped and got back to his feet, where he continued to punch Ortega. They scrambled around on their feet for a minute or so, and Ortega pulled guard, but was punished by some hard elbows on the ground. They stood back up, and Brandao beat the shit out of Ortega with a lot of great punch combinations, some solid leg kicks, and overall, he looked very calm & aggressive at the same time. Ortega landed a nice kick to the body, and his guard on the ground looked dangerous, but Brandao clearly won the first round. Ortega started firing back with some decent striking of his own in the second round, but Brandao still looked more aggressive, and it looked like he landed the harder shots. I have Brandao ahead, 2-0 going into the final round. Brandao blasted Ortega with some hard shots to start the third round, Ortega shot for a takedown, and Brandao flipped him over, ending up on top. They stood back up, and Brandao took him down again. There was a wild scramble on the ground, Ortega went for an Anaconda choke, transitioned into a mounted guillotine, transitioned into a triangle choke, and finished the fight via submission early in the third round. That was fucking insane. Brian Ortega has some of the best Jiu-Jitsu skills I've seen in a long time, and the fact that he has a hell of a chin to go along with it, that makes him VERY dangerous for the featherweight division. I'm looking forward to seeing where he goes from here. That was an excellent fight.
91.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was a great round, with Tumenov showing some of the best boxing skills ever to grace the Octagon, but Larkin remained dangerous, by tearing up the lead leg of Tumenov with some hard kicks. Good round for both guys, but Tumenov clearly won that round. Between rounds, when they took out Larkin's mouthpiece, apparently his braces cut into his lip or something, so that sucks, but he put the mouthpiece back in, and the fight continued. The second round had Larkin kicking the shit out of that lead leg, but every time he would land a hard leg kick, Tumenov would return fire with 5-6 punches, including some INSANELY brutal left hooks to the body of Larkin. Tumenov also landed plenty of hard shots to the head of Larkin as well. Tumenov's leg is pretty fucked up, but he's going into the final round, 2-0 in my opinion. The final round was a very hard back & forth round, with the same gameplan, Larkin was throwing leg kicks, and nearly chopped Tumenov's lead leg off, and Tumenov continued to try to hit him with hard punches, but was clearly slowing down. I'd probably have to give that final round to Larkin, but Tumenov still won this fight in my opinion, 29-28 at least, if not all 3 rounds. Two judges agreed, giving the fight to Tumenov via split-decision. Really good fight overall.
91.1
TKO
(Punches)
0:54
      Well, Arlovski's insane career comeback comes to an abrupt halt here, by way of Stipe Miocic's fists. Arlovski landed a couple of decent kicks to the thighs of Miocic, and then Miocic beat the living fuck out of him, dropping him with some big punch combinations, and then as Arlovski turtled up on the ground, Miocic punched him in the side of the head, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Really great win for Stipe, but terrible ending for Arlovski's winning streak.
93.6
Decision
(Split)
25:00
      Lawler started strong in the first round, but then he got blasted with some shots from Condit that put Lawler on his ass, almost face first. I thought the fight was going to be stopped, but fortunately, the referee let them continue, so Lawler was able to recover. Condit continued to pick him apart though for most of the remainder of the round. Round one goes to Condit. The second round was basically more of the same, but this time, Lawler blasted Condit in the chin, and knocked him on his ass. The score is all tied up going into the third round. Condit came out strong in the third round, picking apart Lawler with a wide variety of kicks, and some solid boxing. The fourth round was more of the same, with Lawler landing some good shots, but ultimately he was picked apart by Condit, with his diverse striking game, and his movement made him hard to hit as well. Condit continued to work his way around Lawler from all angles in the final round, blasting him with punches & kicks, throwing & landing 3x's as many strikes as Lawler throughout the fight. With 2 minutes left in the fight, Lawler exploded, went super fucking crazy violent, and tried to kill Condit, cornering him against the cage, and destroying him with insanity & wild punches. They were both exhausted & throwing everything they could at each other in the final 30 seconds. In the end, I scored the fight 48-47 in favor of Carlos Condit. Two of the judges disagreed, and I think they kind of screwed Condit, by giving the fight to Lawler via split-decision. I WANTED Lawler to win, so I should be happy, but come on man, Condit won that fight. Congrats to Lawler though, for another hard fought title defense.
OVERALL 91.6
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