Tuesday Top Ten

Tuesday Top Ten: First Round Finishes in UFC History

This past weekend at UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs Moreno there were a record of seven first round finishes. So today we are going to look at the top ten first round finishes that have happened in the UFC’s history. This list is debatable so feel free to give out your own opinions on what is the best first round finish or if you know one that is not on this list that should be. So here are my top ten:

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#10. Rampage Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva III

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva had two prior matchups back in Pride with both being won by Silva. Rampage was able to finally return the favor with a vicious first round knockout that put Silva to sleep and gave him the number ten spot on this list.

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#9. Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeria

This bout was to determine who would face Daniel Cormier next for the UFC light heavyweight championship. It only took mere seconds for Anthony Johnson to land just one powerful uppercut to put Glover Teixeria away and get the win.

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#8. Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Mirko Cro Crop

It was the kick heard around the world. Mirko Cro Crop was known for landing head kick knockouts left and right. That’s what made it even more surprising when Gabriel Gonzaga landed a head kick that knocked out Mirko Cro Crop in one of the scariest knockouts of all time.

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#7. Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg II

Dana White has stated on multiple occasions that this is his favorite fight of all time, and for good reason too. Frank Trigg put Matt Hughes in a vulnerable position when he had him trapped in a rear naked choke. Hughes, however, was able to turn it around and delivered and iconic slam before putting Trigg in a choke of his own to defend his welterweight title.

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#6. B.J. Penn vs. Matt Hughes

When B.J. Penn was put up against Matt Hughes, many people were writing him off because of his frame and stature. It only took Penn one round to put Hughes in a choke to take the welterweight championship.

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#5. Frank Mir vs. Antonio Nogueira

In this classic one round battle, Antonio Nogueira was messing up Frank Mir on the feet and nearly put him away. However, Nogueira tried to beat Mir at his own game on the ground. This would backfire horribly as Mir was able to break Nogueira’s arm as a result.

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#4. Vitor Belfort vs. Wanderlei Silva

The rushing combo that Vitor Belfort landed on Wanderlei Silva is that of legend today. With one shot after another in rapid fury, Belfort was able to destroy Silva in less than a minute.

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#3. Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano

Ronda Rousey was known for an ultra fast finishes when she was the queen of MMA. Her fastest win was via submission against Cat Zingano in just 14 seconds when Zingano ran into an armbar.

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#2. Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo

The most memorable moment in Conor McGregor’s career came when he captured the undisputed featherweight championship from Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds. Aldo came running in, as he usually does, and ended up running into a cross counter by McGregor that ended his nearly decade long winning streak.

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#1. Anderson Silva vs. Vitro Belfort

Possibly the most iconic knockout to have ever happened in the UFC was when Anderson Silva landed a front kick to the face of Vitor Belfort. It highlighted Silva’s dominant title reign and is considered to be the greatest first round finish of all time.

What Happened?

What Happened? (UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno)

Another great night of fights have ended when an expert striker faced off against a young up and comer in a flyweight bout in Mexico City, Mexico. Now it is time to see how the fights went down and how my predictions fared at UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno:

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Alejandro “Turbo” Pérezvs. Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath

This was a controversial decision win for Alejandro Pérez in this bout. He was dropped a total of three times throughout the fight but still managed to take the win. It was a close contest and I would have scored it for either man. Andre Soukhamthath needs to keep his head held up high because he showed his power in this fight as well. A finish could do him some good though.

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Sam “Smile’N” Alvey vs. “Suga” Rashad Evans

The first round went exactly how I predicted with Rashad Evans trying to close the distance to try to grind Sam Alvey and get the takedown. The rounds after did not go the same way. Evans started to fatigue early causing him to try and outbox Alvey with wild haymakers and overhands. Alvey just continued to use his jabs and straights on Evans. At first, Evans showed great head movement to avoid the strikes, but once the harsh climate started to set in it slowly disappeared. Alvey did great work and needs to learn to stay off the fence more.

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Martín “El Torro” Bravovs. Humberto Bandenay

This was insane. I thought Bravo’s submission skills would lead him to victory but every fight starts off on the feet. Humberto Bandenay threw a body kick at Bravo and then seconds later threw a head kick/knee to Bravo’s head. Bravo thought it would go to the body and attempted to catch it but instead would get stiffen up by a vicious knee. Bandenay just made himself known, but let’s see if he can create these kind of results again.

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Alan “Brahma” Jouban vs. Niko “The Hybrid” Price

Niko Price continued his undefeated streak against Alan Jouban when he knocked him out in the very first round. Jouban looked comfortable but Price had continuous pressure that eventually lead to a perfectly placed punch that dropped Jouban to get the victory. Price is definitely getting a ranked opponent after this and it would be a shame if he did not after that impressive performance.

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Randa “Quiet Storm” Markos vs. Alexa Grasso

This was a frustrating fight to watch. I though Randa Markos would have the better standup and be able to beat Grasso on the feet in this one. Instead, she repeatedly went after takedowns which at times were successful and at other times unsuccessful. The one thing they were successful at 100% of the time was depleting Markos energy. Grasso capitalized by outstriking a gassed Markos to get the win. I think next time Markos needs to understand the location she is fighting in so she can be better prepared for this type of fight. This was just a sloppy performance in a bout she could have won.

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Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon “The Assassin Baby” Moreno

Finally, the main event between two flyweight standouts in Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno. The first round was a bit of a scare for Petttis when Moreno took the back of his opponent. For about three to four minutes Moreno was unable to get the choke on his opponent but was able to ride out until the end of the round. The following four rounds would be all Pettis as he was able to outstrike Moreno by a large margin. Moreno would be predictable with his large overhands and was only able to get Pettis down to the mat one more time in the last round but was unsuccessful in holding him there. This fight highlighted Pettis’ great takedown defense and striking which could see him get a title shot somewhere down the line.

Predictions vs. Actual Results:

Here are my prediction results with some interesting stats to go along with it:

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  • 50% of winners picked correctly
  • 33% of predictions were perfect
Who You Got?

Who You Got? (UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno)

The UFC returns to Mexico City when two fast paced flyweights go head to head in the main event of the evening. Here are my picks and predictions for how all of the main card fights of the night will go down:

Alejandro “Turbo” Pérez vs. Andre “The Asian Sensation” Soukhamthath

Half of these fights will include fighters that I barely have seen much of and this is a good example. After viewing how they fight and seeing their records I would say that Alejandro Pérez wins this by decision. Andre Soukhamthath lost his last fight to Albert Morales who had a draw with Pérez. If Pérez had not got a point deducted then he would be on a three fight winning streak. It’s an interesting fight to pick but I got to go with the favorite in Alejandro Pérez, but don’t expect a finish as Soukhamthath has only lost by decision.

Predicted winner: Alejandro Pérez via Decision

Sam “Smile’N” Alvey vs. “Suga” Rashad Evans

I am a big supporter of both of these fighters and think this matchup is going to benefit both of them. Sam Alvey needs to keep his distance from Rashad Evans who is trying to take him down and grind him out. Whenever Alvey fights, he tends to get caught up in the clinch which neutralizes his superb boxing. That is why I have to go with Evans who may have an easier time getting in close. Plus if it does turn into a boxing fight then Evans will be able to still hang with Alvey but his main goal should be to clinch and takedown.

Predicted winner: Rashad Evans via Decision

Martín “El Torro” Bravo vs. Humberto Bandenay

Another matchup where the participants are practically unknown to me. Seeing both of their records, however, makes me want to pick Marín Bravo. Humberto Bandenay has lost most of his bouts by submission where Bravo has won mainly by submission. Also Bravo is undefeated in MMA pro fights. Expect him to finish it with a choke early on.

Predicted winner: Martín Bravo via Submission in Round 1

Alan “Brahma” Jouban vs. Niko “The Hybrid” Price

Alan Jouban has always impressed me as a Muay Thai fighter but Niko Price is undefeated and has been shown to have the ability to knock people out. Jouban has shown a weakness in his striking defense from time to time but has also shown great heart. I think his heart (and chin) are going to be tested in this fight. I have to pick Price in this contest.

Predicted winner: Niko Price via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 2

Randa “Quiet Storm” Markos vs. Alexa Grasso

This is going to come down to whether or not Alexa Grasso can take Randa Markos down. Seeing that Markos was able to beat former champion Carla Esparza, I think she can stay on her feet in this bout. Grasso is going to have to find a way to win on the feet because this contest may not get to go on the ground like she wants. Even though she only has one loss, I think the experience of Markos is going to give her the win inside the octagon.

Predicted winner: Randa Markos via Decision

Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon “The Assassin Baby” Moreno

The main event is another striker vs. grappler matchup. Sergio Pettis has is a master striker like his older brother, Anthony Pettis. He has also stopped takedowns from NCAA Division I fighters so I think he (like many others on this card) will have a good chance to keep this fight on the feet with Brandon Moreno. Now, Moreno has been on a tear in the division so I would not be surprised if an upset occurred. However, Pettis is the winner in this matchup in my book. Expect a decision since that is how Pettis mainly wins and Moreno mainly loses.

Predicted winner: Sergio Pettis via Decision