The best things in life are free, according to some song from the 80’s (actually the really late seventies but that’s not the point). Well they were right. Tonight’s event should win over more fans because as the night went on the fights got better and better. Talk about a fun night, with plenty of finishes that can all compete for Knock out of the Night. Here’s a review of tonight’s match-up and ratings of each fighters performance in different aspects of MMA.

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  • Middleweight: Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson

Entertainment Rating: 9

WOW! One hit that’s going to live forever in UFC history. Belfort lands his first strike of the fight then goes into shark-mode and swarms. That’s all she wrote.

Vitor Belfort- Performance Rating: 10

Striking: 10

Takedowns: 0

Ground: 0

Submissions: 0

Belfort makes his country proud and puts on a classic Belfort performance. He was once known for his hands but now he’s head kicking everyone. Once he landed that monster head kick he swarmed the same way he’s been doing since he first came into the fight game at 19. You can’t count him out just yet. Belfort may just have one more title run in him, but his TRT usage controversy and the depth in the division puts his chances low.

 

Dan Henderson- Performance Rating: 5

Striking: 5

Takedowns: 0

Ground: 0

Submissions: 0

Hendo was biding his time. He respected Belfort’s power. Threw a couple of good leg kicks. But he just looks too slow out there. At 45 he’s too old to be fighting. He lacks the speed to react to strikes and get out of the way of damage. No one likes to see a legend hang it up but it’s time for the H-Bomb to be deactivated.

 

  • Light Heavyweight: Glover Teixeira defeats Patrick Cummins (TKO 2nd round)

Entertainment Rating: 9

This was a fun fight. Glover Teixeira shows that he still has plenty of fight left in the tank with a masterpiece of boxing technique. The first three quarters of the first round were competitive with each fighter showcasing some of their skills but Glover took over with his crisp punching. Cummins almost didn’t make it to the second round but he was saved by the bell. Everybody loves a good stand up performance.

 

Glover Teixeira- Performance Rating: 8

Striking: 9

Takedowns: 5

Ground: 7

Submissions: 5

His pure boxing ability may be the best in the division. He constantly let off a one-two combo of an overhand right followed by a short left hook. His left hand found its mark and he kept pouring it on. He was taken down a couple of times, which could be troublesome if he was fighting a more experienced opponent but his ability to quickly get back on the feet was impressive. His boxing prowess is going make sure he remains a tough opponent but his age may make him more suitable to the status of gatekeeper.

 

Patrick Cummins- Performance Rating: 6

Striking: 5

Takedowns: 8

Ground: 7

Submissions: 0

Cummins did well to take the fight to the mat but once he was down he was outclassed. He couldn’t mount an effective offensive, and even missed an opportunity to take Teixeira’s back. He did land a good series of uppercuts in the clinch but his lack of stand up skill allowed for Teixeira to land the same combo over and over. His ability to take his opponent down is in the top of the sport and he continues that trend of strong takedowns.

 

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  • Bantamweight: Thomas Almeida defeats Anthony Birchak (KO 1st round)

 

Entertainment Rating: 9

Didn’t I predict Knock Out of the Night? Oh yeah, I did. Almeida hit Birchak with a nasty flurry that started with a spinning back fist that just flowed effortlessly into heavy left and rights. Birchak went down like a sack of potatoes, similar to Rashad Evans when Machida knocked his lights out. The fight didn’t last more than a round but it packed quite a bit of action. Despite its short run time this was a highly enjoyable fight that lived up to the hype.

 

Thomas Almeida– Performance Rating:  9

Striking: 9

Takedowns: 7

Ground: 0

Submissions: 0

Showcased his absolutely spectacular striking. His ability to mix it up, hit open angles and pour on the pressure is just dangerous for any fighter to go up against. His takedown defense is exactly what he needs in order to keep the fight standing, where he holds a considerable advantage. Currently ranked at 6, his next opponent should be ranked 4 Raphael Assuncao, which would be fireworks. Jump aboard the hype train there is plenty of room.

 

Anthony Birchak– Performance Rating: 6

Striking: 7

Takedowns: 6

Ground: 0

Submissions: 0

Came out aggressive and competitive. The highlight reel knock out is going to overshadow the fact that he fought pretty well. He threw Almeida off balance on the get go with his aggression but his stand up defense wasn’t good enough to handle the barrage that is Almeida.

 

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  • Lightweight: Alex Oliveira defeats Piotr Hallmann (KO 3rd round)

Entertainment Rating: 7 then an 8

Nice back and forth fight. Each fighter controlled one round then it came to an end in the third. Highlight reel knock out got the crowd going!

Alex Oliveira– Performance Rating:  8

Striking: 7 ( Wild)

Takedowns: 5

Ground: 5

Submissions: 0

He doesn’t possess the best technique but man does his activity and willingness to engage make for some exciting action. He relies on his athleticism a lot. Once he learns better  technique he’s going to be a killer. He’s going to get more coverage with his fan friendly style.

 

Piotr Hallmann– Performance Rating: 6

Striking: 5

Takedowns: 7

Ground: 6

Submissions: 0

He got swarmed in the first and did well to establish himself in the second round. His ground game is great but he couldn’t fully work because referee Mario Yamasaki unwittingly decided to stand up the fighters while Hallmann was working for better position. He got caught throwing a punch while not moving his head. Needs to work on his striking if he wants to be able to last long enough to take the fight to the floor.

 

  • Lightweight: Rashid Magomedov defeats Gilbert Burns (DEC UNA)

Entertainment Value: 6

The fight started fast and frenetic with Burns taking Magomedov down and mounting a quick offensive. Once Magomedov recomposed himself he controlled the rest of the round, then the rest of the fight. Perfect example of how to keep your composition as a fighter. Technically spectacular, though too one sided to prompt too much excitement.

 

Gilbert Burns – Performance Rating:

Striking: 6

Takedowns: 7

Ground: 0

Submissions: 6

Misc: Displayed great heart when he was hurt

Displayed better stand up skill than expected. Has a powerful slam in the first round and some deep double legs but couldn’t get the fight down to his comfort zone. Despite being hurt he didn’t quite. His heart is going to win him some fans.

 

 

Rashid Magomedov – Performance Rating:

Striking: 9

Takedowns: 7

Ground: 6

Submissions: 0

Misc: Methodical, stayed calm and collected

Technical striking and takedown defense. His counter punching and patience were spectacular to watch. Sadly what stood out most was his willingness to be content with only hurting Burns. It’s understandable to stay calm and pick your spots when trying to finish an opponent but he had Burns on wobbly legs, and covered up on the floor. This is where some aggression not only wins over fans but the favor of the UFC brass. He’s a tough test for any fighter in his division but won’t be climbing up the ranks if he’s ok with cruising to a victory.

 

  • Light Heavyweight: Corey Anderson defeats Fabio Maldonado (DEC-UNA)

Entertainment Value: 5

It was ok, it wasn’t the most exciting or the most boring of fights. Just a solid performance by Corey Anderson. Look for highlights, you’re not missing out on any tension.

 

Fabio Maldonado– Performance Rating: 4

Striking: 5

Takedowns: 2

Ground: 4

Submissions: 0

Seemed very disengaged. Very little action from his part. Good chin, one good move to get on his feet. Didn’t show much else. Will probably be relegated to the undercard for this performance, even if it was on short notice.

Corey Anderson- Performance Rating: 7

Striking: 7

Takedowns: 8

Ground: 6

Submissions: 5

Lots of activity. Landed a lot of takedowns. Strong wrestling, solid striking. Needs to mix up his striking just a little bit more, when he did throw kicks and knees they landed hard. Showed good adjustments in the 3rd round, promising to see in a young fighter. Needs to work on his ground transitions to allow for better ground-and-pound. Promising up-and-comer.

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