(12/3/2016)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Chidi Njokuani - 92.0
2. Jarod Trice - 91.8
3. John Teixeira da Conceicao - 91.7
4. Justin Patterson - 91.7
5. Darrion Caldwell - 91.2
6. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane - 90.8
7. Jonathan Gary - 90.5
8. Joe Taimanglo - 90.4
9. Emily Ducote - 90.1
10. Justin Lawrence - 89.4
Bellator 167: Taimanglo vs. Caldwell 2
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Elevation: 866'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Taimanglo
89.3
Fighters & Matches 88.2
Top 10 Fighters 91.0
TOTAL 89.6
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
86.2
Decision
15:00
      Gary scored a takedown early in the first round, landing inside Roberson's guard. He didn't do enough though, so the referee stood them up halfway through the round. They traded a few punches, and then Roberson scored a takedown, landing in half mount. Gary tied him up in his guard, landed some decent elbows from his back, and then threw up a triangle choke with a minute left in the round, but he had a lot of trouble getting his ankle under his knee, so Roberson didn't have much of a problem holding on until the end of the round. He switched to an armbar, which looked like it could be tight in the final 10 seconds, but Roberson was saved by the bell. I scored that round for Gary.
     Roberson scored a takedown early in the second round, but Gary swept him, and beat him up with some basic ground & pound for the first half of the round, but Roberson swept him and beat up Gary for a little while around the halfway mark. Roberson took his back, went for a choke, and Gary shook him off, ending up back on top again with 90 seconds left in the round. Roberson swept him again with 40 seconds left in the round, but didn't really do much from the top this time. I'll call that round a draw, so I have Gary ahead by one round, going into the final round.
     They both traded some wild strikes to start the final round, Roberson tried to clinch, Gary threw him to the ground, and landed in side control. Gary secured full mount halfway through the round, and he continued to beat up Roberson with short strikes for most of the round. Roberson worked his way back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round, he clinched, and tried to take Gary to the ground, but Gary reversed him, and ended up back on top with a minute left in the round. Gary should pretty clearly win this fight, 30-28 on my scorecard. All 3 judges agreed, giving Gary the win via unanimous decision after a 3 round grindfest.
88.0
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading some hard punches & kicks at a fairly even pace. For landed a hard head kick, and then scored a takedown with a minute left in the round, landing in side control. That one combination late in the round might have been enough to win the round for Ford. Other than that moment, the rest of the round looked pretty close to me.
     The second round had both guys trading hard strikes at a fairly even pace again, pretty much replicating the first round. Two minutes into the round, Patterson pinned Ford up against the fence, unloaded with some BRUTAL body shots, I thought he was going to finish him with punches to the body, but Ford cranked out one big punch, and then Patterson took him to the ground. Patterson continued to beat him up on the ground, he took his back, locked on a rear-naked choke, Ford broke free, but Patterson immediately mounted him. Ford gave up his back again, turtled up, and Patterson continued to beat him up with big punches to the head. Round two clearly goes to Patterson, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, with maybe a slight advantage going to Patterson at this point.
     Patterson pressured Ford back into the fence again early in the final round, and he unloaded some more of those heavy body shots. Ford just looks like a punching bag at this point, he's not really executing much offense at all. BUT! As soon as I said that, he took down Patterson, grabbed his back, Patterson shook him off, and then took down Ford. Patterson continued to beat up Ford for a little while, but Ford got top control with 2 minutes left in the round, and then Patterson took back control with 90 seconds left in the round. That fight should clearly go to Patterson, at least 29-28. All 3 judges agreed, giving the win to Patterson via unanimous decision.
87.5
Decision
15:00
      This fight looked like one of those old school Kimbo backyard fights or some shit. Both guys were winging everything they had, hoping to end the fight as quickly as possible. Trice rocked Britton's head back a few times with some heavy punches, before clinching and pressing him into the fence. A massive gash opened up above the right eye of Britton, as Trice continued to pound on him while pressing him against the fence. The referee called the doctor with 2 minutes left in the round. The doctor said he's fine, so the fight continued. Trice continued to pound on Britton against the fence until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Trice.
     Trice tried to take Britton to the ground early in the second round, but Britton popped right back up, so Trice continued to beat up Britton while pressing him into the fence inside the clinch. Britton looked ok at the start of the first round, but he looks pretty clueless already in the second round. Britton landed some decent strikes, and then Trice took him down, where he was able to beat up Britton from half mount for a good portion of the round. Britton eventually stood back up, but Trice continued to beat him up against the fence until the end of the round. Trice is clearly ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The third round was more of the same, with Trice toying with Britton, beating him up on the feet, taking him down, and beating him up on the ground as well for the duration of the round. In the end, Trice CLEARLY won this fight, all 3 rounds, 30-25 on one scorecard, 30-26 on another, and then one crack headed judge scored the fight a draw for no apparent reason. WHAT THE FUCK!?! Congrats to Jarod Trice for winning his professional MMA debut.
N/A
KO
(Punch)
0:15
(Unaired)
89.3
KO
(Punches)
0:21
      These guys clashed, Fialho randomly collapsed, Njokuani pounced on him, and knocked him the fuck out in 21 seconds of the opening round. That was a fun little fight, even though I couldn't even see what happened as it was happening. They showed a slow motion replay, and it showed Njokuani dropped Fialho with a left jab. That's a great win for Njokuani.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      Ducote dropped Macfarlane with the first uppercut she threw, and then she followed her to the ground in half mount. She continued to control Macfarlane with her wrestling for the first 90 seconds of the round, but Macfarlane eventually stood back up, and then took Ducote to the ground, landing inside her guard. Macfarlane threw some heavy punches, and then Ducote swept her, grabbed her back, and started working to setup a rear-naked choke. Macfarlane stood back up, and then slammed Ducote with 90 seconds left in the round. Ducote tried to setup an armbar from her guard, and then she swept Macfarlane with 10 seconds left in the round, ending the round in full mount. I scored that round for Ducote.
     Macfarlane rocked Ducote early in the second round with some punches, and then Ducote fell down, so Macfarlane slowly dropped down into top control, while Ducote tried to suck her into her guard. Macfarlane eventually grabbed Ducote's back, and spent the last half of the round working to setup a rear-naked choke. Macfarlane switched to an armbar from back control with a minute left in the round, but Ducote showed some fantastic submission defense, and ended the round on top inside Macfarlane's guard with 30 seconds left in the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round. This is a really competitive fight so far.
     Ducote beat up Macfarlane for the first minute of the final round with some solid striking, and then she stuffed a takedown attempt. Macfarlane finally brought her to the ground 90 seconds into the round. Macfarlane mostly just smothered her, while landing a few solid elbows here & there from half mount. Ducote kicked her way back to her feet with half a round to go. They traded some random strikes, and then Ducote scored a slick takedown with 90 seconds left in the fight. Macfarlane went for a Kimura from her back, mostly just stalling Ducote until the end of the round. That was a close fight, but Macfarlane should probably win that fight, 29-28. All 3 judges scored the fight for Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      Most of the first round had both guys trading a lot of decent strikes, and then Teixeira spent some time clinching, working for a takedown, which Lawrence stuffed, and they finished the last 90 seconds of the round trading strikes at a decent pace again. I have no idea who won that round. Teixeira landed a lot of strikes with a lot of force in the second round, while Lawrence fired back, but he didn't have the same kind of power behind his shots. Teixeira should be ahead at least by one round going into the final round. The final round was more of the same, with Teixeira chewing up Lawrence's lead leg with heavy kicks, while he also landed a lot of big punches & kicks to the head. He nearly dropped Lawrence with a minute left in the final round, and he continued to chop away at him until the final bell. I scored this fight 30-28 for Teixeira, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision.
89.3
Decision
15:00
      Taimanglo threw some big punches, and then tried to finish Caldwell with a guillotine choke in the first few seconds of the opening round, but he didn't have full guard, so Caldwell was able to pop his head free, and then he beat up Taimanglo with some short punches from half mount. It looked like Caldwell was setting up an arm-triangle choke, but for the most part he just smothered Taimanglo while peppering him with short punches, along with some decent elbows from odd angles. Nice opening 20 seconds for Taimanglo, but the rest of the round goes to Caldwell. Caldwell landed some solid elbows in the final 15 seconds, opening up a small cut on Taimanglo's right eye.
      The second round started with Caldwell shooting for another takedown, and Taimanglo tried to catch him in another half guard guillotine choke, but Caldwell popped his head free, and continued to pound on Taimanglo with short strikes from half mount. Taimanglo threw up an armbar with 2 minutes left in the round, but Caldwell stayed calm, and slipped his arm free, and then continued to beat up Taimanglo from inside his guard. The referee stood them up with a minute left in the round. They both scrambled for takedowns, Taimanglo slapped on a Peruvian Necktie, but Caldwell escaped when the referee pulled his toes out of the cage. Caldwell is probably ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but you could argue Taimanglo came closer to finishing that second round, than Caldwell did, so this fight COULD be all tied up, but more than likely, Caldwell is ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
      Caldwell shot for a takedown to start the third round, Taimanglo went for another guillotine choke, didn't come close at all this time, and they stood back up. Taimanglo then shot for a takedown of his own, he took Caldwell's back one minute into the round, but Caldwell was able to buck him off, and then spun around to end up inside Taimanglo's guard. Caldwell continued the grind on the ground, landing short shots, but not really doing a ton of damage. Taimanglo stood back up with a minute left in the round, and then he took down Caldwell with 40 seconds left in the fight. He took his back, but Caldwell was able to spin into his guard again. In the end, Caldwell should win this fight 30-27, but I have to admit that I would giggle a little bit if they gave the fight to Taimanglo. I felt Taimanglo was looking to finish the fight, and Caldwell was just looking to grind out a safe (but sloppy) decision, to earn his title shot. All 3 judges gave all 3 rounds to Caldwell. In my opinion, he should have to fight Taimanglo again, you know, for the rubber match or whatever.
OVERALL 89.6
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