(5/19/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Fabian Edwards - 92.8
2. Kevin Ferguson Jr. - 92.4
3. Mike Shipman - 92.4
4. Salih Kulucan - 92.3
5. Alex Lohore - 91.8
6. Nathan Jones - 91.8
7. Stav Economou - 91.4
8. Rory MacDonald - 90.9
9. Linton Vassell - 90.8
10. Amir Albazi - 90.8
Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald
Location: Greater London, England
Elevation: 115'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Fabian Edwards vs. Rafal Cejrowski
88.8
Fighters & Matches 87.2
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 89.5
88.1
Submission
(Heel Hook)
2:18
     Barbosa started this fight by kicking Kulucan in the balls, but Kulucan just shrugged it off and continued to bounce around in circles. Kulucan threw a few decent strikes, and then failed with a takedown attempt. Barbosa rushed in, threw some big shots, and then Kulucan shot for another takedown, which Barbosa stuffed, but Kulucan was still able to press him against the fence, negating Barbosa's reach advantage. They reset again, Barbosa landed a few more strikes, including a brutal leg kick, and then Kulucan clinched, Barbosa threw him down, Kulucan slapped on a heel hook, and finished the fight with a submission just past the 2 minute mark of the opening round. That was a solid win for Salih Kulucan in his Bellator debut.
88.8
TKO
(Knees)
2:39
      Prostko started this fight with a big kick, and Shipman quickly took him to the ground. He pounded on him with some big punches while pinning Prostko against the fence. Shipman postured up a minute into the round, and rained down with some big punches, while Prostko just tried to hold on for dear life. Shipman took his back 90 seconds into the fight, but Prostko was able to stand back up against the fence, sort of. Shipman continued to unload on him with big punches, and then when Prostko stood back up again, Shipman unloaded with some brutal knees, forcing the referee to stop the fight. That was a fantastic one-sided ass beating delivered by Mike Shipman.
85.1
Decision
15:00
      Here we are with Chase Morton's second Bellator fight. Last time I saw him, he walked out with a microphone and tried to sing a song before his fight, and then he got choked out. This time, Petley grabbed him and threw him to the ground a minute into the opening round, and pinned him down in half mount. Petley took his back halfway through the round, and started working to setup a rear-naked choke. He locked on the rear-naked choke tight, with 45 seconds left in the round, but Morton was able to hang on long enough for the round to end. Round one clearly goes to Petley.
     They traded some wild punches to start the second round, and then Petley shot for another takedown, but Morton did a better job stuffing it against the fence this time. They stopped clinching and reset halfway through the round. Petley shot for another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round, and he was able to pin Morton against the fence this time, with Petley inside Morton's guard. He passed his guard and took his back again with 90 seconds left to work. Morton shook him off, and ended up on top inside Petley's guard. He let him stand back up, and they went back to clinching. I still have Petley ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but the second round was at least closer than the first.
     The third round started with some clinching, Morton tried to throw Petley, but Petley reversed him and ended up on top. Petley passed to side control, and then tried to take Morton's back on his way up, but Morton quickly reversed him, took Petley's back, Petley shrugged him off, and got on top inside Morton's guard again. Petley passed to side control halfway through the round, and then mounted Morton. The rest of the round was spent with Petley wrestling the shit out of Morton, leading to the unanimous decision victory for Jeremy Petley in his Bellator debut.
88.8
KO
(Flying Knee)
3:44
      These guys circled around each other for a couple of minutes while throwing single shots at each other. Edwards really started to pick up the pace 90 seconds into the round, and he blasted Cejrowski with some clean combinations. He then knocked down Cejrowski 2 minutes into the round, and he jumped into his guard to work some ground & pound, but Cejrowski just tied him up in his guard. Edwards stood up halfway through the round, and unloaded with some big punches before letting Cejrowski stand back up. Edwards continued to unload on him with big combinations, while Cejrowski was still just throwing single shots. Edwards threw Cejrowski down with 90 seconds left in the round, he stood back up, they clinched, Edwards blasted Cejrowski with some big shots, and then he knocked him the fuck out with a massive flying knee. Fabian Edwards looks like someone to keep an eye on. This was his first professional fight, and all 4 of his amateur fights ended with first round knockouts.
87.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:35
      These guys traded some big winging punches, Kayani clinched and pressed Jones against the fence, and then clipped him with a knee to the groin. The referee immediately took a point from Kayani for the low blow. When the fight started back up, Jones took down Kayani, passed to side control, and dropped some short elbows. Jones went for a D'Arce choke, but he wasn't locking it on tight enough, so he switched to throwing some more elbows. Kayani scrambled to pull guard, and Jones continued to pound on him with punches. Kayani tried a few times to find a triangle choke, but he never came very close to securing it. Jones continued to pound on him, and then he passed Kayani's guard with a minute left to work. He grabbed Kayani's back, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission with 25 seconds remaining in the opening round.
86.5
Decision
15:00
      These guys bounced around a lot, traded some decent strikes, and then Albazi threw Powell down from the clinch, and landed in half mount. He past to side control, and Powell tried to find an inverted triangle, but that didn't work out for him. He had it locked on, but his ankle wasn't anywhere near his knee, so Albazi still had plenty of room. They continued to scramble around for a while, with Albazi on top, but not a lot of damage was being dealt in either direction. Albazi tried to setup a guillotine choke with a minute left in the round, but he slipped, and Powell was able to grab top position for a few seconds, and then stand back up before the end of the round. I'm giving that round to Albazi, but neither fighter dominated the other.
     They traded a few strikes to start the second round, and then Albazi scored another takedown 30 seconds into the round, and landed in side control again. He worked some short elbows, while smothering Powell for most of the round with a loose mounted crucifix. They found themselves in some awkward 69 positions throughout the round, but regardless of what position they were in, Albazi was in control for the duration of the round, so I have him ahead 20-18 going into the final round, maybe even 20-17.
     The final round hit the ground early, and Albazi quickly took control again with his dominating side control. He still wasn't doing much damage, but he was clearly 100% in control of this fight. He took Powell's back in the last half of the round, and tried to find a rear-naked choke, but he was never able to fully lock it on. In the end, this fight should be a clear 30-27 decision for Albazi, maybe even 30-25, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory in his Bellator debut.
86.4
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
1:05
      Economou taunts like he's a 261 pound Tito Ortiz. After a sloppy exchange to start this fight, he smothered Konecke, he pounded on him with some big hammerfists, Konecke struggled to secure a takedown, and Economou locked on a brutal standing guillotine choke, which he used to nearly rip Konecke's head off. Economou looks very out of shape, but he just destroyed Dan Konecke, in both of their Bellator debuts.
88.5
TKO
(Punches)
3:40
      These guys clinched early, and Griffin threw a few knees, but Ferguson broke free and launched some bombs, looking to knock Griffin's head off. He took him down one minute into the round. Ferguson secured the mounted crucifix, and unloaded with some punches on the ground, but Griffin used his flexibility to pull guard. Ferguson continued to pound on him, Griffin continued to look for submissions, and Ferguson eventually decided to just stand back up haflway through the round to reset. Ferguson launched some more bombs, he knocked Griffin on his ass, and then Ferguson jumped on him, continued to punch the shit out of him, until the referee finally stopped the fight with around 90 seconds left in the round. That was a really solid performance by Baby Slice.
88.5
TKO
(Punches)
5:56
      Lohore started this fight with some big punches, and then he dumped Edwards to the ground, but Edwards immediately rolled for a kneebar attempt. Lohore scrambled his way out of trouble, and he started pounding on Edwards with some big punches & elbows, as he was chopping up his forehead with his ground & pound. Edwards rolled for another leg lock attempt with around 2 minutes left in the round. Lohore sort of tried to setup a guillotine choke late in the round, and he used that to sweep Edwards, allowing Lohore to end the round on top, still pounding on Edwards with punches & elbows. Round one goes to Lohore.
     The second round had Lohore dropping Edwards with some big punches inside the first minute, and then he stood above him, dropped some huge bombs, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was a really solid performance by Alex Lohore, and a decent show of offensive grappling skills by Edwards.
84.6
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Sakai spent the first round backing Kongo up against the fence, as Kongo circled around the outside, just waiting for something to happen. Sakai won the first 4 minutes by controlling the center of the cage, and the Kongo clinched and pressed him against the fence for 30 seconds, and then Sakai spun him around and press Kongo against the fence for 30 seconds. That round sucked. I would probably score it for Sakai though.
     Kongo pressured Sakai in the second round, and pressed him against the fence, where he took him down one minute into the round. Sakai stood back up a few seconds later, and Kongo continued to try to take him down again. Sakai hit him with a few random elbows, but for the most part, the entire round consisted of Kongo down on his knees, praying for a takedown, while keeping Sakai pinned upright against the fence. The referee finally reset them with 45 seconds left in the round, and Kongo went for the same lame takedown again. I guess I'm giving that round to Kongo, but this fight has been terrible so far.
     The final round was a repeat of the second round, with Kongo pressuring Sakai against the fence, and then he went for a takedown. Sakai spun him around at one point, and pressed Kongo against the fence, and then Kongo spun him around again. To be honest, Kongo used to be a fun fighter, kind of, but now he's basically just turned into a tall, lean, Sumo wrestler. I guess I would score this fight 29-28 for Kongo, since he pressed Sakai against the fence for two rounds, but these guys both looked terrible, and I really don't want to see either of them fight again. Two judges agreed with me, giving the split-decision victory to Cheick Kongo.
87.8
Submission
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
12:28
      The first round had McGeary picking apart Vassell with his jabs, and long kicks. Vassell was firing back at a decent pace, and then he dropped McGeary when he knocked him off balance, and then Vassell jumped into his guard 2 minutes into the round. Vassell continued to grind on McGeary for the rest of the round, as they traded punches on the ground with Vassell on top. I scored the first round for Vassell.
     Vassell took down McGeary again early in the second round, and continued to smother him, and even passed to full mount 2 minutes into the round. McGeary used to be badass, but now that everyone knows they just need to grind on him on the ground, he has glaring flaws that most fighters in the division will be able to take advantage of. The second round ended with Vassell still bullying McGeary on the ground from a variety of top positions, even though he still wasn't doing much damage. I have Vassell ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The third round started with Vassell taking down McGeary again with easy, he continued to grind on him from half mount, he passed to full mount, threw some elbows, slapped on an arm-triangle choke, and forced the submission around the halfway mark of the final round. That was a big win for Linton Vassell, and another extremely embarrassing performance by Liam McGeary.
87.3
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:45
      MacDonald almost immediately shot for a takedown, and he ended up in Daley's guard, 30 seconds into the opening round. MacDonald passed to half mount 90 seconds into the round, and continued to grind on Daley for most of the round. He wasn't doing much damage, but MacDonald clearly dominated Daley with his wrestling for the duration of the opening round.
     They traded a few kicks to start the second round, and then MacDonald took down Daley again, 30 seconds into the round, this time passing immediately to side control. MacDonald threw some elbows, tried to pass to full mount, Daley eventually gave up his back, MacDonald locked on a rear-naked choke, and MacDonald wins his Bellator debut via second round rear-naked choke. That was a solid performance by Rory MacDonald.
86.0
TKO
(Kick to the Body)
2:34
      This fight started with a clinch in the center of the cage, and Dods pressed Davis against the fence. Davis spun him around, and they stayed stuck against the fence for two minutes or so, before the referee reset them due to Dods hitting Davis with a shot to the groin. When the fight started back up, Dods shot for a takedown, it was stuffed, but he pressed Davis against the fence. Davis broke free a few seconds later, threw a spinning wheel kick to the head, missed, so he followed it with a spinning back kick to the body that dropped Dods. Alfie Davis wins his Bellator debut halfway through the opening round with a body kick KO.
OVERALL 89.5
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