(1/21/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (36 Total):
1. Paul Daley - 92.6
2. Colleen Schneider - 92.3
3. Tito Ortiz - 92.2
4. Guilherme Vasconcelos - 92.1
5. Jalin Turner - 91.9
6. Chinzo Machida - 91.7
7. Derek Campos - 91.4
8. Derek Anderson - 90.9
9. Kevin Casey - 90.8
10. Georgi Karakhanyan - 90.1
Bellator 170: Sonnen vs. Ortiz
Location: Inglewood, California
Elevation: 1,309'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Paul Daley vs. Brennan Ward
90.4
Fighters & Matches 88.0
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 89.8
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
8:55
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
0:41
(Unaired)
87.4
KO
(Punches)
0:36
      These guys both came out swinging, Turner quickly pressured Green's back toward the fence, Turner blasted him with a knee, and a right hand, Green dropped, and Turner finished him off with punches. That was a fantastic 36 second finish by Jalin Turner, and it's 2 seconds faster than his finish in WSOF a year ago against Eric Steans.
89.0
KO
(Punch)
13:48
      These guys traded some awkward punches, and then Ocampo sort of rushed Machida, looking to take him to the ground. Machida swept him 45 seconds into the round, and stood back up. Machida clipped Ocampo with a hard punch, and then Ocampo took him down again, settling into his guard this time. Ocampo passed to half mount, pressed Machida into the fence, and continued to pound on him with short strikes. He rolled for a sloppy rear-naked choke, but didn't have Machida's body under control, so Machida easily escaped, but Ocampo was able to maintain top control at least. Machida rocked Ocampo with a pair of upkicks with 90 seconds left in the round, Ocampo shot for a desperate takedown, and he was able to get him back under control for the final minute of the round. Machida's face was covered with blood, but I think it was mostly coming from Ocampo's nose. Round one clearly goes to Jamar Ocampo, but Machida landed some noteworthy shots at random intervals. The commentators suggested a 10-8 round, but I disagree.
     Machida beat up Ocampo with some aggressive strikes for the first minute of the second round, but Ocampo was able to score another takedown, and he tried to setup a choke from there, but Machida just stood up and walked away with ease. Machida blasted Ocampo with a brutal head kick 2 minutes into the round, and followed it with some hard punches, forcing Ocampo to shoot for another takedown. Machida swept him, took full mount, slapped on a triangle choke, rolled to his back, Ocampo escaped, and then passed to full mount, and tried to secure an arm-triangle choke, but he didn't have enough time to finish it. I'm giving that round to Machida, but you could make an argument for Ocampo since he ended the round on top. I also thought Ocampo almost tapped to the triangle, so, that's part of why I scored it for Machida. I have it all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round was pretty boring, with Ocampo pressing Machida against the fence for some basic clinch stalling. They split up halfway through the round, and Machida blasted Ocampo with another heavy head kick. Ocampo clinched again, tried to stall some more, but Machida broke free with 90 seconds left in the fight. Machida then blasted Ocampo with a hard right hand to the face, Ocampo face planted, Machida kicked him in the body with a soccer kick, and the fight was stopped. That was a pretty great KO victory for Machida, even if it was just a flash KO.
85.0
Decision
15:00
      The first round felt a bit like a sparring match, with neither fighter really going for the kill at all. Random strike were traded, Brown looked more accurate, and Soto landed a couple of hard shots in the final seconds. I'm calling that round a draw.
     Soto came out swinging in the second round, and knocked down Brown in the first few seconds. They stood back up, and both started trading at a higher pace. Brown spent most of the round picking apart Soto with halfway decent strikes, which probably ended up stealing the round for him, even though Soto knocked him down early. You just can't win 30 seconds of a round, and expect to walk away with it. So I guess I have Brown ahead going into the third round.
     The final round was more of the same. In the end, this is the fourth time I've seen Soto fight, and I've never seen him win a fight, so he's putting himself dangerously close to tomato can territory. Apparently he's won every fight he's had outside of major organizations, but if you can't beat lower level guys in the big organizations, then it's hard to get excited to watch you go 15 minutes with someone else I've never heard of. In the end, I hope Brown wins this fight, but I could see it going either way, and I don't really care that much, one way or the other. All 3 judges scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Alex Soto, for the unanimous decision victory.
87.7
Draw
(Majority)
15:00
      Casey started the fight with a hard inside leg kick. They circled around each other for a few seconds, and then Casey blasted Berry with an overhand left, and another inside leg kick. Casey clinched one minute into the round, but that went nowhere, so they reset. Casey checked a hard leg kick, and then blasted Berry with a right hand that knocked him on his ass. Casey settled into his guard, and then unloaded with some heavy punches against the fence. They stood back up, walked around for a few more seconds, and Casey dropped Berry again with another fantastic right hand. He pinned Berry against the fence, unloaded with some heavy punches, and the referee threatened to stop the fight. Casey postured up with 90 seconds left, and unloaded with some extremely heavy punches directly to the face of Berry. He switched to throwing elbows with a minute left in the round, and chopped up Berry with some sharp cuts. That was clearly a 10-8 round for Kevin Casey.
     Berry looked like he was still full of energy at the start of the second round, and we all know Casey slows down significantly as the fights progress, so, we'll see what happens from here. They both landed a few decent shots, and then Casey scored another takedown 2 minutes into the round, and settled into Berry's guard for some basic stalling. They stood up with a minute left in the round, and Berry plowed forward, looking to land some heavy shots, but I don't know if he necessarily did enough to steal the round from all of Casey's top control. I have Casey ahead 20-17 going into the final round.
     The final round was more of the same, but took place mostly standing, and eventually the fight went to the scorecards, even though Casey really should have finished it in the first round. By the end of the fight, one judge scored the fight 29-27 for Kevin Casey, and the other two judges scored it as a draw, resulting in a majority draw. I'm giving Casey the victory points for that one, but like I said, he really should have gone for the finish instead of leaving it in the hands of the judges.
88.1
KO
(Punches)
5:41
      Mercurio started this fight by throwing a lot of leg kicks, Vasconcelos landed some hard punches, and then took down Mercurio 90 seconds into the opening round. Vasconcelos beat up Mercurio a little bit on the ground, but for the most part he just held him there, and when Mercurio stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round, he bounced around and chipped away at Vasconcelos for a while. Vasconcelos then took down Mercurio again, and beat him up on the ground until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Guilherme Vasconcelos.
     The second round had Vasconcelos beating up Mercurio on the feet, he pressured him toward the fence, unloaded on him, and knocked him the fuck out in brutal fashion. That was a really strong performance by Guilherme Vasconcelos, but to be fair, Mercurio is another one of those guys I've never personally seen win a fight, so I look forward to seeing Vasconcelos again, but I don't know if this will really give him any sort of significant movement with the rankings.
N/A
KO
(Body Punch)
14:28
(Unaired)
89.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded some hard strikes in the first round, with Anderson throwing a lot of kicks and straight punches, and Campos was mostly throwing bombs. Most of the exchanges were pretty even, but Campos dropped Anderson one time fairly early in the first round, so I'm assuming the judges will lean slightly in favor of Campos after that first round, but Anderson was throwing a lot of slick combinations, so I don't know, it was a close round overall. Anderson rocked Campos in the final 45 seconds, so I think I'm going to lean slightly in favor of Anderson, but I can see that one going both ways on the scorecards.
     The second round was another back & forth brawl, with both guys landing some heavy punches, with neither fighter really looking to work much defense at all. Campos landed the heavier punches in the first half of the round, but Anderson started to work some heavy kicks of his own in the last half of the round, and then Campos took him down with 2 minutes left in the round, but couldn't hold him there for more than a few seconds. The round ended with both guys still basically just brawling. I gave that round to Campos and have it all tied up going into the final round, but Campos could potentially be ahead 2-0 depending on how you scored the first round.
     Anderson tried to keep the fight standing in the third round, while Campos spent a good portion of the round trying to take him down from the clinch, while Anderson just stuffed his shots. The right eye of Campos also started to bleed, so that's the first real damage I've seen in the fight. Campos shot for an explosive takedown 2 minutes into the round, but he wasn't able to hold Anderson down for long. Anderson unloaded on Campos with some brutal punches, and a head kick with 2 minutes left in the round, and then he went for a guillotine choke, but Campos escaped and just settled into Anderson's guard in the center of the cage. Anderson blasted Campos with some short elbows from his back, while Campos mostly just held him down, and then Anderson scrambled into top position with 30 seconds left in the round, but they ended up standing back up and trading a few more strikes before the end of the round. If I had to pick, I would probably give that fight to Campos, 29-28, but I'm halfway expecting at least one judge to give the fight to Anderson, especially since the face of Campos looked mangled by the end of the fight. All 3 judges gave the fight to Campos, 29-28 across the board for the unanimous decision victory.
88.0
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
      Karakhanyan came out throwing the harder punches, as usual, Sanchez started slow, and Karakhanyan took him down in the first 90 seconds. He tried to take his back against the fence, but Sanchez stood up, causing Karakhanyan to settle into a back clinch. By the end of the round, Sanchez had taken Karakhanyan's back, and he was riding him like a backpack against the fence while digging for a rear-naked choke. That round was close and could have possibly gone either way.
     The second round started the same way, with Karakhanyan trying to take Sanchez's back early, but Sanchez quickly reversed him, beat him up with some punches, and then pinned him against the fence where he was able to drop some decent punches & elbows. Karakhanyan eventually hit Sanchez with some illegal upkicks, and got a warning for it. When the fight started back up, the referee reset them with Sanchez back on top, and he hit Karakhanyan with some knees to the head on the ground which is also illegal. The referee then took a point from Sanchez for the illegal shots, which is kind of fucked up since Karakhanyan just got a soft warning for his upkicks. When the fight started back up, Sanchez swarmed all over Karakhanyan, threw him to the ground, took his back, and tried to crank on a rear-naked choke. I'm scoring that round for Sanchez for sure, but I guess since there was a point taken, it's a tie? Fuck that though, if that's the case, I'm scoring the round 9-8 for Sanchez.
     The final round basically had Karakhanyan taking down Sanchez and taking his back, and hugging him for the duration of the round. Sanchez struggled to escape, but Karakhanyan clearly controlled that entire round. I really hope we don't go to another draw here, because draws suck. I think Karakhanyan probably did enough in this fight to win, especially with the addition of the point from the second round's illegal knees. One judge scored it a draw, and the other two judges gave the fight to Sanchez, for the majority decision.
84.8
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with both guys throwing random kicks. This fight is SUPER boring. Gracie's kicks just look silly, and Kato is afraid to engage, since he doesn't want to get taken down. It was pretty clear that Gracie was trying to get taken down, and I think Kato noticed that, so he was mostly just standing there, and whenever Gracie would fall down randomly, Kato would just stand there and wait for him to stand back up. Kato swarmed him with a big superman punch, followed by some ground & pound in the final 30 seconds, and then as soon as Gracie tried to get his grappling going on the ground, Kato stood back up. Round one clearly goes to Kato based on that one exchange at the end.
     The second round was another bullshit round of both guys just walking each other down, afraid to engage beyond single shots every once in a great while. The referee even warned them for being boring as fuck. Kato finished the round with a nice combination, so I guess I have Kato ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but this fight is insanely boring.
     The third round looked like more of the same, until Gracie shot for a takedown, and just pressed Kato against the fence for some clinch stalling. Kato then threw him to the ground, and beat the shit out of him with some punches, causing Gracie to score another takedown halfway through the round. Gracie threw a headbutt to the body and got a warning. The rest of the round had Kato holding onto a tight guard, just stalling the shit out of Gracie. Gracie passed to full mount with one minute left in the fight. He dropped a few basic punches, and finished the round by rubbing his balls in Kato's face. I scored this fight 29-28 for Kato, even though I nearly fell asleep multiple times. All 3 judges agreed, and one judge even gave Kato all 3 rounds, which is weird, but whatever. Congrats to Kato for winning the most boring fight of the night.
90.4
KO
(Flying Knee)
2:27
      Ward dropped Daley early in the first round, but he kind of just knocked him off balance, so he let him stand back up. Daley clipped him, and then Ward scored a takedown, and then beat up Daley on his way back to his feet. Daley rocked Ward again with a hard punch, and then Ward shot for a takedown because his legs were giving out on him. He grabbed Daley's back against the fence, while Daley tried to get back to his feet. They reset back on their feet halfway through the round. Ward landed some hard shots to the body of Daley, Daley blasted him with a spinning back elbow, and then knocked him the fuck out with a flying knee. That was a fantastic finish by Paul Daley.
89.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
2:03
      These guys both traded some sloppy strikes, Tito shot for the slowest single leg I've ever seen, Sonnen stuffed the shot, swept him, and started setting up a D'Arce choke just 30 seconds into the round. He gave up on that and cranked on a guillotine choke instead. Tito popped his massive head free around the one minute mark, and then Tito passed to full mount, slapped on an arm-triangle choke, or something? Sort of a neck crank, arm-triangle or something, I'm not really clear what that was to be honest. He cranked it, Sonnen was forced to submit, and Ortiz wins his retirement fight in the first round by submission. Congrats to Tito.
88.7
Submission
(Anaconda Choke)
1:30
      Daniels started this fight with a superman punch that missed. They danced around for a few seconds, trading some random jabs & kicks, and then Schneider blasted Daniels with a hard kick to the body, she unloaded with some punches & knees while pressing her against the fence, Daniels ducked down for a takedown, Schneider caught her in an Anaconda choke, did the roll, wrapped her up with her legs, and eventually Daniels was forced to submit. That was a fantastic performance by Colleen Schneider in her Bellator debut.
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
8:48
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Inverted Triangle Choke)
4:36
(Unaired)
N/A
KO
(Punches)
1:02
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
7:45
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.8
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