100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. A.J. McKee - 93.2
2. Derek Anderson - 93.0
3. Jake Roberts - 92.8
4. Georgi Karakhanyan - 92.5
5. Chinzo Machida - 92.4
6. Jacob Rosales - 92.3
7. Saad Awad - 92.2
8. Gabriel Green - 91.8
9. Joey Davis - 91.8
10. Alex Trinidad - 89.8
Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull
Location: Los Angeles, California
Elevation: 233'
-Fight of the Night-
Derek Anderson vs. Saad Awad
Fighters & Matches 88.0
Top 10 Fighters 92.2
TOTAL 90.1
(Punches & Elbows)
     These guys clashed early, with Martinez trying to take Roberts to the ground near the fence. Martinez grabbed his back, got a little too high, and Roberts slipped out the back door, dumping Martinez to the ground. Martinez transitioned into a nice triangle attempt, but Roberts shook him off, there was a brief scramble on the ground, Martinez took his back again, and after a bit of wrestling, Martinez locked on a standing rear-naked choke. Roberts shook him off again with 2 minutes left in the opening round. There was another wild scramble, Martinez went for a power guillotine, but Roberts broke free and unloaded with some big punches near the fence, Martinez's head exploded due to some brutal elbows, blood flowed everywhere, and the fight was stopped. Awesome win for Jake Roberts in his Bellator debut, as he moves on to a career record of 7-0.
      Navarro was applying a lot of pressure early in this fight, but he wasn't really getting anywhere with it, just backing up Machida. Machida landed some decent Karate kicks, and some straight punches, but wasn't doing a ton of damage. Machida dropped Navarro with a massive right hand 90 seconds into the round, he unloaded with some big punches on the ground and then let him stand back up. Navarro dropped Machida with a punch, but let him stand back up. Machida then dropped Navarro with a massive right uppercut, causing Navarro to collapse in dramatic fashion. Machida punched him a few times while Navarro curled up in the fetal position, and Machida wins his Bellator debut in outstanding fashion.
      The first round was a pretty competitive kickboxing match, with both guys landing some solid punches & kicks, but for the most part, Rosales was chasing Segura and landing the harder strikes, and he even knocked him down with 90 seconds left in the first round with some hard shots, and then beat him up on the ground for the final minute. Round one clearly goes to Rosales.
     The second round was another solid round of kickboxing, with both guys coming forward and throwing everything they had, but Rosales just appeared to be on another level as far as how often he was connecting, and how clean his shots were. I have Rosales ahead 2-0 pretty clearly going into the final round of his Bellator debut.
     They continued to trade strikes at a high pace for the duration of the third round, and Rosales continued to win most of the exchanges, bloodying the face of Segura, probably breaking his nose, and he also knocked him down and beat him up on the ground to finish the round. Jacob Rosales has a lot of potential, and I'm looking forward to seeing his future fights in Bellator. Segura is a solid fighter too, but Rosales clearly won this fight, 30-27 across the board for the unanimous decision in his Bellator debut.
      This fight started with some sloppy striking, and then Murad took the fight to the ground a minute into the first round, while his hairy ass was hanging out of his shorts careless plumber style. COME ON REF, PULL UP THE DUDE'S SHORTS. They stood back up a minute later, and then clinched for a while. Murad basically just put all of his weight on Cisneros, pinning him near the fence, while Cisneros mostly just hung out waiting for the round to end. Murad landed a few punches, but they didn't look like they had much power behind them. That wasn't a great round to watch. Round one goes to Murad based on pressure I guess.
     Murad scored another takedown to start the second round, and basically just laid on Cisneros over against the fence. Murad has a lot of hair. His body hair is really the star of this show. I miss his mohawk & beard though. Murad continued to work his top position wrestling, while throwing short punches that were mostly blocked by Cisneros's forearm. Round two goes to Murad as well, but I'm not enjoying this experience at all.
     Murad continued his grinding style to start the third round, and then Cisnero went kind of crazy and blasted him with some hard punches, rocking him against the fence, and then he tried to take Murad down, but it just turned into an ugly clinch with both guys wearing each other out for a while. Murad ended up taking Cisneros down again, and then just squashed him, drowning him in sweat until the end of the final round. This fight was pretty terrible to watch, but congrats to Murad for the unanimous decision victory. Cisneros on the other hand has lost 5 out of his last 7 fights. His tats are cool, but his fighting is pretty terrible. I'd rather not see either of these guys fight again if I can avoid it. These guys don't have any business fighting in major organizations.
      Trinidad has a very awkward stance, with his chin high up in the air, just waiting to get blasted. Green came out and tried to land some jabs, while Trinidad was throwing loose leg kicks. They clinched, with Green pressing Trinidad against the fence. They split up, traded a few strikes, Green clipped Trinidad with a punch, and then Trinidad dumped him to the ground, and unloaded with some big punches while riding Green's back. They stood back up, and Green landed a lot of body shots from inside a clinch. I would probably give that round to Trinidad, but it was decently competitive.
     Trinidad came out landing some clean punches & kicks to start the second round, but Green quickly clinched, and pressed him against the fence again. They split up, traded some wild punches, they both kind of got clipped, and Green clinched again. Green opened up with a nice variety of elbows from the clinch, and then Trinidad ducked under them and took him to the ground, landing with Trinidad on top in full mount. He landed some hard punches & elbows, and then randomly decided to stand up for some reason. Green quickly dropped him with some heavy shots, and then unloaded some brutal ground & pound, forcing the referee to stop the fight around the 2 minute mark of the second round. Really solid Bellator debut for Gabriel Green in his second professional MMA fight. He now has a record of 8-0 including his amateur career.
      Joey Davis is making his pro debut here, and he was trained by Snoop Dogg? SAY WHAT!?! (Trained in Football or something, but still... SAY WHAT!?!) These guys both came out throwing heavy punches, swinging for the fences, but not really connecting with much. Davis eventually dropped Cutrone one minute into the opening round with a massive right left combination that sounded like a suitcase bitchslapping him. Cutrone stood back up, and chased Davis for a little while, throwing punches, but missing with almost everything he threw. Davis doesn't waste a lot of energy throwing pointless strikes. He mostly just moves around, and then launches bombs when he knows he can connect, and when he throws, he fucking BLASTS his opponent. Cutrone is still coming forward, but Davis pretty much beat the shit out of him in that first round. Davis shot in for a silly double leg to finish the round, and Cutrone caught him in a guillotine choke, which he held for the final 10 seconds before the bell sounded.
      They continued to trade some decent punches & kicks in the second round, until Davis shot in for a takedown halfway through the round, taking Cutrone to the ground with ease. Davis beat him up a little bit on the ground, stood up, tried to do some diving strikes and stuff, and the referee eventually stood them up with 20 seconds left in the round. Nothing happened on the feet before the bell rang. Davis is clearly ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
      Cutrone came out looking to take Davis's head off in the third round, but Davis ducked under a punch and easily took Cutrone to the ground again. Davis basically just pinned Cutrone against the fence, and wasn't doing a lot, so the referee had to warn them for inactivity. The referee stood them up halfway through the round, and then Davis took Cutrone down immediately again. This fight is very clearly going to go to Davis by decision. For an MMA debut, this was a solid win for Davis, but I would have liked to see him work for some submissions, or maybe be a little more active with his ground & pound. Overall though, good showing by Davis, and "ok" showing for Cutrone in his Bellator debut.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Walker was a late replacement for Henry Corrales, and he came in immediately looking for the kill, as both guys came out swinging, throwing big punches & kicks, and McKee was taken down early, but he quickly swept Walker, ending up inside the guard of Walker, as Walker started looking for an armbar from the bottom. McKee passed to an awkward half mount, and opened up with some big punches & elbows on the ground, as well as a nice knee ot the body. Walker gave up his back for a second, Walker rolled out of that, and McKee went for an arm-triangle choke during the transition, but gave that up and stood up, and then dove into the guard of Walker while dropping a kamikaze punch to the face of Walker. McKee postured up, and continued to drop big punches, and Walker continued to look for submissions, but his loose guard allowed McKee to pass to side control. Walker tried to stand up, and McKee unloaded on him from behind, with big punches to the side of the head, causing Walker to fall to his back again. McKee finished the round with some big elbows to the body of Walker. Great round for McKee, and Walker deserves some credit for being the first guy to go to the second round with McKee.
     They both came out swinging to start the second round, McKee SLAMMED the shit out of Walker while Walker pulled guard, McKee slapped on a tight modified guillotine choke, rolled to full mount, and finished the fight by submission. That was a fantastic finish for McKee, and a wild submission victory ending the fight VERY quickly in the second round. A.J. McKee is a badass fighter, and I look forward to seeing where he goes from here.
      These guys traded a few strikes, Jenkins threw a front kick, Karakhanyan caught his foot, blasted Jenkins with a BRUTAL right hand, and Jenkins dropped to the floor. From there, Karakhanyan threw a few more punches and the referee had to stop the fight. Fantastic KO victory for Karakhanyan after a 2-Fight losing streak against a couple of top guys. Sucks for Jenkins though, since he was on a pretty solid 3-Fight winning streak going into this fight, and now this marks his second loss to Karakhanyan.
      These guys both came out swinging power punches, and Anderson dropped Awad in the first 30 seconds after catching a kick, but they quickly reset on the feet. Awad rushed Anderson, blasted him with some HARD punches, overwhelmed him for a few seconds, and grabbed his back after a brief scramble. Anderson tried to stand up, and Awad locked on a tight Anaconda choke, they rolled around for a few seconds, and Anderson somehow escaped. That was a lot of crazy shit for the first 2 minutes of the opening round. They traded some leg kicks, and then went back to winging power punches. Anderson's punches look more crisp, but Awad's punches have more power. Awad ducked under a punch, took Anderson to the ground, Anderson locked on a tight triangle choke, and Awad blasted him with some sharp elbows to the face, trying to pound his way out of the choke. Anderson finally gave up the choke with 30 seconds left in the round, switched to an Omoplata, and nearly ripped Awad's arm off, eventually using it to sweep Awad, allowing Anderson to finish the round on top, dropping some elbows. INSANE first round, it could go either way, with Awad winning the first half of the round, and Anderson winning the last half. If these guys don't finish each other, this fight has split-decision written all over it. I'm scoring the first round 10-10.
     Anderson landed a head kick early in the second round, which Awad just kind of walked through, but Awad's attacks after that seemed to be a little more robotic & clunky. Anderson continued to chip away at Awad with his boxing, and then he stuffed a takedown 2 minutes into the round. Awad caught a kick and whipped Anderson to the ground halfway through the round, grabbing his back, but he had trouble sinking the second hook in, so Anderson spun him around and ended up on top inside Awad's guard. Anderson dropped some elbows, Awad rolled out of that, and Anderson took his back, locking on a rear-naked choke, but he couldn't get his arm under the chin of Awad. Awad did a great job defending against the choke, but Anderson still finished the round in control, so that round very clearly goes to Anderson. This fight could be all tied up going into the third round, or maybe Anderson is ahead 2-0? I have no idea. Fantastic fight so far though.
     Awad came out looking slow in the third round, while Anderson chopped him down with hard leg kicks. Awad countered some of those kicks with some power punches, but Anderson is still picking apart Awad for the most part 90 seconds into the final round. Awad rocked Anderson with a big right hand, and then started to land more frequently with 3 minutes left in the round. Anderson is still landing more frequently, but Awad is landing some really strong power punch counters. Awad finally shot in for another takedown attempt with a minute left in the round, resulting in a strong back clinch, which Anderson quickly spun out of. Awad shot for another takedown, and went head first into a guillotine choke. He popped his head free with 30 seconds left in the round, Anderson transitioned to an armbar attempt, and Awad punched his way free. The fight ended with a wild scramble with neither fighter really coming out on top. Honestly, this fight could potentially be a draw, I want Awad to win, but I would probably score it for Anderson if I had to pick a winner. All 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Anderson via unanimous decision.
(Leg Injury)
      Henderson started the first round pressuring Pitbull, but he looked pretty timid. Pitbull caught a kick, and pushed Henderson to the ground, and then told him to stand back up. Pitbull landed a few decent strikes here & there, and Henderson threw a few things, but most of his attacks were blocked. The crowd was clearly getting bored 3 minutes into the opening round due to a relative lack of activity. Pitbull is clearly waiting to throw that one big counter, and Henderson knows it, so he's just kind of standing there, controlling the center of the cage. The crowd is booing loudly in the final 30 seconds of the round. I just hope the last 2 rounds are more entertaining than that one. I don't think either fighter really did enough to clearly win that round.
     The second round started slow, with Pitbull throwing more jabs, but neither fighter was really engaging at all. Henderson threw one big punch 90 seconds into the round, missed by a mile, and Pitbull took him down, almost immediately grabbing his back in the process. Henderson tried to crank on a Kimura, he threw a knee, Pitbull caught it, and then blasted Henderson with some big punches, and then just randomly quit the fight. Apparently Pitbull broke his foot? Or tweaked his knee? Or ankle? Or...? Anyone know what just happened? They even showed a slow motion replay, and it didn't look like anything happened at all. He clearly hurt his right foot, but I have no idea what happened. That was a terrible fight. Congrats to Henderson for his first Bellator win via a clear fluke injury. Henderson won a title shot from this? Seriously? I mean, I'll admit, I guess I was hoping Henderson's next fight would be for a title anyway, but I mean... Dude looks like shit in Bellator. If he continues to fight like this, Chandler is going to maul him.