(6/17/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. John Salter - 94.2
2. Eduardo Dantas - 92.0
3. Chidi Njokuani - 91.4
4. Carrington Banks - 91.0
5. Brandon Halsey - 91.0
6. Ben Reiter - 90.8
7. Chris Honeycutt - 90.8
8. Marcos Galvao - 89.1
9. Mikkel Parlo - 88.5
10. Thiago Jambo Goncalves - 87.7
Bellator 156: Galvao vs. Dantas 2
Location: Fresno, California
Elevation: 308'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
John Salter vs. Brandon Halsey
90.6
Fighters & Matches 88.3
Top 10 Fighters 90.7
TOTAL 89.5
86.5
Decision
15:00
     Keith missed weight by 10 pounds, so that's worth noting before we get started. This fight started with Banks grabbing Keith's back, and throwing him to the ground. Banks was looking for a rear-naked choke 90 seconds into the round, but gave that up to move toward full mount. Banks went for a careless arm-triangle choke, and Keith used that to sweep Banks, but Banks almost immediately powered his way onto Keith's back again, flattening him out, and landing some decent punches from the back mount. They stood back up, and Banks tried to power Keith to the ground again. Banks locked on a tight arm-triangle choke, but gave that up to continue to pound on Keith. Round one clearly goes to Banks.
     Banks ducked under some punches, and shot for a quick takedown to start the second round. Keith tried to stop him with a guillotine, and Banks crushed Keith's throat with a Von Flue choke. They both let go, but Banks continued to dominate Keith on the ground with his wrestling. There was a wild scramble, and Keith tried to lock on a triangle choke from behind, and Banks spun around to scramble out of that, ending up back on top in full mount. Banks dropped a few punches & elbows, and Keith mostly just tried to hang on for dear life. I have Banks clearly ahead, 20-18, going into the final round.
     The final round started with Banks taking Keith down again. He continued to work for that same arm-triangle choke. Banks postured up for a little while, and beat the shit out of Keith with some big punches & elbows from half mount. Banks moved to full mount, and continued to bully Keith for the final minute of the round. This fight was probably a 30-26 for Banks in my opinion. I was happy to see him win, since Keith missed weight by 10 pounds. That's just fucked up.
87.4
Decision
15:00
      Matthews started this fight with a few nice knees from the clinch, but from there, Reiter spent the rest of the first round bullying him around, pressing him against the cage, and preventing Matthews from being able to achieve any more offense. Reiter spent a good portion of the round clinging to the back of Matthews while throwing punches at his face. Round one clearly goes to Reiter.
     The second round had Reiter throwing big punches, and Matthews biting down on his mouthpiece, just trying to absorb the punishment. Matthews threw a few decent kicks, but for the most part, the second round was just another round full of Reiter bullying him against the fence again, hitting him with big punches, and applying too much pressure for Matthews to be able to fight back against. Reiter is clearly ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The final round was more of the same, with Reiter taking down Matthews and dominating him on the ground, riding his back, bloodying him up with brutal elbows, looking for submissions, and making Matthews look like a little kid in there against a full grown violent man. Reiter is a bit of a beast, and he showed that in this fight, walking away with the unanimous decision victory, even stealing a 10-8 round on each judge's scorecard. So yeah, great win for Ben Reiter as he moves back up the Bellator rankings.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      Parlo clipped Honeycutt early with some punches, and Honeycutt followed that up by shooting for a takedown, but Parlo was able to stuff it, pressing Honeycutt against the cage. They traded a few punches, and then Honeycutt shot for another takedown, which Parlo stuffed, but Honeycutt was at least able to press him against the cage for a little while. They continued to trade wild punches, not really connecting with a lot, but they were both clearly throwing with some serious power. It was a close round, but Honeycutt knocked down Parlo at the end of the round and grabbed his back just as the bell range, so I scored that round for Honeycutt.
     Honeycutt setup a takedown with punches to start the second round, but Parlo once against stuffed it. Parlo is showing some pretty great takedown defense. Parlo threw a wild spinning attack, Honeycutt ducked under it, and took Parlo down, grabbing his back for a second, but Parlo got right back up. Honeycutt started to beat up Parlo on the feet in the second round, and Parlo even felt the need to shoot for a takedown of his own, which Honeycutt stuffed. The first round was pretty close, but I think Honeycutt pretty clearly won the second round.
     Honeycutt landed some solid shots to start the third round, and then clinched, pressing Parlo against the cage for a minute or so. Honeycutt continued to chew up Parlo with his boxing for the duration of the third round, busting up his face, as Parlo was clearly becoming exhausted. The longer the fight went on, the more of an ass beating Honeycutt delivered, as he finished the round with a takedown, and some big strikes. I have Honeycutt winning this fight 30-27, but worst case scenario, I would accept a 29-28 scorecard. All 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Honeycutt by unanimous decision.
90.6
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
4:03
      Salter started this fight by kicking Halsey in the head and cutting his right eye wide open. From there, Halsey beat the shit out of Salter for a few seconds, looking to finish the fight before the doctors check him out. There was a decent amount of action, but around the halfway mark of the opening round, the referee had the doctor come in to check on the cut. That shit looks pretty bad, but he's going to let them continue. These guys are both clearly looking for the kill. Halsey got rocked, and then took Salter down. Salter slapped on a triangle choke, Halsey tapped out, and Salter just won the biggest fight of his career in devestating fashion.
88.0
KO
(Body Kick & Punches)
12:39
      Njokuani started this fight with a jab that knocked Jambo across the cage, mostly just off balance. They started slow, as Jambo pressed Njokuani against the cage. Most of the first round just took place in a boring clinch against the cage, as Jambo was trying to nullify Njokuani's obvious reach advantage. Njokuani broke free with a minute left in the round. Njokuani blasted Jambo with some lengthy punches & kicks, and then Jambo clinched again. Jambo might have "controlled" most of that round, but he didn't do any damage, so I'm giving that round to Njokuani for his striking.
     Jambo dropped Njokuani with a punch early in the second round, but he recovered quickly, and then pressed Jambo against the cage. Jambo was warned for dabbling with some groin shots, and then he spent the rest of the round trying to take Njokuani to the ground. The referee had to break them up due to a boring clinch. Njokuani rocked Jambo before Jambo went back to clinching again. Njokuani is at least trying to do some exciting stuff, while Jambo is basically just trying to hug him to death. For that reason, I have Njokuani ahead, 2-0, going into the final round.
     The final round had Jambo still trying to hug Njokuani to death. He eventually fell to the ground, looking for a leg lock, but Njokuani just walked away to avoid it. Jambo immediately hugged him again. Njokuani put Jambo on his ass with a big kick to the body, and then he punched him in the face until the blood started flowing, and the referee had to step in to save Jambo. Really strong finish by Chidi Njokuani. I'm really glad that he finished this fight, because I didn't want to see Jambo steal a decision by hugging Njokuani.
89.8
Decision
25:00
      Dantas spent most of the first round picking apart Galvao with his punches and kicks, using his clear speed advantage to outwork Galvao. Galvao had a few moments where he tried to maul Dantas, but Dantas did a good job avoiding any serious damage. Round one was pretty slow paced, and the crowd wasn't very interested, but I think everyone agrees that Dantas won that round.
     Dantas looks like a ball of energy out there, and Galvao more or less looks like an old man. Galvao finally started to land some heavy punches late in the second round, but it wasn't enough to steal the round from Dantas, who continued to outwork him for the duration of the round. The third round was more of the same, with Dantas picking apart Galvao with his speed. Galvao put more effort into trying to engage, and it seems like he's getting better, the later the rounds get, but Dantas is clearly ahead 3-0 going into the fourth round. It's also worth noting that Galvao's right eye was almost completely swollen shut.
     This fight was almost stopped in between rounds due to Galvao's mangled right eye. He started the fourth round immediately shooting for a takedown, but only got the clinch against the cage. They broke apart, and Dantas continued to pick him apart on the feet. Dantas pretty much beat the shit out of Galvao for the duration of the round, even sort of taunting his broken eye. The only way that Galvao is going to have a chance in this fight, is if he can get a big surprise finish in this final round, but I don't see how he can do it, since he hasn't had much success at all yet in this fight.
     The final round was more of the same, with Dantas outworking Galvao by a large margin, leading to a clean sweep, with some possible 10-8 rounds mixed in there somewhere. 50-45, 50-44, 50-43... Way to score some points man... Dantas is the new Bantamweight Champion, as he regains his belt. Now, I REALLY want Darrion Caldwell to take out Taimanglo, so that we can see a Dantas vs. Caldwell fight for the title. This was a really good fight overall, I just wish it wasn't quite so one sided. How much does Galvao have left at this point?
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
3:02
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
0:20
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
4:48
(Unaired)
N/A
KO
0:25
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.5
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