100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (10 Total):
1. Alex Lohore - 92.2
2. James Gallagher - 92.1
3. Liam McGeary - 91.2
4. Iony Razafiarison - 90.5
5. Colin Fletcher - 90.5
6. Brett McDermott - 88.4
7. Sinead Kavanagh - 87.5
8. Kirill Medvedovsky - 87.1
9. Shay Walsh
10. James McErlean
Bellator 173: McGeary vs. McDermott
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Elevation: 262'
-Fight of the Night-
Alex Lohore vs. Colin Fletcher
Fighters & Matches 88.3
Top 10 Fighters 89.9
TOTAL 89.1
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys traded a few strikes, Lohore took down Fletcher, Fletcher slapped on a D'Arce choke from his back, Lohore wrestled his way to side control, and then took Fletcher's back, they stood up, Lohore tried to setup a standing guillotine choke, and they finally reset back on their feet to trade some more punches. Fletcher caught a kick from Lohore, he dropped him with a big right hand, he followed him to the ground, slapped on an armbar, and Lohore stacked up Fletcher to avoid the submission. Fletcher switched it to a gogoplata, a triangle, another armbar, and then Lohore broke free, passed to side control and tried to setup an Americana. The round ended with Lohore throwing some wild punches on the ground. That was a crazy round, that I'm assuming should be scored for Fletcher, but it was a really competitive back & forth round of grappling.
     They picked up where they left off in the second round, there was some competitive back & forth grappling for a few seconds, Lohore ended up taking Fletcher's back, slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission, after probably losing the first round to the grappling offense of Fletcher. That was a really good fight overall, and I'm looking forward to seeing both of these guys fight again in the near future.
      These girls traded a few random strikes, Kavanagh dropped Iony 2 minutes into the round, but she stood back up immediately and then took down Kavanagh, landing in half mount. She threw a few random body punches, but for the most part, she was just stalling, so the referee stood them up with 90 seconds left in the round. Iony took her down again, and beat her up with some short punches against the fence. Round one goes to Iony based on top control, but she still didn't do a lot of damage.
     Iony started the second round by taking down Kavanagh, and grinding her against the fence, still not doing much damage, but mostly just wearing her down with her wrestling. The referee eventually stood them back up, Kavanagh beat up Iony with some heavy strikes, and then Iony took her down again, to grind her out until the end of the round. I have Iony ahead 2-0 going into the final round, and she really started to land some heavy ground & pound at the end of the second round.
     The final round was more of the same, with Iony taking down Kavanagh, beating her up against the cage, and basically just grinding her way to a unanimous decision victory. Kavanagh is a good striker, but she showed ZERO takedown defense in this fight, and no real ability to fight from her back. Iony pretty much dominated her for the duration of this fight, earning a pretty decent win for her record, considering she was a significant underdog going into this fight.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These guys traded a few strikes, Gallagher launched a heavy flying knee / punch combination, and then he took down Medvedovsky 90 seconds into the opening round, quickly passing to full mount. Medvedovsky gave up his back, Gallagher beat the shit out of him with some big punches, he slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission in the first round. That was another really solid performance by James Gallagher. This guy looks like a pretty legit prospect, but I haven't been that impressed with Medvedovsky so far, so this win probably doesn't mean that much when compared to some of the bigger names in the division.
(Doctor Stoppage)
      McDermott is a late-late replacement, and he knocked down McGeary as soon as this fight started. McGeary stood back up immediately, and they both started trading punches, with McGeary mixing in some knees as well. McGeary started to punish McDermott with combinations 2 minutes into the round, but he got sloppy, so McDermott was able to take him down. They stood back up, McGeary dropped McDermott with a knee, and then slapped on a D'Arce choke, but that didn't work, so he continued to scramble around looking for a variety of submissions, he cranked on an armbar from a really bizarre position with 90 seconds left in the round, but McDermott stayed calm and just hung out there, waiting for McGeary to let go of his arm. The round ended with McDermott on top, inside McGeary's guard, dropping some punches, while McGeary tried to setup a triangle choke. That round was wild, so I have no idea who won that round.
     They fought for a minute or so in the second round, before the doctor stopped the fight due to McDermott losing vision in his right eye. That was a good win for McGeary I guess? It's hard to really tell how much credit to give a fighter, when they barely beat someone who was a late replacement for the previous late replacement. Congrats to McGeary for getting back on the winning track, he's starting to show a lot of holes in his game though.