100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (10 Total):
1. Brandon Girtz - 92.4
2. Rafael Carvalho - 92.4
3. Alejandra Lara - 92.3
4. Carlos Leal Miranda - 91.8
5. Lena Ovchynnikova - 88.6
6. Luka Jelcic - 88.0
7. Mihail Nica - 87.0
8. Alessio Sakara - 85.1
9. Gregory Babene
10. Tony Zanko
Bellator 190: Carvalho vs. Sakara
Location: Florence, Italy
Elevation: 164'
-Fight of the Night-
Rafael Carvalho vs. Alessio Sakara
Fighters & Matches 89.0
Top 10 Fighters 89.7
TOTAL 89.4
      These guys clinched early, and then Miranda dropped Nica with some punches against the fence a minute into the opening round. Nica worked his way back to his feet, and then they clinched again, which allowed Miranda to unload with a series of knees, before scoring another takedown, this time in the center of the cage. Nica slapped on an armbar, but couldn't finish it, as Miranda pounded his way to freedom. Miranda spent the last half of the round on top, inside Nica's guard, throwing punches down at his face. Round one clearly goes to Miranda.
     The second round started with Miranda controlling the clinch, until he eventually threw NIca down a minute into the round, this time pinning him in full mount in the center of the cage. Nica tried to sweep Miranda halfway through the round, Miranda went for an armbar during the scramble, and then they stood back up, only to have Miranda clip Nica with a knee to the groin. When the fight started back up they traded a few more strikes, and then Miranda scored another takedown, pinning Nica in the center of the cage for the final 90 seconds. Miranda is ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Miranda scored another takedown to start the final round, and he kept Nica pinned for the entire 5 minutes, hanging out inside Nica's guard while throwing punches at his face. This fight was a pretty clear 30-27 unanimous decision victory for Carlos Leal Miranda in his Bellator debut.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      These girls both stood upright, they traded a few strikes, and then Ovchynnikova scored a takedown with a head & arm throw. Lara quickly wrestled her way to top position though, where she settled into side control 90 seconds into the opening round. She also spent some time in full mount, where she threw some short punches, but Ovchynnikova was clinching tight on the ground, preventing Lara from posturing up to deliver much significant damage. Ovchynnikova scrambled back to her feet with around 90 seconds left in the round, but Lara continued to pressure her against the fence in the clinch. They both eventually fell down, and Ovchynnikova ended up in full mount, where she finished the round, working some ground & pound of her own. That was a close round, but I would score it slightly for Lara, based entirely on time spent in top control.
     They clinched early in the second round, and Lara threw Ovchynnikova to the ground again inside the first minute. Lara worked some ground & pound, and then the referee stood them up after warning Lara for throwing a possible headbutt. They traded a few more strikes, Lara caught a kick, and then took down Ovchynnikova in the center of the cage with around 2 minutes left in the round. Ovchynnikova tied her up, so the referee reset them with a minute left in the round. They traded a few more strikes, and then Lara threw Ovchynnikova down again, and took her back, finishing the round digging for a rear-naked choke. I have Lara ahead 20-18 going into the final round.
     Lara scored another takedown 90 seconds into the final round, taking Ovchynnikova's back immediately this time, with plenty of time to work on setting up the choke. Lara pounded on Ovchynnikova's head with some punches from back control, she flattened her out as they went belly down, and then Lara locked on the rear-naked choke for the submission victory with 51 seconds left in the fight. That was a really strong Bellator debut for Alejandra Lara. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing her fight again in the near future.
      Brandon Girtz used to be one of my favrite Bellator fighters, but he's coming into this fight on a 3-Fight losing streak. These guys both traded some wild punches & knees to start the first round, with Girtz working his dirty boxing, and Jelcic was mostly working his knees. Jelcic started to taunt Girtz, leaving his chin out, so Girtz blasted him with some big punches, including a shot to the back of the head, he knocked down Jelcic, and then unloaded with big punches on the ground, as he knocked Jelcic the fuck out. That was a fantastic first round finish by Brandon Girtz, as he breaks his losing streak with a KO in under 2 minutes.
      These guys casually touched gloves, the fight was off to a slow start, they slowly circled around each other, Carvalho blasted Sakara with a big body kick, he punched him in the face a few times, Sakara started to back up, clearly hurt, Carvalho chased him down, knocked him down with a brutal elbow against the fence, and then punched him a few times on the ground, as Sakara went to sleep. That was another fantastic finish by Rafael Carvalho.