100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (12 Total):
1. Adam Borics - 92.2
2. Lena Ovchynnikova - 91.2
3. John Teixeira da Conceicao - 90.7
4. Eduardo Dantas - 89.9
5. Helen Harper - 89.3
6. Daniel Weichel - 89.2
7. Leandro Higo - 89.0
8. Anthony Taylor - 87.3
9. Brian Moore
10. Mate Kertesz
Bellator 177: Dantas vs. Higo
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Elevation: 1,128'
-Fight of the Night-
Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Helen Harper
Fighters & Matches 87.9
Top 10 Fighters 89.9
TOTAL 88.9
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      The first round mostly took place standing, with Borics chopping away at the lead leg of Taylor with hard kicks. Taylor landed a few decent punches, and then he absorbed a hard shot to the groin, and dropped to the ground in pain. When the fight started back up, Taylor came out swinging, and got clipped quickly, and was nearly dropped several times over the next minute or so. After a wild exchange, Borics took Taylor's back, riding him like a backpack, while punching him in the side of the head. Borics locked on a rear-naked choke, Taylor collapsed, and he was forced to submit. That was a very complete performance by Adam Borics in his Bellator debut, earning the first round submission victory.
      These girls traded a few strikes, and then Harper took down Ovchynnikova, and pinned her down, proving to be the significantly larger fighter. She passed to full mount a couple of minutes into the opening round, and then postured up and started to smash Ovchynnikova's face with big punches. Harper slapped on an Americana, and it looked tight, but Ovchynnikova used that moment to sweep Harper. Harper then transitioned into an armbar attempt, Ovchynnikova tried to stack her, Harper switched to a triangle choke, and Ovchynnikova continued to try to fight her way out of danger. Ovchynnikova picked up Harper, and slammed her way out of the choke, and they reset back on their feet with a minute left in the round. Ovchynnikova spent the final minute beating up Harper on the feet, and she even threw her to the ground in the final seconds. I'm giving that round to Harper for all of her submission attempts, but Ovchynnikova was starting to look good in the final seconds of the round.
     They both looked a little timid in the second round, but they were still trading some decent punches & kicks, until Harper scored another takedown around the 2 minute mark, landing in side control. Ovchynnikova quickly worked her way back to her feet, and they reset again. Ovchynnikova really started to bust up Harper's face with some slick punch combinations. They clinched hard with 2 minutes left in the round, but that went nowhere, so they reset again. Ovchynnikova spent the rest of the round beating up the bloody face of Harper with clean strikes, and she even flipped her to the ground in the final seconds of the round. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round. OH SHIT... Helen Harper quit in between rounds for some reason. Harper looked awesome in the first round, but after that, Ovchynnikova took over, and looked like a monster. I'm looking forward to seeing Ovchynnikova fight again, and I hope Bellator gives Harper another fight as well.
      These guys traded some random strikes, and then Teixeira blasted Weichel with some brutal punches that rocked the shit out of him, knocked him down, and I think it might have been a flash KO, but Weichel was somehow able to get back to his feet to keep fighting. Weichel finally landed some decent shots in the final minute of the round, but for the most part, that round was all about Teixeira beating the shit out of Weichel on the feet. Round one clearly goes to Teixeira.
     The second round still had Teixeira throwing nice clean bombs at the head of Weichel, and then he shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, but Weichel was able to stay standing. They continued to trade strikes at a decent pace for the rest of the round, and in my opinion, Teixeira is still kicking Weichel's ass, so Teixeira SHOULD be ahead 2-0 going into the final round.
     They both continued to trade hard punches in the final round, with Teixeira still controlling the action in the first minute. Weichel finally started to make a comeback with 4 minutes left in the fight, but I feel like whatever he does might be too little too late at this point. The final round was a very competitive back & forth striking match, with both guys landing some heavy shots, but just to keep it interesting, I'll score that round for Weichel even though it was close. In the end, this fight should be a clear 29-28 decision for Teixeira. Two judges disagreed for some reason, giving Weichel the hard fought split-decision victory. The judges just fucked Teixeira in my opinion, because he clearly won the first two rounds, and the final round was close to being a draw.
      Higo missed weight for this title fight by 4 pounds which is pretty disappointing. When the fight started, Dantas was moving forward, throwing jabs, and Higo looked like he was trying to setup some sort of counter. Dantas threw a few kicks, and Higo was doing a good job catching them, but he wasn't following that up with much of anything. They both traded some aggressive strikes in the final minute of the round, but I thought Dantas was slightly more aggressive, so I'm scoring the first round for Dantas.
      The second round was more of the same, with both guys trading strikes for 4 minutes or so, until the final minute, where there was a wild scramble for a takedown, which resulted in Higo pressing Dantas against the fence for some basic clinchwork. This fight was been really close so far, so since I gave the first round to Dantas, I'll give the second round to Higo.
      The final round was another close round of striking, with neither fighter really showing any sort of clear dominance. This entire fight felt more like a casual sparring match than an actual title fight. With that being said, it could have technically gone either way, but since Higo missed weight by 4 pounds, I'm giving the fight to Dantas, and two judges gave Dantas all 3 rounds, for the split-decision victory.