Star Ratings Report: UFC Calgary – MiddleEasy’s New Official Fight Rating System

Eddie Alvarez, number three ranked UFC lightweight,(L) faces off with Dustin Poirier, number four ranked UFC lightweight, during UFC Fight Night: Calgary media day at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary on Thursday, July 26, 2018. The fighters are preparing for UFC Fight Night: Calgary on Saturday evening. Jim Wells/Postmedia

You’re goddamn right we’re back.

MiddleEasy has decided to start releasing the definitive rankings for each fight on every major event in Mixed Martial Arts. We are official the publication of record for all UFC Fight Ratings. It’s a big responsibility that we bestowed on ourselves so, the pressure’s on… I guess.

Anyway, let’s give some thanks and praise at the alter of the MMA Gods, recognizing the majesty that they have bestowed upon us, but arbitrarily scoring it.

But before I give you the star ratings for UFC Calgary (or UFC on Fox 30 or Poirier vs. Alvarez), let’s take a quick second to lay down the ground rules for our ranking system.


MiddleEasy’s Star Ratings System:

1.)  Ratings Go from 1 star to 5 stars. No zero stars given.

2.) No quarter stars, no half stars. That’s for indecisive bitches.

3.) Star Ratings can be interpreted as the following:
– ⭐ = fuck this fight
– ⭐ ⭐ = bad Fight
– ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ = good fight
– ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ = great fight
– ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ = legendary


Got it? Good, because it’s simple as all hell.

So, without further delay, I present the MiddleEasy Star Ratings for UFC Calgary.


MiddleEasy Star Ratings: UFC Calgary

Poirier def Alvarez (KO R2): ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • This one felt like it could go down as one of the best fights of 2018 in the lead up, and it delivered huge. The first fight between these two was full of big momentum swings and controversy, and the second iteration only delivered more. After Eddie Alvarez grabbed full mount with “The Diamond” pressed against the cage, it seemed like Alvarez was going to finally take all controversy out of this rivalry. But a 12-6 elbow thrown by Eddie got both fighters stood back up, and Dustin Poirier took advantage of the situation.  He stormed Alvarez with a bunch of unanswered punches and left Eddie crumpled up against the cage. One of the best fights of 2018 without a doubt. Massive violence factor and two superb rounds of balls-to-the-wall action. Both fighters are heroes.

Aldo def Stephens (TKO R1): ⭐⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • This fight just felt so good. As much as you have to love the violence that Jeremy Stephens brings to the cage, the victory clearly meant so much to Jose Aldo. The legend of the Featherweight division has clearly been in a skid, and it felt like he needed this for his soul. Aldo getting rocked and hurt early only makes it that much more satisfying to see him hit that clean body shot and follow up with brutal ground and pound to get his first stoppage in forever. Just a great fight to see; it was damn near heart-warming.

Jedrzejczyk def Torres (UD): ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • Another cool bit of redemption in this fight. Joanna (former) Champy beat Tecia Torres up for three rounds and was always ahead of a very game Torres. Women’s Featherweight is just a funner place with a relevant and dangerous Joanna Jedrzeczyk in it.

Hernandez def Aubin-Mercier (UD): ⭐ ⭐

Mein def Morono (UD): ⭐

Dowodu def Arnett (UD): ⭐ ⭐

Makhachev def Johnson (Sub R1): ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Cutelaba def Antigulov (TKO R1): ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Makdessi def Pearson (UD): ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • Probably should be the Fight of the Night. It’s just a blood-and-guts stand up battle. Ross Pearson was a step behind Makdessi for most of it, but he was definitely willing to take some damage to get in his own licks. Which made for a great third round and probably the best fight of the night.

Chookagain def Davis (UD): ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Ortiz def Nicolau (KO R1): ⭐⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Ansaroff def Markos (UD): ⭐⭐ ⭐

Powell def Herrera (KO R1): ⭐⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • Liver shots finishes opened and closed this card. That’s the type of foreshadowing Bas Rutten could love.


UFC Calgary Main Card Rating: 3.5 ⭐

Total UFC Calgary Card Rating: 3.15 ⭐


For the whole database of MiddleEasy’s Star Rating, check out this Google Sheet.

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