(3/5/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Nate Diaz - 93.8
2. Darren Elkins - 92.7
3. Teruto Ishihara - 92.5
4. Miesha Tate - 92.4
5. Jason Saggo - 92.4
6. Vitor Miranda - 92.3
7. Siyar Bahadurzada - 92.0
8. Amanda Nunes - 91.7
9. Nordine Taleb - 91.6
10. Diego Sanchez - 91.4
UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
92.9
Fighters & Matches 90.4
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 91.4
89.5
KO
(Punches)
5:34
     Ishihara came out swinging early, throwing a variety of kicks, and forcing Erosa to move backwards. He even rocked Erosa at one point with a series of strikes, capped off with a knee that knocked Erosa to the ground. Erosa stood back up, and Ishihara continued to pick him apart with strikes. Erosa started to fire back during the last half of the round. Erosa initiated a clinch against the cage, with about a minute left in the round, and was throwing short knees to the thighs of Ishihara, but the referee got bored and separated them. Ishihara continued to blast Erosa with punches, pretty clearly winning the round, even though Erosa sort of caught a kick and secured a takedown with 10 seconds left in the round, but he wasn't able to do anything with it. They came out and danced around for about 30 seconds in the second round, and then Ishihara knocked Erosa the fuck out with a series of punches. Really great win for Teruto Ishihara, handing Erosa his first UFC loss.
89.2
TKO
(Punches)
4:31
      Justin Salas used his wrestling to take the fight to the ground early, but Saggo used his Jiu-Jitsu to sweep him, allowing Saggo to end up on top, and eventually he climbed onto Salas's back, where he punched him in the side of the head repeatedly. After several seconds of Saggo beating the shit out of Salas on the ground, the referee finally jumped in and stopped the fight. Awesome showing for Saggo, after being away from the cage for 17 months. Not a great return for Salas after a 20 month absence.
89.7
Decision
15:00
      Diego immediately rushed Miller, grabbed his leg, threw him to the ground, punched him a few times, and Miller stood back up and they started to dance. They started trading punches, with a hopping / boxing style, which was kind of fun, just waiting for someone to get clipped with a hard one. Miller cornered Sanchez, and landed a few really solid punches, and Sanchez looked like he was beginning to wilt. Sanchez shot for a takedown, and pinned Miller against the cage. Miller was working his rubber guard, looking for something, but Sanchez was able to break free with some punches to the body. Diego tried to posture up to work some heavier ground & pound, but Miller did a good job keeping him tied up in the guard. He didn't do a ton of damage, but Sanchez pretty clearly won that round with his ground & pound. Nice opening round for both guys.
     The second round started with Miller blasting Sanchez with some hard leg kicks, and some solid punch combinations. 2 minutes into the round, Miller landed a hard kick to the body, Sanchez caught it, and took him to the ground, pinning him against the cage again. Miller was able to get back to his feet before absorbing too much damage. Miller clipped Sanchez with a nice kick to the head, followed by some punches. Miller moved in, slipped, and Sanchez clinched with him, pressing him against the cage for a few seconds, but Miller broke free. Miller locked on a front guillotine, and he blasted Sanchez in the face with several heavy knees, and then took his back in the final seconds of the round. The second round goes to Miller, and it's all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was a very close round, with both guys landing some solid shots, both guys moving forward, and I think Sanchez MIGHT have won the fight in the final 10 seconds with a short lived takedown, and he clipped Miller with a few bonus punches in a flurry at the end, but they were both landing, so... This COULD be a draw, this could go either way, I kind of WANT Miller to win, but I would have to assume they'll PROBABLY give the fight to Sanchez? I have no idea what to expect at this point... All 3 judges gave the fight to Diego Sanchez. Really solid win for Diego Sanchez after a hard fought 4 fight losing streak.
91.1
Decision
15:00
      These guys looked like a couple of farmers, brawling in a barn. Both guys moving forward, winging big punches, like they couldn't give less of a shit about their own wellbeing, all they wanted to do was damage the guy in front of them. Skelly rocked Elkins, Elkins took him to the ground, Skelly went for a heel hook, LOCKED THAT SHIT ON, I thought Elkins was done, but he somehow escaped, so Skelly switched to the other leg, and cranked on another heel hook. Elkins somehow slipped out of that, and secured a front head lock, which he used to control Skelly while blasting him with knees. They broke apart, and Elkins was able to work some dirty boxing, landing a few uppercuts before breaking apart again. The round ended with some more brawling, with Elkins pressing Skelly against the cage. What is worth more? The two submission attempts by Skelly, or the slightly more aggressive brawling of Elkins? I THINK I'm going to score that round in favor of Elkins.
     They continued the wild even brawling in the second round, until Elkins scooped up Skelly, and dropped him to the ground, ending up on top in an awkward position. Skelly almost grabbed the back of Elkins, but Elkins was able to flip back over, ending up inside Skelly's guard. Elkins was beating up Skelly on the ground, while Skelly continued to grab for legs. By the end of the round, Elkins was still on top, beating the shit out of Skelly from half mount near the center of the cage. Elkins looked like a mad man in this fight, ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The third round started, Elkins took Skelly down again, beat the shit out of him for a couple of minutes, and went for a rear-naked choke, but he wasn't able to sink it in, as Skelly bounced back to his feet with 3 minutes left in the fight. Skelly looked exhausted, and Elkins continued to rush him, beating the shit out of him, slamming him, and he grabbed his back again, moving in for a rear-naked choke with 90 seconds left in the fight. Skelly powered his way back to his feet, but at this point, it was pretty clear Skelly would need a magical KO if he wanted to win this fight. Skelly was pushing for a takedown with a minute left in the fight, but Elkins sprawled, blasted him with knees, and broke apart again. Skelly continued to push for a takedown, but Elkins didn't have much trouble defending with a front head lock. This was a 30-27 win for Elkins in my opinion, an absolutely outstanding fight against a guy I had ranked in the Top 5 at 145.
90.0
TKO
(Head Kick & Punches)
6:09
      This is an obvious striker (Miranda) vs. grappler (Guimaraes) fight, so both guys knew what to expect from the other. With that being said, Guimaraes spent the first 2 minutes of the fight trying to take Miranda down, and mostly just laying on him. The referee eventually separated them. Guimaraes already looked kind of tired, and Miranda started to pick him apart with kicks, but Guimaraes rushed him with a barrage of punches, while moving in for another takedown attempt. Miranda caused Guiamraes to collapse with a series of elbows to the side of the head, but Guimaraes repositioned and continued to work for the takedown. Decent round, with a lot of grinding from Guimaraes, and some deadly looking strikes being thrown by Miranda. Guimaraes clearly controlled most of that round, but I'm still going to score it for Miranda, based on damage. He basically beat Guimaraes's ass, while Guimaraes just tried to lay on him.
     Guimaraes started the second round the same way, throwing those wild punches while moving forward, until he was able to get close enough to shoot in for a takedown. From that point forward, Miranda blasted him with sharp elbows to the side of the head, Guimaraes got FUCKED UP, backed off for a second, and Miranda slaughtered him with strikes, forcing the referee to stop the fight while Guimaraes was still on his feet, and then Guimaraes wobbled across the cage, and fell to the ground. That was an awesome finish for Vitor Miranda. I'm really starting to like this guy, and I'm stoked that he won this fight.
90.1
KO
(Punch)
6:34
      The first round was basically a striking match, where Taleb was trying to be calm & technical, and Silva was trying to get wild things to happen, including trying to touch gloves halfway through the round, and then blasting Taleb with a sucker punch. Still, Taleb won the first round I think, just slightly. The second round started, the same tactics were being used, Silva threw a kick, Taleb caught it, and then punched Silva in the head, and knocked him the fuck out, causing Silva to fall flat on his face. That was a pretty huge win for Nordine Taleb, the underdog in this fight.
89.3
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
14:11
      Both of these guys REALLY need this win, after losing their last 2 fights in a row. The first round was a wild scramble of striking, with both guys throwing wild shit, with Thatch PROBABLY landing the cleaner strikes, with some of his knees from the clinch. The fight went to the ground in the final 90 seconds, and Thatch tried to throw up a triangle, but Bahadurzada wouldn't let him lock it on. Bahadurzada tried to press Thatch against the cage near the end of the round, and Thatch just kind of looked stuck. Thatch got back to his feet with 5 seconds left in the round. I want to score that round for Thatch, but I think judges MIGHT give it to Bahadurzada for the top control?
     The second round started with Thatch beating the shit out of Bahadurzada on the feet, until Bahadurzada took him to the ground, ending up in Thatch's guard again. From there, Bahadurzada slowly beat him up with punches, but wasn't really landing anything with power. The referee got bored and stood them back up. From there, Thatch blasted Bahadurzada with some brutal leg kicks, and then started headhunting. Bahadurzada took him down again, and continued to beat him up with punches on the ground. I really wish Thatch had a ground game, because he's a fun fighter to watch, but shit gets boring when he gets put on his back. Technically, I think Bahadurzada was ahead 2-0 going into the final round, based on slow & plodding ground & pound.
     The third round started, Thatch got blasted in the mouth, and then Bahadurzada got back on top of him again. Bahadurzada beat him up on the ground for a couple of minutes, before the referee saved Thatch again, standing them back up. Bahadurzada took Thatch back down again, and I thought he was just going to grind out a decision, but Bahadurzada hopped over into side control, locked on an arm-triangle choke, and finished the fight via submission with only a minute or so left in the fight. Solid performance by Siyar Bahadurzada, as he returns to the UFC after a 27 month absence. I'd really like to see Brandon Thatch fight Sage Northcutt next, because they're both fantastic strikers, who have had their hype trains completely derailed as of late. As for Bahadurzada, I have no idea where he goes after this victory.
91.5
Decision
15:00
      Nunes spent the first round throwing a lot of really wild kicks, and big heavy punches, but she wasn't connecting with much. Shevchenko on the other hand was clearly trying to be more technical, but by doing that, she wasn't throwing much of anything at all, mostly just dodging the attacks from Nunes. Nunes took her to the ground with around 45 seconds left in the round, which in my opinion, was probably enough to win the round for Nunes, if she wasn't already winning. There was a wild scramble in the final seconds, they stood back up, and Nunes tripped her back to the ground with a second left in the round. I'm pretty pumped about this fight still, but that opening round was somewhat uneventful.
     The second round started, and Nunes was looking pretty good, but she tripped, and then Shevchenko kicked her in the face with a soccer kick, but nobody seemed to notice, but it also didn't do much damage, so... Nunes ended up on top of Shevchenko, and she was smashing her face with some heavy punches from half mount. Nunes eventually postured up a bit, and started DRILLING Shevchenko with some brutal punches, which cut her open. Nunes looks like a beast while in top position. Shevchenko tried with all of her might to get back to her feet, and Nunes continued to grab ahold of her, and threw her right back down to the ground again. Nunes continued to pound on the face of Shevchenko, she slipped into side control, and then grabbed Shevchenko's back, locked on a rear-naked choke, but she was having trouble staying under the chin of Shevchenko. Shevchenko is tough as nails, and she even ended up escaping, and getting on top in the final 5 seconds, but Nunes is still pretty clearly ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. That second round might have even been a 10-8 round for Nunes.
     The third round started, and Shevchenko blasted Nunes with a big elbow that rocked her, and Shevchenko was able to take her to the ground, with Shevchenko landing in side control. Shevchenko secured a mounted crucifix, and she was looking for an Americana, but Nunes was able to push her off, and get back to her feet. Nunes tried to run in head first, and Shevchenko blasted her with some big knees from the clinch. That was a hell of a fight, with Shevchenko pretty clearly winning that last round, but I still have this fight scored 29-28 in favor of Nunes, MAYBE even 29-27, depending on if you scored that second round a 10-8 for Nunes. All 3 judges agreed, giving Nunes the unanimous decision victory, with two judges scoring it 29-27 for Nunes.
90.0
Decision
15:00
      After Tom Lawlor did a hilarious Conor McGregor impression at the weigh-ins yesterday, here he is, beating the shit out of the undefeated Corey Anderson. He had him rocked against the cage in the first minute of the fight, as he battered him with big punches. They continued to box with each other for the duration of the round, with both guys landing some really hard shots. I'm going to score that round for Lawlor, mostly based on the damage he did in the first minute.
     The second round started and Lawlor took Anderson down immediately, but he stood right back up. They continued to box with each other at a pretty decent pace for the duration of the second round, and Lawlor really turned it up in the final 30 seconds, blasting Anderson, but then he got clipped, and Anderson really started to come back with some shots of his own. That round was another pretty close round, but I think I might score that one for Anderson, mostly just to keep it interesting going into the final round.
     Corey Anderson secured a takedown in the final round, ending up in half mount, where he was able to beat up Lawlor from the top a little bit. He wasn't really doing much damage, but he was mostly just covering Lawlor's face, making it hard for him to breathe. The referee eventually got bored, and stood them back up with a minute left in the fight. Anderson probably won that fight by laying on top of Lawlor for the final minute of the fight. I'm sort of hoping the judges screw up and give it to Lawlor though, because he was FAR more exciting tonight (and yesterday) than Anderson will ever be. The judges DEFINITELY fucked up, but they did it the wrong way, giving Anderson all 3 rounds, which was insane, since he got his ass beat in the first round. Either way, solid win for Anderson I guess, and a shitty decision for Lawlor.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      Villante spent most of the first round trying to smack Latifi with kicks to keep him at range, and that forced Latifi to rush in like a bull, throwing wild bombs. Latifi clipped Villante at one point, and therefore, I gave the round to Latifi, but it could have maybe gone either way. The second round started with about 90 seconds worth of slow striking, before Latifi rushed in, grabbed Villante from behind, and suplexed the shit out of him. The rest of the round had both guys trading slow strikes, and both guys looking tired, with Latifi shooting in for one last takedown in the final 30 seconds. He slammed Villante with 20 seconds left in the round, but Villante popped right back up before the buzzer sounded. The final round had both guys looking tired and bored, without much happening, until Latifi took down Villante in the final 30 seconds or so. Boring fight overall, but I hope Latifi wins the decision, AT LEAST 29-28. All 3 judges gave the fight to Latifi, 30-27.
92.5
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
23:30
      The first round was somewhat uneventful, with both fighters landing a few decent shots, but I didn't think either fighter had an obvious advantage. Holm probably landed a few more power shots, so I gave the first round to Holm. The second round had Tate finishing a body lock takedown, and then she beat the shit out of Holm with elbows from side control, before nearly finishing the fight with a rear-naked choke late in the round. AWESOME round for Tate, and the score is all tied up going into the third round.
     The third round was somewhat uneventful, but I scored it slightly for Tate, based on a few of the combinations that she landed. The fourth round goes to Holm, mostly for some hard combinations she landed late in the round. Really, this fight is up in the air, going into the final round, but it's PROBABLY being scored in Holm's favor by most judges. The final round started, Tate grabbed Holm, yanked her to the ground with a desperate takedown, she grabbed her back, locked on a rear-naked choke, Holm tried to flip over head first to escape, Tate refused to let go, and she put Holm to sleep. FUCK YEAH! Miesha Tate is the new UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion!!! That's fucking awesome.
92.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
9:12
      The first round was a pretty good boxing match, with Nate using his reach to keep Conor at bay, while picking him apart with jabs. Conor was throwing more power shots, but wasn't landing with much, since he had so much trouble getting inside on the much taller Diaz. The fight went to the ground late in the round, with McGregor on top, but he didn't do a lot of damage. That round probably could have gone either way, but McGregor won on most scorecards, probably based on his top position at the end of the round. Conor pretty much beat the shit out of Diaz in the second round, causing blood to cover 90% of Diaz's face, mostly from a cut above his right eye. Diaz continued to throw those jabs though. Diaz rocked Conor HARD around the halfway mark of the second round, Conor looked drunk, and Diaz continued to beat the living shit out of him from the clinch for the rest of the round. Diaz rocked Conor again, Conor shot for a takedown, Nate locked on a guillotine, Conor rolled out of it, Diaz mounted him, punched the fuck out of his face, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission late in the second round. AMAZING win for Nate Diaz. That was badass. I'm still a huge fan of McGregor, but it's going to be hard for him to keep the hype train running at full speed after this one. Diaz HAS to be next in line for a 155 title shot at this point, right? And I for one, would like to see Conor back at 145, defending his belt against Max Holloway.
OVERALL 91.4
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