100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (18 Total):
1. Justin Wren - 93.2
2. Cody Pfister - 92.9
3. Julia Budd - 92.2
4. Emily Ducote - 92.0
5. Justin Patterson - 91.3
6. Gabrielle Holloway - 91.2
7. Emmanuel Rivera - 91.2
8. Rafael Lovato Jr. - 90.8
9. Brandon Girtz - 90.3
10. Fernando Gonzalez - 90.2
Bellator 174: Coenen vs. Budd
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Elevation: 866'
-Fight of the Night-
Julia Budd vs. Marloes Coenen
Fighters & Matches 88.7
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.1
     These guys danced around for a few seconds, and then Witt shot in for an aggressive takedown, and took Patterson's back, but wasn't able to do anything with the position before Patterson stood back up. They traded a few punches, and then Witt scored another double leg takedown 2 minutes into the opening round. They stood back up, and Witt landed some nice punches & knees on the way up, while pressing Patterson against the fence. They continued to trade strikes at a fairly even pace for the rest of the round, until Witt scored another takedown with 45 seconds left in the round. He took Patterson's back, and basically just hung out there until the end of the round. Round one clearly goes to Jason Witt.
     When the second round started, Patterson came out in more of a sideways Karate stance, and he dropped Witt with a clean left hand, but Witt recovered quickly and took Patterson to the ground 30 seconds into the round. They eventually stood back up, continued to trade strikes, and Witt's nose was bleeding pretty badly. Witt continued to dig for takedowns, but Patterson was doing a better job staying on his feet in this round. Witt finally took him down again with 90 seconds left in the round, landing in side control this time. I was going to give that round to Witt, but Patterson dropped Witt with a huge right hand as the bell sounded, and it basically knocked him out, but after falling to his knees and rolling around for a second, he was able to get up and walk back to his corner, so the fight will continue. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Patterson dropped Witt immediately with a massive left hand when the third round started, the referee gave him plenty of time to recover, Patterson never stopped swinging, and after flopping around for a few seconds, Witt was out, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was a pretty solid win for Justin Patterson. It's worth noting he missed weight by 4 pounds, so that sucks, but it was still a good win.
      These girls hit the ground early, Dufresne slapped on an armbar, and cranked the shit out of it, rolling around to a variety of angles, but Holloway did a good job rolling with her to avoid too much damage. Holloway tried to work some ground & pound from inside Dufresne's guard, and Dufresne continued to roll around looking for angles to setup submissions. The referee stood them back up with 30 seconds left in the round. Holloway scored another takedown in the final seconds, and Dufresne tied her up in a guillotine choke. I scored that round for Dufresne based on her submission offense, but she looked pretty exhausted going back to her corner.
     Dufresne looked like she was in panic mode in the second round, Holloway beat her up with some strikes, Dufresne shot for a desperate takedown, Holloway easily stuffed the shot, and then took Dufresne's back, slapping on a rear-naked choke, but it wasn't quite under the chin, so Dufresne was just hanging out trying to withstand the storm. Holloway eventually gave up the choke, past to full mount, and then beat the living shit out of Dufresne with heavy punches on the ground, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a fantastic win for Gabrielle Holloway.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Ducote took down Collins early in the first round, and beat her up with short punches for a while, but Collins did a good job tying her up, preventing Ducote from really dealing any significant damage. The referee stood them up with 2 minutes left in the opening round, they traded some wild punches, Collins got blasted in the chin repeatedly, and then Ducote took her down again. Collins gave up her back with 30 seconds left in the round, Ducote slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission as the 10 second clacker was clackin'. That was another solid submission victory for Emily Ducote.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Pfister shot in looking for an aggressive takedown to start the fight, and after Gary defended against it for a few seconds, Pfister finally got him to the ground. He was caught in a guillotine choke for a few seconds, but he popped his head free, and then beat up Gary with some wild ground & pound, spending a ton of energy in the process. Gary slapped on an armbar, but Pfister was able to step over him to escape, and then he unloaded with some heavy right hands, beating the shit out of Gary with some heavy ground & pound. Pfister took Gary's back halfway through the round, slapped on a rear-naked choke, cranked the shit out of it, it looked like he was going to rip Gary's head off, he gave it up, threw some punches, locked it on again, this time a lot deeper, and he finished the fight by submission. That was a fantastic performance by Cody Pfister as he clearly gave this fight everything he had in the opening 3 minutes. That was a fun fight while it lasted. After the fight ended, Cody Pfister announced his retirement, so he can focus on his company or whatever. That was definitely a good way to go out if this was actually his last fight.
      Thomison spent the first round walking forward slowly, not really throwing any offense, just walking forward, while Rivera was bouncing around, picking him apart with punches. Thomison finally started to fire back with some decent shots in the final 90 seconds of the round, but Rivera's striking was way too consistent, so I scored the first round for Rivera. In case there was any question, Rivera dropped Thomison at the end of the round, so yeah, round one clearly goes to Emmanuel Rivera.
     The second round looked like it was going to be more of the same, until Thomison took down Rivera aggressively one minute into the round, and then caught him in a tight guillotine choke, but he wasn't able to wrap his legs around Rivera's body, so Rivera was able to escape and stand back up. They traded some strikes, and Rivera knocked Thomison's mouthpiece out, which had already happened several times in this fight. The rest of the round was all about Rivera beating the shit out of Thomison with clean punch combinations. In the final seconds of the round, Rivera absolutely slaughtered Thomison, dropping him as the bell sounded. The first two rounds were probably 10-8 rounds for Rivera.
     The final round was more of the same, with Thomison plodding around like a rock, while Rivera picked him apart with punches. The final round was probably just a 10-9 round for Rivera, but this fight should go to Rivera, probably 30-25 if I had to guess. All 3 judges gave the win to Rivera, 30-27 across the board, with only one judge giving him a 30-26 scorecard.
(Head Kick, Knees & Punches)
      Both of these guys are making their Bellator debuts, and it only lasted a few seconds. Lovato started the fight with a head kick, followed by some heavy knees, Hackmann curled up (still standing) against the fence, Lovato punched him a few times in the head, and the referee stopped the fight. That was probably an early stoppage to be fair, it was a GREAT start for Lovato, but it's a shitty way to go out for Hackmann. I would have liked to see these guys fight for a few more minutes at least, because Hackmann looked fine when the fight was over.
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      These guys clinched early, Wren threw Pizzolato to the ground like a ragdoll, he pounded on him with some elbows & knees, and then he looked like he was trying to setup a front choke of some sort. Wren continued to throw Pizzolato around with suplexes and wild shit, and he continued to beat the shit out of him with heavy punches & elbows. He passed to full mount, continued to slaughter Pizzolato, I thought the fight was about to be stopped, but the referee let them continue. Wren then slapped on an arm-triangle choke, which forced the submission. That was a fantastic performance by Wren, wiping away any memories I had of boring decisions from his past couple of fights in Bellator. THIS version of Justin Wren is awesome, and he looks like he's ready for a title shot or some shit all of the sudden. It's also worth noting though, that I have no idea who Roman Pizzolato is, so I doubt this win means THAT much as far as the official rankings are concerned.
      Girtz started the fight with some decent punches (but he failed to connect), and then he caught a kick by Gonzalez, and took him to the ground, and punched him hard on the way down. Gonzalez caught him in a guillotine choke, but Girtz was able to scramble out of it, and they stood back up. Girtz blasted Gonzalez with some heavy punch combinations, and then took him down again, but backed off once Gonzalez attempted another guillotine. Girtz continued to beat up Gonzalez on the feet with some slick boxing, and then he scored with another explosive takedown, but he still wasn't able to hold down the much larger Gonzalez. Round one goes to Girtz, but he also spent significantly more energy than Gonzalez, so we'll see what kind of impact that has on the rest of the fight.
     Girtz blasted Gonzalez with some heavy punches to start the second round and then he took him down again, this time pressing him against the cage, but he still couldn't hold him down. Girtz took down Gonzalez again, and passed to side control. Gonzalez tried to hold onto a guillotine, but couldn't get any leverage from that position, so he stood back up. Gonzalez landed a few decent punches, Girtz fired back with better punches, and then took down Gonzalez again. They stood back up almost immediately, and went back to trading punches. Girtz scored another takedown, Gonzalez caught him in another guillotine choke, and they stood back up. The rest of the round was a pretty even boxing match. I have Girtz ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but that second round could have gone either way.
     The final round started with Gonzalez kicking Girtz in the dick. When the fight started back up, Girtz continued to pick apart Gonzalez with punches. He shot for a takedown, it was stuffed, so he shot for another one, and completed it, but Gonzalez stood back up a few seconds later. Girtz continued to chip away at Gonzalez with punches, Gonzalez hit him with a few power shots and then stuffed another takedown. Gonzalez hit him with some heavy punch combinations, and then stuffed another takedown. Girtz took down Gonzalez again with a minute left in the round, but Gonzalez used a guillotine attempt to sweep him and stand back up. Gonzalez continued to beat up Girtz until the end of the round. The third round for sure goes to Gonzalez, so this fight could go either way. I scored it 29-28 for Girtz, but wouldn't be shocked by anything at this point. Ok, I lied, the judges all gave the fight to Gonzalez, and one judge even scored it 30-26 which is retarded. Congrats to Gonzalez for a big win, against a guy that weighed 10 pounds less than him after not even cutting any weight.
      These girls clinched, Budd pressed Coenen against the fence, picked her up in the air, and then dumped her to the ground, landing inside Coenen's guard. Budd spent the rest of the round grinding Coenen against the fence while working short strikes, while Coenen was looking for submissions from her back, but she was pressed too tightly against the fence to get any sort of proper leverage. I gave that round to Budd, but it was probably too close to properly score for either fighter.
      Budd took down Coenen immediately in the second round, and she landed in side control. It looked like she was going to setup a north south choke, but she mostly just smothered Coenen still. Budd eventually turned it into a D'Arce choke, but instead of going for the finish, she just continued to smother Coenen against the fence, at which point Coenen was able to pull guard again. The second round clearly goes to Budd.
      Budd took down Coenen 45 seconds into the third round, landed back inside Coenen's guard, and pressed her against the fence again. Budd tried to setup an arm-triangle choke with 90 seconds left in the round, but she was too close to the fence, so she couldn't get proper leverage. Budd continued to wrestle the shit out of Coenen while dropping short elbows to her head. That's another round in the bag for Budd.
      Budd started the fourth round with another takedown, landing in side control again. She passed to full mount one minute into the round, and opened up with some heavy punches with both hands, she dropped a few elbows, Coenen just covered her head with both arms, Budd continued to beat the living shit out of her, the referee told her to defend herself, but he just kind of hung out there, watching Budd absolutely maul Coenen. After a couple of minutes of absolutely destroying Coenen, the referee finally stopped the fight. That was an outstanding one-sided ass beating delivered by the first ever Bellator Women's Featherweight Champion.