100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (10 Total):
1. Mihail Nica - 91.8
2. Rafael Carvalho - 91.7
3. Anastasia Yankova - 90.3
4. Valeriu Mircea - 90.1
5. Djamil Chan - 88.7
6. Melvin Manhoef - 88.7
7. Elina Kallionidou - 87.7
8. Samba Coulibaly - 86.2
9. Giorgio Belsanti
10. Vando de Almeida
Bellator 176: Carvalho vs. Manhoef 2
Location: Turin, Italy
Elevation: (Not Available)
-Fight of the Night-
Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef
Fighters & Matches 87.7
Top 10 Fighters 89.4
TOTAL 88.6
(Anaconda Choke)
      These guys traded some hard leg kicks, and then Samba ducked under a punch, clinched, Nica threw him to the ground, slapped on an Anaconda choke, rolled around wildly, Samba was stuck, so he was forced to submit just past the 30 second mark of the opening round. That was a fantastic debut by Mihail Nica.
      Mircea spent the first round circling around Chan while throwing random leg kicks. The first 90 seconds were very uneventful, and then Mircea took down Chan, and landed in half mount. Mircea spent the rest of the round beating up Chan with some short shots while pinning him against the fence. Round one clearly goes to Valeriu Mircea.
     The second round started with some random strikes being exchanged, and then Chan took Mircea to the ground aggressively, and landed in side control, but Mircea stood back up quickly, and then kicked Chan in the dick. When the fight started back up, it turned into a pretty decent kickboxing match, until Mircea threw Chan to the ground again, and pinned him with half mount. Mircea beat up Chan for a while with some basic ground & pound, but the referee stood them back up after Mircea threw a headbutt to Chan's chest. Chan scored a takedown in the final seconds of the round, but I still scored that round for Mircea.
     The final round started with a minute of striking, and then Chan took Mircea to the ground, landing inside his guard. Chan spent the rest of the round beating up Mircea from inside his guard with short punches. That round clearly goes to Chan, the first round goes to Mircea, and the second round is the only one I'm not 100% sure about. I personally scored this fight 29-28 for Mircea, and two judges agreed, while the other judge declared the fight a draw, giving the majority decision to Valeriu Mircea.
      Yankova came out swinging, rushing forward like a train while throwing random punch combinations. They clinched for a while, and Yankova tried to throw Kallionidou to the ground with a bulldog choke, but that went nowhere, so they split up and went back to trading strikes. Yankova was bullying Kallionidou on the feet, and then she took her down with a minute left in the round, using an ugly looking bulldog headlock, and then she beat her up a little bit against the fence while smothering her until the end of the round. Round one goes to Anastasia Yankova.
     Yankova continued to bully Kallionidou for the first 2 minutes of the second round, but they ended up in a clinch position, where they switched control a few times. The last half of the round had Yankova back in control, as she continued to beat up Kallionidou against the fence inside the clinch. I have Yankova ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     They both looked pretty tired in the third round, but that didn't stop them from throwing punches at each other, and battling for superior clinch positions. Yankova slapped on a standing guillotine choke at one point, but never really came close to finishing it, since she wasn't able to control Kallionidou's body. They split up with 2 minutes left in the fight. The rest of the fight had them trading random strikes from inside the clinch. That round was close, but Yankova should win this fight pretty clearly, AT LEAST 29-28, if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving Anastasia Yankova the unanimous decision victory.
(Head Kick)
      These guys traded a few decent strikes, Manhoef blasted Carvalho in the chin against the fence, and then Carvalho poked Manhoef in the eye. When the fight started back up, they both exchanged a few decent strikes, with Carvalho pressuring Manhoef, and then Carvalho scored a takedown 2 minutes into the round, but he couldn't hold him down at all. They stood back up, clinched, and Carvalho pressed Manhoef against the fence. Carvalho was beating up Manhoef with knees, until Manhoef caught a knee, and dumped Carvalho to the ground. Manhoef struggled to land any strikes due to Carvalho's legs keeping him away, but Manhoef was still able to maintain top control until the end of the round. I was going to give that round to Carvalho, but I think Manhoef MIGHT have stolen the round in the final 30 seconds.
      Carvalho was still trying to keep Manhoef at distance in the second round, working his long kicks, and jabs, while applying a lot of pressure. Manhoef looked like he was waiting to land the perfect counter, but he's just too short to get inside the range of Carvalho. Manhoef threw Carvalho down at one point, and landed a punch, but Carvalho stood back up immediately after that. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace, Manhoef caught a kick, and punched Carvalho in the head, which knocked him down. Carvalho spent the rest of the round pressuring Manhoef, by stalking him, and working his range striking, but Manhoef had the most highlight worthy moments. I guess this fight is probably all tied up going into the third round, but the scorecards could already be all over the place.
      The third round had Carvalho beating up Manhoef against the fence, and then Carvalho tried to trip him to the ground, but Manhoef grabbed the fence, so the referee took a point from Manhoef, and then started them back on their feet. Manhoef landed a few hard shots, and then Carvalho rushed in, took him down against the fence, and Manhoef struggled to get back to his feet. They eventually stood back up, and Carvalho continued to pressure Manhoef until the end of the round. Due to the fence grab, that should be a 10-8 round for Carvalho.
      Manhoef stepped it up a notch early in the fourth round, pressuring Carvalho, and clearly looking to land something big. They both started to slow down a bit halfway through the round, and they basically just stood in front of each other in the center of the cage, and exchanged a few punches here & there, but nothing spectacular. Everything changed with around 2 minutes left in the round, when Manhoef rushed in, threw some punches, Carvalho stayed just outside of range, and then blasted Manhoef in the jaw with a massive head kick that knocked him the fuck out. That was a brutal KO victory, and Carvalho retains his belt, and more than likely retires Manhoef.