88.8
TKO (Punches)
8:10
      The first round was a fairly standard kickboxing match, with Taleb picking apart Strickland with leg kicks and punches. Strickland just wasn't able to get his offense going. Round one goes to Taleb. Strickland clipped Taleb with some big punches 2 minutes into the second round, and he dropped him, but Taleb was able to quickly get back to his feet. Strickland continued to throw big punches at Taleb, and he dropped him again halfway through the round. Strickland postured up above Taleb, and unloaded with some big punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a solid win for Sean Strickland. Taleb thought it was a bad stoppage, but he was hurt.
90.3
KO (Spinning Wheel Kick & Punches)
3:40
      These guys were both trading punches & kicks at a decent pace while circling around each other to start the opening round. Santos seemed to have a slight speed advantage, but they were both landing at a similar pace. Santos unloaded with a clean spinning wheel kick with 90 seconds left in the round, Strickland hit the ground, and Santos finished him off with a series of punches on the ground. That was a FANTASTIC highlight reel finish for Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos.
88.9
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded some wet sounding strikes, McGee threw a head kick, Strickland caught it, punched him, and took McGee to the ground 30 seconds into the opening round. McGee worked his way back to his feet, and then they traded some more wet sounding punches & kicks, with Strickland using his range decently, while McGee was focusing a lot on hitting the body of Strickland with kicks. That was a fairly even round of striking, but I'm going to score it slightly in favor of Sean Strickland.
     The second round started with McGee clinching with Strickland's back, he tried to take him down, but Strickland was able to break free, create some distance, and then they went back to boxing with each other. After two rounds, I have Strickland ahead, 20-18, going into the final round. It's a close fight, but McGee seems to be wearing more damage on his face, so I think Strickland is winning, but I could see that round going to McGee.
     They both came out boxing in the final round, and then McGee shot for another takedown (0 for 8 with takedowns at this point), and Stickland stuffed his shot again. Strickland ended up taking down McGee, he pinned him against the fence, and unloaded with some decent medium distance elbows, while McGee just kind of flopped around on the ground. McGee worked his way back to his feet with a minute left in the round, and then tried to take Strickland down again, but failed again. Strickland slammed McGee with 30 seconds left in the round, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the round by pounding on his face with big punches from back control. This fight should go to Sean Strickland, at least 29-28, if not 30-27. One judge gave all 3 rounds to Strickland, and the other two judges scored the fight, 29-29, for a Majority Draw. That's fucking dumb. I'm giving Strickland the victory points for this one.
     EDIT: They came back after the fight, and announced Strickland won by unanimous decision, and there was an error in the cards.
88.8
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Usman clinched and pressed Strickland against the fence, ready to work the lengthy grind. Usman held the back clinch for a couple of minutes while working some basic knees, and Strickland looked like he was just glued to the wall the entire time, but he was doing a good job staying on his feet at least, until Usman took him down halfway through the round. Strickland immediately tried to setup a leg lock, as Usman was standing above him. Usman pulled his leg free and dropped some heavy punches to the head of Strickland. Usman's top control is pretty ridiculous, but for having THAT MUCH top control, he didn't do a ton of damage. Strickland tried to find an armbar from his guard, but that went nowhere. That was probably a 10-8 round for Usman, using the new scoring system.
     Usman came out boxing to start the second round, and he had Strickland in some trouble against the fence, as he chased him around the cage while throwing some decent punches. Strickland was having some trouble keeping his left eye open. Usman dropped Strickland with a huge right hand halfway through the round, and he jumped on him, pinned him down, and unloaded with some sharp elbows to the side of Strickland's body. Usman tried to crank on a Kimura, Strickland went for a leg lock, and Usman took his back as Strickland turtled up. The second round was another 10-8 round for Usman. At this point, Strickland needs to finish if he wants any chance of getting anything out of this fight.
     Usman came out faking takedowns in the final round, while working some solid boxing, but Strickland was staying JUST OUTSIDE of distance, avoiding most of the shots that Usman was throwing, but Usman was still clearly being the aggressor. Usman scored another takedown 90 seconds into the round. Strickland stood back up with 2 minutes left in the fight. They showed the strike count with a minute left in the fight, and Usman had landed 120, and Strickland had landed 20. The final minute of the round was no different. This fight is more than likely going to be a 30-24 decision for Kamaru Usman. It's still bizarre how he only has one finish in the UFC, when he dominates most of his opponents like this, and he had a 100% finishing rate going into The Ultimate Fighter. Either way, this was another solid one-sided performance by Kamaru Usman.
88.5
Decision (Split)
15:00
      The first round had these guys trading strikes at a moderate pace, with Breese landing most of the heavy punches & kicks. Strickland landed a few decent shots, but I scored that round for Breese. The second round was another round of kickboxing, with both fighters trading at a moderate pace. Strickland seemed to be a little fresher, but Breese was throwing his bodyweight behind his strikes, so I still have Breese ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but that second round could have maybe gone either way.
     The final round was basically more of the same, with both guys trading strikes at a moderate pace, I was leaning slightly toward Strickland to take that round, but Breese took him down in the final minute, so that might have been the difference, but Strickland got right back up again, so... I have no idea if that scored any real points or not. OH! Strickland knocked down Breese in the final 10 seconds, and beat him up a little bit on the ground, so I'll say that round goes to Strickland. I think I would score this fight 29-28 for Breese, but I won't be shocked if it's a split-decision. Yup, split-decision, and two of the judges disagreed with me, giving the fight to Strickland.
89.8
TKO (Punches)
14:25
      This fight started, Garcia shot for a takedown, and Strickland avoided it, and grabbed Garcia's back in the clinch. Strickland threw Garcia to the ground, and then stood above him, got kicked in the chin a couple of times with upkicks, before Strickland tried to pin him, throwing some punches on the ground. Strickland threw a few really hard elbows to the chin of Garcia, that caused his mouth to bleed. Strickland started beating the shit out of him with punches, the referee almost stopped the fight, and Garcia randomly popped up and took Strickland to the ground. Strickland did a good job clinching from the guard, to avoid too much damage, but in the final 10 seconds, Garcia beat his ass. I'm leaning towards Strickland for that round, but Garcia might have done enough at the end of the round to make it a 10-10 round.
      Garcia started the second round with a couple of massive bombs, fueled by forward movement. Strickland busted up Garcia's nose with some jabs, but Garcia was throwing power shots. Strickland landed some HARD leg kicks, that caused Garcia to limp near the end of the round, but Garcia took him down, securing the round for Garcia. The score is probably all tied up going into the final round.
      Garcia clinched with Strickland early in the final round, tripped him, and took him to the ground. The striking was pretty even in the final round, so Garcia kept looking for takedowns, but Strickland was ready for them, so he was able to stay on his feet for most of the round. In the final minute of the round, Garcia got rocked by SOMETHING, (a small left jab?), and Strickland chased him down, finishing off Garcia with a barrage of straight punches to the face. Really solid win for Sean Strickland, over a tough guy.
87.0
Decision
15:00
      That entire final round was lame as shit. The first round had Strickland rocking Araujo, and almost finishing him on the ground with punches, but somehow the referee let the fight continue (which I was happy about), and Araujo barely survived the round. He came out trying to finish Strickland for the last 2 rounds, throwing wild looping punches, but he was throwing most of them one at a time, not really building up to anything, so it didn't take much for Strickland to step away, and counter with a jab. In the end, Strickland wins this fight via unanimous decision, all 3 rounds, but it was a pretty boring fight, minus the crazy near-finish in the first round.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good fight, between a couple of guys I haven't really been paying that much attention to. Strickland stayed in the fight for the entire 15 minutes, constantly coming forward, trying to strike, trying to shoot for takedowns, but ultimately, Ponzinibbio was too much for him, especially with the Brazilian crowd backing him, he basically beat Strickland's ass for 15 minutes, and even secured a few takedowns, showing that he's the better fighter in all situations. So yeah, nice solid win for Santiago Ponzinibbio, and this marks the first loss on Strickland's record.
87.9
Decision (Split)
15:00
      I've been a fan of Barnatt for a little while now, he's usually pretty fun to watch, but this fight was kind of a slow paced boxing match, with pretty even striking skills. Strickland went for a leg lock in the third round, which was kind of neat, and apparently he broke his hand early in the fight, but I still don't think he did enough to win the fight. Ultimately, I gave the fight to Barnatt 29-28, but it was really close and could have gone either way. The judges ended up giving the fight to Sean Strickland, which kind of sucks, because it ruins Barnatt's undefeated record (8-fight winning streak), but whatever... Decent sparring match I guess. This is why it's important to finish fights.
90.1
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
4:33
      Bubba McDaniel is to Jon Jones, what Tiki Ghosn was to Tito Ortiz. You look at the guy, and think... "He can probably kick my ass, this dude looks like a scrappy dude, that probably gets pissed and destroys people..." And then you see them fight, and they just always end up in unfortunate situations, where they get beat up in the UFC. With that being said, Sean Strickland showed up on short notice, beat up Bubba, took him to the ground, dominated him with his wrestling, almost went for a Kimura, and went for a rear-naked choke instead, and Bubba was forced to submit. I believed the hype on The Ultimate Fighter about Bubba, but he hasn't really shown much for himself in the actual cage yet.
N/A
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
1:21
(Unaired)