(8/25/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (36 Total):
1. Andrey Koreshkov - 94.2
2. Vadim Nemkov - 93.0
3. Joey Davis - 92.8
4. Ricky Rainey - 92.0
5. Talita Nogueira - 91.8
6. Chris Honeycutt - 91.8
7. Arlene Blencowe - 91.8
8. Kate Jackson - 91.6
9. Fernando Gonzalez - 91.3
10. Henry Corrales - 91.3
Bellator 182: Koreshkov vs. Njokuani
Location: Verona, New York
Elevation: 446'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Chidi Njokuani
92.0
Fighters & Matches 89.3
Top 10 Fighters 92.2
TOTAL 90.8
89.0
TKO
(Elbows)
1:35
     Roswell came out swinging, and then clinched, and Davis threw him to the ground 20 seconds into the opening round. Davis passed to side control, and started chopping Roswell's skull into little pieces with BRUTAL short elbows, as blood started pouring all over the place. It didn't take long for the referee to step in to save Roswell's life. That was another fantastic performance by Joey Davis.
89.5
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These girls spent the first round circling around each other, while trading hard punches & kicks. It was a close round, but I think Blencowe might have landed the slightly better strikes, so I scored the first round for Blencowe, but it was a close round that could have gone either way.
     I feel like Kavanagh started both rounds looking strong, but by the end of both rounds, Blencowe has been able to pull away. It's also worth noting that Kavanagh's face is all jacked up from absorbing too much damage, as she's bleeding from multiple spots, and Blencowe still looks like she's doing fine. I have Blencowe ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     They continued to trade strikes at a steady pace for the duration of the third round, both girls rocked each other, both girls kept coming forward, they both landed some solid shots, and this fight is going to end up being really hard to score I think. I'm still scoring it 30-27 for Blencowe, but really wouldn't be surprised by a split-decision, since I think most of those rounds were close enough to go either way. I think Blencowe clearly won the second round, the other two rounds are up in the air. The judges were split, and two of them gave the split-decision victory to Arlene Blencowe, with one judge giving her all 3 rounds.
90.1
TKO
(Punches)
7:06
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Honeycutt kicked Casey in the dick, 45 seconds into the first round. When the fight started back up, Honeycutt shot for a takedown, Casey caught him in a guillotine choke, Honeycutt wrestled his way out of it, and then tried to work some ground & pound while grinding Casey against the fence. Casey kept him tied up pretty well, but Honeycutt was still able to land with some pretty decent punches from inside Casey's guard. Casey finally worked his way back to his feet with a minute left in the round. Casey threw some big punches in the final 15 seconds, Honeycutt took him down, Casey slapped on another tight guillotine choke, and then the round ended. It looked like Honeycutt was sort of out of it when he stood back up. I'm giving that round to Honeycutt, but if the fight would have continued another 10 seconds or so, Casey might have been able to put Honeycutt to sleep.
     They traded some random strikes to start the second round, and then Honeycutt took Casey down again 45 seconds into the round, and sort of took his back in the center of the cage. He passed to half mount, and then unloaded with some pretty solid punches, before switching to a Kimura attempt from the top. Honeycutt passed to full mount, unloaded with some bombs, grabbed Casey's head with one hand, punched him in the face with the other, and the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a really solid win for Chris Honeycutt against a UFC veteran.
89.5
TKO
(Leg Injury)
5:00
      These girls were both trading hard strikes in the first round, at a decent pace, with Schneider throwing more offensive strikes, while Jackson seemed to be backing up a bit more, throwing strikes mostly just to defend herself. Schneider blasted Jackson with some BRUTAL kicks to the body that would have killed most humans, but Jackson fired back with a front kick that randomly knocked down Schneider, and it looked like it hurt her more than I thought it would. Jackson pounced on her, unloaded with some punches, and Schneider rolled for a kneebar, but Jackson was able to stay on top until the end of the round. When the round ended, Schneider tried to walk back to her corner and she collapsed. Apparently her knee got fucked up or something. That really sucks, because this was turning out to be a great fight. The fight was stopped in between rounds. That was a solid win for Kate Jackson, but I would like to see them do this one over again at some point in the future.
88.8
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
9:05
      These guys both traded some wild punches & kicks to start the first round. They were trading at a steady pace, and then Pineda scored a takedown 90 seconds into the opening round. Pineda worked some ground & pound, and then Karakhanyan stood back up around the halfway point. Pineda tripped Karakhanyan to the ground again a few seconds later, and he went back to throwing punches & elbows on the ground. Karakhanyan did a decent job tying him up to avoid absorbing too much damage, but Pineda was still clearly winning the round. Karakhanyan went for an armbar with 90 seconds left in the round, but he couldn't lock it on. Pineda opened up with some big punches, there was a wild scramble, and the round eventually ended with Pineda still on top. Round one goes to Daniel Pineda.
     Pineda started the second round with some hard spinning back kicks, and then Karakhanyan took him down 20 seconds into the round, but after a brief scramble, Pineda ended up back on top, 30 seconds into the round. Pineda worked some ground & pound, and then they eventually stood up halfway through the round. Pineda took down Karakhanyan almost immediately, and then continued to chip away at him with short punches. Karakhanyan hit him with an upkick, and I'm not sure if that's what cut him, but SOMETHING opened a cut above Pineda's left eye, and it was bleeding all over the place. The referee stood them up, and had the referee check on the cut, and the doctor stopped the fight. That was a good fight, but a disappointing loss for Pineda, as he was pretty clearly winning 20-18 going into the final round.
88.4
Decision
15:00
      Corrales threw a leg kick, Lahat punched him, dropped him, took his back, picked him up, slammed the shit out of him, and then pressed him against the fence, as Corrales tried to get up off his knees. Lahat was able to drag him back down to the floor, as he continued to work some short punches against the fence. Corrales stood up a minute into the round, they clinched for a few seconds, and then reset. Corrales threw another leg kick, and Lahat took him down again, they stood back up, Corrales poked Lahat in the eye, and the referee ignored him and told him to keep fighting. Corrales spent the rest of the round picking apart Lahat with big punch combinations. Lahat was still firing back with some solid punches & kicks, but for the most part, the last half of the round was all about Corrales bullying Lahat with his aggressive striking. Corrales probably won that round, but I think the fight definitely swung in his favor after he poked Lahat in the eye.
     Lahat clinched early in the second round, he took the back of Corrales, and threw some knees while pressing him against the fence. Corrales broke free, and then spent the rest of the round picking apart Lahat with big punches & hard leg kicks. Lahat continued to fired back with some decent strikes, but this fight seems like a pretty clear striker vs. grappler match, and since most of the fight has taken place on the feet, I think Corrales is running away with this fight. Lahat caught a kick with 20 seconds left in the second round, and he almost took down Corrales, but he wasn't able to hold him down at all. The first round could have gone either way, and the second round definitely goes to Corrales.
     Lahat landed some decent strikes to start the final round, and then Corrales caught a kick, took him to the ground, and Lahat pulled guard. The referee stood them back up almost immediately. Lahat was slowing down significantly in the third round, but he was still moving forward for the most part. There were a few situations where I thought Corrales could finish him in the last two rounds, and he just didn't look as aggressive as he could have been during those moments. Lahat kicked him in the head halfway through the third round. He then threw another head kick, whiffed, and Corrales took him down again. The referee stood them up with a minute left in the round, and it took Lahat a while to stand back up, I sort of think he thought the fight was over or something. They spent the rest of the round trading random strikes. Corrales should more than likely win this fight, 29-28, if not 30-27. I wouldn't be shocked by a split-decision though. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving the unanimous decision victory to Henry Corrales.
89.9
KO
(Punches)
3:03
      These guys traded some random strikes for most of the first round, with Nemkov appearing to be a lot more aggressive during most of the exchanges. With a couple of minutes left in the round, Nemkov blasted Lins with a hard straight right hand, Lins went down, Nemkov jumped on him, punched him a couple more times with some MASSIVE right hands from the sky, and he knocked Lins the fuck out. That was a fantastic Bellator debut for Vadim Nemkov.
88.9
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:44
      Bell landed some decent strikes early in the first round, but Nogueira quickly took her to the ground, beat her up for a couple of minutes, she took her back, slapped on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight in the first round by submission. That was a really solid Bellator debut for Talita Nogueira. I've been looking forward to seeing her make her U.S. debut for a while now, and this is the first time I've seen her fight. I think she'll make a nice addition to the featherweight division.
89.0
Decision
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading strikes at a decent pace, both guys landed with some solid shots, but Rainey seemed to be landing with the bigger, more violent looking strikes. Stevens took him down with a minute left in the round, and then basically just laid on him. I was going to give that round to Rainey, but I'm not sure how many points a single takedown without any action on the ground is worth for Stevens. That round could potentially go either way.
     Rainey threw some nice strikes to start the second round, and then Stevens took him down, but Rainey popped back up immediately, so Stevens clinched and pressed him against the fence. Rainey broke free a minute into the round, and started picking apart Stevens with punches & kicks. He threw a high kick, Stevens caught it and almost took him down, but Rainey was able to stay on his feet, and then he unloaded on Stevens again, so Stevens clinched, and then they reset 2 minutes into the round. Rainey continued to pick apart Stevens with some clean punches & kicks for a couple of minutes, and then he threw a flying knee, Stevens caught it, tried to take him down, and Rainey stuffed the shot against the fence. Rainey unloaded on Stevens with some big punches & kicks & knees in the final minute of the round, and Stevens caught another knee and tried to take him to the ground. Rainey took his back in the process, slapped on a rear-naked choke, but Steven was able to wrestle his way out of it. The first round was close, but the second round definitely goes to Rainey. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round, but Rainey could potentially be ahead 20-18.
     Rainey unloaded on Stevens with chaos at the start of the third round, as he threw a series of fast punches, big kicks, knees, all sorts of shit, and Stevens just kind of curled up against the fence, waiting for the storm to pass. Stevens clinched 45 seconds into the round, and they traded control of the clinch a few times. Stevens tried to take Stevens down 90 seconds into the round, and Rainey basically sprawled on top of him, and then took his back again. Rainey flattened out Stevens halfway through the round, and unloaded with some big punches to his head, while Stevens just kind of laid there on the ground, completely overwhelmed by the size of Rainey. Rainey locked on another rear-naked choke with 2 minutes left in the round, Stevens spun out of it, so Rainey transitioned to mount, and then took the back of Stevens again. Rainey continued to beat up Stevens with decent punches until the end of the round. That could be a 10-8 for Rainey. Regardless of how you score this fight, Rainey is going to win the decision, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
88.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded some clunky looking strikes to start the first round, and then Tugman shot for a takedown 90 seconds into the round, and McKee sprawled all over him. They stood back up halfway through the round. McKee poked Tugman in the eye, and then took him down with 90 seconds left in the round. They stood back up with 45 seconds left in the round, and Tugman ran away to try to find some time to clear his eye. Round one goes to A.J. McKee.
     The second round was another round where McKee was basically picking apart Tugman with his strikes. Tugman shot for a takedown with a minute left in the round, but he wasn't able to drag McKee to the ground, so he ended up just pressing him against the fence in the clinch. McKee is more than likely ahead 20-18 going into the final round. The main problem is, Tugman is tough enough to make McKee look somewhat boring. Neither fighter looks great in this matchup, but McKee is clearly ahead on the scorecards. For a guy that is a +1200 favorite though, McKee should have finished this fight 8 minutes ago.
     The final round was basically just a couple minutes of clinching, with a few random strikes being traded back & forth, but no real damage was being dealt by either fighter. McKee shot for a takedown 2 minutes into the round, and Tugman sprawled all over him. Tugman slapped on a guillotine choke with 2 minutes left in the round, but he didn't have guard, so he wasn't able to get the proper leverage to finish the choke. He was able to secure half guard, but McKee pulled his head free with 90 seconds left in the fight. McKee dropped some short elbows, and Tugman's face was bleeding all over the place. This fight is a clear 30-27 decision for McKee, but like I said earlier, for a guy that was a +1200 favorite, this wasn't a very good performance in my opinion. Tugman rolled for a kneebar with 15 seconds left in the fight, but he ran out of time. Tugman is tough, but congrats to McKee for continuing his undefeated streak.
87.4
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These girls both traded some big punches to start the first round, with Arteaga moving forward during most of the exchanges. Ellen clinched halfway through the round, and pressed Arteaga against the fence, where they traded a few shots, but for the most part, it was just a lot of stalling against the fence. They split up with 30 seconds left in the opening round, Arteaga threw some nice strikes, and then Ellen took her down with 15 seconds left in the round. Round one probably goes to Ellen, based on controlling the clinch, and that late takedown.
     Arteaga started the second round by pushing forward, she threw a lot of punches, and then Ellen clinched and pressed Arteaga against the fence 30 seconds into the round. They traded a few knees, but again, it was mostly just a lot of stalling against the fence. They split up 2 minutes into the round, Ellen threw some nice elbows, Arteaga moved forward, and Ellen took her down again. Ellen took her back halfway through the round, and started working for a rear-naked choke, but Arteaga was able to spin around into her guard. Ellen threw up a triangle choke, and Arteaga used that to pass to side control, where she dropped some short elbows. Ellen continued to try to throw her legs up for a submission or something, but Arteaga kept throwing him to the side, and continued to grind all over Ellen, beating her up with her ground & pound from side control. Round two clearly goes to Veta Arteaga. Ellen went for a heel hook in the final 10 seconds, but it was too little too late. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Arteaga came out throwing punches in the final round, and Ellen was dropped by something, but I didn't quite see what it was. Arteaga then pressed her against the fence, and she tried to secure a single leg takedown 90 seconds into the round, but couldn't get it, so Ellen spun her around to take control of the clinch. Arteaga broke out of the clinch 2 minutes into the round, and rushed forward with some punches. Arteaga has a bad habit of clinching with people that are stronger than her. When they're keeping their distance, Arteaga looks solid with her boxing. They showed the strike stats, and Arteaga had landed far more strikes, and at a higher percentage as well. Ellen took her down with 90 seconds left in the final round. Ellen did a good job smothering Arteaga, but she wasn't doing any damage whatsoever on the ground, so she stood up with 45 seconds left in the fight. Arteaga plowed forward and threw some sloppy strikes to end the round, but Ellen tied her up again in the clinch. Ellen will more than likely win this fight with a 29-28 decision, but I hope the judges give it to Arteaga, based on Ellen's only real offense was clinching & laying on top of Arteaga, while Arteaga was trying to do damage from all positions, AND she threw & landed far more strikes overall. Ellen doesn't seem very good, and Arteaga just has bad fight IQ. The judges were split, and two judges gave the fight to Bruna Ellen for the lackluster split-decision victory.
89.2
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
11:02
      These guys both came out throwing some big punches, Gonzalez clinched, and then Ward used a head & arm throw to whip Gonzalez to the ground 45 seconds into the opening round. Ward threw a few big punches and then stood back up 90 seconds into the round. They continued to trade some strikes, with Ward probably landing the better shots, and then he took down Gonzalez with 2 minutes left in the round. Gonzalez scrambled back to his feet, and they reset back in the center of the cage. They continued to trade strikes until the end of the round, with both guys landing a lot of big shots, but round one should go to Brennan Ward.
     Ward threw some big punches to start the second round, Gonzalez clipped him with a nice elbow, and then Ward took him down a minute into the round, and pressed Gonzalez against the fence. They eventually reset back on their feet halfway through the round, and went back to trading random punches. They traded a few more strikes, and then Ward scored with another slick takedown with 45 seconds left in the second round. Ward stood up and threw a couple of punches & a head kick to finish the round. I have Ward ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Brennan Ward landed a few solid punches to start the third round, and then he shot for a takedown, Gonzalez slapped on a guillotine choke, and Ward tapped out. Brennan Ward is an exciting fight, but holy shit, he sure knows how to let people down by throwing himself head first into submissions to ruin fights that he would otherwise be winning. Congrats to Fernando Gonzalez for a really solid win against a really dangerous opponent.
92.0
TKO
(Elbows)
4:08
      Njokuani started this fight with a solid minute filled with hard leg kicks, and Koreshkov still hadn't really thrown any offense yet. Koreshkov shot for a takedown 15 seconds later, and Njokuani stuffed the shot against the fence. Koreshkov sort of lifted him, and finally completed the takedown 90 seconds into the round, but Njokuani immediately worked his way back to his feet. They split up, Koreshkov threw a brutal spinning back fist & Njokuani was able to create enough distance to recover, but Koreshkov continued to swarm him with some big punches, and then he dumped him to the ground again halfway through the round. Njokuani worked his way back to his feet a few seconds later after Koreshkov had already landed some big punches to his body on the ground. Koreshkov continued to clinch, and he took Njokuani down again with 90 seconds left in the round, and he unloaded with some big punches on the ground, and Njokuani just kind of covered up. Koreshkov opened up with some brutal elbows, Njokuani continued to cover his head, but Koreshkov was throwing TOO MANY brutal elbows, and the referee was eventually forced to stop the fight with less than a minute remaining in the first round. That was another fantastic performance by Andrey Koreshkov. His mix of brutal striking & powerful wrestling makes Koreshkov one of the scariest fighters in the Welterweight Division.
N/A
Draw
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Keylock)
4:00
(Unaired)
N/A
KO
(Punches)
3:21
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Kimura)
3:10
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
OVERALL 90.8
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