(2/18/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (30 Total):
1. Gaston Bolanos - 92.2
2. Cheick Kongo - 92.2
3. Anatoly Tokov - 92.0
4. Veta Arteaga - 91.7
5. Patricky Freire - 91.5
6. J.J. Okanovich - 91.4
7. Nikko Jackson - 90.9
8. Mauricio Alonso - 90.3
9. Francisco France - 90.0
10. James Terry - 89.9
Bellator 172: Thomson vs. Pitbull
Location: San Jose, California
Elevation: 82'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Anatoly Tokov vs. Francisco France
89.4
Fighters & Matches 87.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 89.3
N/A
Submission
(Face Crank)
9:59
(Unaired)
82.3
Draw
(Majority)
15:00
      These guys clinched early, and Sano took a knee to the groin, so the fight was paused for a few seconds. When they started back up, Herzog took down Sano, and then took his back when he tried to stand back up. Herzog got too high, Sano snuck out the back door, and they stood back up. Sano threw a few punches, and then Herzog took him down quickly again, and then slapped on an interesting armbar, but Sano was able to escape, which left Herzog stuck inside Sano's guard halfway through the round. Herzog threw a few strikes on the ground, but he was mostly just smothering Sano. He passed to full mount with 90 seconds left, unloaded with some punches, and Sano tried to shake him off, giving up his back a few times. Herzog unloaded with some heavy punches & elbows in the final 45 seconds, but Sano was able to squirm around enough for the referee to let him go to the second round. Round one clearly goes to Herzog.
     Sano pressed Herzog against the fence for most of the second round, hitting him with some short shots, but for the most part, he was just kind of stalling against the fence. That wasn't a great round for either fighter, but I'm scoring it for Sano based on cage control. Both guys look pretty tired & out of shape going into the third round though.
     Sano came out throwing big right hands, and he rocked Herzog a few times. It was literally just a series of big right hands and nothing else though, so it looks pretty easy to telegraph. Herzog was absolutely exhausted as he basically just flopped his way forward into the fists of Sano. Herzog flopped down onto the ground, and tried to grab Sano's ankle, while Sano kept dropping punches from the sky. The referee then took a point from Sano for grabbing the cage. They both looked sloppy as shit, both absolutely exhausted, and halfway through the round, they both just kind of fell onto each other, with Herzog ending up on top. The fight ended up going to a slow paced majority draw, with one judge giving the win to Herzog, but the other two scored the fight even. I'm giving Sano the victory points, because Herzog looked like horse shit after the first 5 minutes, but really, neither of these fighters have much business fighting in Bellator at all.
87.8
TKO
(Punches)
4:53
      These guys both traded punches & kicks at a fairly even pace for most of the first round. Perez was bouncing around the outside, while Bolanos was mostly standing in the center. Bolanos started to stalk Perez in the last half of the round, increasing his offense, while Perez started backing up way too much, and in the final few seconds of the round, Bolanos dropped Perez with some big punches, and then he unloaded with some heavy punches on the ground that caused Perez to turtle up, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a solid MMA debut for Gaston Bolanos.
85.7
Technical Decision
10:37
      The first round mostly had Terry plowing forward, throwing big punches, busting up Llamas's nose a bit, while Llamas kept moving backward, looking to counter, but he wasn't nearly as active as Terry. In the final 30 seconds, there was a wild scramble where Llamas went for a leg lock, but Terry slipped out and stood back up. I'm scoring that round for Terry.
     The second round was another round full of Terry practically running forward, chasing Llamas around the cage, while throwing big punches at him. Llamas fired back with a few nice combinations, but for the most part, he just looked like he was running away from Terry. I have Terry ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The third round started, and Terry poked Llamas in the eye with his thumb. They took a full 5 minutes to let Llamas recover, but he failed with the "count my fingers" test from the doctor, so the doctor stopped the fight, and I think we're going to the scorecards? Either way, there is no way Terry loses this fight if it's not declared a no contest. All 3 judges agreed, giving the technical decision to James Terry unanimously.
88.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:26
      These guys clinched early, Andrews pressed Okanovich into the fence, and then tried to finish him with a standing guillotine choke, but Okanovich eventually pulled his head free, and they split up and traded a few strikes, before Andrews shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round. He finally took him down with 90 seconds left in the round, but Okanovich spent that entire exchange throwing short elbows to the side of the head of Andrews. They went into a battle of guillotine chokes with a minute left in the round, but neither fighter used their legs at all, so they just randomly rolled around. I guess I would score that round for Andrews, based on his offensive wrestling? But Okanovich might have won that round with his defensive wrestling? So... I have no idea who is winning going into the second round.
     They both came out swinging in the second round, and a massive cut opened up on the right side of Andrews's head. They eventually hit the ground, Okanovich took Andrews's back, he slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission. That was a really solid win by J.J. Okanovich. I'm glad that they finally showed one of his fights on the Bellator prelims instead of leaving him on the dark card.
87.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys just circled around each other like a couple of timid boxers that they drew from the crowd of an old school WEC show or some shit. They both threw a few decent combinations, but they were hardly ever within range of each other. The round ended with Jackson opening up with some violent combinations that cut open Gonzalez in the final seconds, so I scored that round for Nikko Jackson.
     The second round was another pretty solid scrap, which I thought Jackson was winning for the most part, but Gonzalez scored a late takedown (which he did nothing with), so that might have been enough to win the close round for Gonzalez. I think I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but I really have no idea how to score the fight so far..
     The final round was a very even round of brawling, especially the final 15 seconds or so, where they both unloaded on each other with wild punch combinations. If the fight would have continued for another 20 seconds or so, one of them most definitely would have been knocked the fuck out. I think I'm leaning toward scoring this fight for Jackson, 29-28, but I wouldn't be shocked if someone gives the fight to Gonzalez. All 3 judges agreed, giving the win to Jackson, with two judges giving him all 3 rounds.
87.6
TKO
(Punches)
4:42
      Koscheck started this fight by running across the cage, and then he just stopped. From there, they circled around each other, trading punches, with Koscheck missing with most of his shots, and Alonso was clipping him with some pretty solid counter punches. The referee paused the fight halfway through, and warned both fighters for holding their fingers straight out. Koscheck seemed to ignore the warning. Koscheck received another warning for his open hands. The referee warned Koscheck again, and then Alonso nearly dropped Koscheck with some punches. Alonso followed up with some more punches, Koscheck finally dropped, Alonso unloaded on him with some hammerfists, Koscheck turtled up, and the referee stopped the fight. That was a pretty big win for Alonso, but it continues Koscheck's 6-Fight losing streak, so really, what was this win worth for Alonso? I have no idea. Koscheck has looked like shit for the past 5 years, so I'm not really sure why he's still fighting at this point to be honest.
87.9
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
14:04
      These girls came out throwing wild shots at each other, and after a brief scramble, Mayo grabbed Arteaga's back, and started working for a rear-naked choke. Arteaga eventually spun out of that, Mayo tried to switch to an armbar, but that didn't work, so Arteaga threw some big punches while standing above Mayo inside her guard. They reset back on their feet with 2 minutes left in the round. They continued to trade strikes, they clinched, and Mayo accidentally clashed her head with Arteaga's head, which opened up a cut on the inside of Arteaga's eyebrow right above her nose. When the fight started back up, they continued to trade strikes, and Mayo was knocked down in the final seconds of the round. That was a VERY close round, which I was going to give to Mayo, but since Arteaga dropped her at the end of the round, I guess I'm going to score it as a draw.
     The second round had Arteaga beating up Mayo a little bit on the feet, but Mayo was still firing back with some decent shots of her own. After a brief scramble halfway through the round, they went to the ground again, with Arteaga on top, but Mayo has a pretty active guard, as she was switching between a decent variety of submissions from her guard. Arteaga stacked her up though, preventing Mayo from really being able to get any sort of leverage from her back. Arteaga is more than likely ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but I wouldn't be shocked if the judges have this fight all tied up at this point.
     The third round was another solid round of trading strikes, with Arteaga unloading with a violent combination halfway through the round that rocked Mayo, which forced Mayo to shoot for another takedown. She took Arteaga's back almost immediately again, but Arteaga spun around and landed back on top inside Mayo's guard. They stood back up with 90 seconds left in the final round. They traded a few more strikes, and then the doctor stopped the fight because Mayo's left eye was swollen shut. It sucks, because there was only a minute left in the fight, and she kept screaming "I CAN SEE! I CAN SEE!!!" But the doctor stopped the fight anyway. Let's be honest though, they really should have let her finish that final minute. Either way, Arteaga probably would have won on the scorecards, so solid win for Veta Arteaga, and a pretty solid pro debut for Brooke Mayo.
89.4
TKO
(Punches)
7:24
      These guys bounced around for a little while, traded some strikes, and then they went to the ground with Tokov on top, inside France's guard, dropping short punches, while France was trying to setup an armbar from his guard. France rolled over with 90 seconds left in the round and cranked on a tight armbar, but Tokov did a good job keeping his arms locked together. France rolled again, locked on a badass triangle choke with an ultrasmooth transition, but they kept rolling, and Tokov was able to stand back up with 45 seconds left in the round. France pressed Tokov against the fence, and worked some dirty boxing until the end of the round. Round one goes to France.
     These guys clinched hard to start the second round, they went to the ground, sort of, and Tokov stood up, France stayed on the ground, and Tokov kicked France in the dick. When the fight started back up, they both came out swinging, and Tokov dropped France with some punches, and then he dropped to the ground with him, settling back into France's dangerous guard. Tokov postured up, unloaded some heavy right hands, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was a pretty great fight, and a really good comeback victory for Tokov after more than likely losing the first round. I look forward to seeing both of these guys fight again in the future.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      Thompson was moving around the outside a lot, and Kongo appeared to be slightly afraid. Kongo finally clipped Thompson with some heavy punches 90 seconds into the round, and as soon as I thought he had Thompson in trouble, Thompson clipped Kongo, and forced him to shoot for a takedown, which Thompson easily stuffed. They clinched, and then Kongo threw a knee to Thompson's groin. When the fight started back up, Kongo kind of rushed Thompson and took him to the ground, and beat him up with some short shots against the fence. Kongo was mostly just grinding Thompson against the fence, but he postured up a few times and dropped some heavy shots that nearly blasted Thompson's head through the mat. Thompson stood back up with 30 seconds left in the round, but Kongo continued to press him against the fence until the end of the round. Kongo threw some heavy knees to the body from the clinch to finish out the round, and the referee had to jump in to save Thompson as the bell sounded. Round one clearly goes to Kongo.
     The second round started with Thompson rushing forward, clinching, and pressing Kongo into the fence. Kongo spun him around 90 seconds into the round, dropped for a deep double leg, and he dumped Thompson to the ground again. Kongo worked some solid ground & pound, and as the round progressed, his shots became harder & harder. Thompson spun around and tried to setup a kneebar, but he was too squashed against the fence, so Kongo was able to step out of it, and then he continued to drop heavy punches & elbows against the fence. That was a true ass beating, delivered by Kongo, leading to a 20-18 lead for Kongo going into the final round.
     These guys clinched early in the final round, Kongo pressed Thompson against the fence, he dumped him to the ground one minute in, pressed him against the fence, and continued to work his ground & pound with 4 minutes left to work, and this time, he passed to full mount. Kongo postured up 2 minutes into the round, unloaded with some heavy punches, the referee warned Thompson, telling him he needs to defend himself, but Kongo continued to just beat the shit out of him. With 45 seconds left in the round, Kongo dropped some heavy elbows that I thought might end the fight, but Thompson was doing JUST ENOUGH to hang in there. That was pretty much a one-sided ass beating delivered by Kongo for a solid 13 minutes or so. All the judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory after he beat the shit out of his former training partner.
88.9
KO
(Headbutt & Punches)
5:40
      The first round started with Thomson chewing up Pitbull's lead leg with kicks, both to the outside & inside. Pitbull was just eating the shots for the most part, until he blasted Thomson in the face with a big punch that knocked him on his ass in highlight reel fashion. Thomson recovered quickly, stood back up, and shot for a takedown, but Pitbull stuffed the shot, so they reset, and went back to trading punches & kicks. That round goes to Pitbull for dropping Thomson in brutal fashion. The round ended slowly though, which should give Thomson plenty of time to recover.
      The second round started, these guys both clashed with each other, Thomson dropped from an accidental headbutt, he tried to get back up, they clashed again, Thomson shot for a takedown, Pitbull clipped him with a big right uppercut, Thomson dropped, he was clearly still hurt from the headbutt, and Pitbull finished him off with punches on the ground. That was a questionable result, considering Thomson was initially rocked with an illegal (accidental) headbutt, and he wasn't given any time to recover or anything, and then he basically got knocked out moments later by punches. I'll be curious to see if he attempts to get this overturned to a no contest. Either way, that's a pretty big win for Patricky "Pitbull" Freire.
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
4:15
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
11:41
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Choke)
1:40
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:12
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.3
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