100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (28 Total):
1. James Gallagher - 93.0
2. Bradley Desir - 92.5
3. Anthony Giacchina - 92.3
4. Brent Primus - 91.9
5. Matt Mitrione - 91.8
6. Heather Hardy - 91.7
7. Hugh McKenna - 91.5
8. Zach Freeman - 90.8
9. Matt Rizzo - 90.7
10. Ryan Couture - 90.7
Bellator 180: Sonnen vs. Silva
Location: New York City, New York
Elevation: 33'
-Fight of the Night-
Heather Hardy vs. Alice Yauger
Fighters & Matches 87.9
Top 10 Fighters 91.7
TOTAL 89.8
     McKenna started this fight with a hard body kick, and then he pressured Salgado toward the fence, where he landed a few punches, and then some knees from the clinch. Salgado went for a standing guillotine, and then McKenna dumped him to the ground, and quickly mounted him. McKenna started cranking for a Kimura with around 90 seconds left in the opening round, and Salgado eventually started screaming, and then tapped. That was a solid performance by Hugh McKenna in his Bellator debut.
(Arm-Triangle Choke)
      Sergio da Silva missed weight by 2 pounds, and during the weigh-ins, he was touching the ground with his toe, trying to make himself weigh less. That was funny, so I thought it was worth mentioning. The first round started with both guys clinching aggressively, while working for takedowns, with neither fighter showing a clear advantage early on. Silva dropped down for a kneebar with 90 seconds left in the round, and Rizzo escaped that, and took his back. They scrambled around for a few seconds, and reset back on their feet with a minute left in the round. They went back to the ground, and ended the round with Silva on top. I guess that means Silva won the round? (Since it was a close round overall, and he ended the round on top, sort of...)
     Silva took down Rizzo early in the second round, and pinned him against the fence. Rizzo threw up an armbar from his guard 2 minutes into the round, but Silva did a decent job stacking him to avoid any real danger. Silva dropped back for another leg lock late in the round, and ended up giving up top control in the process. Rizzo passed to full mount, and worked some ground & pound, before taking Silva's back with a minute left in the round. He went for a rear-naked choke, but Silva was able to scramble out of that, but Rizzo maintained full mount until the end of the round, so round 2 clearly goes to Matt Rizzo. He could be ahead 2-0 going into the final round, or it might be all tied up depending on how the judges scored the first round.
     Rizzo took down Silva immediately to start the final round. He smothered him for a couple of minutes, before working for an arm-triangle choke, which he cranked the shit out of, forcing Silva to submit with around 90 seconds remaining in the final round. That was a really solid Bellator debut for Matt Rizzo, and another disappointing loss for Sergio da Silva.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Giacchina started this fight by grabbing Mickle's waist, and throwing him to the ground in wild fashion, but Mickle quickly popped back up to his feet. Giacchina pressed him against the fence, while looking for another takedown from the clinch. They reset 90 seconds into the round, and Mickle landed a few solid strikes. They traded a few more random strikes, and then Mickle dropped Giacchina with a hard punch, Giacchina fired back, dropped Mickle, and they continued to hammer away at each other, Giacchina got rocked again, and then he clinched, and pressed Mickle back against the fence. They reset with 90 seconds left in the round, and Mickle continued to work his fancy striking, while Giacchina continued to look for another opportunity for a takedown. That round was full of pressure from Giacchina, Mickle won the round with his striking, and Giacchina capped off the round with another takedown, so that round could go either way.
     Mickle dropped Giacchina early in the second round with another huge right hand, and it looked like he was about to finish the fight, but Giacchina somehow stood back up, and they reset again. Giacchina took down Mickle again, 2 minutes into the second round, and he worked some heavy ground & pound, while smothering Mickle near the fence. Giacchina cranked the shit out of an Americana from side control with 2 minutes left in the round. Mickle worked his way back up to his feet with a minute left in the round. Mickle landed another nice punch, followed by a hard knee to the body, and then Giacchina dumped him to the ground again. This fight is incredibly close so far, but I think Giacchina might have done enough in the last half of that round to steal the round. I have no idea where the judges are going to be at this point in the fight.
     The final round had Giacchina taking down Mickle early, and he settled into side control, where he worked some basic ground & pound for a while. Mickle eventually gave up his back, Giacchina slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight with around 90 seconds left in the final round. That was a fantastic performance by both fighters, and a really impressive victory for Anthony Giacchina, as he fought through a lot of adversity, on his way to outworking Mickle. I'm looking forward to seeing both of these guys fight again in the future in Bellator.
      These guys both came out trading hard kicks & punches, with Desir looking slightly more aggressive early on. They both continued to battle at a solid pace, with both guys throwing hard strikes at each other, until Desir eventually dropped Grebb with a big combination of punches, Grebb fell face first, Desir punched him in the head again on the ground, and the referee jumped in to stop the fight. That was another exciting fight, and a solid KO victory for Bradley Desir in his Bellator debut.
      These guys both traded some clunky looking strikes to start the first round, with Couture mostly throwing kicks, and Gozali hit him with a few hard punches to the head. Couture clinched, and pressed Gozali against the fence, and just kind of held him there for a couple of minutes, before they reset with a minute left in the round. Couture continued to press him against the fence until the end of the round. There was an exchange of strikes in the final seconds, and Gozali punched Couture after the bell. Round one goes to Couture.
     The second round started with Couture clinching again, and stalling by pressing Gozali against the fence. Gozali pulled guard a minute into the round. Couture worked some ground & pound for a couple of minutes, and then Gozali slapped on a kneebar halfway through the round, Couture slipped out of it, and they stood back up, and Couture continued to press Gozali against the fence for a few seconds, before Gozali dropped to the ground again, looking to work something else from his guard. Gozali looks like he has a fairly dangerous guard, so Couture decided to stand back up and reset with 45 seconds left in the round. Couture landed some punches, and then clinched again. Couture is clearly looking to grind out a win here, while Gozali is looking for a way to finish by submission. I have Couture ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but I'm more interested in what Gozali has going for him at this point.
     The final round started with Gozali throwing bombs, while Couture was working his jab and throwing a lot of floppy looking kicks. Gozali tried to pull guard 90 seconds into the round, but Couture just backed out of it and reset again. Couture continued to work some basic strikes from the clinch for a while, as he kept Gozali pressed against the fence for most of the round. Gozali looked like he might be interested in setting up a standing guillotine choke, but Couture just dumped him to the ground, and continued to work some ground & pound with some big wide open punches. Couture was really going for it there at the end of the fight with his ground & pound, but the fight will still go to the judges. This is a clear 30-27 decision for Couture, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory.
      The first round had both girls throwing big strikes at each other, and it didn't take long for Yauger to show a significant advantage with the striking, as she bloodied Hardy's nose, and left her thighs looking red from leg kicks. That was a close round that could potentially go either way, but I personally scored it 10-9 for Yauger.
     The second round started with Hardy looking aggressive, as she landed some big punches and some hard kicks, and was kind of backing down Yauger with her aggression. Yauger looked like she was more interested in countering Hardy at this point. Hardy opened up a cut under Yauger's left eye. They continued to box at a solid pace until the end of the round. Round two clearly goes to Hardy, so this fight should be all tied up going into the final round.
     Hardy knocked down Yauger early in the third round, but she let her stand back up. She continued to pound on her with hard punches & kicks for most of the round, while Yauger was backing up toward the fence a little too much, while not throwing enough offense to seem significant at all. They finally started to slow down halfway through the third round, but they were still landing some hard strikes. A massive cut opened up over Hardy's left eye due to an accidental clash of heads, but the doctor allowed the fight to continue since there was only a minute remaining. They both came out swinging after that break, and Hardy dropped Yauger, but let her stand back up. Hardy continued to unload on her with brutal punches, and the referee stopped the fight with 13 seconds remaining. That was a FANTASTIC professional debut for Heather Hardy. She started the first round looking pretty ok, and by the end of the third round, she turned into a fucking monster! Heather Hardy is someone to keep an eye on.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Both of these guys traded some solid strikes to start the first round, and then Gallagher scored a quick takedown, and mounted Machida one minute into the opening round. He threw some big elbows, and then tried to secure back control. Machida's left eye was already bleeding quite a bit, but I'm not sure where the cut is located. Gallagher punched Machida a few more times, and the locked on a tight rear-naked choke, and almost put him to sleep, forcing Machida to submit. That was another fantastic performance by James Gallagher, as he hands Machida his first loss since 2010, which isn't saying much, since he's only fought 4 times since then.
      Bader started the first round by throwing some punches, Davis shot for a takedown 45 seconds into the round, and Bader was able to stuff the shot with ease. They traded a few more strikes, Davis shot for another takedown halfway through the round, and Bader stuffed the shot again. They continued to trade strikes at a fairly even pace for the rest of the round. That was a close round, but I scored it 10-9 for Ryan Bader.
     The second round was another close round, with Bader stuffing a couple of shots, and then both guys landed a few hard strikes, but neither fighter was really showing a clear advantage. I guess I have this fight all tied up after two rounds, but I don't really know who won either round. I just don't think either fighter necessarily "lost" a round yet. Bader turned it up a notch in the final 20 seconds, but only landed a couple of shots before the bell sounded.
     The third round was another round full of both guys throwing massive punches, but they stayed JUST OUTSIDE of range, meaning that hardly anything was landing, but they sure were throwing some doozies! The round was another even round, until Bader shot for a wild takedown with 20 seconds left, he planted Davis, took his back, Davis somehow swept him, and the round ended. I was going to say that takedown won the round for Bader, but Davis swept him, so...? I still have the fight all tied up going into the fourth round.
     The fourth round was the same situation, with both guys throwing random strikes, and not landing as often as they should. The referee even stopped them early in the round and told them they need to "give the judges something to judge", meaning neither fighter was really doing anything significant. The rest of the round was more of the same, with both guys landing AROUND the same amount of strikes. I still have this fight all tied up going into the final round. I feel bad though, because I've BASICALLY scored every round a draw so far.
     They traded a few strikes to start the final round, and then Bader threw Davis across the cage from the clinch, but he didn't follow it up with anything. Bader shot for another takedown halfway through the round, and sort of took Davis's back again, but they stood back up, and Bader pressed him against the fence, and then reset. They continued to chip away at each other with those big punches that were barely connecting. This fight has split-decision written all over it, but I have no idea what to expect. I'm personally scoring it 48-47 for Bader, but I wouldn't be shocked if the judges give all 5 rounds to Bader, OR Davis, OR declare it a draw, or whatever else. The judges said 49-46 for Bader, 48-47 for Davis, and 49-46 for Bader, meaning Ryan Bader is the new Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion, with a split-decision victory in his Bellator debut.
      The first round started slow, with both guys kind of bouncing around, trading light leg kicks, and a few random punches, but neither fighter really looked very excited to be there yet. Round one is probably a draw I guess? Lima pressured Larkin a bit to start the second round, and Larkin looked like he was waiting to setup some sort of counter or something. Larkin plowed forward and landed with a nice combination of punches & a body kick 90 seconds into the round. Lima landed some hard leg kicks, and Larkin plowed forward, and rocked Lima with some hard punch combinations. Lima dropped Larkin with a hard left hand, and then he jumped into his guard, and unloaded on him with some big punches on the ground. Lima let him stand back up with 2 minutes left in the round, and continued to beat up Larkin with punches. Larkin landed a few solid punches late in the round, but not enough to steal back the round. I have Lima ahead 20-19 going into the third round.
     The third round was similar to the first round, with both guys bouncing around a lot, and trading some random punches & kicks, but there wasn't that big "hightlight moment" in the third round for either fighter. Lima probably won that round just by being a little more aggressive. Larkin spent most of the fourth round dancing around the outside, while picking apart Lima, while Lima seemed to be sort of taking the round off. I scored the fourth round for Larkin, and have Lima ahead 39-38 going into the final round. Lima scored with a late takedown in the fourth round, but didn't really have time to do anything with it, as Larkin popped back up almost immediately.
     The final round was similar to the first & third rounds, where both guys hopped around a lot, but they weren't really landing with much offense. Larkin was backing down Lima with his strikes though, while almost always moving forward, so I thought Larkin probably did enough in the fifth round to win that round as well. I guess that would make this fight a draw, which I'm not really cool with, so if I had to pick a winner, I would probably give the decision to Lima, since he's already the Champion, and I don't know if Larkin did enough to necessarily "beat" him. All 3 judges scored the fight for Lima, with one judge even giving him all 5 rounds.
(Guillotine Choke)
      Freeman landed a punch, a hard knee, he dropped Pico with an uppercut, he slapped on a guillotine choke, and finished the fight by submission with a guillotine choke from half guard. Aaron Pico was supposed to be the "next big thing", and he just got crushed in 24 seconds, against a guy that I haven't seen fight since he got knocked out 4 years ago in Titan FC against a guy (Jake Lindsey), who I've never seen win a big fight. So... Congrats to Zach Freeman? As for Aaron Pico, the hype train was clearly derailed before it even really got moving. It's also worth noting that even though Pico tapped out, Freeman still put him to sleep. That was a hell of a performance for Zach Freeman, and it gave us ZERO footage to analyze for Pico's future fights.
(Doctor Stoppage)
      These guys traded a few random strikes to start the first round, with the first minute being a bit slow paced. Primus kicked Chandler one minute into the round, and Chandler kind of collapsed, with his left leg clearly going out on him for some reason. Primus continued to unload on him, with wild punches & spinning back kicks, and all kinds of wild shit. Chandler tried to shake off the damage to his leg, but he was barely even able to stand, with his lead leg flopping around wildly, making it look like his ankle was broken or something. I'm still not clear what the problem is exactly. He dropped Primus for a second with some punches, but Primus continued to plow forward, Chandler's left foot continued to flop around awkwardly, so the referee paused the fight to have the doctor check on him. Chandler stood up off his stool to try to get the crowd to cheer him on, his corner man pulled the stool out from under him, Chandler tried to sit back down and fell on his ass, and the doctor stopped the fight. That was a fantastic performance by Brent Primus, and an extremely disappointing loss for Chandler, as Primus becomes the new Bellator Lightweight Champion, due to a weird fluke leg injury that was caused by Chandler stepping back to avoid a kick, and he accidentally stepped with the top of his foot instead of the bottom, so his ankle was kind of hyperextended or something. Congrats to Primus for continuing his undefeated professional career with a record of 8-0.
      These guys bounced around a bit, with Mitrione looking more energetic, and Fedor was kind of slowly walking forward. They knocked each other down with a double knockdown, as they both connected with a big punch at the same time, but Mitrione quickly scrambled back to his feet, jumped on Fedor, unloaded with some big punches, and knocked Fedor the fuck out in under 90 seconds. That was probably the biggest win of Matt Mitrione's career, and if we're being honest here, Fedor should probably retire at this point. His legacy is collapsing with every fight he accepts at this point. Kudos to Mitrione for looking like a badass though!
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Marfone threw a punch, Gracie ducked under it and took him to the ground. Marfone stood back up, they clinched for a while, Gracie punched him 90 seconds into the round, Marfone fired back with some hard shots, and Gracie took him to the ground again, landing in half mount this time, 2 minutes into the round. Marfone eventually stood back up, they circled each other for a while, and then Marfone attempted a late guillotine choke, but that didn't work. Round one goes to Neiman Gracie.
     Gracie started the second round with a kick to the body, and a kick to the head. They were both moving at a fairly slow pace. Gracie clinched, and took Marfone's back while standing, and Marfone tried to flip forward to escape, but failed. Gracie slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission around the halfway mark of the second round.
      Sonnen took down Silva 8 seconds into the opening round, and pinned him against the fence, where Sonnen was able to work some solid ground & pound. Silva finally popped back up halfway through the round, but Sonnen kept him pressed against the fence in the clinch. Silva backed out with 2 minutes left in the round, he punched Sonnen in the head, dropped him, and then jumped into Sonnen's guard in the center of the cage. Sonnen popped back up with a minute or so left, and then scored with another takedown, but was caught momentarily in a loose guillotine choke. The round ended with Sonnen on top, in half mount, throwing short punches at Silva's head. That was a decent back & forth round, but Sonnen pretty clearly won all but maybe 90 seconds of it.
     Sonnen started the second round with a flying knee, and then Silva blasted him with a series of hard punches, and Sonnen shot for another takedown, and landed inside another guillotine choke. They just laid there for a minute or so, with Sonnen's head still stuck inside a guillotine choke. Silva was nowhere near finishing the submission, but it gave him some time to take a breather. Sonnen threw some light punches to Silva's body, and the referee eventually stood them back up. Sonnen immediately shot for another double leg, and pinned Silva against the fence again with 3 minutes or so left to work in the round. Sonnen continued to pound on Silva with sloppy strikes until the end of the round. Sonnen is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round started with some sloppy strikes going both ways, and then Sonnen shot for another clunky looking double leg, as he planted Silva back on the ground 30 seconds into the round. Sonnen threw a few random elbows from half mount, and then spent the last half of the round working for a Kimura, which he never came close to finishing. He passed to full mount with 90 seconds left in the fight, and did absolutely nothing with it. This fight should be a clear 30-27 decision for Chael Sonnen, as Silva basically didn't even show up to fight, once again showing zero ground game for a Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu.