100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (22 Total):
1. Michael Chiesa - 93.4
2. Khabib Nurmagomedov - 93.3
3. Santiago Ponzinibbio - 92.7
4. Cub Swanson - 92.3
5. Glover Teixeira - 92.2
6. John Dodson - 92.2
7. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos - 91.8
8. Michael Graves - 91.8
9. Rose Namajunas - 91.7
10. Raquel Pennington - 91.4
UFC on Fox 19: Teixeira vs. Evans
Location: Tampa, Florida
Elevation: 48'
-Fight of the Night-
Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush
Fighters & Matches 90.2
Top 10 Fighters 92.3
TOTAL 91.3
(Knees & Punches)
     These guys traded a few strikes to warm up, and then Akhmedov shot in for a takedown 90 seconds into the first round, Santos went for a heel hook, and used that to sweep Akhmedov, ending up inside Akhmedov's guard. Akhmedov slapped on a Kimura, cranked the shit out of it, nearly ripped Santos's arm off, Santos somehow rolled out of it, and they stood back up. Pretty solid ground exchange there by both fighters. Santos landed a hard leg kick, and then whiffed with a spinning back kick. Akhmedov landed some solid punches, and they continued to circle around each other until the bell sounded. That was a pretty even opening round, that could be scored in either direction. Akhmedov came the closest to finishing the fight with his Kimura attempt, so I'm scoring the round for Akhmedov, but it was a really close round.
     Santos rocked Akhmedov early with a punch in the second round, and Akhmedov took him down immediately. As they started to stand back up, Akhmedov blasted Santos in the face with a lot of big punches. Santos landed a hard leg kick, and then Akhmedov nearly knocked his head off with a massive right hand. They clinched for a few seconds, and then broke apart. Akhmedov then shot in for a really smooth takedown, and immediately started working to pass the guard, but Santos went for another heel hook. Akmedov stood up, grabbed his back, and Santos went for another leg lock attempt, ending with Santos on top. Akhmedov powered his way back to his feet. Akhmedov then landed a nice spinning backfist, but Santos just ate it and kept coming forward. Santos shot for a takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, but Akhmedov stuffed it. I feel like this fight has split-decision written all over it, but so far, I have it scored 2-0 for Akhmedov, going into the final round.
     Akhmedov shot in for a takedown to start the third round, and Santos blasted him with some knees for his troubles. Santos continued to pick apart Akhmedov on the feet, Akhmedov shot in for another takedown attempt, and Santos easily stuffed it again. Santos really started to pour it on Akhmedov, while consistently stuffing all of his takedown attempts. They started swinging wildly at each other, Akhmedov was clearly hurt, and Santos was doing everything he could to go in for the kill. Santos hammered him with a series of heavy knees against the cage, and the referee stepped in to save Akhmedov. Really good fight overall, and a really solid win for Santos.
      Ferreira started this fight with some decent leg kicks, and Bamgbose countered with some wild punch combinations, driving Ferreira back toward the cage. Bamgbose rocked Ferreira, knocked him down, basically obliterated him with punches on the ground, and Ferreira was somehow able to hang on long enough to get back to his feet. Ferreira then shot for an explosive takedown, and beat the shit out of Bamgbose for a few seconds, before Bamgbose got back to his feet. Bamgbose landed a few more punches, Ferreira shot for an oddly timed takedown, but fell down to his back. Bamgbose then stood above Ferreira, throwing kicks to his legs for the rest of the round. Bamgbose looked like he was limping back to his corner, and Ferreira was bleeding for a few different spots.
     Bamgbose was hopping around to start the second round, and then Ferreira took him down within the first minute of the round. Ferreira was working some ground & pound from inside Bamgbose's guard, and Bamgbose was landing some decent shots from his back as well. Somebody is bleeding like crazy. They moved toward the center of the cage, and Ferreira blasted Bamgbose with some brutal elbows. Bamgbose got back to his feet with 10 seconds left in the round. That round very clearly goes to Ferreira. I have it all tied up going into the final round.
     Bamgbose landed some solid strikes to start the final round, threw a kick, Ferreira grabbed his back, took him down for a second, but Bamgbose popped back to his feet immediately. Ferreira shot for another takedown, and pinned Bamgbose against the cage. Bamgbose got back to his feet with 20 seconds left in the fight, and did absolutely nothing for the rest of the round. This is a good example for why you shouldn't take a fight on 7 days notice. Bamgbose should have been able to finish Ferreira early, but once this fight got out of the first 5 minutes, Bamgbose didn't have anything left. I scored this fight 29-28 in favor of Ferreira, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      Gamburyan circled around Dodson for a few seconds, Dodson punched him, Gamburyan got rocked, fell down, Dodson pounded on his face with some fast punches in the corner, and the referee stopped the fight. Really slick finish for John Dodson. He's WAY too fast for 135, but I guess that's a good thing, so I'm curious who they're going to match him up with next. Manny on the other hand, I don't have a lot of faith left in at this point.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys clinched early, Graves was looking for a takedown, Brown did a great job keeping a wide base, they traded control in the clinch a few times, until the referee broke them up halfway through the round. It looked like Graves might have been rocked by something, so he shot in for a takedown, and dumped "Rude Boy" to the ground. From there, Graves beat up Brown against the cage. It looked like Brown was looking for a triangle or an armbar, and with those long legs, it looked dangerous, but Graves did a good job keeping the pressure on him, beating him up for the rest of the round. Round one goes to Graves.
     Brown landed a few decent punches to start the second round, and then Graves shot for the ugliest single leg I've ever seen, but somehow it worked, so he dumped Brown in the center of the cage. From there, Graves was able to unload some pretty heavy elbows. Brown's guard still looks dangerous though. Graves passed to half mount, but Brown was able to go right back to full guard before any damage was done. Brown tried to flip out of that, and Graves took his back as Brown turtled up. Graves flattened him out, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight via submission halfway through the second round. Really solid performance for Graves, against a much taller fighter, as he hands Brown the first loss of his career.
      I was on the edge of my seat for this fight. McGee immediately started looking for takedowns early, but Ponzinibbio did an outstanding job staying on his feet. They both landed some pretty hard strikes, but Ponzinibbio was on another level with his strikes. Ponzinibbio landed a lot of nice leg kicks, some hard punches, including a big right hand that dropped Court. From there, Ponzinibbio went in for the kill, and brutally beat the shit out of Court McGee, becoming the first guy to ever stop him. Really solid win for Santiago Ponzinibbio.
      The first round was a pretty standard boxing match, with both fighters trading punches. Pennington looked a bit more refined with her striking, landing some solid punch combinations, and pressuring Correia at a decent pace. Correia was moving like a cartoon character, with weird jerking movements, but she landed a few decent shots of her own. It was a competitive round, but I scored it for Pennington.
     The second round was more of the same, with both fighters landing some decent shots. The fight became more of a brawl in the second round, with a lot of dirty boxing, as Pennington was able to bust up Correia from the clinch with some hard elbows & knees. This is a competitive fight still, but I think Pennington is ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. Really solid scrap so far.
     The final round was another wild brawl, with both fighters landing some solid shots, a lot of heavy clinch work happening, throwing each other around, nobody could score a takedown, so they just kept up the dirty boxing until the bitter end. Pennington really laid it on heavy at the end in the final seconds, which in my opinion, makes this fight 30-27 in favor of Pennington. Worst case scenario, 29-28 for Pennington. Two of the judges gave the fight to Pennington, 29-28, and the other crazy judge gave it to Correia, 29-28. I'm stoked that Pennington won that fight via split-decision, and I'm really proud of her performances as of late.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      The first half of the first round had Dariush beating up Chiesa's lead leg with brutal kicks, and he rocked him a few times with some heavy punches. The last half of the round was a fairly even clinch game, where both fighters were battling for takedowns, and neither fighter could get anywhere with it, until Dariush took down Chiesa with 15 seconds left in the round. Round one goes to Dariush.
     Dariush started the second round with a pair of BRUTAL leg kicks, he shot for another takedown, Chiesa showed some amazing wrestling, ending up on Dariush's back, he locked on a rear-naked choke, Dariush did a solid job defending against it for a minute or so, but Chiesa cranked that squeeze, and finished the fight via submission fairly early in the second round. That's INSANE, considering Chiesa finished Jim Miller & Beneil Dariush, two amazing Jiu-Jitsu black belts, in a row. That's fucking insane. Michael Chiesa is a beast.
      The first round had both guys trading leg kicks and punches. It was a fairly even round, but I feel like Dias was landing the better shots, so I scored that first round in favor of Dias. Swanson knocked Dias down early in the second round, and beat the shit out of him for a minute or so, before letting him stand back up. Swanson continued to pick apart Dias on the feet, and even knocked him down again later in the round. That round clearly goes to Swanson, leaving the score all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was another really solid round, with Dias looking dangerous still, but Swanson was able to pick him apart for the duration of the round, and then he knocked him down in the final minute with a big head kick, and nearly finished him with some brutal ground & pound. Dias went for a Kimura, just for a second, but Swanson was able to spin out of that, and continued to beat the shit out of Dias. That was a really solid performance for Cub Swanson, and I'm happy to see him get back on the winning track. All 3 judges gave the fight to Swanson, 29-28, for the unanimous decision victory.
      Horcher is making his insane UFC debut here, against one of the top fighters in the world, on a week's notice. Horcher landed a few decent punches in the first half of the round, but Nurmagomedov was able to lift him above his head, and slam him to the ground. Once they were on the ground, Horcher did a decent job clinching with Nurmagomedov on the ground, but he was still getting hit by some pretty decent elbows. Nurmagomedov postured up with a minute left in the round, and started dropping some brutally sharp elbows, but Horcher was still able to survive somehow. Nurmagomedov tried to take his back, mounted him, and continued to destroy him on the ground. Nurmagomedov then started riding Horcher's back, continued to pound on him with massive punches. Horcher was literally saved by the horn.
     Horcher did a fantastic job again, in the second round, defending against the takedowns, but Nurmagomedov was able to throw him to the ground, landing in side control this time, in under a minute of the second round. He dropped some more elbows, some heavy punches, and continued to grapple the shit out of Horcher. Nurmagomedov secured a TIGHT mounted crucifix, and nearly finished Horcher with a lot of unanswered punches, but Horcher was SOMEHOW able to survive still. This dude is tough as nails. Nurmagomedov grabbed his back, locked on the body triangle, and continued to beat the shit out of him with heavy punches. He continued to increase the power of those punches, until the referee finally had to stop the fight. That was a really strong performance for Nurmagomedov after 2 full years out of the cage due to injuries, but what I'm REALLY surprised by, was how awesome Horcher looked. I mean, he got slaughtered, but... He survived WAY longer than most people would. That was a great fight, and I look forward to seeing Horcher in the UFC with a full training camp.
      The first round started slow, but it got pretty crazy near the end. Namajunas started the fight by throwing random jabs, and working her angles, but Torres started to counter with some HEAVY leg kicks, and big punch combinations, enough for me to score the round for Torres, UNTIL... Namajunas secured a takedown at the end of the round, and worked a little bit of ground & pound. So that round could possibly go either way, but I'm assuming the judges will give it to Namajunas based on that takedown. But Torres pretty clearly won most of the striking exchanges, so I gave the round to Torres.
     The second round was another wild battle, with both girls landing some solid shots. Namajunas was landing more single shots, while Torres was countering with 5-6 punch combinations, mixed in with kicks to the legs & body. That round got REALLY wild in the final 10 seconds, and it looked like Torres might have been rocked a little bit, but I think she was just knocked off balance. Close round, but I have Torres ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. It could be scored in either direction though, I really have no idea what the scorecards look like for this one.
     The final round was another extremely close round, with Namajunas landing some decent shots, Torres ripping her up with combinations, and Namajunas scored a takedown in the final minute of the round. Torres wrapped her up to avoid damage, so nothing happened on the ground, but Namajunas still scored that takedown, so... How do you score this fight? In the end, I think Torres deserves to win, 29-28, but it was a VERY close fight, so I kind of hope it's a split-decision at least. Nope... All 3 judges gave the fight to Rose, 29-28 across the board.
      This fight started up at a slowish pace, they traded a few strikes, Teixeira blasted Evans with a huge left hand, put him on his ass against the cage, Teixeira followed him down, threw some massive uppercuts on the ground, and put Evans to sleep. Really slick & quick finish for Glover Teixeira, against a guy that I think is pretty much done at this point.