(3/31/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (30 Total):
1. James Bochnovic - 92.0
2. Steve Kozola - 92.0
3. Noad Lahat - 90.8
4. Sergei Kharitonov - 90.8
5. Manny Vazquez - 90.8
6. Tim Cho - 90.4
7. Damian Norris - 89.6
8. Emmanuel Sanchez - 89.4
9. Quinton Jackson - 89.2
10. Muhammed Lawal - 88.7
Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo 2
Location: Rosemont, Illinois
Elevation: 638'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Steve Kozola vs. Jake Roberts
89.4
Fighters & Matches 87.3
Top 10 Fighters 90.4
TOTAL 88.9
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
85.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round started with both guys trading strikes, until Norris absorbed a hard kick to the dick, which paused the fight for a while. When they started back up, they both looked tentative, but continued to trade strikes for most of the round, until Norris scored a late takedown to try to steal the round. That round was close, it could go either way, but I scored it slightly for Norris based on absorbing a groin shot, and scoring a takedown.
     The second round was more of the same, with Shoaff trying a flying armbar, but failing, so they just traded strikes for most of the round, and Norris absorbed another kick to the groin. Norris dropped Shoaff with around 2 minutes left in the round, and then jumped into his guard to work some ground & pound. They stood back up with a minute left in the round and continued to trade random strikes. Norris was able to chip away at the chin of Shoaff with his boxing late in the round, and he also shot for a takedown, but it was stuffed in the final 10 seconds. I have Norris ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     The final round was another round of random striking, with both guys throwing some interesting strikes, but neither fighter was really landing with anything significant. Shoaff had more forward movement for most of the fight though, so I feel like he deserves to win at least one round. He also beat up Norris against the fence with 90 seconds left in the final round, and then he threw him to the ground with a hip toss, but Norris was able to scramble to top position, allowing him to spend the final minute or more on top, basically just holding Shoaff down. All 3 judges gave the 30-27 decision to Damian Norris, which I agree with.
88.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:30
      These guys traded a few strikes, and then Paul slammed Bochnovic to the ground, Bochnovic went for a guillotine, but Paul passed to side control to escape danger. After the first minute of the opening round, Paul settled into half mount, and tried to work some short punches. Bochnovic tried to use a Kimura to sweep Paul, but after a brief scramble, Paul locked on a head scissor with his legs, while cranking on a Kimura. They continued to roll around, Paul tried to find an armbar, but Bochnovic broke free and ended up on top halfway through the round. They both continued to roll around like crazy, but Paul looked like he might have gassed early, so Bochnovic was able to take his back, slap on a rear-naked choke with 40 seconds left in the opening round, and he finished the fight by submission. That was an outstanding finish by James Bochnovic after finding himself in some early trouble.
86.2
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded some fast strikes, and then Vazquez took Williams to the ground one minute into the opening round, but they quickly stood back up, and Williams pressed Vazquez against the fence for some clinching. Vazquez eventually wrapped his way around to back control, locked on a body triangle, and started working for a rear-naked choke against the fence. Round one clearly goes to Manny Vazquez.
     The second round started with Vazquez taking the back of Williams again, completely dominating him with his grappling, but not really coming much closer to finishing the fight either. Vazquez spent the entire time with the body triangle locked on, while he was digging for a rear-naked choke. I have Vazquez ahead 20-16 going into the final round.
     The final round started with Vazquez kicking Williams in the dick, and then taking him down, which the referee was a bit late on noticing the low blow. The final round had Williams moving forward more, throwing some basic strikes and stuff, until Vazquez finally took him down with a minute left in the round, but he landed directly into a guillotine choke. He popped his head free a few seconds later, and spend the final 45 seconds of the fight beating up Williams from inside his guard with some decent punches. That was a really solid debut by Manny Vazquez as he easily wins via unanimous decision.
86.8
TKO
(Punches)
12:43
      These guys traded a few random strikes, they clinched, and Cho slammed Hardwick, landing firmly inside his closed guard. Cho spent the rest of the round on top, beating up Hardwick with some ground & pound, without really doing any significant damage. Round one clearly goes to Cho.
     The second round was pretty much just more of the same, with Cho ending up on top, where he was able to beat up Hardwick on the ground. Cho is clearly going to win this fight at this point, unless Hardwick can get a finish in the final round.
     Hardwick came out ready to swing in the final round, but Cho immediately took him to the ground and continued to beat him up from inside his guard. Cho really opened up with some heavy punches halfway through the round, Hardwick curled up into a ball, and Cho finished the fight by referee stoppage. That was a solid one-sided performance by Tim Cho in his Bellator debut.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
89.4
KO
(Punches)
0:28
      What the fuck happened!?! This fight started, Kozola unloaded on the head of Roberts with brutal punch combinations, he basically crushed his head like a melon, had him rocked early, knocked him out while Roberts was still standing, and he just juggled his head for a few seconds before the referee could stop the fight. That was an outstanding performance by Steve Kozola.
87.5
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
8:50
      Carter threw a kick, Lahat caught it, pushed him toward the fence, and then they reset. They traded a few strikes, and Carter dropped Lahat with a jab, 2 minutes into the opening round. Lahat recovered and took down Carter, landing in half mount. Lahat beat him up for a while, and then slapped on an arm-triangle choke, but gave it up in favor of some more ground & pound. Round one clearly goes to Noad Lahat.
     The second round was a more competitive grappling match, which still resulted in Lahat taking control of Carter on the ground, and he took his back halfway through the round, looking to setup a rear-naked choke. With around a minute left in the round, Lahat tightened the choke, and put Carter to sleep. That was a really solid performance by Noad Lahat.
87.6
KO
(Punches)
3:55
      These guys spent the first round trading slow strikes, without much defense, just slow plodding punches & kicks getting thrown both ways, while they both just braced themselves for impact. Gormley's right eye was busted open, he started to squint, and then Kharitonov unloaded on him with a series of big punches, knocking him the fuck out with a straight right hand followed by a massive right uppercut. That was a quality win for Sergei Kharitonov.
87.0
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading strikes at a similar pace, with Sanchez appearing to be slightly more active. Galvao shot for a sloppy takedown one minute into the opening round, but Sanchez easily stuffed the shot. The round ended with Sanchez winging some big strikes in the direction of Galvao. I scored the first round for Sanchez, but it was close.
     The second round was another competitive round of striking, with both guys throwing some decent shots, but neither fighter was really pulling ahead with a large lead at all. If I had to pick, I would probably have Sanchez ahead 2-0 going into the third round at this point, but neither fighter has done any sort of significant damage yet.
     The final round was another round of striking, with Galvao looking somewhat bored & frustrated, while Sanchez was showboating, and picking him apart with his boxing. This wasn't a fantastic fight overall, but it is still a pretty big win for Emmanuel Sanchez, as he cleanly won all 3 rounds against a former champion. Galvao scored a takedown in the final 10 seconds or so, and beat up Sanchez a little bit, but I don't know if it was enough to steal the round. All 3 judges agreed, giving the clean sweep to Emmanuel Sanchez.
87.6
Decision
15:00
      The heaviest I've ever seen Rampage fight, is 225, which was his last fight against Satoshi Ishii, which I didn't honestly consider that one to be a real fight. He came into this rematch against Mighty Mo, at a whopping 253 pounds. With that being said, he wasn't very aggressive at the start of the fight, and two minutes in, Mo was able to take him to the ground. They stood back up a few seconds later, but Mo kept him pressed against the fence, and battered Rampage with a series of uppercuts. Mo dumped him to the ground again with a minute left in the round. Round one clearly goes to King Mo Lawal.
      The second round had Mo trying to take Rampage to the ground, and it was mostly just an entire round of stalling, but Rampage unloaded on him in the last half of the round, and rocked the shit out of Mo, so even though Mo was pushing for a takedown for probably 4+ minutes of that round, I thought Rampage did far more damage with his boxing, so I'm giving that round to Rampage just to keep the fight interesting. Rampage even threw him to the ground with 20 seconds left in the round.
      The final round still had Mo shooting for shitty takedowns, while Rampage bashed in the side of his head with hard elbows against the fence. They both traded wild punches with 90 seconds left in the round, but they both looked exhausted, so I'm not sure how much power they had left to finish each other at that point. By the end of the final round, Mo looked like he was going to puke, and Rampage looked SOMEWHAT proud. I'm giving this fight to Rampage, 29-28, mostly because he was looking for the finish, and Mo was literally just hugging him. All 3 judges disagreed with me, and gave the unanimous decision victory to King Mo Lawal.
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
1:04
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:06
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
7:21
(Unaired)
OVERALL 88.9
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