Updated UFC Fight Night 100 Fighter Grades

Krzysztof JotkoJay Primetown gives his thoughts on each of the fighters who competed at UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Jay gives his letter grades for each fighter on TheMMA-Analysis podcast which can be found on MMAOddsBreaker.com. Francimar Barroso vs. Darren Stewart Barroso: Was quickly pushed up against the cage and showed no offense at all. An accidental headbutt hurt him and then he curled up allowing Stewart to finish him. With two straight losses inside the Octagon, it’s a coin flip if he gets another chance in the UFC. Grade remains D Stewart: Tough to get a read on him given that it was such a quick fight and ended in such a questionable way. Grade remains D Pedro Munhoz vs. Justin Scoggins Munhoz: He was getting picked apart on the feet before finding a guillotine out of a minor mistake in the second round to get a surprise win. Munhoz is a solid fighter, but has had to come back in his last couple fights to get a result. Grade remains B- Scoggins: He looked excellent to start the fight, utilizing speed and movement to outland his opponent. This is the second fight in his career where he was well ahead on the scorecards and made a bonehead mistake to get stuck in a guillotine and lose by submission. It’s certainly a pattern to watch out for; one that is limiting the rise of him in the standings. Grade remains B- Christian Colombo vs. Luis Henrique Colombo: Unable to keep the fight standing and struggled to do anything on the ground. He doesn’t look like he can compete at this level. Downgraded from F to F- Henrique: His top-heavy wrestling game will certainly give some of the lower level heavyweights fits. He’s only 23 years of age and has some time to develop. So far, so good for him. Grade remains D+ Johnny Eduardo vs. Manny Gamburyan Eduardo: He maintained distance well and outside of being hit once with an overhand right dominated this fight. He caught Gamburyan rushing in early in the second round and put the fight away with ground and pound. He says he wants to fight more often in 2017, so we shall see. Grade remains C+ Gamburyan: Lacks the speed and size to compete in the current UFC bantamweight division. After the knockout loss, the 15-fight UFC veteran called it a career. Retires as a C- Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima Antigulov: Very good UFC debut. Scored a takedown against a much bigger fighter and then adjusted to a strong guillotine to get the win. Good debut, but I’d like to see what he can do at middleweight, which I think would be his optimal weight class. Grade remains C- De Lima: Total headscratcher for de Lima. He had an opportunity to get out of the submission attempt but basically gave it to Antigulov. Have to lower his grade based on poor fight IQ. Downgraded from D+ to D Jack Hermansson vs. Cezar Mutante Hermansson: Never seemed to get comfortable in this fight. He wasn’t able to land any strikes of significance and when taken down had no answers for Mutante’s submission game. Disappointing performance. Downgraded from C to C- Mutante: His best performance inside the Octagon. His movement was excellent and kept Hermansson guessing. His submission game was on point as well. His chin will always be an issue, but confidence is a big thing for him. Upgraded from D+ Sergio Moraes vs. Zak Ottow Moraes: Landed the more powerful punches in this bout, and when he got the fight to the ground, he was able to control Ottow for long stretches. It was a close fight, but he deserved the decision. Grade remains C- Ottow: His boxing looked good in this fight landing accurately throughout the fight. He really lacked the power to hurt his opponent and he was too hittable on the feet due to minimal head movement. With that said, it was competitive and he nearly pulled off the win. Grade remains C- Warlley Alves vs. Kamaru Usman Alves: Had some decent strikes in the opening round, but his opponent’s pace and work rate was too much for him. He was beat up badly in the final two rounds and dominated. He was lucky to survive the final bell. Grade remains C Usman: Went out of his way to show that he can compete on the feet with a talented striker. He not only was able to compete, but he out struck Alves for the majority of the bout. Usman simply beat up Alves in the second half of the fight and I was surprised the referee didn’t step in. He should be ranked next week in the UFC Top 15 and is deserving a fringe top 10 opponent next. Upgraded from B- to B Krzysztof Jotko vs. Thales Leites Jotko: Biggest win of his career and he did so in impressive fashion. He out-grappled an excellent Jiu Jitsu practitioner beating him on the ground as well. Expect a significant jump in the middleweight rankings next week. Upgraded from C to B- Leites: Looked sluggish in this fight. He even got out grappled throughout this fight. Leites is an aging fighter, and this could be the time his skills really start to diminish. Downgraded from B- to C+ Cortney Casey vs. Claudia Gadelha Casey: Didn’t fight badly, but had no chance in this bout against one of the top fighters in the division. Grade remains C+ Gadelha: She had no issues engaging from close range with Casey. Her wrestling was on point throughout, and more importantly, her cardio was solid for three rounds. Grade remains A Thomas Almeida vs. Albert Morales Almeida: He takes more risks than he should, but there are not many fighters in MMA that are more entertaining to watch than Almeida. His striking is a thing of beauty, and he finishes opponents. Grade remains B Morales: He had his opportunities early on and threatened with a submission in the backpack position. Ultimately, Almeida’s striking acumen was too much, and he eventually succumbed to strikes. He certainly showed that he was a game opponent, which certainly counts for something in my book. Grade remains D+ Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Nogueira Bader: Avoided Noguiera’s hands in any standing exchanges and absolutely controlled the fight on the ground with positioning, ground and pound, and relentlessness. With Bader now out of contract, it will be interesting to see if the UFC decides to keep him. Grade remains B+ Nogueira: He showed no ability to stop the takedown attempts and zero ability to get back to his feet. At 40 years old, the sport has passed Nogueira by. It’s time for him to hang up the gloves and move on to a full-time coaching role. Downgraded from C to C-

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