93.2
TKO (Retirement)
10:00
      The first round had Pettis landing a few hard leg kicks, and the rest of the round was all about Ferguson destroying Pettis with a wide variety of strikes, while constantly moving forward. Round one goes to Ferguson. Pettis rocked Ferguson early in the second round, Ferguson flopped around wildly, it looked like Pettis was going to get the finish, and then Ferguson was able to stuck Pettis into his guard. Blood started POURING out of Pettis's scalp, completely covering Ferguson's face with blood. They battled for a little while on the ground, and then Ferguson kicked Pettis off, they stood up, and the doctor checked on the cut on Pettis's head. When the fight started back up, Ferguson looked fresh again, and he beat the shit out of Pettis for the last half of the round, chopping his face into pieces. Both of these guys are FUCKING WARRIORS, but I have Ferguson ahead 20-18 going into the final round, even though Pettis nearly finished him early in the second round, but Ferguson did SO MUCH DAMAGE to Pettis's face, I just can't give Pettis that round at all. This fight could potentially be the fight of the year. Wait, maybe not... That was still an AMAZING fight, but Pettis called it quits between the 2nd & 3rd rounds, so Ferguson gets a HUGE win here, Pettis is tough, but I think everyone was a bit disappointed that we didn't get to see a third round. Pettis broke his hand though, so I guess fighting Ferguson with one hand would have been ridiculous. That second round was probably round of the year at the very least.
91.8
Submission (Triangle Choke)
14:02
      Kevin Lee is walking into this interim title fight with a staph infection on his chest, after nearly dying at the weigh-ins yesterday. These guys traded some random strikes, things started slowly, Lee dropped Ferguson with an eye poke, and then Ferguson popped back up and dropped Lee with a clean punch. There was a wild scramble halfway through the round, Lee took down Ferguson, Ferguson almost reversed him on the way down, and then ended up going for a triangle instead, but Lee stepped through that, and Ferguson tried to hold an Omoplata, which didn't quite work, and then Lee settled into Ferguson's guard again. Ferguson's right eye (the one that was poked) is bleeding, so hopefully that isn't coming from his eyeball. Lee passed to full mount with 30 seconds left in the round, and dropped some brutal punches & elbows. Ferguson was able to defend until the buzzer sounded, and then Lee continued to throw punches after the buzzer, so Herb Dean gave him a stern warning. That round still goes to Lee though, 10-9.
      The second round started with both guys trading some aggressive looking punches, Ferguson was mixing in some front kicks, and they continued to circle around each other. The second round was a pretty close round of striking, but I thought Ferguson landed the more interesting strikes, so I scored that round for Ferguson, and have it all tied up going into the final round. Lee shot for a takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, but Ferguson was able to stuff the shot. I have the fight all tied up going into the third round. Lee also got wobbled as the buzzer sounded.
      Ferguson started the third round with a few strikes, and then Lee picked him up, and slammed him 30 seconds into the round. Lee was just kind of stuck on top, so they eventually stood up around the 90 second mark. They traded a few random tired looking strikes, and then Lee scored another takedown halfway through the round. Ferguson locked on an armbar from his guard, it looked like it was all over, and then Lee stepped over, and settled back into Ferguson's guard. Ferguson threw a few hard elbows at Lee's head, and then he locked on a tight triangle choke, finishing the fight by submission. That was a really good fight, and a fantastic finish by Tony Ferguson. I've been saying for a while that I think Tony Ferguson is the best lightweight in the world, and here he is, the new (Interim) UFC Lightweight Champion.
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!!!
94.7
Submission (D'Arce Choke)
7:22
      This fight started with Vannata (UFC debut on short notice), showing some amazing footwork, while picking apart Ferguson on the feet. He hit Ferguson with a shot to the groin in the first 50 seconds. Ferguson landed a nice kick to the body, and dropped Vannata with some punches 90 seconds in. Vannata rocked Ferguson with some hard punches, and nearly knocked him out 2 minutes into the round. They continued to rock the shit out of each other with some wild striking, both guys practically getting knocked out multiple times, and Vannata nearly finished Ferguson late in the round, as Ferguson was wobbling around wildly, with no control over his legs at all. Vannata went in for the kill, and Ferguson almost caught him in a leg lock, and then an armbar. That was one of the wildest UFC debuts I've ever seen by Landon Vannata, this dude is SUPER fucking legit. Round one goes to Vannata.
     The second round was another wild round of striking, but this time, Vannata finally started to slow down, and Ferguson beat the fuck out of him for the duration of the round, landing countless heavy punches, and big kicks, Vannata almost knocked him out with a head kick, and then Ferguson continued to destroy him, as Vannata just came at him with his chin up. Vannata's face was fucking MAULED, and bloody as hell. Vannata dropped his head while he moved in for a clinch, Ferguson caught him in a guillotine, turned it into a D'Arce choke, took Vannata to the ground, continued to crank, and eventually finished the fight by submission. OH MY GOD! That fight was fucking insane, possibly the best fight of the year so far. Landon Vannata couldn't have had a better UFC debut, and Ferguson came back from absolute hell in that first round, and finished the fight. FUCKING AMAZING! Holy shit man... HOLY SHIT! Oh, and Ferguson also hands Vannata the first loss of his career.
93.2
Submission (D'Arce Choke)
7:54
      That first round was fucking insane! Ferguson went for a flying kneebar, 2-3 different times in that round, and one of those times, as he was trying to unlock Barboza's legs, Ferguson (from his back) blasted Barboza in the face with some hard punches & elbows. Ferguson kicked Barboza in the face though (while both were on the ground), so the referee took a point away from Ferguson. Both guys also landed some pretty hard shots on the feet, so it could have gone either way really, but I think I'm going to score the round for Ferguson, but with him losing that point, it leaves the first round as a 9-9 round. Ferguson chopped Barboza's face off with an elbow in the second round, that left him looking like DC's Two-Face, but Ferguson's left eye was also cut pretty badly. Shit got crazy, Barboza shot for a takedown, Ferguson threw him away, went for a guillotine, then locked on the D'Arce, and Barboza was forced to submit. That fight was fucking insane, with both guys doing a lot of damage, and Ferguson just won probably the biggest fight of his life so far. That fight was AWESOME, and in my opinion, it should put Ferguson VERY close to a title shot, if not next in line after Cerrone. Fight of the Night, for sure...
90.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading punches & kicks back and forth, with Ferguson probably dishing out the better of most exchanges. He was also doing some pretty wild shit, like when Thomson tried to take him to the ground, Ferguson literally did a flip to escape the takedown attempt. He also landed a flying knee near the end of the round, but he lost his footing when he came back to the ground, which allowed Thomson to get on top of him. Ferguson showed a pretty decent guard on the ground for the final 30 seconds or so. The second round had Ferguson throwing wild shit, and he slammed a huge knee into the head of Thomson, knocking him to the ground, where Ferguson beat the living shit out of him with punches & elbows for a couple of minutes, until the referee stood them back up, because Ferguson was grabbing the fence to maintain position. Ferguson continued to beat the shit out of Thomson, and they went to the ground again, where Ferguson started working his guard, securing a tight triangle, followed by a tight Kimura. Ferguson absolutely dominated Thomson in this fight with his wrestling, his submission offense, as well as his striking. Ferguson is clearly on another level, and Thomson is looking a LITTLE bit washed up at this point. The third round was a sloppy fight for both guys, but theywere still both able to land some really hard shots, spinning backfists, elbows, floppy doo-dad shit, who knows what else... By the end of the fight, Thomson's face was shredded with cuts from those brutal elbows. Ferguson almost put him away at the end of the fight with a big knee to the chest a swell. Great fight for Tony Ferguson, and congrats for the unanimous decision victory, against a pretty tough opponent in Josh Thomson.
90.2
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
2:37
      This was a pretty good fight, securing a spot in the Top 10 for Tony Ferguson. He showed some solid striking skills on the feet, he rocked Tibau early in the fight, got him to the ground, got on his back, locked on the rear-naked choke, and Gleison Tibau was forced to submit. Huge win for Tony Ferguson. This win also put him on a 5-Fight winning streak, which is one of the best current streaks in the division.
90.5
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
9:19
      This was a pretty exciting fight, with Abel Trujillo coming out in the first round, looking like a killer, throwing Mike Tyson style punches, trying to take out Ferguson quickly. By the end of the first round though, Trujillo got a little gassed, and from that point forward, the second round was all Ferguson, taking the fight to the ground, and pretty much dominating Trujillo, until he eventually finished him off with a tight rear-naked choke. Solid fight by both fighters, but Trujillo really needs to work on his cardio. He's one of my favorite fighters to watch fight, but like Tyson, he tends to gas too early.
88.8
Decision (Split)
15:00
      The fact that this ended up being the co-main event or whatever, is a fucking disaster. With that being said, it was a very close fight, I gave the first round to Tony Ferguson for locking on a D'Arce choke, and holding it for a while. The second round really could have gone either way, Ferguson landed better strikes, Castillo controlled the fight on the ground. The third round goes to Castillo for continuing to control the fight on the ground. So in the end, I gave the fight to Castillo, but the judges were split, and the victory went to Tony Ferguson. I'm fine with that, because it WAS a very close fight, but yeah, this was the fight right before the main event? Fuck man, this card is shitty...
90.9
KO (Punch)
4:06
      This fight was pretty good. Kikuno looked STRONG (and weird, with his stance) at the start of the fight, so he was plowing forward like a tank, and looked like he was ready to kill Ferguson, but Ferguson was able to land some great punches with his slick boxing skills, and eventually he started chasing Kikuno as he was running away, and Ferguson SLAMMED him, beat him up, locked on some submissions, Kikuno escaped, and then Ferguson knocked him the fuck out. Tony Ferguson looked really good in this fight, and Kikuno looked like he needed to work on his stance, because "chin up in the air" isn't the way you fight a striker like Ferguson.
89.2
Submission (Brabo Choke)
1:52
      This was a nice quick fight between two decent fighters. Nothing special usually, but this time around, Ferguson seemed to be winning the striking game, and Rio kept shooting in for takedowns, and the entire fight was basically just 2 minutes of Ferguson setting up the D'Arce choke, which he finally locked on in just under 2 minutes. Good clean fight. Good job Ferguson.
90.1
Decision
15:00
      This fight ended up being a really good fight, where both fighters were throwing crisp punches & knees, and constantly moving forward towards each other. It was a pretty good boxing/brawl overall, and all 3 rounds were pretty close, but I ended up giving the entire fight to Michael Johnson, and all 3 judges agreed. Really fun fight to watch though.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      I didn't really care about this fight at all going into it. The first round was badass, with both guys swinging for the fences, and Tony Ferguson ended up proving his dominance by kind of kicking Edwards' ass. The second round was slightly closer, and I ended up giving that one to Edwards. The third round went back in favor of Ferguson, so I gave the fight 29-28 to Ferguson, and he ended up winning via unanimous decision.
90.5
TKO (Jaw Injury)
5:00
      Ouch... Aaron Riley has had jaw issues before (Spencer Fisher broke his jaw a while back), so Ferguson landed a HUGE uppercut early in this fight, breaking Riley's jaw, and he continued to fight for the remainder of the first round, with a broken jaw, but it was clearly fucked up, and he had blood pouring out of his mouth, so yeah, pretty brutal finish, and it sucks that the fight had to be stopped due to the broken jaw, but Ferguson's boxing looked pretty awesome in this fight.
88.8
KO (Punches)
3:54
      Well, here we are with another TUF finale, where nobody REALLY cares about either of the guys in the finals. Ramsey Nijem seems cool enough I guess, and Tony Ferguson is a good enough fighter I guess, so they both scrap, Nijem seems a little more wild, Ferguson seems like the better wrestler & striker, and in the end, Ferguson knocks out Nijem. So there you have it, another season of TUF has reached it's conclusion.
89.6
TKO (Punches)
13:10
      The first round was a pretty decent kickboxing match, with both guys landing some hard kicks and punches. Ferguson knocked down O'Neil with one minute left in the opening round, and that might have been enough to win the round for Ferguson. The rest of the round looked like pretty even exchanges for the most part.
     They continued to punch & kick at a good pace in the second round, with Ferguson holding down the fort in the center of the cage, while O'Neil moved around the outside. They both landed some solid shots, but I thought Ferguson was in control for most of that round, so I have Ferguson ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The final round had Ferguson stalking O'Neil while throwing big punches and kicks, while O'Neil's face was painted with more & more blood. It was pretty clear that O'Neil was getting his ass handed to him by the halfway point of the third round, and it was all capped off with Ferguson dropping O'Neil with some big punches up against the fence, he let him stand back up, Ferguson attacked again, and finished the fight with around 2 minutes left in the third round, with a series of heavy leg kicks & punches. O'Neil's face was a bloody mess when the fight ended. Another great finish for Tony Ferguson.
88.4
TKO (Punches)
0:46
      McGillivray tested the waters by throwing a couple of jabs, Ferguson looked like he was just setting him up for something big, they hopped around for a few seconds, and then Ferguson dropped McGillivray with a big left hook, he pounced on him, unloaded with some big punches while standing above McGillivray and the referee jumped in to stop the fight. That was another slick finish for Tony Ferguson.
90.4
KO (Upkick)
3:56
      Edwards came out throwing some heavy leather, clearly looking to knock Ferguson's head off. He clipped him in the chin a few times, while chasing him around the cage. Ferguson was running away for the first minute or so, and then he finally started to throw some decent jabs, using his range to his advantage. Edwards scored a quick takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Ferguson popped back up immediately. They continued to trade wild punches, with Edwards probably landing the better shots on a fairly consistent basis. Edwards scored another quick takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, and this time he was able to hold Ferguson down. Edwards stood up, looking to work some big ground & pound, but Ferguson threw up a massive upkick, and knocked Edwards the fuck out, and then finished him off with some punches before the referee was able to pull him off. That was a great win for Tony Ferguson.