(10/21/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (30 Total):
1. Hisaki Kato - 93.0
2. Alexander Shlemenko - 92.9
3. Goiti Yamauchi - 92.9
4. Bobby Lashley - 92.7
5. Eryk Anders - 92.0
6. Ricky Rainey - 92.0
7. Virgil Zwicker - 91.7
8. Julia Budd - 91.4
9. Steve Garcia - 90.9
10. Bobby Brents - 90.8
Bellator 162: Shlemenko vs. Grove
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Elevation: 337'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Kendall Grove
90.8
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 92.0
TOTAL 90.7
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
2:29
(Unaired)
88.1
Decision
15:00
      This entire fight was basically just an interesting kickboxing match, with both guys moving around a lot, and throwing punches & kicks from odd angles. For the most part, I thought Garcia was picking apart Lawrence for the first couple of minutes, but Lawrence was landing some decent Karate stuff of his own as well. Garcia bent Lawrence over with a kick to the liver, and then he went in for the kill, but Lawrence clinched to give himself a few seconds to recover. When they split up, Garcia continued to pick apart Lawrence with intersting kicks & fancy footwork. He also landed some hard knees & punches while chasing Lawrence as well, but Lawrence did a decent job keeping his distance. Lawrence kicked Garcia in the balls late in the round, but he only took a couple of seconds to recover. When the fight started back up, Garcia threw a big punch, and then pulled guard, finishing the round looking to setup a submission from his back. Round one goes to Garcia.
     The second round was more of the same, with Garcia constantly coming forward while picking apart Lawrence with his punches & kicks, but he started to get kind of sloppy near the end of the round. I have Garcia ahead 2-0 going into the final round. The final round was more of the same, leading to a 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Steve Garcia. Lawrence was able to hang in there for 15 minutes, but he never really came close to winning any of the rounds.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      Rainey blasted Smith with some really nice punches & kicks early in the first round. Smith threw a hard head kick that was blocked, and then Rainey unloaded on him again. Smith caught a kick and took down Rainey 2 minutes into the first round, landing inside his guard, and Smith landed a few short punches, Rainey threw up a triangle choke, but he couldn't lock in his ankle, so Smith escaped pretty easily. Rainey stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round. They continued to trade strikes at a fairly decent pace for the rest of the round, and Rainey basically mauled Smith in the final 30 seconds of the round. Round one goes to Rainey.
     The second round had Rainey beating the shit out of Smith at the start of the round with some hard striking combinations, and then they clinched for a while, and the fight basically became a stalemate for a little while. Once they broke apart with 90 seconds left in the round, Rainey continued to outwork Smith with his striking, as he continued to pick him apart until the end of the round with sharp punches, kicks & knees. Smith landed some big punches, but I still have Rainey ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Rainey came back out for the third round and continued to maul Smith with fast combinations, while Smith awkwardly tried to counter with a spinning back kick, which missed by about 4 feet or so. The fight went to the ground a minute into the round, and after a brief scramble, Rainey nearly took Smith's head off with a knee to the head, but he pulled the knee back when he realized Smith was on the ground still. Smith then scored a takedown, landing back inside Rainey's guard. Rainey stood back up a minute later, Smith tried trip him to the ground, and Rainey reversed it, ending up on top for a few seconds, where he was able to land some elbows to the side of Smith's head. Smith got back up and continued to work for another single leg, but Rainey beat him up in the clinch against the fence for a few seconds. They traded some more strikes, and then Smith shot for another takedown with 90 seconds left in the fight, but Rainey stuffed that one. Rainey unloaded with some more punches & kicks, Smith fired back with some big punches, but missed with almost all of them, and then he shot for one more takedown at the end of the round, and Rainey nearly took his back with an awkward Peruvian Necktie sort of position, but he mostly just held down Smith and elbowed him until the end of the round. I scored that fight 30-27 for Rainey, and all 3 judges gave the fight to Rainey, 29-28 across the board.
89.5
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
      The first round was basically a kickboxing match, with Blencowe picking apart Budd for a good portion of the round with her slightly more aggressive striking offense. Budd then shot in for a takedown with a minute left in the round, and dumped her to the ground with a firm bodylock, as she landed in half mount. Budd landed some short punches from there, but didn't really do a ton of damage. That takedown might have stolen the round for Budd, but for the most part, it was a pretty close round that could have gone either way.
     Budd took down Blencowe a lot earlier in the second round, and controlled the shit out of her, transitioning between a variety of dominant positions. Blencowe tried to stand up halfway through the round, and Budd just forced her back against the fence again. Budd took her back with 90 seconds left in the round and started working for a rear-naked choke, but Blencowe did a decent job avoiding damage and staying out of too much trouble. Round two very clearly goes to Budd.
     The final round was basically a repeat of the first round, with Blencowe stalking Budd, picking her apart with some basic punches, but she was clearly being tentative due to Budd's ground game, so Blencowe didn't want to leave herself open for a takedown. Budd on the other hand, threw a few decent kicks, but wasn't really mounting much of an offense either, since she was just waiting for an opening to score another takedown. Budd grabbed Blencowe with 90 seconds left in the round, and dumped her to the ground, landing back in half mount again. Like I said, it was basically a repeat of the first round. Blencowe powered her way back to her feet at the end of the third round, and landed a few decent strikes, but Budd dumped her to the ground again at the end of the round, so, Budd should win this fight. In my opinion, the first & last rounds COULD potentially be even, the second round CLEARLY goes to Budd, so Budd SHOULD win this fight 29-28 at least. Two judges basically agreed, and one judge scored the fight a draw, resulting in a majority decision victory for Julia Budd.
88.9
TKO
(Knees & Punches)
9:31
      Here we are with 488 pounds of testosterone in the cage. Zwicker in that "balding at an early age" sort of way, and Charles in that "I just shaved this morning, and already have a thick beard" sort of way. It's also worth noting that Zwicker is fighting around 35 pounds heavier than the weightclass I last saw him compete at. They both traded some sloppy strikes for most of the first round. I didn't think either fighter was really winning the round, until Charles did the Goldberg Spear, blasting Zwicker across the cage with a minute left in the round. Charles ended the round on top inside Zwicker's guard, dropping some short punches. Charles went for a Kimura, and Zwicker used that opportunity to get back to his feet. Round one goes to Charles.
     They started the second round by trading some pretty heavy strikes, with Zwicker pressuring Charles to back up toward the fence. Zwicker really started to unload, as he was pretty much beating the shit out of Charles for the duration of the second round. He nearly dropped Charles halfway through the round, as Charles was completely gassed, and Zwicker was landing a LOT of shots. Zwicker unloaded with some brutal uppercuts & elbows with 90 seconds left in the round, and Charles continued to run away. Zwicker dropped Charles with a massive knee to the body with a minute left in the round, he punched him a lot, Charles stood back up, Zwicker dropped him again, continued to beat the shit out of him, and the fight was finally stopped with 30 seconds left in the round. That was a really solid win for Virgil Zwicker.
88.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Bobby Brents is very short and fat. Gormley threw a head kick early, Brents caught it, and took Gormley to the ground in the opening seconds of the round. They stood back up, and Brents continued to plow forward, throwing wild punches. They continued to blast each other with big punches and kicks for the duration of the round, but Gormley is really slow, so I thought Brents won that round mostly based on forward momentum.
     They came out swinging to start the second round, and Brents absorbed a groin shot. Once they fight started back up, they continued to sling big punches & kicks at each other. It was a close round, but I scored it for Brents, again for being slightly more aggressive, plus he absorbed a groin shot early AND an eye poke late in the round. I have Brents ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but it COULD potentially be all tied up at this point.
     The third round started, and Brents mauled Gormley early in the round with an insane barrage of punches & elbows that had Gormley rocked up against the fence in the opening 30 seconds. They split up, traded some decent shots, and Gormley crushed Brents with a wild takedown blasting him across the cage around the halfway mark of the final round. They stood back up, Gormley hit Brents with another groin shot, the referee ignored that one, so the fight continued for the final 30 seconds. I would probably give that round to Gormley, but I scored the fight overall 29-28 for Brents. The judges were split, giving the decision to Chase Gormley, which I disagree with, but it was a close fight. Decent debut for Brents. I feel like he would be a killer if he could drop to 205 eventually.
90.0
TKO
(Punches)
4:58
      Kato started this fight with a series of heavy kicks to the body of Matthews, mixed with a few punches here & there. Kato dropped Matthews with some punches one minute into the round, but he popped right back up, and the fight turned into a wild brawl for a few seconds. Kato continued to blast Matthews with brutal kicks to the body and punches to the face, while circling around the outside. He spent the entire round circling to the left, which is the power side of Matthews. Matthews landed a few decent shots, but for the most part, Kato was well on his way to winning the round. Matthews backed up randomly, and complained about something, but I'm not sure what it was. Ooooh, I guess it was an eye poke. After taking a couple of minutes to recover, and the doctor checked him out, the fight continued with 90 seconds left in the round. Kato came out like a demon, slaughtering Matthews with hard body kicks, and some more punches. Kato landed a head kick and rocked Matthews with some more punches with a minute left in the round. He knocked down Matthews, jumped on him, and continued to unload big punches on the ground, Matthews stood back up, Kato continued to unload on him with massive combinations, and the referee was forced to stop the fight with 2 seconds left in the round. Another fantastic finish delivered by Hisaki Kato. I'm really starting to appreciate this guy's striking. He's one of the top guys in the Bellator Middleweight Division at this point.
90.0
Submission
(Armbar)
1:01
      Couture came out swinging early, he clinched, took Yamauchi to the ground, landed inside his guard, Yamauchi threw up an armbar, locked that shit on tight, cranked, and Couture was forced to submit just one minute into the opening round. That was a really slick submission victory for Yamauchi, and a pretty disappointing loss for Couture.
89.8
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:30
      These guys started slow, with Appelt bouncing around the outside, while throwing single leg kicks and then backing out again. Lashley rushed in and blasted Appelt with a big right hand one minute into the opening round, but Appelt just ate it. Lashley clinched, pressed Appelt into the fence, landed some knees to the body, and then backed out to reset. Appelt threw some big punches, and then complained about an eye poke, which the referee ignored, so Lashley shot in and took him down against the fence 2 minutes into the round. Lashley beat him up with short elbows & punches from half mount, Appelt gave up his back, and Lashley continued to ride him while blasting him with big clubbing punches & elbows, all the way until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Bobby Lashley, as he clearly dominated Appelt on the ground.
     Appelt rushed in early in the second round, and almost had his head ripped off with a guillotine choke. Lashley took him down, grabbed his back again just 20 seconds into the round, and continued to pound on Appelt for 90 seconds or so with big clubbing hammerfists. Appelt rolled to his back, Lashley passed to full mount, continued to land big punches, Appelt gave up his back, and Lashley finished the fight with a rear-naked choke 90 seconds into the second round. Really solid one-sided performance by Bobby Lashley, as he continues his lengthy winning streak.
90.8
TKO
(Punches)
6:43
      Grove danced around the outside for most of the first round, while throwing random strikes, but not really connecting with much. They clinched, and Shlemenko pressed Grove against the fence, and they worked some dirty boxing on each other, but nothing noteworthy coming from either fighter. Shlemenko randomly clipped Grove with some wild punches when they broke apart, and Grove fell down like a tree, but Shlemenko let him stand back up. Shlemenko then slapped on a standing guillotine choke and nearly ripped Grove's head off, but Grove escaped with 2 minutes left in the round. Grove unleashed some big knees and wild punches, and had Shlemenko in some trouble for a few seconds. They clinched, Grove landed some more strikes, and then they reset with a minute left in the round. Shlemenko spent the rest of the round throwing random punches & kicks. That was a close round, but I scored it slightly for Shlemenko.
     The second round started and Shlemenko landed some brutal body kicks, and threw some wild punches. He unloaded a spinning back kick that knocked Grove across the cage. Shlemenko continued to look for spinning backfists, and stuff like that, but missed with a few decent attempts. Grove was basically just running away like a gazelle for the first 90 seconds of the round, while Shlemenko was stalking him. Shlemenko then blasted him with a clean left to the body and a right to the jaw, Grove dropped, Shlemenko unloaded some massive punches while standing above Grove, and the fight was stopped by the referee. Fantastic return for Alexander Shlemenko after being away for 20+ months. I'm definitely interested in seeing where he goes from here.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
87.6
TKO
(Punches)
0:23
      Anders started this fight by immediately dropping White with a left hand, he pinned him with a powerful half mount, unloaded with countless jackhammer style left hands, he drilled White's head into the canvas, and the fight was stopped just 23 seconds into the opening round. That was a fantastic Bellator debut for Eryk Anders, and it sucks that they didn't show it on the broadcast.
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:33
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
13:35
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.7
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