(1/27/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (28 Total):
1. Tyrell Fortune - 92.8
2. Chidi Njokuani - 92.0
3. David Rickels - 91.9
4. Jarod Trice - 91.8
5. Jessica Middleton - 91.8
6. Justin Overton - 91.6
7. A.J. McKee - 91.4
8. Jordan Young - 90.8
9. Will Johnson - 90.6
10. Bruna Ellen - 89.7
Bellator 171: Guillard vs. Njokuani
Location: Mulvane, Kansas
Elevation: 1,234'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Tyrell Fortune vs. Will Johnson
90.1
Fighters & Matches 88.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 90.1
85.7
Decision
15:00
     The first round was a fairly close striking match, and then Ellen took down James in the final minute of the round, which was probably enough to win the round for Ellen. The second round was another close round of striking, with decent action, but not a lot of damage being delivered in either direction. The final round was more of the same, but Ellen scored an early takedown, and maintained control for most of the round, so I scored this fight 30-27 for Bruna Ellen. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Bruna Ellen.
88.8
TKO
(Punches)
8:17
      Here we have a couple of big heavyweights, who look like they could probably drop down to 205 if they really felt like getting into shape. With that being said, they both have big punching power, and they mostly just stood in front of each other, winging big punches at each other. The first round goes to Trice. Woltkamp started to make a comeback halfway through the second round, but his big offensive moment didn't last long, as Trice quickly started to pick him apart again with some hard punches to the face. Trice knocked down Woltkamp a minute or so later, Trice rushed him, and the referee stopped the fight. The stoppage might have been a few seconds early, but that's still another decent win for Jarod Trice, as he earns his first finish in Bellator.
90.1
TKO
(Punches)
9:27
      The first round started with some heavy punches, Fortune slammed Johnson, and beat the shit out of him for a couple of minutes, and then they stood back up, and Johnson suplexed Fortune, and then beat him up with some shots against the fence from the clinch, and then he dropped Fortune with a heavy knee to the dick. After a length timeout, the fight continued, and Fortune pressed Johnson against the fence for some more clinching. Fortune blasted Johnson with a knee to the body, and then Johnson punched Fortune in the dick. The referee took a point from Johnson. The referee told Johnson he had him on a short leash, and if he throws another groin strike, he's going to stop the fight. When the fight started back up, Fortune threw a nice punch combination, and then Johnson threw Fortune across the cage, jumped on him, they stood back up, Johnson threw a knee to the face of Fortune, and then Fortune took control of the clinch again. The right side of Fortune's head was bleeding by the end of the round. I technically scored that round for Johnson, so I guess it's a draw due to the point deduction.
     The second round was all about Fortune beating the shit out of Johnson with knees from the clinch. They wrestled around a little bit, Fortune controlled Johnson on the ground, he pressed him against the fence, blasted him with some huge uppercuts while kind of riding Johnson's back, and eventually the referee decided to stop the fight becausce he thought Johnson yelled "stop", but he really just grunted. Still, it was a decent stoppage, because Johnson was getting his ass kicked. That was another solid finish by Tyrell Fortune.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      Harris beat up Young a little bit on the feet, and then Young threw him to the ground halfway through the round, went for a D'Arce choke, but Harris was able to stand up and escape a few seconds later. Harris continued to beat up Young on the feet, and then Young tripped him again, landing inside his guard with 2 minutes left in the round. They stood back up with 90 seconds left in the round. Harris finished out the round beating up Young on the feet. Young is clearly more comfortable on the ground, but since he couldn't keep Harris down, I actually scored that round slightly for Harris, based on landing more strikes.
     The second round was a striking battle for the most part, and Young was able to use his range to pick apart Harris. Harris was still moving forward, but he just couldn't get inside. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but Young is more than likely ahead 2-0 on most scorecards. The third round was all about Young beating the living shit out of Harris, chopping his face open with punches, leaving his face a bloody mess. By the end of the fight, Young clearly won AT LEAST two of the rounds, so all 3 judges gave Young the unanimous decision victory with no questions asked. That was a really solid Bellator debut, especially those last 2 rounds.
88.8
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
5:34
      These guys started this fight by quickly scrambling to the ground, and Overton was immediately able to secure back control, and started working for the rear-naked choke inside the first 20 seconds of the opening round. Well, that started off exciting, but Reyno was able to defend against the choke for the duration of the round, so we were basically treated to 5 minutes of Overton hugging Reyno from behind, without ever really coming THAT close to finishing the choke. I'm scoring that as a 10-9 round for Overton.
     Overton nearly dropped Reyno with a big right hand as soon as the second round started, he went in for the kill, Reyno fired back with some shots, Overton took him down again, slapped on a rear-naked choke, and put Reyno to sleep. That was an outstanding performance by Justin Overton, and an extremely disappointing performance for Gaston Reyno, as he really had zero offense for the duration of the fight. Welcome to Bellator Justin Overton!
89.2
Decision
15:00
      McKee started this fight by kicking Phillips across the cage with a huge side kick to the body. He continued to chip away at Phillips for a couple of minutes with a variety of punches & kicks. He really started to chew up the head of Phillips with heavy punch combinations a couple of minutes into the first round. Phillips randomly kicked McKee in the nuts with around a minute left in the round. McKee continued to chip away at Phillips until the end of the round. Round one very clearly goes to McKee.
     The second round was more of the same, with McKee beating up Phillips for the most part, but it looked like Phillips might have dropped him with 90 seconds left in the round, McKee dropped to a knee and then tried to takedown Phillips, but it didn't work, so they reset back on their feet. I feel like McKee pretty clearly won that round, but if you count what happened during that one moment as a knockdown, then I could see some judges giving that round to Phillips. I think McKee needs to pick it up a little bit in the final round if he wants to get the finish.
     The third round started the same way, until McKee finally took down Phillips 2 minutes into the final round. Phillips scrambled back to his feet quickly, and then unloaded some punches. McKee threw a head kick, and Phillips hit him in the balls by accident. The rest of the round was a very close striking battle, until McKee scored a final desperate takedown in the final seconds of the round, and he landed a little bit of ground & pound in the final 10 seconds. I feel like McKee should win this fight on the scorecards, but I won't be shocked if someone gives two rounds to Phillips. All 3 judges gave the win to A.J. McKee, and the crowd was pissed. (Phillips was the hometown fighter).
89.3
Decision
15:00
      Middleton came out spinning around like a helicopter, and Yauger mostly just stood in front of her, firing back with punches. They continued to trade strikes at a pretty high pace, and Yauger tried to turn it up a notch halfway through the round, but Middleton chewed her up with counterstrikes to the face, knocking her head back a few times. Every time I thought Yauger was about to steal the round, Middleton would knock her head back with a combination that would make Yauger's fans want to cry. Round one goes to Middleton.
     Middleton continued to pick apart Yauger in the second round, and whenever it looked like she hurt her, Middleton would turn it up a few notches, looking to kill Yauger. Yauger is pretty tough though, as she's been able to absorb a decent amount of damage, and she's still firing back. Middleton really hurt Yauger halfway through the round, but she backed off, hurt Yauger again, and then backed off again. Yauger's face really started to look mangled by the end of the second round. I have Middleton ahead 2-0 going into the final round, and that second round might have been a 10-8 round based on the amount of damage done.
     Yauger rushed Middleton in the second round, and then took her down aggressively. She pressed her into the fence, postured up, and unloaded with some punches, while trying to control Middleton's back. After a brief grinding scramble, Middleton took Yauger's back against the fence in the seated position, and punched her in the head a few times. Middleton stayed calm, and slowly worked toward securing a rear-naked choke. Yauger did a good job defending against the choke, but she still lost the round. That was a really good fight, and a 30-26 win for Middleton in my opinion. Middleton tried to transition to an armbar from back control at the end of the round, which allowed Yauger to finish the round with some ground & pound, but yeah, this fight clearly goes to Middleton. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Jessica Middleton.
89.6
TKO
(Punches)
10:44
      David Rickels always has interesting walkouts, and this time, he had the entire crowd (by the ramp) freeze in place, as he walked through them, turning it into sort of a bizarre matrix walkout or something. That was amusing. Rickels dropped Derrow almost immediately with some punches, Derrow tried to wrap him up in his guard, and Rickels unloaded with some punches on the ground before standing back up one minute into the round. He dropped some heavy punches while standing above Derrow near the fence, and then he dropped down into his guard again and dropped some elbows. Rickels continued to stand up, drop big punches and stomps, he would settle back into Derrow's guard, work some more ground & pound, stand back up, go back in, etc... Derrow has a sticky guard, but for the most part, that round was all about Rickels slaughtering Derrow with strikes on the ground. He let him stand back up with a minute left in the round, they traded some strikes, and then Derrow scored a takedown, settling into the guard of Rickels, but neither fighter really did anything else at that point. I'm going to go ahead and call that a 10-8 round for Rickels.
     The second round started with Derrow shooting for a takedown, and Rickels stuffed the shot and blasted Derrow with a hard kick to the body. They split up, and Rickels continued to unload with big punch combinations. Rickels dropped Derrow with another massive left hand one minute into the round, Derrow crumbled, Rickels pinned him, and unloaded some short elbows to the skull of Derrow. Rickels spent several more minutes slaughtering Derrow with punches & elbows on the ground, and some of the elbows were cringeworthy. Derrow was doing just enough to stay alive, but Rickels was pretty much destroying him for the first 10 minutes of this fight. The round ended with Rickels standing above Derrow, kicking the shit out of him. I have Rickels ahead 20-16 going into the final round.
     Rickels beat up Derrow with some punches to start the final round, Derrow tried to clinch, Rickels broke free, dropped him with a knee, and then unloaded with some punches on the ground, forcing the referee to stop the fight early in the round. I think a lot of people thought the fight should have been stopped after the second round, but Derrow is tough, if nothing else. That was a good win for Rickels, as he gets back on track after his knockout loss to Melvin Guillard (which was switched to a no contest due to Guillard's failed drug test).
89.3
Decision
15:00
      Njokuani appears to be about twice the height of Guillard. This fight is being held at 180 pounds due to it being a late notice matchup. Njokuani landed a few long range kicks, and then Big John warned them for not being active enough. When the fight started back up, Njokuani blasted Guillard with a kick, and then Guillard clinched, and then clipped him with a knee to the nuts. When the fight started back up, Njokuani blasted Guillard with another hard kick to the body, and then Guillard took him down, but couldn't keep him down for more than a few seconds. Njokuani blasted Guillard with some additional heavy kicks, a knee, and then they collapsed, as Guillard sort of tried to pull guard or something. Njokuani stood up, destroyed Guillard with some heavy punches and a big knee to the body, and then clipped him in the top of the head with an illegal knee, so the referee had to give him a stern warning. The fight restarted back on their feet. Njokuani continued to blast Guillard's body with sniper style power kicks. Njokuani finished the round with a couple of punches, before Guillard clinched to stall out the final 10 seconds. Round one clearly goes to Njokuani.
      Njokuani continued to pick apart Guillard in the second round, and then Guillard shot for a desperate takedown 45 seconds into the round, and Njokuani easily reversed him on the way down, ending up on top in side control. Guillard tried to stand up, Njokuani beat him up a little bit on the ground, Guillard tried to take his back, and Njokuani scared him off with a Kimura, and then threw him to the ground as Guillard tripped. Njokuani chipped away at Guillard with some heavy punches, short elbows, and some knees to the body while pinning Guillard against the fence. He opened up with some brutal ground & pound with around 90 seconds left in the round. The referee eventually stood them back up, Njokuani blasted Guillard with a BRUTAL kick to the body, it nearly caused him to collapse, Njokuani followed it up with a flying knee to the body, Guillard clinched, and was saved by the bell. I have Njokuani ahead 20-16 going into the final round, based on the way he's basically manhandled Guillard for the first 10 minutes of this fight.
      Njokuani started the final round where he left off, with another hard kick to the body, another big knee to the body, and then Guillard clinched and pressed him against the fence. Njokuani blasted Guillard with a big knee to the head, and then whipped him to the ground from the clinch. Njokuani beat up Guillard with some decent ground & pound, but for the most part, Guillard was doing a halfway decent job tying up Njokuani on the ground. Njokuani pressed him against the fence with a minute left in the round, and continued to unload with big punches, while Guillard just sat there, doing everything he could to avoid death. The referee stood them back up with 30 seconds left in the round, Njokuani landed one more big kick, Guillard tied him up, tried to take his back, and the round ended. That fight could be a 30-24 decision for Njokuani, but I scored it 30-25. All 3 judges agreed, giving Njokuani the obvious unanimous decision victory.
N/A
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
7:08
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
1:23
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
4:38
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.1
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