(11/3/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (28 Total):
1. Dominic Mazzotta - 92.8
2. Tywan Claxton - 92.6
3. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane - 92.0
4. Mike Wilkins - 91.8
5. Ryan Bader - 91.8
6. Ed Ruth - 91.7
7. Michael Trizano - 91.3
8. Saad Awad - 90.7
9. Logan Storley - 90.7
10. Phil Davis - 90.3
Bellator 186: Bader vs. Vassell
Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
Elevation: 1,155'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Emily Ducote
90.8
Fighters & Matches 87.9
Top 10 Fighters 91.6
TOTAL 89.8
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:25
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
84.7
Decision
15:00
      These guys clinched early, Buenafuente took down Healy with a body lock, he spent some time hanging out inside his guard, and then Healy threw up an armbar from his guard, around the halfway point of the opening round. It looked like he almost got it with 90 seconds left in the round, but Buenafuente did a good job wiggling out of it, and then he took top control again, tried to land some punches, Healy stood up, and Buenafuente took him down again. Buenafuente spent the last minute or so beating up Healy with short punches from inside his guard. Healy came to the closest to finishing the fight, but Buenafuente might still win that round based on top control. I'm not sure what the judges will do with that round.
     They traded a few strikes to start the second round, and then they wrestled each other to the ground, with Buenafuente eventually ending up on top, pinning Healy against the fence. Neither fighter was doing anything significant, but Buenafuente was smothering Healy against the fence for most of the round, so I guess the second round goes to Buenafuente, based on top control, and some very minor ground & pound. Healy needs to make something happen in the final round if he wants any chance of winning at this point.
     Healy started the final round by moving forward, he threw a few random strikes, and then tried to take down Buenafuente with a body lock, and they both kind of ended up in an awkward stalemate on the ground, with Buenafuente turtling up, while Healy landed a few random punches while trying to control his back. Buenafuente eventually finished out the round, smothering Healy against the fence again. This wasn't a great fight, but I would probably score the fight to Buenafuente, 29-28. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision to Frank Buenafuente.
88.2
KO
(Flying Knee)
1:29
      These guys traded a few random strikes, they were both working at a decent pace, and then Claxton flew halfway across the cage, and blasted Bowman with one of the craziest flying knees I've ever seen, and he knocked him the fuck out instantly. That was a fantastic Bellator debut by Tywan Claxton. This was also his professional debut.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight started with Storley destroying the lead leg of Secor with brutal leg kicks, while Secor was throwing some big punches, but he wasn't connecting with much. There was a wild scramble 90 seconds into the round, resulting in Storley ending up on top, where he was able to drop some heavy punches & elbows from half mount, as he chopped up Secor's face, causing blood to flow all over the canvas. Storley eventually stood up, and threw some kicks at Secor's legs while Secor was still on the ground. Secor landed a nice capoeira kick from the ground, blasting Storley's head, and then the referee stood them up, and Storley took Secor down again. Round one clearly goes to Storley.
     The second round was more of the same, with a big of striking, and then Storley took down Secor again, and continued to grind on him from inside Secor's guard. The referee stood them back up with 45 seconds left in the round, Secor came out swinging, and then Storley took him down again. Storley is pretty clearly ahead, 20-18, going into the final round. Secor has gone for a few decent Kimura attempts, but he hasn't come close to finishing any of them.
     Storley worked some nice leg kicks to start the final round, and then took down Secor again, 20 seconds into the round. Storley spent the rest of the round wrestling the shit out of Secor, and whenever they stood back up, Storley would just take him down again, beat him up with short punches, grind him out, stand up, take him down again, etc.. This was a clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Logan Storley.
87.1
TKO
(Doctor's Stoppage)
2:37
      These guys traded a few strikes, Mazzotta took down Lozano, and beat the shit out of him with some big punches & elbows, chopping up Lozano's right eye early in the first round. The referee had the doctor come in to check out the cut on Lozano's eye, and they waved off the fight around the halfway point of the first round. Those were some BRUTAL elbows by Mazzotta, and it was a solid way to get his first win in Bellator.
87.0
Submission
(Anaconda Choke)
7:07
      These guys clashed early, they hit the ground, Trizano ended up on top, and tried to setup a keylock, Otwell rolled on top, and Trizano tried to secure an armbar, but Otwell escaped that, and settled into Trizano's guard 2 minutes into the opening round. Trizano continued to work for some random arm locks, and then slapped on a guillotine choke in the final minute of the round, but Otwell was able to wrestle his way back to his feet, and then he shot for a final takedown at the end of the round, and Trizano swept him on the way down. That was an interesting round of grappling, and I'm giving it to Trizano for all of his submission attempts.
     They hit the ground 45 seconds into the second round, and Tirzano sort of went for a front-naked choke, but that obviously went nowhere, so Otwell easily passed to half mount. They eventually stood back up, Trizano locked on an anaconda choke, and Otwell was forced to submit around the halfway point of the second round. That was a really solid display of submission grappling by Michael Trizano.
87.0
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
6:09
      These guys traded a few strikes, Wilkins beat up Martinez with some punches & knees from the clinch while pressing him against the fence, and it looked like Martinez wanted to get low enough for a takedown, but Wilkins was pretty clearly in control of the clinch. Wilkins blasted Martinez with some big knees, and then they split up, Martinez tried to create some distance, and Wilkins continue to pick him apart with big punches. Round one clearly goes to Mike Wilkins.
     Wilkins started the second round by hammering Martinez with some big punches early, knocking him down against the fence, and then Wilkins smothered him, continued to pound on him, and then he took his back one minute into the round, and locked on a rear-naked choke, finishing the fight with the slick submission. That was a fantastic one-sided performance by Mike Wilkins.
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
3:07
(Unaired)
88.6
TKO
(Punch)
1:07
      These guys traded a few random strikes, Awad punched Freeman just behind his left ear with a hard right hand, Freeman was wobbled, Awad hit him again, and Awad just backed off, raised his hands, looked at the ref, and Freeman was still scrambling around, but clearly had no idea where he was, so the referee waved off the fight, as Freeman tried to take down the ref. That was a solid win for Saad Awad, but sort of a lackluster knockout.
88.5
KO
(Punch)
5:27
      These guys pumped a few jabs while circling around each other, and then then went to the ground, with Ruth toying with back control, while Dempsey scrambled around, trying to find a path back to his feet. Ruth basically just smothered Dempsey, while working some decent punches here & there from a variety of top positions. Dempsey slapped on a wild guillotine choke in the final 20 seconds, and Ruth did a headstand to try to escape, and eventually ended the round in side control. Round one goes to Ed Ruth.
     They both came out, swinging punches, looking a bit sloppy at the start of the second round. Ruth landed a shocking right hand to the back of Dempsey's ear, and Dempsey collapsed like a sack of bricks. That was a solid win for Ed Ruth as he represents his hometown crowd.
87.1
Decision
15:00
      These guys traded some wild strikes, they had a few grappling exchanges, including Leite dropping down for an early heel hook, which Davis pulled out of. They stood back up, traded a few more random strikes, and then the round ended. That was a close round, sort of, but I'm assuming the first round goes to Phil Davis.
     The second round started with some more boxing, and Davis poked Leite in the left eye early in the round. When the fight started back up, they went back to trading wild strikes, without either fighter showing much in regards to clean techniques. I'm assuming Davis is ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but neither fighter looks very good tonight. They both look sloppy as shit.
     Davis came out winging big punches while moving forward to start the final round. David tried to take Leite down several times, but Leite used his Judo to display an outstanding ability to slip out of Davis's grasp, as Leite was pretty easily able to avoid every single takedown attempt that Davis threw at him. Davis still pressured him this entire fight though, so it was a decent 30-27 decision for Davis, but Leite had a decent showing for himself in his Bellator debut, lasting 15 minutes with a former UFC fighter.
90.8
Submission
(Armbar)
23:42
      These girls traded a few random strikes, there was some heavy clinching, Macfarlane tried to land some knees, and then they reset one minute into the opening round. They circled around each other a little bit, and then Macfarlane unloaded with some big punches & knees, and Ducote looked like she was just waiting for something to happen before she got started, but that slow intro allowed Macfarlane to take an early lead, and then Macfarlane took her down against the fence with 2 minutes left in the round. Macfarlane went for a rear-naked choke, and then gave that up when Ducote spun out of it, so Macfarlane dropped some heavy elbows instead. Macfarlane tried to setup a straight armbar from half mount, but Ducote did a good job pulling her arm free. Macfarlane tried to setup a Kimura, switched to an armbar, and then Ducote was saved by the bell. Round one clearly goes to Macfarlane.
     The second round was full of back & forth striking, but Macfarlane was still outworking Ducote on the feet. I have Macfarlane ahead, 20-18, going into the third round, and the first round could have even been a 10-8 round for Macfarlane. The second round was a lot closer though. The third round started with 3 more minutes of aggressive back & forth striking, and then Macfarlane shot for another takedown with 2 minutes left in the round. Ducote stuffed her shot, and Macfarlane just pressed her against the fence. Macfarlane spent the rest of the round digging for that takedown, and finally dumped Ducote to the ground with 30 seconds left in the round, but it was too late to do anything with it. Macfarlane is clearly going to win this fight on the scorecards, if Ducote can't finish her in the Championship rounds.
     The fourth round was another round of back & forth kickboxing, with Macfarlane looking significantly bigger than Ducote. Ducote sort of rushed in for a takedown attempt with a minute left in the round, and Macfarlane reversed it, whipping Ducote to the ground, but Ducote then wrestled her way back into top position, and ended the round in side control. I'm going to assume the first four rounds went to Macfarlane. Ducote has 5 minutes left to try to win this fight.
     The final round started with some more strikes, they clinched, Ducote took down Macfarlane, they wrestled around for a couple of minutes, and then Macfarlane threw up a triangle choke, knocked Ducote's base off balance, and then switched it to an armbar, and finished the fight by submission, becoming the first ever Bellator Women's Flyweight Champion. That was a solid fight, and a big win for Ilima-Lei Macfarlane.
89.7
TKO
(Punches)
8:58
      These guys clinched early, Vassell looked like he was ready to shock the world by overpowering Bader in the clinch, will Vassell take down Bader!?!?!?! Nope... Bader whipped him across the cage, and slammed the shit out of him with a belly to belly suplex. Vassell did a great job scrambling back to his feet 90 seconds into the round, and then they reset. Bader scored a quick double leg halfway through the round, and ended up back on top, where Vassell was mostly just holding on tight to prevent Bader from creating any space on the ground. They stood back up, Vassell tried to trip Bader, and Bader ended up on top again. Vassell sometimes looks like he's going to do something cool, but then Bader shows him up with his superior wrestling skills. Round one clearly goes to Ryan Bader based on his wrestling.
      Bader started the second round with a fast takedown, pinning Vassell against the fence. Bader is spending a lot of time on top, but he's not really doing anything with it. Vassell scrambled back to his feet halfway through the round, and Bader took him back down immediately, keeping him smothered against the fence. Bader finally landed some big hammerfists with 90 seconds left in the round, but then he went back to just smothering Vassell. Bader postured up a bit with a minute left in the round, unloaded with some massive punches, and Vassell just laid there, eating the shots, so the referee stopped the fight. Congrats to Bader for his first title defense. I was afraid we were going to be stuck with another 15 minutes of lay & pray, but Bader scored the late second round finish instead. I'm not sure who is left in Bellator to challenge him though.
OVERALL 89.8
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