(11/16/2017)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (32 Total):
1. Denise Kielholtz - 92.0
2. John Salter - 91.3
3. Haim Gozali - 91.2
4. Noad Lahat - 90.3
5. Alexander Nikulin - 89.9
6. Jeremiah Labiano - 87.1
7. Jessica Middleton - 86.0
8. Jason Radcliffe - 85.3
9. Arsen Faitovich - 84.2
10. Rami Abuhav - 83.3
Bellator 188: Freire vs. Weichel 2
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Elevation: 16'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Denise Kielholtz vs. Jessica Middleton
88.6
Fighters & Matches 87.7
Top 10 Fighters 88.1
TOTAL 87.9
N/A
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
14:08
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
(Majority)
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Armbar)
4:09
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
8:06
(Unaired)
N/A
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
5:00
(Unaired)
N/A
NC
(Accidental Kick to the Groin)
1:20
(Unaired)
86.0
KO
(Punch)
1:57
      Nikulin was pressuring Abuhav early, following him around the cage, using his reach advantage to keep Abuhav at bay. Abuhav eventually tried to move in to close the distance, Nikulin unloaded on him, and knocked him the fuck out with a big right hand in just under 2 minutes of the opening round. That was a decent debut for Nikulin, even though most people probably didn't see the fight.
N/A
Submission
(Flying Triangle Choke)
2:08
(Unaired)
N/A
TKO
(Punches)
8:46
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
88.6
Submission
(Scarf Hold Armlock)
1:16
      These girls both traded some wild punches, Kielholtz was throwing bombs, Middleton clinched, Kielholtz threw her to the ground, slapped on a Scarf Hold Armlock, and finished the fight by submission in under 90 seconds. That was a fantastic Bellator debut by Denise Kielholtz, as Middleton continues to fade into obscurity. I really liked Middleton in her first 2 Bellator fights, but since then, she's now on a 3-Fight losing streak. Congrats to Kielholtz for the slick submission victory. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for her next fight.
88.1
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
1:55
      These guys threw a few random strikes, Radcliffe landed a hard leg kick, and then Salter shot for a takedown a minute into the opening round, dumping Radcliffe to the ground against the fence. Salter worked his way into back control, locked on a rear-naked choke, and finished the fight by submission in under 2 minutes. That was a solid first round finish for John Salter.
87.7
Technical Submission
(Triangle Choke)
0:45
      Faitovich started this fight by pumping his jab, Gozali rushed in to close the distance, Faitovich shot for a takedown, found himself caught in a triangle choke, and Gozali put him to sleep almost immediately, and then almost ripped his arm off before the referee was able to step in to stop the fight. That was a fantastic finish by Haim Gozali in just 45 seconds of the opening round.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      This fight started with Labiano poking Lahat in the eye. They traded a few strikes, Lahat looked a lot more confident, as he was moving forward, and Labiano looked like he was trying to create some distance to buy some time to figure out a strategy. Labiano threw a high kick and slipped, and Lahat took him down halfway through the round, settling into Labiano's guard. Lahat mostly just held Labiano down, while Labiano tried to tie him up in a stalling closed guard. Round one goes to Noad Lahat.
      The second round started with Lahat shooting for a takedown, Labiano stuffed the shot, so Lahat threw an uninentional knee to Labiano's groin, which paused the fight for a few seconds. When the fight started back up, they were both bouncing around, they traded a few strikes, and then Lahat clinched and pressed Labiano against the fence. Lahat then took down Labiano 90 seconds into the round, by tripping him near the fence. Lahat worked a little bit of ground & pound, and then ended up hitting Labiano in the back of the head, so the referee paused the fight, stood them up, and took a point from Lahat. When the fight started back up, Labiano shot for a takedown, and Lahat grabbed his leg and started working for a series of leg locks. I would score that round for Lahat, but since he lost a point, it's a draw, so I have Lahat ahead, 19-18 going into the final round.
      Lahat took down Labiano in the final round, pinned him against the fence, and beat him up with punches & elbows until the end of the round, as Labiano mostly just laid there, absorbing damage. Even after losing the point in the second round, Lahat should still win this fight, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the 29-27 unanimous decision victory.
OVERALL 87.9
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