(4/21/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (28 Total):
1. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane - 93.6
2. A.J. McKee - 92.9
3. Kastriot Xhema - 92.2
4. Saad Awad - 91.9
5. Patricio Freire - 91.3
6. Ed Ruth - 91.0
7. Jordan Young - 91.0
8. Blair Tugman - 90.0
9. Jessica Middleton - 90.0
10. Ryan Quinn - 89.6
Bellator 178: Straus vs. Pitbull 4
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Elevation: 259'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Jessica Middleton
91.1
Fighters & Matches 88.1
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 89.8
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
85.0
Decision
15:00
      This fight was pretty slow paced. A lot of clinching, a few punches being thrown, and mostly just Fortune pressing Busick against the fence, while throwing short knees. He hit him in the balls a few times, so the referee took a point from Fortune in the second round. I'm not very impressed with either of these guys going into the third round. The final round was more of the same, with some back & forth clinching, without either fighter really pulling ahead in any sort of significant way. I'm assuming Fortune is going to win this fight, but I wouldn't be shocked by a draw or something. All 3 judges gave all 3 rounds to Fortune, nullifying the point taken from the groin shots. Congrats to Fortune for staying undefeated, but that fight wasn't very exciting.
87.4
TKO
(Knee to Body)
8:13
      Ed Ruth took down Mundell early in the first round and secured half mount. Ruth passed to full mount with a minute left, and he unloaded with some big punches, but that loosened his control enough for Mundell to stand back up, only to get taken down again, as Ruth continued to ride him while throwing punches. Round one clearly goes to Ed Ruth.
     The second round was more of the same, with Ruth taking down Mundell, grinding all over him, and beating him up with random punches from a variety of top positions. They eventually stood back up, Ruth blasted Mundell with a hard knee to the body, and Mundell collapsed, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was another solid performance by Ruth, albeit a bit slow paced.
87.4
Submission
(D'Arce Choke)
3:55
      This entire night so far has felt like a casual sparring match. This fight started with both guys trading a few random punches & leg kicks here & there, with a lot of space in between action sequences. Young eventually clipped Caron with a right hand, dropped him near the fence, Caron went for a panic takedown, Young slapped on a D'Arce choke, and finished the fight by submission in the first round.
86.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
14:54
      These guys both bounced around a little bit, traded a few punches, clinched a little bit, Tugman shot for a late takedown, but English was able to stuff the shot. He finally scored the takedown with 15 seconds left in the round, but that didn't leave him with any time to do anything significant. I guess round one goes to Tugman based on the takedown? That round could go either way though.
     The second round was more of the same, but this time Tugman scored the takedown from the clinch a minute into the round. Tugman slowly worked his way into North-South position, he tried to setup a choke, the crowd was bored and didn't know what he was doing, so he gave it up and scored another takedown, this time ending the round in full mount. I have Tugman ahead 2-0 going into the final round, but I'm having a hard time staying awake.
     They traded a few hard strikes to start the final round, and then Tugman scored another big takedown 45 seconds into the round. He passed to side control, and basically just held onto top position, without really dealing any damage, and he wasn't trying to setup any submissions or anything. He passed to full mount again with 2 minutes left in the fight. They basically just cuddled until the end of the round, AND THEN!!! Tugman finished the fight with a rear-naked choke with 6 seconds left in the fight.
88.4
KO
(Elbows & Punches)
3:19
      These guys both came out swinging, throwing wild hard punches at each other, Xhema started to take an early lead, and he eventually knocked Alley the fuck out with a massive left elbow, followed by a wild barrage of punches, that planted Alley on his ass. That was a fantastic Bellator debut for Kastriot Xhema, and it was also his professional debut.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
89.9
KO
(Head Kick)
1:15
      HOLY SHIT! Mazzotta has a 16-1 record (including 4 amateur wins), with his only loss being to the current UFC Bantamweight Champion, Cody Garbrandt. With that being said, these guys came out, started swinging, and McKee knocked Mazzotta the fuck out with a MASSIVE head kick early in the first round, causing him to go rigid and fall like a tree. That was another fantastic highlight reel performance by A.J. McKee, against a guy that I have never seen fight before, but who had an outstanding record & a ton of experience. A.J. McKee is legit, and I'm happy to see him finishing people again.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys both came out swinging, and Awad rocked Quinn early in the first round, he was slaughtering him with his punches. They hit the ground 45 seconds or so into the round, and Awad scrambled to secure some sort of awkward reverse triangle. They stood back up 90 seconds into the round and went back to trading strikes. Quinn randomly blasted Awad with a knee and tried to setup an Anaconda choke, but Awad did a good job rolling out of danger and standing back up. Quinn spent the rest of the round wrestling the shit out of Awad. I'm calling that round a draw, with maybe a SLIGHT edge in favor of Quinn, based on ending the round in control.
     Quinn scored a takedown 15 seconds into the second round, and he immediately took his back against the fence. Quinn locked on a rear-naked choke 90 seconds into the round, but Awad did a good job battling with Quinn's hands. He ended up spinning out of the choke, and he beat up Quinn from the top for a few seconds, but Quinn ended up scrambling into top position again with 2 minutes left in the round. Awad then took control shortly after, and finished the round in full mount, where he unloaded with some wild punches. I have Awad ahead AT LEAST one round, if not two, depending on how the first round was scored.
     The final round had Quinn scoring with multiple takedowns, but Awad did a good job always sweeping him, to end up on top, usually ending up inside Quinn's guard. The last half of the round had Awad wrestling the shit out of Quinn, while beating him up with short punches. In the end, Awad SHOULD win this fight at least 29-28, if not 30-27. All 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
91.1
Submission
(Armbar)
2:15
      These girls traded some decent strikes, and then Macfarlane shot in for a takedown, took complete control of Middleton on the ground, setup an armbar, punched Middleton a few times, dropped back for the armbar, cranked the hell out of it, Middleton tried with everything she had to escape, but she was forced to submit around the 2 minute mark of the opening round. That was another fantastic performance by Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, taking out a young fighter with a ton of potential. I would like to see her fight Sarah D'Alelio next, but I guess she went back to Invicta, so... Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Colleen Schneider for the Bellator Flyweight Championship maybe?
88.8
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
5:37
      These guys were both throwing their punches with a lot of power, but in between strikes, there was a lot of Pitbull circling around the outside, while Straus was waiting to throw one of those strikes. Pitbull eventually clinched, and beat up Straus with some short knees to the body. I scored that round slightly for Pitbull.
      Pitbull slapped on a standing guillotine choke to start the second round, he quickly pulled guard, and a few seconds later, Daniel Straus was forced to submit. That was a pretty solid performance by Pitbull, and a fantastic second round submission victory, as he regains the Bellator Featherweight Championship, and he does it with style.
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
12:04
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.8
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