89.2
Decision
15:00
      Nogueira was clinching like crazy in the first round of this fight, just praying that he would be safe. Struve rocked him with two big right hands (rocked him two separate times), but Nogueira immediately went in for the clinch each time to recover. Nogueira rocked Struve a few times with some dirty boxing, and Struve rocked Nogueira near the end of the round again. Struve was also landing some pretty hard leg kicks. The rest of the fight continued to be the same thing, with Nogueira fading as the fight went on, and Struve was looking stronger and stronger, as he eventually destroyed Nogueira in the third round with strikes. I ended up scoring this fight 30-27 for Struve, and I feel like there is really no way anyone could give this fight to Nogueira. All 3 judges agreed, giving Struve the unanimous decision victory.
92.7
KO (Punch)
3:37
      BAM! There's not much to say about this fight, other than I was excited to watch it, and I thought maybe it might turn into a grappling match, since it took place in Abu Dhabi, and both of these guys have crazy grappling skills, but Roy Nelson picked apart Nogueira from the start of the fight, until the end of the fight, where he launched an overhand right, knocking Nogueira 100% unconscious. Roy Nelson is the man!!!
90.2
Submission (Armbar)
7:41
      Wow... Normally Nogueira steps up to the place whenever he fights in Brazil, and he pulls off crazy victories, but this time around, Fabricio Werdum basically beat the shit out of him. Werdum slammed him in the first round, pounded him, unleashed dangerous strikes while standing, dominated him. The second round was basically more of the same, with Werdum eventually ending up on Nogueira's back, and he locked on an Armbar from the back mount, and APPARENTLY Nogueira verbally quit. I didn't see him tap, so I wasn't really sure why the fight was stopped, but I GUESS it was a good stoppage. Fabricio Werdum moves REALLY high up the Heavyweight ladder, and I'm not sure where this puts Nogueira. I guess MAYBE it's close to retirement time for him? Maybe?
89.9
Submission (Armbar)
9:31
      This was one of the few fights I was REALLY looking forward to on this card, and it was ok, but it wasn't anything special compared to the 3 fights I just saw on the PPV so far. With that being said, the best part is that Dave Herman said BJJ doesn't work, and Nogueira almost ripped his arm off, so GO BJJ!!! Other than that, it was actually a really close fight, I gave the first round to Herman, and either guy could have won the second, if it wasn't for Nogueira finishing him in the final minute of the second round. Seeing Nogueira win in Brazil is always a special experience.
98.7
Technical Submission (Kimura)
3:38
      OH FUCK! Not only was this hands down the best fight on the card so far, but it's also a historical fight for multiple different reasons. Like Frank Mir said, he's the first guy to knock out Nogueira, and the first guy to submit him as well. Frank Mir has Nogueira's number, FOR REAL. This fight started with both guys testing each other, and Nogueira got the upperhand on the feet, nearly knocking Mir out fairly early in the first round, and he almost locked on a choke as well, so Nogueira looked like the clear victor early in the fight, but OUT OF NOWHERE, the half dead Frank Mir locked on a kimura, and rolled around like a fucking alligator or some shit, eventually breaking Nogueira's arm. The announced called it a TKO because the referee stopped it, but Nogueira clearly tapped, and that to me means that Mir deserves this to go down on record as a submission. Frank Mir is the fucking man!!!
90.4
KO (Punches)
3:09
      Yeah! Big Nog in the hizzy! It was cool seeing him get the big win in his home country of Brazil, by knocking Brendan Schaub the fuck out. Both guys stayed standing the entire fight, Schaub seemed like the slightly quicker fighter, and he was trying to dance around the outside a bit, but like a bull, Nogueira cornered him against the cage, punched him HARD a few times, and Schaub just collapsed. This makes me miss the good ol' days in Pride SO MUCH. But yeah, awesome fight, great job Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira!!!
93.8
KO (Punches)
2:20
      This fight was nice, quick & clean. The entire fight took place standing, and Nogueira just wasn't able to find his rhythm. Cain's striking looked awesome, and he eventually knocked out Nogueira about halfway through the first round. Cain is calm & brutal. In my personal opinion, Cain is the #1 Heavyweight in the world.
95.7
Decision
15:00
      This fight was badass! Easily the fight of the night. All 3 rounds were pretty much nonstop action. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira locked on (and I mean LOCKED ON) multiple submissions in this fight, and Randy defended them all perfectly. Nogueira also nearly knocked out Randy during several exchanges. This was quite possibly Nogueira's best performance of all time, and Randy Couture was a BEAST to be able to withstand this much of an assault. Excellent fight, both guys are top Heavyweights, and this was a legendary brawl. *standing ovation*
91.9
TKO (Punches)
6:54
      Fuck yeah! Frank Mir is my boy! I've been pretty upset with Mir lately, because he really looked bad when he made his "comeback" to the UFC, but after watching him take out Lesnar, and now literally destroy Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Frank Mir is back, and definitely a contender for #1 in the world now. This was a great performance by Mir, which is good, but Nogueira's performance was VERY poor, so hopefully Mir really is as good as he looked tonight.
89.0
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
11:28
      Well then... This was a historical fight, because Nogueira at one point was the Pride Heavyweight Champion, and now he's the (interim) UFC Heavyweight Champion... So that's the first time that has ever happened, so it's pretty cool I guess... Tim Sylvia started out the fight with a couple of rounds worth of beating up Nogueira on the feet... The third round looked like it might be more of the same, but Nogueira was able to pull guard, and then sweep Sylvia, and then he went for an armlock, Sylvia escaped, and then Nogueira locked on a ridiculously tight guillotine choke for the submission victory... Nogueira is the man, even though he hasn't looked that great lately, but he looked solid tonight, so I GUESS I'm ready to see Nogueira vs. Mir? I wouldn't mind also seeing Brock Lesnar vs. Tim Sylvia now as well I guess... So yeah, good night for Heavyweight fights...
89.3
Decision
15:00
      Nogueira pretty much dominated Herring during the first round, by out-boxing him for the entire round... Near the end of the first round though, Herring threw a headkick that pretty much knocked out Nogueira, which was INSANE... Then, instead of following it up & finishing Nogueira, Herring backed up and let him stand back up... So basically, Herring won the first round, but completely let his one chance to win the fight, slip away, by not being aggressive enough... The second round, Nogueira was still a bit wobbly, but Herring still didn't attack, so Nogueira eventually regained his composure, and continued to outstrike & outgrapple Herring, until the end of the third round, which gave the fight to Nogueira by unanimous decision...
90.6
Decision
20:00
      Dang yo... Heh... Well these guys fought in the semi-finals of the open weight tournament, and Josh Barnett ended up winning by decision (VERY CLOSE FIGHT). Now they fight again, and the fight goes to another decision (this time Nogueira wins). Both fighters are improving their striking skills, both guys are improving their submissions, both guys are improving their overall fighting skills. It's hard to criticize this fight at all. Both guys brought their A game, and both guys gave it their all. VERY CLOSE FIGHT again, and I rated it a draw, so either fighter could have won this one. So kudos to Nogueira for securing the win.
92.3
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was a brutal 15 minute war, which kind of sucks, since the winner (Josh Barnett) has to go on to fight Mirko Cro-Cop in the finals, on this same card. So the fact that Cro-Cop tore right through Silva, and Barnett had to endure a 15 round war with Nogueira, that gives a huge advantage to Mirko Cro-Cop in the finals. As far as THIS fight is concerned though, it was VERY close. I thought that Nogueira was winning during the first round (10 minutes), but that second round I have to give to Barnett, because he almost finished Nog at the end of the round with a kneebar (saved by the bell). So yeah, I gave the fight to Barnett for almost finishing it there at the end, but it honestly could have gone either way. Josh Barnett wins by SPLIT decision.
90.6
Decision
20:00
      Wow... This fight went all 3 rounds, which was surprising, since everybody thought that Nogueira would completely crush Werdum. And well, he basically did, all 3 rounds. But Werdum put up a hell of a fight. In the first round, Werdum basically got knocked out twice, and he recovered so quickly that they didn't stop the fight, then he went on to fight for the entire 20 minutes, even cutting open Nogueira's eye at some point. This fight had great striking on the feet by both fighters (especially Nogueira). This fight had brilliant ground techniques displayed by both fighters (especially Nogueira), and in the end, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira wins by unanimous decision, and moves on to the next round of the Total Elimination Absolute tournament.
89.8
Submission (Armbar)
2:17
      This was another fight, kind of like the Cro-Cop vs. Minowa fight, where there was an obvious winner from before the fight even started. Zuluzinho doesn't stand a chance against any of the fighters in Pride, outside of maybe Giant Silva, and that's just a joke, because Giant Silva is quite possibly the worst fighter in the world. The point is, this fight was pretty retarded, but it was still kind of fun to watch, just because Nogueira is that damned good. Zuluzinho tried to start the fight by just falling on top of Nogueira and crushing him, which I thought was funny, but Nogueira slid out of it, got on top, Zulu pointed his arm towards the sky, as if he WANTED Nogueira to finish the fight via armbar, so being the nice guy he is, Nogueira locked on the easy armbar for the easy breezy victory. Big Nog definitely deserves to go to the finals of this tournament in my opinion, since he's one of the few guys that I think might be able to hang with Fedor. Anyways, good victory for Nogueira, but this was really a squash match, and everybody knew it would be.
90.0
Submission (Armbar)
2:24
      This was another really solid match, pretty much exactly like the first one. They started with a few strikes, went to the ground, and then Nogueira just kept throwing submission after submission at Tamura, until he eventually locked on an armbar (which started from the rear-naked choke position). Nogueira is a bad bad man, but I would really like to see him stick to fighting guys his own size, since he outweighed Tamura by about 50 pounds or so. Nogueira wins by submission in the first round.
90.4
TKO (Punches)
8:38
      Wow, that was interesting. Pawel Nastula surprised me by being able to hang with Nogueira on the ground for almost 10 minutes. Nastula started the fight looking really strong, as he was able to overpower Nogueira, pretty much controlling the direction of the fight. Eventually, Nastula got tired, and Nogueira started to make his comeback, beating the shit out of Nastula on the ground with punches, and big knees to the head. Eventually, Nogueira was able to get the full mount, where he finished the fight with 20+ unanswered punches to the face of Nastula. Really nice win for Nogueira.
91.9
Decision
20:00
      This was a pretty good fight overall. It's the two best heavyweights in the entire world, so it SHOULD have been an AMAZING fight, and it WAS a really good fight, but to be honest, I wasn't as excited as I thought I'd be for this one. Fedor threw Nogueira to the ground in most rounds, and beat him up on the ground. Nogueira was looking for submissions, but never really got close to finishing the fight at all. Fedor proved once again that he's the best heavyweight in the world, but I don't really know what other notes to mention, as far as highlights are concerned. Congrats to Fedor for another huge unanimous decision victory.
92.6
No Contest (Accidental Cut)
3:52
      Awww man... This sucks... This was a pretty great fight while it lasted, with Nogueira showing a great ground game, looking for submissions, and Fedor showed great striking, with his ground & pound. I thought Fedor was sort of winning the fight when it was stopped, but it was close. Fedor dove in during one of his ground & pound scrambles, and his head collided with Nogueira's head, cutting open a huge gash above the right eye of Fedor. The doctors were forced to stop the fight due to the cut, and since it was an accidental headbutt, it was declared a no contest.
91.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a really good fight. Nogueira showed surprisingly good striking against Kharitonov, and Kharitonov showed a surprisingly solid ground game against Nogueira, even slamming Nogueira at one point. But ultimately, Nogueira secured a few more takedowns throughout the fight, which probably won him the fight. To be honest, I scored this fight JUST BARELY in favor of Kharitonov, but it really could have gone either way, so congrats to Nogueira for a pretty huge decision victory.
93.0
Submission (Anaconda Choke)
10:30
      This was a good fight, between a couple of top heavyweights. Herring looked good early in the first round, showing some solid striking skills, and beating up Nogueira on the feet for a little bit, but once Nogueira got the fight to the ground, it was all about Nogueira searching for submissions, and Herring trying to defend them. The second round started with Herring shooting for a takedown, and he landed head first in an anaconda choke, where Nogueira was able to put him away via submission. Really big win for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
89.6
Submission (Anaconda Choke)
11:25
      This was a pretty good fight. Yokoi showed some solid throws, as well as a good ground game, and some pretty decent striking. Nogueira was too much for him though, always throwing submissions at him, as well as landing some nice knees on the ground. Eventually, Nogueira locked on an anaconda choke, forcing Yokoi to submit early in the second round. Really good fight overall, and awesome submission win, with one of my personal favorite submissions.
91.6
Submission (Armbar)
11:45
      This was a HUGE fight for the heavyweight division, between the two top guys, other than the current Champion, Fedor. (Fedor is out due to a thumb injury or something along those lines...) Other than the awesome "importance" of this fight, it wasn't really a ton of fun. Nogueira shot for a takedown in the first round, Cro Cop sprawled, and Nogueira pulled guard, and then they just hung out on the ground for a while. Cro Cop landed some nice kicks while they were standing, but neither guy was really going for the finish in the first round. With about 3 seconds left in the first round, Cro Cop landed his left high kick, and knocked Nogueira on his ass, but he was saved by the bell. The second round started with a takedown by Nogueira, where he quickly got full mount, and then locked on an armbar for the submission victory. Huge win for Nogueira, the new Pride "Interim" Heavyweight Champion.
89.2
Decision
20:00
      This was a really interesting matchup, partially because it's another UFC vs. Pride style fight. The really interesting part for me though, is in the last 3 years, they both have records of 7-1 going into this fight, smashing everyone, and then each losing their titles in their last fights. Nogueira to Fedor, and Rodriguez to Tim Sylvia. The first round of this fight mostly took place on the ground, where they nullified each other's offense. I gave that round slightly to Rodriguez, for spending most of the round on top. I gave him the second round for the same reason. I also gave him the third round, for taking the fight to the ground AGAIN, and beating up Nogueira. So uh... How did Nogueira win this fight via unanimous decision? I'm fucking confused... ROBBERY!!! Nogueira had some decent submission attempts throughout the fight, but give me a fucking break, even the commentators agreed that this was a bit of a robbery.
93.6
Decision
20:00
      Going into this fight, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was hands down the #1 Heavyweight Fighter on the planet. I had Fedor ranked #9. With that being said, Fedor fucking SMASHED Nogueira, in all 3 rounds, he took him to the ground, stayed comfortably in Nogueira's guard for most of the fight, and just destroyed his face with those brutal signature Fedor punches. Nogueira went for a few submissions, but Fedor's submission defense is awesome, so in the end, all 3 rounds of this legendary fight go to Fedor Emelianenko, and I don't think anyone could possibly disagree with that. Awesome fight overall, and we might have a new #1 Heavyweight in the World. This would be the ideal time to setup a fight between Fedor vs. Josh Barnett, UFC's Heavyweight Champion (minus the steroid controversy).
91.0
Submission (Armbar)
16:49
      This was a pretty great fight, between a couple of legends. Henderson was throwing bombs in the first round, and even secured a couple of takedowns throughout the fight, and he was able to do a decent job controlling the fight (sometimes), while on the ground with Nogueira. Nogueira threw tons of submissions at Henderson throughout the fight, but Henderson was able to magically escape everything, until that last armbar, where Nogueira clearly was well on his way to breaking the arm of Henderson. So yeah, awesome third round submission victory by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who is probably the best heavyweight in the world right now, other than MAYBE Ricco Rodriguez.
90.5
Submission (Triangle Choke)
6:36
      This was a pretty good Championship fight, where Schilt was able to show some enhanced sprawl defense. But uh, yeah... eventually the fight was taken to the ground by Nogueira, he beat up Schilt for a few minutes, Schilt flipped him over, landing in Nogueira's guard, and Nogueira locked on the triangle choke for the submission victory. Nice win by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
92.7
Submission (Armbar)
14:03
      This fight was actually a lot more competitive than I thought it'd be. Bob Sapp started the fight by picking up Nogueira & dropping him on his head. He slammed him a few more times, and pretty much beat the fuck out of him for the first 10 minute round. Nogueira put up a good fight though, showing solid grappling skills, and went for several submissions. Sapp continued to win the second round I thought, up until the point where Nogueira locked on the armbar, and Sapp tapped out pretty quickly. So yeah, pretty great Championship match, and possibly the best fight of Sapp's career?
90.8
Technical Submission (Triangle Choke)
6:17
      This fight was kind of strange in my opinion. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is the Pride Heavyweight Champion, so he should be fighting the best fighters in the world, right? So why the fuck is he fighting Enson Inoue, who lost his last 3 fights in Pride, and this fight makes 4 losses in a row? Whatever... But yeah, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira PRETTY MUCH dominated Enson in this fight, getting the fight to the ground pretty early, and unleashing some of the best Jiu-Jitsu we've seen in the heavyweight division, leaving Enson unconscious just after 6 minutes or so, with an extremely tight triangle choke, after Nogueira nearly ripped his arm off with an Omoplata. Nogueira is the fucking MAN!
93.8
Decision
20:00
      This was one of the best fights I've seen in a while. It's for the first official "Pride Heavyweight Title", and it was a fucking brawl! Heath Herring did a GREAT job defending against a lot of dangerous shit, but ultimately, Nogueira was the star of this show. His boxing was perfect, his submission skills were some of the best I've seen, and his aggressiveness was on another level. So yeah, Nogueira pretty much dominated the majority of this fight, so congrats to him for becoming the first official "Pride Heavyweight Champion". AWESOME fight.
91.8
Submission (Triangle Armbar)
6:10
      This was a pretty incredible fight. Nogueira came straight at Coleman, beat him up with punches & knees, got the fight to the ground, DOMINATED Coleman with his Jiu-Jitsu offense, eventually locking on the triangle choke, grabbing Coleman's arm as Coleman tried to pick him up for the slam, and he forced Coleman to tap out, otherwise he would have snapped his arm. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is officially the best heavyweight submission fighter at this point. GREAT fight overall, and amazing win for Nogueira.
90.4
Submission (Triangle Choke)
2:37
      Neat! The Pride debut of the soon to be legend, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. He started the fight looking kind of sloppy, clearly wanting to pull guard, but Goodridge tried to stay standing, but eventually, the fight DID go to the ground, at which point, Nogueira was able to turn the grappling knob up to the next level, locking on a triangle choke, and tapping out Goodridge pretty quickly in the first round. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is LEGIT.