(10/20/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (28 Total):
1. Kristina Williams - 93.3
2. Costello van Steenis - 93.2
3. Neiman Gracie - 91.9
4. Gegard Mousasi - 91.7
5. Don Shainis - 91.4
6. Jordan Young - 91.2
7. Alexander Shlemenko - 90.9
8. Kevin Carrier - 90.8
9. Joaquin Buckley - 90.8
10. Vinicius de Jesus - 90.3
Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Elevation: 259'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko
91.1
Fighters & Matches 88.3
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 90.0
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
3:38
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:37
(Unaired)
88.2
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      These guys spent the first round dancing around, trading punches & kicks, but they weren't landing with much of anything worth noting. Buckley sort of took down Jesus at one point, but let him back up immediately. Jesus slipped while throwing a knee at one point, and Buckley landed some solid shots in the last half of the round. Jesus took down Buckley with a minute left in the round, but he wasn't able to do much damage on the ground at all, he mostly just smothered Buckley, before landing some big punches from full mount in the final 5 seconds. I guess that's enough to give the round to Jesus.
     They traded a few random strikes to start the second round, and then Buckley scored a takedown a minute into the round, landing inside Jesus's guard. Jesus worked his way back to his feet a minute later, and then they reset, and traded some punches & kicks, before Buckley shot for another takedown, as he pinned Jesus against the fence again. Jesus went for a Kimura, and it looked like it COULD be tight, but Buckley was able to roll out of it, he then escaped an armbar, and then ended up back inside Jesus's guard, where Buckley finished the round with 90 seconds of ground & pound. Jesus got back up and scored a final takedown with 15 seconds left, but that was too little too late in my opinion. I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     Buckley threw a kick, Jesus caught it, and took him down 15 seconds into the final round, landing inside Buckley's guard. Buckley kicked his way back to his feet a minute into the round. They traded a few random strikes, and then Jesus scored another takedown 2 minutes into the round. Buckley worked his way back to his feet with 90 seconds left in the round, and they traded some more punches & kicks, with Buckley moving forward for the most part. Buckley scored a solid takedown in the final 30 seconds, and pounded on Jesus with some decent punches before the bell sounded. This fight was very close, it probably could have gone either way, and two judges gave the split-decision victory to Joaquin Buckley.
89.7
Submission
(Triangle Choke & Elbows)
2:52
      These guys traded a few solid strikes, and then Skrzat dropped Steenis with a hard leg kick, and then jumped down into Steenis's guard. Skrzat threw some big punches & elbows, and Steenis was doing a decent job tying him up to avoid absorbing too much damage. Steenis went for an armbar 2 minutes into the round, and used that scramble to get on top, and then he slapped on an awkward triangle choke, he unloaded with some elbows, blood started pouring out of Skrzat's head, and Skrzat tapped out due to strikes. Congrats to Steenis for the brutal first round finish, as he split Skrzat's head open in brutal fashion.
88.1
Submission
(Triangle Choke)
2:44
      Young started this fight by throwing some punches, Hooben circled around the outside, and shot for a takedown, but Young was able to easily stuff the shot. Hooben shot for another takedown, and eventually clinched with Young's back, before dragging him to the ground. They immediately engaged in a leg lock battle, ending with Young slapping on a triangle choke 2 minutes into the round. Young threw a few random punches while tightening the choke, and Hooben was eventually forced to submit. That was a solid win for Jordan Young, against a guy I've never heard of. It's also worth noting that Young missed weight by 5 pounds for this fight too though.
86.9
TKO
(Punches)
4:50
      These guys traded a few clunky punches, and then Shainis scored a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round, pinning Denning against the fence, while Denning struggled to hold Shainis in a loose guillotine choke. They stood up a minute into the round, and then Shainis dumped Denning to the ground again. Shainis worked some basic ground & pound for a while, and Denning mostly just held onto his guard, trying to buck Shainis off of him, but it wasn't working out for Denning at all. Shainis passed to side control with 90 seconds left in the round, and he continued to pound on Denning's body with punches. Shainis passed to mount, Denning gave up his back, and Shainis opened up with some big punches to Denning's head, busting open his face, leaving a pool of blood on the ground. Shainis continued to unload on him until the referee finally stopped the fight. That was a solid Bellator debut for Don Shainis.
86.8
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
6:17
      These guys both traded a few hard punches, and then Sforza scored a takedown 20 seconds into the opening round, pinning Clay against the fence, where they both sort of tied each other up in basic head locks. Sforza worked his way into back control, as Clay stood up, trying to keep his back pressed against the fence. Sforza eventually scored another somewhat slow paced takedown, but he couldn't keep Clay down at all, as Clay did a good job scrambling back to his feet almost immediately. Clay put a little effort into some sort of front choke late in the round, but it didn't work out for him, as Sforza was able to escape, and went right back to grinding Clay against the fence. Round one goes to Sforza, based mostly on forward pressure & wrestling.
     The second round started with Clay walking down Sforza, which caused Sforza to rush forward, shooting for another early takedown, but Clay caught him in a guillotine choke on the way down. They repositioned a few times, and after a brief scramble, Clay locked on another guillotine choke, this time a bit tighter, and he was able to use that to get the submission victory just past the one minute mark of the second round. That was a solid Bellator debut for Vovka Clay, as he hands Sforza the first loss of his career.
86.5
Decision
15:00
      The first round consisted of Perez dancing around the outside, while Carrier controlled the center of the cage, while picking apart Perez with his boxing. They both landed some solid shots, but by the end of the round, Carrier still looked fresh, and Perez's face was all chopped up from absorbing punches. Round one goes to Carrier.
     The second round was a repeat of the first round, with Carrier still controlling the center of the cage, while picking apart Perez with his boxing. Carrier is clearly ahead, 20-18, going into the final round. The final round was another 5 minutes of the same situation, with Carrier picking apart Perez, but Perez was more aggressive in the final round, knowing he was clearly behind on the scorecards, but Carrier took him down with 90 seconds left in the round, securing the 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Kevin Carrier in his Bellator debut.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
87.0
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      The first round started with Julaton controlling the center of the cage, while throwing light side kicks, and Blaine just circled around her for a couple of minutes. Halfway through the round, Blaine clinched, pressed Julaton against the fence, they traded control a few times, and then Blaine tripped Julaton with 90 seconds left in the round. Blaine dropped some elbows, and then slapped on a guillotine choke when Julaton stood back up. The round ended with Blaine still struggling to lock on that standing guillotine. Round one goes to Lisa Blaine.
     The second round had both girls trading strikes, with Julaton sort of chasing Blaine around the cage for the most part, but neither fighter was landing much of anything significant. Blaine clinched, and tripped Julaton again, with 90 seconds left in the round, but Julaton was able to scramble her way into top control, finishing the round on top, inside Blaine's guard, so I have this fight all tied up going into the final round.
     They traded a few strikes to start the final round, and then Blaine tripped Julaton a minute into the round, landing on top in half mount. Blaine worked some short punches, while Julaton mostly just tried to pull guard. Julaton threw some decent strikes from her back, but Blaine was dropping some bombs for a good portion of that round, so in the end, Blaine should win this fight, 29-28 in my opinion. Two judges agreed, giving the split-decision victory to Blaine in her Bellator debut.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      This fight started with Quinn throwing a couple of punches, and then Surin clinched and pressed him against the fence. The fight eventually hit the ground, and Quinn was able to wrestle his way into a dominant position, which he used to press Surin against the fence. Surin stood back up a few times, but Quinn was able to take him down repeatedly, while also working for back control. The first round clearly goes to Quinn.
     The second round started with a few strikes, some more clinching, and then Quinn dumped Surin to the ground again, a minute into the round. Quinn spent the rest of the round grinding all over Surin on the ground, and he ended the round clinging to Surin's back again. Quinn is clearly ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     The final round started with both guys trading a few punches, and then Quinn shot for another takedown a minute into the round, but Surin was able to stuff his shot, allowing Surin to end up on top for the first time in the fight. Quinn kicked his way back to his feet 2 minutes into the round, and then Surin tried to take his back, but Quinn was able to shake him off, and then he slapped on an Anaconda Choke, but couldn't quite get it locked on, so he let that go, and Surin ended up on top again, this time in side control. Quinn eventually worked his way back into top position, making the final round hard to score. That final round could have gone either way, but Quinn AT LEAST won this fight 29-28, if not 30-27, and all 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Ryan Quinn, as he hands Surin the first loss of his career.
90.2
TKO
(Doctor Stoppage)
7:00
      These girls both came out swinging, with Hardy mostly throwing big punches, and Williams was mixing it up with a lot of punches, kicks, and elbows. Hardy was moving forward the entire time, and she was trying to bring the fight to Williams, but Hardy's striking looked floppy & uncomfortable. Williams on the other hand, making her MMA debut, looked super comfortable, as she was working a wide range of strikes, landing a lot of hard elbows, and clean head kicks. Hardy's nose also exploded in the final minute of the round. Round one goes to Williams.
     Williams nearly knocked Hardy's nose off early in the second round, as she continued to destroy her with a wide variety of kicks & punches. Hardy's nose looked like someone literally took a drill to her face and gouged a hole into the bridge of her nose, causing MASSIVE amounts of blood to pour out of her face. Kristina Williams is a fucking BEAST, and I think she's going to be the next female star in Bellator, as she just absolutely dominated Hardy, and finished her via doctor stoppage. Williams didn't look like she absorbed any damage whatsoever.
89.3
Submission
(Neck Crank)
7:27
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Gracie shot in for a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round, Bucia defended for a few seconds, but Gracie was eventually able to drag him to the ground around the one minute mark, as he tangled up Bucia with some wild back control. Gracie threw some elbows from back control, while Bucia rolled around, and that process continued until the end of the round. Bucia was sort of able to spin into Gracie's guard with 90 seconds left in the round, but that only left Bucia in more danger, as Gracie tried to rip his leg off. That was clearly a one-sided round of ground control by Neiman Gracie.
     The second round started with Gracie taking down Bucia again, he immediately took his back again, he continued to chip away with some short punches, and then he locked on a neck crank, and finished the fight by submission. That was a fantastic display of grappling by Neiman Gracie, as he continues his 7-0 undefeated record. It's nice to see a Gracie fighter successful in this generation of MMA. Bucia accepted this fight on short notice, so that's worth noting, but Gracie still absolutely dominated him. Gracie was also the first person to ever submit Bucia, and this is Bucia's 26th fight.
91.1
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded a few random strikes, and then Mousasi shot in for a takedown a minute into the opening round, and slowly brought Shlemenko to the ground, but he was having trouble holding him down, as Shlemenko did a good job sort of sitting up, and getting back to his feet, while Mousasi tried to sit on his lap. Mousasi threw him down 2 minutes into the round and tried to take his back. Mousasi's right eye was already swelling shut, but he was still clearly dominating Shlemenko on the ground, as he worked to setup a rear-naked choke. Shlemenko did a good job defending against the choke, but Mousasi still pretty clearly won that round. The round ended with Shlemenko landing some decent strikes on the ground, but yeah, round one clearly goes to Mousasi.
      The doctor ALMOST stopped the fight due to Mousasi's right eye swelling shut, but he let them continue for some reason. Shlemenko came out swinging in the second round, and landed some big punches, even knocking down Mousasi at one point, but he clearly didn't want to follow him to the ground, so he told him to stand back up. Mousasi tried to take down Shlemenko, but again, Shlemenko put up a decent fight, struggling to stay on his feet. Mousasi finally scored that takedown with around 90 seconds left in the round, and he pounded on Shlemenko a bit, took his back, and then attempted those rear-naked chokes again, but Shlemenko was once again, able to survive until the end of the round. Mousasi is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
      The final round had Mousasi walking down Shlemenko for a good portion of the round, while they both exchanged punches at a similar pace. Shlemenko landed a brutal body kick 2 minutes into the round, which caused Mousasi to shoot for another takedown, but Shlemenko was able to reverse him on the way down, and then Shlemenko pressed Mousasi against the fence on the ground. Mousasi landed a nice upkick at one point, but Shlemenko fired back by throwing some bombs down at Mousasi's head. By the end of the round, Shlemenko was chasing Mousasi while throwing bombs, and Mousasi looked like he was clearly rocked by the end of the round. Round 3 definitely goes to Shlemenko, but I'm still scoring this fight 29-28 for Mousasi, but apparently a lot of people disagreed with me. All 3 judges agreed with me though, giving the unanimous decision victory to Gegard Mousasi.
OVERALL 90.0
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