(9/16/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Joe Warren - 93.0
2. Anastasia Yankova - 92.3
3. Derek Campos - 92.0
4. Garrett Scott - 91.9
5. Emily Ducote - 91.8
6. Veta Arteaga - 91.8
7. Cheick Kongo - 91.4
8. Daniel Pineda - 90.8
9. Sirwan Kakai - 90.2
10. Djamil Chan - 89.9
Bellator 161: Kongo vs. Johnson
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
Elevation: 906'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Joe Warren vs. Sirwan Kakai
91.4
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.4
N/A
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
1:20
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:08
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
87.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
0:50
      A few strikes were exchanged, Scott grabbed Bronstrup's back, he slapped on a rear-naked choke, tied up Bronstrup's arms in all sorts of fucked up ways, and basically mauled Bronstrup with one of the most brutal rear-naked chokes I've seen in quite some time, earning the submission victory just 50 seconds into the opening round. Fantastic Bellator debut by Garrett "The Deaf Grappler" Scott.
88.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
12:07
      Dickman started the first round by floating around the outside, while throwing jabs, and front kicks to Pineda's legs. Pineda rushed in with some big punch combinations, but Dickman stayed just outside of range. Dickman then clinched and slammed Pineda to the ground 45 seconds into the first round. He worked his way around to try to grab Pineda's back, but ended up just passing to half mount instead. Dickman slid into side control, and continued to dominate Pineda on the ground with a variety of top positions. Pineda finally stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round, but Dickman just yanked him back down to the ground, while working for back control. Pineda landed a few decent back elbows on the ground, but for the most part, that round was all about Dickman's wrestling. Round one goes to Dickman.
     They traded some wild strikes in the second round, with Pineda moving forward for the most part. Dickman threw a wild spinning backfist, failed miserably, fell down, and Pineda pounced on him, looking for a front choke, and some knees on the ground. Dickman is clearly slowing down in the second round. They clinched, Dickman went for a Kimura, they went to the ground, and Pineda took back control with 90 seconds left in the second round. Dickman rolled around and tried to gain some sort of guard, but Pineda did a good job holding on to top control, while looking for submissions. I have this fight all tied up going into the third round.
     Pineda bullied Dickman to the ground early in the first round, and grabbed his back 90 seconds into the round while landing some punches from under his arms. He locked on a rear-naked choke and forced the submission a couple of minutes into the final round. Fantastic win for Pineda, considering he got absolutely dominated in the first round by Dickman's wrestling.
89.0
Submission
(Armbar)
9:37
      These girls traded some loose punches, while clinching, and pushing each other around the cage to start the first round. Ducote looked like she was in control of the clinch for the most part, pressing Silva toward the fence. They split up halfway through the round, and Silva looked like she was trying to loosen up by shaking off the clinch while dancing around a little bit. Ducote threw an overhand right and pressed Silva against the fence again. Round one goes to Ducote, mostly based on her pressure & clinch control.
     The second round was more of the same, with both girls trading some loose strikes, before Ducote took Silva to the ground halfway through the round, landing in full mount. She moved to side control, unloaded some big elbows, and then slid back into full mount, where she continued to rain down punches & elbows, and right when I thought the ref might stop the fight, Silva swept Ducote, but they kept rolling until Ducote ended up back on top in full mount, where she continued to drop elbows. She fell back for an armbar with around 30 seconds left in the round, she cranked the shit out of it, and forced the submission. That was a badass armbar, and a really strong performance by Ducote, against a girl I've never heard of before.
90.2
Decision
15:00
      These guys both came out swinging for the fences, looking to take each other's heads off. Chan also landed a hard leg kick. Chan landed some hard punches, but Campos was firing heavy combinations at him, forcing Chan to move around the outside, while Campos controlled the center of the cage. It looked like Campos was in control, until Chan blasted him with some massive punches, knocking Campos on his ass. Chan jumped on him and continued to unload massive punches, Campos looked out, but the referee let the fight continue, so Campos recovered, stood back up, and continued to brawl. Campos finished out the round backing up Chan, and blasting him with some big punches. Chan won that round due to that knockdown, but Campos is still in this fight for sure. Campos shot for a takedown with 10 seconds left in the round, but Chan stuffed it.
     They both came out for the second round and continued to brawl with wild heavy punches. Campos was applying some serious pressure in the second round, stalking Chan, and blasting him with some heavy punch combinations. Chan continued to counter with some hard punches, but Campos's pressure was impressive. I'm shocked by how badass Campos looks in this second round, after basically getting knocked out 5 minutes ago. He rocked Chan several times, as Chan looked kind of tired, mostly just standing there with his back against the fence, waiting to land the perfect counter. Chan landed some hard shots, but round two clearly goes to Campos, and to cap it all off, he shot for a takedown with 15 seconds left in the round, and nearly passed to full mount, where he landed some hard punches before the end of the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They continued to swing heavy leather at each other in the third round, with Campos staying in control for the most part, probably landing more frequently, but Chan was definitely hanging in there with his counters. Campos shot for a takedown one minute into the round, and slammed the shit out of Chan, landing in side control. He moved to half mount, and then started dropping short strikes. Chan was just hugging him, waiting for the ref to stand them up, while Campos pounded on his body with short punches, while slamming Chan to the ground repeatedly to try to break through the hug. He finally broke free, postured up a little bit, and unloaded some punches & elbows to the head of Chan. Campos moved back to side control, and continued to pound on Chan for the rest of the round. In my opinion, this fight is a clear 29-28 win for Campos, but you could argue that the first round COULD have been 10-8 for Chan due to the knockdown, but other than the 20 seconds of destruction there, the rest of that round was fairly even, so I scored it 10-9. All 3 judges agreed, giving the fight to Derek Campos. Fantastic fight overall.
90.4
Decision
15:00
      These girls both came out throwing fire at each other, clearly looking to finish the fight early, and Arteaga nearly knocked out Yankova inside the first minute of the round, as she basically dropped her multiple times, but Yankova just bit down on her mouthpiece, and continued to swing violently, until Arteaga eventually backed off enough for Yankova to recover. Arteaga kept rushing in like a wild animal, throwing a lot of punches, just praying that some of them would land. Yankova looked a little cleaner with her strikes, but she wasn't nearly as active. They clinched around the halfway mark, and Arteaga landed some good knees to the body. They split up with 90 seconds left in the round. Arteaga's movement is REALLY awkward, which makes it hard for Yankova to time her counters. Yankova pressed Arteaga against the fence with a minute left in the round, and landed some heavy punches. They continued to trade some VIOLENT shit in the final 30 seconds, with Yankova clearly pulling ahead by the end of the round. Arteaga came REALLY close to finishing the fight, so you could make an argument that she won the round, but I thought Yankova ended up being more aggressive in the last half of the round, so I'm calling that round a draw.
     Arteaga came out for the second round with her herky jerky movements, but she also looked kind of tired. Yankova on the other hand, looked like the Terminator, as she was picking apart Arteaga with clean punches & kicks. They brawled for a little while, and then Yankova clinched and pressed Arteaga against the fence again. Arteaga spun her around, and took control 90 seconds into the round. They eventually split up and continued to trade violent strikes. Yankova landed a heavy leg kick, and then rushed in with a wild barrage of punches. They clinched, and Yankova pressed Arteaga against the fence again. Yankova unloaded with some heavy punches, and Arteaga spun her around, taking control of the clinch again. They split up with around 90 seconds left in the round. They clinched again, and Yankova opened up with some elbows against the fence. This fight is pretty awesome, and I gave that round to Yankova. Arteaga probably won the first round, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They clinched early in the final round, and Yankova pressed Arteaga against the fence again. Yankova was winning most of the clinch exchanges, based on her strength, and when they broke apart, she was almost always moving forward, trying to chop down Arteaga like a rabid lawn mower. In my opinion, this fight was a clear 29-28 victory for Anastasia Yankova, but I'll admit, it was a hell of a scrap, and I wouldn't be shocked by a split-decision or something along those lines. Two judges agreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to Anastasia Yankova.
91.4
Submission
(Neck Crank)
11:04
      These guys traded a few strikes, Warren pressed Kakai against the fence, and they traded control a few times in the clinch, until Warren eventually took Kakai to the ground, grabbing his back one minute into the opening round. Kakai fought his way back to his feet, but Warren just pressed him against the fence again, digging for another takedown attempt, but Kakai did a solid job staying on his feet, while defending with some elbows to the side of the head. They both landed some strikes inside the clinch, and then Kakai shot for a takedown, and he magically ended up on top of Warren against the fence. Kakai randomly stood up with a minute left in the round, Warren shot for another takedown, and Kakai slaughtered the side of his head with some big elbows, causing Warren to give up on the takedown. Round one probably has to go to Kakai for being the better Joe Warren.
     Warren started the second round with a massive overhand right that rocked Kakai, he then took him down, grabbed his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, but only had it with his arms, so Kakai was able to escape, and they reset back on their feet. Kakai landed some heavy leg kicks, and Warren continued to try to take his head off with that one big punch. Warren shot for another takedown 2 minutes into the second round, but Kakai stuffed it, resulting in Warren pressing him against the fence again. They traded some knees from the clinch, Warren shot for another takedown, failed, so he threw a knee, knocked Kakai on his ass, and then pinned him, with Kakai on the bottom using his butterfly guard. Warren dropped some massive elbows, Kakai locked on a TIGHT armbar from the bottom, he basically broke Warren's arm (it looked like anyway), but Warren broke free, took Kakai's back, locked on a rear-naked choke, couldn't quite sink it in, so he switched to full mount, and continued to bully Kakai until the end of the round. This fight is probably all tied up going into the final round.
     Warren blasted Kakai with a flying knee to start the final round, probably breaking his nose in the process, and then he shot for a takedown, but was stuffed again. Warren continued to dig for a takedown, while Kakai's face was bleeding all over Warren's back. Kakai somehow nearly scored a takedown of his own, Warren turned it into a power guillotine choke, and finished the fight by submission while Kakai's face was pouring blood all over the floor. Every time I think Warren has lost any chance of being a contender, he comes in and puts up a gutsy performance like this, and beats the fuck out of someone halfway decent. That's the first time Kakai has ever been finished.
88.4
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
      Kongo threw a couple of jabs, he backed up toward the fence, which seemed like a terrible idea, but as soon as Johnson clinched, Kongo spun him around and took control, pressing Johnson against the fence. They hugged each other for a few seconds, Johnson shot for a takedown, Kongo looked like he was going for a standing guillotine choke, and then the fight was paused because apparently he hit Johnson with a knee to the Johnson? Once the fight started back up, Kongo backed up toward the fence again, while throwing jabs, really making it look like he was trying to set a trap for Johnson, otherwise Kongo just has a terrible gameplan. Johnson blasted him with a punch and then pressed Kongo against the fence for some more clinching. Kongo landed a lot of short knees to the body of Johnson, but for the most part, Johnson looked like he just wanted to wear down Kongo with a lot of hugging. Big John reset them due to inactivity, so they traded a few punches, and then Johnson shot for a takedown, which turned into Kongo shooting for a takedown instead, and he actually took Johnson down, mounted him, and unloaded with some massive punches & elbows. Johnson tied him up to avoid taking TOO much damage, but it was still enough to win the round for the 41 year old Cheick Kongo.
     Kongo started the second round by backing up toward the fence again, and this time, Johnson was able to take him down 15 seconds into the round, landing in half mount. Kongo crawled back toward the fence, tried to sit up with a front choke, but Johnson passed to full mount, and then took Kongo's back one minute into the round. Johnson tried to lock on a rear-naked choke, but they were in a sitting position, so he couldn't get proper leverage with his hips, and Kongo did a good job keeping his chin tucked. Johnson spent pretty much the entire round in the sitting backpack position, but he never really came close to finishing the choke. He just kept digging for it, and Kongo was able to easily defend. Kongo tried to spin out of it, but that just allowed Johnson to end up in full mount with a minute left in the round. Johnson did almost zero damage from full mount before the end of the round, with all of his elbows being blocked. With a little more skill, Johnson could have had a 10-8 round there, but I scored it 10-9, since he never really came close to finishing Kongo at all, even though he controlled him for the entire 5 minutes. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Johnson started the final round by whiffing with a big punch, he shot for a takedown, Kongo spun him around, and pressed Johnson against the fence. Kongo was digging hard for a double leg takedown, while Johnson was practically doing the splits to avoid being put on his ass. One minute into the round, Kongo completed the takedown, ending up on top in half mount. Kongo landed some short punches & elbows, while pressing Johnson against the fence. Johnson struggled to get back to his feet with 2 minutes left in the round, but Kongo held on tight, stood up, and yanked Johnson back down to the ground again with 90 seconds left in the round. Kongo continued to pound on him with short punches and elbows up until the final bell. This wasn't a very exciting fight, but it was a competitive 29-28 win for Cheick Kongo in my opinion, but one judge declared it a draw, making it a "majority" decision, against a guy that most people thought could beat him. Congrats to Kongo for the hard fought tough victory.
OVERALL 90.4
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