(9/23/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Aaron Pico - 93.8
2. Goiti Yamauchi - 93.8
3. Brandon Laroco - 93.3
4. Paul Daley - 93.3
5. Jaimelene Nievera - 92.4
6. Roy Nelson - 92.4
7. Anthony Johnson (Strikeforce) - 91.8
8. Fernando Gonzalez Trevino - 91.2
9. Lorenz Larkin - 91.1
10. Javy Ayala - 90.9
Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Freire
Location: San Jose, California
Elevation: 82'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin
91.7
Fighters & Matches 89.7
Top 10 Fighters 92.4
TOTAL 91.1
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
4:03
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Armbar)
0:42
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
2:39
(Unaired)
87.8
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round was basically a slow paced kickboxing match, with Gonzalez moving forward, pressuring Lopez toward the fence, but neither fighter was really landing much of anything significant. Lopez probably landed the cleaner strikes overall, and like I said, he had pressure on his side, so I gave the first round to Gonzalez, but I don't think either fighter did much of anything noteworthy in that opening round.
     The second round started with some random strikes being exchanged, and then Lopez kicked Gonzalez in the dick. When the fight started back up, Gonzalez came out swinging, and he pounded on him with some big punches, that seemed to rock Lopez a few times. Lopez has been spending way too much time with his back against the fence. Gonzalez unloaded with some big punches with around 2 minutes left in the round, and Lopez just ate the shots. Gonzalez continued to unload with some big punches with a minute left in the round, he had Lopez in trouble, and then Gonzalez spit out his mouthpiece, which caused the referee to pause the fight to give it back. Lopez threw some big kicks in the final 10 seconds, but it wasn't enough to make up for getting his ass kicked for the rest of the round. I have Gonzalez ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Lopez continued to throw kicks in the final round, Gonzalez continued to beat him up with punches, and then Lopez shot in for a takedown, but Gonzalez stuffed his shot, and continued to beat him up on the feet. Lopez unloaded with some wild shots, clearly looking for the finish in the final 90 seconds of the fight, chasing down Gonzalez, and blasting him with some wild shit. Gonzalez then dropped him with a pair of clean left hands. This fight was close I guess, but I still scored it 30-27 for Fernando Gonzalez. The judges were split, with 2 judges giving the victory to Fernando Gonzalez.
89.9
Decision
15:00
      These girls were both trading some wild punches & kicks, with Herrera throwing the better punches, and Nievera throwing the better kicks. They clinched 90 seconds into the round, and Nievera pressed Herrera against the fence. Nievera took down Herrera 2 minutes into the round, and Herrera tried to catch her in a guillotine choke, but her arm was too short to wrap it around Nievera's head. Herrera then slapped on an armbar from her guard, Nievera tried to slam her way out of it, but couldn't get any power behind the slam, so Herrera locked it in a little deeper. I thought Herrera was going to win that round with her armbar attempt, but Nievera unloaded on her in the final 15 seconds, leading to a 10-9 round for Nievera in my opinion.
     The second round had Nievera chipping away at Herrera with some clean punches & kicks, while applying a decent amount of pressure with forward movement. Nievera took down Herrera with 90 seconds left in the round, and pinned her against the fence. Herrera went for another armbar with 30 seconds left in the round. I'm not sure why Nievera even bothered to take this fight to the ground, considering she was beating up Herrera on the feet, and Herrera's only noteworthy offense has been armbars from the guard so far. I have Nievera ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     They both came out swinging in the third round, they were brawling at a steady pace, the fight hit the ground, and Herrera was able to wrestle her way into top position. Nievera went for a Gogoplata, but that didn't work, so she just closed her guard, while Herrera tried to work some ground & pound. Herrera stacked her, Nievera went for an armbar, Nievera used it to sweep Herrera, but she decided to stick with the armbar, instead of taking top control. She couldn't finish the submission, so she swept Herrera again, with 90 seconds left in the fight, and she pounded on Herrera with some big punches. Nievera unloaded with some brutal elbows with 30 seconds left in the round, and nearly crushed Herrera's head in the process, but surprisingly, she wasn't able to open any cuts or anything. This fight was a pretty great scrap, and it should be a solid 30-27 decision for Jaimelene Nievera. All 3 judges agreed, giving her the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
89.9
Technical Submission
(Triangle Choke)
7:16
      Bolanos looked very calm in the first round, as he was walking down Laroco, landing single shots, while Laroco was throwing some more off the wall shots. Laroco pulled guard halfway through the round, but they both stood back up pretty quickly. Laroco dropped Bolanos with a clean right hand with 90 seconds left in the round, but Bolanos stood back up immediately and continued to pressuer Laroco. There was a wild scramble late in the round, where Laroco took Bolanos's back with around 30 seconds left in the round. Laroco finished the round by throwing some punches from back control. I think Laroco stole that round.
     Laroco wobbled Bolanos with a spinning wheel kick to start the second round, he followed that with a flying knee, he continued to assault him with violent combinations, and Bolanos looked like he was basically out on his feet, but the referee let them continue for a while. Bolanos created some distance, and tried to run away, but his legs gave out on him, they both traded some wild strikes, and then Bolanos took down Laroco, and found himself caught in a triangle choke 90 seconds into the second round. Laroco threw some elbows, and then he used the triangle to sweep Bolanos, and then he put him to sleep. That second round was a fucking AMAZING performance by Brandon Laroco. That was a good fight overall, but Laroco looked like a killer in that second round. Congrats to Laroco for putting Bolanos to sleep in Laroco's Bellator debut.
87.3
Decision
15:00
      These girls traded some wild strikes early in the first round, and then Mayo clinched, pressed Neil against the fence, and then took her down, and quickly transitioned into an armbar attempt from her guard with 90 seconds left in the opening round. They ended up in some awkward 69 positions, but round one should go to Mayo.
     Mayo clinched with Neil again in the second round, and was able to drag her to the ground again, and she went for that awkward armbar from her guard again, and Neil just stacked her, and punched her in the face a few times with some short punches. I don't know man, Neil might be ahead after the second round, based on beating up Mayo on the ground, since Mayo seems to have that one-tracked mind, headed directly for an armbar, but she's not really doing enough of anything else that would be considered significant.
     The final round had Mayo pressing Neil against the fence, where she landed a few awkward looking knees to the body, while mostly just pressuring Neil. Neil sort of took down Mayo halfway through the round, but couldn't do anything from the top, so they reset again with 90 seconds left in the round. They spent the rest of the round trading some random punches. In the end, this fight could go either way, neither fighter dominated the fight, but I'm leaning toward Mayo, just because I wanted her to win, but both of these girls have a LOT they need to work on. All 3 judges scored the fight 29-28 for Kaytlin Neil. I'm not going to argue with that decision, since technically I think she did more overall.
89.7
KO
(Punch)
6:49
      The first round had both guys winging some big punches while dancing around the cage, with Ortega probably landing the better shots, as he seemed to rock Johnson a couple of times. The first round goes to Ortega. The second round started with both guys still trading strikes at a solid pace, they both landed some decent shots, and then Johnson blasted Ortega with a brutal right hand that knocked Ortega the fuck out. That was a really solid win for Anthony "Tony" Johnson in his Bellator debut.
91.4
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
3:19
      Yamauchi started the first round by throwing some hard kicks, both to the legs & head of Piccolotti. Piccolotti fired back, Piccolotti took down Yamauchi, and Yamauchi caught him in a tight guillotine choke 45 seconds into the opening round. Piccolotti scrambled around in a circle, and escaped, only to find himself caught in an Omoplata. Piccolotti scrambled out of that, and Yamauchi stayed aggressive, as he quickly clinched with Piccolotti's back against the fence. Yamauchi locked on a rear-naked choke, Piccolotti fell back to the ground, Piccolotti squeezed the shit out of him, and finished the fight by submission. That was a fantastic performance by Goiti Yamauchi, as he becomes the first person to ever defeat Piccolotti, and he does it with an aggressive first round submission.
91.4
KO
(Punch)
3:45
      These guys traded some random punches, Linn clipped Pico with a left hand, and then Pico grabbed his back and slammed him. Pico unloaded with some big punches from a variety of top positions, as Linn mostly just turtled up, to try to find a way back to his feet. Pico stood up, Linn kicked him in the knees a few times from the ground, and then the referee had him stand back up. Pico unloaded with some wild punches, he was clearly looking for the early stoppage, but Linn covered up, and then fired back with some bombs of his own, causing Pico to back off a bit. Pico then took him down again 2 minutes into the round. Pico settled into sort of a side control position, and he threw some hard punches & elbows. Linn is doing a good job staying composed though. Pico stood up, and the referee had Linn stand up again, with 90 seconds left in the round. Linn threw a head kick, Pico blasted him in the jaw with a huge left hook, and Linn got knocked the fuck out. That was a fantastic performance by Aaron Pico, as he erases the bad taste of his 24 second loss from his MMA debut 3 months ago. Aaron Pico just might be legit after all!
90.7
Decision
15:00
      Nelson is making his Bellator debut, and Ayala welcomed him into the cage by firing bombs at him at a rapid pace to start the opening round, as he battered him while chasing him across the cage repeatedly. Nelson shot for a takedown halfway through the round, and he dumped Ayala to the ground with 2 minutes left in the round. Nelson pounded on Ayala with some punches & elbows, while trying to open him up for a Kimura. Nelson passed to full mount with 45 seconds left in the round. Nelson went for an Americana, and Ayala exploded back to his feet, and unloaded on Nelson with some wild strikes to finish the round. That round was a very even round, with Ayala doing far more damage on the feet, and Nelson held top control for a solid 90 seconds or so. I'm going to go against the grain, and give that round to Ayala, but I'm assuming most people will score that round or Nelson.
     Nelson took Ayala down in the second round, smothered him, took his back, tried to setup a rear-naked choke, and Ayala scrambled back to his feet, and threw some big punches, and then took down Nelson. They stood back up, traded some bombs, Nelson blasted Ayala with a series of hard uppercuts, and then dumped him to the ground again. Nelson finished the round strong, by dropping a series of heavy elbows. These guys are both tough as hell, but round two clearly goes to Nelson. I gave the first round to Ayala though, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Ayala came out swinging in the final round, he clipped Nelson, and then blasted him with a flying knee, and they both laughed at each other. They continued to brawl at a decent pace, and then Nelson shot in for a powerful takedown, dumping Ayala against the fence around the 90 second mark of the final round. Nelson worked some ground & pound by throwing some short punches, and then he tried to setup another Americana, and Ayala tried to kick off the fence to get out from under Nelson, but Nelson was able to keep him pinned. Nelson opened up in the final 15 seconds with some heavy punches to the head of Ayala, but he still wasn't able to finish him. These guys are both tough as hell, and that was a fantastic battle for Roy Nelson's Bellator debut. I'm finally excited to see Roy Nelson fight again, after losing some interest over the past few years. Congratulations to Nelson for the hard fought unanimous decision victory.
91.7
KO
(Punches)
7:40
      Daley started this fight with a hard leg kick, followed by a hard body kick. Larkin eventually started to fire back with some hard leg kicks of his own, and the entire first round just turned into a back & forth leg kick battle. Larkin eventually dropped Daley, Daley tried to find a triangle choke or something, but Larkin just shrugged it off, passed to side control, and worked a little ground & pound to finish out the round. Round one was close, but I'm giving it to Larkin, based mostly on the ground & pound at the end of the round.
     The second round had both guys trading strikes at a decent pace, Daley ended up blasting Larkin with a clean left hook, Larkin was rocked, Daley followed it up with some brutal punches, Larkin went down, Daley threw a few more punches, and that's all she wrote. That was a huge win for Paul Daley, with a fantastic finish. After the fight, Daley called out Michael "Venom" Page, and I love the idea of that matchup, so hopefully they'll set that up next.
86.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round had both guys trading punches & kicks at a somewhat slow pace, without either guy really landing with much of anything significant. I have no idea who won the first round. I don't think either fighter did enough to clearly win the round. The second round had Henderson shooting for a deep takedown, while Pitbull stuffed the shit out of it, but Henderson never stopped pushing for it, so the entire round ended in a stalemate with Henderson pressing Pitbull against the fence. Going into the final round, I still don't think either fighter has done anything significant in this fight. This card has been pretty great so far, but this is a piss poor main event. I'm going to give the fight to whoever wins the final round. The final round was more of the same, with both guys throwing some sloppy shots, shooting for sloppy takedowns, and walking down each other, without either fighter ever coming close to finishing the fight. In the end, I feel like this fight was basically a draw. Maybe a split-decision for Pitbull? Either way, I have a feeling that Henderson is going to be pissed. Two judges gave the split-decision victory to Pitbull, which I think I agree with. That was a pretty lame fight overall though.
OVERALL 91.1
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