91.4
Decision
25:00
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Edwards secured a slow casual takedown, and Anjos didn't even try to stuff the shot. Edwards landed a hard elbow, and continued to try to pass Anjos's half guard. Edwards tried to take RDA's back, and they stood back up with 2 minutes left in the opening round, and traded random strikes from the clinch. Round one goes to Edwards.
      There was a lot of clinching to start the second round, back & forth, and then RDA scored a takedown, but Edwards was able to get back to his feet with a minute left in the second round, and RDA had a bad cut somewhere around his right eye. I have Edwards ahead 20-18 going into the third round, based on the damage he did to RDA's eye. EWWWWW, GROSS. His eyebrow is falling off. I think they should stop this fight. The doctor is going to let him continue though.
      Edwards landed some nice strikes to start the third round, and RDA shot for a takedown a minute into the round, but Edwards stuffed the shot against the fence. Edwards continued to chew up RDA with a wide variety of strikes. RDA shot for a takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, and Edwards stuffed the shot and took control of the clinch. Edwards continued to outstrike RDA, while stuffing his shots. RDA might have won the second round, but Edwards is at least ahead 29-28, if not 30-27, going into the Championship rounds.
      The fourth round was more of the same, with Edwards picking apart RDA with his striking, while dodging most of his attacks. Edwards looks awesome tonight. RDA threw a flying knee with 90 seconds left in the round, Edwards caught him in midair, and threw him to the ground. RDA scrambled back to his feet, and Edwards immediately took control of the clinch. Edwards is ahead at least 39-37, if not 40-36 going into the final round.
      Edwards continued to control RDA in the final round, with his clinching, and his striking. Edwards looks awesome tonight. RDA was pressuring Edwards toward the fence in the final round, but Edwards still seemed like he was landing the cleaner shots for the most part. Edwards took down RDA & took his back with a back clinch as he stood back up with 30 seconds left in the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Leon Edwards, as he continues an 8-fight winning streak.
89.7
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
18:47
      Lee dropped RDA 20 seconds into the opening round, and then scrambled to try to take his back as RDA worked his way back to his feet. Round one goes to Lee, as he bullied RDA for the duration of the round. RDA scored a takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, but it was too little too late.
      Lee shot for a takedown early in the second round, but failed. RDA then beat him up a little bit, and scored a takedown of his own. They stood back up, and Lee started working his boxing, landing some nice combinations, before shooting for another takedown which RDA stuffed again. The round ended with some nice exchanges, and then another failed takedown attempt from Lee. That round could go either way.
      The third round started with some wrestling scrambles, and Lee sort of took RDA's back, to try to setup a rear-naked choke, and he had RDA's right arm trapped under his leg. It looked like RDA was in trouble, but he just calmly rolled out of it and ended up on top. Lee eventually took control of the grappling with 90 seconds left in the round, but he still wasn't able to do much of anything beyond just pressing RDA against the fence. Lee is probably winning this fight, but neither fighter has taken a clear lead yet, going into the fourth round.
      Lee kicked RDA in the dick to start the fourth round. When the fight started back up, RDA dropped Lee with a brutal inside leg kick. Lee shot for another takedown 90 seconds into the round, but ended up just clinching with his back against the fence. They continued to scramble around for a while, Lee shot for another takedown, RDA stuffed the shot, took down Lee, and then slapped on an arm-triangle choke with 90 seconds left in the round. That was a solid submission victory for RDA, ending a 2 fight losing streak.
89.9
Decision
25:00
      The first round had both guys trading a handful of solid strikes, and then Usman spent the rest of the round trying to take RDA to the ground. He scored an early takedown, RDA stood back up, and he scored another late takedown, and worked some ground & pound before the end of the round, but he got blasted by a massive upkick in the exchange. Round one clearly goes to Usman.
     The second round was another round where Usman just smothered RDA against the fence. Usman finally took him down again halfway through the round, he landed in RDA's guard, and RDA blasted him with a series of elbows to the top of his head. RDA cranked on a Kimura with 90 seconds left in the round, but he couldn't get enough leverage, as they were too close to the fence. RDA was able to sweep Usman with the Kimura though, which allowed him to scramble back to his feet. RDA finished the round with a big combination of punches & kicks. Usman is ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but RDA has had a few solid moments, and if he can continue to build momentum, anything could happen in the next 15 minutes.
     Usman threw some bombs to start the third round, and RDA fired back, but Usman was still doing a great job pressuring RDA's back up against the fence. Usman scored another takedown, and then RDA worked his way back to his feet and landed some nice combinations again. Usman took him down again halfway through the round, and RDA started working for a Kimura again. RDA worked his way back to his feet with 2 minutes left in the round. They traded some more strikes, with RDA landing the better shots, but Usman is still ahead 30-27 based on his heavy pressure.
     The fourth round was another round full of Usman grinding all over RDA, taking him down repeatedly, pinning him against the fence, and working short ranged ground & pound. At this point, RDA is going to have to pull some magic out of his ass if he wants to get the win in the final round, because Usman is way too far ahead on the scorecards for RDA to even hope for a close decision.
     The final round was another round of Usman smothering the shit out of RDA, while chipping away with some basic ground & pound. For a fight that Usman dominated for 25 minutes, he never really came close to finishing the fight. Congrats to Usman for beating a top ranked guy, but... I'm still not a fan of his grinding style. It would be awesome if he could finish fights on a regular basis, but he can't, so it just results in a lot of grinding.
91.2
Decision
25:00
      Covington came out swinging, he grabbed Anjos, and threw him to the ground in the opening seconds of the fight, but Anjos was able to work his way back to his feet a minute into the round. They traded some solid strikes, Covington continued to try to dig for a takedown, and Anjos continued to stuff his shots, while blasting him with elbows to the side of the head. Covington was clearly more aggressive in that round, but I think Anjos was more effective, so I'm giving the round to Anjos, but it could go either way.
     The second round was all about Covington still plowing forward, winging punches at Anjos while running forward like a bull or whatever, while Anjos seemed like he was having a bit of trouble dealing with Covington's pressure. I scored the second round for Covington.
     They continued to battle at a competitive pace for the duration of the 25 minute fight, with Covington winning the third round, and Anjos won the fourth round, leading to a scorecard that's more than likely all tied up going into the final round. The final round was another close round, with both guys swinging for the fences, looking for takedowns, looking for different ways to control the action, etc... In the end, I'm expecting Covington to win this fight, but I wouldn't be shocked by a split-decision going either way. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Colby Covington. I hate this guy.
89.9
Decision
25:00
      The first round had both guys trading some big shots, with Anjos mostly landing with his kicks, and Lawler was mostly landing with his heavy hands. They clinched for a while, and Anjos did some solid work on Lawler's body with his knees, but Lawler kept pushing forward, and controlled the direction of the clinch. That first round will probably go to Anjos.
     The first round started with Lawler throwing some bombs, but halfway through the round, Anjos unloaded on him with a long streak of punches against the fence, while Lawler just covered up, letting Anjos burn out some energy with his offense. Lawler at a LOT of shots, but once that flurry was over, Lawler started moving forward, and pressured Anjos toward the fence. Lawler exploded with some big combinations of his own, but it probably wasn't enough to win back the round. I have Anjos ahead going into the third round.
     They clinched early to start the third round, Lawler unloaded with a fast combination to the body of Anjos, and then Anjos scored a takedown a minute into the round, pinning Lawler against the fence, as Lawler settled into a seated position. Anjos tried to work his way to back control, but Lawler's back was pressed against the fence, so it wasn't working out for him. Lawler stood up 2 minutes into the round, and pressed Anjos against the fence to continue working his body from the clinch. Lawler started to work those big punches to the body again, and then Anjos dropped Lawler with an elbow, and pinned him in the center of the cage, as he settled into Lawler's half guard. Anjos dropped some big elbows with 30 seconds left in the round. I have Anjos ahead 30-27 going into the fourth round, but I still think Lawler is going to make something big happen in the next round.
     The fourth round had Anjos pressing Lawler against the fence in the clinch, with both guys landing some decent short shots, and when they broke apart, they were both still trading punches at a decent pace. Eventually, Anjos really started to pull ahead with his striking, as he beat the shit out of Lawler against the fence, and it looked like Lawler was nearly finished, but he was saved by the bell. Anjos is running away with this fight on the scorecards, so Lawler has 5 minutes left to make some magic happen.
     The fifth round was another clinic delivered by Rafael dos Anjos, as Lawler's legs were completely shot, so Anjos just picked him apart for the final 5 minutes of this fight. In the end, I'm going to score this fight 50-43 for Anjos, and I'm not entirely convinced that Lawler shouldn't just retire at this point. I've been a huge fan of his for years, but he just doesn't seem like he's into it anymore. Anjos on the other hand, he still looks pretty solid, especially since I still kind of think of him as a lightweight.
90.1
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
3:43
      Anjos tripped Magny 25 seconds into the opening round, and then he settled into side control. Anjos threw some short elbows, and Magny just kind of curled up into a ball. Anjos looked like he was considering setting up a choke of some sort, but he gave that up in favor of dropping a few more short elbows. Anjos passed to full mount with 2 minutes left in the opening round. He continued to chip away at Magny with some hard elbows, Anjos locked on a tight arm-triangle choke, and finished the fight by submission. That was a fantastic one-sided performance by Rafael dos Anjos, as he absolutely dominated Neil Magny, and finished him in the first round. Anjos hit a bit of a slump there, but now that he's at 170, Anjos is a fucking monster.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      Saffiedine started the fight with a head kick, and Anjos fired back with a hard kick to the body. Anjos slipped, and Saffiedine took top control with half mount. Anjos hammered him with a few elbows from his back, and then cranked on a Kimura from half guard, but Saffiedine was able to pull his arm free. Saffiedine got sloppy with his top control, and Anjos was able to stand back up 2 minutes into the round. They clinched, and traded some knees before resetting. They traded some sloppy strikes, and then Anjos worked some knees from the clinch before dumping Saffiedine to the ground. Saffiedine was going to try for an armbar, but Anjos stacked him, and attempted a Kimura from side control, but Saffiedine was able to stand back up and reset. Anjos landed a flying knee, Saffiedine clinched, and Anjos continued to hit him with knees to the body. Round one goes to RDA.
     They both traded some hard strikes to start the second round, with RDA stalking Saffiedine for the most part. They clinched, and RDA hammered Saffiedine with a couple of illegal knees, which went unnoticed. They continued to trade some sloppy strikes until the end of the round, with RDA controlling most of the round, and showing more offense. Saffiedine looked pretty exhausted by the end of the second round. I have RDA ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round had RDA throwing bombs at Saffiedine, while mixing in some nice leg kicks. Saffiedine was mostly throwing jabs, and it wasn't really doing him any favors. They continued to trade strikes at a solid pace for the duration of the round, with RDA constantly moving forward, and landing the heavier shots. I don't see any reason anyone would score this anything other than 30-27 for RDA. That was a really solid debut at Welterweight for Rafael dos Anjos. All 3 judges agreed, giving RDA the unanimous decision victory, with only one judge giving a single round to Tarec Saffiedine.
92.7
Decision
25:00
      The first round had Ferguson throwing big punches, while Anjos was chewing up his lead leg with heavy kicks. Anjos was also landing a lot of really fast & heavy counter punches. Anjos knocked down Ferguson with around 90 seconds left in the round, and after a brief scramble, Anjos ended up on top, but they didn't stay on the ground for long. After standing back up, they continued to trade heavy strikes until the end of the round. That was a good round for both fighters, but I'm scoring that round for Anjos.
      Ferguson started the second round with some wild punches & kicks. He rocked Anjos in the first 30 seconds, as he continued to stalk him with long strikes. Anjos was still throwing dangerous counters though, as he rocked Ferguson with some shots as well. Ferguson poked Anjos in the eye, so they took a brief timeout. When the fight started back up, Ferguson continued to chop away at Anjos with heavy punches & kicks. Anjos landed some heavy counter strikes in that round, but for the most part, the second round was all about Ferguson absolutely destroying Anjos with big punches & leg kicks. I have this fight all tied up going into the third round.
      Ferguson started the third round with some really slick combinations, but Anjos took him down with an exploding spear, but he shot too hard, and flew right over Ferguson, which gave him enough time to stand back up. Anjos rocked Ferguson with a heavy right hand, but Ferguson continued to fire back with all kinds of wild spinning shit. Anjos landed a big head kick 90 seconds into the round, but Ferguson didn't seem phased, as he continued to plow forward with big combinations. Anjos landed some really slick combinations in the last half of that round, which probably ended up stealing the round for Anjos. This fight is super close going into the fourth round, but I have Anjos ahead, 2-1 at this point.
      Tony continued to pick apart Anjos at the start of the fourth round, landing a lot of clean shots, including some heavy knees. Ferguson rolled for a leg lock randomly to keep things interesting, 90 seconds into the round, but Anjos just stepped out of it without much of an issue. Ferguson continued to beat up the head & body of Anjos with some really nice boxing, and some hard to follow movement. Anjos landed a lot of really clean punches, but Ferguson kept coming forward, while plowing into Anjos's body & head with those heavy punches from far away. Ferguson shot for a takedown in the final 10 seconds of the round, Anjos stuffed it, and then Ferguson opened up on him, rocking the shit out of Anjos to finish the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but Ferguson COULD potentially be up 3-1 depending on how the judges scored the third round.
      The final round was more of the same, with Ferguson constantly moving forward, while chipping away at Anjos with big punches. Anjos was trying to throw counter punches, but he wasn't nearly as active as Ferguson, and by the end of the fight, Anjos was missing half his face due to cuts all over the right side of his face. Tony Ferguson is fucking LEGIT, and I've had him ranked as the #1 Lightweight in the world for a while, so I couldn't be happier with the way he just dismantled the previous Champion, over the course of 25 minutes, while 7,392 feet in the fucking air. TONY FERGUSON IS THE SHIT!!!
93.6
TKO (Punches)
3:49
      Alvarez started this fight with a hard inside leg kick. They spent the first 2 minutes of the fight with Alvarez throwing leg kicks, and RDA throwing punches. Alvarez got caught in a guillotine for a second, but broke free and stood back up. RDA shot for a takedown halfway through the round, but he couldn't get Alvarez to the ground. RDA landed a head kick, and Alvarez blasted RDA with some hard punches, rocking the fuck out of him. RDA was basically out on his feet. RDA backed up toward the cage, and Alvarez chased him across the cage, and threw a flying knee, and fell on his ass. RDA got on top, but Alvarez quickly stood back up, and blasted RDA in the face with some fucking BRUTAL punches. RDA was clearly out on his feet, so the referee had to stop the fight. Eddie Alvarez wins the fight by FIRST ROUND TKO. This dude is the fucking MAN, and I couldn't be more proud of the Underground King. Eddie Alvarez is the NEW UFC Lightweight Champion of the world.
92.6
TKO (Punches)
1:06
      Well then... As a fan of Cerrone, this was extremely disappointing. He threw a couple of leg kicks, and then got fucking DESTROYED by dos Anjos. Cerrone got punched in the face a million times, took a hard knee to the body, the fight was almost stopped several times, and at the 1:06 mark, Cerrone was turtled up on the ground, as dos Anjos continued to unload punches on him, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. Great win for dos Anjos, but that was a HORRIBLE performance by Donald Cerrone.
91.8
Decision
25:00
      Yeah! I've been pretty hyped on Dos Anjos for a while now, and I've never liked Anthony Pettis, so for me, this fight was fucking incredible. Dos Anjos absolutely beat the shit out of Pettis for 25 minutes, nonstop, he beat him on the feet with hard punches & kicks, and he dominated him with his wrestling & Jiu-Jitsu. There wasn't a single minute of this fight that Pettis won. So yeah, amazing victory for Dos Anjos, and we have a NEW UFC Lightweight Champion, in Rafael dos Anjos!
89.3
Decision
15:00
      Man, I don't know what was up with Nate Diaz in this fight. He didn't even come CLOSE to making weight. Once the fight started, he got kicked in the legs a few times, and that pretty much shut him down for the rest of the fight, allowing Rafael dos Anjos to dominate him for the entire fight. So yeah, if this was supposed to be some sort of rebellious statement by Diaz, suggesting he deserves more money or some shit, then this fight really backfired on him. Congrats to Dos Anjos for a pretty big win though, and I agree with him, he should get a title shot sometime soon.
90.4
KO (Punch)
2:31
      I really don't like Benson Henderson, because his fights have that tendency to always last 25 minutes. With that being said, he's been winning his fights a lot faster lately, so I was almost cheering for him in this fight, but Dos Anjos knocked him out about halfway through the first round of this fight. The part that sucks is, it was SORT OF a questionable stoppage. Big John said that Henderson was out, so I'll take his word for it, because he's one of the best referees out there, but yeah, once the fight was stopped, Henderson got up "fairly" quickly, not immediately, but "pretty quickly", so... Maybe an early stoppage? But honestly, if it wouldn't have been stopped, then Dos Anjos would have just smashed Henderson's face anyway, so I'll go ahead and call it a good stoppage, and a HUGE win for Rafael dos Anjos.
89.0
TKO (Punches)
8:36
      This fight seemed a little bit lopsided going into it. Jason High was on a two fight winning streak, against a couple of guys that don't really mean much in the division (James Head & Anthony Lapsley). Rafael dos Anjos on the other hand, is one of the top lightweights in the world, who was on an insane winning streak, before finally losing his last fight against Rustam Khabilov, who happens to be in the main event on this card. So with that being said, Rafael dos Anjos pretty much handed High his ass in this fight, winning the first round (but it was close), and then dominating him in the second round, getting his back at one point, and eventually finishing him with his striking. It's good to see dos Anjos back in the winning column.
93.0
Decision
15:00
      That was pretty awesome. Going into this fight, I had Khabib ranked as the #1 Lightweight in the world (yes, above the Champion Pettis), and I had dos Anjos ranked as #3 (also above Pettis). With that being said, this fight was 100% one-sided, with Khabib absolutely dominating dos Anjos for the entire 15 minute fight, he just ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED HIM, with takedowns, throws, and overall control. Khabib seems unstoppable, and I already thought he deserved a title shot before this fight, SURELY this will secure him one, right?
88.8
Decision
15:00
      How the hell did these 2 guys let the fight go to a decision? Generally speaking, I consider both of these guys to be some of the most dangerous fighters at 155, so the fact that they didn't finish this fight, I can't help but be disappointed in both of them. With that being said though, Dos Anjos controlled the striking game, he controlled the wrestling game, he pretty much FOR THE MOST PART, dominated Cerrone in all 3 rounds (AT LEAST 2 of them). So yeah, no arguments here with the decision, I'm just disappointed they couldn't finish the fight.
91.3
Decision
15:00
      This fight was pretty great, between two guys fighting for a higher ranking in the Top 10 Lightweights rankings. I had dos Anjos ranked above Dunham going into this fight (and so did most people I think), and after 3 rounds of hardcore brawling, I technically scored the fight a draw, I had no idea how to score it really. I was leaning SLIGHTLY in favor of dos Anjos, and I think a lot of people might have thought Dunham won, but since the fight took place in Brazil, it's no surprise that dos Anjos walked away with the unanimous decision victory. Great fight by both guys, and personally, I'm glad dos Anjos won. Great fight.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      Mark Bocek just got his ass BEAT in his own back yard. Rafael dos Anjos showed that he clearly had better wrestling skills than the wrestler Mark Bocek, he showed he had infinitely better striking skills, leaving Bocek's face a bloody mess, and overall, he just out hustled him 100%. Rafael dos Anjos looked terrific, and Bocek looked terrible. Rafael wins via unanimous decision.
88.5
Decision
15:00
      This was a decent 3 round fight, the problem is, I think Njokuani broke his right hand in the first round, so from that point forward, it was a very one-sided fight, with Anjos taking him to the ground, pressing him up against the cage, and BASICALLY just controlling him the entire time. Dos Anjos is really good, but considering how badly Njokuani's hand was injured (granted, dos Anjos didn't know about it), I would have liked to see dos Anjos finish this fight. Oh well, better luck next time for Njokuani I guess.
90.7
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
1:40
      Yeah! That's what I like to see! Rafael dos Anjos launched a HUGE head kick, smacking Shalorus directly in the right eye, and then Anjos followed him to the ground, beat the shit out of him, got on his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and that's all she wrote. Great fight for Rafael dos Anjos!
88.6
Decision (Split)
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight, with both guys landing a few good punches and kicks, both guys showing solid grappling skills, securing a takedown here & there, etc... In the end, it was a pretty close fight, the first & third rounds could have gone either way, but since Gleison Tibau nearly knocked out dos Anjos in the second round, then I gave the fight to him, and so did two of the judges, giving Tibau the split-decision victory.
89.8
KO (Punch)
0:59
      DAYUM! I've been talking about how great both of these guys are for a long time now, but they both came into this fight off of a loss, so they both had something to prove, and Dos Anjos was the first to prove it, by punching Sotiropoulos in the face, and snapping his head back like a bobblehead. Rafael dos Anjos gets to retain his "This dude could be really legit!" status, and Sotiropoulos continues to fall down a few notches on the ladder.
89.7
Submission (Jaw Injury)
11:51
      Yeah! I've been a Clay Guida fan for a while, but I always end up disappointed, because his fights almost always go to a decision. Well, this time, he was able to break Rafael's jaw in the first round with a punch combination, and it was all downhill from there for Rafael dos Anjos. Eventually, in the third round, Clay slammed Rafael, got the mount, and then basically crushed his jaw some more with a shoulder, until Rafael was forced to submit. That shit must have been painful.
91.1
Submission (Armbar)
9:30
      This was another badass fight! The first round was pretty even, with both guys showing similar striking skills, and once the fight went to the ground, Etim looked good with some submission skills, but dos Anjos's striking on the ground was excellent, until the referee forced them to stand up, claiming that he was "elbowing Etim in the spine" (he was kneeing him) so the referee sucked here... Anyway, the second round started, and dos Anjos controlled most of that round, eventually locking on a brilliant armbar for the submission victory. Rafael dos Anjos's submission skills are pretty awesome.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      Rafael dos Anjos looked good in this fight, taking Bradley to the ground in all 3 rounds, controlling him, attempting submissions, outstriking him, and just overall, outworking him. Kyle Bradley is a decent fighter, but he's clearly not on the level of Rafael dos Anjos, and Rafael proved that tonight, by taking all 3 rounds for the unanimous decision.
89.1
Decision
15:00
     This was a pretty sad fight for Emerson. He showed he has tons of heart, but he got completely out-kickboxed, by a Jiu-Jitsu guy, which sucks, since Rob Emerson is a kickboxer. All 3 rounds though, basically consisted of Dos Anjos throwing leg kicks to the inside of Emerson's lead leg, which by the end of the fight, like Rogan said, "Looked like hamburger". So yeah, Emerson got slayed, Dos Anjos wins via unanimous decision.
92.4
Decision
15:00
      This fight was fucking ridiculous. The first round started with Griffin basically boxing against Dos Anjos, and getting the upperhand, until the fight went to the ground. Rafael Dos Anjos locked on some painful looking leglock that looked like he was going to snap Griffin's leg off at the knee, but Griffin was able to wobble away back to his corner after that round. The second round was pretty even between the two guys. The third round was pretty even until the end, where Anjos failed to lock on a Kimura, and ended up getting punched a lot on the ground for the final few seconds. Due to the explosion at the end of the third round, I gave the fight to Tyson Griffin, 29-28, and the judges agreed. Tyson Griffin wins via unanimous decision.
92.2
KO (Punches)
10:39
      This was a really good fight. The fight started with both guys standing & striking, eventually leading to Anjos slamming Stephens to the ground. Once they were on the ground, Dos Anjos displayed some excellent Jiu-Jitsu, transitioning into some sort of omoplata-crusifix move, but Stephens was saved by the bell. Round One goes to Anjos. Round 2 leaned more in favor of Jeremy Stephens, where he was able to display a bit of a ground game himself, while pounding away at the face of Anjos with some solid elbows. The third round was BRUTAL!!! Within the first minute, Stephens threw the most brutal uppercut ever recorded on tape, and knocked Anjos the fuck out. KNOCK OUT! AMAZING! BRUTAL! Jeremy Stephens has a huge heart, and Anjos is a bad ass too (even though he got knocked the fuck out).