(7/14/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (30 Total):
1. Derek Campos - 94.0
2. Brandon Girtz - 92.3
3. John Salter - 92.2
4. Rafael Lovato Jr. - 92.0
5. Logan Storley - 91.4
6. Emily Ducote - 90.7
7. Valentin Moldavsky - 90.4
8. Joe Warren - 90.0
9. Katy Collins - 89.9
10. Andre Fialho - 89.5
Bellator 181: Girtz vs. Campos 3
Location: Thackerville, Oklahoma
Elevation: 866'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz
92.9
Fighters & Matches 87.8
Top 10 Fighters 91.2
TOTAL 89.5
86.3
Decision
15:00
     The first two rounds had Collins clinching, taking down Vargas, and beating her up on the ground, leading to a clear 20-18 lead for Collins going into the final round. The third round was more competitive, as Vargas was able to work her striking for the first half of the round, but Collins eventually clinched again, took Vargas's back, and smothered her against the fence for the last couple of minutes, leading to a clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Katy Collins.
85.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      Rodriguez threw a hard punch, went for a guillotine, and then the wrestling prospect Romero Cotton took him down. Rodriguez swept him, Romero got up and took him down again, and settled into Rodriguez's crack head control. Cotton threw some punches down at Rodriguez, and Rodriguez stood back up 90 seconds into the round. Rodriguez landed another clean right hand, and then they clinched. Cotton dumped Rodriguez to the ground again 2 minutes into the round, settling back into his guard, where he dropped a few solid elbows. Rodriguez tripped Cotton when he tried to stand up, and he started looking for a submission, locking on a triangle choke with 2 minutes remaining in the opening round. Rodriguez's ankle wasn't deep enough under his knee, and he also failed to cross Cotton's arm over to the proper side, so the triangle went nowhere. They eventually stood back up, and Cotton took down Rodriguez one more time at the end of the round. Cotton probably won that round with his top control, but Rodriguez landed the better strikes, and also was the only one to go for any submissions, so I'm scoring the round slightly for Rodriguez.
     Cotton scored an early takedown in the second round, and pinned Rodriguez in the center of the cage, but didn't really do anything with his top control. Cotton threw a few clubbing punches in the second round, but his ground & pound leaves a lot to be desired. The referee stood them back up with 2 minutes left in the round, and Cotton looks exhausted, as he was barely able to standup, even though he spent most of the round on top. Rodriguez punched him a few times, and then Cotton scored another slow takedown.
     The final round had Cotton taking Rodriguez down again, and he basically laid on him until Rodriguez swept him 2 minutes into the round, and then went for a Kimura, which he turned into an armbar attempt. Cotton eventually was able to stack him with 2 minutes left in the round, and he continued to lay on top of him for the rest of the round. Personally, I would like to see Rodriguez win this fight, since he's the only one that went for any finishes, and Cotton was mostly just doing the lay & pray bullshit. The judges were split, which I'm happy about, but they gave it to Cotton, which sucks, because he's fucking boring.
86.7
TKO
(Elbows)
1:44
      Storley took down Haley early in the first round, pinned him down from side control, and blasted him with countless elbows, until the referee eventually decided to stop the fight. That was a solid one-sided Bellator debut for Logan Storley.
88.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight started pretty slowly, with Matthews stalking Fialho, and landing some really heavy punches & kicks, but he wasn't throwing very frequently. Fialho on the other hand, was mostly just backing up, waiting to counter something, but he was barely throwing anything either. Fialho drove through with an aggressive takedown with 90 seconds left in the opening round, and he pinned Matthews in side control, before taking his back after a brief scramble near the fence. Fialho went for a rear-naked choke, but Matthews did a good job leaning forward, causing Fialho to nearly slip off the front. Matthews randomly decided to stand up straight for some reason, Fialho locked the choke on tight, and Matthews was saved by the bell. Round one goes to Fialho.
     Matthews started the second round by pushing forward, beating up Fialho a little bit, and then Fialho went crazy halfway through the round, he exploded on Matthews, he had him hurt, and then he did a flip or some shit, fell on his ass, and Matthews pinned him against the fence. The round ended with Matthews still on top. The first round was kind of close & competitive, but I feel like Fialho should win the second round based on his aggression, even though he got a little too crazy there at the end. This fight could very well be all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round started with Matthews unloading on Fialho, he had him rocked, and he went in for the kill, but Fialho fired back, rocked Matthews, and they both kind of wobbled around, trying to find enough space to fire back with a proper attack. Both guys traded some sloppy exhausted looking strikes, and then Fialho jumped face first into the canvas, as he shot for the most tired ass looking takedown I've ever seen. Matthews sprawled all over it, pinned him down from side control, and beat up Fialho for the final 2 minutes. Matthews clearly won that round, but I gave the first two rounds to Fialho, so I think Fialho deserves to win, 29-28, BUT... Matthews CLEARLY looked better at the end of the fight, so I sort of feel like he should win. I see split-decision written all over this one. The judges were split, and they gave the split-decision victory to Andre Fialho, as Matthews progresses into a 4-Fight losing streak.
86.8
Decision
15:00
      Seumanutafa came out throwing some big strikes, but Moldavsky quickly took him to the ground, secured half mount, and proceeded to beat up Seumanutafa with big punches on the ground. Seumanutafa turtled up halfway through the round, Moldavsky continued to land some big punches, as Seumanutafa struggled to get back to his feet. They finally stood back up, clinched, Seumanutafa almost scored a takedown from the clinch, but Moldavsky reversed him and secured half mount again. Round one clearly goes to Valentin Moldavsky.
     Moldavsky attempted an early takedown to start the second round, but Seumanutafa was able to stuff that shot. Moldavsky beat up Seumanutafa with some short punches while clinching against the fence, but the referee eventually split them up, because Moldavsky was grabbing the fence. When the fight started back up, Moldavsky quickly clinched and pressed Seumanutafa against the fence again. Moldavsky landed another takedown with a minute left in the round, and continued to grind all over Seumanutafa with short punches. I have Moldavsky ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round was another round full of Moldavsky pressing Seumanutafa against the fence, where he worked some short punches, while Seumanutafa tried to setup a standing Kimura, which went absolutely nowhere. This was one of the fights I was looking forward to tonight, but this fight was boring as shit. This entire card has been pretty boring so far. Congrats to Moldavsky for the 30-27 unanimous decision victory.
88.0
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:59
      These guys traded a few random strikes, Rhodes kind of took down Lovato, he immediately swept him, took back control, slapped on a tight rear-naked choke, and Rhodes tried to fight his way out of it, but it was hopeless, so he eventually was forced to submit. That was another fantastic first round finish by Rafael Lovato Jr.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
85.3
Decision
15:00
      Garcia landed some solid shots early in the first round, it looked like Warren might be hurt, but Warren quickly grabbed him and dumped him to the ground, landing firmly inside Garcia's closed guard. Warren beat up Garcia with some short punches to the body, while mostly just grinding him against the fence. Garcia tried to stand back up halfway through the round, and Warren quickly tried to take his back. Warren spent the last half of the round clinching with Garcia's back, while Garcia continued to try to break free. Garcia finally started throwing some hard elbows down at the forearm of Warren, which I feel is a pretty good strategy considering the circumstances. Round one clearly goes to Warren, for humping Garcia's leg for 5 minutes.
     Garcia landed some solid punches to start the second round, and then Warren clinched, and dumped him to the ground again, but Garcia popped right back up, and they picked up where they left off in the second round, with Warren clinching with Garcia's back, while Garcia hammered his forearms with sharp elbows. Warren dumped him to the ground again 90 seconds into the second round, and Garcia started rolling around frantically, looking to setup any submission that he could possibly find. They ended up in an awkward position, and Warren worked some ground & pound, mostly involving elbows slamming into Garcia's butt cheeks. Garcia stood back up haflway through the round, and Warren continued to hump his leg, while throwing some random knees to the backs of his thighs. Garcia threw some solid knees, and was doing significantly more damage to Warren's face with those elbows, but Warren was clearly controlling the fight, by clinging to Garcia like a tiny condom. Garcia dropped to the ground while attempting a Kimura in the final seconds of the round, but he didn't have enough time to do anything with it. Warren's dry humping strategy is getting on my nerves, so I'm hoping that Garcia can pull something crazy off in the final round. I'm sick of Warren calling himself the baddest man on the planet, when he barely does any damage.
     Warren scored another takedown one minute into the final round, and continued to grind all over Garcia. Warren landed some decent ground & pound, and Garcia just looked lost on the ground, working for submissions from his guard, while making zero progress. This card fucking sucks. This fight should have been good, but Joe Warren is fucking boring. Congrats to Warren for dry humping his way to another unanimous decision victory.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      Middleton landed some solid strikes to start the first round, and then Ducote clinched and pressed her against the fence. Middleton landed a lot of solid knees to the body of Ducote, and almost locked on a choke during a brief scramble, but Ducote scrambled out of it, and continued to press Middleton against the fence. Middleton did a really good job stuffing the shots, while peppering Ducote with punches & elbows, but Ducote still looked like she was in control for the most part. Ducote finally scored a takedown 4 minutes into the round, while Middleton continued to smash her with elbows to the side of the head. Ducote probably won that round with her wrestling, but I'm scoring the first round for Middleton, based on damage, as she landed FAR more strikes, and nullified most of Ducote's wrestling. The referee stood them up randomly with 10 seconds left in the round, which was pointless.
     The second round started with Middleton picking apart Ducote with some clean strike combinations, until Ducote shot for a takedown 30 seconds into the round, and pinned Middleton in the center of the cage. Ducote just laid on top of Middleton, not really doing any damage, but she was able to pass to full mount 90 seconds into the round, at which point, Middleton immediately swept her, ending up on top, inside Ducote's guard. Middleton worked some short punches to the body of Ducote, before advancing to some heavy elbows to her face. Ducote went for an armbar with 90 seconds left in the round, and Middleton locked her arms together to defend against the submission. Middleton escaped with a minute left in the round, and she sat down on Ducote's face. Middleton finished the round by dropping a few punches to the head of Ducote. I have Middleton ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but as with most of the decisions tonight, the cards could be all over the place at this point. I really appreciate Middleton's offense though.
     Middleton landed a few strikes to start the final round, and then Ducote took her down again by basically just plowing through her, landing back in half mount again. Ducote passed to full mount again, 2 minutes into the round. She postured up a minute later, threw an elbow, and Middleton tried to sneak out the back door. Ducote went for a rear-naked choke, but she had some trouble getting her arm under the chin of Middleton. Middleton escaped with 15 seconds left in the fight, only to get caught in a tight armbar, which she was able to survive until she was saved by the bell. Ducote more than likely won this fight, but I would be pretty pumped if Middleton won, based on her striking in the first two rounds. All 3 judges gave the win to Emily Ducote for the unanimous decision victory.
88.7
Technical Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
4:37
      This fight started kind of slowly, with Salter picking apart Grove with a lot of "ok" looking leg kicks. Grove touched Salter with a head kick 2 minutes into the round, but it seemed to just slide right off the side of Salter's head. They both traded a few punches, they both kind of got clipped, and then Salter took down Grove with a minute left in the opening round. Grove turtled up, and Salter took his back quickly, and continued to punch him in the head, before locking on a tight rear-naked choke. Salter put Grove to sleep, and the fight was stopped. That was another fantastic performance by John Salter, a guy who is quickly becoming one of my favorite Middleweights in Bellator. He is now on a 6-Fight winning streak, and he's undefeated in Bellator, which should place him pretty close to a title shot.
92.9
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
10:00
      These guys started the first round by trading some hard punches, but they were staying just outside of range for the most part. Girtz landed a few solid kicks, and Campos was pushing forward a little more often. Campos landed with a series of really clean punches to the head of Girtz around the halfway mark of the opening round. Campos landed a head kick with 2 minutes left in the round, followed it up with a knee, they both threw some wild punches, and blood started pouring out of both of their heads. The hole between Girtz's eyes looks like a bullet hole. I don't see how they can possibly let this fight continue if the doctor checks that out. BUT... the doctor is letting it go? This fight is fucking ridiculous.
      They both came out swinging in the second round, as Girtz knew that he clearly needed to end this fight quickly, because that cut looks fucking terrible. Girtz appears to be far more aggressive in the second round, as he's throwing with everything he has, and Campos is starting kind of slow, but they both traded some hard shots a minute into the round. Girtz literally looks like he got smashed by an axe right down the center of his forehead. Girtz rocked Campos hard, 2 minutes into the round, but Campos fired back and rocked Girtz, he nearly finished him, as Girtz was crumpled up, but he hit him with a knee, and then let him off the hook. Campos rocked Girtz with another hard combination, and then the referee paused the fight to let the doctor check on Girtz again. He said as long as it doesn't spread into his eyebrow, the fight can continue. Girtz shot for a takedown with 90 seconds left in the round, Campos stuffed the shot, and they continued to trade wild strikes. Campos blasted Girtz with a flying knee, and Girtz punched him with a counter, knocking Campos down, but he popped right back up. This fight is fucking insane. I have Campos ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but I have no idea where the judges are going to be at this point. It's hard to ignore that giant gash on the forehead of Girtz though. The referee finally agreed, and he stopped the fight after two wild rounds of brawling. Normally I hate seeing fights end like this, but that fight was fucking fantastic, and that cut was about as bad as a cut can possibly get, so... I think it was a good stoppage, and a huge win for Derek Campos.
N/A
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
3:34
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
9:56
(Unaired)
N/A
KO
(Punches)
1:26
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 89.5
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