100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (10 Total):
1. Goiti Yamauchi - 93.8
2. Alessio Sakara - 92.1
3. John Salter - 91.8
4. Ed Ruth - 91.7
5. Valeriu Mircea - 91.6
6. Kleber Raimundo Silva - 91.1
7. Philipe Lins - 89.8
8. Joey Beltran - 88.0
9. Claudio Annichiarico - 85.2
10. Emanuele Palombi - 84.7
Bellator 168: Sakara vs. Beltran
Location: Florence, Italy
Elevation: 164'
-Fight of the Night-
Goiti Yamauchi vs. Valeriu Mircea
Fighters & Matches 89.0
Top 10 Fighters 90.0
TOTAL 89.5
(Punches & Elbows)
     Salter scored a quick takedown 20 seconds into the first round, and he immediately passed to full mount, on the Muay Thai Champion. Annichiarico didn't look like he had any idea what to do on the ground, so Salter postured up, and unloaded with some big punches, Annichiarico looked 100% defenseless, the referee warned him a few times, and Salter continued to pound on him with big elbows to the head, some more punches, and the fight was stopped around the 90 seconds mark of the opening round. That was a solid one-sided performance by John Salter.
      These guys started by trading some slow punch combinations, with Lins blasting Silva with the harder shots, forcing Silva to shoot for a takedown, which Lins easily stuffed. Lins spent most of the round with his back near the fence, making Silva look like he was in control, but Lins was the only one landing anything significant. They really started to open up with some heavy combinations in the final 2 minutes, with Lins still landing the better shots. Silva threw a nice spinning heel kick with 30 seconds left in the round, but only barely landed with it. Lins continued to plow forward, throwing power punches, without showing any effects from the kick. Round one goes to Lins.
     Lins came out looking aggressive in the second round, as he blasted Silva with some heavy combinations, pressuring him back toward the fence. This fight has been kind of slow paced so far, but halfway through the second round, there was a violent explosion, where both guys threw bombs, looking to kill each other. Silva rocked Lins with 2 minutes left in the round, and continued to pound on him, as Lins was doing everything he could just to stay on his feet, but Silva continued to pound on him with punches, busting up the face of Lins, and forcing the referee to stop the fight late in the second round. That was a fantastic finish by Silva, after a somewhat mediocre performance for the first half of the fight. Another disappointing loss for Lins.
      Ruth scored a basic takedown 30 seconds into the first round, passed to full mount almost immediately, and then he beat up Palombi on the ground for a little while. He really started to unload with some heavy right hands 90 seconds or so into the first round, and the fight was stopped as Palombi wasn't really defending himself at all. That was another really strong first round finish by Ed Ruth. This guy is a definite prospect in Bellator's middleweight division, especially considering he took this fight overseas on short notice.
(Triangle Choke)
      Mircea nearly knocked out Yamauchi 30 seconds into the first round with some violent punches, he literally knocked him out at one point, but he kept punching him, woke him back up, Yamauchi threw up a desperate armbar, Mircea slammed his way out of it, Yamauchi slapped on another armbar, and Mircea slammed out of it again, and continued to pound on him with some big punches. Yamauchi threw some elbows from his guard, he swept Mircea, Mircea went for a leg lock, and Yamauchi ended up in some sort of top control halfway through the round. He passed to half guard, and then full mount with 2 minutes left in the round. Yamauchi opened up with some brutal elbows, bouncing Mircea's head off the canvas with some brutal ground & pound, Mircea swept him, Yamauchi locked on a triangle choke, and finished the fight by submission. That fight was fucking insane, it was a huge comeback victory for Yamauchi, and a very disappointing loss for Yamauchi, considering he knocked out Yamauchi in the first 30 seconds.
      These guys traded some random punches, and then Sakara poked Beltran in the eye. When the fight started back up, they continued to trade punches, Beltran collapsed, Sakara unloaded on him, and won another fight with a really strong performance at home in Italy. I've always liked Sakara, and I'm especially a fan now that he gets to fight more frequently at home in Italy.