MMA World Rankings

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Ultimate Fighter Finale (December, 2008)

205 lbs. TUF Title – Vinicius Magalhaes vs. Ryan Bader

  • MMA Record: Magalhaes (2-2); Bader (7-0)
  • Result: Bader winner by 1st round TKO
  • Although Vinny did improve his standup since the show, he still couldn’t handle Bader’s strikes. A powerful overhand right caught Vinny upside the temple and that was it. Bader is a beast and he has a very bright future in the UFC. Vinny must keep improving his standup. Bader debuts at 40.

155 lbs. TUF Title – Phillipe Nover vs. Efrain Escudero

  • MMA Record: Nover (5-0-1); Escudero (10-0)
  • Result: Escudero winner by Unanimous Decision
  • Efrain won this fight by controlling the wrestling aspect. Phillipe kept making the mistake of throwing knees and kicks against a wrestler. He would have been better suited throwing nothing but punches. Efrain looks like the real deal already. He could probably compete against some of the top 50 right now. Phillipe showed during the season that he has great skills also. Both guys deserve to be ranked. Efrain debuts at 67. Phillipe debuts at 81.

185 lbs. – Jason MacDonald [23] vs. Wilson Gouveia [48]

  • MMA Record: MacDonald (21-10); Gouveia (11-5)
  • Result: Gouveia winner by 1st round submission (ground and pound)
  • I was surprised by how easily Gouveia dominated MacDonald. MacDonald has looked really good his last few times out. Gouveia is crafted in the same mold as Vitor Belfort and Kevin Randleman. He has all the skills in the world but he doesn’t always bring his A game. Tonight he did. It must be noted that Wilson came in 3 lbs. over weight so that takes a bit of glory away. Gouveia rises to 22. MacDonald drops to 30.

170 lbs. – Kevin Burns [16] vs. Anthony Johnson [17]

  • MMA Record: Burns (7-1); Johnson (5-2)
  • Result: Johnson winner by 3rd round KO.
  • This was a battle of two of the bright young stars in the welterweight division. It was a pretty even fight for the first 2 rounds. Johnson got more takedowns but Burns controlled from his guard. Johnson was getting the better part of the exchanges and in round 3, he put Kevin’s lights out. Burns will no doubt come back strong. Johnson moves one step closer to GSP. Johnson rises to 15. Burns drops to 28.

155 lbs. – Junie Browning vs. Dave Kaplan

  • MMA Record: Browning (2-0); Kaplan (0-0)
  • Result: Browning winner by 2nd round armbar.
  • Of all the fighters on the card, I thought Junie was the most impressive. He looked like a completely different fighter out there. It is a credit to his gym, Xtreme Couture and his trainer, Shawn Tompkins. Junie’s footwork blew me away. It usually takes guys years to develop that type of comfort in the striking game. He learned it in his short time with Tomkins. He might be a headcase, but he can fight. Junie debuts at 82.

205 lbs. – Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Shane Primm

  • MMA Record: Soszynski (15-8-1); Primm (1-0)
  • Result: Soszynski winner by 2nd round submission (Kimura).

205 lbs. – Eliot Marshall vs. Jules Bruchez

  • MMA Record: Marshall (5-1); Bruchez (0-0)
  • Result: Marshall winner by 1st round submission (rear-naked choke)

205 lbs. – Kyle Kingsbury vs. Tom Lawlor

  • MMA Record: Kingsbury (7-1); Lawlor (4-1)
  • Result: Lawlor winner by Unanimous Decision

155 lbs. – Shane Nelson vs. George Roop

  • MMA Record: Nelson (10-3); Roop (8-3)
  • Result: Nelson winner by Split Decision

155 lbs. – Roli Delgado vs. John Polakowski

  • MMA Record: Delgado (5-3-1); Polakowski (2-1)
  • Result: Delgado winner by 2nd round Submission (Guillotine choke)

Future Fights That Make Sense


  • Ryan Bader [40] vs. Winner of Thomas Drwal vs. Ivan Serati
  • Vinicius Magalhaes vs. Loser of Andre Gusmao [43] vs. Antonio Mendes
  • Eliot Marshall vs. Karn Grigoryan (rematch)
  • Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Loser of Thomas Drwal vs. Ivan Serati
  • Tom Lawlor vs. Antwain Britt


  • Wilson Gouveia [22] vs. winner of Jeremy Horn [35] vs. Rousimar Palhares [40]
  • Jason MacDonald [30] vs. winner of Mike Massenzio [42] vs.  C.B. Dolloway


  • Anthony Johnson [15] vs. Mike Swick [10]
  • Kevin Burns [28] vs. Jonathan Goulet [34]


  • Efrain Escudero [67] vs. Kyle Bradley [79]
  • Phillipe Nover [80] vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Junie Browning [81] vs. Dale Hartt
  • Dave Kaplan vs. Aaron Riley
  • Role Delgado vs. Alberto Crane [76]
  • Shane Nelson vs. Shannon Gugerty

December 5, 2008 - Posted by | MMA Analysis | , , ,


  1. This blog represents an amazing amount of work and dedication. Kudos! Who is your favorite fighter of all time? Also your favorite fight?

    Comment by Tony | December 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks a lot Tony. I appreciate it.

    My favorite fighter of all-time is a tie between Fedor Emelianenko and Kazushi Sakuraba. Couture, Nogueira and GSP aren’t too far behind.

    My favorite fight of all-time is Stephan Bonnar vs. Forrest Griffin I. I also loved Nogueira vs. Bob Sapp and from a grappling standpoint, Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Carlos Newton was a classic.

    Comment by Kevin | December 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. Loved your post. Thanks!
    My WWE Blog @

    Comment by celebsip | December 6, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks and no problem celebsip.

    Comment by Kevin | December 6, 2008 | Reply

  5. The offset MMA Record listing is a bit confusing, my eyes are drawn immediately to the left side of the screen…why not include the record next to the name:

    185 lbs. – Jason MacDonald (21-10) [#23] vs. Wilson Gouveia (11-5)[#48]

    Or, offset the Fighters to the left and put the record in the middle below:

    185 lbs. – Jason MacDonald [23] vs. Wilson Gouveia [48]

    MMA Record: MacDonald (21-10); Gouveia (11-5)

    Comment by Baba Booey | December 11, 2008 | Reply

  6. The post didn’t reflect it in the second suggestion, but I’m saying to switch the way the listings are indented…The fighters could be indented to the far left and the record listed below but indented in the middle.

    Comment by Baba Booey | December 11, 2008 | Reply

  7. Thanks for the suggestion Baba. I’ll look into it.

    Comment by Kevin | December 11, 2008 | Reply

  8. Junie and Nover both debuted at 81?

    I agree, Junie really impressed me, but so did Elliot.
    They weren’t matched up against the toughest guys, but they absolutely blew their opponents out of the water.

    I’d like to see Elliot vs Vinny.
    Elliot’s striking seems vastly superior to Vinny’s, his bjj might be good enough to survive Vinny, but Vinny would likely be the better athlete.

    Kinda sad because I disliked Junie and Elliot’s personalities on the show the most (followed by Vinny).

    Comment by Aas Gutú Adéli | December 17, 2008 | Reply

  9. Gutu,

    Whoops. I meant 82 for Junie. I was actually more impressed with Junie than I was with Elliot. I expected that out of Elliot but I was shocked with Junie’s composure and footwork. He looked like a completely different fighter than the one I saw on the show.

    I think Vinny would submit Elliot pretty easily. When Elliot fought Bader, he looked extremely lethargic and passive. Vinny is a far superior blackbelt IMO.

    Junie was a punk on the show and Elliot and Vinny came off as primadonna’s. I was amused by Dave Kaplan the most. His persistance that he’s “never been knocked out” was hilarious.

    Comment by Kevin | December 18, 2008 | Reply

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