(11/19/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (34 Total):
1. Benson Henderson - 92.4
2. Dominic Sumner - 92.1
3. Dwight Grant - 92.1
4. Linton Vassell - 92.1
5. Michael Chandler - 92.1
6. Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez - 92.0
7. Michael Page - 91.3
8. Aaron Hamilton - 91.2
9. Carrington Banks - 91.2
10. Kevin Ferguson Jr. - 90.7
Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson
Location: San Jose, California
Elevation: 82'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Benson Henderson vs. Michael Chandler
92.3
Fighters & Matches 88.6
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 90.2
85.2
Decision
15:00
     These guys traded leg kicks & punches at a fairly even pace for the first 90 seconds or so. Terry scored a takedown off catching a kick 2 minutes into the opening round, and he pinned Baesman against the fence for a little while. Terry dropped a few halfway decent strikes on the ground, but there really wasn't much action on the ground. Round one goes to Terry.
     The second round was more of the same, with Terry scoring an early takedown, and basically just wrestling all over Baesman, not really doing any damage, but doing a good job keeping him under control on the ground. This has been a pretty boring fight so far, and Terry is clearly ahead 2-0 going into the third round.
     The final round was the exact same thing. Terry scored a takedown, laid there in side control, and prevented Baesman from doing anything. Neither fighter came anywhere close to finishing this fight, but Terry controlled at least 13 minutes of this fight by just holding onto top position, so Terry moves on to the boring 30-27 unanimous decision over a guy that isn't exactly the toughest competition available.
88.6
Decision
15:00
      These guys were striking at a pretty active pace for the first 3 minutes of the opening round, and then Grant dropped Mohammed with a BRUTAL right hand, that looked like he was clearly knocked unconscious, but he somehow recovered when he hit the ground. They stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round, and Mohammed was barely able to stay standing. Grant bullied Mohammed back to the ground with a minute left in the round, and spent the final minute beating up Mohammed from full mount against the fence. You could argue that was a 10-8 round for Grant.
     The second round had Grant beating the shit out of Mohammed on the feet, he was taken down once, but he stood back up, and continued to beat up Mohammed with heavy punches. Grant is pretty clearly ahead at least 20-18, if not 20-17 going into the final round. Mohammed needs to finish this fight if he wants any chance of winning at this point.
     The final round was a pretty solid kickboxing match, but Grant was still beating up Mohammed for the most part. It was probably the most competitive round of the three, but I still scored this fight 30-26 for Dwight Grant. All 3 judges agreed, giving Grant the unanimous decision victory in his Bellator debut.
88.6
TKO
(Punches)
2:09
      Roswell scored an early takedown, Sumner nearly bucked out one minute into the round, but Roswell did a good job taking him back down, and then passing to half mount. Sumner tried to stand up, Roswell went for a guillotine, and then Sumner stood up, kicked Roswell in the body in a way that LOOKED like a head kick while Roswell was sitting on his ass, and then Sumner unloaded some big punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Nice come from behind finish for Dominic Sumner in his pro MMA debut.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      Banks dropped Roberts with a big right hand in the first 30 seconds of the opening round, but then instead of finishing him, he shot for a takedown, throwing Roberts to the ground headfirst. Banks spent the rest of the round just controlling Roberts with his superior wrestling, without really doing much more damage at all. Round one goes to Banks.
     The second round was all about Banks beating up Roberts on the feet, landing a lot of strikes, and not really taking much damage at all. Banks is clearly ahead 2-0 going into the final round. The final round started with Banks taking down Roberts. They stood back up, and Banks scored another takedown. They stood up a few more times, and Banks kept taking down Roberts. Banks obviously ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision.
89.4
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
8:00
      These guys traded a few awkward strikes, and then Baby Slice shot for a takedown one minute into the round, and planted Hamilton near the fence with a decent double leg. Ferguson stood up halfway through the round and let Hamilton stand back up. He threw some wild punches & kicks, and then scored another takedown, and this time he landed some decent punches on the ground, while Hamilton started digging for a kneebar, but he had to let it go. Hamilton worked his way to the top, went for a takedown, Ferguson used a guillotine to sweep him, he stood up, and landed an illegal knee while Hamilton was on his knees. He gave Hamilton some time to recover, and then Ferguson came out swinging, trying to finish the fight, but Hamilton caught him in a guillotine, which slowed things down enough to give Hamilton time to recover. The round ended with Ferguson on top working for an Americana. Round one clearly goes to Ferguson.
     Ferguson came out swinging again in the second round, and then scored a takedown 45 seconds into the round, but Hamilton caught him in a guillotine on the way down. Hamilton let it go a few seconds later, and Ferguson beat him up with some short punches on the ground. Hamilton went for a leg lock, but Ferguson spun around and started working toward full mount, while dropping big punches & elbows from knee on belly. Ferguson locked on a D'Arce choke, he rolled with it but gave it up, and Hamilton immediately locked on a tight mounted guillotine choke, finishing the fight by submission halfway through the second round. That was a great win for Hamilton, and a solid pro MMA debut for Baby Slice.
N/A
Submission
(Armbar)
9:46
(Unaired)
88.9
Decision
15:00
      These guys both came out trading hard kicks, to their legs & bodies, until Vassell took Carmont down one minute into the round, landing immediately in full mount. Vassell spun around into back control, locked on the body triangle & started working for a rear-naked choke by punching Carmont in the side of the head. Round one clearly goes to Vassell.
     Carmont scored a takedown 30 seconds into the second round, and then he started working to take Vassell's back, reversing the roles from the first round almost immediately. Carmont looked like he was close to locking on the rear-naked choke 90 seconds into the round, but Vassell did a good job defending himself on the ground. Vassell somehow escaped, and grabbed Carmont's back, and started working for another rear-naked choke of his own. I thought we were going to go into the final round with the scorecards all tied up, but since Vassell spent the last half of the second round in control on Carmont's back, I have Vassell ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The final round started with Vassell going for another takedown, and then he grabbed Carmont's back again, working for another rear-naked choke, and even after spending almost 3 entire rounds on Carmont's back, he still wasn't able to do any real damage, or sink in the choke. So... We're left with a clear unanimous decision going in favor of Vassell, but I'm shocked that he wasn't able to finish Carmont. It ended up being kind of a boring fight, that seemed like it could end at any moment, but it never did, so... Congrats to Vassell for a solid win over a decent name.
89.1
KO
(Punches)
0:47
      These girls traded a few random strikes, and then 45 seconds into the opening round, Melendez dropped Padilla with a brutal right hand, she threw a few extra punches on the ground, and Padilla went to sleep. That was a fantastic finish for Melendez as she makes her MMA debut, coming from a kickboxing background.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      This fight started with 90 seconds of nothing happening, and then Piccolotti went crazy, shot for a takedown, Girtz stuffed it and threw him across the cage. The rest of the round was a very slow paced striking match, with neither fighter looking to engage at all. I considered scoring that round for Girtz, but Piccolotti turned it up several notches in the final 15 seconds and beat the shit out of Girtz, so round one goes to Piccolotti.
      The second round had some decent striking exchanges, and then Piccolotti scored a takedown halfway through the round, but Girtz was able to get back to his feet a few seconds later. They continued to trade a few strikes here & there until the end of the round. I have Piccolotti ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
      I think Girtz knew he needed a finish in the final round, so he chased down Piccolotti, beat him up on the feet, and then slammed him with 90 seconds left in the round. Girtz tried to work some ground & pound, as he passed to half mount and dropped some elbows. Piccolotti spun around for a kneebar with a minute left in the round, but Girtz sat up, basically mounted Piccolotti, and beat him up for the rest of the round. Girtz's performance in the final round would have been enough to win him the fight if this was Pride, but since he started way too slow in the first 10 minutes, I scored the fight 29-28 for Piccolotti, and all 3 judges agreed, giving Piccolotti the unanimous decision victor, as he remains undefeated.
87.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight started the same way all of Page's fights start. Page controlled the center of the cage, he danced around a lot, he landed some fast strikes, and Gonzalez just circled around the outside, trying to figure out what he was supposed to do, as if he had zero gameplan going into this fight. Round one goes to Page.
     The first half of the second round was more of the same, until MVP slipped, and Gonzalez tried to punch him, but Page got back to his feet too quickly. The rest of the round was more of the same, with Page landing some solid jabs, and then he blasted Gonzalez with a flying knee to cap off the round. I have Page ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     Page threw some wild kicks to start the final round, he spun a little too hard, and Gonzalez was finally able to close the distance, as he clinched and pressed Page against the fence. Page broke free a minute into the round. Page continued to chip away at Gonzalez for the rest of the round, and the referee warned him about being too evasive. Gonzalez clinched again in the final minute, but he wasn't really doing any damage, he was mostly just hugging MVP. MVP should win this fight AT LEAST 29-28. I scored it 30-27 for him, but I could see why some people might give the final round to Gonzalez for hugging MVP. One judge gave all 3 rounds to Gonzalez, for not dancing. The other two judges scored it properly, giving Page the 29-28 split-decision victory. That was a shitty fight, but congrats to Page for still being undefeated.
92.3
Decision
(Split)
25:00
      Henderson came out timid again, and Chandler nearly knocked him out with a massive uppercut in the first round, he followed it up with some brutal punch combinations, Henderson was dropped, Chandler battered him with brutal punches, and then grabbed Henderson's back, and unleashed a brutal German Suplex, dropping Henderson on his neck, he slapped on a brutal looking guillotine choke, Henderson somehow escaped, Chandler continued to slaughter Henderson, he caught him in another guillotine choke, and then with 30 seconds left in the round, Chandler finally started to slow down, and Henderson grabbed his back and finished the round with some knees to Chandler's body. You could make an argument that this was a 10-8 round for Chandler, but the fact that Henderson recovered and finished the round in control, I'm scoring it 10-9 for Chandler.
     Henderson did a good job scoring points in the second round, as he was able to pick apart Chandler with some punches & kicks, while showing a lot more forward pressure. Henderson kicked Chandler in the dick with 90 seconds left in the round, so they took a brief timeout. Once the fight started back up, Henderson continued to blast Chandler with a lot of front kicks. That ended up being a fairly close round, but I scored the round for Henderson, so I have it all tied up going into the third round, but Jimmy gave the round to Chandler.
     The third round was all about Henderson kicking the shit out of Chandler and throwing him around the cage in the clinch. Henderson failed a takedown, but he was at least able to control the clinch. Chandler's left cheek is also bleeding at this point. Henderson landed a lot of nice knees to the body whenever Chandler would rush him, and he also landed a nice head kick halfway through the round. Henderson then shot for another takedown, and Chandler slapped on another tight guillotine choke, BUT AGAIN, somehow Henderson escaped that. Chandler ended the round on top, trying to setup a front choke, but Henderson escaped again. I was going to say Henderson won that round for sure, but it's hard to score against Chandler's chokes. Chandler COULD be ahead 3-0 going into the fourth round, or Henderson could be ahead 2-1? I have no idea at this point.
     Henderson landed some good strikes to start the fourth round, and then Chandler picked him up, carried him a few feet, and dumped him to the ground. They scrambled around on the ground for a few seconds, Henderson went for a Kimura, Chandler escaped, and then Chandler spent the rest of the round bullying Henderson, taking him down repeatedly, while beating him up on the ground. Henderson continued to work for submissions from his back, but it's hard to finish when you're on the bottom, and your opponent is in side control, with both of your legs locked together at the thighs. Henderson eventually got a good position at the end of the round where he was able to land some BRUTAL elbows to the body of Chandler, and then he finished the round with a back crucifix choke setup, but Chandler escaped right before the bell sounded. Henderson is fighting hard, but Chandler is more than likely ahead on the scorecards at this point, going into the final round. I personally have the fight all tied up.
     Henderson continued to beat up Chandler in the final round, he blasted him with a flying knee, took down Chandler, grabbed his back, went for the neck crank, Chandler spun out of it, Henderson went for an armbar, and Chandler ended up back on top at the halfway point of the round. At this point it's pretty clear Chandler is just hanging on, hoping the time runs out. Henderson on the other hand, is going for some pretty insane shit, he's beating up Chandler with heavy strikes on the ground, he's wrestling the living shit out of him, and the way these guys look at the end of this final round, I would personally rather be Benson Henderson, since Chandler looks like he's ready to die. Therefore, I'm scoring this fight 48-47 for Henderson. The judges were all over the place with their scorecards, and the audience clearly thought Henderson won, but two judges gave the fight to Chandler, so he's still the Champion. It was a really close fight, but fuck that, Henderson deserved that win.
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
1:23
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
0:31
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Armbar)
7:59
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
10:28
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.2
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