100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Alejandro Perez - 94.0
2. Mairbek Taisumov - 93.1
3. Derrick Lewis - 93.0
4. Jared Cannonier - 92.8
5. Francis Ngannou - 92.6
6. Maryna Moroz - 92.3
7. Ian Entwistle - 92.0
8. Zak Cummings - 91.9
9. Bojan Velickovic - 91.7
10. Jan Blachowicz - 91.5
UFC Fight Night 86: Rothwell vs. Dos Santos
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Elevation: 518'
-Fight of the Night-
Alejandro Perez vs. Ian Entwistle
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 92.5
TOTAL 90.9
     The first round was basically a kickboxing match, with both fighters throwing at a pretty steady pace. Velickovic throws with a lot of power, especially with his leg kicks. Di Chirico throws punches from a lot of interesting angles, and seems to have some decent movement when avoiding punches. Not so much when it comes to avoiding kicks though. The first round was competitive, but I'm going to score it in favor of Velickovic, based on the power he throws his strikes with.
     They picked up where they left off in the second round, and Di Chirico dropped Velickovic early, but only for a second, as Velickovic hopped right back up to his feet. Di Chirico really started to pick apart Velickovic in that second round with punches, forcing Velickovic to shoot for a takedown. He brought Di Chirico to the ground, but he hopped right back up, and they continued to trade punches. Velickovic threw a spinning heel kick, Di Chirico ducked under it, and countered with a big left hand, and then took Velickovic to the ground. Velickovic grabbed for a Kimura and swept Di Chirico, ending up in side control, where he literally almost ripped Di Chirico's arm off. That was a fucking BRUTAL arm lock. Di Chirico's left arm looked mangled. Velickovic is ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     They traded some more strikes in the final round, and then Velickovic shot for a takedown one minute in, but failed. They continued to trade, and Velickovic tripped Di Chirico 2 minutes into the round, but he popped right back up again. Velickovic continued to work his leg kicks, and then blasted Di Chirico in the head with a clean kick, but Di Chirico followed that up with a big uppercut. Di Chirico spent a good portion of that round picking apart Velickovic with his boxing. Di Chirico landed a perfectly timed takedown with 30 seconds left in the fight, and he blasted Velickovic with some hard punches on his way back up. That was a really wild fight, that in my opinion has split-decision written all over it. I'm really curious how the judges will handle this one. All 3 judges gave the fight to Bojan Velickovic via unanimous decision. That was a great fight, and I look forward to seeing both of these guys back in the UFC really soon.
(Punches & Elbows)
      Asker is making his UFC debut here, and he started the fight with some big punches, followed by a takedown attempt, but Cannonier was able to sprawl to avoid it. Asker then clinched with him against the cage. Cannonier showed some really solid takedown defense, bringing the fight back to the center of the Octagon. Asker keeps throwing huge bombs, but he always follows it up with a break to pull his pants back up. Cannonier BLASTED Asker with a massive left hand, knocking him to the ground in brutal fashion, he followed that up with some heavy elbows on the ground, slicing open a huge gash on Asker's forehead, putting him to sleep in the first round. That was an AWESOME finish for Cannonier, regaining some rep after his loss to Shawn Jordan 3 months ago. Solid performance by both fighters really.
      The first round had Martins holding the center of the Octagon, while Whiteford danced around him, throwing random punch combinations here & there, while Martins was clearly waiting to counter. Martins rocked Whiteford with a few punches, and Whiteford clinched with him against the cage to regain his composure at the end of the round. It was a close round, but I would probably give that round to Martins, mostly for rocking Whiteford. It's also worth noting that Martins looks a full weight class bigger than Whiteford, especially with the height/posture.
     The second round was a very similar round, with Martins holding the center, as Whiteford moved around him, trying to hit him with random punches. With 90 seconds left in the round, Martins really started to move forward, pressuring Whiteford toward the fence, while throwing punches & flying knees. Whiteford finally shot for a legit takedown with 45 seconds left in the second round, driving Martins across the cage. I was going to give that round to Martins, but that takedown MIGHT have been enough to steal the round for Whiteford. Let's just assume that's the case to keep this fight interesting, leaving the fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Whiteford was a little more active in the final round, throwing more combinations, and jumping in a little more frequently to try to cut through the reach advantage of Martins. Whiteford shot in for another takedown with 90 seconds left in the fight, which just lead to a clinch against the cage. Martins broke free with 50 seconds left in the fight. They traded a few more strikes, and we end up going to a somewhat lackluster decision. I have a feeling that this one might be a split-decision, but I personally would like to see Whiteford win this one, 29-28. It was in fact a split-decision, but the tie breaker gave the fight to Martins, 30-27.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Pejic came out, threw a few wild punches, and Stasiak immediately took him to the ground, with Stasiak landing in side control. Pejic was able to get back to his feet, where he clinched with Stasiak against the cage. Stasiak took him down again though, once against passing to side control pretty easily. Stasiak then wrapped around to grab Pejic's back. Stasiak blasted Pejic with a massive punch to the head, and then locked on a tight rear-naked choke, forcing the submission early in the first round. That's a tough loss for Pejic, in his UFC debut, in his home country. Solid first UFC win for Stasiak though.
      That was a pretty great fight. Hadzovic is dangerous, and he's making his UFC debut here, but he has nothing on the explosiveness of Taisumov. Taisumov circled around him like a shark for the entire fight, picking him apart with brutal leg kicks, and hard punch combinations, eventually rocking Hadzovic, and then finishing him with a combination that ended with a massive right uppercut, which caused Hadzovic to collapse near the cage. Another great KO victory for Mairbek Taisumov, who apparently has the longest active finishing streak in the UFC Lightweight Division at the moment. This dude is a fucking beast!
      Entwistle immediately shot in for a flying heel hook, and tried for several more leg locks in the first minute of the fight, and then Entwistle complained that Perez's legs were greased. The referee checked them, said they're not greased, and the fight continued. Perez then beat the shit out of Entwistle for a little while, and Entwistle continued to look for some of the craziest leg locks I've ever seen. This fight was fucking insane, I've never seen someone got THAT HARD for leg locks, Entwistle is a leg lock fucking MACHINE, BUT!!! As Entwistle used all 4 limbs to try to lock up a leg of Perez, Perez just rained down punches & elbows, smashing Entwistle's face in with brutality, all while doing an INSANE job of defending against the leg locks. That was an amazing fight, and that was a HUGE win for Alejandro Perez. When he stood up after finishing Entwistle with strikes, Perez could barely walk, but Entwistle continued to talk shit, trying to say Perez was greased. Fuck that, that was a legit win, so yeah, congrats to Perez for being a fucking BEAST!
      They traded punches to start the fight, with Dalby throwing random head kicks, until Cummings blasted Dalby in the chin, knocking him to the ground. I thought he was going to finish him, but he was slow to get on top, into side control. From there, Cummings locked on a tight D'Arce choke, but Dalby was able to slip out of it and get back to his feet. Cummings continued to pick him apart with his boxing for the rest of the round. Round one goes to Cummings.
     The second round had both fighters trading strikes, with Cummings outboxing Dalby for the most part. Cummings apparently poked Dalby in the eye with 90 seconds left in the round. Once the fight started back up, Cummings continued to box the shit out of Dalby, while Dalby kept looking for that one big head kick. I scored the second round for Cummings as well, so I have him ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
     The final round had Cummings still outboxing Dalby, while Dalby was whiffing massive kicks just inches away from Zak's head. Dalby threw a leg kick halfway through the round, and Cummings checked it, which caused Dalby to fall down. Cummings then got on top of him, grabbed side control, and controlled Dalby. Dalby eventually got back up, landed a few decent knees, but Cummings took him ri ght back down with 30 seconds left in the round. I scored this fight 30-27 for Zak Cummings, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory. Really strong performance for Zak Cummings.
      Stanciu came out aggressive, attacking with a variety of strikes, forcing Moroz back toward the cage, where they clinched. Stanciu locked on a flying guillotine choke, transitioned to a triangle while still in the air, and then Moroz finally broke free from the submissions, which allowed her to punch Stanciu a lot from inside Stanciu's guard. They stood back up, Stanciu already looked tired, and Moroz was able to drag her to the ground, where Moroz got the body triangle, while digging for a rear-naked choke with 45 seconds left in the round. Stanciu looked like a fucking monster in the opening minute or so, but Moroz controlled her from there, so I gave that first round to Moroz.
     The second round started slow, with Stanciu clearly exhausted, but she still went for some wild submissions, including a tight kneebar, but it wasn't enough to compensate for the damage done by Moroz's violent strikes, and wrestling. I have Moroz ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. The final round was a really solid kickboxing match, with both girls landing some serious punches & kicks. Stanciu knocked Moroz down halfway through the round, and Moroz immediately went for an armbar. Stanciu then went for an inverted triangle, and they had a really weird grappling exchange, I'm not REALLY sure who won the exchange, but since Moroz nearly snapped Stanciu's arm at the end of the round, I gave that round to Moroz. In the end, I scored the fight 30-27 for Moroz, and all 3 judges agreed, giving her the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
      These guys came out swinging, and Blachowicz took Pokrajac to the ground early, after possibly getting rocked. Blachowicz beat up Pokrajac with some decent ground & pound, but halfway through the round, Pokrajac was able to get on top. Blachowicz went for an armbar, and threw some upkicks, while Pokrajac was dropping some bombs from the sky. Pokrajac more or less dominated Blachowicz for the last half of that round, so I scored that round for Pokrajac.
     Blachowicz beat the shit out of Pokrajac for the first 30 seconds of the second round, rocking him several times with some big punch combinations. Pokrajac spent a lot of time trying to take Blachowicz back down, but Blachowicz did a decent job staying on his feet. Blachowicz then nearly knocked out Pokrajac, rocking the shit out of him with some massive punches, but Pokrajac somehow came back in zombie mode, rocked Blachowicz, and they continued to brawl for the rest of the round. Blachowicz took down Pokrajac, and beat him up a little bit, but it didn't last long. They stood back up, and continued to trade big heavy punches. Crazy fight so far, I have it all tied up going into the final round.
     They continued to brawl wildly in the final round, until Blachowicz took Pokrajac down 2 minutes into the round. Blachowicz slowly moved into side control, sort of, while Pokrajac was throwing some elbows from the bottom. Blachowicz spent that entire round beating up Pokrajac on the ground, leading to a 29-28 decision in my opinion, in favor of Jan Blachowicz.
      Here we have a couple of massive heavyweights, with Tybura making his UFC debut. Tybura is supposed to be a great submission fighter, but this fight was mostly just a sloppy brawl, with both guys winging big punches, and bleeding all over each other. Timothy Johnson pretty clearly won this fight in my opinion, but it was an ugly fight, and I don't think it really did either fighter any favors as far as future title contention is concerned. To be honest, I'm not really clear on why these guys weren't buried on the Fight Pass Prelims. All 3 judges agreed, giving Timothy Johnson the unanimous decision victory, 29-28 across the board.
(Doctor Stoppage)
      These guys both threw some pretty massive punches in the first round, both fighters getting rocked early, and Blaydes shot for one takedown, but Ngannou stuffed it, and was able to keep things standing. Ngannou nearly knocked out Blaydes halfway through the round, but Blaydes recovered and clinched against the cage, but Ngannou gained control of the clinch, landing some short knees to the legs. Blaydes finally secured a takedown with a minute left in the round. He didn't do anything once they hit the ground though, so... I'm giving that first round to Ngannou.
     The second round was more of the same, with Blaydes shooting for takedowns, and failing repeatedly. He scored one takedown, but only for a few seconds. The rest of the round had Ngannou blasting him in the eye with big punches, causing the right eye of Blaydes to swell 100% shut. This is a solid performance so far for Francis Ngannou. I have him ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. AAAAAND... The fight is over. The doctor stopped it in between rounds, because the right eye of Blaydes was so swollen that he couldn't see. Solid win for Francis Ngannou, and pretty decent UFC debut for Blaydes.
      Lewis started this fight with a massive head kick, and then Gonzaga slowly pulled him to the ground, ending up in side control. Lewis slowly worked his way back to his feet, Gonzaga continued to look for a takedown, and Lewis hit him with some elbows. Gonzaga continued to try to work for a slow shitty takedown, Lewis continued to shrug it off, Lewis got pissed at the end of the round and absolutely slaughtered Gonzaga with big punches, knocking him on his ass, causing Gonzaga to collapse face first. Really nice finish for Derrick Lewis against a former title contender. Derrick Lewis MIGHT just be legit, eh?
      Well... That was a shitty performance by Rothwell. I gave him the first round, because he landed some decent combinations, but that round could have gone to dos Santos. The next 4 rounds consisted of Rothwell throwing single shots in zombie mode, while Santos danced around, picking him apart with his boxing, making Rothwell look like a fool. I was all aboard the Rothwell hype train going into this fight, but fuuuuuuck that. I feel like dos Santos is washed up, and he just beat the shit out of Rothwell for 4-5 rounds. This heavyweight division is in real trouble in my opinion. Not because dos Santos is going to destroy people, but... it's just... There aren't that many good heavyweights left at this point. It's a depressing division. Congrats to dos Santos for the unanimous decision victory though, after getting blasted by Alistair Overeem 4 months ago. At this point, I couldn't really care less who these guys fight next. I'm just sick of seeing the same guys fight for titles over and over again.