100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Anthony Johnson - 92.3
2. Ben Rothwell - 92.2
3. Alexander Yakovlev - 92.1
4. Rafael Natal - 91.8
5. Jimmie Rivera - 91.8
6. Bryan Barberena - 91.5
7. Wilson Reis - 91.5
8. Alex Caceres - 91.4
9. Anthony Rocco Martin - 91.3
10. Carlos Diego Ferreira - 90.9
UFC on Fox 18: Johnson vs. Bader
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Elevation: 13'
-Fight of the Night-
Ben Rothwell vs. Josh Barnett
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.5
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
     Olivieri landed some solid leg kicks early in this fight, with one of them knocking Martin to the ground. Martin eventually decided to shoot in for a takedown, and Olivieri defended well for a few seconds, but was eventually taken to the ground. He was able to wall walk back to his feet without much of an issue. Martin continued to pressure him against the cage, looking for another takedown, and Olivieri was blasting him in the side of the head with big elbows. The referee broke them up, Olivieri landed another strong kick, and Martin shot for another takedown, and continued to get blasted by elbows while clinching against the cage. Martin clearly controlled the pressure in that round, but Olivieri very clearly dealt more damage, shredding Martin's lead leg, and beating him up with hard elbows. I'm giving the round to Olivieri based on damage. The second round started with Olivieri landing BRUTAL leg kick combinations, 3 at a time, tearing up that lead leg of Martin, both on the inside & outside, but by the end of the round, Martin had Olivieri rocked hard, with some big punches, and I think Martin MIGHT have done enough damage in that round at the end to steal the round. It could have maybe gone either way though. I have the score tied up going into the final round. The final round started the same way, Olivieri landing great kicks at a variety of levels, and Martin was landing some solid punches, until Martin secured a takedown against the cage halfway through the round. Martin wrapped his way around to Olivieri's back, looking for a rear-naked choke. He locked it on with 2 minutes left in the fight, and put Olivieri to sleep. Pretty solid win for Tony Martin, and it's a much needed win as well, bringing his UFC record to 2-3.
      Damon Jackson looked aggressive at the start of this fight, throwing nice punch & kick combinations, really taking the fight to Makashvili, but it slowed down halfway through the round, when Jackson clinched with Makashvili against the cage, which ended in a stalemate. The referee eventually broke them apart. Makashvili landed some nice punches, and Jackson shot for another takedown, ending in another stalemate clinch against the cage. That round could have maybe gone either way, but I'm giving it to Jackson, based on pressure, and some solid striking earlier in the round. The second round was more of the same, with Jackson landing some solid shots, and clearly applying more pressure with some clinching against the cage, but he wasn't able to get anywhere close to securing a takedown, so I guess Makashvili deserves some credit for staying on his feet, but Jackson was still in control for most of the first two rounds. I have Jackson ahead 2-0 going into the final round. The final round was the same story, with Jackson landing some nice combinations, and then they clinched against the cage, with Jackson in control. Makashvili secured a takedown randomly, but Jackson stopped him with a guillotine attempt, and then they stood back up. After some more clinching, Makashvili secured another takedown, but Jackson stood right back up. Jackson was still kind of grounded, and Makashvili landed a knee to Jackson's head, so the referee broke them up, and warned Makashvili. With one minute left in the fight, they started back up, and Makashvili poked the shit out of Jackson's eye. This time, the referee took a point from Makashvili, which I'm actually pretty happy with, since I feel like combining fouls, especially when they're one right after the other, isn't a bad idea at all. When the fight started back up, Jackson brought the fight to Makashvili for the final minute of the fight, which in my opinion won the fight for Jackson. I would personally score this fight 30-26 for Jackson, but I can easily see this fight being declared a draw as well, so... This one really is up to the judges. One judge gave the fight to Jackson, 29-27, and the other two judges declared the fight a draw, which means that it's officially a majority draw.
      Randy Brown is the next Sage Northcutt or whatever, but he came in with some pretty clear octagon jitters. Dwyer probably won that first round, but Brown started to loosen up near the end of the round, so that round could have gone either way in my opinion. The second round had Brown picking up the pace a bit, throwing some knees from the clinch, and a lot of kicks, before flipping Dwyer to the ground with a nice whizzer. He then went for a D'Arce choke, but he wasn't able to lock it in, so he let it go, and Dwyer ended up taking him to the ground, but Brown punished him with some elbows to the side of the head. I'm giving that round pretty clearly to Brown. Brown rocked Dwyer early in the final round, was chasing him down looking for the kill, went for another front choke of some sort, but Dwyer slipped out and tried to grab Brown's back. Brown spun back around though, and grabbed Dwyer's back. They broke apart, and the fight kind of came to a grinding halt, as they clinched, and then Brown landed a soft knee to Dwyer's groin. When the fight started back up, they scrambled around for a while, with Brown controlling most of the action, looking for another D'Arce choke, and pretty clearly outwrestling Dwyer overall. In the end, I'm giving this fight to Brown, AT LEAST 29-28, if not 30-27. All 3 judges gave Randy Brown the fight, 29-28, which is cool, welcome to the UFC, etc... but... It sucks that this was the first decision of his career, since before this, he came in with a record of 6-0, all finishes within the first two rounds. Hopefully he might look more comfortable in his next fight, now that the debut jitters are out of the way?
      The first round was a really solid kickboxing match, with both guys landing some decent shots, but for the most part, Caceres was picking apart Fullen with some fun kicks from all kinds of different angles, lots of spinning, hitting a lot of different levels. Caceres even rocked Fullen at one point, and then took him to the ground. Clear round for Alex Caceres. The second round was more of the same, with Caceres continuing to tear up Fullen with wild kicks, solid boxing, good footwork, and a lot of energy. Fullen landed his fair share of shots, but Caceres is ahead, 2-0 going into the final round. The final round was more of the same, with Caceres picking apart Fullen for most of the round, and with 40 seconds left, he rocked him pretty hard, and almost finished him. Really good fight overall, and entertaining victory for Alex Caceres, 30-27 on all scorecards.
      Yakovlev pretty much dominated Sullivan in this fight. He caught a kick, grabbed Sullivan's ankle, and took him to the ground, and was able to grind the shit out of him, sucking up all of Sullivan's energy early in the first round. They eventually stood back up, and Yakovlev shockingly knocked Sullivan the fuck out with a massive right hand, which planted Sullivan on the canvas. Really solid performance by Alexander Yakovlev.
      That was an interesting opening round, with Ortiz beating up Reis a little bit on the feet, but Reis was able to grind him to the ground a few times, controlling most of the grappling. I think I have to give the first round to Wilson Reis. The second round again had Ortiz beating up Reis on the feet, but Ortiz is kind of stupid, because he kept shooting for takedowns, which Reis consistently reversed on him. Ortiz is NOT the better grappler, so why the fuck does he keep shooting for takedowns, when he's failing every one of them, AND while he's winning on the feet? Reis shot for a slick takedown in the final minute of the round, immediately grabbing the back of Ortiz. Reis slowly started to sink in the rear-naked choke, and then transitioned into a tight armbar with 10 seconds left in the round, but Ortiz was saved by the bell. Ortiz HAS to finish this fight in the third round if he wants to win it. Ortiz came out swinging in that final round, but Reis once again took him down and grabbed his back, but Ortiz did a good job standing back up, but Reis took him right back down and grabbed his back again. Ortiz got back to his feet somehow. Reis absolutely dominated Ortiz in this fight with his grappling. Reis mounted Ortiz's back with one minute left in the fight, and he punched him in the head a lot. Ortiz's ring IQ is very low. Great dominating unanimous decision victory for Wilson Reis.
      Here we have two Gracie black belts, in a very even matchup. Both guys were taken down in the first round, both guys had their moments, both guys landed some decent strikes. I was going to say I would probably give the round to Casey just SLIGHTLY, but in the final ONE SECOND of the round, Natal blasted him in the face with a big punch, and knocked Casey on his ass. Casey was 100% saved by the bell, because he was actually unconscious for a brief second I think. Natal wins that first round. The second round started, and Natal kicked Casey in the dick, which actually sucks for Natal, because it gives Casey 5 minutes to recover from that flash knockout. He didn't take the full time though. Once the fight started back up, Natal rocked Casey again, and then took him to the ground. Natal passed to half guard, and then hit Casey with a few decent shots on the ground. They stood back up, and Natal BLASTED Casey's legs with some brutal leg kicks, before shooting for another takedown. Natal was caught in Casey's open guard, but that didn't prevent Natal from blasting Casey in the face with some hammerfists in the final minute of the round. I have Natal ahead, 2-0 going into the final round, but the first round is still sort of up for grabs. I'll be pissed if anyone gave that round to Casey though, considering he got knocked out in the final second. We'll see what happens in round 3!!! The third round started slow, until Natal BLASTED Casey with another hard leg kick, followed by some big punches to the face. Casey was clearly looking for a big uppercut, but he looked tired, so his uppercut looked like it was moving through mud, making it very easy for Natal to avoid. Natal shot for another takedown 2 minutes into the final round. Natal moved into full mount with 2 minutes left in the fight. From there, Natal with for an arm-triangle choke, failed, so went back to full mount, and then slaughtered Casey with a series of big punches from full mount. AWESOME win for Rafael Natal.
      The stats suggest that Ferreira landed more strikes in the first round, but from where I was sitting, I mostly saw Mercier blasting him with kicks to the body, and punch combinations to the head. It was a close round, but I'm scoring it in favor of Aubin-Mercier. The second round had Ferreira landing some hard punches, but Mercier was scoring points by securing brief takedowns, followed by punch combinations while Ferreira was getting back to his feet. Mercier landed multiple hard head kicks, and some really heavy punches in the second round. Ferreira was holding his own, but I gave the round to Mercier. I have Mercier ahead, 2-0 going into the final round, but it could easily be all tied up, depending on how the first round was scored. The third round started, and Mercier blasted Ferreira with some more heavy left head kicks, mixed with some nice punch combinations, and then Mercier also secured a takedown at one point, but they stood back up. Ferreira then secured a takedown of his own, which allowed him to grab Mercier's back pretty quickly. He went for a rear-naked choke, but couldn't get under Mercier's chin, so he just got back on top in half guard, and beat up Mercier for a few minutes. They kept talking about how Ferreira is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu, and I wasn't sure if that mattered, until that third round, where he used his grappling to absolutely dominate Mercier on the ground. Ferreira has some crazy Jiu-Jitsu skills. Mercier did a good job defending the chokes, but he gave up the round in the process. This fight COULD still technically go either way, depending on if anyone else thinks Mercier won that first round, but I'm thinking after the way Mercier got dominated in that final round, I'm going to have to assume Ferreira won this fight. All 3 judges gave the fight to Ferreira, and one of them even gave him all 3 rounds.
      The first round had Saffiedine mostly just throwing big kicks, and Ellenberger was only throwing punches. The most exciting part was when Ellenberger blasted Saffiedine with a big right hand, which rocked the shit out of him. I'm just disappointed that Ellenberger didn't follow it up with anything since he clearly had Saffiedine in trouble. Round one goes to Ellenberger. The second round had Saffiedine picking apart Ellenberger for a couple of minutes, until he threw an accidental knee to the groin of Ellenberger. The fight started back up, and not a lot happened, until Ellenberger shot for an explosive takedown with 10 seconds left in the round, but he let Saffiedine stand right back up. I have the fight all tied up going into the final round. The final round had Saffiedine picking apart Ellenberger. Ellenberger looks like a sloth out there. He's so fucking slow, his ring IQ is near retarded, and he doesn't have the reach to be able to land those power shots he's throwing. In my opinion, he should retire at this point. He can't compete with guys in the UFC anymore, so unless he's making a move to Bellator or something, I don't really want to watch Jake Ellenberger fight anymore. Tarec Saffiedine looked solid, but he should have been able to finish Ellenberger. Ellenberger was the slowest moving target I've seen in a long time, especially at welterweight.
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      OH MAN... Sage Northcutt fights are intense... He blasted Barberena with several combinations that almost finished off Bareberena, but he kept going for a takedown afterward, instead of continuing with the striking. Northcutt showed some solid top position wrestling, and some solid striking, but Barberena was able to take him down once late in the round. Northcutt pretty clearly won that first round though. The second round started, and Sage threw a really stupid spinwheel kick thing, which allowed Barberena to get on top of him immediately. From there, Barberena slaughtered him with elbows, and punches, he locked on an arm-triangle choke, he wasn't even on the right side to apply pressure, but Sage still tapped like a bitch. Sage looked good in the first round, but he got clowned in that second round, and finished via submission by a guy that isn't even ranked in the Top 100 in my opinion. So yeah, Sage's hype train has come to a screeching halt. It's also worth noting that Barberena took this fight on short notice, and looked extremely out of shape.
      Rocky Rivera came out there looking all short & thick, and he basically beat the shit out of Alcantara, throwing his usual fast & hard punch combinations. Alcantara poked him in the eye late in the round, but Rivera recovered, and shot for an explosive takedown, slamming Alcantara to the mat for good measure. Round one goes to Rivera. Rivera continued to apply pressure for the duration of the second round, picking apart Alcantara for 4 minutes or so with crazy punch combinations, and then Alcantara landed a strong punch which knocked Rivera down, but he immediately got up, and took Alcantara to the ground. I have Rivera ahead 2-0 going into the final round. The final round was the closest round of them all, and Rivera got knocked down again, and Alcantara jumped on him to get a Kimura, but Rivera expertly rolled out of it, and continued to pressure Alcantara against the cage, and ended the round with a barrage of punches being thrown at the head of Alcantara. Alcantara was smiling like he won, but in my opinion, this was a pretty clear cut 30-27 decision for Jimmie Rivera. All 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Rivera, 29-28.
(Gogo Choke)
      The first round was kind of slow paced, with both guys exchanging strikes. Rothwell looked like he was throwing bombs, but they didn't seem to do any damage. Barnett on the other hand was landing some nice technical strikes, and he busted up Rothwell's nose, and opened up a cut under Rothwell's left eye. I gave the first round to Barnett based on damage. The second round was more of the same, with Barnett strategically picking apart Rothwell with punches, until Barnett shot for a takedown, Rothwell locked on another weird guillotine choke, he used that to pin Barnett, and then Barnett tapped. I've NEVER seen Barnett even close to tapping. He tapped to Cro Cop twice, once because of a shoulder injury, and the second time was due to strikes, but... Rothwell just legit tapped his ass out with a choke. THAT IS FUCKING INSANE. Maybe now people won't make fun of Mitrione for getting tapped with that same choke. Rothwell is a fucking monster.
      What the fuck did I just watch? Ryan Bader shot for a takedown immediately, but fucked it up horribly, which allowed Johnson to mount his back. Bader went for a Kimura, while Johnson was mounted on his back, which was kind of stupid. Johnson punched him in the head a few times, and put Bader to sleep. Solid showing for Anthony Johnson, but... What the fuck was Bader thinking?