The first round was an interesting tactical battle, where both guys landed some solid shots, but Jones probably won that round by controlling more of the exchanges. Smith is hanging in there though, especially for a guy that is the biggest underdog on the card. Jones continued to chip away at Smith for the next couple of rounds. Jones slammed Smith halfway through the third round, and controlled him on the ground for the rest of the round. Jones has a 30-27 lead going into the Championship rounds. He started out ok, but has hasn't made much progress in rounds 2 or 3.
      Jones continued to beat up Smith in the fourth round, and I think he broke his nose with a flying knee, Smith eventually fell down, and Jones threw a soccer kick (which I guess was legal, because Smith blocked it?) Jones then beat up Smith on the ground, while Smith's nose was bleeding all over the place. He stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round, but Jones stayed glued with a tight back clinch, and threw Smith down again, and continued to beat him up with punches from back control. That was probably a 10-8 round for Jones, leading to a 40-35 lead going into the final round. With just seconds left in the round, Jones blasted him with an illegal knee on the ground, so Herb Dean took TWO POINTS from Jones. So... 38-35 still? MAYBE 38-36? Either way, if Smith wants a win, he needs a finish still, even after Jones lost two points.
      The final round was another one-sided round of Jones clinching and beating up Smith against the fence. This fight is CLEARLY going to be a unanimous decision victory for the reigning Champion Jon Jones. I know nobody thought Smith stood a chance here, but I honestly thought he'd give Jones a fight at least, but this was a one-sided fight, at least for the final 4 rounds, and Jones continues to prove that he's the best in the world.
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
      Oezdemir threw a hard leg kick, and then Smith shot in for a takedown, pressing Oezdemir against the fence, but Oezdemir quickly reversed him, and took control of the clinch. They split up a minute into the round, and Oezdemir unloaded with some heavy punches, but Smith did a good job covering up. They both landed some heavy strikes, and then Smith poked Oezdemir in the eye with 90 seconds left in the round. After a brief timeout, they both went right back to trading heavy punches & kicks. Smith almost chopped Oezdemir's face in half with a heavy elbow, but I still think Oezdemir probably won that round, by being more aggressive and landing the bigger shots.
      Oezdemir started the second round with a pair of some of the most brutal leg kicks I've ever seen or heard. Smith fired back with a barrage of punches that forced Oezdemir to back up. Smith threw a big elbow, Oezdemir ducked under it, and took down Smith a minute into the round. Smith tried to setup a leg lock, and Oezdemir used that scramble to take Smith's back, in the turtle position, and he hit him with some heavy punches, but Smith was staying surprisingly calm. Smith was able to hang on until the end of the round. Oezdemir takes a 20-18 lead going into the third round.
      Smith hammered Oezdemir with some big punches & knees to start the third round, and then he took him down with 2 minutes left in the round. He quickly took his back, locked on the body triangle, and started setting up a rear-naked choke, as Oezdemir's face was pouring blood all over the place. Oezdemir tried to defend against the choke, but Smith continued to sink it in deeper, until Oezdemir was eventually forced to submit. That was a FANTASTIC finish by Anthony Smith, as he proves he is a legit contender at 205. I'm a HUGE fan of Anthony Smith, and I couldn't be happier with the way this fight ended. Anthony Smith is fucking awesome.
KO (Punches & Elbows)
      These guys started out at a slow pace, just pumping jabs and stuff like that, and then Smith hurt Shogun early in the first round with a front kick to the jaw, he followed that up with some punches, Shogun was rocked, Smith went in for the kill, destroyed him with some big punches, some heavy elbows, Shogun was out on his feet, but that didn't matter, because Smith continued to blast him with heavy shots until Shogun collapsed against the fence, going to sleep. That was another badass first round knockout by Anthony Smith. I'm really starting to like this guy, especially because he looks like he has a Shadowrun tattoo across his shoulders, which I doubt that's what it is, but it still makes him one of my favorite fighters.
KO (Knee & Punches)
      These guys traded a few strikes, Evans shot for an early takedown, Smith threw him off to the side to stuff the shot, they clinched, Evans pressed Smith against the fence, he ducked down to attempt another takedown, Smith blasted him with a perfectly placed knee to the forehead, Evans got knocked the fuck out, and Smith finished him off with a few punches before the referee could stop the fight. That was a solid performance by Anthony Smith, but Evans is now on a FIVE FIGHT losing streak. Why the fuck is he still in the UFC?
TKO (Liver Kick & Punches)
      These guys both landed some heavy clean punches & kicks, with Santos coming forward early, and then it looked like he might have slipped or something, so Smith threw some wild shots, Santos recovered, threw a spinning head kick, knocked back Smith, he blasted him with a flying kick, slipped again, and Smith somehow magically ended up in a high full mount. Santos swept him 90 seconds into the opening round, landing inside Smith's closed guard, and Santos dropped some heavy punches from the top. Smith finally kicked his way back to his feet with a minute left in the round, he rushed toward Santos with some big punches, Santos fired back with a counter right, and knocked Smith to the ground in brutal fashion. Santos unloaded with some big shots on the ground, but couldn't finish the fight before the end of the round, but he still did enough to pretty clearly win that round, even though it was close up until that point.
     There was a cut above Santos's left eye from the first round, which his corner covered in vaseline between rounds. They continued to strike with each other to start the second round, Santos dropped Smith with a liver kick, he unloaded with some big punches on the ground, Smith tried to recover, but he just wasn't able to fight out of it, so Santos unloaded with some big shots on the ground, and the referee stopped the fight as Smith was clinging to Santos's leg for dear life. That was a fantastic fight, possibly fight of the night, and it was a really big win for Thiago Santos.
KO (Punches)
      Smith landed some hard clean strikes early, and Lombard was firing back by just winging bombs. Lombard landed some hard kicks to the body of Smith, and they both landed some decent leg kicks. Smith was fighting back, and landing some solid shots, but for the most part, the first round was all about Lombard chewing up Smith with big punches & heavy leg kicks. Round one goes to Hector Lombard.
     The second round started with both fighters brawling at a decent pace, with Lombard still landing the harder shots, while Smith was being a bit more selective with his shots. Lombard clinched with Smith's back halfway through the second round, and Smith walked over to his corner, while fighting with Lombard's grip around his waist. Smith dropped Lombard with a clean right hand with 20 seconds left in the round, and then Lombard took him down. Lombard is probably ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but you could make an argument that it's all tied up, since Smith dropped Lombard at the end of the round.
     Anthony Smith was talking shit in between rounds, yelling "Do you know my name yet!?!" The final round had Lombard still picking apart Smith for the most part, Smith looked like he was running out of steam a bit, and then he blasted Lombard with a series of clean punches that dropped Lombard, he finished him off with a few extra punches on the ground, and the referee stopped the fight. That was a fantastic win for Anthony Smith, and that might be the biggest win of his career.
KO (Head Kick)
      These guys traded a few decent shots, Sanchez rocked Smith, and then took him down one minute into the round. Sanchez beat up Smith for a couple of minutes, and then Smith swept Sanchez halfway through the round, ending up on top in half mount. The referee stood them back up with around 90 seconds left in the round. They spent the rest of the round trading violent strikes, with both guys landing some big shots, but I'm going to have to give that round overall to Sanchez.
     Smith came out swinging and blasted Sanchez with some good shots to start the second round, and then Sanchez took him down again, pinning him against the fence. Sanchez spent the rest of the round beating the shit out of Smith with some solid ground & pound. I have Sanchez ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The final round looked like two chainsaws that were nearly out of gas, buzzing away at each other with wild punches & kicks. Both guys looked pretty tired, but they were still landing significant shots on each other. Sanchez shot for a terrible takedown halfway through the round, and gave it up after failing miserably. They continued to trade strikes at a solid pace, until Smith unloaded on Sanchez late in the round, he had him rocked, he blasted him with a MASSIVE kick to the head that knocked Sanchez out, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic finish by Anthony Smith, as he hands Sanchez the first loss in the UFC.
TKO (Elbow & Punches)
      Smith threw some hard strikes to start the fight, but he kind of slipped, and Mutapcic got on top of him inside the first minute of the round, where he unloaded some heavy punches & elbows, bullying Smith with his ground & pound. Smith went for an armbar, and Mutapcic slammed the shit out of him. Mutapcic landed some really hard elbows, but Smith continued to look for submissions from his back. Mutapcic continued to bully Smith all the way up until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Mutapcic.
     The second round had both guys trading strikes for a while, and Smith rocked Mutapcic 90 seconds into the round, causing him to wobble around the cage for a few seconds. A big cut opened up on the left hairline of Mutapcic, causing blood to paint the side of his face. Smith continued to chip away at him with crisp punches & kicks. Mutapcic landed a few decent strikes, but for the most part, that round was all Anthony Smith, until he dropped Mutapcic with a huge elbow, and then he finished him with some heavy hammerfists from the sky while standing above the downed Mutapcic. That was a really solid comeback finish for Anthony Smith.
      These guys traded some pretty hard shots to start the first round. Ferreira scored a takedown, but the referee stood them up due to inactivity. They traded a few more strikes, Ferreira rocked Smith with a hard punch, and then took him down again. Ferreira dropped a couple of hard elbows, as Smith was working toward a triangle. Round one goes to Ferreira.
     Ferreira was keeping his distance in the second round, working his kicks, while Smith was trying to find a clinch, but Ferreira took him down again before Smith could do anything. They stood back up, and Smith nearly dropped Ferreira with some hard punches to the jaw that made some loud thud noises. Ferreira then took Smith down again. Ferreira landed a few more hard elbows on the ground from inside Smith's guard. The referee stood them up with a minute left in the round. Smith finally found his clinch, and blasted Ferreira with some hard punches & elbows, and nearly put him down again. Ferreira scored some points with his takedowns, but I'm giving that round to Smith based on damage. I have this fight all tied up going into the third round.
     Smith landed a few decent shots to start the third round, but Ferreira quickly ducked under a punch and took Smith down again. Ferreira beat up Smith with some short strikes on the ground, while Smith just clinched with him, trying to stall for another standup. The referee stood them back up halfway through the round. Ferreira immediately shot in for another takedown, this time he was caught in a tight guillotine choke. Ferreira eventually popped his head out, and then went back to throwing short punches on the ground. I guess I would score this fight 29-28 for Ferreira, but they both could benefit from some improved cardio, as shit slowed down to a crawl in that last round. All 3 judges agreed, giving Ferreira the unanimous decision victory.
      Leonardo "Leleco" Guimaraes is making his UFC debut here, and he's basically shown that he has a hell of a chin, and he throws big power shots. Anthony Smith is a sniper though, and he was picking apart Leleco with punches, and kicks, and knees, and solid footwork, moving around the cage in a flowing fashion, while picking apart Leleco with a wide variety of strikes, and Anthony Smith was a late replacement as well. By the end of the first round, Leleco had a gash on his forehead, and looked exhausted, and Smith was looking like a killer.
      Leleco looked like he was ready to be executed in the second round, just standing there, backing up slowly, and Smith attacked him, hurt him, and then Leleco countered, and clipped Smith, so Smith took him to the ground with a lazy takedown. Smith recovered, and worked his way into a good position by the cage, grabbing Leleco's back, and then transitioning into full mount. Smith continued to grind all over Leleco for most of the round, and then he picked him up, and suplexed him, dumping Leleco to the ground with a solid throw. Anthony Smith looked outstanding in those first two rounds. The referee stood them up with 30 seconds left in the round, and Leleco blasted Smith with some HEAVY punches, and secured a takedown at the end of the round, grabbing Smith's back, but Smith was saved by the bell.
      Leleco came out for the final round, throwing BOMBS, both to the body & head of Smith, and Smith looked exhausted now. Smith shot for a desperate takedown, and Leleco grabbed his back. From there, Leleco beat up Smith for most of the round, and the referee stood them up with 90 seconds left in the fight. They traded a few punches, and Smith shot for another desperate takedown, and Leleco stopped him the same way, grabbing his back, and beating him up for the rest of the round. This fight COULD go either way, I'd like to say Smith won, but I THINK that Leleco might have done enough in those last two rounds to take this fight. The judges all gave the fight to Smith, 29-28. That was a crazy fight, and a hard fought victory. It was also a great debut for Leleco, so I look forward to seeing who he fights next.
      Brian Green looked like a smaller, chubby little version of Matt Hamill, and he looked gassed halfway through the first round. Anthony Smith on the other hand, basically beat the shit out of him, slaughtering him with a wide variety of kicks, punches, and some hard knees from the clinch. The first round left Smith looking like a Champion, and Green looked like a punching bag. In the final minute of the round, Green had a moment where he beat the shit out of Smith with a series of punches, but Smith covered up, defending really well. The second round had Smith absolutely slaughtering Green, brutally beating him on the feet, and also knocking him to the ground, and beating him up on the ground, as blood filled Green's eye sockets like a couple of little ponds. After beating the fuck out of him for 4 minutes, Smith took a minute while inside Green's guard, to slap & massage Green's ass, which pissed off Green, so he got some payback by throwing a few hard elbows up at the face of Smith. Still, that was a very clear round for Smith, leaving Green a bloody mess heading into the final round. Green came out throwing some bombs in the final round, but Smith took him right back down to the ground. After spending half the round in top position, Smith started to talk a little too much shit, and Green flipped him over and beat him up for a few seconds. It didn't take long for Smith to put him on his back again. Green wasted a good portion of the round asking the referee to stand them back up, as Smith continued to dominate him on the ground. So yeah, Anthony Smith won this fight, 30-26 on most scorecards. One judge gave a round to Green for some reason, but yeah, nice one-sided ass beating delivered by Smith, both on the feet AND on the ground. In the final seconds of the final round, Green took out his mouthpiece, and started talking to the camera, complaining that Smith is a kickboxers, and he just laid on him the entire fight. Green's face was FUCKED UP though, with cuts all over the place, so... Yeah...
Submission (Triangle Choke)
      Smith landed some strikes, they clinched, Moreno looked like he wanted to take the fight to the ground, but Smith showed some decent balance. Moreno looked like he was already getting tired halfway through the first round, just from clinching. Smith continued to pick him apart with punches & kicks from the outside for the rest of the round. Near the end of the round, Smith landed a kick to the dick, and Moreno collapsed immediately. The fight started back up, and Smith continued to beat him up, even securing a takedown as the bell sounded. The second round started up kind of slow, Moreno plowed in with a sloppy takedown, Smith locked on a guillotine choke, and forced the submission around the one minute mark of the second round. Nice win for Anthony Smith.
     This was a solid way to start off the card. Anthony Smith clearly wanted to keep the fight standing, but the BJJ fighter, Antonio Braga Neto was too much for him, and when the fight went to the ground, it was only a matter of time before Neto was able to lock on a FAST kneebar, which almost ripped Smith's leg clean off. Smith was on the ground in pain after the fight ended, and Antonio Braga Neto was celebrating his successful UFC debut. Awesome fight for Neto.
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
      The first round had Anthony Smith showing some decent striking, and Roger Gracie mostly just walking around, waiting for an opening to get it to the ground, and that opening never came. The second round looked like more of the same, until Gracie got Smith in the clinch, took him to the ground, got the full mount, locked on an arm triangle, and that pretty much wraps up this fight. Gracie is a solid grappler, surprised?
Submission (Triangle Choke)
      This was a pretty badass fight. Lumumba Sayers seemed to go in a bit too confident, and Smith made him pay for it with his superior grappling skills. Anthony Smith went for countless submissions during this fight, constantly going for arms & chokes, and eventually locked on the triangle choke, which Sayers didn't seem to have any defense for whatsoever, tapping out instantly. Really good showing for Anthony Smith, I'd actually like to see him fight again sometime.
KO (Punches)
      Amagov put a lot of effort into getting his first single leg takedown in this fight, pushing Smith around the cage, while Smith punched him in the head while bouncing around on one foot. Finally, Amagov got the takedown, but found himself stuck in the guard of Smith. Smith was working his guard, looking for a submission, but the referee got bored, and stood them back up. They both started throwing bombs, and Amagov was throwing the more accurate punches, clipping the chin of Smith, knocking him to the ground, where Amagov finished him off by dropping some more looping bombs to his face on the ground. Really nice finish for Adlan Amagov.
KO (Punch)
      The first round felt kind of slow paced, with Smith picking apart Lagman with some basic sparring / striking. He rocked him, knocking him to the ground at one point, but for the most part, not a lot of significant damage happened to either fighter in the first round. Right when the buzzer sounded at the end of the first round, Smith picked up Lagman and SLAMMED him, and got a warning for it. In the second round, Lagman launched a flying front kick that pushed Lagman against the cage, and when he bounced back towards Smith, Smith dropped him with a huge right hand, knocking him unconscious. Pretty awesome ending, to an otherwise average quality fight.